Reading YMCA gearing up for the best summer ever with the addition of Exeter Playground Programs

Programming keeps kids moving, exploring and learning all summer long.

At the end of the summer, families want to hear their child had “the best summer ever.” To help make that happen, the YMCA of Reading & Berks County is offering day camp and playground program, keeping kids and teens in our community adventurous, active, engaged, and healthy all summer long.

YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

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Along with the Y’s current catalogue of camps, Exeter will have two locations in which the Y can serve children. This playground program will be in Farming Ridge Park and Lorane Hollow. Running from 9am-2pm, June 19-Aug 11, these new locations will introduce the Y to Exeter as a presence in the community.

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But for some kids, summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow, and thrive during out-of-school time.

As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. Attending YMCA of Reading & Berks County summer camp/playground programs is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

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“It’s imperative that kids stay engaged socially, physically and academically throughout the summer. Summer camp is a wonderful way to ensure that,” says Shelley Eppihimer, Director of Early Education for the YMCA of Reading & Berks County. “In our camp/playground program, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, they’re building relationships, developing character, and discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep them active and engaged all summer long.”

Eppihimer says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:

Adventure: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen.

Healthy Fun: Day camp and playground programs offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.

Personal Growth: While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.

Friendship: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, canoeing and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youths.

Memories: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!

To ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the YMCA of Reading & Berks County offers financial assistance to those in need. If you’re interested in helping send kids to camp this summer, you can donate at

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