Exploring nature, gaining new experiences and making new friends are just some of the benefits of participating in Camp Mahackeno, the Westport Weston Family Y’s summer day camp along the banks of the Saugatuck River. As summer approaches, the Family Y reminds parents that registration is open for children and teens.
“Getting a summer break from learning in school doesn’t mean that kids should not spend the summer leaning outside the classroom,” said Meaghan George, the Family Y’s Youth and Camp Director. “At Mahackeno, campers learn how to be responsible and resourceful, work in groups, solve problems and make decisions that will help them grow as individuals — all while having fun.”
According to camp and child development experts, there are five top reasons why kids should experience summer camp: adventure, new experiences, personal growth, new friendships, and memories.
Camp Mahackeno provides exciting and educational camp programming for children and teens, and their parents, including: canoeing, archery, performing arts, outdoor living skills, arts and crafts and more. Every two-week session also features “Family Nights,” with campers’ families invited to join in an evening of fun, including a show that involves every child.
And on Aug. 10, the Family Y hosts all camper families for its annual Camp-out at Mahackeno, which includes field games, an outdoor feature movie and a marshmallow roast by the campfire.
The Family Y offers financial assistance to those in need. We are also proud to offer our Special Cares Camp for children with special needs.