At age five and somewhat shy, Sophi just completed her first summer with the West Cabarrus YMCA Summer Camp. The West Cabarrus camp counselors fell in love with Sophi, calling her “Soph,” and were instrumental in helping her adjust to her new camp. One day, some other camper picked on Sophi a bit. The counselors encouraged Sophi to keep her chin up and talked her through it. She goes home every day with a new camp song and sings it proudly to her parents.
Sophi’s mother, Micah, specifically loves how active the campers are throughout the day. “The staff keeps all the campers so involved,” she shared. “They’re active and moving all day, which means she comes home tired, happy and ready to rest up for tomorrow.” Micah appreciates all the safety precautions staff take with the campers. “There are so many counselors with the children, and I’m impressed that they are all trained in abuse prevention and detection and basic safety skills. That feels good, as a mom, knowing that my kid is taken care of away from home.”
Summer is already winding down, but camp is still in session! Many of our camp staff stay on to support our After School program, which is enrolling now. Visit your YMCA to sign your child up for After School, where children make new friends, develop new skills and build strong values.