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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”