With the summer season approaching, the Monett Area YMCA has a variety of programs and events available for area patrons.
The Summer Odyssey program is at the top of the programs with its kick-off date of May 25.
The Summer Odyssey program, designed for children, is divided into two categories; Rangers, for kindergarten through third grade, and Challengers, for fourth through sixth graders.
In a secure environment, and designed around a child's world of imagination, Summer Odyssey Rangers will allow younger children to discover Ozark adventures including amusement parks, museums, the Zoo and other attractions.
Designed for older children, Challengers is an extension of the Summer Odyssey experience and provides more adventure, more challenges for participants. Each week there is a different activity such as canoe trips, horseback riding and riding go carts.
The program will also provide daily activities for kids, such as games, sports, arts, crafts, nature adventures and movies.
The Summer Odyssey program is a weekly program with daily hours of operation for program activities from from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Extended pick-up/drop-off hours are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Programs will begin on May 25 and extend through August 18.
The registration fee per child for full-time is $50, for four to five days a week with a weekly tuition of $70 for YMCA members or $80 for non-members.
Spaces are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. The registration fee and the first week enrollment fee is due at registration. All activities, trips and snacks are included with the paid registration.
The Monett area YMCA also offers a variety of summer resident camps at Camp Wakonda, which include the following:
* Taste of Wakonda - This is a four-day session camp for kids entering second and third grade. Activities will include swimming, hiking, low ropes and more.
* Pathfinders - This one-week session, which begins on a Sunday and ends on Friday, is for kids entering third and fourth grade. Activities will include low ropes, archery, nature hikes, rock climbing, rappelling, swimming and Mole Run.
* Trailblazers - In this one-week session, which begins on Sunday and ends on Friday, is designed for kids entering fifth and sixth grade. Activities will include low ropes, archery, nature hikes, biking, swimming, Mole Run, outdoor overnight, zip line, tribe and the continuation of camping traditions.
* Character Camping - This one-week session, for kids entering seventh and eighth grade, will focus on building leadership skills, character development and the core values of Camp Wakonda. Activities will include high and low ropes, archery, nature hikes, biking, swimming, Mole Run, rock climbing, rappelling, nighttime zip line, tribe and development for becoming Volunteens.
* Outback Camping - This is a two-week session for kids entering ninth and tenth grade. In this session, camping is done at a campsite away from the cabins. Kids will cook some of their meals at the campsite, sleep in platform tents and study nature. Activities will include, all high and low ropes courses, rock climbing, rappelling, nighttime zip line, Mole Run, archery, swimming and caving. This session will end with a float trip down the Niangua River.
* Volunteens - This one-week session is for kids entering eighth through tenth grade that have attended a previous regular session. Campers will be evaluated on their leadership skills, responsibility and respect for nature to familiarize skills necessary for campers wanting to enter the C.I.T. program.
* Create-A-Camp - This one-week session is for kids entering eighth through tenth grade that are returning campers of Camp Wakonda. In this session, campers will participate in all camp activities and help plan activities during speciality hours.
* Camper In Transition (C.I.T.) - This is a four-week session with weekend breaks for kids entering eleventh and twelvth grade. C.I.T.'s will learn leadership, organizational and communication skills, disciplinary techniques, group facilitation, youth characteristics and the philosophy and goals of Camp Wakonda. C.I.T.'s will also participate in and help supervise camp activities with the assistance of senior camp staff.
Additional camps include:
* Horseback Riding - This is a one-week session for kids entering fourth through tenth grade. In this session, campers will visit Stokely Farms on Monday through Thursday for a two-hour riding program. Campers will also participate in activities such as low ropes, rappelling, rock climbing, swimming, Mole Run, tribe and other camping traditions.
* Week at Wakonda Day Camp - This is a one-week session for kids entering second through seventh grade. Campers will meet daily at the YMCA from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and then bussed to Camp Wakonda to spend the day. Activities will include swimming, low ropes, rappelling, rock climbing, Mole Run, hiking, bike riding, nature programs and crafts. Campers will be bussed back to the YMCA and be ready for pick-up between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Camp Wakonda also has family camping for families wanting to reserve a cabin or a tent for the weekend. The pool, low ropes, tower activities, crafts and games will be available. Check in for family camping is at 7 p.m. on Friday with check out at 11:30 on Sunday.
For more information on the summer resident camps, call Camp Wakonda at 417-491-4206.
The Monett area YMCA offers comprehensive facilities including everything from complete cardio and weight equipment to the swimming pool, gymnasium, indoor track and more.
All branches of the YMCA are available for group rentals such as graduations, family reunions, receptions, birthdays, pool party and more.
YMCA member benefits include free exercise classes, family-friendly acitivities, access to all six Ozarks Regional YMCA locations, discounts on Cox Monett wellness programs and much more.
The YMCA is a not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance, which is subsidized through the United Way of the Ozarks and the YMCA Strong Kids Financial Assistance Program, operations and special events.
Financial assistance is available for up to 90 percent of program or membership costs. For more information on how to donate or volunteer for the annual Strong Kids Financial Assistance Program, call Rhonda Clark at 417-862-8962, ext. 159.
For more information about the services and programs offered through the Monett are YMCA, call 417-235-8213.