Y summer camp registration begins Feb. 23
Registration for the New Canaan YMCA's 2015 summer camp programs begins Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. at the Y. Current New Canaan YMCA members may also register online at www.newcanaanymca.org.
Camp programs are offered for ages 3 to 25 and are available in four two-week sessions. Session dates include: June 22-July 3, July 6-July 17, July 20-July 31, and Aug. 3-Aug. 14.
All campers must be New Canaan YMCA members. In addition to the traditional annual New Canaan YMCA membership, which allows members to utilize the Y and its programs year-round, a Summer Youth Membership is also available for June 22-Aug. 14 and is for those who are interested in participating only in summer programs and camp. Registration for Summer Youth Members begins April 1, 9 a.m.
Camp Mini is open to ages 3-5 (pre-k) and is a child's first summer camp experience. Held at the Y, camp activities include music, Bouncing Bears gymnastics, arts and crafts, gym and field games, swim lessons, and outdoor sports. Camp Mini has a half-day program that runs from 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and will be introducing a full-day program for 4- and 5-year-olds that runs from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. There will also be extended morning hours for children 3-5 from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., as well as extended evening hours for children 4 and 5 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Camp Y-Ki offers an outdoor camp experience for school-age children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade. Held at Kiwanis Park, activities include swimming, nature, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, and more. New this year at Y-Ki, campers in grades three and above will register for a specialty camp for each week. Specialty camp programs will be available in five themes including: aquatics, sports, arts and crafts, performing arts, and outdoor education. Campers will participate in their specialty camp program in the morning and enjoy traditional camp activities in the afternoon. Younger campers will participate in traditional camp activities throughout the day with a special guest once a session. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An extended day option is available from 8 to 9 a.m. and from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Sports Camp is open to those who have completed grades K-7. Activities include baseball, soccer, tennis, hockey, wiffleball, kickball, lacrosse, and many other camp games. Held at the Y, campers participate regardless of their ability or experience. In addition to skill development, each sport also emphasizes teamwork, sportsmanship, and self-confidence. The camp also features "Little Athletes Sports Camp," a modified version of the camp designed specifically for kids ages 3-5. Camp hours are 8:45 a.m.to 3:45 p.m. An extended day option is available from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and from 3:45 to 5 p.m.
For campers interested in becoming positive leaders and counselors, the Y offers a Leaders-In-Training program at Camp Y-Ki and Sports Camp for ages 12-13. This program is an opportunity for enthusiastic teens who may still be "campers at heart" but are ready to lead by example and be positive role models to younger campers. The Y also offers a Counselor-In-Training program for ages 14-15 available at Camp Mini, Camp Y-Ki, and Sports Camp. The C.I.T. program offers teens the opportunity to become a memorable and impactful counselor and role model to younger campers, while creating peer relationships and developing leadership skills.
The Y also offers specialty camps for synchronized swimming and diving. The Gymnastics/Diving Camp is available to boys and girls ages 7-13 and is designed to incorporate the two sports into one camp.
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The Y's Synchronized Swimming Camp teaches girls ages 6-12 basic synchronized swimming skills while also enhancing their flexibility, endurance, and overall comfort in the water.
For more information about the camps, visit www.newcanaanymca.org or call 203-966-4528.