SHERIDAN — The summertime is the best time to experience a variety of different activities and the Sheridan YMCA has plenty to offer local youths.
Registration for camp will be April 13, at 8:45 a.m. at the YMCA and signing up has become a rite of spring for many families. The camps serve youth ages 4-16.
“We have over 100 people lined up at the doors for registration,” said Sandy Sare,camp director at the YMCA. “It is an exciting time.”
Some of the more popular camps, Sare said are art and science camps as well as theater camps. This year there will not only be a Theater 1 camp offered for budding thespians, but as well as Theater 2 camp for more experienced actors. There also will be a theater production camp. Theater campers will put on a production of Willy Wonka at the end of the week.
For the science-minded, Sare said a dissection camp is very well received. Campers will dissect earthworms and star fish during the week.
There are also plenty of camps available to take advantage of the Wyoming wilderness.
“The great outdoors is just that — great,” Sare said. “A lot of kids don’t get to experience the outdoors.”
Day camps are based at Thorne-Rider Youth Camp in Story and last from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature outdoor activities like canoeing, backpacking, hiking and archery.
There are also resident camps available at Camp Roberts west of Buffalo, in which campers stay three or four nights.
Sare said there have been some upgrades to the camp including a new bunkhouse and open air chapel. She added there is also new equipment at the camp such as canoes and mountain bikes.
“To me it (the value of going to camp) is just getting in tune with nature and getting outside creating a lot of wonderful memories,” Sare said. “Really a lot of friendships are developed. There are also interests developed — things kids haven’t tried. They also develop a sense of independence.”
Sare said some camps are very popular and will fill quickly, but the YMCA will make every effort to get young people into the camps they wish to attend even if there is a waiting list. She added that registration will be ongoing until summer as long as camps have space available.