Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We would like to remind members and guests we are closed in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday weekend from Saturday May 29th through Monday May 31st. We will reopen on Tuesday June 1st. When we re-open we have two big changes to announce. One has to do with aquatic classes/lap[…]
We are excited to once again offer access and time for residents of our supporting communities. You don’t have to be a member of The Down East Family YMCA to use The Y’s during these times. We will have open pool at the Lawrence Center in Blue Hill on Friday nights from 5:30-7:00pm and Sundays[…]
After a post-season break, our swim teams are getting back to the pools starting on June 1st. Until they get out of school the week of June 21st, they are going to be using some morning and afternoon practice times which affects lap times. We are going to pause all swim lane reservations for the[…]
We are the largest non-profit in Hancock County working with members and guests from 34 of Hancock Counties 38 towns and territories and we are hiring! We are looking for early childhood teachers in our two childcare centers, welcome center staff for the Ellsworth YMCA, lifeguards in Ellsworth and at the Blue Hill YMCA, seasonal[…]
As of May 24, 2021 Maine is allowing fully vaccinated people to be unmasked inside. With respect to our unvaccinated and not yet vaccine eligible members and guests, be socially responsible and give everyone the space they need to feel safe here. As we enter this next phase of the pandemic in Maine I am[…]
Registration is now open for swim lessons at the Bucksport pool! RSU 25 students receive a $10.00 per session discount. Just use code 2021swim in when checking out! First Session: June 21st through July 15th (No lessons on July 5th)Water Acclimation: 9:30 – 10:00amWater Movement: 10:00 – 10:30amWater Stamina: 10:30 – 11:00amStroke Intro/Development: 11:00 –[…]
Day Camps Camp Discovery on Webb Pond Young Bucks Summer Camp Polliwog Camp Ellsworth Youth Sports Camps
Hybrid Indoor/Outdoor SoccerDivisions:1st and 2nd Grade, 3rd-5th GradeDates: April 3 – May 22Fee: $40 members $70 non members Spring Travel SoccerDivisions: U14 Girls, U14 Boys, U10 CoedDates: April 12 – June 21Fee: $145 Spring Outdoor Recreational SoccerDivisions: Pre K/K, 1st and 2nd Grade, 3rd-5th GradeDates: June 5 – July 17Fee: $40 members, $70 non members Spring Flag FootballDivisions: K-2,[…]
Prepare your swimmers for summer fun with our spring swim lesson session which runs from April 26th though June 5th! DEF YMCA members can begin to sign up Monday, April 12th and registration for non-members begins Thursday, April 15th. To register for swim lessons at the Wiggins Center in Ellsworth, click here. To register for[…]
Beginning March 11, adult recreational volleyball is back at the Wiggins Center in Ellsworth! Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 FREE for DEFY members $5.00/per visit for non-members Masks are required and screening with temperature check will take place as you enter the facility. To learn more about our safety protocols, please visit our protocols[…]
We are now offering swim lessons at both of our pools at the Wiggins Center in Ellsworth and the Lawrence Family Fitness Center in Blue Hill. DEFY swim lessons are designed for every age and level of development, from preschool to adult. For schedules, pricing and to find the best level for your swimmer, visit[…]
Down East Family YMCA is now accepting campers for our traditional, summer day camps: Young Bucks Summer Camp in Bucksport and Camp Discovery on Webb Pond in Eastbrook with transportation from the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. Our summer camps promote self-reliance, confidence building and skills develop-ment through adventure and play. Campers grow and learn[…]
The Down East Family YMCA helps to maintain two public ice rinks in Hancock County. The Ellsworth Ice Rink is located in Knowlton Park and has a FB page with updates and ice conditions at facebook.com/EllsworthIceRink. The rink in Bucksport is located at 29 Miles Ln in Bucksport. Updates are posted on the Bucksport Recreation[…]
The Bucksport ice skating rink at 29 Miles Lane is open for skating to sunrise to 9:00 pm 7 days a week! Occasionally the rink is closed for resurfacing so check our Facebook page to find out when that’s happening. No skates are available for rentals. The Ice Shack is available for bathroom use only,[…]
Register for the Down East Family YMCA 4th Annual Hancock County Ice Fishing Derby to be held February 6th & 7th, 2021!
I am pleased to say this will be my last update for this most unprecedented year. This past year was very difficult; however, through the challenges we’ve faced, I would like to highlight some bright spots and accomplishments that we will bring into 2021.
On behalf of the YMCA Board of Directors, DEFY staff and volunteers serving the greater Ellsworth, Blue Hill Peninsula and Bucksport regions, I wish you a very Happy Holiday season. It is our hope that everyone continues to be diligent keeping yourself, your neighbors and, of course, your loved ones safe and healthy.
The YMCA is happy to announce that we will be able to once again offer youth programming at the Wiggins Center, starting next Monday, December 14th. It has been a long time coming during this pandemic. The youth programming includes swim drills and conditioning and basketball clinics in accordance with Maine Principals Association and Maine[…]
Down East Family YMCA Membership or Personal Training Gift Certificates make a great holiday gift! For the month of December, we’re taking 20% off membership gift certificates and joiner fee or 10% of personal training gift certificates. Give the gift of wellness! For more information or to purchase a gift certificate, stop into the Wiggins[…]
Beginning December 7th, our Wiggins Center fitness instructors will be offering daily Facebook Live classes, Monday through Friday! If going to an in-person class doesn’t work for you, you can tune in live for the class in our private Facebook group or choose from already recorded classes. All members can join the group for free[…]
A total of 87 kids registered for the program our Fall Recreational Soccer program and as an organization we followed Covid regulations to ensure the safety of the kids, parents, coaches and staff members. Only parents of the Under 4 and Under 6 age groups inside the fence during games and practices and they were[…]
Together we celebrate #GivingTuesday. Please consider a donation so we can keep giving back to you. GivingTuesday was started in 2012 as a way to give back. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it is a way to show support for non-profits that do good for our communities. As 2020 draws to a close we[…]
Thank you for your cooperation and support during this recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout our state. Together we can stay healthy and enjoy all that our Y has to offer.
Last week the Governor strengthened the mask mandate to require face coverings in public places regardless of the ability to social distance. For our staff, that means wearing masks all the time now including when they are teaching fitness classes. The only exception is our swim instructors wear plastic face shields when they are in the[…]
The Governor’s has released a new Executive Order regarding mask wearing in the State of Maine: Face coverings must be worn both inside and outside all public places regardless of the ability to physical distance. The only exception to this order is in regards to water. When you are in the pool or in the shower.[…]
One Free Month Membership and a Lifetime of Recognition Down East Family YMCA at the Lawrence Family Fitness Center in Blue Hill is now offering charter memberships! With your one-time, tax deductible donation of $1000 you will receive: Permanent recognition in the fitness center lobby as a Charter Member Free membership for one month with[…]