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.

Adventure Club (Grades 5-8)

Over the course of this 7-week program, we will have one team building event, two hiking excursions, two ropes courses, and a trip to RPM Raceway! Our hiking trips will be to Saugatuck Falls Natural Area and Montgomery Pinetum Park. Our ropes course will be to Boundless Adventures and our last trip will be go-karting at RPM Raceway!

Cooking Community (Grades 5-8)

Explore new options other than the classic breakfast cereal and standard lunch meat by learning how to cook and prepare a variety of healthy and easy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Children will get the chance to explore new meal options while experiencing the joy of making one’s own meal!

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!

This program runs in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Your receipt is your ticket it! Permission Slip required.

Non-Traditional Sports Club (Grades 5-8)

During this six-week program, we will get the chance to explore some of the lesser known sports. We will play 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.

Ski and Board Club Fridays (Grades 5-8)

Join us as we get outside and enjoy the wonderful New England winter with six day trips to Thunder Ridge! Beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders welcome! Sign up for as many days as you like!

This program runs in the Winter.

Youth @ the Y (Grades 1-4)

Elementary schoolers will be divided into groups and led around the Y by staff to various stations where events will be run by specialist staff. Activities will include use of the Forese Pool, Group Ex, Wagner Room, Gym, Kid Zone, and a different special activity each month (to be announced before the event). Note:  Advance registration is mandatory and available online.

This program runs in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Your receipt is your ticket! Permission slip required.

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