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Albany YMCA takes summer camp on the road

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The organization is reaching out to kids who otherwise probably wouldn't be able to attend camp.

Children living at Superior Creek Lodge are getting a different type of camp. Instead of going to the YMCA, the organization came to them.

These kids are enjoying what's left of their summer vacation. Thanks to the Albany Area YMCA, a weeklong summer camp is right in their back yard.

"We are what we call a Y without walls. So we want there to be a Y where ever there is a need. And there is a need here," said Kawona Holliday-Wakefield, YMCA Childcare Director.

These kids ages 5-14, live at Superior Creek Lodge Motel can relax and enjoy swimming, arts and crafts and games.

"These residents are displaced for various reasons from their permanent homes. Now they have found shelter and homes at this motel," said Wakefield.

Lamian Thompson says the camp is a way for him to show off his swimming skills.

"It’s great for me because I'm learning how to tread water. I can't wait to get in the deep end though....laughs," said Thompson.

And he says it's been a rewarding experience so far.

"I'm really excited cause I get to swim with my friends and we can have fun and play activities," said Wakefield.

This is the first time the YMCA has brought a camp to another location. Superior Creek Lodge management says this is the perfect idea for residents.

"They really love to swim. They are good kids and they been excited all week," said Lisa Walker, motel pool attendant.

The campers are also learning the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The camp for the children at Superior Creek Lodge will end on Thursday afternoon.

This summer camp experience is funded through the Y's Annual Campaign. Every year during the Annual Campaign, members of the community contribute generously to the Y's Scholarship fund, impacting local kids and families who need financial assistance for YMCA programs or membership.

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