Welcome to the Greater Scranton YMCA, a place where all people, no matter their age or background, can come together to grow stronger in spirit, mind and body.
We are a cause-driven nonprofit organization that focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We believe positive and lasting personal and social change comes about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. Last fiscal year, the Greater Scranton YMCA awarded $373,275 in financial assistance to children, adults and families from our community, allowing them to benefit from all the Y has to offer, including membership, early childhood education, youth programs and health initiatives.
The Y offers something for everyone in our community. From youth sports (virtual and in-person) and enrichment programs to chronic disease prevention initiatives and from early childhood education and programs designed to combat the achievement gap to programs geared towards engaging older adults and children with physical and development disabilities, the Greater Scranton YMCA makes a profound and lasting impact on the lives of the individuals and families we serve.
While a lot has changed at the Y over this past year, our pledge to always be here in times of need has remained. Thanks to the support of our members, volunteers and partners, we are able to continue offering people a welcoming place to feel safe, grow stronger and feel more connected to themselves, their families and their community.
Now, as the school year nears a close, we are working to provide the children in our community with a sense of normalcy. Great summers start at the Y!
Our staff team is so excited to launch the 2021 Summer Day Camp program. Day camp at the Y provides kids with adventure, healthy fun, personal growth and friendships and memories that can last a lifetime. The program will begin June 14 and will operate through Aug. 27.
Incorporated into our Summer Day Camp Program is QUEST. As we know staying mentally engaged during the three-month summer educational gap is crucial to the continued academic development of students, QUEST was created to help bridge the gap between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next.
Each summer, certified teachers cover science, math, reading comprehension and other subjects through hands-on projects and activities. Participants are tested at the beginning of the program and again at the end so staff can measure the effectiveness of the curriculum year over year.
The program is offered to Summer Day Camp participants in kindergarten through eighth grades and is integrated into their daily curriculum at no additional cost. QUEST is an approved Educational Improvement Organization Program under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.
The health and safety of our campers and staff is our top priority. In order to have fun and thrive, kids need to feel safe and parents need to feel comfortable sending their child to an in-person program. The Y has adapted its camp program to meet CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health safety recommendations to help keep kids and staff safe from COVID-19.
Here at the Y, we believe all children deserve the chance to experience summer day camp. For so many, though, and perhaps now more than ever before, attending summer camp is not an option due the financial hardship many families are enduring. The Y is proud to turn no one away. We will work with every family who walks through our doors to ensure children have access to their best summer ever.
To learn more about the Summer Day Camp Program and the financial assistance application process, visit us online at https://greaterscrantonymca.org/ or contact Leigh Miller, Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-346-5003.
Meghan Carnevale is the mission advancement and marketing director at the Greater Scranton YMCA. Meghan has been with the Y since 2012, serving in different roles in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre communities. For Meghan, sharing the impact the Y has on the lives of those it serves and working with community partners to raise the funds needed to ensure the Y will remain a sustainable landmark in our community are her favorite parts of her current position.