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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

YMCA Camps in Full Swing

Near the entrance to the Westport Weston YMCA and to the right of the main building is a sign stating, “Caution, future world and local leaders at work and at play.”

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Some of the campers today enjoying the Camp Mahackeno pool. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

That theme was underscored today as YMCA officials hosted a press tour to show Camp Mahackeno’s summer camp programs in full swing, serving about 316 children from kindergarten through eighth grade.

The camps, including swimming lessons, canoeing, drama, arts and crafts, archery and other sporting events, span nine weeks with four two-week sessions and one one-week. Each session costs around $710 with YMCA financial assistance available.

“We have 316 kids here for a great summer, and 65 wouldn’t be here without financial assistance from the Y,” said Danielle LeBrando, chief development officer.

As she walked across a field where group of boys were fast at a game of flag tag, Pat Riemersma, the Y’s CEO, said the summer camps are now in their third week.

“Things are in full swing,” she said.

She passed an outdoor drama class where students will put on their own performance under a canopy of large trees at the session’s end.

Then Riemersma walked by an archery class being taught by a young man.

“Some of our older kids are leaders in training,” she said

Before long, Riemersma descended the steps to the camp frontage on the Saugatuck River on which several canoes were slowly paddling, the children learning about aquatic life.

Despite all the camp commotion and youthful energy, there nonetheless seemed a sense of calm via summer fun throughout the YMCA’s more than 34-acre campus.

“I love my job,” Riemersma said.

-– James Lomuscio

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