In response to the start of the 2021-22 school year and the increased risk the delta variant is having on the COVID 19 pandemic as well as the shift from state to federal CDC guidance and risk level we are taking this opportunity to review, update and communicate our COVID 19 policies. Effective Tuesday September[…]
Registration is now open for our after school programs at Hancock Grammar School, Lamoine Consolidate School, and in Ellsworth at the Moore Center and Beechland Center. All DEFY After School Programs are open to grades K-6 and available for 2-5 days-a-week slots. As a multi-age group children engage in: Snacks Homework Quiet time Outside play[…]
Bucksport YMCA and Ellsworth YMCA, in collaboration with the Ellsworth Football League, are excited to announce that fall 2021 registration is open! Registration is now open for touch and tackle football at both our Ellsworth and Bucksport YMCA locations. The season begins August 23rd and goes through the end of October. Ellsworth Flag football, grades[…]
Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Wilbur’s 5K and Fun Run to be held at the Blue Hill Fair Grounds, Saturday, September 4. Free t-shirts for the first 50 registrants! Date Saturday, September 4, 2021 Registration Time 7:00am Start Time 1 Mile Fun Run: 8:00am Race Start: 8:30am Registration Tee 5K: $20 ($25[…]
Football Location: Miles Lane Practice Field, Bucksport 1st/2nd Grade Flag: Play will be one practice during the week and Saturday round robin style games. Play will be 5 v 5 (potentially one Friday night game) $35 for supporting town members $45 for non-supporting town members Program Date: Week of Sept 6th-Oct 30th Day/Time: TBD by[…]
Not to wish summer away, however the YMCA is pleased to announce that Fall Registration is open on Monday, August 9th. Registration can be done by: In person at either the Lawrence Family Center, Bucksport YMCA or the Wiggins Center. Online registration at defymca.org – excluding any child care programs. By phone by calling Lawrence[…]
The 2nd edition of the Kinsley Ray 5k was contested on Saturday July 31 at the Ellsworth YMCA. There were 320 walkers and runners who completed the 3.1 mile course along the Shore Road in memory of Kinsley Ray Archer. Fastest times were recorded by Beckett Markosian winning the men’s race in a time of[…]
Camp Discovery is up and running in large part, due to the hard work of our staff, the smiles of our great campers and last but not at all least with support from our business partners! This year in the high field we placed a big custom thank you banner. We thank Friend & Friend[…]
At the request of members of our community, the hours for the Tim Emery Pool have changed. Effective immediately, our hours are: Monday – Thursday 12:00 to 4:30pm: Public Swim 4:30 to 6:00pm: Adult Swim (18+) Friday – Sunday 12:00 to 6:00pm: Public Swim See you at the pool!
Who: Everyone between the ages of 4 to 7 Cost: $25 Location: Reggie Ginn Field Duration: 4 weeks, July 13th to August 5thth Schedule: Tuesday and Thursdays. The first 3 days will be skill based, after the first 3 days we can incorporate games for the kids. Time: Tuesday and Thursdays. 5:00 – 6:15
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[…]