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YMCA staying busy with camps

The Unicoi County Family YMCA is staying busy this summer with different camps and activities offered to the community.
Director Joe Ebarb said the YMCA has been busy since the start of the summer days and at the end of the day, it is all about the children of Unicoi County.
“It is critical for us to provide this type of environment for the children,” Ebarb said. “We want to be that hub in the community to provide a safe environment for the kids. We have summer camps going on and we do not turn any child away. If there’s a financial situation going on, we do provide scholarship opportunities.”
During last summer, the YMCA provided $24,000 worth of scholarship opportunities for children to take part in the events leading up to the beginning of the school year.
The role of the YMCA proves to be vital for the community, said Summer Camp Director Molly Duncan. While working on food during their camp on Monday, June 15, Duncan’s campers were outside with Y workers taking part in the ‘Survivor Week’ activities.
“The past two years, we’ve been working to revamp it,” Duncan said. “Our goal is to try to make the children more comfortable with who they are and making this a safe environment for the kids.”
Camp opportunities are also available for community members not yet enrolled. Duncan said individuals can stop by the office to register.
A $25 fee includes food, trips and other fun activities, but most of all, a chance to provide children an experience to work with one another during the summer days, Duncan added. Along with activities at the facility, campers go on different field trips each week, including a trip each Friday to Fishery Pool.
The camp currently has approximately 70 kids registered with a daily attendance of 40.
“Child care is expensive,” she added. “We provide this camp for a low rate.”
Along with the different outlets provided at the camp, the Y has a bevy of activities going on for the old and young, alike.
A women’s adult basketball league is underway, Ebarb added, and opportunities are still available for different youth basketball camps, including a summer youth basketball league. The youth basketball teams will have games at the Y and at Science Hill High School.
Along with current events, fall soccer and T-ball in August are events individuals can begin to register for, Ebarb added.
The annual YMCA golf tournament at Buffalo Valley Golf Course is scheduled for July 25 and is currently accepting participants.
For more information on upcoming events, visit the facility’s website at ucfymca.org or call the front office at 743-3361.