Bonifas, YMCA partner for first time on Spring break program

March 2, 2017  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

This spring break, kids can stretch their bodies and creativity at a well-rounded day camp March 27-31 at the YMCA. For the first time, the Bonifas Arts Center and YMCA will be working together to offer kids (grades K-fifth) five days of art, athletics, singing, and more.

Having structured arts and crafts sessions led by Bonifas instructors will make this year’s program a richer experience for children, said Tyler Mercier, Northern Lights YMCA youth program coordinator. Kids love creating, and they will be able to challenge themselves, learning new skills and trying new things, said Mercier. They will explore painting, paper crafting (making greeting cards and picture frames), and more.

The camp also will keep kids physically active—learning while getting stronger. During unstructured portions of the program, children normally join games of basketball and football or do gymnastics, and they enjoy structured games with all camp participants as well, such as varieties of tag, kickball, and volleyball, with a separate time each day for swimming, said Mercier.

In addition, kids will join a singing and dancing “songfest” each day before lunch, Mercier said.

Children benefit from developing their artistic and athletic skills, nurturing physical health and creativity, said Irina Bruno, Bonifas education coordinator.

“It just makes sense for children to develop in many areas,” she said. “This holistic approach is like being ambidextrous; it’s very useful. At our day camp, kids will explore, discover and develop their strengths, and expand their potential.”

The full-day program runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with kids welcome to enjoy the YMCA, with staff-supervision, starting at 7:50 a.m. and until 5:30 p.m. A half-day program also is available from 9 a.m. to noon, with no lunch included.

Typically, while many kids are shy at the start of the camp, they quickly bond, and friendships blossom throughout the week, and watching these friendships form is Mercier’s favorite part of the program, he said.

The full-day camp is $129 for nonmembers and $98 for members, and the half-day camp is $65 for nonmembers and $49 for members. Financial assistance is available.

The YMCA is handling all registration. For more information, stop by the Y, or call Mercier at 906-789-0005.


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