YMCA Camp Reaches Out To Community

31 July 2012

Posted on July 31, 2012 by Christy Ryan 

"High Hopes, Summer Fun" - This camp truly encompasses the definition of its title "High Hopes." In June 2010, High Hopes, Summer Fun was born at the Clarence Cuffee Center, welcoming 80 children through it's doors. Two years later, June 2012, 110 children are spending away their summer days following the high hopes adventures. Many of these children would not be participating in a summer camp if it were not for High Hopes and the generous donors who made it possible. Thomas Adams, the director and founder of High Hopes has worked tirelessly to evolve this 8 week camp into what it is today. Children come to camp each week anticipating a focus of their choice. There is something for everyone. Basketball and football for those aspiring athletes, art and drama for the aesthetic ones, science for the nerds, and even a special lady leaders group for promising young girls. Everyone gets to participate on a weekly field trip, and even a beach visit or two during the summer. Swim time at the YMCA pool is also a regular part of the children’s weekly routine. Annual events such as Family Day and Mother Daughter Tea Party have quickly become beloved traditions that participants greatly look forward to in the midst of each summer. The opportunity for parents to be involved in their children’s activities is a highlight for all. The best part about this camp is that it serves an "at-risk" population of  children, who can attend because of generous people who give to our annual giving campaign. This money goes towards making possible an affordable camp for these kids. Instead of sitting at home, or finding trouble, these kids spend their days with counselors who are role models and work tirelessly everyday, to make sure they have the summer of their lives!