Who We Are
Fit Kids is the Boothbay Region YMCA’s afterschool program, designed to support working families while fostering each child’s cognitive, emotional, and physical development through experiences which focus on achievement, relationships and belonging. Fit Kids serves children in Kindergarten through 5th grade in the Boothbay Region (Boothbay Region Elementary School, Southport Central School, Edgecomb Eddy Elementary School).
What We Do
We provide a healthy, stimulating and safe environment at the Boothbay Region YMCA's Camp Knickerbocker. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our program shifted from the Main YMCA to Camp K to allow optimal outdoor space & activities for our students to participate in. Activities we offer include, but are not limited to:
- Fort Building
- Playground Time
- Utilizing our equipment at the sports field & basketball court
- Fishing & ice fishing
- Hiking & nature exploration
- Buidling fires (and cooking yummy snacks!)
- Building snowpeople (and mermaids!)
- STEAM curriculum
- Arts & crafts
- Organized games & activities
When safe and we have time, we take field trips to local land trusts to go on a more extensive hike and get a change of scenery.
Meet The Staff
Lindsey Senecal: Fit Kids Coordinator, Assistant Camp Director & Assistant Aquatics Director
Lindsey has always loved being outside and sharing her adventures with others. Born and raised in a wooded area in Southern Maine, she has been active in many outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking. This love of nature brought her to Unity College where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.
During the summers from 2011-2014, Lindsey worked as lead staff at Camp Pondicherry, teaching girls how to swim. She also worked for Maine Audubon, Nature’s Classroom in upstate New York, and Okemo Ski Resort in Vermont where she shared her love for the natural world with children ranging from three years old into their adult years.
Erin Gray: Senior Program Director
Erin serves as the Boothbay Region YMCA's Senior Program Director, heading up After-school, Summer Camp, and the Aquatics Department. Erin has extensive experience working with children and their families, as she was a summer camp counselor for Camp Pondicherry for 5 summers throughout college and her early twenties. Starting as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor, Erin climbed the administrative ladder and ended her time with the Girl Scouts of Maine as a Program Director. Erin's favorite part about working with children is problem solving and communicating with families. On the administratvice side, she enjoys developing staff and teaching American Red Cross courses.
Hailey Wilson: Support Staff
Hailey is a senior at Boothbay Region High School and has lived in Boothbay her whole life with her dad. Summer 2020 was her third season working at Camp Knickerbocker, and she loved it! During the school year, she works with our Fit Kids program, making this her second year. The reason she likes working with kids is to see them grow and learn new things (and they teach her a lot, too!).
Faith Gagne: Support Staff
2020 was Faith's first summer working at Camp Knickerbocker, but she has had camp counselor experience in previous years out of state. During the school year, she works as a teacher's aid while continuing her studies in Early Education. She attended Camp K when she was younger and is glad to be back on site, whether for summer camp or Fit Kids!
Martha Bishop: Support Staff
Martha is a student at Bates College, and during her mandatory break due to COVID-19, she applied to work with our Fit Kids until it was safe for her to return to campus. Martha is a teacher's assisstant, so Wednesday morning homework time is her favorite time of the week! She loves to see our students learn and grow to understand their school work.
Miranda Dillinger: Support Staff
Miranda is a certified lifeguard and pulls double duty at the Boothbay Region YMCA as well as a support staff member for our after-school program. Miranda is an outdoors person, and loves to be walking around camp with the kids. This is Miranda's first year with us, and she works as a landscaper in the summer months.
David Washburn: Support Staff
David is a senior at the University of Maine at Orono, majoring in Civil Engineering. 2020 was his first summer working at Camp Knickernocker, and he loved it, saying it was the best summer of his life! David was a unit counselor as well as our STEM instructor, teaching our campers about science, technology, engineering and math. He was a perfect fit to join our after-school staff when he ultimately decided to move to Boothbay.
Each day we serve a healthy snack to our students. Thanks to the Federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which provides nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children who are enrolled in care at participating childcare centers, we get to do this at no additional cost to families or the YMCA.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allows families who have low-to-moderate income the opportunity to receive FREE childcare after-school for the calendar year of 2021. Contact Erin if you have questions or want to see if you are eligible, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The "Full STEAM Ahead" Grant allows our program the opportunity to educate our participants on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Each month will have a different theme, actively engaging our Fit Kids in learning while being active.
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We also provide full day care on school vacations and in-service days. There will be a minimum & maximum number of students required for us to run vacation camp, so please register early.
Fit Kids Coordinator
207-633-2855 ext. 250
Senior Program Director
207-633-2855 ext. 255