SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Every morning kids displaced by the Silver Spring explosion, leave the Long Branch Community center, put on their backpacks, and file into a van where they head to camp at the Silver Spring YMCA.
“We're providing them with an opportunity to take a respite from their situation, have fun, play, make new friends, learn new things,” explained YMCA Executive Director Carson Henry.
"Basically giving them a chance to be kids.”
Henry said about 10 of the displaced children, ages five through 10, have joined them at camp. But even after the season is over, the outreach will continue.
The Y teams up with DHS and the school system in a program they call “Linkage to Learning.”
They will provide long term support or the children and their families as they rebuild their lives and try to recover from the tragedy. The camp scholarships allow kids to attend the camps for free through donations to the YMCA’s “send a kid to camp” program.