Athol Area YMCA
545 Main Street | Athol, MA 01331
P.978.249.3305 | F.978.249.4009

Youth Development

Family Fun Night


Family fun nights are held 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the first Saturday of each month, October through March.  These themed evenings have gym games, swimming, arts and crafts, activities, snacks, scavenger hunts, free giveaways and more!

Members: $10.00 per family

Non-Members: $15.00 per family

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A LITTLE ABOUT OUR SWIM TEAM:

AMPHIBIANS SWIM TEAM Athol YMCA

The Athol Area YMCA Amphibians Swim Team is an affordable swim team with childhood in mind.

We offer practice six days a week. You choose which day’s work for you.

Practices focus on technique and conditioning while maintaining a positive attitude.

With our team, the sky is the limit! We place our emphasis on learning all the competitive strokes through hard work and encouragement.

We compete in various styles of meets throughout the season with other local teams.

Meet participation is not mandatory,but is highly recommended to show case skills and strokes mastered.

Awards are given for own personal time improvements after each meet.

You will quickly see why our team offers a wide range of swimming options for all children who love to swim, ranging from recreational swimming to intense swimming competitions. You can choose how serious you want to compete. This is your team, where will it take you?

 Swimming is a great cross-training sport

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

All children 18 and under who can swim 25 yards of the pool, non-stop, without a bubble are eligible to join. Swim team members must be Athol Area YMCA members in good standing.

GIVE US A TRY!

Not sure if the swim team is right for you or your child? Bring this brochure and you can try two weeks of swim team for free with no commitment required! Then let us know what you think.

Please feel free to contact a coach or the YMCA with any questions.

OUR COACHES:

Sasha Dyer , Jen Potee, Sara Lyman, Dee Bulman

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Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

 

CHILD CARE

With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. That’s why child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Children are like sponges – they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success.  That’s why our child care, after-school and Child Watch programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world, and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do homework.  Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

SWIM, SPORTS & PLAY

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.

Swimming
Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Ys offer swim lessons (for all ages), family swim, competitive swimming and diving teams, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all enjoy safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.

Recreation
Teen centers, group exercise, arts—there’s a lot more than sports at the Y, giving kids the chance to exert energy, try new things, make new friends … and be kids!

Youth Sports
Soccer, volleyball, karate, basketball, gymnastics—check out the sports offerings at your Y and get in the game. Improve your skills, make new friends, be active with other kids and learn to love a sport at the Y.

CAMP

Overnight, day or specialty camps at the Y share one thing: they’re about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too.

Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends.  But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of camp fires, bugle calls, canoeing, archery, talent shows, and meaningful relationships. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.

We have more than 130 years of experience in providing a safe, thriving environment for young people to explore personal interests, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills, discover the creativity and health benefits of the outdoors, and make lasting friendships and memories.

Overnight Camp
Y’s offer overnight camps that run from a few days to a few weeks in scenic outdoor areas that span from New Hampshire to Hawaii. Camp programs offer a wide variety of outdoor adventures led by trained and experienced leaders who guide children and teenagers in having an unforgettable experience.  Expect new and fun activities that will add not only build skills but great new friends and character values for life.

Day Camp
Day camp can offer almost all of the benefits of traditional camp—new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships — in rural and urban settings while allowing campers to return home each afternoon.   YMCAs across the nation offer day camps for elementary children and some have offerings for preschoolers and teens.

Specialty Camps
Camping is for everyone, and the Y offers specialty camps that focus on particular programming like teen adventure, music, sports specialties and farm/ranch experiences and for campers with special needs.  Youth with developmental disabilities, physical and mental health challenges or other impairments that may require special attention or benefit from like-situated campers have opportunities through the Y.

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About Camp Wiyaka

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Camp Wiyaka is a YMCA residential summer camp located on the shore of Sandy Pond in the hills of Richmond, NH. Serving a maximum of 72 campers per week we have the unique opportunity to create a small community atmosphere, a place where both campers and staff can really get to know everyone. Campers and counselors sleep in bunk beds sheltered by canvas tents on wooden platforms. Meals are served family style in the dining hall and the days are spent doing traditional summer camp activities such as swimming, sports and art. Camp Wiyaka offers both co-ed and single gender sessions.

To learn more about Camp Wiyaka please visit our website here.

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Camp Selah Registration Open

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Join us for a summer of exploration and fun on the shores of Tully Pond! Registration is open for Camp Selah. Register today as spaces are filling up quickly!

Camp Selah Registration 2017

Camp Selah in Tully, MA is a wonderful rustic setting for all sorts of old fashioned outdoor activities such as swimming, kayaking, ponding, hiking, fishing and playing in sports and games. The campers also get creative with arts and crafts, learn camp songs, and earn beads for demonstrating leadership and the YMCA’s values.  Campers learn how to sort our camp waste every day into bins: compostables, recyclables and trash.  With the help of Captain Compost Rick Innes of Clearview Composting we are able to compost and recycle at least 90% of our waste every year!  Children have the opportunity to swim in Tully Pond every day and hike Tully Mountain every week.  On Fridays there are theme days such as Safari, Pirate, and Luau with lots of fun and surprises!

Camp staff are hired and trained to provide a safe and caring atmosphere for all campers.  Our camp team is led by our year-round YMCA Y~Kids Depot Site Director and includes our year-round childcare staff and mature college students.  Our waterfront certified aquatic director is also a year-round childcare staff member and all lifeguards are YMCA trained and Red Cross certified.  All camp staff members are CORI and SORI checked.

Day camp at Camp Selah is for children entering grades 1-6.  The camp day runs from 7:45 am to 5:45 pm in the months of  July and August.  Transportation is self-provided.  Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided free of charge.

For more information on YMCA Summer Day Camp at Camp Selah please call Megan Shaughnessy, Childcare Services Director at (978) 249-3305 x16.

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