YMCA Camp Hafaday

Hafaday is a popular swim-lesson program for children ages 4 to 8 years old that takes place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm each day in weekly sessions during the summer as well as some school vacation breaks. The children have a swim lesson and free swim, plus arts & crafts and gym time, with a snack in between. It is a great program where the kids can meet new friends, have fun and really strengthen their swim skills.

The children are placed into groups depending on age and enrollment. The groups rotate to specialty areas every 40 minutes. After 2 periods, the children enjoy a snack, followed by 2 more periods. Dismissal immediately follows.

Swimming is the main emphasis of Hafaday; your child will have an instructional swim lesson and enjoy a free swim period every day. This constant exposure to the water over the one-week session is the best way to learn. In Hafaday, students are grouped for swim lessons by age and ability. Our program allows us to benefit your children within your summer schedule. One-week sessions allow you to register for those weeks in which you are interested. However for learning in the pool we recommend signing up for Hafaday in two-week blocks.

Common Parent Questions

How Often will my child swim?

Campers in Hafaday will have 1 swim lesson and 1 free swim period each day. Swim lessons are given by YMCA instructors. Parents are invited to view swim lessons on Friday to see their child’s progress.

How are groups created?

Campers in Hafaday are grouped by their age into 4 different groups on camp. Typically the groups are 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 but the numbers of children in each group may affect the breakdown. We do try to honor friend requests, but the children must be a similar age.

Is there a full day option for Hafaday?

While Hafaday only runs from 8:30-12:30, Hafaday Campers who are in grades K-3 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.

Can we register for more sessions throghout the summer?

Many of our participants register for additional sessions as the summer progresses. We ask that you register at least 1 week ahead and caution that space is first come first serve. If there is a week of camp you know you need to attend we suggest you register early.

Camp Hafaday Registration Information & Forms

Registration for past campers and family begins January 21.

Registration for new campers begins February 4.

Registration is done first come first serve. Registrations must come in a week prior to the session starting. All campers must provide a current health form and a pick up authorization form with their registration in order for the registration to be completed.

2019 Hafaday Registration

2019 Mahackeno Afternoons Registration

YMCA Assistance Application

Medication Authorization Form

Contact Information

Director of Camp & Family Services
Meg George
(203) 226-8981 x119

Camp Hafaday Director
Danette Meigel
(203) 226-8981 X 117

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