By Guest Blogger Chelsea Cullen, marketing and communications director, YMCA of NWNC

When the school year ends, the Y steps in with summer fun! From swim lessons and outdoor water parks to summer day camp and YMCA Camp Hanes, there is something for everyone. Here are just a few of the programs to get involved with at the Y this summer:

YMCA Camp Hanes provides kids with adventure, healthy fun, personal growth and friendships that can take a so-so summer and turn it into a memory that lasts a lifetime. At YMCA Camp Hanes, kids unplug and explore. They find adventure at every turn and challenge themselves to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Learn more or register today at

YMCA 2YMCA Summer Day Camp provides a welcoming environment for kids where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and discover their potential. Day camp can offer almost all of the benefits of traditional camp — new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships — while returning home each afternoon. The Y offers day camps for elementary age children, as well as teens. Click HERE to register now.

Since summer is synonymous with swim season, the Y encourages families to explore the benefits of swimming while also keeping safety top of mind. The YMCA is where America has learned to swim for generations. This spring, the Y is launching a new swim lesson curriculum built on that tradition of nurturing skills and growing confidence in the water. The new swim lesson curriculum is created based on decades of best practices established at Ys around the country. This new program teaches life-saving skills first so participants learn those critical skills as quickly as possible. It incorporates feedback from parents that children need to progress more quickly through levels. Click HERE to register or learn more.

YMCA 3Without access to educational activities during the summer, children who are already behind in reading and math are at risk of falling further behind their peers. For children who need additional help with their reading and math skills, the Y offers the YMCA Summer Learning Academy at local Title I schools, a learning loss prevention program for at-risk students funded by the Y’s Annual Giving Campaign. Learn more at or contact YMCA Childcare Services to see if your child is eligible at 336 727 4849.

At the Y, we believe that every child deserves to experience summer camp and swim lessons. That’s why we raise funds through our Annual Giving Campaign going on now so that children in need can receive financial assistance.

Questions? Please get in touch with your local YMCA. We can’t wait to see you for the best summer ever!

*Sponsored by the YMCA of NWNC