WESTPORT YMCA MEMBER REGISTRATION TO OPEN JANUARY 1, 2022!!!
Why Choose Mahackeno?
YMCA Camp Mahackeno is a co-ed summer camp for campers in grades K-10th that offers a traditional camp experience. YMCA Camp Mahackeno is located on the Westport Weston Family YMCA campus alongside the Saugatuck River. Our Program incorporates long standing summer camp traditions with brand new camp facilities to provide a fun, safe and memorable experience.
Camp Mahackeno is all about discovery and outdoor exploration. Kindergarteners through teens have the opportunity to discover nature, find new talents, try new activities like archery and bouldering, or gain independence and make lasting memories through participating in crafts, swimming lessons, sports, and more. Camp Mahackeno is a unique place allowing campers space to explore 35 acres of lush forest, waterfront, and modern camp amenities.
Camp Mahackeno is a licensed summer day camp program through the Connecticut Office of Early Childcare. To learn more about summer camp licensing, visit the CT OEC website to learn about the camp licensing process.
Families can register for camp online through our registration website provided by CampBrain. Registration will begin on January 1, 2022 for current Westport YMCA members and slightly later for non members.
You will be asked to create a log in and a household. Then you will be taken step by step through the registration process. Through CampBrain you will be able to make payments, upload forms and review your chosen sessions of camp. If you registered for camp online in 2019 or 2020 you will be able to do so through the account you created.
Families registering for camp with an outside organization or with YMCA financial assistance are asked to contact our camp office directly at email@example.com.
2022 Mahackeno Pricing Guide
Camp pricing is based per week of camp. We offer member and non member pricing options. As a Westport YMCA member families can save per week of camp.
Grades 9-10 (Leader in Training Program; LIT)
Pre Care 7:30-8:30am
Post Care 3:30-6:00pm
Camp Registration Fee:
There is a one-time $60 fee per camper to help support new camp programs and the facilitation of the registration process. The registration fee is non-refundable and is paid one time during the summer upon initial registration. **NEW** As part of the registration fee each camp will receive one Camp Mahackeno t-shirt.
Cancelation/ Refund Policy
A $50.00 deposit per one week session per camper is require for the purpose of securing a spot and is non-refundable and non-transferable to any other week of camp.
Cancelations after April 1 will receive half of their tuition refunded minus deposits. Cancelations after May 15 are not eligible for refund.
Pay in full: Families can pay off the entire balance at the time of registration if they choose.
Payment Plan: Using an EFT system, the YMCA will charge your account equal payment. All payments for each session must be paid up Wednesday to the prior session that the camper is attending. Balances not paid will be automatically charged.
Payment Due Dates:
Payments are due the Wednesday prior to the session start date.
Example: Week 2 payments are due on the Wednesday during Week 1.
Campers with an outstanding balance will be unable to attend camp until the balance is paid.
2022 Camp Dates & Themes
Dates & Themes:
Week 1; 6/20-6/24
Theme: Week of Welcome (WOW)
Week 2; 6/27-7/1
Week 3; 7/5-7/8 (NO CAMP JULY 4)
Week 4; 7/11-7/15
Week 5; 7/18-7/22
Theme: Color Games
Week 6; 7/25-7/29
Week 7; 8/1-8/5
Week 8; 8/7-8/12
Week 9; 8/15-8/19
Week 10; 8/22-8/26
Theme: Mahackeno Favorites
Camper Age Groups & Ratios
Ages and Groupings
All age groups are determined by the grade the camper is entering in the Fall of 2022.
Abenacki = Kindergarten; 1:6
Shawnee = 1st Grade; 1:8
Mohegan = 2nd Grade; 1:8
Lakota = 3rd Grade; 1:8
Cayuga = 4th Grade; 1:8
Apache = 5th/6th Grade; 1:10
Ranger = 7th/8th Grade; 1:10
LIT (Leader in Training) = 9th/10th Grade; 1:12
Heated Multipurpose and Lap Pool
Arts and Crafts Center
Two Giant Stainless Steel Slides
Archery Range and Pavilion
New Locker Rooms
Waterfront for Canoeing Activites
Basketball Court with six Hoops
Multi-purpose sports field
Two Age Specific Play Grounds
Low Ropes Course
Fire Pit Area
Nature and Science
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the refund policy?
A: Full refunds are available if received before May 15th. Between May 15th and June 15th 50% of all fees/deposits are eligible for refund to cancel out weeks of camp. After June 15th we are unable to grant any refunds for cancelations of weeks.
