Diverse Abilities Summer Camp


Diverse Abilities Camp Support

The Darien YMCA is an all-inclusive camp. We feel that every child should be given the opportunity to participate in a fun-filled camp day. Campers are fully immersed in the camp program. At the discretion of the Camp Director, campers will have additional support at camp. Support staff will motivate campers to be actively engaged in their group activities and provide modification when needed. The Darien YMCA reserves the right to deem if a camper requires additional outside support. At this time, the Camp Director will contact the family to discuss a proper plan.

Please see specific camp based on age/grade for fees and times.

You must contact John Novak at jnovak@darien-ymca.org to arrange a support staff or to answer any questions. Registration is based on program availability. Once a session is full, your child will be placed on the wait list. Priority registration begins on January 16th.

Innovative Vocations Summer Program

Ages 14 +

This summer program is offered to teenage students with diverse abilities. With a focus on vocational skills, students will be integrated with the summer program by working as a team to support the staff and the students. This transitional program is unique to the students who attend, where they can find a place of growth in skills, connection to the YMCA community and a sense of accomplishment, as they earn Y-bucks to spend. The Y-bucks are earned for individualized rewards, mirroring a summer job. The jobs and tasks given to the students are tailored towards each students’ abilities and organized so they can work together as a group and as a community with the rest of the summer staff and students.

Our objective is to help students promote a sense of time management, money management, and group task-oriented goals, along with making connections to their peers in a fun and educational atmosphere.

Week 1: June 17 – June 21
Week 2: June 24 – June 28
Week 3: July 1 – July 5 (closed 4th of July)
Week 4: July 8 – July 12
Week 5: July 15 - July 19
Week 6: July 22 - July 26
Week 7: July 29 - August 2
Week 8: August 5 - August 9

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 3:45 PM - 6:00 PM


Weeks 1, 2, 4 - 8                               Week 3 (closed 4th of July)
Members:  $138 per week              Members:  $110
Non-Members $159 per week      Non-Members:  $127

All 8 Weeks- Members:  $1,022     Non-Members:  $1,178

Swim and Sail  for Children with Diverse Abilities

The Swim and Sail program will be offered to children with diverse abilities to swim at the YMCA and sail, canoe, and kayak on Holly Pond. The YMCA's sailing staff and support staff will be conducting and facilitating this program, which includes social skills and development.

Ages:  5 - 18

Days:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Time:  3:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Session A, C - F                                Session B (closed 4th of July)
Members- $138 per week              Non-Members- $110
Non-Members- $159 per week     Non-Members- $127

Session A:  June 24 - June 28
Session B:  July 1 - July 5 (closed 4th of July)
Session C:  July 8 - July 12
Session D:  July 15 - July 19
Session E:  July 22 - July 26
Session F:  July 29 - August 2

** We must have a minimum of 4 children per week to run the program.    

Register online under Summer Camp or at the YMCA front desk.

For more information or to register, please contact John Novak at jnovak@darien-ymca.org.