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HOCKOMOCK AREA YMCA


Posted on: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Camp Open House Sunday, 4/30

Get ready for summer at our Open House this weekend – Sunday, April 30th!

Both perspective and returning families are welcome to come to our open houses to meet our staff, tour the property with one of our directors, and learn what summer camp is all about. Mark your calendar and join us in Foxboro, Franklin, and North Attleboro:

Camp Open House Sunday, April 30 10:00am-12:00pm
Camp Open House Sunday, May 21 10:00am-12:00pm

Y Members: Anyone who registers for camp at open house will be entered into 1+ raffles for a free week of camp.

Non Y members: Those who attend open house and register as members and campers at open house will have their joiner’s fee waived.

Few environments are as special as summer camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities.

There’s a summer camp for every kid.

The Y has more than 130 years of experience in providing a safe, thriving environment for young people to explore personal interests, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills, discover the creativity and health benefits of the outdoors, and make lasting friendships and memories. If your child is a budding actor or athlete, a gymnast or outdoor adventurer, there’s a Y camp they will love. We offer part-day and full-day camps for all ages, including preschoolers and teens.

Our new Camp Guide collects all our programs for easy download.

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE

Are your kids ready for their Best Summer Ever?

Our experienced staff takes the right steps to ensure your camper’s safety and happiness during an action packed summer! For questions about our camps, please call the Y or CONTACT US.

Registrations were accepted starting February 1 at the YMCA. Register with us for camp this summer.

Visit Foxboro’s Camp Website

Visit Franklin’s Camp Website

Visit North Attleboro’s Camp Website

Posted on: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

5 Days of Action: Protect their only childhood

In recognition of April as Child Sexual Abuse Prevention month,the Hockomock Area YMCA will be joining other Y’s across Massachusetts and the nation in promoting “Five Days of Action Initiative” from April 24-28, 2017.

This month and throughout the year, we encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in making our local communities a better place for children and families. Together we can prevent child sexual abuse by ensuring that adults have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly.

1 in 10 children experiences the trauma of child sexual abuse before age 18, typically at the hand of someone they know and trust. As adults we are responsible for protecting children and educating ourselves to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The Hockomock Area YMCA partners with Darkness to Light to provide child abuse prevention training to adults that strengthens our community and kips our kids safe.

During the week of April 24th, we will share information and resources with our members and the community on how to keep our children safe.

Information will be shared through a variety of methods such as email blasts, social media, and within our facilities. Please consider supporting the movement of child sexual abuse prevention by sharing the information with family and friends and participating in our daily calls to action.


During the week in our branches:

We will ask members, staff, and volunteers to sign a pledge to protect children. We will display these signed pledges throughout our branches during the week to promote and emphasis the importance of community based prevention.

Plant a pinwheel today! Did you know that the pinwheel is a symbol of a carefree, happy childhood? Every child deserves that kind of childhood. When you visit any of our branches, take a pinwheel and plant it in your yard. Pinwheel planting is designed to inspire all of us to take action in support of children and families during Child Abuse Prevention month.

Take the Darkness to Light Online Training. 5% of a community trained in Child Protection to be aware and responsive is the tipping point to make a positive change*. (Statistic from Darkness to Light)

We will provide resources to help educate, spread awareness, and prevent child sexual abuse. With proper policies, procedures, and protocols, we can all minimize the risk and deny an offender the access to harm children. Here are links to some of those resources:

Letter from Ed Hurley, President

American Attitudes Toward Child Sexual Abuse Infographic

Hockomock Area YMCA Child Protection Trifold

Stop It Now’s Prevention Tools

Tips for Protecting Youth

Mandated Reporting: What You Need to Know

Did You Know?

5 Steps to Protect Children

How to Respond to a Survivor

Information for Parents of Young Children

Talking to kids About Digital Safety

If you are a member of an organization or community group that would like to learn more about comprehensive training on Child Abuse Prevention, please contact Tony Calcia at 508-643-5226 or tonyc@hockymca.org.

