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Posted on: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Summer Classes Start Monday

Have you enrolled yet? Register today

session runs: June 26 – August 27

Choose from YMCA staff favorites:

Swim Lessons

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.


The Y provides positive, fun activities that build athleticism and friendships while helping children feel a part of something great. Check out the many sports classes and clinics we’ll offer kids this summer.


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.

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…offered in Foxboro, Franklin and North Attleboro.

See you at the Y!


Posted on: Friday, June 16th, 2017

Annual Meeting 2017

Every spring at our Annual Meeting, passion for our cause-driven mission is inspired and renewed as we gather to celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year. We had the pleasure on May 17th of honoring shining examples of youth, individuals and community partners who make it possible for our Y to enhance lives and enrich communities.

Enjoy this short video capturing highlights from the annual meeting held at Lake Pearl. And please read our 2016 annual report chronicling another successful year at our Y. The report describes the impact our relationships have in improving the quality of life of our members and friends as together we strive to meet emerging community needs with our focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


Ed Hurley
President, Hockomock Area YMCA

Posted on: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Why Kids Who Love Outdoors Are Having the Best Summer Ever

Outdoor adventures are an exciting way to exercise, challenging your mind as well as your body. Campers work together to plan routes and tackle encounters as they arise. Our Y runs a series of summer adventure camps, providing training, instruction and equipment. Our groups take trips to adventure locations in the area and beyond–including Maine and the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Charge Into The Great Outdoors!

So many good things happen when kids go outside. Space to roam and natural light are healthy for kids and adults alike. This summer, encourage children and young adults to trade technology for outdoor adventure.

Our adventure camps are designed to get youth outdoors, help them build healthier lifestyles and create an appreciation for nature and ecological interdependence. Led by program director Cody Albright, the program has expanded to serve students in our 15 surrounding communities. Expeditions range from two-day campouts in the local forest to 5-day mountaineering odysseys and white water excursions.

We are hosting a parent meeting on Wednesday, June 21. Contact Cody at or 508-643-5290 for details. Or download the camp guide today. Registration paperwork for adventure camps is found on pages 26-30.

Posted on: Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Have a Fit-tastic Summer!

Take advantage of our summer personal training special during the month of June!

Purchase 3 One-Hour Personal Training Sessions for only $99!
Training sessions expire 9/1/17.
After purchase, receive a 10% off coupon toward a package of 6+ 1-on-1 training sessions.
Coupon valid through 8/31/17.

Why Sign up for Personal Training?
Trainers teach you new things.
Trainers offer an objective eye.
Trainers are better than a mirror to help correct your form.
Trainers keep count.
Trainers push your limits.
Trainers hold you accountable.
Trainers keep you from plateauing so that you continue to see great results.
Trainers know how far you’ve come and offer support and focus.

Register today by visiting one of our member service desks!

Any questions, please contact your branch’s Health & Wellness Director.

Posted on: Friday, May 26th, 2017

Ready for Summer Camp?


Summer Camp is coming soon (opening June 19), and we are finalizing our plans and preparations so every kid will enjoy camp. Parents can help their campers by doing a little planning too. Here’s some guidance about what we suggest kids bring to camp (and what they leave at home).

PLEASE label all items – including lunch

Suggested Items for All Camps

When preparing for a camp day, it’s helpful to remember how active kids are at camp. They need to be comfortable and to have a few food options:

Comfortable Clothes to move and play in. Campers will get messy so consider bringing a change of clothing
Swimsuit & Towel – if you are participating in a camp that has swim time
Closed Toe Shoes (No Sandals or Flip Flops Please)
Water Shoes – if your camper does not want wet sneakers (Toes need to be covered)
Sweatshirt or Light Jacket for cool or damp days
Lunch, Snacks, & Drinks.
Please be sure to provide choices that are healthy, fulfilling, and non-perishable (there is no refrigeration at camp). Children will eat and drink more than usual because they are so active throughout the day. Half-Day campers will need snacks and drinks only.
Water Bottles with Water (no glass please)
Sunscreen and Bug Repellent.
A Bag to carry your belongings and a plastic bag for wet clothes

Suggested Items for Rainy Days

On bad-weather days, it’s a good idea to send a little extra to camp. It helps keep them comfortable if we get stuck out in the weather:

Raincoat or Poncho
Extra shoes/socks
Changes of clothes (including underwear)

What NOT to bring to Camp

PLEASE leave valuable personal items at home.

Campers should not bring or wear any valuable, personal articles such as expensive footwear, watches, jewelry, phones, personal music devices, electronic games, trading cards, key chains, toys, etc. Children are not permitted to use these items at camp. Do not bring sporting equipment unless it is approved by the camp counselors and/or to be used at a specialty sports camp. The Hockomock Area YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Posted on: Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Milford Summer Lunch Program

For the second year in a row, our YMCA and the Milford Area Humanitarian Coalition, in collaboration with Milford Public Schools Food Services, will operate a summer meal program in the community of Milford known as our Milford Summer Lunch Program.

The program begins Thursday, June 22nd at three sites and will offer a free lunch to any child (under the age of 18) and their family. The sites include Memorial Middle School, The Milford Youth Center, and The Forum at BCC Downtown. Lunch will be prepared and offered every day, Monday through Friday through August 25th between the hours of 11:30am and 1:00pm. We also have fun, interactive activities and games for all to enjoy during the mealtime.

