Camp Mahackeno

YMCA Camp Mahackeno is a co-ed summer camp for campers in grades K-10th that offers a traditional camp experience. Our campers enjoy swimming, canoeing, theater, Arts & Crafts, archery, a zip line and many other fun camp activities. Mahackeno is located on the Westport Weston Family YMCA campus alongside the Saugatuck River.

We are excited to announce that Camp Mahackeno became accredited by the American Camping Association. ACA Accreditation is awarded to camps that have voluntarily worked to meet a series of standards relating to health and safety, staff development and program quality. We are proud to have received this accreditation and how it represents the hard work of our staff and our commitment to running a quality camp for our campers and families.

Camp Registration Information

Registration Dates:
Returning camper and family registration has begun.
New camper registration begins February 5th.

Camp Mahackeno Brochure

2018 Mahackeno registration packet

Camp Contact Information

Camp Director: Meg George, (203) 226-8981 x 119,  mgeorge@westporty.org

  • YMCA Camp Mahackeno is an ACA accredited Day Camp in Westport CT for children entering grades K-10th.

  • Campers will take swim lessons in our heated outdoor pool. Weather permitting, campers will have 4 swim lessons each week and 1 day of free swim. Campers are placed into swim lessons depending on their swimming ability and are supervised by certified lifeguards.

  • All campers at Mahackeno enjoy time canoeing on Lee’s Pond.

  • Canoeing is enjoyed by all of our campers. While in a canoe, all campers will wear a life jacket and be supervised by their counselors as well as certified lifeguards.

  • Campers in grades 3 and up will have the opportunity to try out our zip line. Our Zip line gives campers the chance to try something new and expand their comfort zone.

  • At outdoor living, campers will learn fun and safe ways to enjoy the outdoors. Activities include orienteering, fire building, knot tying, setting up a camp site and scavenger hunts.

  • Archery is for our campers in grades 3 and up and is taught by a certified archery instructor.

Our Facility

  • Pond for canoeing & fishing
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Sport fields and ball courts
  • Two open-air pavilions
  • Beck Lodge with locker rooms and arts and crafts area
  • LOGS amphitheater (Lots Of Good Stuff)
  • Archery range
  • Zip line
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Licensed by the State of Connecticut

Camp Activities

Camp specialty areas are run by staff who have experience in the area and are able to help our campers develop new skills and have fun. Activities at Mahackeno include:

  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Archery (grade 3+)
  • Zip line (grade 3+)
  • Low Ropes (grade 2+)
  • Sports
  • Nature and Outdoor Living lessons
  • Performing Arts Games
  • Special Events

Join Our Staff Team

Our wonderful staff are the best part of Camp Mahackeno. Each day of camp, our staff arrive with the energy and enthusiasm to lead their campers through camp activities and events. We require our staff to be mature role models for our campers by demonstrating the YMCA values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

2018 Camp Staff Application 

User Group Information

Mahackeno Outdoor Center Waiver

Camp Related Articles & Information

Here is some additional information for you and your family.
Concussion Information For Students and Parents

Financial Assistance

The Family YMCA is committed to giving every child the opportunity to experience Camp Mahackeno, regardless of the capacity to pay or ability to play. Financial assistance applications are available at the YMCA Welcome Desk or by clicking the link below.

Financial Aid Application

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