The Hamden/North Haven YMCA has a wide variety of programs for children and teens – after-school child care, youth sports and summer day camps. The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth.  At the Hamden/North Haven Y, youth are enriched in a safe environment. Our experienced and caring staff and volunteers model the positive core Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility that help build character.

If you don’t find what you need here, please call or stop by the branch for more information. Learn more about the Hamden/North Haven YMCA and how to become a youth member.

Mailing Address & Phone:

P.O. Box 6555
Hamden, CT 06517
P 203 248 6361 or P 203 562 5129
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 203 281 4858
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Camp Mountain Laurel Address & Phone:

Downes Road
Hamden, CT 06514
Summer P 203 248 1792 or 203 764 1103 

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Forever In Service

In honor of Earth Day on April 22 the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA will demonstrate our support for environmental protection. Our hope is to celebrate the importance of taking care of nature and beautifying our community. Events will be held throughout our service area Saturday, April 17 – Friday, April 23. Each event will be an opportunity for you to volunteer alongside us, give back to our community and donate. Let’s come together and demonstrate our commitment to each other.

You can help us build a better us. Be involved with us.

Join us for our Days of Service.

Engage along side us to help our community. Together we can make a difference.

Volunteer! Get involved and work beside us with other community supporters. Sign up to volunteer for a safe, socially distanced volunteer shift at one of many events. We hope to have a YMCA presence at each! Volunteer groups welcome! Our goal is to have 22 new volunteers work beside our 22 Y staff members to collect over 22 bags of trash.

Give Back! We hope to spend 220 hours beautifying our community. Can you give us a little of your time and energy?

Donate! Make an on-line donation to support this vital work so that the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA can help serve those in our community who needs us most. Our goal is to raise at least $2,200 during our April Days of Service. Every dollar counts!

Opportunities for You to Participate With Us

  • Hamden/North Haven YMCA and the New Haven YMCA Youth Center are recruiting staff and volunteers to help clear the 12 walking trails, prep the community garden for cultivation, plant bulbs in flower beds, and develop a butterfly garden near the pavilion for YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel serving local communities in Hamden, North Haven, New Haven. Saturday, April 17 9am-Noon at Camp Mountain Laurel, 2705 Downes Road, Hamden. Questions?  Please email Erin, ekelly@cccymca.org, or call 203 776 9622.
  • Get moving for Mother Earth and collect trash in the neighborhoods surrounding the Stratford Y on a “Walk With Us: Earth Day Clean Up!” All of the Walks will start at the Stratford Y 3045 Main Street. We’ll provide gloves, trash bags, and a walking route. Wear your mask and get ready to be outside together.
    • Monday, April 19– 6 PM- Walk With Us to Nichols School via North Ave (approx. 2 miles)
    • Tuesday , April 20– 11:15 AM– Walk With Us to Long Brook Park with Pauline (approx. 1 mile)
    • Wednesday, April 21– 1 PM– Walk With Us for YLC Students to Stratford Police Department
    • Thursday, April 22– 4 PM- Walk With Us to Town Hall with Sterling House Community Center friends
    • Friday, April 23– 4 PM– Walk With Us to Paradise Green (approx. 1mile)
  • Join us on Tuesday, April 20 at 3:30pm at the Luis Marin School near their garden and playground on 479 Helen Street, Bridgeport. YMCA staff members, children in our Lighthouse afterschool program, school educators and other volunteers will be cleaning up the Luis Marin School community garden and planting flowers.
  • The Valley YMCA at the Holy Rosary Church will, in partnership with the Church, do a spring clean-up of the Church grounds and begin gardening projects.  Wednesday, April 21.
  • At noon on April 22, Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA staff will be walking on the Pequonnock River Trail starting at the Spring Hill entrance and picking up trash. We hope that you will be able to join us.
  • Thursday, April 22. The Woodruff Family Y and our Togetherhood program participants will be doing a park clean up at Bodies Place in Milford. 10am-1pm. Meet us there! Wear gloves, bring your own rakes, please.
  • On April 23, the Valley Y and the Woodruff Family Y Leaders Club will partake in a positive messaging campaign and spread great environmental messaging with sidewalk chalk around downtown Milford. All our welcome! Please call the Y for meeting location and time.

