CADILLAC — Sometimes when he’s sitting in his office, Paul King can hear them.
The Cadillac Area YMCA membership and marketing director will hear singing or the sound of little voices counting in Spanish.
So he wanders down the hallway to see what’s going on. What he finds is children engaged in the Dillon Day Camp.
It’s a day camp offered at the YMCA for 6 to 12-year-olds for both YMCA members and community members. Kids can come and “have some organized fun during the day,‘ King said.
Traditionally the program is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the YMCA does offer extended care for an additional cost for parents who need to be at work before 8 a.m. or have to work after 5 p.m.
The camp costs $26 a day for YMCA members and $31 a day for community members and runs from June 17 to Aug. 30.
Throughout the week kids play different outdoor camp games like kickball and if the weather is bad they go into the YMCA’s gym. They have different arts and crafts they can do, once a week they get taught Spanish and twice a week they get the chance to swim in the pool.
Once in a while, they get to go to the library and get library cards to check out books for quiet reading time.
When King visits he always sees kids at the Lego table which is “very popular.‘
“It’s a great opportunity to see youth develop throughout the summer,‘ he said.
They do science, technology, engineering and math projects which help the kids keep their brains engaged. They also have a garden plot they tend to a couple of times a week and the kids will talk about what bug they saw.
It is a place for kids to grow and feel safe during the summer, King said.
“This has always been really important to us, youth development,‘ he said.
He said the YMCA offers financial help for those who need it, so people shouldn’t let the cost of the camp deter them from coming in and checking out what they have to offer.