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Social Responsibility

Season of Giving: 8 Easy Ways to Make an Impact

Giving back doesn’t have to be a grand commitment. Even small tasks can make a big difference in other people’s lives.

By: Mollie Shauger | Nov 08, 2019

News

Metro YMCA Earns Top Rating from Largest Charity Evaluator in U.S.

For the ninth straight year, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, which includes Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, has received the top rating from the largest charity evaluator in the U.S. for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

By: Mollie Shauger | Nov 07, 2019

Child Care and Family

Tips to Help Military Families Cope During Deployment

The YMCA offers the following tips to help children of military families cope while loved ones serve overseas.

By: Mollie Shauger | Nov 04, 2019

Social Responsibility

Why Volunteerism is Good for Your Lifelong Health

Donating your time to a cause is not just good for the community - it’s also beneficial for your long-term health.

By: Mollie Shauger | Nov 01, 2019

Summer Camp

By Land and by River, Campers Explore Nature's Beauty

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps’ unique location provides for easy access to two national destinations for outdoor recreation: the Delaware Water Gap and the Appalachian Trail. It also allows for campers to learn about the natural world by experiencing its beauty, and its challenges.

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 17, 2019

Summer Camp

ETC Campers Find a Community Amid Challenges

It was camper Sunjarae B.’s first time doing the two-week Explorers program in August, where he canoed more than 40 miles down the Delaware River and hiked more than 30 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He learned how important teamwork is.

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 17, 2019

Youth Programs

4 Practical Ways to Support STEAM Learning at Home

Here are some easy ways to involve Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math in everyday activities and interactions.

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 09, 2019

Healthy Living

Tips for Building Healthy Family Habits

Parents and families play an important role in ensuring that children are developing healthy habits, from eating well to sleeping well. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 07, 2019

Healthy Living

5 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Change in Seasons

The change in temperatures and fewer hours of sunlight that come with the colder months can make it difficult to maintain routines of getting outside and exercising. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 04, 2019

Youth Development

Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online

Do you know what your child is doing online - more specifically, their online conversations and what they post on social media?

By: Mollie Shauger | Oct 02, 2019

Youth Development

Everyday Ways to Boost a Child's Self-Esteem

A strong support system from family, peers and teachers is essential to a child’s emotional well-being. Here are some ways to build your child’s self-esteem on a daily basis.

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 27, 2019

News

New Fairview Lake YMCA Executive Director Ready to Move Camp Forward

To Fairview Lake YMCA Camps’ newest executive director, Marc Koch, working at camp is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle.

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 20, 2019

Healthy Living

Packing Healthy and Affordable Lunches for Kids

A lunch that is both filling and nutritious can also cut down on after-school snacking. Additionally, healthy eating habits can help prevent childhood obesity, and provide kids with the nutrients they need for their growth and development. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 13, 2019

Our Cause

Here's How the YMCA is Welcoming

Here’s a look at how traditional YMCA branches work year-round to make sure that everyone, regardless of background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 13, 2019

News

Annual YMCA Golf Tournament marks 25 years of fundraising for children, families

More than 170 golfers will play in the annual outing, which raises money to help underserved children attend camp, child care and other YMCA programs.

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 28, 2019

Summer Camp

Summer experiences at the YMCA Bridge Cultures

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps is giving youth from other countries a taste of American life and camp, while providing opportunities for local campers to learn about other cultures.

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 28, 2019

Child Care and Family

Tips for a Healthy Bedtime Routine

Establishing a daily bedtime routine can help ensure children are getting the sleep they need.

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 28, 2019

Child Care and Family

Tips for a Stress-Free School Year

Here are some tips to help you ease back into a new school year and routine, including strategies from the educational nonprofit, GreatSchools.

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 22, 2019

Financial Assistance

YMCA's Financial Assistance Program Helps Family During Difficult Time

The YMCA’s Financial Assistance program helps individuals and families who want to participate in the Y’s programs and services, but have extenuating circumstances, such as caring for a parent, loss of a job, or medical bills.

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 22, 2019

Healthy Living

How to Create a Routine and Stick to It

In today’s busy world, routines can help families who are juggling work, school, after-school activities and the needs at home.

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 20, 2019

Youth Programs

Turn your next school trip into an unforgettable adventure

When it comes to inspiring young minds, there’s nothing like a breath of fresh air. While the classroom setting is, of course, paramount, bringing school groups into the great outdoors can unlock new horizons for students, improve their health ...

By: Michael Boyce, for Fairview Lake YMCA Camps | Aug 12, 2019

Summer Camp

Animal farm provides comfort, education

Kids come to camp to form bonds with other kids. At Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, they also form bonds with some fluffy and feathered creatures. A new small animal farm has been teaching campers how to care for other living things, in addition to ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 09, 2019

Summer Camp

Spirit of Color War shines with new team names

At Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, we strive everyday to be a place where children and adults from all backgrounds, and from all over the world, can play and grow together. Throughout the last century, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, and camps across the ...

By: Fairview Lake YMCA Camps | Aug 02, 2019

Summer Camp

What to expect when dropping off your camper

Will you be checking in your child this summer for their first overnight experience at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps? Here’s a guide to help you prepare for the day and know what to expect when you arrive. Before you arrive Health History ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 25, 2019

Summer Camp

How to help your child's transition from camp life

Your child has spent hours, days, weeks and possibly even the whole summer at camp. They’ve gained independence, discovered new interests and friends, and learned a new routine. Let’s face it: Camp life isn’t exactly like home ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 25, 2019

Summer Camp

7 reasons to extend your child's camp experience

Whether your child has been at summer camp for a short time or for several weeks, they are likely adjusting to a new routine, learning other campers’ names and making friends, and becoming immersed in the camp culture. There’s still ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 19, 2019

Group Camping

Tired of the same old team-building? Here are 4 reasons to get outside

Leaders from all industries will tell you they’re only as successful as their team. Without a group that’s truly cohesive and able to work as one, all the talent in the world won’t help a business operate at its best. It’s ...

By: Michael Boyce, for Fairview Lake YMCA Camps | Jul 16, 2019

Summer Camp

How to talk to your child about their summer camp experience

Asking a child to tell you about their day at summer camp is a lot like asking them to describe their day at school. “It was good,” or “It was fun,” are the typical responses. But what did they do that made it so fun? ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 15, 2019

Summer Camp

More than just the outdoors: How ETC camp instills life skills

For some kids at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, it was their first time camping or shooting an arrow. Camper Josh G., a fifth-grader from Monroe Township, NJ who loves video games and movies, was excited about sleeping in a tent for the first time. ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 12, 2019

Summer Camp

Tips for combating homesickness at camp

The first time away from home can be scary for any child. Sleeping in a different bed, eating different food and going without the usual conveniences of home takes some getting used to. It’s normal for kids to feel homesick when they’re ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 03, 2019

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