kids hiking in a forest with teachers at YM&YWHA

Smiles, S’mores, and More!

Summer 2021 will be remembered by many as the time we were able to take giant steps forward in the post-pandemic recovery and especially as the return to fun and exciting in-person experiences for youth. Making friends, swimming, and a plethora of enrichment activities are just the tip of the iceberg for campers at Camp Twelve Trails this year.

“It was important to me and the Camp Twelve Trails team to give campers an opportunity to smile and be together again,” said Camp Twelve Trails Director Adam Benmoise. “There was so much disappointment and loss during the last year, and kids deserve to smile and be happy. They deserve to just be kids again.”

“I loved being able to do music in the Create neighborhood because, even outside of camp, I love music. My favorite part was playing Zip Zap Zop. I felt like it helped me with my voice and volume.” — Joey, 11

Here’s a glimpse into camp life so far this year.

“My counselors are funny, and camp is two thumbs up.” — Hallie, 6

“This is the bestest day there ever was, because I am in nature. I like Shabbat, but I don’t want it to happen, because that means we have to leave. I never want to leave camp.” — Max, 5

About the Y
Established in 1917, the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) is Northern Manhattan’s premier Jewish community center — serving an ethnically and socio-economically diverse constituency — improving the quality of life for people of all ages through critical social services and innovative programs in health, wellness, education, and social justice, while promoting diversity and inclusion, and caring for those in need.

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