Summer camp fun the Y way

Giving girls an opportunity to have fun and learn a few things is the idea behind the summer day camps that recently wrapped up at the YWCA of Steubenville.

The three sessions of the camp available to girls in grades one through eight ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday on June 11-13, June 18-20 and June 25-27.

The camps were held at the YWCA located at 320 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.

“We had pretty good participation,” said Marlyn Neeley, executive director of the YWCA, of the program that attracted 26 girls, many first- and second-graders.

Neely started the camp in 2000, and while the girls played games, did crafts, danced, enjoyed sports and had swimming time at the Steubenville High School pool, they also learned about healthy eating, for example, and participated in a self-esteem building game called “What I Like About You.” It incorporated diversity training and involved identifying and appreciating good traits in each other.

Y-Teen volunteers were on hand to help with the camps and will have their own crack at a first-time camp later this month just for them.

The Y-Teen group at Steubenville High School is sponsored by the YWCA and has 35 members. The Y-Teen camp will be held July 24-26, “a day camp for bigger girls,” Neely said of the program for the high school teens.

They, too, will have some summer fun time for activities such as swimming but also will learn to bake and how to prepare meals, including revamping a recipe, tweaking the ingredients, for instance, to make a healthier version of it. Some other activities will include skin and hair care, dressing for success and assistance in filling out applications for college and grants to attend.