DEFY Gift Certificates – Give the Gift of Wellness!

DEFY Gift Certificates

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[…]

Lawrence Family Fitness Center: Become a Charter Member!

Lawrence Family Fitness Center

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[…]

Sneak Preview – Take a Tour of the Lawrence Family Fitness Center in Blue Hill

We’re please to announce that tours of our new facility in Blue Hill, the Lawrence Family Fitness Center, will be available starting October 2nd. Tours will be limited to groups of ten with social distancing and masks required. Sign up for a tour at the Tradewinds Service Desk. The beautiful new facility features: Six-lane 25[…]

Ellsworth Sports Update

Soccer has been moved to the moderate risk category.  We will follow Maine CDC, Maine DOE, Maine DHHS, SoccerMaine, MPA and Ellsworth School Department protocols for all events. Waivers will be provided when they become available. Participants should bring a soccer ball, water bottle and any other needed equipment.  Sharing will not be allowed at[…]

Area Pools Available During Wiggins Center Pool Upgrade

The Down East Family YMCA’s Wiggins Center pool is getting a much-needed facelift. The air handler system will be upgraded and ventilation improved to enhance the swimming experience at The Wiggins Center. The pool will be closed starting Saturday August 15th for several weeks and is slated to reopen around Monday September 14th. During the[…]

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Program and Community Walking Club Resume

Cardiac Rehab Program

DEFY Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Program will resume on Monday, August 10th at 10:00am. The group will meet 3 times per week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am to 11:00am. We have a nurse on staff for blood pressure readings and for the safety of our participants. Our free Community Walking Club also resumes Tuesday,[…]

An Update About Our Before/After School Program

We would like to inform families that the YMCA’s Before/After school program plans are still being formulated for the fall 2020. We are currently waiting to get word about the school districts’ decisions before our organization will be able to finalize our plans. We understand the need for families to prepare and we will be[…]

DEFY Extends Summer Camps – Now Available for the Week of August 31

Our summer camps are offering an additional week at each of our summer camps – Monday, August 31st through Thursday, September 3rd. We would love to have your camper join us for an extra week of summer fun! Spaces for the extended week may be limited. To register for the extra week of Polliwog Camp,[…]

Registration is open for Bucksport Fall Football


The Bucksport YMCA will be offering fall football programs for 1st through 6th graders. Practices will begin the week of September 7th. 1st – 2nd Grade Flag Football Cost: $40 for residents of supporting towns*, $50 for residents of non-supporting townsDates: September 7th to October 30th 3rd – 4th Grade Flag Football Cost: $40 for[…]

Register Now for Bucksport Fall Soccer


The Bucksport YMCA will be offering fall soccer programs for Pre-K through 5th graders. Practices will begin the week of September 7th. Each team from 1st through 6th will travel at least once if not twice to play games in Ellsworth. Schedule will stay the same. Pre-K – Kindergarten Instructional Cost: $20 for residents of[…]

Chipper’s Dinner 2020

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at Chipper’s while helping the DEFY Fitness Department raise money for their next project. Join us for stationary and passed appetizers followed by amazing entrees. Choose from Filet Mignon, Grilled Salmon, or Chicken Marsala. Of course, 3 choices of delicious desserts: Cheesecake, Kahlua pie, and Apple pie. Limited to 56 spots.[…]

New Aquatic Session, October 28-December 21, 2019

The 2019 Holiday Session of Aquatics kicks off October 28th. Registration is going on now. Holiday Aquatic Guide 2019

Fall Aquatics Guide 2019

The next session for Aquatics begins September 9th. Registration begins August 23rd. We are offering a seven-week session of swim lessons and aqua aerobics, with classes ending October 26th. Lessons are offered Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings, Thursdays in the afternoon and Monday and Wednesday evenings. We offer aerobic classes each weekday. 2019 Fall Aquatic[…]

Echo Lake Swim 2019

The 2019 Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim will take place at Camp Beech Cliff on Saturday, August 10th. The swim offers a 500-yard swim, 1.5-mile swim and a 1.5 mile 2 person relay. The swim course consists of 2 laps beginning and ending at a floating dock. Swimmers begin the race in the water at the[…]

Summer Aquatics Schedule 2019

Are your kids ready for summer? Are they safe around the water? This Summer we will be offering an intensive session of swim lessons, June 17 – June 21, and seven-week session, June 24 – August 10. Adult Aquatics will be offered June 17 – August 10. Registration is going on now. Check out the[…]

Summer Specialty Camps 2019

Every year we pass along some camp options for the summer in this area.  Some are Y programs and some are not.  Here is the list of what we have so far (we do not have Bootin’ Eagle or Seacoast Soccer Camp information) Eagles Hoop Camp June 24-28 Grade K-4 Cost: $50 1:00-3:00pm Grades 5-10[…]

May Membership Drive – 2019

Help us celebrate National Physical Fitness & Sports Month this May! NEW MEMBERS: 2 for 1. Two new members split the join fee AND the membership fee for the month of May! MEMBERS: When you score 50 points on our Physical Fitness Score Card, you earn a Y Travel mug! FRIENDLY FRIDAYS: Members, bring a[…]

2019 Spring Swim Lessons

Our Spring Session of swim lessons run April 22 – June 8. We offer lessons for kids aged 6 months on up. The Spring Session of swim lessons includes a water safety component. Make sure your kids are ready for a fun, wet summer! Spring Aquatics Guide