Q: How do I add a friend request for my child?
A: Friend requests can be added during online registration and can be edited in your Camp Brain account. You can also email your friend requests to Mahackeno@westporty.org and we can input them into your account.
Q: Will my child’s friend request be guaranteed?
A: We do ask for friend requests to be double sided, meaning that both families have to request each other to be granted. Depending on the amount of friends you request we may or may not be able to grant the request. We are typically able to get your child into a group with at least one of their friend requests. Friend requests can only be granted if both campers are going into the same unit.
Q: When are my campers forms due and how can I turn them in?
A: Health forms (a physical that was completed within the past 2 years) can be uploaded right into your Camp Brain account for each camper. If your camper requires medication at camp please make sure you fill out a medication authorization form for each medication and an individual care plan. Click here to reach the link with our required health forms. Forms can also be emailed to Mahackeno@westporty.org as well.
Q: Will there be swim/swim lessons this summer?
A: All of our campers will have the chance to swim but, we are waiting on further guidance from the state to see how we will be able to run our swim lessons and or free swim periods.
Frequently Asked Questions - Waitlist
Q: How will I know when my child moves off of the waitlist?
A: We will reach out by email notifying you that you have been moved off of the waitlist and it will include an updated confirmation with the weeks that your child is registered at camp. If taken off of the waitlist we ask that you put down the $50 deposit to hold your week, and balances are required to be paid in full prior to your campers first day of camp.
Q: What are my chances of getting off of the waitlist?
A: There are a few different variables that factor into getting off of the waitlist and registered into a session.
Cancelations- as someone cancels a week of camp we will go down the waitlist for that specific week and add in campers.
Camp capacity- Camp Mahackeno has a capacity of 360 campers per week based on planning and zoning agreements.
Q: What happens when if my waitlist space becomes available but, I no longer need that week of camp?
A: Please email Mahackeno@westporty.org and our administrative staff can cancel out your week so that we can add in another camper off of the waitlist.
Q: Do I have to pay any money to be on the waitlist?
A: No, to have a spot on the waitlist it does not cost any money. When you move off of the waitlist we do ask that you put down the $50 deposit fee to hold your week.
2022 Open House Dates
Camp open houses are a great way to see camp, ask questions and meet the staff. Below are upcoming open house dates:
TBD for 2022
1938: The YMCA offers a day camp based out of Doubleday Field on Riverside Avenue, named for the Y’s Physical Director, Doc Doubleday. The kids created crafts, sang songs and went swimming at Compo Beach. Enrollment cost 30 cents a week per child.
April 1942: The location of the camp is less than ideal since a lot of travel around town was needed for the various activities. A number of locations were considered, but nothing ideal was found. According to legend, a janitor overheard a secretary and a YMCA director talking about the fruitless search. He recommended a place alongside the Saugatuck River just north of downtown that would eventually become Camp Mahackeno.
1942: On an undeveloped swath of land bordered by the new Merritt Parkway, Wilton Road and the Saugatuck River, the new location for the YMCA’s camp was established. Helen Smith, a Stamford resident, offered use of part of her property as long as the YMCA paid the property taxes. They obliged her and the camp opened for business with 60 boys. Some small cottages were built, and there was no drinking water. Electricity was inconsistent.
1944: Enrollment grew over the years, and Smith sold her property. The new owner offered the YMCA 30 acres of land. E.T. Bedford’s son, Frederick, offered to pay for half of the $10,000 cost. The other half was raised from other donations.
March 1945: The YMCA moves in to the camp. It’s named Camp Bedford.
1946: At the request of Frederick Bedford, the name is changed to Mahackeno. In the early 1600s, the property was used as a summer lodge for Mahackemo, chief of the Norwalke Indians, and his tribe.
1947: Town water and sewers are installed. By then, there are 120 campers enrolled.
1955: Camp Mahackeno was heavily renovated with new buildings, boats, rifles (for the marksmanship activities) and other items.
1969: It’s believed that this was the first summer that girls were allowed at Camp Mahackeno. Around this time period, a sale of Camp Mahackeno to a private developer for more than $300,000 was considered. This idea was rejected by the organization’s board.
1997: Camp Mahackeno continues to grow. What was once a rag-tag group of few dozen boys is now a popular program with 756 campers. More than $600,000 in revenue was generated in that year by the camp.
Fall 2019: Camp Mahackeno undergoes a ground up renovation to modernize and bring the facility up to modern day camp standards.
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