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Exploring Camp Terry: Y's summer camp at Preston is about the basics
I want to go
By the Raging River
Where the clear waters flow
That's the Camp Terry song, created by Charlie, an avid camper who’s been coming to this YMCA summer camp at Preston since he was old enough to go, with help from his family. Children and teens learn responsibility, core values and the love of the outdoors at Camp Terry, located by the bank of the Raging River.
As the largest provider of summer camps in the U.S., the YMCA makes sure kids have fun but also learn to socialize, share and develop new interests. All camps of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, of which the year-old Snoqualmie Valley YMCA is a part, nurture the healthy, successful growth of every camper by emphasizing values such as caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Staff make sure parents know about the activities their child takes part in every day.
Take Charlie’s story. In a testimonial for the camp, his mother explains how Charlie participated in day camps at the Y when he was younger, but as soon as he was old enough to try Camp Terry he went, going every summer for five years.
Dropped off each day, he was warmly greeted by staff and counselors. Charlie’s family celebrated his birthday party there and attended several Family Camps.
“Charlie is captivated by the idea of the camp mascot, Woody the Wood Elf,’” his mother wrote. “Charlie wrote letters to Woody each time he attended Camp Terry. The letters Woody wrote back are treasures we will be putting in Charlie’s scrapbook.”
• To learn more about Camp Terry and the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, visit http://ykids.org/summer-camps-at-the-y or call (425) 256-3115. Snoqualmie Valley YMCA is located at 35018 S.E. Ridge Street, Snoqualmie.
Y Summer camp schedule:
• Aloha to Summer, starts June 23
• Party in the USA, June 30
• Campfire Cooking, July 7
• Everyday Heroes, July 14
• Extreme Exploration, July 21
• Trailblazing, July 28
• Northwest Adventures, August 4
• Water Mania, Aug. 11
• The Ultimate Team Challenge, Aug. 18
• Blast from the Past, Aug. 25
Camp Terry campers visit Franklin Falls at Ollalie State Park.