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Council approves summer program fees for Y

A majority of Monday evening’s Worthington City Council meeting – which lasted only in the neighborhood of 25 minutes – was dedicated to considering the proposed 2024 summer program fees for the Worthington Area YMCA.


The city’s Park and Recreation Advisory Board had reviewed and endorsed the proposed fees during a meeting last week. On Monday, Worthington Y Executive Director Karri Olmanson spoke to council members about multiple changes to summer day camps at the facility, and also talked about summer sports programs.


This year’s summer camps at the Y will include a Kindergarten Clubhouse (for youth entering kindergarten), Explorers (for youth entering first or second grade), Voyagers (for youth entering third, fourth or fifth grade) and Pathfinders (for youth entering sixth, seventh or eighth grade). Each day camp program will run for 11 weeks and feature a different, specific theme each week.


Another big change this year is the proposed pricing, Olmanson explained. As families have varying abilities to pay, the Y put forward a volunteer tier-pricing structure. Tier A, for $150 a week, represents the true cost of camp and covers the cost of a camper, equitable salaries for counselors and the continued growth of new programs and opportunities. Tier B, $112 per week, is a partially subsidized cost representing a scholarship of 25%. Tier C, $75 a week, reflects a larger scholarship of 50%. The choice of what is paid is up to the camper’s family; all children will receive the same camp experience and the choice of payment remains confidential.


The day camp programs are also being funded with support from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation. Following the presentation, council members voted unanimously to approve the 2024 summer program fees.

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