Medina Journal-Register — The Orleans County YMCA is once again looking forward to a summer partnership with Camp Hough, the organization’s residential summer camp.
This summer will be the 103rd summer the camp has run, and it is “traditional” with programs that run on a weekly basis.
“Campers arrive on Sunday afternoons and then get picked up on Saturday mornings,” said Valerie Brey, Camp Hough director.
Along with regular campers up to ages 14, there is a “first experience” camp for ages six to nine.
“It’s a shorter version of the week,” she explained. “The campers get dropped off on Sundays and picked up on Wednesdays, but they have the option to stay the whole week.”
The camp also has leadership training for those participants in the 14 to 17 age range.
“It’s a progressive program,” Brey said. “Campers develop leadership skills through this program. They work with younger campers and typically are part of the program for three years.”
Among the activities included at Camp Hough are a pair of walls for rock climbing, an extensive high and low ropes course, swimming, archery, kayaking, and canoeing. Other activities include various team-building exercises, drama, music, and arts and crafts.
A number of sports are offered, too.
“We really offer a wide spectrum of activities for campers,” Brey said. Camp Hough operates for seven weeks, and Brey mentioned how each week has different themes. Campers can come for all seven weeks or just for a week.
While at the camp, the youngsters will have a chance to keep in contact with their parents at home.
“Times have changed and people are more connected than ever before,” Brey said. “We have ways for them to keep updated.”
Brey said there is a new camp website (www.camphough.org) on which parents can see various camp news and pictures. Children can also get emails and there is a Facebook page, too.
Regarding parents, Brey said, “I think parents can still see the value in a camp and what it can do for a child. It gives children a chance to experience some independence and gain more responsibility.”
Camp Hough will open for a short time in April for various groups, and the first week of camp starts on June 29.
For more information call the Orleans County YMCA or visit the camp website.