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Aug/Sept 2017 Maintenance & Renovation

paint roller blu2Starting Monday, Aug. 14 Central Branch will undergo our yearly Maintenance and Renovation schedule. Kids Zone will have intermittent hours and the Pool will be closed for the duration of the Maintenance and Renovations which will take place from August 14 to September 5. Regular facility hours and class times will resume on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. We thank you for your patience during this time! Download a copy of our renovation schedule here.

West Branch will be undergoing Maintenance from September 4-11th and will resume normal hours on Tuesday the 12th.

Facility hours on Labor Day, September 5, will be 4:30am to 12pm.

CLOSURES:

MON., AUGUST 14

  • Pool Closed thru 9/5

SAT., AUGUST 26

  • Facility Closed

SUN., AUGUST 27

  • Facility Closed
  • Kids Zone Closed thru 9/5

MON., AUGUST 28

  • Gymnasium Closed thru 9/2
  • Locker Rooms Closed

 TUES., AUGUST 29 

  • Locker Rooms Closed

SAT., SEPTEMBER 2

  • Facility Closed

SUN., SEPTEMBER 3

  • Facility Closed

MON., SEPTEMBER 4

  • West Branch Closed thru 9/11
  • Facility Hours: 4:30am-12pm
  • Kids Zone Closed

TUES., SEPTEMBER 5

  • Regular Hours Resume

 

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We are the Y

Whether it was a goal to get in shape or learn to swim, these are the stories that make our Y strong.

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Hellos in the hallways. Splashes in the pool. Me time in yoga. Feeling at home, even off the field. You know the feeling – being part of something bigger. We are The Y

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From a one week trial to a love of our Group Ex Fitness classes, meet Tammy!

• Why have you chosen to workout at the Y?

I started with the one week trial because I wanted to see what the group classes were about. I realized right away that the Y is more of a community than a workout facility. The instructors have strong relationships with their classes and everyone is friendly and welcoming. I'm very thankful for the friendships I've made through the Y. 

• What is your favorite class?

My favorite classes are Pilates and Les Mills BodyPump. Pilates helped me correct my diastasis recti after having my second baby, and that made a big difference in all areas of my fitness.

• Do you or your family participate in any other Y programs?

My son does swim lessons off and on and my husband sometimes plays in the open gym basketball games. My 2 boys also go to the kid zone while I work out and they love it. They ask to go there every day so I love knowing they're having fun and socializing while I get a good workout in (and get to socialize myself!) 

• Have you experienced positive changes or benefits that you would attribute to working out at the Y?

When I started this fitness journey I had no idea where it would take me, but I've noticed so many positive changes. I have grown to love group fitness classes. I am much healthier than I've been in probably a decade. I have more energy to keep up with my boys, and working out has been a great stress reliever for me.

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MEET LINCOLN

"Lincoln always came to class with a big smile on his face. He was either dressed in his favorite superhero clothing and was excited to see his friends. Lincoln was eager to participate and share during our Morning Circle. He liked to make his friends laugh and had a great sense of humor. During the school year, he worked really hard on writing his name. By the end of the year, he could write his first and last name fluently!"  –Mrs. Poss, Lincoln's Preschool teacher.

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MEET BEN

"I've made new friends outside of school and enjoy hanging out with fellow swimmers. My favorite event is the 50M Back Stroke." said Ben. With just 2 seasons under his cap, Ben is already excelling as a member of the Aqua Force Swim Team and in more than just his favorite event. This past weekend, Ben took 2nd place in his age group in the 200M Freestyle at the YMCA Swimming Championships. "Ben showed potential and I was excited to work with him at practice. Now his hard work has paid off at big meets. I can see his enthusiasm, especially when he's on that podium holding a medal!" says Swim Coach, Kevin Satler.

