February 1, 2023

Camp Hazen YMCA Opens 2011 Summer Camp Registration

Camp Hazen YMCA has opened registration for its 2011 Summer Camp Season.   Located in Chester, Camp Hazen YMCA offers one and two week session of both day and resident camp.  Families are encouraged to register early to ensure that sessions that fit into their summer schedule are still available.

Camp Hazen YMCA is committed to helping youth develop valuable life skills through camping experiences that build healthy bodies, open minds and awakened spirits.  Camp Hazen provides children with a community of positive role models who nurture children to ensure that they are successful, have fun, make friends and develop life skills such as independence and leadership. 

“The camp staff are the key ingredient at a great camp.  They are vital to the success of a child’s experience,”   said Camp Director, Danita Ballantyne. “At Camp Hazen YMCA, the staff are carefully chosen based on their prior experience, teaching ability, and maturity.  They are expected to be positive role models, responsible and FUN.   The majority are former Hazen campers or returning staff and are from as close as Chester, CT and as far away as Australia.”

Camp Hazen YMCA is located on Cedar Lake and offers traditional camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts and campfires – along with more unique programs including a Skate Park, Alpine Tower, Mountain Biking and Windsurfing.  ALL activities are designed to ensure that campers are having fun, making friends and learning valuable life lessons which are the core ingredients of the camp experience.

Camp Hazen YMCA believes the summer camp experience is a vital part of a child’s development and offers a tier pricing program to make camp affordable for all.  For more information, contact Danita Ballantyne at 860-526-9529 or visit www.camphazenymca.org

Valley-Shore YMCA Swim Team Produces State Champion

State Champion Peter Fuchs

For the second consecutive year, the Valley-Shore YMCA Marlins Swim team has produced a state champion. A credit to coach Pat Callahan and the coaching staff, twelve members of the Marlins Swim Team qualified to represent the team in 32 events at Age Group Championships held at the Wesleyan University pool in Middletown July 30 – August 1.   Age Group Championships serve as the Connecticut state championship for those athletes under the age of 19 competing in events segregated by age group.

Peter Fuchs won the state championship in the 50 meter breaststroke event for the 11-12 age group in a time of 37.14 seconds. Peter also finished second the 200 meter breaststroke and third in the 100 meter breaststroke.  Peter’s performances qualified him to go on to the Eastern Zone Championships held in Rockville, Maryland. Eastern Zone Championships brings together the top athletes from states on the east coast from Maine to Virginia. In Rockville, Peter improved his 50 meter breaststroke again, swimming a time of 36.42 seconds, and ranking 9th in the zone. Peter also enjoyed joining other top Connecticut swimmers in a relay which finished 5th in the zone.

The Marlins are currently welcoming new swimmers to join the team for the short course season. Tryouts will be held September 13 or 14 at 5:30-6:30pm, and practices start on September 16.

Marlins registration forms and further information about this team are available on www.vsymca.org. Otherwise, please contact Aquatic Director Heather Husted at 860-399-9622, ext 14.

Valley Shore YMCA Sponsoring a Free Dinner and Movie Night

From a press release:

The Valley-Shore YMCA will be hosting a free dinner and movie night for the community this summer at their location on 201 Spencer Plains Road in Westbrook on July 16th starting at 7:00 p.m.

A family film will be played on a large screen theater by the Pavilion of the YMCA for that good old outdoor summer family feel. This summer experience will be FREE to the community.

Dinner will include grilled food, refreshments, popcorn and other snacks.

“The YMCA cares about its community and we would like to be part of and provide a place where the
community can come together. We will create a safe and fun experience for everyone to enjoy”
mentions Paul Mohabir, CEO of the Valley-Shore YMCA.

For more information about this event please visit their website at www.vsymca.org or call 860-399-9622