The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA schedules a variety of summer camps for youngsters of all ages throughout the summer. Camps are designed for children in kindergarten, children in grades 1-6, and teens, who attend camps in Big Bear and Catalina Island.
The overarching theme of YMCA Summer Camp this year is “Above and Beyond,” and every week is designed to fit into that theme. One week was themed, “beyond your normal pet store,” and the kids visited the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar.
Children in grades 1-6 who attend the Y’s summer camp this year are participating in a program called Sparks. For 60 minutes per week, children gather in groups and focus on a project, such as writing a story or comic book, playing a sport or producing a theatrical skit. The idea is to spark different passions in the children.
“I really enjoy the Sparks program … [the children] see they have different interests. Somebody who regularly enjoys sports can learn they enjoy theater or something else,” said Mackenize Hunt, a second-year counselor at the camp.