“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”
Dr. Seuss, Author/Poet

There are many ways to be safe around water for children which can be applied to anyone. We wanted to share just a few with you. 

1. Never swim alone or without a water watcher.
When children are swimming, make sure they are actively supervised at all times. Teach your children that they should only swim in locations where a lifeguard is on duty, or where a responsible adult agrees to watch them in the water without distractions.

2. Supervise your children whenever they’re in or near water. Whether it’s bath time or taking a dip in a pool or lake, make sure your children are within arm’s reach at all times.

3. Don’t engage in breath-holding activities. Children should not hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and several other severe physical side effects.

4. Wear a life jacket: Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

5. Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water. If a child finds their friend in deep water unexpectedly, their natural instinct may be to jump in the water to try to save them. Even if a child is a great swimmer, a panicked person will overpower them and quickly pull the rescuer underwater. Share this idea: “reach, throw, don’t go” concept of using a long object to reach for them and remove them.

Fun City
Some of our favorite activities at Fun City: Field trips, free time, playing games, running, using the playground, and spending time with friends.

Stony Brook Acres
Meet Indy (in red) and Grace (with hat). New camp friends!

“This is my first year here and I didn’t know anyone. Once I opened up it was easy to make new friends. I went camping Weber before and loved it.....now I decided to go here. It’s different but I am very excited. It is really fun here and I like to do Archery and field games.” –Indy

“This is my third year at Camp Stony Brook. I like to do archery. Camp is a lot of fun especially because of the counselors. They teach us a lot of things, work hard, and are really involved with us.” -Grace
Camp Weber
“My favorite ones were the color wars and
the passport one where we traveled around the world and used our passports to do the activities, we even ate spaghetti without our hands.” -Chase
“Thank you Monson Savings for being our 2022 Presenting Sponsor” and making an impact in the community!
By becoming a sponsor at our 2022 Golf Classic, you too can make an impact for so many in the community to help support our financial assistance program to send kids to camp, to before and after school programs, to preschool and so much more!

Would you please consider becoming a sponsor?
For more information please contact Donna Sittard at dsittard@springfieldy.org

Every year the YMCA of Greater Springfield, with the financial support of the community through donations and sponsorships, helps send kids to summer camp and afterschool programs run by the Y. The YMCA almost always gives away more in financial assistance than what is raised. Thank you to all those who have supported us in the past. If you would like to make a donation toward this effort, this is how you can help:

• Mail a check to YMCA of Greater Springfield,
Development Department, P.O. Box 15329, Springfield, MA 01115-5329

• On-Line at www.springfieldy.org
Be sure in the memo section of your check you identify if this is a Camp or Afterschool donation. On-Line, click on the drop-down button to select the area which you prefer to support.

Always check with your YMCA branch for holiday hours.
If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Board of your branch, ask to speak with the Executive Director: Debbie Kelder at Scantic Valley and Kim Lavallee at Downtown Springfield.

Wellfleet is one of our great community partners at the YMCA. Recently while speaking with Jennifer Picard, Internal Communications Manager at Wellfleet she asked about volunteer opportunities for their employees.
I thought this would be easy as they are in the same building as our Downtown Springfield YMCA. Then she asked about volunteer opportunities for their associates across the country. My first thought was how I would get someone from another state far away to be able to volunteer at our YMCA. They couldn’t help at one of our camps or volunteer at one of the buildings to spread mulch. But, we still have the technology via computer to connect virtually.

So Johnny Miller from Tennessee took charge, worked with our Learning Center staff, coordinated Wellfleet volunteers, chose a book from our library list (which the volunteers purchase one for their use), and virtually read to some of our YMCA children. He also shared with the children that he was in Tennessee. The children will thumbtack their and his locations on a map of the United States, as
well as all the volunteers to see where everyone
is from.

Thank you to all the Morgan Stanley Volunteers who spent the day with the YMCA at Camp Stony Brook Acres on June 14th picking up trash along the roadside and throughout the camp and for painting our picnic tables with a much-needed new coat of paint.

A shout-out to one of our volunteers, Jim,
who actually attended Camp Stony Brook Acres when he was younger.


Who, Where, What, When
& Why the Y

Who: Dan Moriarty, President & CEO
What: President & CEO
Where: Monson Savings Bank
When: 23 years
Why the Y: As a local resident since my youth and someone who has worked at Monson Savings Bank for 23 years, I am proud to be involved in our communities and to contribute to the progress of our area. Supporting a vital organization like the YMCA directly benefits residents of all ages throughout greater Springfield. When residents of our communities are supported with the important programming the Y provides, they can live more successful, healthy, and fulfilling lives, which in turn benefits our entire community. We are incredibly grateful to have YMCA as a community partner.


Association Offices
Tower Square | 1500 Main Street, Suite 256
Springfield, MA 01115
Downtown Springfield YMCA
Tower Square | 1500 Main Street, Suite 256
Springfield, MA 01115
P: 413.739.6951

Scantic Valley YMCA

45 Post Office Park, Wilbraham, MA 01095
P: 413.596.2749

Facebook: www.facebook.com/YMCAofGreaterSpringfield
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ymcaspringfield/
Twitter: twitter.com/YMCASpringfield

Donna Sittard, Development Director
Association Offices
413-739-6951 (x3110)

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