Camp

Camping at the Y offers an Experience for children and teens, not just care.

Exploring nature, swimming, playing games and making new friends are just some aspects of the experience of participating in Day Camp.  As summer approaches, the Fairfield Y reminds parents that camping is a unique and invaluable experience for children and teens.

At Day Camp through the Y, campers will try things they have never tried before, build a relationship with our caring staff or a new friend, and of course, HAVE LOTS OF FUN!  We don’t just sit in front of a TV all day, we enjoy nature, play games, learn songs, develop new skills, and we experience camp!

According to our friends at the Y, there are five reasons why kids should experience summer camp:

  1. ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of fun adventures and new experiences, and especially exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen.
  2. HEALTHY FUN: Day and resident camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their eating habits.
  3. PERSONAL GROWTH: While being away from the routine back home, youth have a chance to learn new skills and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges.
  4. NEW FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, field trips, arts & crafts and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships.
  5. MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories and stories that will last a lifetime.  Youth return to school with plenty of stories to share!

The Fairfield Y provides exciting and educational camp programming for children and teens, and their parents, at our Traditional Day Camp.

To ensure that every child and teen has the chance to go to camp, the Fairfield Y offers financial assistance to those in need.  We believe that no one should be turned away because of their inability to pay. Come, let us help!

Fairfield Y Summer Camps:

Preschool Camps

Sunshine Club:  Summer fun for 2 year olds – A gentle introduction to camp for the first time camper. Children will participate in circle time, simple arts and crafts, outdoor play and music. Choose 2, 3, 4, or 5 days a week to fit your schedule. Each session is two weeks long. See our Brochure and Handbook for more information. Online registration is available.

Discovery:   for 3 to 5 year olds – Safe, supervised fun with a caring and responsible staff. Each session, campers swim three times a week, have art instruction, creative play, make friends and have lots of fun! Each themed session has a special visitor for interactive entertainment and a special day celebrating the theme. Children will be grouped according to age.

Camp Badakookala: Traditional home town camp for children ages 5-13 – Camp Badakookala is designed to offer a combination of active, quiet and creative options that take the individual campers’ interests, talents and age into consideration.   The Camp’s watchwords are “Safe” and “Fun” and more “Fun.”   Mature, experienced staff is extensively trained to meet each child’s needs.  Groups are small (max 1:12 ratio) to help promote personalized attention and friendship building.  Campers are grouped according to age and activities are appropriate for each age group.  Adventurers (entering grades 5th-8th) also have a service project for the summer.  New this year we are also offering a middle school camp called “ Life’s A Beach!” Each day a different activity at a different Fairfield public beach.

For those too “big” for camp (entering grapes 9th-11th), we offer our Counselor-in-Training program.

Camp highlights:

  • Swimming twice a week at the Fairfield Y pool
  • Once a week field trip
  • Sports like soccer, softball, Capture the Flag, Whiz Ball and Dodgeball
  • Special Events like National Popsicle Day every Friday, Talent Show, end of the summer cook out,  Summer Halloween
  • Arts and Crafts – what’s summer without gimp? And paint and clay and more.
  • Gardening service project – Food raised is donated to Operation Hope.

Camp Location:  Jennings Elementary School, 31 Palm Dr., Fairfield, CT

If you have any questions, ask our camp guru!


The Best Summer Ever

FFD Brochure Picture1Summer Day Camp

Do you remember your best summer ever? Was your best summer a combination of exploration, activity, education, friends and fun?

Summer is an ideal time for children to get out and explore.  A chance to enjoy recreational and educational activities that help them learn, grow and thrive.

For families looking to keep their children’s minds and bodies active, the Y can  give them an adventurous, active and healthy summer.

The Fairfield Y Summer Camp provides a fun and unique experience that gives children and teens the opportunity to explore, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.  The Best Summer Ever!

Check out our Summer Camp Brochure and Parent Handbook for program details!

To register, please print and fill out this Fairfield Y Day Camp Registration Packet – calculate the deposit, write out your check or let us know to use a credit card on file, mail or drop off your forms at the Y – it’s that easy!

If you and your child are interested in our Counselor In Training Program, please follow the directions in our CCC YMCA CIT Application/References document.

If you have questions, join us for one of our Open House events shared in our Brochure, call the Y 203 255 2834 or contact Ryan Leworthy at P 203 255 2832 x2315. Get ready for your kids to have The Best Summer Ever!


SLEEPAWAY CAMP!

Hi Rock 2YMCA Camp Hi-Rock is a sleep-away camp located in Western Massachusetts. We are nestled among 1,000 acres in the Berkshire Mountains, surrounded by conservation forest, and centered around our pristine, private, ninety-acre lake. This gives us the ideal backdrop for the wide variety of activities we offer, which include swimming, climbing, water skiing, archery, sailing and arts & crafts among many others. Through the values of the YMCA, Camp Hi-Rock is dedicated to the growth and development of all of the participants we serve. We seek to help each camper develop his or her sense of personal worth and responsibility as a cooperative member of a group. In addition, we want campers to discover, learn, cultivate new skills, develop healthy lifestyles, create meaningful relationships, and become more caring, honest, respectful and responsible people.

Visit us at the Fairfield YMCA to speak face to face with a camp representative, view camp videos and slides, and register on the spot!

Thurs. Feb 23, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm or Sun. Mar 19, 9 am – 12:00 pm

Can’t make it to this one? Check out our website for alternative dates: http://camphirock.org/parents/consider-camp/


Sleepaway Camp

AD5V9671Hi-Rock is THE sleepaway camp for the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA.

That means it’s your sleepaway camp. Summer camp can change a child’s life. For more than sixty years, YMCA Camp Hi-Rock has provided an enchanting mountaintop environment where campers build positive memories that sustain them for a lifetime and have experiences that leave an indelible mark on their character. Our goal is to challenge and nurture the individual, build self-esteem, instill leadership and social skills, strengthen the body, lift the spirit, and sharpen the mind. We have a primary emphasis on friendship building. In our supportive atmosphere, campers learn to live together within a community governed by the character values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Experiences are managed in such a way that relationship building skills are taught and reinforced at every opportunity. As a result, campers form friendships that often last well beyond the summer, and gain the lasting self-confidence that comes with their newly found interpersonal skills.

For more information about our camp programs, please visit our website at: camphirock.org.


Boy/Girls Outdoor Leadership Development

BOLD7Camp Hi-Rock is excited to offer our newest program, BOLD and GOLD.

BOLD and GOLD stands for Boys/Girls Outdoor Leadership Development.

In 2016, we were one of the first Y’s chosen across the country to help expand an incredible program that has been running in Seattle for the last 15 years. The BOLD GOLD program takes youth from a wide variety of economic backgrounds on week-long backpacking programs to develop their fullest leadership potential as positive, multicultural leaders in their communities. Our small groups (eight participants and two to three instructors) backpack in the wilderness and participate in activities that center around confidence, strength and identity, while also building outdoor survival skills.

For more information about our BOLD GOLD programs, please visit our website at: http://camphirock.org/camps/bold-gold-wilderness-adventures/


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