YMCA Prepares for #BESTSUMMEREVER

Calling all Youth! The Washington County Family YMCA will be hosting their #BestSummerEver Break Camp for students ages 5-14 years old.

Starting Monday, June 8th, through Friday, July 24th, the YMCA will offer their Summer Day Camp from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. All campers, ages 5-14, will spend their days enjoying summer fun and enrichment at the Bradie Shrum location at 1101 N. Shelby Street, Salem, IN 47167. Campers will be divided into age groups to encourage positive peer relations throughout the summer.

“We have a lot of fun planned this year,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director at the Washington County Family YMCA. “Our Camp Coordinator, Ashley Hubbard, has been working hard to select and train our amazing staff, plan fun filled days, and schedule amazing field trips—all to make this break camp the BEST SUMMER EVER.”

Every day, campers will do an experiment, a challenge, and a creative learning lesson that all focus on building the youths’ 40 Developmental Assets. Qualifying campers will be permitted to swim at least two days a week at the Salem Middle School Pool. Lunch and a snack will be provided through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

Best Summer Ever PromotionSome of the fun planned for fieldtrips this year includes a WNBA Fire Basketball Game and Kids Carnival, a trip to the Great Escapes Cinema, Bowling, swimming at the Bryan Park Pool in Bloomington, and SO MUCH MORE.

“Assets are a main focus for all of our youth programming at the Y,” said Morehous. “In Washington County, our kids have an average of about 18 assets out of the 40 needed to have successful futures—61% of our youth are at-risk and vulnerable due to their asset levels. With this in mind, we ensure that every activity we do is intentionally asset driven.”

When asked about the academic nature of the camp, Morehous stated that summer learning loss is a very important factor considered during camp planning. “We want all of our campers to take what they have learned during the school year and keep those juices flowing over the summer to be ready for the upcoming school year.” Summer camp will offer fun, creative, and hands on activities to keep critical thinking, reading, writing, and other academic skills in tune.

When asked what she is most excited about this summer, Youth First Program Coordinator, Ashley Hubbard said, “This year all of our campers—including our “Paddle Club” kids—will be staying at our Bradie Shrum location. We have enjoyed the Delaney Park site for many years, but are excited about the opportunities that staying at Bradie Shrum brings. It will give all of our kids more opportunity to be a part of community projects, and see what our community has to offer.”

Youth can attend camp on either a part-time or full-time basis. Part-time rates (1-3 days per week) are $55 per week for Members, and $75 per week for Non-members, with full-time rates (4-5 days per week) being $85 per week for Members, and $110 per week for Non-Members. Financial assistance is available based on need—contact the YMCA front desk for more details.

To learn more about the #BestSummerEver, or to register today, contact Ashley Hubbard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the Y at 812-883-YMCA (9622). You can also stop by the YMCA at 1709 N. Shelby Street, Salem, IN 47167, or visit us online at www.wcfymca.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest YMCA updates, news, and information.

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YMCA Preschool Prepares for 2015-6 School Year

The Washington County Family YMCA will be having a preschool registration day on July 20th to sign-up students for the 2015-2016 school year.

On Monday, July 20th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the YMCA Preschool will be taking registrations for the 2015-2016 school year. Families will have the opportunity to register their child, obtain class information, and tour the facility. Registration is open to students ages 2 ½-5 years old, and has both morning and afternoon class options available.

Preschool is more than just a place where kids learn their numbers and ABC’s. Our Teachers work closely with all three Washington County School Corporations to ensure that our lesson plans meet the requirements for the Kindergarten School Readiness Checklists! At the Y, we teach some sign language through words and songs to help work on our motor skills, have daily devotionals, and offer interaction with a smart board. The YMCA Preschool is focused on preparing each child for kindergarten and fostering an environment which promotes socializing and building friendships with others. Your student will have the opportunity to learn, grow, and be ahead of the pack for that first step into elementary school. By giving your child a head start on their education now, you will be providing them with a leg up on their future! Let our experienced, caring, and nurturing teachers help make a difference in your child’s life.

“Our teachers are some of the best around,” said Youth First Director Rosie Morehous. “I have had the pleasure to experience the teachers in both classrooms with my children, and I couldn’t have found a better place to help grow my kids. The Y Preschool teaches SO MUCH MORE than just the standards—they grow Assets! When you send your children in with Robin, Tammy, and all of their assistants—you know they are truly loved!”

Open House will be scheduled for the classes in August, with 4/5 year old classes meeting on August 10th from 5:30-7:00pm, and 3 & ¾ year old classes meeting on August 11th from 5:30-7:00pm. Students will have a chance to meet their teachers, see their classrooms, and mingle with their classmates and families.

To learn more about the YMCA Preschool, or to register, contact Robin Deaton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the Y at 812-883-YMCA (9622). You can also stop by the YMCA at 1709 N. Shelby Street, Salem, IN 47167, or visit us online at www.wcfymca.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest YMCA updates, news, and information.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive LogoBe a lifesaving HERO; donate blood. The Washington County Family YMCA will be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross to help save the lives of those in need.

On Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the American Red Cross Bus will be setting up for blood donations at the Washington County Family YMCA located at 1709 North Shelby Street, Salem, IN 47167. All blood types are needed.

Individuals interested in donating are encouraged to sign-up for their time slot online by visiting www.redcrossblood.org, selecting “Donating Blood”, and then click on the green “Getting Started” button. For assistance scheduling an appointment, you may also contact the Washington County Family YMCA front desk.

To ensure the safety of blood donation for both donors and recipients, all volunteer blood donors must be evaluated to determine their eligibility to give blood. The final determination will be made on the day of the donation at the blood drive or blood donation center. If you were deferred from donating in the past, you may be able to donate again. Those interested in viewing criteria before the blood drive can visit www.redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-733-2767, for more information.

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