The Penobscot Bay YMCA recently wrapped up another successful summer camp season.

This year more than 730 youth were served in its programs. The Y provided financial assistance for more than 119 weeks of camp to those who needed support and otherwise wouldn’t have had this experience.

“These programs provide kids with opportunities to make new friends, learn new skills and build their self-esteem. This experience stays with the youth throughout their lifetime,” said Jasen Wood, senior program director at the Y, in a news release. Through its offerings of KinderKamp, Leaders in Training and Camp-a-Homa youth ages 4 to 14 were able to participate in summer camp programming.

This year the Y raised more than $25,000 to support camp scholarships, giving many children an experience of a lifetime.

The Y is dedicated to providing participants a foundation of values and skills to last a lifetime. The world needs caring, honest, responsible, respectful individuals. Financial support enables the Y to nurture these values, as youth face many challenges and opportunities ahead of them.