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YWCA summer program gets kids out of the house to enjoy outdoor activities

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 18:26:22-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — More than 50 kids got to enjoy a nice summer day under the sun and on the water, learning how to sail on Thursday.

This is all through a summer program with the YWCA. Its mission is to get children - many from the city - to do different activities in the great outdoors.

"It was amazing, honestly. It was like a new experience for me," said Ena Salgado. "It was also exciting because I got to steer it a little bit, so did others."

"We bring the kids to lots of different vendors," said Richard Lehr, a YWCA Social Worker. "This particular one has been outstanding because they teach them how to sail, they learn all the technology, all the words."

And for those getting on a boat for the first time, it was pretty exciting.

"I learned about how to steer the boat. And we learned how to put the sail up with these two ropes," said eleven-year-old Amber Daley.

Even for experienced young sailors, when encountering trouble the key is to stay calm.

"I actually got scared because the boat kept going this way, like left, and keeps tilting. And you know I just tried to hold my cool. But you know it was cool though," said Elijah Collins.

Lehr said a program like this good for kids because it gives them a chance to make new friends and experience things for the first time.

"I was excited to go on it because I've never done this program before, and it's like a new thing and I never get to go on these awesome field trips," said Daley.