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Get a Jump on Summer Camps at the Y

Registration is under way for all of the Family Y's camps and special programs taking place this summer. Don't delay; sign up today! And, of course, the Family Y also offers a full schedule of Summer Session classes and programs. To review our Summer Brochure, please click here. Registration for Summer classes and programs begins Monday, May 6.

Please click on the subhed links below to get started making your summer plans with the Y.

Since 1938, the Mahackeno Outdoor Center has been the setting for our Family Y's summer day camp. For the 2013 season, Camp Mahackeno will be collaborating with another Westport institution, Earthplace, the Nature Discovery Center, so we can continue to serve our campers and families during the construction of our new Y facility at Mahackeno.

This wonderful opportunity will allow us to have yet another great summer in a beautiful outdoor setting here in Westport. Earthplace and the Family Y are working together to plan a summer with fun activities and themes, great staff and many opportunities for campers to make new friends and memories.

The program is for campers who are entering 1st grade through 8th grade. Earthplace will continue to welcome preschoolers age 3 to Kindergarten to camp. You can also find more information about this summer's camp by visiting

HafadayHafaday Summer Swim Lesson Program

Sessions fill quickly for this amazing summer program, which gives children the vital chance to build swim skills, regardless of previous experience, and have a lot of summer fun. Designed for children ages 4 to 8 and held each weekday from 8:45 am to 12:30 pm, Hafaday is primarily a swim program, with both a lesson and a free swim period each day. It's the best way to learn to swim. Arts and crafts, music and gym time, including yoga, karate, and games round out each morning of fun.

We have 9 weekly sessions, beginning Monday, June 17 and continuing on through the week of August 12. Students in swim lessons are grouped by age and ability. The cost for Y Members is $270 per week; $295 for non-members.

Stewie's Splash! Hour
The Family Y has partnered with Stew Leonard III Children's Charities to promote water safety throughout the community. During each week of Hafaday, Wednesday's from 12:30 to 1:15 pm, there will be a special opportunity to meet Stewie the Duck and participate in water safety activities outside of the water. Plus, each child will receive a book, a sing-a-long CD and a Personal Floatation Device.

Because Stew Leonard III Children's Charities is underwriting this event, the cost is only $20/child. Be sure to sign up early to get your first choice of weeks. Click here to add Stewie's Splash! Hour to your child's Hafaday experience.

Summer Gymnastics Camps
The Family Y's Gymnastics Center is the setting for a range of summer camps. In the afternoons, there's Gymnastics & Swim Camp: Gymnastics, Free Swim and Games, all in our air-conditioned Gymnastic Center! This camp runs from 12 to 4 pm each day throughout the summer (8 sessions in all). Your child must be able to swim without flotation device and must be 6 years old by June 1, 2013.

We also offer a Summer Fantasy Gymnastics & Art Camp in the mornings, for young gymnasts ages 4-7, as well as a summer program geared to competitive gymnastics: Specialty Competitive and Pre Competitive Gymnastics Camp Week takes place Aug. 19-23. The fee is $280 for the week; Y membership is required. For more information, email Sally Silverstein at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or click here to register.

Dance Camps
Our Dance Center has several fun summer programs, starting with Princess Dance Camp. This popular camp focuses on a different Disney princess each day to give dancing divas ages 3 to 5 a fun introduction to ballet and jazz. Led by Dance Center Director Lillian Cenatiempo, campers will also enjoy a craft that helps bring our princesses to life, with a story about one of our princesses each day during snack time. The week session are June 24-28 and July 15-19 and cost $180 per session for Y members and non-members alike.

July 15-19 is "Future Stars Dance Week," for ages 6-10, which includes dance techniques, learning of choreography, lunch, dance routines plus a free swim. And this summer we have two week-long sessions for Broadway Bound Dance Week. It's designed for young dancers ages 7-10, who will spend the week learning dances to music from the Broadway musical Newsies. The week includes costume making, a visiting instructor from New York and a fun in-studio presentation the final day for friends and family. The first session will be held June 24-28 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm and the second takes place July 8-12.

Summer Basketball, Lacrosse & Floor Hockey
The Family Y offers a host of week-long morning programs designed to keep young kids active and give them the chance to develop basic skills in lacrosse, hockey and basketball. Click on the link above for more information and to register.

We're also offering Elite Basketball Academy Weekend Clinics on June 22 and 30 for 6-8 Graders and on June 29 for 9-12 Graders, both girls and boys. Improve your individual skills and team play at both ends of the court with the help of top-quality coaching and a highly competitive environment. The Coaches are Tod Shofield, former professional basketball player and currently coaching and on staff at Greens Farms Academy and Paul Groves, Director of Middle School Athletics at GFA. Avid young hoopsters will get individual workouts, intensive conditioning drills and skills stations and group lectures about strategy and playmaking.

Saturday, June 22, Grades 6-8 (as of Sept. 2013), 9 am - 4 pm
Saturday, June 29, Grades 9-12 (as of Sept. 2013), 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday, June 30, Grades 6-8 (as of Sept. 2013), 9 am - 4 pm

Fee: $85/day (no Y membership required); please bring drinks, lunch and snack. To register, click on the links above or contact Sally Silverstein, Sports & Recreation Director, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 203-226-8981, ext. 118.