Darien Youth Commission ~ 203-656-7388

 Town Hall Office Hours:

 Monday - Thursday:  8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.; Town Hall Is Closed On Friday

 
Youth Commission News
 

UPCOMING FAMILY, YOUTH & COMMUNITY EVENTS:

 

Darien Youth Commission Summer Camp!!!

The Darien Youth Commission is gearing up for its 35th year in action! Camp Locations, Trips and other critical details will be released once they are finalized.

DYC Camp registration will begin for Residents online or in-person on February 13th and for Non-Residents on April 24th.  

In the meantime any information pertaining to the camps is under the DYC Summer Camp section. There you will find dates, fees, rules & regulations, and some of our FAQ's. 

TOPS REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!!

The Teen Options Program (TOPS) is sponsored by the Darien Youth Commission. TOPS is committed to offering affordable, safe, fun, drug and alcohol-free activities for Darien students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades (public, private and home-schooled students). Students wanting to attend TOPS events are required to pre-register HERE for free, but there is a cost-covering fee associated with each event.

For additional information please scroll down to the bottom  TOPS section to find:  dates & fees; rules & regulations; TOPS registration options and grade level parent volunteer sign up.

HAPPY HEART FOR SENIORS:

The Darien Youth Commission is again partnering with our friends at the Mather Senior Center for the upcoming holidays: Happy Hearts for Seniors! Students decorate (either individually, with family members, or with friends) their hearts to take home with them. 

The Undecorated wooden hearts will be available for pick-up during normal business hours at Town Hall starting  Wednesday, February 1 in the DYC Office (Room 110) 

Please Return them to Room 110 by or before Monday, February 13. Mather Center Seniors will receive these special Valentine's Gifts during the week of February 15th

Register Here for Happy Hearts for Seniors 

Darien Youth Commission & Person to Person Drive Thru Food Drive: Date: April 1st 

The Darien Youth Commission and Person to Person would like to thank everyone who participated in this season's food drive. Stay tuned for our next one!!!

Donations that best serve our community include; Hearty Soups, Cereal, Oatmeal, Pancake Mix, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Canned Fruit & Veggies, Dried & Canned Beans, Fresh Produce, Pasta, Sauce, Protein/Granola Bars, Shelf-Stable Milk, and Baby Food.

Yellow Tulip Project: Saturday May 6th

The Yellow Tulip Project is youth-driven movement dedicated to destigmatizing mental health challenges. on Saturday May 6th, teams of Middle School and High School students will be painting Yellow Tulips on participating establishments. 

 

Sign-Ups for the Yellow Tulip Project will start soon. 

ANNUAL FAMILY CONCERT SERIES:

Typically Wednesdays in June @ 6:30 p.m. @ Weed Beach, The Annual Family Concert Series is a terrific way to enjoy family-friendly entertainment at one of Darien's greatest resources. (There is a per person/vehicle cost per concert, payable at the beach entrance...beach stickers are not required to attend these events.) Stay tuned for 2023 line-up.

 

2023 DYC Summer Camp Information

TRADITIONAL DAY-CAMP PROGRAM:  The DYC sponsors the Town Camp program, offering three, two-week day camps servicing children who are entering grades 1 - 6.  Programs are grade-level in nature and will all be taking place at Tokeneke School.  Camps run daily from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with drop-off from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Program includes a variety of sports, arts & crafts, entertainers and if possible, field trips. Please note, children must be appropriate grade in our system to register online. Camps are as follows:

  • Camp Stony Brook -- students who have successfully completed Kindergarten (entering grade 1)
  • Camp Settlers -- students who have successfully completed Grades 1 & 2 (entering grades 2 & 3)
  • Camp Mather -- students who have successfully completed Grades 3, 4 & 5 (entering grades 4, 5 & 6)
  • Click Here for FAQs regarding the 2023 Summer Camp Program
  • Click Here for program and registration information

 

 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNTIES: Candidates interested in an opportunity to work as a Summer Camp Counselor, below please find FAQ, Job Description & Counselor Application.  Kindly review the first two documents.  If all criteria provided there is met, download job application, thoroughly complete and email to:  asillars@darienct.gov

PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN THIS PROCESS IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.

  • Summer Camp Counselor Job Description
  • Summer Camp Counselor FAQs
  • Summer Camp Counselor Employment Application
  •   Teen Options Program (TOPS)

    2022/23 Events

    The Teen Options Program (TOPS) is sponsored by the Darien Youth Commission.  It is endorsed by MMS and made possible through the generous involvement of parent volunteers.  TOPS is committed to offering affordable, safe, fun, drug and alcohol-free activities for Darien students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades (public, private and home-schooled students). 

    MEMBERSHIP IN THE TOPS PROGRAM IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND ANY TOPS EVENT! 

    REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

    The TOPS schedule has been created for our incoming 6th, 7th & 8th graders! Annual registration for TOPS is free however there is a cost to attend each TOPS events. And while the COVID-19 guidelines have loosened, we will still be following the Darien Public Schools guidelines as well as those recommended by the Town of Darien Health Department. We appreciate your flexibility with any changes that may occur throughout the school year.

    PARENT VOLUNTEERS:  As a reminder, the TOPS program is 99% reliant on parent involvement and support.  We would not be able to provide these fun activities for your children without parent help.  Below, please find grade-level sign-up genius links where you can easily sign up to volunteer!  Thank you in advance for your continued support of the TOPS program.  Not only is your help greatly appreciated but also makes it possible to run these fun activities for all of your kids.

    Darien's Thriving Youth Task Force:

    Involving all sectors of the community, Thriving Youth is Darien’s coalition of concerned youth, community and civic organizations, businesses and individuals working together to provide meaningful relationships, experiences, skills and opportunities to benefit all our children. (For additional information on Darien's prevention council, visit the Community Fund of Darien's Thriving Youth Task Force website.)

    Darien Youth Commission Mission Statement:

     The Youth Commission shall act as an advocate for youth services by developing, planning, coordinating and/or conducting programs and/or activities focused on enrichment for the youth of the Town of Darien. This includes, though is not limited to addressing: health, recreation, employment, positive youth development and general welfare requirements of these said youth. Such programs and activities offered shall strive to avoid unnecessary duplication of those provided by public and private agencies.

     Youth Commission Members 2022-23 (updated 8-24-22)

    2022 Meeting Schedule

    Agendas & Minutes