From YMCA Pittsburgh:Calling All Campers: Scholarships Available for 200+ Low-income Pittsburgh Youth To Attend YMCA Summer Camps

Pittsburgh, PA- April 25, 2012 – Spaces are still available for Pittsburgh kids from low-income families to snag their spot for summer camp this year, complete with canoeing, hiking, swimming, and outdoor adventure. But families must act quickly if they want to take advantage of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s Send a Kid to Camp program.

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh has announced that scholarships for summer camp are now available for kids in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area whose families demonstrate financial need. The scholarships will allow first-time campers to attend a one-week camp at Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer in Beaver County for as little as $50. Because of limited availability, scholarships are given on a first come, first served basis.

“Summer camp is a wonderful way for kids to learn about nature, experience the freedom of play in the outdoors, and enjoy healthy social interaction,” said Rick Deer, vice president, camping services.

“The Send a Kid to Camp program makes sure that finances are not an obstacle to giving these kids the opportunity to experience the joy of summer camp.”

Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer has been offering summer overnight camps for more than 80 years to children, teens and physically and mentally challenged groups. The camp boasts nearly 400 acres of forested beauty with the Connoquenessing Creek flowing through the center and more than 40 outdoor activities.

To qualify for scholarships, families must fit the income criteria designated by YMCA Building Bridges Program as set by the YMCA.

Parents or legal guardians of eligible children between the ages of 7 and 15 can register for scholarships by contacting 724-758-6238 or calling toll-free at 877-YMCA-K-O-K. Parents can also find out more online on the Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer page at ymcapgh.org.

The 200 scholarships are made possible by a grant from the A.L.

Spencer Foundation, founded by YMCA benefactor, board member and volunteer Larry Spencer. Camping supplies such as sleeping bags are donated by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

If you are interested in interviewing a member of the YMCA about summer opportunities for youth in low-income families, please contact Beth Wiehagen Almes at 412-471-2463.