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YMCA summer camp enrolls record number
Campers will spend two weeks on Ferrum campus
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Courtesy Photo: Local children stop for a photo during last year’s summer camp at the Franklin County Family YMCA.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The enrollment for the Franklin County Family YMCA's summer camp "early bird special" received a record number of registrations.

The summer camp, in operation for over a decade, has grown by 20 percent per summer over the last three years. In recent years, the addition of free swim lessons, weekly field trips and theme weeks have been popular with parents and children alike.

"Parents were really excited about this year's camp," said Jamie Stump, camp coordinator at the YMCA. "We had an outstanding response to all the improvements with the program."

Summer camp for 2014 will be unlike any other year with two weeks on the Ferrum College campus. At Ferrum, campers will have access to the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, ropes course, walking trails, tennis courts and swimming pool.

The campers will also spend time this summer at BFMS and Rocky Mount Elementary. With the multiple sites, campers will get to take advantage of what each location has to offer, like the large playground at Rocky Mount Elementary and the sports fields at the middle school.

The camp operates from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and

offers bus transportation from Boones Mill, Burnt Chimney Elementary schools and from Ferrum to Rocky Mount for the two weeks on campus.

"Space is limited with the overwhelming response but we are still taking registrations," Stump said.

YMCA childcare programs have over 500 participants a year throughout numerous programs and reach children as young as 2 years old.

When asked about the success of the program, Stump said, "I believe it's because we truly want the kids to have the best summer possible, simple as that. Everything, whether it be selecting a field trip, a special speaker or planning an activity we have our kids in mind."

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