Special Programs Being Led in our Ys 

  • Visit the Stratford Y at the Shakespeare Market on Saturday, April 17! Plant a seed  and grab a trash pick up bag to go.
  • From April 17-22, the Soundview Family Y will be encouraging members to do clean ups in their neighborhoods – with their family and friends. The Y will be collecting pictures to share.
  • The Valley Child Care Center will be taking an educational Nature Walk around the center to teach our youth about nature and the importance of keeping it fresh and clean.
  • All Woodruff Family YMCA and Valley Y School Age Child Care sites will participate in an environmental scavenger hunt outdoors to help our children learn about recycling and their future world in a fun way. We will also be writing positive environmental messages on the sidewalks. #STEM
  • On April 21, the Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA Fallow Hallow and Stepney Elementary School after school participants will be making bird feeders from recycled toilet paper rolls that they will then bring home to hang in their trees. If the kiddos are willing to part with some, we will have them available for our members to bring home and enjoy, but we aren’t sure how many will get handed over
  • The preschool and SACC children at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center will be planting seeds and flowers to give to the Seniors at the Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center in New Haven
  • Hamden/North Haven YMCA SACC children will be cleaning and beautifying the Community Garden at the Keefe Center.
  • School age child care participants at the Soundview Family Y Cosey Beach program will be doing a beach and park clean up on April 22.
  • Soundview Family Y Hayes School school age child care youth will be cleaning up at the Hayes School and Pit on April 22.
  • On April 22, Soundview Family Y school age child care participants will be cleaning up the areas around the Y.
  • Children in the Bridgeport Y’s Kolbe Early Learning Center will be focusing on the three R’s: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse by creating junk sculptures using any recycle materials such as old clothes, cereal boxes, spoons, egg cartons, paper towel tubes, plastic containers, cans, shoe boxes and more. Sculptures will be displayed at the Y so that all children, families and community volunteers can learn more about ways to reduce, recycle and reuse.

The Y. For a Better Us.

Forever Grateful

Thank you for supporting our Days of Service!

Sleepaway Camp! Learn More!

YMCA 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.

Join us for one of our VIRTUAL information sessions with our Camp Directors to ask questions and get more information about camp!

Tuesday, April 27 – 6-7 pm

Saturday, May 8 – 10:30-11:30 am

Monday, May 10 – 8-9 am

Wednesday, May 12 – 5-6 pm

To sign up for one of our virtual info sessions, please visit our website at: camphirock.org/virtual-info-session-registration/

 


Healthy Kids Day!

We’re hosting our annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 24, 10am-1pm at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel, Downes Road in Hamden. We’d like to encourage families to take a moment to help kids be kids.

While the in-person event will feature physically distanced activities and be in accordance with CDC and State and Local Health Department recommendations, the Y aims to provide a carefree morning for children, celebrating what makes a kid, a healthy kid.

The events will feature activities such as games, scavenger hunt, archery, Kids Zumba, family yoga, hikes, story time, healthy eating ideas, arts and crafts, water safety demonstrations and fun competitions to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home.

Share in the fun – we are also holding a sock drive to help children in our local shelter. Please bring a pair of new socks to donate!

Preregistration is encouraged.

 


Family Nature Hikes

Walk, climb, explore camp and its surrounding trails with Jake!  Each week you’ll experience something new while spending time outdoors with your family.

Saturday:  12:00pm-1:00pm at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel

Member:  $60 / Community:  $120

 


Challenge Course Adventure

Reach new heights on Saturday mornings with our challenge course gurus!  Skill build with our climbing walls, low & high ropes course, and zipline each week under the direction of our certified staff.

Saturday:  11:00am-12:00pm at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel

Member:  $60 / Community:  $120

 


Spring Program Guide

Activate your spirit, mind and body. Keep your kids safe, healthy and strong. We’re here to support you.

Check our HNH Spring 2021 Program Guide and register for Y programs and activities!

Spring Program Session: April 26 – June 20, 2021

Registration Starts: Facility Members: Monday, April 5 / Community Members: Monday, April 12


Winter II Program Guide

Stay safe, stay active. Now that the weather is colder, have your children warm up and get moving in Y programs!

Please browse through our Winter II Program Guide to learn more: Winter 11 2021 Program Guide HNH

Our Winter 2 Programs start on March 1 and run through April 25.

Registration opens for Members on Monday, February 8. For Community Members on Monday, February 15.

