“While summer should be a time of exploration, youth are sometimes less involved in activities that stimulate their mind and body,” says Meghan Lopez, Conejo Y's youth development director. “When at camp, kids have the opportunity to get outdoors and learn about nature, take on new responsibilities, gain independence and develop essential social skills and new relationships. As a result, they become more confident, open to trying new things and grow as individuals and as part of a group.”
The Conejo Y provides fun and educational camp programming for children and teens including base camp (onsite activities), travel camp and resident camp at Camp Sequoia Lake. All Ys offer financial assistance to those in need.
"For more than 40 years, the Conejo Y has given youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character," says Lopez.
According to YMCA of the USA, there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:
Healthy Fun: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their eating habits.
Personal Growth: While being away from the routine back home, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges.
For more information about day or resident camp at the Conejo Valley YMCA (4031 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks) visit www.conejovalleyymca.org or contact Meghan Lopez at 805-523-7613 or meghan.lopez@