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[…]

Bucksports Sports Clinics to Begin July 13th – Register Now!

DEFY Bucksport Clinics

Registration is now open for our Football, Baseball, Basketball and Soccer clinics taking place from July 13th through August 20th. Clinic times are based on the grade the participant will be entering in fall 2020. Clinics are held Monday – Thursday. Participants choose which day of the week to attend. The registration fee includes one[…]

The Down East Family YMCA Has It’s Own App!


The new Down East YMCA app allows you to interact with us with less physical contact. Members can register for classes and cancel their reservations, gain easy access to all of our contact information, leave us feedback, scan in and out of the Wiggins Center and the Lawrence Center, and receive important announcements from The[…]

Stay Active – Subscribe to the NEW DEFY YouTube Channel!

DEFY YouTube Channel

During this difficult time, we recognize that our members and the everyone in the community will be looking for activities to do at home to stay active. The Down East Family YMCA – DEFY YouTube Channel is designed to help! During our closing for Coronavirus, the YMCA staff will be posting fitness programs to follow,[…]

March is National Nutrition Month – 20 Health Tips for 2020

National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, we invite everyone to focus on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating and physical activity habits. What can you do to change your eating habits and eat right? Download 20 Health[…]

Dancing with the Ellsworth Stars – Vote for Roman!

Dancing with the Ellsworth Stars has been postponed. We’ll keep you posted when it is rescheduled! DEF YMCA’s very own Roman Perez will be competing in Dancing with the Ellsworth Stars! Roman will perform two contrasting dances partnered with his dance partner and choreographer, Elizabeth Pouwels. Vote for your favorite dancer at the event on[…]

Vacationland Marathon and Relay Registration is Open

2020 Vacationland Marathon & Relay

Hosted by Down East Family YMCA and Mount Desert Island YMCA April 26, 2020 Registration Ends at 7:00am Race begins at 8:00am 21 Park St, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 The Inaugural Vacationland Marathon and Relay races 26.2 scenic miles from the Mount Desert Island YMCA in Bar Harbor to the Downeast Family YMCA in Ellsworth. The Relay consists[…]

Spring into Wellness Fitness Challenge Starts March 3rd

Join certified personal trainer & Health Coach for this 6-week fitness challenge. March 3rd – April 12th $30.00 Participation Fee Program Includes Weekly weigh-in Set and monitor two personal health goals Recording exercise minutes weekly Two fitness classes weekly Tuesday – 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Gym circuit, health talk, stretching Wednesday – 5:30 – 6:00[…]