Franklin County’s YMCA Notebook: March 18, 2023

Published: 03-17-2023 12:44 PM

Spring Session 1 classes and programs are now in session at Franklin County’s YMCA, and it is not too late to register for available classes. Visit the YMCA at 451 Main St. in Greenfield or for more information.

Camp Apex: Sitting on more than 30 acres in Shelburne, Camp Apex offers children the opportunity to have fun outside every day while being able to participate in group fun, silly songs, recreational swimming, archery, gaga ball, arts and crafts, and more.

Gymnastics Camp: Offered indoors at the YMCA. Great for kids who love to flip, tumble, balance and swing. Your camper will come home stronger, with more confidence and a greater sense of being part of a group.

Sports Camp: Offered at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, this camp keep the days packed with flag football, soccer, basketball or other favorite gym games.

To register for any of these camps or for more information, visit

Scuba Experience: This one-day class is great for children and adults ages 10 and over. Three days to choose from: April 1, 8, or 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the YMCA. Reserve a spot at or call the YMCA at 413-773-3646, ext 0. Open to members ($35) and non-members ($50).

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Scuba Intensive Course: National Association of Underwater Instructors-certified instructor Dave MacDonald will teach diving techniques, equipment usage and more. This is the first step to becoming a certified scuba diver. Contact MacDonald at 413-774-0240 with questions. For ages 10 and up with a maximum of 10 participants. Register at or join the information session on April 25, at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the course.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification: Get your certification and find a job as a lifeguard at beaches, lakes and pools this summer. Taking place at the Y from Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21. Recertification during this time is also available for those who need it. Perfect for strong swimmers ages 15 and older. Register online at or call the YMCA at 413-773-3646, ext 0.

Prescribe the Y: A 12-week integrated community wellness program that helps participants to develop and maintain healthier lifestyles. This doctor-referred program was designed to help residents take small steps toward better health, less pain, increased strength, balance, endurance and weight loss. For more information on how to join, visit or call the YMCA at 413-773-3646, ext 0.

Healthy Kids Day: Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s Healthy Kids Day will take place on Main Street in front of the YMCA and will include activities, live entertainment, prizes and more to encourage children to stay active during the summer months. If you are a business or organization interested in hosting a free table at this event, visit and fill out the vendor form.