Summer Camp at Camp Ernst is our tested, best practice response to the well-known risk of learning loss and social dysfunction among low-income youth during the summer months. As an important component of our community-wide effort to help inner city youth succeed, HAC offers Summer Camp at Camp Ernst, during June and July, serving at-risk children, ages 7-13, who reside in Covington public housing. The camp is a partnership between the Housing Authority of Covington and the YMCA/Camp Ernst.
All youth are able to participate in an impressive array of recreational activities within three distinct camp areas: the lake (e.g. canoeing, kayaking, aquacycling), the ropes course (e.g. zipline, airwalk, Burma Bridge), and the valley (e.g. swimming, fishing, archery, horseback riding).
During the recreational component, good behavior is modeled through the effective mentoring of skilled camp counselors. Emphasis is always placed on applying many YMCA core values and social skills, which include: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, conflict resolution, friendship, trying new things, creativity, independence, teamwork, and much more!
Finally, in addition to all the aforementioned opportunities, the camp experience includes nutritious meals three times a day, healthy snacks, and transportation to and from this 7 day, overnight camp program.
We offer our young people ages 16-20 opportunities to experience work in public and private sectors. We believe real world experiences build character and responsibility. Our intention is to help youth gain skills and educational opportunities to prepare for a successful future! In 2009, we launched the Teen Summer Work Program for youth to gain summer employment.
Each teen resident comes away with over 80 hours of employment experience over the summer.
The vision of the Teen Summer Work Program is to ultimately allow each teen resident of public housing an opportunity to gain relevant community work experience. We believe this is the beginning of their road to self-sufficiency.