Please follow us on twitter for the latest developments in child protection policy, news from our new Know See Respond campaign, and ways you can be involved in strengthening your YMCA as a leader in youth development.

#Preventnow

Posted on: Friday, April 7th, 2017

Charge Into Summer at HKD2017

The Hockomock Area YMCA really is WHERE FAMILIES CONNECT

What a fun day we had last year at Healthy Kids Day. Our annual event promoting healthy lifestyles, Healthy Kids Day is returning this year for another great day for fit family fun.

Healthy Kids Day 2017 will be held Saturday, May 13 from 10am-1pm.

Our Healthy Kids Day event will be held at Patriot Place with additional sponsors Stop & Shop and Norwood Hospital.

Get details on engaging activities and the many great community partners joining us on May 13 when you visit our Invensys Foxboro’s website event page. We are also engaging with community members on our facebook event page, so join the discussion… and invite a friend or two!

Pre-registration will expedite your check-in process at the event.

PRE-REGISTER TODAY!

Healthy Kids Day is a free community event that encourages kids to be active and provides families with options and methods for living healthier lives. The event will take place at Patriot Place in Foxboro at NRG Plaza, located outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. Community partners interested in participating should contact healthykidsday@hockymca.org.

Below, watch what fun we had last year at Healthy Kids Day!

Posted on: Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Spring Theatre

We proudly present Aladdin Kids
and Singin’ in the Rain Jr.

Aladdin Kids

You won’t want to miss this familiar tale of ingtrigue and romance. A fun show for all! Brought to you by area thespians between the ages of 7 and 10. Be ready to be awed…we hope you will join us.

Performs:
Saturday, May 6th at 7:00 pm
Sunday, May 7th at 1:00 pm

At North Attleboro High School
1 Wilson Whitty Way, North Attleborough, MA

Tickets are $6 at the door for students, $8 for adults

Singin’ in the Rain Jr.

Take a break and treat yourself to a stunning performance as our local talent – aged 11-14 – create on stage the toe tapping drama sure to please everyone in attendance.

Performs:
Saturday, June 3rd at 2:00 pm
Sunday, June 4th at 1:00 pm

At the Coelho Middle School
99 Brown Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

Tickets are $7 at the door for students, $10 for adults

The performing arts increase self-confidence and self-expression in students, promote empathy and compassion, and help students learn problem-solving and perseverance. For more information, please visit our Theatre website page.

» UPCOMING THEATRE

INTO THE WOODS:

Preparing students for collegiate theatre programs, providing foundational skills and experiences in the arts, our Theatre Institute presents the spectacular stage performance… Into the Woods
Date TBA

REGISTER FOR SUMMER THEATRE CAMP

» Printable Camp Catalogue

» Camp Registration Form (see page 41 for MANSFIELD BRANCH THEATRE CAMPS)

Facebook is a great way to keep up with Theatre news and events.

Facebook.com/
hockomocktheatre

Posted on: Thursday, April 6th, 2017

April Food Drive

Partner with us for our 3rd annual Healthy Food Access Food Drive!

All month long in April, you can make a difference by donating to this initiative to help our neighbors in need in our communities. Bring a healthy food item (or two!) along for your next visit to the Y. We are collecting at our branches in Foxboro, Franklin and North Attleboro and at locations throughout our communities.

Through this food drive, the YMCA aims to collect healthier food items to provide to local food pantry partners and educate the community about the need for improved access to healthy food choices. Did you know? One in nine people in eastern Massachusetts is at risk for food insecurity.

Suggested items include whole grain products, brown rice/quinoa, lower sodium hearty soups, canned vegetables/fruit, beans, oatmeal, nuts, spices, and household/personal care items.

The Hockomock Area YMCA is also looking for volunteers! Volunteer support is needed to help the YMCA team in a variety of capacities including: weighing and counting donations, transporting donated items to area food pantries, and helping spread the word about this initiative with friends and neighbors.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sarah Randall at sarahra@hockymca.org.

