Welcome to the
In one way or another, we're all connected to the Y. Whether it's where you discovered a talent that became a lifelong passion, were encouraged by a mentor, or where you turn for support with a healthy lifestyle.
At the Valley Points Family YMCA, we believe our programming lays the groundwork for healthy futures, builds a sense of community, and conveys the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Yes, children learn to swim, kids have somewhere to go after school and we teach about healthy lifestyles, but the Y is far more than that. The Y is a place where kids find direction, families come together and people rally to make a difference.
With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that people of all ages and from all walks of life have access to the essentials needed to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE Y
Nationwide, no one cares for more children than the Y. And this year, summer fun is better than ever with new specialty camp curriculums to appeal to children of every age and interest. Your kids can have a summer that will help them stretch their imagination, gain self-confidence and learn new skills!
And what do parents appreciate about S.O.S. Camp? All Y camp staff are screened and receive training prior to the beginning of camp. This instruction includes Child Abuse Prevention training and program-specific skill-building in teaching and engaging children in meaningful learning experiences.
The Y's S.O.S. Camp provides an exciting, safe community for children ages 5—12 (children must have completed kindergarten) to build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories.
Counselors in Training (CIT)
Youth ages 13-15 can participate in S.O.S. Camp as CITs, assisting counselors with younger children and building leadership skills. The CIT program gives kids age appropriate challenges that build their skills, confidence and capacity for working with people of all ages.
What does a typical day at S.O.S. Camp look like?
Each site varies the specific activities and timing to best fit their needs. In general, early arrivals can enjoy breakfast and child-choice activities to get their day started. Mornings include action-packed activities (based on the weekly theme) that encourage children to engage their creativity and expand their knowledge base. After lunch, children will be involved in a variety of physical activities (outside or in the gymnasium based on weather), including swimming (three days a week). Children who remain for an extended day will enjoy a snack and other child-choice activities.
And there's more...
- Field trips are included in the cost of S.O.S. Camp, and there are some fabulous outings and activities planned this summer: a Pittsburgh Pirates ballgame, roller skating at the Valarena, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, and Burrell Lake Park.
- We're also hosting some special on-site events, including a local artist who will teach the fundamentals of painting, an in-house movie on the big screen, and a Family Dinner Day!
- A 10% sibling discount is available for families who register multiple kids, and the $10 deposit per week applies to the entire family (versus per child).
- Save the date(s) for the Pre-Registration Nights, which will take place at the West Vandergrift Early Learning Center on April 26th and the New Kensington Branch on April 28th (6:30-7:30pm at both sites. Every child registered for S.O.S. Camp these evenings will receive a free drawstring backpack...and we'll waive the registration fee!
Just the Facts
- Children should bring a brown bag lunch; refrigeration is provided.
- Parents are responsible for transportation to and from camp.
- Sites are open for early drop-off at 7:00am and are open until 6:00pm for late pick-up. (West Vandergrift is open from 6:30am to 6:30pm.)
- Breakfast and an afternoon snack are provided at no additional charge.
- Children will swim three times per week. Please make sure your child has a swim suit and towel with them on these days.
- A $10 per week deposit is required for each week of S.O.S. Camp you wish to reserve for your child(ren). This deposit is applied to the specific week fee and is due at the time of registration. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable to another week.
- Please note that you are responsible for the days that your child is registered, regardless of actual attendance.
- For your convenience, all payments are drafted from your checking, savings or credit card (Visa, MasterCard) account.
- You may choose your own payment schedule: weekly, semi-monthly or monthly. An authorization form will be sent to you in advance of your first scheduled week of camp.
Locations (sites are subject to change based on enrollment):
- Lower Burrell—Charles Huston Middle School
- New Kensington—H.D. Berkey School
- Springdale Junior/Senior High School
- West Vandergrift Early Learning Center
Dates: May 30-August 26 (Please refer to the schedule for more information.)
Download the 2016 S.O.S. Camp information and register your child(ren) today!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.