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Business Profile: MetroWest YMCA Outdoor Center helps children make great memories

by | Mar 20, 2024 | Business, Featured

Children attending summer camp at the MetroWest YMCA Outdoor Center are always excited by the wide selection of programs and the facility. Over nine weeks, those enrolled in traditional camp can try archery, improve swimming skills, tackle the rope course and play pickleball, to name a few activities. Then there are specialty camps, with half the day for traditional experiences and the other half focused on topics ranging from performing arts to cooking to horseback riding. In all, there are 45 camp options at the 122-acre site this year.

“Our programs and facility are just a means to an end,” said Bartt Pinchuck, the center’s executive director. “The real magic is what our counselors do with the campers every day. They facilitate the kids’ establishing friendships, building life skills, gaining confidence and enjoying themselves. We want campers to go home with stories to tell.”

Pinchuck, with more than 30 years of experience in youth programs, is enthusiastic about “the amazing staff we’re bringing on. Their role is important — they can impact who the kids become. Our counselor training instills that, along with providing a safe and enriching experience.

“We also value the importance of youth mental health in our staff training. Counselors try to recognize what’s going on with kids at a deeper level and respond with the tools needed. Some of our staff members are inclusion specialists, adapting camp activities so kids with special needs can participate.”

Added Pinchuck: “Because we’re a nonprofit organization, no one is turned away due to an inability to pay.”

The outdoor center is a year-round facility with recreational programs for youth, families, and adults, including indoor climbing, disc golf, pool membership, and now pickleball. There are also family nights, camp-outs, and cooking classes.

Hopkinton families have the convenience of the valued regional facility being in their own town, and means local attendees see familiar faces there.

One parent summed up their experience from last year this way: “Thank you for all you did to help my children make great memories!”

To see the facility and experience a sampling of the offerings, attend the free Healthy Kids Day event on April 27 from 12 to 3 p.m. Special morning activities include a family trail run, kids’ dash, tours, and a teddy bear picnic.

For details about Healthy Kids Day, summer camp, and year-round programs at the 45 East Street site, visit metrowestymca.org/locations/outdoor-center, or call 508-435-9345.

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