Every year during the months of June, July, and August, young people gather at camps all over the country. Free from deadlines, rubrics, clubs, practices, and the monotonous yet tedious schedules created for them, these kids and teens swiftly embrace the season of Summer. For those who have the opportunity, camp is a safe haven in many respects. …  Read More
Dr. John W. Gruber is named the 2015 Recipient of the Harold L. Schappell Lifetime Achievement Award.
South Mountain YMCA Camps is pleased to honor Emeritus Director at the Annual Holiday Social. Wernersville, December 2015 – On Tuesday December 8th Dr. John W. Gruber received the South Mountain YMCA Camps Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s annual Holiday Social. More than 50 individuals joined Board members, staff and camp alum …  Read More
5 Ways Summer Camp Helps Your Child Prepare for Adulthood
When I think back on my own camp experience, I recall standing on a wooden tower about 10, maybe 15, feet off the ground. Several people I had recently met stood below. They were yelling at me to fall. I'd just met these people; why on earth would I trust them enough to catch me? I put my arms across my chest and fell back through the air. Whack! …  Read More
Wondering what to make for dinner tonight?
We have a better idea!!! Join us today at Chipotle in Reading on Papermill Road between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. We're having a fundraiser for Operation Purple Camp (OPC) which provides free summer camp for military kids. OPC camp is open to military children with a parent or guardian from any service branch. Priority is given to children who have a …  Read More
My daughter is leaving for sleep-away camp.
The bags are packed. The duffels have shipped. The stationary and envelopes have been carefully organized and pre-stamped. It's her first time going, but not my first time sending a kid away for a summer. I know what to do. I've marked her clothing using both iron-on labels and indelible ink in hopes that the clothing will actually …  Read More
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