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Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
Pasco Tribune

Youngsters rise to challenge

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TRINITY - Who's afraid of heights? Apparently not the intrepid summer campers at James P. Gills Family YMCA.

Still, "don't look down" might have been good advice for youngsters who climbed treetop-high on the YMCA Ropes Challenge and Team Building Course last week.

Youths ages 5 to 12 could choose the side of the tower that is a climbing wall or the other side, where getting to the top is by way of rope ladder. To get down, campers in harness step off a platform into space and soar like a bird, zipping along a long cable.

It's all part of the Epic Adventures Camp at Gills YMCA, said Erin Stokes, sports and teens director of the Trinity branch of the YMCA of the Suncoast.

Campers embark on a new adventure every day, YMCA officials said. They will focus on overcoming challenges through teamwork. Kids have the opportunity to explore their environment, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence and make lasting friendships and memories, YMCA officials said.

And, of course, it is a lot of fun.

The Epic Adventures Camp will offer another session Aug. 5 through 9 at Gills YMCA. For information, go online to the YMCA website or call (727) 375-9622.

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