May 2016 Newsletter
What's New for 2016
We are never satisfied with status quo at Camp Eberhart. We constantly strive to evolve our offerings to ensure our kids remember camp as one of the best experiences of their childhoods.
Thanks to our generous and dedicated alumni association, we have made several equipment purchases / upgrades and are launching exciting new programs for an even more impactful camp experience.
Snorkeling: Kids will step out of their comfort zones and learn to dive, breath through a snorkel, and discover Corey Lake’s biodiversity through the eyes of a fish.
Disc Golf: We teach campers the fun art of disc golf by showing them how to be aware of their body movements and how to hone in on a target from great distance. Your kids will walk away from this with greater patience and focus.
Music: Kids can choose from a wide variety of instruments such as guitar, trumpet, drums, and more to blend melodies with their friends. We will also provide a PA system for those who wish to sing.
Leadership in Training: This program teaches older, experienced campers collaborative leadership models through games. Campers will discover the nuances of team work and where they excel and what needs improvement. Most importantly, they will learn what can be accomplished when they work with others toward a common goal.
Sailboats: We have added five new Sunfish.
Bouldering Wall: This exciting new feature will be a place where we can project challenging climbing moves. Campers can work on form and technique as opposed to tying in and scrambling up the climbing wall.
Paddleboards and kayaks: We have purchased new paddleboards and kayaks as part of our Boats, Canoes, and Kayaks program.
Look for these and other key updates as your kids get ready to adventure with us this summer.
Dear Camper Families,
Summer is almost upon us for YMCA Camp Eberhart’s 108th year of heritage and magic. While camp is regularly full of beauty in many ways, I have recently been struck at how the Camp experience brings all cultures and communities together.
At camp we believe that money should not be a reason a camper cannot attend. We believe in opening our gates wide for all who want to attend. This tradition started with George and Elsa Cooper, who ran camp from 1925 to 1965. George demanded that religion, race, or demographics wouldn't keep kids from coming here. He asked that we be inclusive. Elsa, simultaneously, ran our girls' camp, which so happened to be the first camp in the world to have girls at camp. Inclusiveness is in our roots.
Today is no different and I am proud to boast that Camp Eberhart continues to be a melting pot of cultures and communities. This summer, like many before it, your campers will be exposed to challenging activities, rolling laughter, screaming camp songs, and making heartfelt connections. They will do it with a diverse team in their cabin because this is good for all children.
As was the case last year, I am available at any time to answer any question you have. Please do not hesitate to call me at 269.244.5125 and share your camp story.
We love our alumni and love to hear what they are up to and the accomplishments they are achieving!
Have you recently gotten married, been promoted, moved, or something else noteworthy? Perhaps you have an amazing camp experience that you’d to share. Did camp shape you in a way that you think others should know?
You can also become a member of our official alumni association to connect with other former Camp Eberhart family members around the country.
Summer is the season to get outside and explore with your family. It’s also the perfect opportunity for your kids to practice skills gained at camp. Here are some ideas of things to do with your family that will keep the camp embers burning all season long.
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS). To celebrate this anniversary, the U.S. Department of the Interior is offering families with kids in fourth grade free access to federally managed public lands and parks with the Every Kid in a Park Pass. With access to hundreds of recreational areas, you can choose to travel across the country or stick closer to home. Now is the time to visit the park of your dreams or to see that local gem you’ve been thinking about for years. Visit everykidinapark.gov for details and pass rules.
Even if you don’t have a fourth grader in your family, our national parks offer heritage and exposure to some of the most beautiful places on earth. In fact, the State of Michigan is home to seven national landmarks, parks and sites. For example, you can explore rugged peaks in Isle Royale, climb majestic sand dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes, learn about automotive legacy at Motor Cities or discover historical battlegrounds in River Raisin. To learn more about these and other sites, please visit nps.gov.
Michigan’s state parks also offer boundless recreational adventures. From canoeing sublime waters in the state’s most remote park, Craig Lake State Park, to playing beachcomber at Warren dunes, there is something for everyone in your family. To make your trip complete, several parks offer camping and some provide rustic and modern lodging.
Make your plans now and create an experience your kids will remember and cherish for the rest of their lives.