The Norwalk YMCA closed its doors in December. And yet here is its summer camp still running at Silvermine Elementary School.
"I think the town needs our programming," said Sarah Turbert, Norwalk YMCA senior childcare advisor. "They need us to continue our services."
When the YMCA closed at the end of 2012, it kept its childcare services running. That includes "Camp Sunrise."
"I know a lot of parents called and were asking if the camp was still going to run, because the kids wanted to come," said Jesse Glaude, Camp Sunrise site director.
They came. This summer, Camp Sunrise has run five days a week with about 70 campers at each weeklong session.
"A huge part of the YMCA's mission is youth development," Turbert said. "So it was felt by all involved with the YMCA that it was important all of our childcare programming."
"We've built relationships with parents, with the kids, with the community," Glaude said. "And I think that speaks volumes."
The camp features a bit of everything. Sports, arts and crafts, fitnesss training -- and it's something the YMCA's staff hopes to keep doing.
"I grew up in Norwalk doing things at the Y," Turbert said. "I wouldn't want to see it go away completely."
"We want to work at this camp," Glaude said. "We've built relationships with the Y and the community. So, [we hope to do this] for years to come."
Camp Sunrise runs through Aug. 16. For more information visit norwalkymca.org.