Youth Development Programs

Youth Recreation

Kids just want to have fun!  We love providing a place and programs here at our Y where kids are able to be kids in a safe and fun environment. Through our Youth Recreation programs, kids are able to spend time with other kids while enjoying fun activities and while being given the opportunity to broaden their horizons to new things.

Middle School Night (Grades 5-8)

One Saturday a month, middle schoolers get the YMCA all to themselves!  Middle schoolers get access to the Wellness Center, Group Ex, Basketball Gym, Forese Pool, and Wagner Room. Not only will there be plenty of fun games and activities but also a concession stand with snacks, drinks and pizza! Note: Advance registration is highly recommended and available online. Save money and avoid waiting in line the night of the event!

Non-Traditional Sports Club (Grades 1-4 & Grades 5-8)

Everybody knows the big name traditional sports, but what about the little ones? During this nine-week program, we will get the chance to explore some of the lesser-known sports, including Gaga, Nine-square Mat-ball, Dodgeball, and Ultimate Frisbee. All of these sports are a little out of the ordinary, but are easy to learn and enjoy. Come and play in a friendly and welcoming environment!

Red Cross Babysitting Certification (Ages 11-15)

Enjoy being with kids? Looking to earn extra cash? Take the Red Cross Babysitting Certification course at the YMCA and be the “best of the best.” You’ll learn specific techniques and skills to become a confident babysitter as well as certified in First Aid. This course  is a 1-day program.

Youth @ the Y (Grades 1-4)

Youth @ the Y is back and with COVID-19 guidelines in place! Children will be split into two groups, each no bigger than 12, and led by staff around the Y to various activities in the Scooter Pool, Group Exercise Center, Wagner Room, Flex Space, and Kid Zone, in addition to a special activity in the Gymnasium (non-swimming option available). Every effort will be made to group a child with friends when a request is made in a timely manner beforehand. Drop off is located at our Patio by the side lot and pick up will be from the lobby. Note:  Advance registration is mandatory and available online. Your receipt is your ticket! Permission slip required.

This program runs one Saturday night each month in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Upcoming Fall 2020 & Winter 2020-21 dates:
November 21, December 19, January 23, and February 27

General contact for these programs:  George Bennett at 203-920-1634.