At Y Camp, kids have the opportunity to develop new relationships, gain independence, learn new skills, and grow through a safe, accepting, and nature based environment.

When you donate to Y Camp Vanasek you make the communities of the Brainerd Lakes Area better, and make this the Best Summer Ever for ALL kids!.

At Y Camp, kids have the opportunity to develop new relationships, gain independence, learn new skills, and grow through a safe, accepting, and nature based environment. image

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When you donate to Y Camp Vanasek you make the communities of the Brainerd Lakes Area better, and make this the Best Summer Ever for ALL kids!.

…Tyler comes from a broken home.His mother has been in and out of treatment for addiction, and has trouble forming healthy and stable relationships.Primarily, Tyler’s Grandmother takes care of him and tries to meet the needs of a pre-teenager as best she can. One way was to enroll him in summer Day Camp at the Y.Whether playing adventure games, on the archery range, paddling a canoe, or keying in code during STEM, Tyler is always smiles from ear to ear.

On the days when his mom transported Tyler, staff definitely noticed a difference. On one particular morning, Tyler’s Grandmother stopped in to talk to Jess, our Camp Director. With tears in her eyes, she described Tyler’s home life.She said that the Y is a place where people care about him, and he is in a safe place to learn, grow, thrive and experience the joys that every young person should have.Camp provides an opportunity for Tyler to reach his full potential, build new skills, develop strong relationships and learn to achieve– side by side with friends and adult role models who care about him.