While Ben practices with the swim team, his 2 younger sisters, Lily and Maddy, take swim lessons.  Their mother Katie says, "The kids love the water – they beg to be signed-up. Swim lessons have prepared the girls to swim in the lake. Lily is now comfortable putting her face in the water and Maddy swims on her own instead of holding onto me. AND when the girls and Ben swim, I get to work out! I enjoy Les Mills BODYSTEP and BODYPUMP as well as Spin."

  

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MEET DEAN

Dean, member since 2009, deliveries beautiful, home-grown roses to our front desk all summer long. Not only do Dean's flowers brighten the desk, they also brighten our day! THIS is what it means to be a member at the Y. Because we're more than a gym – we're family.

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MEET Eric

When we asked Eric if we could take his photo for this feature, he replied, "Get this pose, you can really see my muscles." 

That sense of humor and confidence makes him well-liked by staff and members. But his commitment to a healthy lifestyle is why he chooses the Y. "Fitness leads to a healthy life. A healthy life leads to a happy life. And a happy life leads to a well-lived life." 

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“My favorite part of soccer was making goals and being on a team with all of my new and old friends,” says Emmett.  Not only is the commitment to a sport beneficial to a child, it's also a benefit to the family as a whole. "Our family has made lifelong friends at the Y. Our whole family looks forward to sports days,"  said Emmet's mother, Tiffany. "Coach Ed clicked with all the kids and I could tell he truly cared for all of them. It was fun to watch each kid on the team improve their skills and grow their confidence."

 

 


 

Voted Best 2017 Health/Fitness Club in Kendall County

We are excited to announce that we were voted "Best Health/Fitness Club in Kendall County" in the Record Newspapers "Best of the Fox” Readers' Choice Awards! Thank you to everyone who voted, and thank you for your continued support of Kendall County's largest charity organization!

My Y is Every Y!

 
ANOTHER GREAT REASON TO JOIN THE Y!

We want to encourage members to utilize the Y as often as they can. Sometimes, it’s more convenient for members to utilize a Y in a different location when traveling, near a workplace or in another region. Now, Fox Valley Family YMCA members have the flexibility to use other Y facilities throughout the state of Illinois, at no extra charge.

HOW IT WORKS
Simply present your active YMCA membership card and photo ID at any participating YMCA statewide and enjoy free access.

RECIPROCAL MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS
• The YMCA’s Reciprocal Membership Program is valid for YMCA Facility Members only. Community Members may upgrade to a Facility Membership at any time to qualify.

• Visitors to other Y’s must present a valid YMCA membership card and photo ID upon their first visit and complete a visiting member waiver or standard membership application form with liability waiver.

• A Facility Member’s home branch designation and subsequent monthly membership rate will be determined by which branch the member uses 50 percent of the time. Program discounts do not apply. Participating YMCAs reserve the right to restrict facility or program access. Other restrictions and exclusions may apply.

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PARTICIPATING Y'S:

Alfred Campanelli YMCA

Ottawa Family YMCA

Belvidere Family YMCA

Paris Community YMCA

Bloomington YMCA

PAV YMCA

Bob Freesen YMCA

Prairie Valley YMCA

BR Ryall YMCA

Quincy YMCA 

Champaign County YMCA

Stephens Family YMCA 

Clinton Community YMCA

Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA

Danville Family YMCA

Streator Family YMCA

Decatur Family YMCA

Tri-City Area YMCA

Dixon Family YMCA

Tri-Town YMCA

Edwardsville YMCA

Two Rivers YMCA

Fayette County Family YMCA

University of Illinois YMCA

Fox Valley Family YMCA

West Cook YMCA

Greater Joliet Area YMCA

YMCA of Canton

Greater Peoria Family YMCA

YMCA of Jefferson County

Illinois Valley YMCA

YMCA of Kewanee

Kankakee Area YMCA

YMCA of McDonough County

Kishwaukee Family YMCA

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Knox County YMCA

YMCA of Northwest Illinois

Lincoln Area YMCA

YMCA of Rock River Valley

Matton Area Family YMCA

YMCA of South West Illinois

Mercer County Family YMCA

YMCA of Springfield

North Suburban YMCA

YMCA of Warren County

 

YMCA Youth & Government

PLEASE NOTE: Non-participating Y's include YMCA of Metro Chicago, Champaign Association and University Y.
Participating Y's that do not have workout facilities include YMCA Youth & Government and Tri-Town YMCA.