Posted on: Monday, March 27th, 2017

Spring Classes

MEET ME AT THE Y.
OUR SPRING PLANS ARE BRILLIANT.

Spring 2 programs are open for enrollment.

session runs: April 24 – June 18

REGISTER FOR SPRING 2 CLASSES

Check out these Suggested Programs:

Swim Lessons

Classes arrange swimmers broadly into age groups and then by skill level as kids progress through the instruction program. Our progressive-swim instruction method uses a problem-solving, guided-discovery teaching approach in a positive, caring environment. Especially for kids, swimming is fun and challenging – and sometimes competitive. At the Y, swim lessons are part of our broader focus on Youth Development. Unsure which class to choose, consult our Swim Level Placement Guide or give us a call.

STEM Classes

We are passionate about working with kids to develop their potential as they discover the world around them. There’s nothing like rolling up your sleeves and completing a project that helps you realize all that you can acheive.

Dance Classes

Cultivate an appreciation for artistry while building coordination and confidence in your child. Many classes include the opportunity to get on stage in costume and perform at our spring recitals. Classes listed as Recital Session on pages 35-39 of our spring guide run through recitals and end the week of June 12.

Sports Leagues

Teams are forming now! Join our youth sports leagues for skill development and a focus on sportsmanship through the Y’s core values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility. New discounted pricing for members! Our spring sports leagues start the weekend of April 8 and run through May 28.

Enrichment

At the Y, we offer a sense of community, fellowship and support that enriches people’s lives. You’re as likely to find a theatre class as an aerobic class at your Y, and book clubs, painting classes, mommy and me first play classes, cooking classes and teen programs have become as popular as anything in the gym.

Doing a little swimming to get ready for summer?

Check out the open swim hours available in Foxboro, Franklin and North Attleboro.

Fitness Programs for all Ages

Keep active and make new friends as you explore YMCA clubs aimed at bringing people together to be active around shared interests. Running Clubs and wellness coaching is offered this spring in Foxboro, Franklin and North Attleboro.


REGISTER FOR SPRING 2 CLASSES


Our Spring Youth Development Guide collects our programs for easy download

Posted on: Monday, March 13th, 2017

Dean College Scholarship Application

Dean College is proud to partner with the Hockomock Area YMCA to offer a $30,000 tuition scholarshipto a deserving student who has been actively involved with the Hockomock Area YMCA.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled as a high school senior in good standing
  • A Hockomock Area YMCA member or an active volunteer
  • Meet the admission requirements of Dean College
  • Must be a US citizen

Please return completed application to YMCA Member Services in Franklin, Foxboro, or North Attleboro by Monday, May 1, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Download the application, available here.

Posted on: Sunday, March 12th, 2017

New Savings on Spring Sports Leagues

Showing Kids All They Can Do.

Our popular leagues are back! Offering kids a great way to stay active and connected with others interested in healthy competition.

REGISTER NOW for Sports Leagues in Foxboro, Frankin, and North Attleboro.

Fast Facts

Teams are now forming for boys and girls between the ages of 3-14.

Sport-specific skills will be taught while helping everyone grow personally through YMCA values-based programming.
We will focus on fun while emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship and fair play.
Family and Single-Parent members will benefit from 50% savings. Don’t miss this great experience for your kids!
Spring leagues run on the weekends: April 7 – May 28
The first 3 weeks are practices and the last 5 weeks are games.
Coed teams will be arranged so that everyone plays and is encouraged to perform at the best of their ability.
Uniforms will be distributed after the first meeting – Tshirt (for baseball/t-ball & soccer players) or NFL Flag Football jersey or Cheer Uniform.
In addition to leagues, we offer a great option for kids not quite old enough to participate. See Prep for Leagues, below.

