The Darien YMCA’s swim and sail camp for children with special needs runs until Aug. 10. This allows kids ages 5 to 18 a chance to swim, sail, and interact with others while being able to go outside and soak up the hot summer sun this summer.

This program helps children with special needs get involved in activities while building upon their social skills with others this summer. Each child gets to sail on Holly Pond for 45 minutes on the Y’s sailboats and canoes, swim in the Y’s indoor pools for 30 minutes, and engage in stimulating team activities with other children. It is a blast of fun and excitement, and smiles light up their faces.

Swim and sail is run by Heidi Billowitz and Michael Martin, both of whom are excited to be running this program for the first time. They are supported by generous and devoted staff who build lasting relationships with the children. Whether this be in the form of playing a sport with them during activity time or just talking to them about their day, these relationships can last for years and are very special not only to the children but to the staff as well.  

The program is still open for registration and has two two-week sessions left (Session B: July 16 to July 27; Session C: July 30 to Aug. 10). Session times run Monday through Friday from 3 to 5:15 pm for 5 to 10-year-olds and 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. for 11 to 18-year-olds.

For more information, contact the Darien YMCA at 203-655-8228 or visit our website at