Advancing Equity For all

A Deeper Dive Into Equity – EQUALITY VS. EQUITY

Equality is an approach in which all members of a society are afforded opportunities, access and treatment in the same manner.  

Equity is the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all, where individuals are not at a disadvantage from achieving their full potential because of their background or social position. A key principle of equity is the acknowledgment that there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations who through systemic inequality, have not had equal access to resources, opportunities or support systems. Equity requires identifying and eliminating the institutional, organizational and societal barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups, and developing the solutions and support systems that are relevant to social structures, trends and challenges. 

In the graphic above, the apples represent opportunities people need in order to reach their potential; the size of the individuals represents the impact that systemic inequities has on people and communities; and the boxes represent support systems that help individuals overcome barriers so they can thrive. 

QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION

  • What is one opportunity (“apple”) you would like everyone in your community to have access to?
  • What is one barrier may be preventing some individuals/groups from accessing that opportunity?
  • How can individuals and institutions in your community create support systems (“boxes”) to help people overcome this barrier?

Equity & Child Hunger

According to the USDA, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. do not know where their next meal is coming from. Food insecurity and child hunger prevent youth from achieving their full potential. When kids are hungry, they cannot learn and they do not have the energy they need to stay active and healthy. That’s why the Y serves nutritious meals and snacks to thousands of children and teens in more than 3,000 communities across the country. In 2016, nearly half a million youth received out-of-school nutrition from their local Y.

Learn more about our food program provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Understanding Privilege

Privilege is defined as an “unearned benefit or advantage one receives in society by nature of their identity.” Examples of aspects of identity that can afford privilege include ability, age, citizenship status, economic/social class, gender identity, race, religion and sexual orientation. It is important to remember that the possession of identity-based privilege is beyond one’s control; it is counterproductive to feel—or cause someone to feel—guilty or insecure about their privilege. However, awareness of privilege is an important first step toward developing a greater sense of empathy towards others and awareness of the barriers that prevent certain groups from obtaining equitable access to opportunities. Watch a video highlighting a “privilege walk” exercise intended to help individuals assess their privileges – across various aspects of their identity – relative to others in a group.

Delivering Preventive Health Care to All

The Y offers an equitable approach to health challenges in all communities.
Hundreds of Ys across the country run evidence-based programs to battle chronic diseases and health issues that particularly affect minorities.

HEALTH FACT THE Y'S EQUITABLE RESPONSE

Asian Americans and other minority groups have a higher risk for stroke and hypertension compared to Caucasians.

We offer Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring as a way to help those with high blood pressure reduce their risk.

More than 22 million adults report some degree of activity limitation because of arthritis.

We provide Enhance®Fitness programs to improve the quality of life for older adults and people with arthritis.

 

source: YMCA Member News Article: February 2017

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Day/week-long Summer Enrichment Programs

Your child is about to embark on their summer adventure, and our Early Learning Academy, Gymnastics, Dance, Music, Cooking, Arts, and Sports Departments have put together a summer full of fun and educational options for you to choose from. From Ultimate Frisbee to ukulele camp, or science-based learning to Lego building, these week-long camps are here to create experiences for your child that inspire, combat summer learning loss, and promote healthy living, all while making strong connections and friendships.

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EARLY LEARNING ACADEMY

Ages 3-5 | $65M/$85NM  |  Central
Set your child off on an adventure in learning and exploring in the context of “first-hand experiences.” The YMCA takes pride in offering program options conducted by experienced, degreed teachers who make learning fun. 

Animal planet  |  June 5-9  |  9am-12pm
Children will gain knowledge and understanding of animals that live here in the Midwest. Camp includes a field trip to Phillips Park Zoo! 

