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Summer Programs and Events at BCYF

Boston Centers for Youth & Families offers many summer classes and programs for youth. These aren’t only a lot of fun — they also keep children active over the summer months so they are prepared for the return to school in the fall.

Summer 2022 Guidelines and Information

  • Participants must be registered to participate in the BCYF program or class through our registration system
  • Participants in BCYF classes and programs must follow the current guidance of public health officials and BCYF-specific policies related to COVID-19. These may include wearing a face covering (covering both the nose and mouth), maintaining six feet of distance from others, and washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Participants must stay home if sick. If a child is experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congested or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), they will be placed in a separate room. If a child is sick with fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other COVID-19 symptoms, the parent should seek medical care right away.
  • Participants must bring their own sports equipment or other supplies, where applicable. Review the program or class description for details.
  • Due to capacity limits to enhance visitor safety, visitors must register for a swim time slot through our registration system. Walk-ins will not be allowed. Registration will go live 24 hours before the following day’s sessions and will remain open until all spots are taken or until the session is half over, whichever comes first.
  • Sessions will be time-limited. Visitors are asked to register for and attend one session per day. If visitors register for more than one session per day, we reserve the right to cancel their registration if there is a waitlist of individuals looking to attend.
  • Preference will be given to Boston residents.
  • Restrooms (if access is required) can be accessed through a locker room. 
  • Three children under 12 are allowed per adult. Children under 8 need an adult in the water with them. 

BCYF Courses and Classes

Find a place to cool off

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The BCYF Mirabella and Clougherty outdoor pools typically open in late June.  Several indoor pools are open year-round. All swim sessions open for registration 24 hours in advance.

Pool Session Registration

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Tips for staying cool
Learn more about staying safe and cooling off during extreme heat.
Keeping cool in the heat

Water Safety at Home

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BCYF Aquatic Managers Jeff and Tony want everyone to be safe in and around all bodies of water, including backyard kiddie pools. Learn about water safety for kids and parents with these activities from our friends at the American Red Cross:

Upcoming Events

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BCYF Summer Positions

BCYF Summer Positions
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Be a BCYF Summer Lifeguard!

We are hiring lifeguards, pool supervisors, and head lifeguards to work at BCYF this summer. Learn more on our career center website.

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Work at Camp Joy!

BCYF Camp Joy is hiring Counselors, Assistant Supervisors, Supervisors and Registered Nurses for the summer.  Learn more on our career center website.

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