YMCA of Medicine Hat announces upcoming changes to Summer Camp programs at AGM

February 27, 2020—Changes to Summer Camp programs were announced at the Annual General Meeting of the YMCA of Medicine Hat held last evening.

“The YMCA of Medicine Hat is pleased to announce our new summer camp program that almost doubles the number of licensed and accredited full-time summer day care spaces for school-aged children in our community,” said Sharon Hayward, CEO, YMCA of Medicine
Hat. “Until now, the availability of such programming in the city was limited, and our new program will help close seasonal child care gaps for families with school-aged children.”

The new YMCA Summer Child Care Day Camp program features 90 new licensed and accredited full-time summer child care spaces, with capacity to add as many as 195 child care spaces to meet demand, and will operate out of Dr. Ken Sauer School and Crestwood School, both locations fully accessible to all students.

The YMCA also announced that it will discontinue programming and facility rentals at YMCA Camp Elkwater this year. Community participation at Camp Elkwater has been flat, averaging 121 youth per summer over the last 4 years. While the YMCA of Medicine Hat leases the Camp Elkwater land from the Province, the organization owns the campfacilities and is responsible for funding maintenance and renovations. After nearly 15 years of sustained use, the camp facilities need a major investment, and these costs would place a significant burden on the organization.

“These changes to our camp programs reflect our continuing commitment to helping families and children thrive,” said Sharon Hayward. “To fulfill the trust placed in us, the Board and Management regularly review programs and operations, and make changes when necessary to ensure we remain a vibrant and essential contributor to the wellbeing of our community. We are confident the changes to the YMCA’s summer camp program will offer families more options for summer child care and/or recreational opportunities for their children.”

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Sharon Hayward, CEO
Tel: 403-527-4426, Ext. 206 sharon.hayward@medicinehatymca.ca