Area kids hitting the books in YMCA's 'Camp Readers' program

Campers hitting the books in the YMCA's "Camp Readers" program.

Getting kids to sit down and read can be a challenge, especially in the summer. But one local day camp has come up with a unique way to encourage campers to read.

Twice a day for fifteen minutes campers and counselors at the North Area YMCA camp Y-Noah stop what they are doing and pick up a book a read. The program, called "Camp Readers," helps campers build their reading skills during the summer so they will be ready when they head back to school in the fall.

â??The research has shown that the kids definitely maintain reading skills, but also writing skills improve if they spend a significant amount of time reading as well,â?? says Stephanie Rhodes, with the North Area YMCA.

So far this summer, campers at camp Y-Noah have spent more than 1,400 hours reading.