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Summer Programs

The Westport Weston Family YMCA offers an array of summer camps, classes, clinics and activities to keep you children active and engaged from the time school’s out until the new school year begins again.

Below is an overview of our Family YMCA’s summer programs:

Camp Mahackeno

Founded in 1938 as a “stay at home camp” for local boys, Camp Mahackeno remains a rugged and rustic haven, as befits its original role three centuries ago as a summer lodge and hunting grounds for a Native American chief and his tribe.

The arrival of our new YMCA facility on a portion of our 32-acre Mahackeno campus has brought new options and opportunities for our Mahackeno summer day camp.

Following our two-year hiatus from conducting camp on site and recent (and ongoing) renovation,  our camp features an array of amenities and programs for boys and girls, including a large outdoor swimming pool, 12-acre Lees Pond for canoeing and fishing, expanded playing fields, climbing wall, Zipline and plenty of space and time for such traditional camp activities as archery, leather making and arts and crafts. There’s also a strong outdoors program for older campers, complete with team-building exercises and local field trips.

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Hafaday Swim Lesson Program

Designed for children ages 4 to 8 and held each weekday from 8:45 am to 12:30 pm, Hafaday is primarily a swim program, with both a lesson and a free swim period each day. It’s the best way to learn to swim. Arts and crafts, music and gym time, including yoga, karate, and games round out each morning of fun.

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Gymnastics Center Summer 2016

The YMCA Gymnastics Center at 145 Main St. in Norwalk offers a range of special programs and camps throughout the summer. Here’s a partial schedule of the fun for Y gymnasts this summer:

Summer Gymnastic Camp (ages 5 and up): Monday – Friday, 12 pm-4 pm; includes free swim.

NEW!! Gymnastic Camp Full Day Option (ages 5 and up): Monday – Friday 8:45 am-4 pm; Available August 1-5, August 8-12, August 15-19; includes free swim.

Summer Fantasy Gymnastics and Art Program (ages 3-6): Monday – Thursday, 9 am-12 noon. Gymnastics, add some games and an art project each day!

NEW!! Summer Cheer/Gymnastics (ages 7-12): Monday-Thursday June 27-30 – 9:00 am-12:00 noon; Focused on cheers, tumbling, performance and stunting skills for the upcoming cheer season.

Competitive Team Summer Practice Current or incoming members of the Competitive Team or Pre-Competition Team; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 4:30-6:30 July 5-August 17

Toddler Adventure Open Gym (ages 6 months-4 years): Held daily during the school year and on Fridays, 9 am-11 am, July and August. (No Adventure Gym August 22-September 5)

Call the gymnastics center at 203-857-1139 for more information.

Dance Center

The Y’s Dance Center’s year revolves around two semesters, Fall and Winter/Spring, culminating in an end-of-year performance each June. But the fun doesn’t stop after the Spring Recital!

The Dance Center conducts a number of camps and clinics throughout the summer, including the popular Princess Dance Camp, which gives little dancers ages 3 and 4 the chance to leap and twirl through the basics of ballet and tap. There’s a new princess to follow each day, who helps the other teachers show these little princesses in pink the elements of ballet and tap warm-ups, taught in a developmentally appropriate way (as in, “stomp that spider!” to get those tap shoes clacking…)

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