About Camp Hafaday
YMCA Camp Hafaday is a co-ed summer camp for campers in pre-k through 1st grade. Hafaday is a swim based program that promotes water safety, awareness and confidence. All participants swim twice per day including a full YMCA swim lesson and free swim period. Located in the Westport Weston Family YMCA the program includes traditional camp experiences alongside the swim components. Participants enjoy arts and crafts as well as traditional camp sports and games. Our well trained staff lead campers through the day and facilitate the fun. Each week parents receive their campers’ swim report card showing the progress their child has made in their aquatics abilities. Camp Hafaday runs from Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm.
How to Register
Families can register for camp online through our registration website provided by CampBrain. Registration will begin January 1, 2021. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Camp 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 Pre-K through 1st; 8:30-12:30pm
- Member: $290
- Non-member: $320
- Mahackeno Afternoons; 12:30-3:30pm (Grade K-1)
- Member $130
- Non-member: $160
- Pre Care 7:30-8:30am
- Post Care 3:30-6:00pm (afternoons only)
Camp Registration Fee:
There is a one-time $50 fee per camper to support general operations of the registration process. The registration fee is non-refundable and is paid one time during the summer upon initial registration.
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 May 15 will receive half of their tuition refunded minus deposits. Cancelations after June 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.
2021 Camp Dates
- Week 1; 6/21-6/25
- Week 2; 6/28-7/2
- Week 3; 7/5-7/9
- Week 4; 7/12-7/16
- Week 5; 7/19-7/23
- Week 6; 7/26-7/30
- Week 7; 8/2-8/6
- Week 8; 8/9-8/13
- Week 9; 8/16-8/20
- Week 10; 8/23-8/27
How often will my child swim?
Campers in Hafaday will have 1 swim lesson and 1 free swim period each day. Swim takes place in the warm pool inside the YMCA facility. During swim lessons swim instructors will lead campers through full swim lesson program. Each week families will receive a report card outlining their campers progress. The report card will also outline the campers current swim level and will show which swim lessons are appropriate for future registration.
Camper Age Groups & Ratios
Ages and Groupings
All age groups are determined by the grade the camper is entering in the Fall of 2021.
- Pre K; age 3-4; Ratio 1-6; Must be able to toilet independently and enrolled in pre school.
- Kindergarten; Ratio 1-6; Eligible for Mahackeno afternoons
- 1st Grade; Ratio 1-8; Eligible for Mahackeno Afternoons
How are groups created?
Campers in Hafaday are grouped by their age into 4 different groups on camp. Typically the groups are Pre K, K and 1, but the numbers of children in each group may affect the breakdown. We try to honor friend requests, but the children must be a similar age. Group requests are not guaranteed.
Does Hafaday have a full day option?
While Hafaday only runs from 8:30-12:30, Hafaday Campers who are in grades K-1 are allowed to register for Mahackeno Afternoons. While participating in this program, campers are gathered at Hafaday dismissal to eat their lunch and then move up to Mahackeno. Campers are delivered into camper groups with other children their age. Since Mahackeno is already in progress at this point, we can’t guarantee that they will visit all activities, but we try our best to get them to see all of Mahackeno while they are there.
Covid-19 Camp Updates
COVID 19 UPDATES:
There are a lot of questions and uncertainties surrounding much of our lives at the moment. We hope that you and your family are safe and healthy and able to enjoy some quality time together. Here at Camp Mahackeno we are deep into our camp planning and preparation season. We are proud to have offered ten weeks of camp in 2020 with zero confirmed cases of Covid-19. As more updates are made available they will be posted here.
With so much up in the air right now we would like to address several frequently asked questions that are on everyone’s mind:
Q: Is camp registration open?
A: Camp registration for 2021 will open January 1, 2021.
Q: What is the YMCA doing to ensure the safety of my camper?
A: We are closely monitoring government guidelines as they are provided to us. We are constantly adapting our policies and safety measures to meet all health and safety guidelines. We are also ordering supplies early to ensure we have more than enough sanitary supplies and equipment to meet the needs of our entire camp program.
Q: Who can I contact if I have additional questions or need to update our camp registration?
A: Feel free to contact: Jesse Kanaple; Camp and Family Services Director at email@example.com.
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Give the Gift of Camp
Camp provides children with new skills and experiences, new friends, role models and great memories. You can provide a child with these gifts by supporting the YMCA Annual Campaign. To learn more, please Click Here.