Facility Update: The Y will be closed on Monday, 9/6 for Labor Day to allow our employees to enjoy the holiday with their family and friends. Looking to squeeze in a workout
or for some fun activities for kids and families? Check out the brand-new library of virtual classes and activities available to New Canaan YMCA members at www.ymca360.org.

Summer Registration Begins June 1

The New Canaan YMCA gives the community a place to learn, to play, to stay active, to eat healthy, and to reengage this summer. The new summer activity offering includes a variety of classes, programs, and activities for all ages.

Registration for summer programs begins Tuesday, June 1. Summer programs begin Monday, June 21, through Friday, August 13. All programs are in accordance with CDC and health protocols.

This summer, the Y offers a variety of activities for youth, including swim lessons for ages six months to 12 years. Parent/child, preschool, and school-age swim lessons are available in four-week sessions to help children learn aquatic skills and safety in the water. Adult water activities are also available this summer, including adult swim lessons for those with a range of swim abilities and Masters Swim for active adults looking to improve endurance and strokes in the water to prepare for competitions, triathlons, or for personal wellbeing.

The Y’s youth activities offered this summer for school-age youth include programs include junior tennis and girls’ volleyball: beginner and intermediate, available in six-week sessions. Mommy and me, and preschool Bouncing Bears gymnastics classes are also offered this summer, including little flips and gym & swim combo class.

Kids ages 12-14 can take advantage of the Youth Strength Training program at the Y to stay strong and fit this summer. After completing the in-person/virtual course, participants will receive a F.I.T. Pass to access the Wellness Center daily from 2:00-5:00 PM by themselves or with a parent at any time.

Kids can also stay active this summer through the Y’s Total Youth Conditioning program. The two-week small-group outdoor training program is offered to youth ages 8-11 and 12-14, designed to get children moving while having fun and getting fit with a Personal Trainer. Yoga is also offered to elementary and middle school participants with a Personal Trainer to discover yoga, unwind after school, and better recover from sports.

Registration for the New Canaan YMCA’s 2021 summer camp programs is currently available. Summer camp programs begin Monday, June 21 and runs through Friday, August 13.

Day camp programs offered this summer include Camp Mini (ages 3-5, pre-k), Camp Y-Ki (completed grades K-5), Leaders-In-Training (completed grades 6 & 7), and Counselors-In-Training (ages 14-15), Synchronized Swimming Camp (boys & girls ages 6-12), NEW! Mermaid Camp (girls ages 8-12), inclusive support programs for children with special needs at Camp Mini and Camp Y-Ki, and YSN Camp Jam (ages 13+).

Camp Mini provides a safe and comfortable camp experience for children to play, grow, and make friends. Camp activities include Bouncing Bears gymnastics, arts and crafts, music, outdoor sports, playground time, swim lessons and free swim, theme weeks, and special event days. Each two-week session comprises half-day or full-day programs, in addition to extended morning and afternoon hours.

Held at Kiwanis Park, Camp Y-Ki campers enjoy the traditional outdoor camp experience, including swimming, nature, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, and more. Campers participate in traditional camp activities throughout the day with field trips once a session. Camp Y-Ki is a full-day program including extended morning and afternoon options and is held as two-week sessions.

For campers interested in becoming leaders and counselors, the Y offers a Leaders-In-Training (L.I.T.) program designed to teach our oldest campers about the importance of responsibility, empathy, and working with others while having fun at camp. Participants will have two periods of swimming each day, specialty camp activities, and will also attend two field trips; one as an L.I.T. group and another with all Camp Y-Ki participants. New this summer, L.I.T.s will split their time between Kiwanis Park and the New Canaan YMCA, allowing participants to have their own dedicated space for team-building, community service projects, earn their babysitter certification, and learn about all areas of the Y.

The Y also offers a Counselors-In-Training (C.I.T.) program at Camp Mini and Camp Y-Ki. 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. To gain experience in all camps, and to learn how to work with different age groups, each C.I.T. will rotate throughout our Camp Mini at the Y and Camp Y-Ki at Kiwanis Park.

The Y’s nationally ranked synchronized swimming team, the Aquianas, also offers a fun camp experience. The Y’s Synchronized Swimming Camp is a great introduction to the sport and teaches boys and girls basic synchronized swimming skills while also enhancing their flexibility, endurance, and overall comfort in the water. Synchronized Swimming Camp is held as two-week sessions. New this summer, the Y’s synchronized swimming team also offers a week-long Mermaid Camp for girls to learn the combination of swimming, gymnastics, and performance basics of synchronized swimming while wearing a mermaid tail.

The New Canaan YMCA’s YSN summer camp programs offer children with varying limitations a traditional summer camp experience within Camp Mini and Camp Y-Ki. Thanks to donations to the Y, the YSN department offers eligible campers a 1:1 or 1:2 counselor-to-camper ratio at no additional cost.

The Y also offers YSN Camp Jam, a program specifically designed to meet the needs of our teen and young adult participants with special needs. Held at the Y and offered in one-week sessions, this specialized camp offers a high staff-to-camper ratio and a structured schedule that rotates weekly to offer: swimming, art, dance, and music therapy, yoga, group fitness, drama, cooking, and weekly special events.                                                   

The Y also continues to offer personal training, small group training, and pilates apparatus this summer, providing members with the opportunity to either begin or strengthen their fitness routine with certified Personal Trainers in a private or small-group environment. Small group training classes offered this summer include strength circuit and TRX training.

Nutritional Counseling continues to be available at the Y to help participants find a balance of foods that will provide their body with the nutrients it needs for optimal health and vitality. Kristen Schnitzler, RD, ACSM, CPT, works with participants to discover a healthy and manageable lifestyle. The program provides participants with sample menus, personal goal setting assistance, educational materials, and recipes. Nutritional Counseling is customizable to each participant’s needs—whether it be weight loss or weight gain, managing food intolerances or allergies, digestive issues, or disease prevention.

The New Canaan YMCA is proud to offer a range of diverse activities to the community this summer. A complete listing of summer programming is available online at www.newcanaanymca.org. For additional information regarding summer programs or registration, call 203-966-4528.

Thanks to donations made to the Y’s annual support campaign, financial assistance is available for membership and program fees. To learn more about financial assistance at the Y, contact Diana Riolo at 203-920-1653 or driolo@newcanaanymca.org.