Darien Youth Commission ~ 203-656-7326

M, - Th:  8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.; TOWN HALL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY

For the public's convenience, there is a "drop-box" in the lobby of the gymnasium for those individuals who are uncomfortable with public access.

 SUMMER CAMP 2021 REGISTRATION IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2021.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION IS LOCATED IN SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS SECTION AT BOTTOM OF DYC HOME PAGE.

 

 

 

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Darien Youth Commission Mission Statement
Youth Commission Members 2020-21 (updated 10/1/20)

2021 Meeting Schedule

Agendas & Minutes

  

TOPS 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 the TOPS Board and many other volunteers. TOPS is committed to offer affordable, safe, fun, drug and alcohol-free activities for Darien students in 6th, 7th or 8th Grades (both public and private school students). There is a charge for each TOPS event. Participants must be registered.  Events are typically grade-level specific with the a few exceptions.

THE 2020/21 TOPS YEAR WILL LOOK LIKE NONE OTHER.  WHILE WE ALL KNOW THE VALUE & IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL CONNECTIONS DURING A YOUNG PERSON'S LIFE, THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT IS SUCH THAT WE CANNOT OFFER SPECIFIC SOCIAL EVENTS AT THIS TIME. 

OUR PRIORITY IS TO SUPPORT THE BOE & MIDDLE SCHOOL AS THEY NAVIGATE A REOPENING PLAN THAT IS SAFE FOR EVERYONE

WE ARE FOLLOWING THE EVOLVING STATE OF CONNECTICUT RE-OPENING GUIDELINES CLOSELY AND ARE COMMITTED TO FULL COMPLIANCE.  THE TOPS GROUP HOPES TO OFFER SOME SAFE AND FUN EVENTS & ACTIVITIES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AGED KIDS.  THROUGH OUR STRONG PARTNERSHIPS WITH DARIEN PARENTS AND LOCAL VENDORS, WE BELIEVE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS. 

TO THAT END, WE ENCOURAGE ALL PARENTS TO SIGN YOUR CHILD UP FOR THE TOPS PROGRAM.  (MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION AND BEGINS 8/17/20.) THIS REALLY IS A NO-BRAINER.  WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER TOPS EVENTS, YOUR CHILD WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS.  PLEASE NOTE:  THIS YEAR, PAY-PER-EVENT MEMBERSHIP IS THE ONLY OPTION.  

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION

 

SPECIAL FAMILY, YOUTH & COMMUNITY EVENTS

  • TILLEY POND MODEL BOAT REGATTA  -- Saturday, May 2, 2020  Canceled effective 4/8/20 due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continued need to honor social distancing.
  • ANNUAL FAMILY CONCERT SERIES   --  2020 CONCERT SEASON CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.         Typically every Wednesday in June @ 6:30 p.m. @ Weed Beach, this 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.) 
  • COMMUNITY MOVIE @ WEED BEACH  Co-sponsored by the Darien Parks & Recreation and the Darien Youth Commission, movies at the beach take place the last Friday in June and the Friday of Labor Day weekend.  Start-time at dusk (varies based on time of year). ALWAYS free admission
  • ANNUAL FAMILY DAY DINNER @ THE DARIEN YMCA  2021 EVENT PLANS CONTINGENT ON STATE OF CT RE-OPENING PLANS Annual dinner sponsored by the Darien YMCA, the Thriving Youth Task Force, Darien's prevention council (and a subcommittee of the Community Fund of Darien) & the Darien Youth Commission, this free, fun-filled family event promotes the concept that families who regularly dine together minimize future risk factors. Modeled after CASA's Family Day, this is a great opportunity for families to engage with one another in conversation, fun and relaxation. Typically takes place 3rd or 4th Friday in September.
  • COMMUNITY FESTIVAL OF ARTS & SCIENCES  --   2020 FESTIVAL OF ARTS & SCIENCES WAS SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020 IN THE DARIEN TOWN HALL GYM.  Thanks to the following organizations who donated their time, talents & treasures to support this event's continued success: Darien Dance Center; MADD Science of Fairfield; Darien Advisory Committee on Sustainability; The Depot's Student Governing Board & Volunteer Club; Pie in the Sky; STEM Venture Unit of Darien; Garden Club of Darien; Darien Environmental Group; Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

  • 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.)

 

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS

SUMMER CAMP 2021 REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN 2/22/21.

 

  • 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. Three programs at two sites based on grade level: kids entering grade 1 (R-1); kids entering grades 2 & 3 (R-2/3); kids entering grades 4, 5 & 6 (Camp Mather). Camps run daily from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with drop-off & daily health-check/screening 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.

 

  • The Darien Youth Commission’s Summer Camp will follow COVID-19 guidelines set by the State of Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Town of Darien’s Health Department. Program content and guidelines are subject to change based on updated recommendation and guidelines by these agencies.
  1. Click here for FAQ regarding the 2021 Summer Camp Program  
  2. Click here for detailed program information & registration instructions
  3. Click here for 2-paged Summer Camp Registration Form
  4. Click here for online registration link

 

SUMMER CAMP EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

For 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.