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Parvis busy planning YMCA's summer Camp Sea Breeze

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Shannon Parvis is the youth and family program director at the Albemarle Family YMCA in Elizabeth City. She is coordinating the upcoming Camp Sea Breeze at the YMCA.

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BY Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Correspondent

Saturday, June 9, 2018

As the youth and family program director at the Albemarle Family YMCA, Shannon Parvis provides fun and engaging activities for kids.

“I really like knowing the YMCA, the staff and myself are making a difference in children’s lives,” said Parvis.

Parvis is coordinating the upcoming Camp Sea Breeze at the Albemarle Family YMCA. The camp is 11 weeks, and will be held Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Camp Sea Breeze will begin on Monday with a different theme for each week. Parvis said it is not required for participants to register for the entire 11 weeks, and people have the option to register their children on a week-by-week basis as best meets their schedule.

A school-age camp is available for children ages 5-12. The camp’s cost is $125 a week for members and $165 a week for nonmembers. A teen camp and leadership development program is available for teens age 13-17. The camp’s cost is $80 a week for members and $130 for nonmembers.

“We do offer income-based financial assistance,” Parvis said.

Parvis said parents receive a schedule of all daily activities for the following week each Friday, along with a newsletter highlighting the prior week’s activities.

“Communication with our families is key,” said Parvis.

Camp participants will take field trips that correlate with the theme of each week. Campers will take in a Norfolk Tides day baseball game and visit the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, the sound at Jockey’s Ridge, Museum of the Albemarle and the Dismal Swamp. They’ll also go bowling and attend movies.

Camp participants will also have an opportunity to swim every day at the YMCA facility. Parvis said she is also integrating STEM activities into the camp, as well as active play and outdoor activities.

Participants will read for at least 15 minutes a day. Thanks to a collection of books provided by the YMCA, they will be read to, read in pairs or read independently.

Parvis said campers will make volcanoes in a jar, lava lamps, bird feeders and tie dye shirts.

“I am really looking forward to forming bonds with the children,” said Parvis.

Parvis said the best aspect of her job is “seeing a child come in showing excitement you are there.”

Originally from Salem, Massachusetts, Parvis has lived in Currituck County for the last four years with her husband, Ron, and their sons, Jordan and Dominic.

Parvis said she enjoys family-focused outings.

“The Y is great for families,” said Parvis. “On the weekends you might catch us at the Y.”

Parvis said as a young girl she participated in gymnastics, the swim team and basketball leagues at her local Y in Massachusetts.

“I have been involved with sports my whole life,” she said.

Parvis earned her bachelor’s degree in sports management from Salem State University where she also played softball. She taught physical education to elementary school students for 10 years.

Parvis said she had many “amazing” coaches when she played sports, and she continues to share what she learned from them.

Parvis said registration for the YMCA Afterschool Program has begun. Registration, and information about Camp Sea Breeze and the YMCA Afterschool program is available at

https://www.ymcashr.org/locations/albemarle-family-ymca.

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