Special Needs Summer Camp

Swim and Sail Camp For Children With Special Needs

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.

Session Times

5 - 10 yr olds:       Monday - Friday 3:00 pm - 5:15 pm

11 - 18 yr olds:     Monday - Friday 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm


Session A:  July 1 - July 12
Session B: July 15 - July 26
Session C:  July 29 - August 9


Session A:     Members- $245     Non-Members- $295
Session B:     Members- $270     Non-Members- $320
Session C:     Members- $270     Non-Members- $320

Fee for one additional typical sibling or friend per session:  Members- $100     Non-Members- $150

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, campes will be assigned 1:2 or 1:1 support.  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 support.  At this time, the Special Needs Director or Camp Inclusion Coordinator will contact the family to discuss the 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 waitlist.

NEW!  Innovative Vocations Summer Program

Ages 14 +

This new 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 24 - June 28
Week 2:  July 1 - July 5
Week 3:  July 8 - July 12
Week 4- July 15 - July 19
Week 5- July 22 - July 26
Week 6- July 29 - August 2
Week 7 - August 5 - August 9

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM


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