Ridgewood YMCA Offers International Summer Camp Program to the Dominican Republic

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Ridgewood YMCA is now accepting applications for its summer 2014 International Camp Program to the Dominican Republic. The program is open to teens in grades 10 through 12 and offers life changing experiences and the opportunity for personal growth while completing important service projects abroad. The trip will take place from July 6 through 14.

Gary Imhoff, Director of Marketing and Membership at the Ridgewood YMCA says, “Our International Camp Program is unique in that it is first and foremost a service project trip. The goal of the program is to challenge each participant to develop a strong sense of self confidence, independence and cooperation and an appreciation for the diversity of cultures throughout the world. However, the trip also includes exciting day trips and visits to cultural landmarks so it’s a great mix of work and fun”.

Participants in the program will work alongside local Haitian and Dominican teens on the repair and building of homes for families in need, and will also complete vital reforestation projects.

Says Imhoff, “Two of the greatest benefits a participant will gain from the program are the life- long friendships made and the interpersonal skills developed by traveling to a foreign country with a small group of people. ICP provides a wonderful cultural and character building experience for everyone involved”.

Interested participants may learn more about the program and download applications by visiting www.ridgewoodymca.org/icp or by calling 201.444.5600 x500.

The Ridgewood YMCA is located at 112 Oak Street in Ridgewood, NJ.