You can register on-line, by calling the Y or in person.


IT’S FOREVER SUMMER AT Y DAY CAMP!

2021 Summer Day Camp

The Hamden/North Haven YMCA believes all kids have great potential and deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.

And while these are unprecedented times, times that challenge us individually and as a community on many levels, Camp Mountain Laurel day camp provides kids with a safe, healthy, familiar, and fun-filled environment for them to explore, build confidence, develop skills and make lasting friendships and memories, so they can grow as individuals and leaders. For families, day camp offers a peace of mind knowing that your child is in a safe and enriching place.

The health and safety of all Y campers, our team and our volunteers are our first and foremost priority. New safety protocols and sanitization procedures have been adopted to maintain the highest standards. CCCY 2021 Day Camp Safety Plan

We can’t wait to see you at HAMDEN/NORTH HAVEN YMCA CAMP MOUNTAIN  LAUREL! We’ve planned an awesome, activity-packed summer with tons to learn, play and explore. 

Camp Mountain Laurel is located on 2705 Downes Road in Hamden 203-764-1103. Twenty acres of wooded space with an open shelter, outdoor swimming pool, archery station, gaga pit, ropes course, and climbing wall. Dirt paths lead you easily to our Main Building where we have arts & crafts, a summer library for reading, bathrooms, changing rooms and the first aid office. In the morning you can hear the birds chirping and children laughing throughout the camp as the sun begins to peek through the leaves – and you’ll see the tallest trees ever amongst our new larger than life backyard game stations. Come explore nature’s outdoor classroom with us.

To learn more about Summer Camp please review our Hamden North Haven Y 2021 Day Camp Brochure or call the Y.

To register, please fill out the documents and bring them to the Y! Hamden North Haven Y 2021 Day Camp Registration Packet

If your child will require special assistance or medicine while at camp, these forms may also be required: Individual Care Plan_Medicine Authorization.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please fill submit this application: 2021 CCCY Financial Assistance Application Materials

For day-to-day program details, please review our Hamden North Haven Y 2021 Day Camp Parent Handbook

If your child is 14-15 years of age, they may be interested in our Counselor in Training program. In our CIT program, they will receive valuable job interviewing skills, child care training, leadership experience, team building, and problem-solving skills. To apply please fill out the application and contact the Y for an interview. CCC YMCA CIT Application_References 2021-fillable

 


Refer Your Friends to Join the Y!

When a friend you’ve referred joins the Y, we’ll thank you by giving you a FREE membership month.

There’s no limit to how many friends you refer and there’s no limit to how many FREE months you can receive.

Being with friends is always more fun for you and your family.

Take advantage of sharing the Y with your friends today!


KIDS ZUMBA®

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Kids Zumba is the way to go!  Kids Zumba is movement through dance combined with Spanish language.

Tuesday:  5:00pm-5:45pm at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel, Downes Road, Hamden

Member:  $50 / Community:  $100

 


Floor Hockey

Coach Pat invites you to join the team for a game of floor hockey each week.  Participants will focus on skill building and teamwork during each class.  Whether you are a beginner or a pro, this is the place to go!

Saturday:  9:00am-9:45am at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel, Downes Road, Hamden

Member:  $50 / Community:  $100

 


Take Aim with Archery

Whether you are a novice or a pro, archery is the way to go!  Join John each Saturday as he teaches basic archery skills while you are  having fun and making new friends.

Saturday:  10:00am-10:45am at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel

Member:  $50 /  Community:  $100

 


Get Crafty

Set your creativity free with our spring craft session.  Each week, participants will have the opportunity to complete crafts to take home with the assistance of our arts & crafts director.

Saturday:  9:00am-9:45am at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel

Member:  $50 / Community:  $100

 


Basketball Blast-Off

Learn the basic skills of basketball from our experienced staff members.  Kids will learn how to dribble, shoot, and pass while    learning the importance of teamwork.

Saturday:  1:00pm-1:45pm at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel, Downes Road, Hamden

Member:  $50 / Community:  $100


Y Kickers

Learn the basics of soccer while having fun and practicing with friends!  Each week will be dedicated to learning a   different skill and each    session will conclude with a game.

Saturday:  11:00am-11:45am at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel, Downes Road, Hamden

Member:  $50 / Community:  $100

 


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