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Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in School Age Care, Summer Activities, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

My Life at the YMCA!

When you stop and look at where your life has come you start to realize how much time has passed over the years. The YMCA has been involved in my life since I was little. What started out as attending birthday parties for my friends at the Downtown Facilities quickly turned into years of swimming lessons when the Valley Y opened in 2000. As I reached the end of my Junior Year at High School I found myself in the same predicament as most other kids my age. It was time to get a job. At that time my brother was a lifeguard for the Valley YMCA, he saw that the Summer Day Camps were hiring for the Summer Camp and encouraged me to apply. At the time of my application drop off I was informed that generally 17 year olds were not commonly hired due to the age requirements being 18 for the job but, I should still have an interview because you never know what might happen....

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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in School Age Care, Social Responsibility, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

What Are the Kids Doing This Summer?

What Are the Kids Doing This Summer?

With the smell of fresh flowers and the feeling of warmth surrounding you, it can only mean one thing. School’s coming to an end and summer is on its way! Get ready to slather on the sun screen and send the kids to the YMCA Summer Day Camps and Camp Reed.   We offer four Summer Day Camps (Explorer Camp, Fun Clubs, Triangle Club and Adventure Camp). All action packed and full of adventure with options custom tailored to fit the likes and interests of your kids.Whether your child loves swimming, science, sports, dancing, singing, and much much more they will find it at the YMCA Summer Day Camps. With weekly field trips, friends and counselors who care, your child will have a summer to remember! Click here to learn more about Summer Day Camps.   Camp Reed is a place that allows a “kid to be a kid.” Experience life in the beautiful outdoors, with the opportunity to learn from our excellent staff and rich activities. Our staff...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Arts and Crafts, School Age Care, Youth Development | 12 comments

Making Love Bugs: Fun for Valentine’s Day and all year round

Making Love Bugs: Fun for Valentine’s Day and all year round

  Love bugs are a craft I’ve used with kids at the Valley YMCA day camp and at a YMCA school-age care site, and they loved it. It’s a tried and true craft that kids enjoy making either with a Valentine’s Day theme, or for any time of the year. A wooden clothespin is used as the body of an insect, and pieces of paper are put in a plastic bag to make colorful wings. The kids can then write on a small slip of paper, roll it up, and place it in the love bug’s mouth as a secret message to a friend or relative. A word of caution, though: a lot of grimaces and groans spring from the boys at the term “love bug.” Perhaps you can think up a more suitably cool name—something to the effect of “secret message mosquitoes.” Anyway, once they try it, I’ve seen both boys and girls have a great time making these.   Here’s how to make one:   Materials: 1....

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