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Morris YMCA offers summer camps

MORRIS – Every child in Morris who would like to participate in a YMCA sports camp this summer will be able to, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay.

Registration is ongoing for the 14 camps offered by the Morris Community YMCA.

“If the camp the child is interested in is filled up, we want the parents to put them on the waiting list. If we get enough children interested, we will start another session,” YMCA program director Ken Iverson said.

Missy Durkin, operations director for the Morris YMCA, said the organization has expanded the sports being offered this summer to include bowling, tennis and golf.

“We’ve had a lot of requests for tennis and golf,” she said. “It’s a way for the families to be introduced to a sport.”

The one-week camps are a place for kids to learn the sport, not just participate in it, Iverson said.

“Our camps are geared toward instruction,” he said. “We will teach the kids instead of just playing the game.”

Durkin said instruction will help increase the passion for some of the sports offered as kids learn from area instructors how to play the game.

“We want to introduce them to a sport that can last a lifetime,” Durkin said.

The sports camps being offered this year are: tennis camp, flag football camp, volleyball camp, bowling camp, preschool sports camp, golf camp, softball camp, basketball camp, cheerleading camp, wrestling camp, poms camp, fishing camp, baseball camp, and outdoor sports and safety camp.

Most of the camps start with children in kindergarten and go to either sixth or eighth grades; however the outdoors sports and safety camp will be for students in sixth through 12th grade.

“The outdoor safety camp is geared toward kids that are a little older,” Iverson said. “The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department and local hunt clubs will teach them hunting safety.”

The YMCA also will be providing a summer day camp at Saratoga School designed for kids in kindergarten to sixth grade. The day camp program will offer kids a chance to have fun while building a healthy spirit, mind and body, according to a YMCA news release.

Campers will have a summer filled with water, weekly field trips, sports, outdoor exploration, arts and crafts and more. Camp runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost for summer camp is $100 a week, per child.

Sports camps start at $35 with most costing $45 and the outdoor safety class costing $65.

Iverson said people who would like to have their children involved should call to register regardless of their ability to pay and ask about financial assistance in paying for camp.

To learn more about summer camp, including financial assistance and payment information, or to register, call 815-SAY-YMCA or visit

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