YMCA AND AMERICORPS NCCC TEACH KIDS AND TEENS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

July 18, 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah, June 12, 2018 – The YMCA of Northern Utah has partnered with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Community Civilian Corps) in a project to make improvements to two YMCA youth overnight camps in Wasatch County, YMCA Camp Roger and YMCA Camp Mill Hollow. The team of eight members will serve from May to July and are working with the YMCA on projects that include facilities and trail improvement, invasive species removal, and providing leadership and team building activities for campers. All projects are aimed at bringing children and teens to Utah’s outdoors this summer.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, team-based program for young adults, age 18-24. Members develop leadership skills and strengthen communities by completing service projects and gaining life experience. Teams, comprised of 8-10 members, complete multiple projects that address essential community needs throughout the United States. Projects address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.

YMCA Summer Overnight Camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every camper age 6-17 including: growing in independence, responsibility, and confidence as they make new friends, healthy fun, personal growth, friendships, and memories. For 70 years, YMCA Overnight Camp has introduced thousands of kids and teens to Utah’s Uinta Mountains while engaging them in wilderness exploration and adventures, environmental stewardship education, and leadership development. At the YMCA, we strive to give campers opportunities to test their own limits and explore their potential. Our Overnight Camps work to develop leaders and pave the way for future generations.

One of the primary focuses of the NCCC’s partnership with the YMCA this year is Environmental Stewardship and Conservation projects aimed at preserving, protecting, and enhancing parks, natural habitats, and at-risk ecosystems as well as improving knowledge and understanding of environmental conservation practices in communities nationwide. At our Overnight Camps this summer, NCCC member are working on projects including: trail maintenance, historic building preservation, removing invasive plant species, and facilitating environmental education activities for our campers.

 “The YMCA camp staff and the NCCC team members are thrilled with the partnership. We are so impressed with the NCCC members’ dedication to making the outdoors accessible to all youth in Utah. We are eager for the opportunity to partner again next year,” says Elissa Kobrin, Director of Camping.

 A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp in Utah for 70 years. The YMCA of Northern Utah continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.  The YMCA of Northern Utah offers two overnight camps YMCA Camp Roger and YMCA Mill Hollow both located in the beautiful Wasatch National Forest. And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the Y offers financial assistance to those in need. If you are interested in helping to send kids to camp this summer, you may donate to the Y at ymcautah.org/givenow.

For more information about Summer Overnight Camp, visit http://ymcautah.org/camps or call 801-839-3379.  For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-nccc.