YMCA http://wfae.org en Camp: Homesick And Happy http://wfae.org/post/camp-homesick-and-happy-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Summer is here and the kids are out of school.&nbsp;But instead of sitting around watching TV and playing on their iPhones, some parents will be sending their kids to summer camp - to hike and canoe their way around the outdoors, learn new skills and make lasting friendships. Michael Thompson, author of </span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Homesick-Happy-Time-Parents-Child/dp/0345524926" style="line-height: 1.5;">Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says camp provides essential experiences for children. What he calls the "magic of camp" allows kids to mature and develop in a unique atmosphere away from school and home - teaching independence and values. But where does camp fit in an age of helicopter parents - where kids are rarely out of the sight of their folks? We'll explore the magic of camp and find out why kids need time away from home.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 52862 at http://wfae.org Camp: Homesick And Happy Local Teens Will Serve In Senegal Through YMCA http://wfae.org/post/local-teens-will-serve-senegal-through-ymca <p></p><p>Deonte Howard is a sophomore at West Mecklenburg High School. His mom had some good news to share with him a few months ago.</p><p>"When my mom called me about the interview, said that I passed, I can tell she was crying," Howard says. "I was like, 'Wow, I'm actually going to Africa.'"</p><p>Howard, 16, is one of four high school students from Charlotte selected for the nine-day trip to West Africa through the YMCA of Greater Charlotte's&nbsp;Global Service Learning Project. This will be his first time outside of North America.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:27:00 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 15906 at http://wfae.org Local Teens Will Serve In Senegal Through YMCA