Youth Development Programs

Youth Recreation

Kids just want to have fun!  We love providing a place and programs here at our Y where kids are able to be kids in a safe and fun environment. Through our Youth Recreation programs, kids are able to spend time with other kids while enjoying fun activities and while being given the opportunity to broaden their horizons to new things.

Youth @ the Y (Grades 1-4)

Elementary schoolers will be broken up into groups and led around the Y by staff to various stations where events will be run by specialist staff. Activities will include use of the Forese Family Pool, Group Exercise Center, Wagner Room, Gym, Kid Zone, and a different special activity each month (to be announced before the event). This program runs one Saturday night each month in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Middle School Night (Grades 5-8)

One Saturday a month middle schoolers get the Y all to themselves! Middle schoolers get access to the Wellness Center, Group Ex, Basketball Gym, Forese Pool, and Wagner Room. Not only will there be plenty of fun games and activities but also a concession stand with snacks, drinks and pizza! This program runs one Saturday night each month in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Camp Sports (Grades 1-4)

Everybody knows the big name traditional sports, but what about the little ones? During this nine-week program, we will get the chance to explore some of the lesser-known sports, including Gaga, Nine-square Mat-ball, Dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee. All of these sports are a little out of the ordinary, but are easy to learn and enjoy. Come and play in a friendly and welcoming environment!

Adventure Club (Grades 5-8)

Outdoor adventure is calling! Over the course of seven weeks, we will work together on an intense team building event, two hiking excursions, two ropes courses, and a trip to RPM Raceway! Our team-building events will take place at the beginning of the program and will be held at the Y. Our hiking trips will be to Saugatuck Falls Natural Area and Montgomery Pinetum Park, our ropes course trip will be to Boundless Adventures, and our last trip will be go karting at RPM Raceway!

Junior Lifeguarding (Ages 11-14)

The American Red Cross has introduced a junior lifeguarding course designed to guide and prepare youth ages 11-14 for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. Course focuses on building a foundation of knowledge, attitude, and skills for future lifeguards. For additional information, contact Matt Busse at 203-920-1643 or by email.

Red Cross Babysitting Certification (Ages 11-15)

Enjoy being with kids? Looking to earn extra cash? Take the Red Cross Babysitting Certification course at the YMCA and be the “best of the best.” You’ll learn specific techniques and skills to become a confident babysitter as well as certified in First Aid. This course  is a 1-day program.

Ski and Board Club (Grades 5-8)

It doesn’t matter if you are an advanced skier/snow boarder or someone who is just starting to learn. Participants will be bussed from the Y to Thunder Ridge Mountain in New York, and will be  joined by two Y staff members, one in the lodge and one on the mountain. Lessons and equipment are available for a fee at the mountain. This program runs for 6 weeks on Fridays.

Please see our current brochure for updated session dates, times, and fees.