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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Y – Reflecting on Summer and Looking Forward


I think we can all agree that the Summer of 2020 has been unique and like no other summer we have ever experienced. We entered summer with uncertainty; yet, hopeful that we would have the opportunity to enjoy our favorite summer pastimes. We sought out opportunities to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather by taking walks outside, gardening, tubing on the river, bike riding, barbecuing, golfing and even some frozen treats.

At the Y we had the great opportunity to provide summer camp to children. There is no doubt that camp was a bit different from previous summers, but the magic of camp did not disappear. Campers had the opportunity to safely engage with their peers and with caring adults while experiencing new things—including wearing masks everyday—making new friends, celebrating summer, and developing new skills.

Seeing campers look forward to their day and the adventures that await created the normalcy each day that we’d been seeking. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to be there for children and families.

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As we look forward to the fall and the upcoming school year, we are probably still seeking the traditions and activities we so enjoy during this time of year. Once again, we are faced with some uncertainty, but hopeful that good things will come.

In times like these, remaining connected to family and focusing on the joy that comes from the time we spend with our families can help bring about the calm we are seeking. The Naperville YMCA wants to continue to help provide opportunities for family connection.

This month you can look forward to Drive-In movie night on August 14 at the Fry YMCA. We are also looking forward to the Y Guide Program, a parent-child program rich in tradition and fosters the relationship between parent and child.

We hope to see you and your family.

For more information about YMCA Family programs and activities, visit www.fryymca.org or call us at (630) 904-9595.

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Erika Wood
Erika Woodhttp://www.ymcachicago.org/pages/safe-n-sound-staff
Erika Wood is the Executive Director of the YMCA Safe ‘n Sound. Contact her at ewood@ymcachicago.org.


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