JOIN A TEAM (CATEGORIZED BY DAYS/AGES)

60 minutes each:

T-BALL (3–6 YRS)
FOXBORO: SUN 4–5 YRS 2:30pm
FRANKLIN: SAT 3–4 YRS 12:45pm; 5–6 YRS 2:00pm
NORTH ATTLEBORO: SAT 4–5 YRS 2:00pm

BASEBALL COACH PITCH (6–7 YRS)
FOXBORO: SUN 3:30pm
NORTH ATTLEBORO: SAT 3:00pm

BEGINNER CHEERLEADING (6–9 YRS) jumps & tumbling; 2nd half of the season will be spent cheering at games
FOXBORO: FRI 6:00pm
NORTH ATTLEBORO: FRI 6:30pm

NFL FLAG FOOTBALL (6-14 YRS)
FOXBORO: FRI 6–7 YRS 6:00pm; 8–10 YRS 7:00pm; 11–14 YRS 8:00pm
NORTH ATTLEBORO: FRI 5–6 YRS 5:30pm; 7–8 YRS 6:30pm; 9–14 YRS 7:30pm

SOCCER (4-10 YRS)
FOXBORO: SUN 4 YRS 10:00am; 5–6 YRS 11:00am; 7–9 YRS; 12:00pm Additional practices to take place Wednesdays 5:30pm for 5-6yrs & 6:30pm for 7-9yrs
FRANKLIN: SAT 3–4 YRS; 9:00am; 5–6 YRS 10:15am; 7–10 YRS 11:30am
NORTH ATTLEBORO: SAT 4 YRS 10:00am; 5–6 YRS 11:00am; 7–9 YRS 12:00pm

OR…PRESCHOOLERS, GET INTO THE GAME ON A PREP FOR LEAGUES TEAM

We’ll work on fundamentals of your favorite sport, easing into scrimmages and using a developmentally appropriate approach. 45 minutes each:

T-BALL PREP (3 YRS)
FOXBORO: SUN 1:30pm
NORTH ATTLEBORO: SAT 1:00pm

BEGINNER CHEERLEADING PREP (4–5 YRS)
FOXBORO: FRI 5:00pm
NORTH ATTLEBORO: FRI 5:30pm

FLAG FOOTBALL PREP (5 YRS)
FOXBORO: FRI 5:00pm
NORTH ATTLEBORO: FRI 5:00pm

SOCCER PREP (3 YRS)
FOXBORO: SUN 9:00am
NORTH ATTLEBORO: SAT 9:00am

AT THE FOXBORO Y

AT THE FRANKLIN Y

AT THE NORTH ATTLEBORO Y


  • New savings! Family-type members, benefit from 50% savings on Spring Sports Leagues, as indicated below. All other leagues prices are unchanged from 2016, remaining a value for youth.
  • Cost: Baseball/T-ball & Soccer: $84 $42 family-type member; $84 youth member; $126 program member. Cheer & Football: $114 $57 family-type member; $114 youth member; $171 program member.
  • Check out our Spring Youth Development Guide to read more about our large selection of offerings.

Posted on: Saturday, March 11th, 2017

April Vacation Programs

When School Is Out, the Fun Is In!

When school is not in session due to the April break, children ages 5-17 are invited to join us at the Y for fun, educational, social happenings.

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve! That’s why, at the Y we offer flexible schedules and promote the opportunity for kids to gain values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement.

Our experienced staff takes the right steps to ensure your camper’s safety and happiness during an action-packed day!

School Break Camp Hours, April 17 – 21:

  • Before Care 7:00 am—9:00 am
  • Break Program (typical) 9:00 am—4:00 pm
  • After Care 4:00 pm—6:00 pm
  • Note: If participating in a full day program, please bring a lunch, snack and water.

in North Attleboro

We are pleased to offer variety and specialized options out of the North Attleboro Y. Choose from Elmwood Days for a range of activities and a great way to “try out” camp. Field trips include Biomes Marine Biology Center, Mystic Aquarium and more. Or, for specialty camps, select from Swim, Gymnastics, Craft & Enrichments, and Sports options. For teens, outdoor enthusiasts like yourself will get together from our branches and take part in rock climbing, with transportation from the Y. We are also offering a certified Babysitting course for teens interested in becoming certified babysitters.

