6.5 Ways YMCA Camp Makes Your Life Easier

West Chester Camper giving mother a flower made during her day at Summer Camp in West Chester, Pa

It’s that time of year when the headache of making summer camp plans for your children looms large over your head. Dates, times, cost, camp types, special interests, drop off and pick up – yikes! Just having the kids at the same place is a victory! 

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine, which offers summer camp at all of its branches including the Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, Lionville YMCA, Oscar Lasko YMCA, Upper Main Line YMCA and West Chester Area YMCA, is here to alleviate some of that pressure. Here are six and a half ways YMCA Summer Camp will make your life easier.


1. Camp Planning Chart 
We know planning your kids’ summer takes a lot of time, which is why we created a camp planner to simplify the process. The planner is broken down by weekly camp availability so you can quickly find out if your six-year-old can go to Cheer Camp at the same week your 12-year-old goes to Animal Care Camp. OR, if your child is interested in sports and you don’t know which one to select, the sports camps are all listed together to make it easy to choose.


2. Options
At first glance, having so many camp options at the YMCA may not necessarily feel like it is making your life easier; however, with all those options there is something for everyone AND they all get dropped off and picked up at the same time and location!  


3. Before and After Camp Time
Camp drop off and pick up times don’t always mesh with your work schedule. A huge advantage of YMCA Summer Camp is the extended camp time offered at NO ADDITIONAL COST. Drop off early, 7 - 9 AM or pick up later, 4 - 6 PM, knowing your children will be safe and occupied with fun camp activities.


4. Cost
The YMCA of Greater Brandywine has very competitive rates for summer camp. Additionally, a 10% discount is offered for siblings (some restrictions apply). Price still a little prohibitive? Financial aid is available for families unable to pay the standard rates.


5. Break from Screen Time
Trying to pry your children off their electronic devices or phones? The use of cell phones, cameras and/or other electronic devices is prohibited during camp programming. Campers who bring such equipment, will be asked to put it away or it will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day, so your children can get the most out of their time at camp.


6. Swimming 
What is better than jumping in a cool pool on a hot day? Most YMCA summer camps offer recreational swim time each day (after being tested on the first day for safety). Additionally, some sites include camp swim lessons for your children, while others offer the lessons for a small additional fee.


6.5. Me Time
As parents, we always seem to put the kids first, so this one time give yourself a little time. Enrolling your children in Y camp – full or half day – may just give you a chance to have a little time to yourself to do chores, shop, get a workout in or just read a book!

Learn more about our summer camp offerings across Chester County and you'll see why our summer camps make your life easier.