Free YMCA camp helps more children enjoy summer
Posted July 26, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — It's the end of July, and Cheyenne Williams is spending her day the way a lot of other 9-year-olds are - at summer camp.
“My favorite part is having fun and going swimming,” she said after working her way through an obstacle course.
For many families, money is the biggest obstacle to sending their kids to camp. But Williams is at Camp High Hopes – a YMCA program that makes it possible.
Donations from the community pay for the camp. Saint Augustine's University donates its facilities. And about 400 children from the Triangle get a chance to grow over the summer.
“They get everything from swim lessons to hot meals, they're with us all day for seven weeks, and they pay literally nothing to come,” said Dan Corey with YMCA of the Triangle.
There are plenty of activities to keep the body fit, but the campers also spend time keeping the mind fit over the summer.
“They get educational assistance so there's not that summer reading loss,” Corey said.
Camp High Hopes gives kids a safe place to spend the summer and a way to see a brighter future.
“They get to meet new friends and hang out with counselors who are positive role models. They get to come to this great campus and see there's a lot more to life than just what's going on in their neighborhoods,” Corey said.
Williams said it’s the kind of fun she'll always remember.
“Sometimes I don't want to leave,” she said.