REGISTER TODAY (NORTH ATTLEBORO)!

Details on the North Attleboro programs are found on the flyer below.

Download the North Attleboro Flyer

in Foxboro:

We are pleased to host special visitors daily to offer enriching experiences for our Foxboro campers ages 3-5 enrolled in Junior Wapawca.

Our school-aged campers will have a great time in our popular Foxboro Wapawca Days, with field trips to places like Boston Duck Tours, Mystic Aquarium and more! Or, check out our Voyagers Adventures and travel with friends to Martha’s Vineyard, Seekonk Grand Prix and more.

We also offer Vacation Combo, which is a specialty camp for sports enthusiasts between the ages of 4-7. Also offered — golf. Skills clinics are offered Tuesday-Thursday in Foxboro for those wishing to improve their golf swing and putting.

While on the sports topic, we have Vacation Golf Clinics offered Tuesday through Friday, a 60-minute lesson in Foxboro for those wishing to improve their golf swing and putting.

REGISTER TODAY (FOXBORO)!

Details on the Foxboro programs are found on the flyer below.

Download the Foxboro Flyer

in Franklin

At the Franklin Y, we offer full day camps and extended day options, whether your interests include playing games/sports, exploring new destinations, learning new skills, or improving your swimming, we’ve got something to engage and support you. Please contact carlym@hockymca.org or 774-235-2731.

For teens, outdoor enthusiasts like yourself will get together from our branches and take part in rock climbing and skiing day trips, with transportation from the Y.

REGISTER TODAY (FRANKLIN)!

Details on the Franklin programs are found on the flyer below.

Download the Franklin Flyer

Posted on: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Spring Festivities

Bring on Spring!

We offer a number of spring festivities to get together with your family and friends! Join us for an egg-cellent time.


Breakfast with the Bunny

Saturday, April 8
The Bunny will be visiting the YMCA to share an annual Hockomock tradition that includes a delicious pancake breakfast, an egg hunt, spring-time crafts, and photo opp’s. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

EVENT DETAILS:

Seatings offered: 9:00am and 10:00am – the Franklin Y and the North Attleboro Y
Seatings offered: 8:30am, 9:30am, and 10:30am – the Foxboro Y
Cost: $5.00 for family or single-parent members / $8 for others – (Adults required to enroll if planning to eat)

Reserve your seats – Foxboro

Reserve your seats – Franklin

Reserve your seats – North Attleboro


Hippity Hop

Saturday, April 8 (Franklin Branch)
Friday, April 14 (North Attleboro Branch & Foxboro Branch)

I Spy an Easter Egg in the Pool! Please bring a basket to hold eggs & prizes!
Lifeguards will be on duty. It is required that parents get in the water with children who are non-swimmers.
Cost: Free for family or single-parent members / $6 for others  

North Attleboro Event Details:

Craft & Snack: 11:30am-12:30pm  
Easter Bunny on site: 12:00pm-1:15pm  
Children 6 & Under: 12:00pm-12:30pm  (Children must have adult supervision with them in the water)
Children 7 & Over: 12:45pm-1:15pm  (Non-Swimmers must have adult supervision with them in the water)

Reserve your spot – North Attleboro

Foxboro Event Details:

Easter Bunny on site: 12:00pm-2:00pm  
Children 6 & Under: 12:00pm-1:00pm  (Children must have adult supervision with them in the water)
Children 7 & Over: 1:00pm-2:00pm  (Non-Swimmers must have adult supervision with them in the water)

Reserve your spot – Foxboro

Franklin Event Details:

Craft offered before and after swim.  
Easter Bunny on site: 1:30pm-3:00pm  
Children 6 & Under: 1:30pm-2:00pm  (Children must have adult supervision with them in the water)
Children 7 & Over: 2:15pm-2:45pm  (Non-Swimmers must have adult supervision with them in the water)
Children Mixed Ages: 3:00pm-3:30pm  (Non-Swimmers must have adult supervision with them in the water)

Reserve your spot – Franklin