Summer camps are solution to ‘I’m bored’

Published 6:35 am Wednesday, June 22, 2005

By Staff
Keeping your child active during the summer months is very important. It not only keeps them in shape, but it keeps their minds active and away from the television all day.
The Niles-Buchanan YMCA offers a wide variety of summer programs to keep your kids happy and healthy through their summer vacations.
Right now, the YMCA is holding three Summer Day Camps for children ages 6-14. The opening week of this camp was held last week and was an All-Sports Camp where children were taught how to play basketball, softball and other related games.
This week, June 20-24, is The Great Outdoors week where campers will have a chance to make a nature scrapbook, leaf printing and other fun nature activities.
The third week, held June 27-July 1, will be Soccer Camp. This week will be spent learning how to play soccer and working on perfecting your skills and learning strategies.
All camps will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. You may still sign up for these camps by calling the YMCA at 683-1552.
The YMCA, along with the Niles High School tennis players and coaches, is offering a Tennis Clinic for elementary and junior high kids.
The camp for grades K-3 will wrap up this Friday. The camp kicked off June 13. Participants are being introduced to the game of tennis and learn the fundamentals of the game as well as play a lot of games.
The camp for grades 4-6 will be held July 11-22 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Niles High School tennis courts. During this session introduction to the game of tennis will taught. Participants will learn many fundamentals and drills needed in the game of tennis along with time for fun games.
The camp for grades 7-8 will be Aug. 1-12 from 10 a.m.-noon at the high school tennis courts.
Participants will have an introduction to tennis. During the week they will be taught tennis fundamentals and drills and play in tennis matches.
Spots are still available for the 4-6 grade camp and the 7-8 grade camp. Contact the YMCA for more information.
The YMCA T-Ball and Pony Leagues have been around for years and are the starting point for future area athletes. Games are played at the open fields next to Ring Lardner Junior High School on Monday and Tuesday evenings beginning at 6 p.m.
Children are taught by volunteers and learn the basics and fundamentals of the game of softball.
Looking to keep yourself active? The YMCA also offers an Adult CO-ED Slow Pitch Softball League. League play is already under way and games are played at the softball field behind Michiana Christian Assembly on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
For more information on any of these events, or more events the YMCA offers, call 683-1552.
So as you can see, it is easy to keep yourself and your children involved this summer in a variety of activities.
We encourage everyone to get out there and have some fun.