It is the goal of our YMCA to provide a healthy, safe and secure environment for all day camp participants. The YMCA teaches us core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Children who attend the program are expected to follow the behavior guidelines and to interact appropriately in a group setting.

The goal of the Greater Scranton YMCA programs is to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Our summer camp program reflects these values and is designed to help our campers grow mentally, physically and spiritually within a fun camp environment. Our trained camp staff leads campers in challenging activities that help your child grow and learn.

The goals and principles of the Summer Camp Program are firmly based on the specific objectives from which our programs operate. We work on developing these principles within each child and in how they interact and develop relationships with others. The principles of Summer Camp are:

  • The achievement of personal growth in spirit, mind and body
  • The formation and practice of socially constructive habits and attitudes
  • The development of an appreciation of nature and a love of the outdoor environment
  • The strengthening os family relationships through parent/guardian participation
  • To continue educational development through our Summer Learning Program

Character Development: At the GS YMCA, character development and values are part of who we are. The GSY is committed to embracing and demonstrating character through our four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Our goal is to challenge the children and staff to believe in and act on these positive values.

Caring: to love others; to be sensitive to the well-being of others, to help others.

Honesty: To tell the truth; to act in such a way that you are worthy of trust; to have integrity; making sure your choices match your values.

Respect: To treat others as you would have them treat you; to value the worth of every person, including yourself

Responsibility: To do what is right; what you ought to do; to be accountable for your behaviors and obligations.

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