The Y has a long, proud history in camping activities and YMCA Camp Eberhart has been committed to nurturing youth development for more than 100 years. Not only do we provide a lifetime's worth of skills and experiences, but YMCA Camp Eberhart also strengthens the foundations of our communities through summer camp, specialty camps year-round, retreats, and other camping programs and activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities.
At YMCA Camp Eberhart, we are a haven for learning and achievement for all children with the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do.
Our equestrian programs combine trained horses, qualified staff, and excellent facilities to create a positive atmosphere where horse lovers can advance their horseback riding skills, expand their horsemanship knowledge, and enjoy riding with friends.
Often, the spark that is participation in our programs ignites the inspiration to become a horse owner. We encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a responsible horse owner to learn more.
“For many years, I have been concerned with the increase in sedentary and nature deficient lifestyles among Americans, especially among our youth,” writes Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) in a recent blog post. “Kids today spend less time outdoors than any other generation in history. As a result, more kids are overweight and obese and suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression than ever before.”
Last year’s blockbuster book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, and this year’s Pamela Druckerman book, Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, seem to indicate that parents today are looking for some sort of instruction book for raising happy, healthy children.
We have a solution. We call it summer camp!
“You know who’s weird?” asks Hagy. “Astronauts. Saints. Nobel Prize winners. Scientists. People with hobbies you’ve never heard of or are afraid to try. People who speak their minds. People with both problems and (gasp) solutions. People who are (enviably) not like you. Being weird means being noticeably different. It means being or doing something that makes other people stare, or laugh, applaud, or boo. And it’s something we all need to cultivate.”
She notes that “weirdness” helps you to stand out, command respect of others, and do whatever you like. In other words, be yourself and be happy.
In his new book, We Are All Weird, Godin embraces the notion that everyone deserves the dignity and respect that comes from being different.
At YMCA Camp Eberhart, we know that kids benefit from more opportunities to discover their individuality. When they make more choices and develop more interests on their own, they operate in ways that reflect their own unique values.