Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Naples YMCA & Collier Area Transit Announce Partnership to Create YMCA Stops in Collier County



Starting this summer, Collier Area Transit (CAT) will offer five stops throughout the county that will be YMCA stops. At four of those stops, children enrolled in YMCA’s Camp Wyhoway summer camp can ride the bus with a YMCA Camp Counselor to and from the Naples YMCA. A fifth stop will service the Marco Island YMCA. In addition to the YMCA-specific stops, a drastically price-reduced Paw Pass will be offered to make the service affordable all summer.

“This is a huge step in helping us reach kids and families who otherwise could not attend camp. Our partnerships with organizations like the Richard M. Schulze Foundation and NCEF have made camp affordable. Now with CAT Transit, we are making camp accessible. It’s a win for kids in Collier County,” states YMCA President Paul Thein.

The five YMCA Stops are located at the following locations:

  • Immokalee Road at Creekside Connection
  • Golden Gate Parkway and Tropicana Boulevard
  • 3rd Street South and Highway 41
  • Davis Boulevard and Kings Lake Square
  • Tamiami Trail at Charlee Estates (serves Marco Island)

“Collier Area Transit (CAT) is excited about its partnership with the YMCA and thrilled to be a part of an initiative that provides a safe and fun way for the youth in our community to enjoy the summer”, says Michelle Arnold, Director of the Public Transit & Neighborhood Enhancement Division for Collier County.

Families who purchase all 10 weeks of Summer Camp at the YMCA will automatically receive a Paw Pass, free of charge. All others will be able to pay a one-time fee of $30, and ride all summer long from June 1st through August 31st.

All current students or YMCA campers can purchase their Summer Paw Pass by visiting the Intermodal Transfer Station at 3355 Tamiami Trail at the Collier County Government Center, or by calling 239-252-7777. Questions about the pass should be directed to Jim Giangrosso at CAT, via email at

On-site registration and financial scholarship applications for YMCA Camp Wyhoway will be available on-site at Golden Gate Elementary and Shadowlawn Elementary, May 26-29, from 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM. Applications and registration is always available the Greater Naples YMCA Campus. For more information, contact the YMCA at 239-597-3148.


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