This spring, the New Canaan YMCA will offer its unique Young Adventurers program to children in fifth and sixth grades. The program, in its second year, consists of eight weeks of adventure and fun at two different sites from April 27 through June 15.

Following the success the pilot session last year, the Y's Youth and Family Director Davie Cedela is excited to offer this program again this year.

"Our Young Adventurers program is so unique," he said. "It's aimed at teaching kids about different activities and sports and giving them the confidence to try new things."

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This spring's session will begin with four weeks at Scalzi Park, an outdoor ropes course in Stamford. During this first half of the program, kids will work together as teams and as individuals to tackle different fun and challenging activities, including a climbing wall, flying squirrel, pamper pole and a zip line.

After four weeks of building self-confidence and relationships with the other group members on the ropes course, the group will move on to Rowayton, where they will spend the final four weeks of the program kayaking with Downunder Kayaking. They will learn basic techniques of paddling, get a close look at wildlife in our area, and have the opportunity to learn how to Stand Up Paddle Board.

"It was great to see how much the group grew over the eight weeks, not just as individuals, but as a team as well," Cedela said. "You could watch as their comfort and confidence grew with each week. Kids learned everything from how to support someone as they rock climb and how to put on a harness, to paddling in a single-person kayak. By the end of the program, students who were nervous at the beginning of the program were barreling around in kayaks and racing one another."

"By the time we moved on to kayaking, I was feeling more comfortable since I knew everybody in the group already," a participant from last year said. "We got to go on the water the first day, and we weren't nervous, just excited!"

Registration is available for the spring session of Young Adventurers. The program meets April 27 through June 15 on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m, and transportation is provided to and from the New Canaan YMCA by Dattco.

For more information, call Davie Cedela at 203-966-4528, ext. 141, or email dcedela@newcanaanymca.org.