YMCA summer camps see high demand for financial assistance

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. – Many summer camps in the Kansas City area are starting up and seeing unprecedented demand for their services as many families return to in-person work.

While summer camps for kids mean hours of fun, games and activities every day, parents may feel a greater financial burden this year as costs continue to rise for necessities. like groceries and gas.

Local parent Brian Herridge sends his 7-year-old daughter, Aria, to one of the YMCA’s summer camps. He said it had been a difficult year as costs increased, but his salary remained the same.

“I filled up my car today, and it was almost $80, and I mean, that really only takes part of your budget,” Herridge said.

Herridge applied for the YMCA’s financial assistance program and said it helped her tremendously.

“It’s been pretty significant, you know, for a lot of people who don’t see their paycheck go up but the cost of everything else is going up, it really means a lot,” Herridge said.

Herridge is not alone. Steve Scraggs, senior vice president of youth development, said the YMCA is seeing a huge demand for financial assistance from families in the Metro.

“Thankfully, thanks to the work of our organization as well as the amazing donors who support us, we were able to raise a huge pipeline of scholarships this year, so we’re helping as many families as possible,” Scraggs said.

Scraggs said he wants families to know they’re not alone and have options to help their children camp.

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