YMCA in Greenfield Notebook: July 10, 2019

  • Jaxon Silva, 9, tries to press past YMCA staff member Adam Phelps during basketball week at the Greenfield YMCA Sports Camp. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 7/12/2019 4:14:10 PM
Modified: 7/12/2019 4:13:56 PM

Summer Track & Field: For $5 per person a night, ages 2 to 16 can participate in running, throwing and jumping events at Mohawk Trail Regional School. July 15, 22 and 29, and Aug. 5 and 12. Registration starts at 5:15 p.m. with events kicking off at 5:30 p.m. Fill out registration forms at the track or pick one up in advance at the YMCA’s Welcome Center. Call Dave at 413-773-3646, ext. 436 for more information.

Summer Class Registration: Registration for summer classes for youth and adults is now in progress. Classes for youth include swimming and gymnastics lessons (ages 1 to 12), track and field (ages 2 to 16), and basketball (grades 7 to 10). Classes for adults include water fitness and therapy, strength training, diabetes care and blood pressure self-monitoring. The summer session runs through Aug. 18. Financial aid is available for all classes. See “Brochure” at ymcaingreenfield.org or call 413-773-3646, ext. 0 for details.

Swimming Lessons: Swimming is a necessary life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The YMCA’s certified and experienced instructors emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and more. There are lessons for all ages and families, and many kinds of adaptive swim programs for adults and children with special needs. Contact Aquatics Director Sarah Smith at 413-773-3646, ext. 427 for more information.

ChildWatch: The Y offers low-cost child care for children ages 8 weeks to 6 years old while their parents exercises at the Y. The hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 8:45 to 11:15 a.m., and Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fees are as low as $62 for twenty 90-minute visits. Drop in fees are $10 per visit. The Y offers group exercise classes, lap swimming, water fitness classes, and cardio and strength machines during ChildWatch hours. For more information, call 413-773-3646.

Chronic Pain Help: The Y has several programs that will help people dealing with chronic pain. Some of the options this summer are yoga for chronic pain, tai chi, enhanced fitness classes, balance and stretch classes, water therapy, water fitness and the First Step Fitness program. Most of these classes are free with a YMCA membership. Financial aid is available and can cover up to 70 percent of the fees. For more information, call 413-773-3646, ext. 448.

Sports Camps: The Y offers eight weeks of sports camps for boys and girls of all abilities, ages 6 to 14. The campers use the Y’s air-conditioned gym, game room, Kid Fit Center and pool. The sports offered are basketball, recess games, gaga/dodge ball, flag football and multi-sport. There are half-day options for 9 a.m. to noon, or noon to 4 p.m., and full day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The early care (6 to 9 a.m.) and late care (4 to 6 p.m.) options make summer child care easy. The full-day campers get a free lunch provided by the Greenfield Public Schools summer food program. A limited amount of financial aid is available, which can cover up to 70 percent of camp fees. Call 413-773-3646, ext. 0 for more information or view the camp brochure at ymcaingreenfield.org.

Gymnastics Camps: Eight weeks of Y gymnastics camps runs through Aug. 16. The YMCA offers half-day camps from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or noon to 4 p.m., or full day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with early (6 to 9 a.m.) and late (4 to 6 p.m.) care available. For boys and girls ages 4 to 14. The camps also have a swimming lesson and recreational swim every day. See the camp brochure at ymcaingreenfield.org for all details or call Camp Director Caitlyn O’Leary at 413-773-3646, ext. 423.

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