YMCA Announces Camp Coffman Essay Contest

| April 21, 2017

Summer Day CampCRANBERRY, Pa. – YMCA Camp Coffman is giving away two full-week sessions of Summer Day Camp ($135.00 value each) to the two best essays written by Clarion and Venango County children.

Kids are encouraged to get out their pens, pencils, or computers and write a letter about why they should be the one to go to camp for free this summer!

Who is Eligible: Any child ages 6 to 12 can submit a one page essay (600 word maximum).

What to Write: Explain why you think a week at summer camp would benefit you. Write creatively and persuasively. You can draw pictures in your letter.

How to Enter: Print an Essay Contest Form here or pick up one at the YMCA and start writing. Drop off your submissions or mail to: Essay Contest, Oil City YMCA, 7 Petroleum Street, Oil City, PA 16301.

Submission Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017.

About Summer Day Camp at Camp Coffman


Children are grouped by age and will make friends, ride horses, explore nature, and create lifelong memories all under the guidance of awesome Camp Counselors who care about them and believe in their potential.

horse day camp

New to YMCA Day Camp in 2017 is an expanded horseback riding program, archery, air rifle and Frisbee golf, an expanded character program, and more exciting outdoor adventures. The level of each activity is tiered based on age, with older campers participating in larger, more age appropriate activities.


“Our goal was to make camp even more fun,” said Camp and Child Care Director Jennifer Cooper. “We wanted to give the kids more to look forward to as they get older. We’ve added more horseback riding to camp this year, and the older kids will go on extended staff-led trail rides. The younger kids will still ride horses, but the rides will be shorter and led by counselors.”


Other major draws to camp are the walking trails, climbing tower and zip-line, archery, and field trips.

YMCA Summer Day Camp is for children ages 6 to 12. Bus transportation to YMCA Summer Day Camp is provided from Oil City YMCA and Clarion County YMCA all 12 weeks of summer.

Summer Day Camp is held weekly throughout the summer from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Extended care is available beginning at 6:00 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m. and is included in the regular day camp fees. Campers receive a healthy breakfast and lunch each day.

Summer Day Camp is reasonable and very comparable to the cost of child care. YMCA members pay just $115.00 for a five day week or $90.00 for a three day week. Scholarships and financial aid is available based on income.

The 2017 Camp Coffman Theme Weeks Include:

June 5 – Aloha Week
June 12 – Bug’s Life
June 19 – Game Show Week
June 26 – Captain Y & Superheros
July 3 – Jurassic World
July 10 – Summer Fiesta
July 17 – On the Ball
July 24 – Splashtopia
July 31 – Outdoor Explorers
August 7 – Food Frenzy
August 14 – Drama-o-rama
August 21 – Camp Pride Week

Waldameer is an annual trip for the children at YMCA Summer Day Camp.


Field trips are held every Friday. This year campers will visit Seneca Lanes to go bowling, Two Mile Run County Park, Waldameer, Limestone Fire Hall, Pymatuming, Hasson Heights dek hockey and swimming, Asbury Woods, Pizza Hut, and The Rink.

Camp Coffman is located at 4072 Camp Coffman Road, Cranberry, Pa.

For more information and registration materials, visit www.campcoffman.com.

About the YMCA

For more information about the Clarion County YMCA and Y programs, please visit the YMCA website at www.clarioncountyymca.org, call 814-764-3400 and follow the Y on Facebook.

The Clarion County YMCA is a branch of the Scenic Rivers Association, which includes the Oil City YMCA, Clarion County YMCA, Younger Days Child Care, and Camp Coffman.


The Clarion County YMCA hours are: Weekdays 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

(Article submitted by Michelle Murray, Marketing & Membership Director, Clarion County YMCA, Oil City YMCA, and YMCA Camp Coffman)

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