Special Needs Summer Camp

Swim and Sail For Children With Special Needs

Unfortunately due to strict guidelines by the State of CT and Office of Early Childhood, plus restrictions on schedules at the Darien YMCA, we are unable to offer Swim and Sail for Camp 2020.  Please contact Suzanne Richards at srichards@darien-ymca.org if you have any questions.  We hope to see you during the school year and at Camp 2021.

The Swim and Sail program will be offered to children with special needs and one typical sibling or friend to swim at the YMCA and sail, canoe, and kayak on Holly Pond. The Y’s sailing staff and support staff will be conducting and facilitating this program, which includes social skills and development.

Age Groups

5-10 year olds, Monday - Friday 3:00 pm-5:15 pm
11 - 18 year olds, Monday - Friday, 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm


Session A: June 29 - July 3
Session B: July 6 - July 10
Session C: July 13 - July 17
Session D: July 20 - July 24
Session E: July 27 - July 31
Session F: Aug. 3 - Aug. 7

2020 Fees

$145 per Week
Additional for one typical sibling or friend per session Members- $100, Non-Members- $150
*Additional $30 per week for non-members.

Special Needs 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 Special Needs Director and Camp Inclusion Coordinator, 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 Special Needs Director or Camp Inclusion Coordinator will contact the family to discuss a proper plan.

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

You must contact Suzanne Richards at srichards@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 February 3rd.

Innovative Vocations Summer Program

Ages 14 +

This wonderful summer program was designed to teach teenage students with special needs practical life skills that will allow them to be an integral part of summer camp.   An extension of our school year program, students will broaden their social, functional and task-oriented skills while working with the camp staff and campers in their daily activities.

The Innovative Vocations Summer Program will focus on helping the summer camp staff by creating seamless transitions for summer activities.  Earning Y-Bucks for end of the day cash-in rewards, our students will learn time management skills with task-oriented goals.  Summer Camp consists of multiple groups of different ages who fill their days with various games and activities.  The Innovative Vocations program students will ease the stress of the staff and give them more time with their groups by setting up and taking down specific activities.  They will assist our program specialists with sports, arts & crafts, STEM and more.

Throughout the day, they will also have time to socialize with their group, as well as the other camp groups.  They will have the opportunity to swim & do boating if they choose.

The program will be individually tailored to each participant’s schedules, interests and abilities.  Each participant will have their own binder with daily schedule and specific tasks.  They will be assisted when needed by volunteers and peers.

Week 1: June 22 - June 26
Week 2: July 29 - July 3
Week 3: July 6 - July 10
Week 4: July 13 - July 17
Week 5: July 20 - July 24
Week 6: July 27 - July 31
Week 7: August 3 - August 7
Week 8: August 10 - August 14

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
$240 Per Week
$1,824 All 8 Weeks
$175 Per Week
$1,330 All 8 Weeks
$175 Per Week
$1,330 All 8 Weeks

 *Additional $30 per week for non-members


For more information or to register, please contact Suzanne Richards at srichards@darien-ymca.org.