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CLEMSON — The Foothills Area YMCA is offering DAY camp to give kids and teens in Oconee County, Clemson and Central an adventurous, active and healthy summer.

Camp ONEOT offers youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

“YMCA summer camp supports the social-emotional, cognitive development and physical well-being of kids,” said Lindsey Watley, Child Care & Camp Director for Foothills Area YMCA. “At Camp ONEOT, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and achieve – discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp so that every child can benefit from the experience.”

Watley said there are five reasons to attend summer camp:

Adventure: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of fun adventures and new experiences, and especially exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen.

Healthy fun: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.

Personal growth: While being away from the routine back home, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.

New friendships: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The relationships formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.

Memories: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories and camp traditions that will last a lifetime.

The Foothills Area YMCA offers 10 one-week sessions throughout the summer. The Foothills Area YMCA also offers financial assistance to those in need. Visit www.Y4all.org or call Watley at 864-888-0622 for more information.

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