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|Playing kickball in the 1970s|
In 1948, the first Polaroid camera went on sale. The World Health Organization was established. NASCAR held its first race for modified stock cars at Daytona Beach. And the Rye Y started a summer day camp that has given generations of children the opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and grow in confidence, all in a safe, fun environment.
Seventy years ago, there was no Brookside or Pa Cope Pool. (Pa Cope himself was very much alive and leading the Rye Y.) The first campers enjoyed swimming at Playland and kickball, softball and badminton outside the original old house, in a field where the parking lot now lies.
By the 1990s, the Y’s facility had grown, but still posed a challenge for camp staff, who took over the building during the summer months. During that time, Penny Cozza, the Y’s Membership Engagement Associate, led a group of three and four-year-old campers. She recalls the logistics of moving young children from one floor to another and one activity to another throughout the building before the major expansion of the early 2000s.
“We would meet downstairs for drop-off and greeting time. We proceeded to the pool for swim lessons and then moved outside for craft classes and snacks. If music was scheduled, we went to the upstairs lobby, where Ellen Watermelon entertained the children. Rainy days took us upstairs to the third floor for movie time and songs
Today, the Rye Y summer camp serves approximately 1,500 children a year, offering seven different camp programs for ages 3-16 at the Rye Y and Osborn Elementary School. Through our Y Cares Financial Assistance program, we make sure that every child who wants to attend camp is able to, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Rye Y awarded over $240,000 in financial assistance to 200 campers last year alone.
The world has changed a lot since 1948, and so has the Rye Y’s summer camp. However, our core values remain the same. As one Y Cares family told us “The Y camp’s emphasis on respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility challenges [our children] daily to grow into caring, honest and responsible people.”
We want to hear your Rye Y summer camp story! If you’ve ever been a camper or a counselor at the Y’s day camp, send your reminiscences to Lisa Tidball at email@example.com.
Click here to view the Fall 2018 program guide.
Fall registration starts August 1 for Members and August 8 for Non-Members.
Youth aquatics registration not available online – click here for typeable registration form to mail, fax or drop off at Member Services.
Programs start September 8.
Click here to view summer program brochure. June 23-August 18.
There is still limited availability in our summer programs. Click here to register. Online registration is not available for youth aquatics classes. Click here for registration form.
HERE AT THE RYE Y, WE CONSIDER IT A PRIORITY AND A RESPONSIBILITY TO PREVENT DROWNING AND TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO BE SAFE IN AND AROUND THE WATER!
Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help their children learn. It not only saves lives; it builds confidence.
The Rye Y is committed to giving our surrounding communities the tools needed to be safe around water through various programs such as:
In Safety Around Water, kids learn what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly.
Click here to view a video about the Rye YMCA Safety Around Water program.
Join us for our upcoming Safety Around Water Workshop June 19-22. Limited availability, register now!
Ages 3-5, 4:00-4:30pm: Click here to register.
Ages 6-9, 4:20-5:00pm: Click here to register
YMCA Swim Lessons
The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming.
Y Swim Lessons continue to evolve to better meet the needs of the people they serve.
Through competitive aquatics programs, participants experience achievement, feel a sense of belonging and build supportive relationships.
The Rye Y will be hosting a Water Safety Workshop to give families the opportunity to learn more about being safe in and around the water as we approach the summer months! This 2 hour special workshop will be classroom and pool based to give children and their caregivers the opportunity to practice water safety together. Please make note that children must be accompanied by a caregiver to attend the event. This workshop is designed for parents, grandparents, babysitters, etc. that would like to learn more about how they can be safe around water.
Saturday, May 12 from 2:00-4:00pm
Pre-registration is required, spots are limited. Click here to register.
The Rye Y is also committed to the safety of all of our patrons through various trainings for our Aquatics staff!
Safety is the #1 reason why every person entering the Rye Y must CHECK IN.
Everyone entering the Y MUST check in at the Member Services Desk.
ALL members must check in using their membership card, the Rye Y app or last name.
ALL others must check in using a sign-in sheet.
Thank you for helping us keep everyone at the Rye Y safe!
The Rye Y is launching a new Pre-School Enrichment Program for children 3-5 years old in September. Participants may choose between a morning or afternoon program on Tuesdays and Thursdays (2 day) or Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (3 day). All participants must be potty trained. Weekly activities include:
Morning and afternoon participants registered for transportation will be bussed to/from Christ Church Nursery School (CCNS). Participants not being bussed will be picked up/dropped off by parent or guardian at the Rye YMCA. Bus seating is limited to 19 registered participants to/from CCNS on a first come, first serve basis.
Session A (September 12-January 25)
2 day AM or 2 day PM -Tues & Thurs
Family: $2160; Youth: $2376; Non-Member: $2592
Add-on transportation: $180
3 day AM or 3 day PM – Mon, Wed & Fri
Family: $3240; Youth: $3564 Non-Member: $3888
Add-on transportation: $270
Rye Y staff are selected for their strong character, maturity, enthusiasm and commitment to the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Staff are First Aid and CPR certified and undergo a rigorous hiring process including multiple references and a background check. Upon hire, all staff must complete several child abuse and safety trainings. Safety is our first priority.
The Rye Y’s Togetherhood Committee is teaming up with Friends of the Rye Nature Center for a family-friendly day of service in the woods. Enjoy a morning of outdoor planting on Saturday, April 14, 10 am – Noon. For ages 5 and up. Click here for details and to sign up. For more information, contact Denise Woodin.
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