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.


Registration for past campers and family begins January 10.

Registration for new campers begins January 20.

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.

  (only for those unable to register online)

Dates & Fees

Camp is offered in 1 week sessions to allow for easier summer scheduling. In order to receive the member rate, your child must be a member of the Westport Weston Family YMCA

DID YOU KNOW?  We offer Hafaday Swim Camp programs during school vacations.  Enjoy a bit of summer during the school year.  Join us for February vacation from 2/17-2/21 and/or April vacation from 4/6-4/10.

2020 Camp Dates

Week 1; June 22- June 26
Week 2; June 29- July 3
Week 3; July 6- July 10
Week 4; July 13- July 17
Week 5; July 20- July 24
Week 6; July 27- July 31
Week 7; August 3- August 7
Week 8; August 10- August 14
Week 9; August 17-August 21
Week 10; August 24-August 28

Weekly Fees

Weeks 1-10            Member $290         Non  member $320
Mahackeno Afternoons        Member $130           Non member $160
Pre Care        $55
Post Care      $80

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.


A summer job at Camp Hafaday is not only a fun way to spend the summer, it is a chance to make a difference in the lives of children, learn more about yourself and develop skills you will use in the future. Camp staff, new and returning are invited to complete an online application.  Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2020

Group interviews will be conducted in April, May and June.

Contact Information

Camp & Family Services Director
Jesse Kanaple
(203) 226-8981 x126

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

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.