Since 1915, YMCA Camp Copneconic – located on 700 acres in Fenton – has provided campers as young as age 4 enriching summer experiences and memories that last a lifetime.
Through those positive camp experiences, children can foster new relationships, learn new skills and even embark on a bit of self-discovery. And that’s exactly why attending camp is so important for children, says Brandon Dreffs, the associate executive director at YMCA Camp Copneconic.
While developmental milestones are much more noticeable when children are infants and toddlers, there’s a lot of development that happens in school-age kids, he adds – and through camp, they are able to reach those different developmental milestones.
With day and overnight options, campers have the chance to make the most of their summer experience. Campers learn tangible skills – like archery, for example – but they are also trying a new thing and stepping out of their comfort zone through a variety of different activities.
“The kids are kind of tricked into learning by having fun,” Dreffs says.
The variety of camp offerings is what makes Camp Copneconic a popular spot for campers each summer. From horseback riding camp and ranch camp – two popular options that fill up fast – to pioneer camps and even STEM-related camps, there’s a camp to meet every child’s interest.
The Voyagers camp for grades 9-11 give these teens the chance to schedule their own activities during two days of their overnight camp session. They can choose from activities such as paddle boarding, zip lining and more.
Kids interested in hands-on exploration in STEM technologies might enjoy Mission Innovation – geared at kids in grade 3-6. Campers build catapults, balloon rockets and spaghetti skyscrapers during this day camp.
Camp Copneconic has a variety of lengths of stay to suit campers needs. Most sessions are one week (Sunday-Friday) however, the first week (June 30-July 3) is a mini camp perfect for campers looking to try Overnight Camping for the first time. Two-week sessions are also available for those who are “Crazy About Copneconic!”
Aquamania camp is perfect for the water-loving camper in grades 1-4. Kids even get the chance to explore Lake Copneconic.
No matter which camp your child chooses, the overall experience is what’s truly important.
“We focus a lot on connections with the kids, so fostering those connections. That connection is really what we push for,” Dreffs says. “We are a YMCA, but we focus on character values.”
Overnight camp sessions kick off on June 30, 2019, with the last camp beginning on Aug. 11. Day camps start on June 17 and run until Aug. 23. Overnight camps are geared at kids in grade 4-12, while day camps are offered for children as young as 4 – and all the way up to grade 8.
Day camp runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily with extended care options as early as 7 a.m. and pick up as late as 6 p.m.
Registration is now open for all 2019 summer camps. Families can register online, by phone or by mailing or faxing a printed form to the camp.
For more information on camp offerings and registration, visit the YMCA Camp Copneconic website.