WEBSTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Officials from the YMCA of Greater Rochester announced training of their staff has begun Thursday before their summer camp period starts.

Trainers said that the training session will last for two weeks and will primarily focus on child abuse prevention, camp programming for kids of all ages and abilities, behavioral management, etc. to create a safe experience.

“Each camp does about two weeks of training at their individual camps,” said Executive Director of the YMCA’s before-and-after school programs Terrence McElduff. “Today is a day where we bring everybody together to get some of the most important things but also share in this experience and in preparation.”

Officials said the YMCA of Greater Rochester provided over 15,000 weeks of summer camp to local youth and that these camps made a positive impact on youth through building confidence, education, and fostering growth.

“It’s the first day of our summer camp season that really feels like we’re all a big team,” said Camp Director at the YMCA Camp Bay View Heather Hayes. “It’s so much fun to see Corning come up from here, Arrowhead comes over from the other side of town. They’re just all of our closest friends.”

The YMCA’s summer camp program will begin on June 27.