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5 Benefits of Summer Camp in 2020

Aug 13, 2020
The West Suburban YMCA has a long tradition of offering kids unforgettable summer day camp experiences at Camp Pikati and Camp Chickami. After several months of stay-at-home orders and virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Y felt strongly that a safe day camp program was essential for kids and families looking to return to some normalcy.
 

The Importance of Establishing Routine

Jul 28, 2020

During these uncertain times, many individuals and families have had a sudden loss of structure.  People are suddenly working from home, kids finished the school year virtually, regular activities have changed, and travel plans have stopped.  The social isolation and lack of a schedule can cause stress and anxiety. 

West Suburban YMCA Providing Free Meals for Children All Summer

Jul 13, 2020

The West Suburban YMCA, in partnership with the Metrowest YMCA, is participating in Summer Eats, Massachusetts’ summer food service program. The federally funded nutrition program provides free, healthy meals to all children ages 18 and under when school is not in session.

Update on Camp Frank A. Day 2020 Summer Camp Season

Stephan Lockney

May 23, 2020

Dear YMCA Camp Frank A. Day Campers and Families,

Mission Moment: Swimming Skills to the Rescue

Amanda Pierce

May 14, 2020

May is National Water Safety Month and with summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to remind parents why it is so important for their children to learn water safety. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5 to 14. Even in the midst of a pandemic, parents and children must remember to be water aware!

Kimberly Benzan Named Chief Operating Officer of West Suburban YMCA

Apr 28, 2020

Newton, Massachusetts – The West Suburban YMCA has appointed Kimberly Benzan as its new Chief Operating Officer. Benzan was promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer in mid-March and has been an indispensable part of the Y’s organizational response and management during the coronavirus pandemic.

Compose an Acrostic Poem

Apr 16, 2020

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? Here's a great activity for the whole family: Compose an Acrostic Poem!

West Suburban YMCA Helps Expand Food Pantry Delivery Service

Apr 06, 2020

West Suburban YMCA and Newton Food Pantry team up to make home delivered groceries available to more residents during the COVID-19 crisis.

Nature Activity: Adopt a Tree

Apr 03, 2020

Spring has sprung! With the weather getting warmer each day, it's is a great time to get outside and enjoy nature.

One way you can become more in tune with nature is by "adopting" a tree! Choose a tree to observe over time, deepening your awareness, understanding, and appreciation of an individual tree. Take a photo or draw a picture of the tree and write down your observations.