The Shasta Family YMCA is pleased to announce that it has received a $6,000 grant to partially fund a special session of summer camp for children in the foster care system. The camp will be offered at low or no cost for forty foster children in grades 4-8 and will run July 5-9 at beautiful Camp McCumber. The daily schedule will include all the camp favorites like archery, canoeing, guided hikes, bunk activities, campfires, songs, crafts, and team games.
“For the most part this camp will look like any other summer camp! The goal is to provide a normal childhood experience to these foster children whose lives are often anything but normal,” says Linda Delles, Director of Child Care and Camps at the Shasta Family YMCA.
Speaking of the benefits of attending camp, Kristen Lyons, CEO of the Shasta Family YMCA says, “Kids who attend summer camp build confidence, develop character, learn new skills, and experience less academic ‘summer slip’. We are thrilled to be able to offer this session to children who may not otherwise have access to a camp experience.”
The grant requires matching funds dollar for dollar so a special campaign has been set up to allow for direct contributions to the foster camp project. Active 20-30 and the Sunset Rotary clubs have each generously pledged $1,500, leaving $3,000 to be raised to reach the total goal of $12,000. The Y also raises funds to help offset the cost of other camp sessions for qualifying families.
To help send a child to summer camp, please contact Becky Dominguez, director of development, at 530-246-9622 x112. Gifts can be made by check, cash, or online at www.sfymca.org/donate. The YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all gifts are tax deductible.
Families interested in having a child participate in the special session for foster children should contact their case worker or Foster Family Agency. For general information about YMCA Camp McCumber, pick up a packet at the front desk at the YMCA or visit www.sfymca.org.