YMCA campers celebrate the new year with confetti, sparkling cider

Dec 29, 2017

Single-digit temperatures did not cancel the YMCA’s annual December vacation day camp program, but it did put a damper on some outdoor activities.

The program, structured as a day camp, brought a group of between 20-25 kids on field trips, provided plenty of arts and crafts programs, and provided an outlet for parents with busy schedules to drop their kids off over the December vacation week.

Although most events, like field trips to the New Bedford YMCA pool and an outing to see a movie at a local movie theatre went off without a hitch, coordinator Vanessa Peterson said outdoor activities had to be scaled back.

“It was just too cold," Peterson said. “When it gets to 25 or below, and this week when it feelt like -5 degrees, it was too cold.”

Instead, kids stayed warm in the YMCA building’s large children’s room, where there was enough space for physical activity indoors in between events.

On December 29, the final day of programming, kids built their own confetti poppers, and sipped on sparkling cider as a New Year's celebration.