Flat Rock program director Kristen Evans has lived on site for two years. The Avon native touted Flat Rock as a camp that offers campers a great deal of flexibility compared to other, similar camps.
“At most camps,” she said, “the kids’ schedules and activities are planned in advance. Our kids get a lot more choice in scheduling. They get to choose from a big list, so they get a lot of variety.”
Flat Rock operates on the YMCA’s Four-Core Value system, Evans added: Honesty; Caring; Respect; Responsibility.
“Our goal,” she continued, “is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirits, minds and bodies for all.”
She was quick to add, however, that Flat Rock is strictly non-denominational and welcomes individuals from all backgrounds, faiths+ and walks of life. During camp sessions, the facility starts each morning by holding chapel. The gathering, Evans explained, incorporates readings and songs based on the Four-Core Value System.
“A lot of people think that you can’t really see any genuine changes in kids in one week [of camp],” Evans said. “But you absolutely can. To anyone who thinks that, I invite them to come spend a week with us.”
“Flat Rock provides young people with a safe environment to unplug from their technology,” Sheppard said. “Kids get to experience hands-on learning opportunities in the outdoors.”
He added, “A young person gazing up at the night sky and then inspecting pond water under a microscope in the same few days, gains an important understanding of their place in the world. The growth they experience while at camp in learning about leadership and building friendships are precious acquisitions that will serve them over the course of a lifetime. I want to invite more people to help us in this important work of using the outdoors to build the spirit, mind and body of our youth.”
For more information on the Flat Rock River YMCA Camp, to find out how you can get involved, to take a tour or enroll a child, call 888-828-9622 or 812-663-9622. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit flatrockymca.org.
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