The YMCA of Medicine Hat has been awarded $30,000 by the United Way of South Eastern Alberta to directly offset the cost of licensed summer day camps. As a result of this funding, families will save 50% on registration fees, paying only $100 per week. Registration for these licensed programs opens May 25th through the YMCA’s online member portal.

Programs operate Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays) from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Full details including program locations will be available on the YMCA’s website in early May. This year’s dates and themes are as follows:
July 5 – 9: STEM Week
July 12 - 16: LEGO
July 19 – 23: Harry Potter
July 26 – 30: Team Building
August 3 – 6: Monster Mash
August 9 – 13: School Aged Scientists
August 16 – 20: Tie-Dye & Splash

As licensed child care programs, these day camps qualify to operate within the current public health regulations. Families can rest assured that all safety precautions and public health regulations will be strictly adhered to by staff who are trained early childhood educators. Additionally, any families eligible for Government of Alberta Child Care Subsidy can access it to further offset their costs. The YMCA also offers Strong Kids financial assistance for families who face additional financial barriers.

“We recognize that safe, affordable, and high-quality summer child care for school-aged children is essential, particular in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sharon Hayward, CEO. “These licensed day camps provide the opportunity for parents/guardians to go to work knowing that their children are in a safe program that offers recreation, skill development and physical activity, while adhering to all public health regulations and guidelines.”

An outdoor cheque presentation is scheduled for April 16 at 9:45 am at the Downtown YMCA (150 Ash Avenue SE). Media is invited to attend for photos and interview opportunities.