YMCA Camp Eberhart

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YMCA Camp Eberhart

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.

 

NEWS FROM CAMP

BRICE EMANUEL RETIRES AFTER 22 YEARS AT YMCA CAMP EBERHART

Sunday marked the turning of a page at YMCA Camp Eberhart, where an open house was held to honor the retirement of longtime director Brice Emanuel, who will now honor a three-plus-decades-old promise to his wife, Julia, that they would move back to Virginia.

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PERSONAL GROWTH DEVELOPING SKILLS, BECOMING LEADERS

Constantine school students participate in one of many events at an all day Leadership Training program at Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers. Students in the Falcon Advisory Mentoring (FAM) program at Constantine High School, and Level 5 students in both the middle school and high school, attended the program. 

FAM attended on Nov. 9 and the Level 5 students attended on Nov. 16. 

The training was funded with a grant from United Way, which was coordinated by Suzanne Malone. The groups participated in a rock climb, trust fall, high rope obstacle course and a variety of team building exercises. 

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HEALTHY LIVING AT YMCA CAMP EBERHART

A word from our Director of Healthy Living, Dani Elgas: 

We are committed to promoting high standards for nutrition and physical activity in all programs at YMCA Camp Eberhart, improving the health and well-being of everyone we serve. We are introducing this to our campers as: Eat a little Better – Move a little More – Live a little Healthier. The acronym – EB~MM~LH – is posted throughout camp, as a reminder of our healthy living initiative. 

We don’t intend to take away anything from your camper’s experience, but rather expect to enhance their well-being during the time we spend together at camp. We are following an action plan to promote Healthy Living through better food choices, portion control, and a continued emphasis on physical activity. As a parent myself, I certainly do not want anyone telling me how to raise my son, but I do appreciate recommendations and guidelines, especially those concerning the health of my child. 

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LIVES CHANGED/COMMUNITY STRENGTHENED

During Spring Break this school year (April 4 & 5), we took 38 kids from all 5 of the South Bend schools served by YMCA Urban Youth Services (Riley, Washington, New Tech, Navarre, and Marshall). This outdoor education program develops multi-cultural leadership skills in young men and women through nature experiences, shared challenges, problem solving and, of course, fun. 

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GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Hi Kelly! 

I just wanted to thank you for such an amazing experience last week, at Spring Break Horse Camp! My daughter can’t stop 

talking about it. She’s hoping to add horsemanship to her YMCA Camp Eberhart experience this summer. It is definitely one of her most favorite things! Thank you again! Job well done! 

Suzanne K.  

 

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WE'RE ALL ABOUT MORE SUMMER FUN!

Can you believe that summer is only 3 months away?! The staff and faculty here at YMCA Camp Eberhart can't wait until the campers arrive. We have a couple new water toys from RAVE Sports that we're just dying to test out. As if summer wasn't going to be a wet and wild time without our new Turbo Chute slip & slide and rope swing! RAVE Sports simply offers the very best in quality and fun when it comes to water recreation offering the biggest, safest, most innovative products in the water sports industry.

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BY YOUR SIDE

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.

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HEALTHY, WEALTHY AND WISE

“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.”

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FATHER-SON WINTER WEEKEND

We had the fathers and sons from YMCA Alfred Campebelli Adventure Guides visit YMCA CAMP EBERHART this weekend. YMCA Alfred Campebelli is located in Schaumburg, Illinois. The fathers and sons enjoyed their annual winter retreat with fun filled activities which included horse back rides, archery, tie-dying, even an egg drop. We had a surprise snow storm that turned everything into a winter wonderland and provided the boys with a chance to work on their winter survival skills.

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YOUR SUMMER ONLY BETTER!

YMCA Camp Eberhart's 2012 Summer Camp Brochure is now available online. With exciting programs all day, campfires and s’mores at night, kids love it! Come to this exciting, safe community for kids to explore, build self-esteem and make lasting friendships. Each week has a special theme. Many are quite popular and fill up quickly! Registration is happening RIGHT NOW!!!

YMCA Camp Eberhart is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.