We are proud that this initiative last year served over 6,350 meals to children and families in the greater Milford region and provided fun, interactive activities after lunch for the community to come together. Through this program, over 2,110 hours were contributed by volunteers of all ages and we’re thankful for their dedication to this important cause.


  • Memorial Elementary School, 12 Walnut Street
  • The Milford Youth Center, 24 Pearl Street
  • The Forum at BCC Downtown, 202 Main Street



For further inquiries, including volunteering opportunities, please contact

Posted on: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Why join Weigh to Change?

Feel great and look great!

We are excited to announce that our summer session of Weigh to Change is now open for registration. This 10-week wellness, weight-inch loss program was piloted last year. Since its inception, we have witnessed so many success stories! Over the course of 3 10-week sessions in each of our branches–North Attleboro, Franklin, and Foxboro, 149 members have lost a total of 1,409 pounds and 1,633 inches!

Our summer program begins June 19th and runs through September 2nd.

Come to a WTC Info Session & learn more.

Bernon Family (Franklin) Branch
45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin, MA 02038

  • June 10, Saturday @ 10:15am
  • June 14, Wednesday @ 6:00pm

Invensys Foxboro Branch
67 Mechanic Street, Foxboro, MA 02067

  • June 3, Saturday @ 9:00am
  • June 15, Thursday @ 6:00pm

North Attleboro Branch
300 Elmwood Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760

  • June 3, Saturday @ 8:00am
  • June 6, Tuesday @ 6:00pm
  • June 15, Thursday from 5:00pm – 7:00pm – Meet our new Health Coach, Claire Duckmanton. She will have some demonstrations in our lobby and answer any questions you have about our Weigh to Change program or nutrition consults.

The Weigh to Change program offers support and education in both areas of fitness and nutrition. By combining physical training and better nutrition, participants will benefit in the most successful way to achieve weight loss. Participants will be challenged throughout the ten weeks with personal training, nutrition guidance, group workouts, and friendly challenge competitions.

Specifically the Weigh to Change Program includes:

  • Weekly individual 30-minute personal training session
  • Individual nutrition counseling with nutritionist
  • Minimum of three weekly group training sessions
  • Weekly nutrition and physical challenges
  • Two Nutrition workshops
  • Grocery store education tours
  • Before & after Styku 3-D body scans
  • Entry into a local summer road race

The cost of the program is $499 for Hockomock Area YMCA Members and $599 for Hockomock Area YMCA Program Members (over an $800 value).


Become one of our Weigh to Change success stories…you will be so happy you did!

Posted on: Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Veggie Share Summer 2017

We are now accepting registrations for CSA Share 2017 at the Mansfield Community Garden. This is a great option for increasing your intake of veggies this summer! Take advantage of this local gem of a garden — and its weekly output of freshly harvested organic produce. DETAILS ON OUR VEGGIE SHARE PROGRAM:


  • The Garden is a partnership between the Hockomock Area YMCA and the Town of Mansfield
  • Our mission is to educate and involve the community in learning about fresh produce
  • We promote healthy, active lifestyles by connecting people to the food they eat and grow


  • We are located across the street from 386 Essex St in Mansfield, MA
  • No pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used and consumers benefit from our use of organic practices


  • From June – October, we produce a typical CSA weekly share of produce (approximately 5-8 lbs/items)
  • Produce may include: lettuce, kale, chard, bok choy, arugula, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cabbage, squashes, cucumbers, broccoli, melon, beans, peas, onion, potatoes, radish, beets, turnip, carrots, herbs, and more
  • All are harvested and prepped for pickup before you arrive
  • You may choose to pick up at the garden in the afternoon (choose either Tuesday or Thursday)
  • Cost is $425

Limited Spots.


For further inquiries, including volunteering at the garden and interest in obtaining your own plot at the garden, please contact

Posted on: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA event set for June 13

Our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Celebration event will take place on Tuesday, June 13. Please join us to celebrate impact and raise funding for our YMCA’s cancer survivorship program.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA empowers adult cancer survivors throughout our community to improve functional capacity and to enhance their quality of life through an innovative, research-based program of fitness, strength and support, provided by trained staff.

Since the inception of the program at our YMCA in 2010, 709 individuals enrolled in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA with 108 individuals enrolling in 2015. The results continue to be impressive demonstrating the effects of this life-changing initiative.

Our YMCA is creating communities among cancer survivors by guiding participants through safe physical activity, helping build supportive relationships and stress reduction. In addition to the physical benefits, the program provides participants and their families a supportive environment and a feeling of community with other survivors, YMCA staff and members. Additionally, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is assisting participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.


Lake Pearl

299 Creek Street in Wrentham, MA

5:00pm Reception

6:30pm Formal Program

RSVP for this event, email or call 508-643-5278.


Posted on: Monday, May 15th, 2017

Camp Open House Sunday, 5/21

Get ready for summer at our Open House – Sunday, May 21!

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.

This outdoor-based family event will highlight fun camp activities that the kids will look forward such as camp crafts and games, gaga, sports, music, bounce house, tree climbing, STEM activities, face painting, and more!

Mark your calendar and join us in Foxboro, Franklin, and North Attleboro:

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 sign up for camp at the open house will have their joiner’s fee waived.

Registered Already? Bring a Friend that registers for camp at open house & receive a $25 Y Gift Card!

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.


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