Out of this world  | June 12-16  |  9am-12pm
Has your child ever looked at the night sky and wondered what else is out there? Your child will have the opportunity to satisfy some of their curiosity as they learn and explore astronauts, planets, stars, the moon and our Solar System with a field trip to the Rocket Ship Park.

I Can Cook  |  June 19-23  |  9am-12pm
This program offers children opportunities to experiment with food, be creative, prepare nutritional snacks, and learn how it contributes to their health and well-being. A field trip to Rosati’s Pizza, where kids will make their own pizzas, will round out the week.

Pirates & Mermaids  |  June 26-30  |  9am-12pm
Ahoy mates and mate-ettes!  Come aboard the YMCA Preschool ship and have an amazing adventure on the sea.  Get those little pirates and mermaids learning about science as they search for lost treasures.  Kids will spend time in the YMCA pool, as well. 

Color me fun!  |  July 10-14  |  9am-12pm
This art camp will inspire kids to reach beyond and create art that is unique to them. By doing so, kids feel empowered to be creative and expressive. It’s amazing to see just what kids design when given the freedom to explore and to express themselves creatively! Imaginations soar! This program includes a trip to Arts on Fire.

Under the Sea  |  July17-21  |  9am-12pm
Let’s explore the deep blue sea! This week the children will discuss those strange sea creatures that live deep under the water and explore what types of creatures swim around the reefs. This field trip will include a trip Prairie Point Splash Pad.

Trolls   |  July 24-28  |  9am-12pm
From the beginning, "Trolls takes you on a vividly colorful musical journey exploring the magic of the Trolls. Enjoy the movie "Trolls" while learning about the message of remembering how important it is to be ourselves and that we all have what we need to be happy inside of ourselves.  This camp will work on social-emotional friendship while incorporating interactive games, art, and songs.  (please bring a white t-shirt to tie dye).

Superheroes   |  July 31-August 4  |  9am-12pm
What's not to love about Super Heroes?  Strength, smarts, super powers, and the ability to conquer any obstacle course in the blink of an eye  Celebrate today's superheroes while learning positive character traits that support the Y's mission.  This field trip will take place at Bounce Town.

Inventor's Workshop  |  August 7-11  |  9am-12pm
Camp Invention provides every child with the opportunity to think the unthinkable, create new possibilities and discover solutions through hands-on learning. This exciting summer day program invites children to let their imaginations run wild through encouraged teamwork, creative problem solving and inventive thinking.  A field trip the Home Depot woodworking department is included.

 

gymnastics

Instructional Camp  |  June 5-8 |  Ages 6+  |  9am-3pm  |  $145M/$280NM
This camp is for girls 6+ and runs 9am-3pm, Monday through Thursday. We will work on all four gymnastics event, plus swim and participate in indoor and outdoor activities each day. New this year, all girls in Instructional Gymnastics Camp will receive a custom-printed leotard.  Campers should bring a swimsuit, towel, lunch, and a change of clothes.

Pre-School Camp|  June 5-8 |  Ages 4-5  |  9am-12pm  |  $80M/$160NM
Girls and boys will work on all four events plus have all the same fun as the older kids, including swimming! Campers should bring a swimsuit, towel, lunch, and a change of clothes.

 

dance

Princess Ballet  |  Ages 3-5  |  $40M/$60NM
June 5-8  |  10-10:45am  |  Central
Each day will include a princess story followed by a dance that will include basic ballet positions, coordination, and rhythm. Get the full princess treatment on the last day of class with princess make-up and crown.

Hip-Hop Camp  |  ages 6-10  |  $40M/$60NM
June 12,14 & 16 - M,W, & F  |  9:15-10am  |  Central
Learn the different styles of Hip Hop at this exciting workshop.

Beginner Dance Workshop  |  ages 6-10  |  $40M/$60NM
July 24-27  |  9:15-10am  |  Central
Learn different styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop.  

Bitty Ballerina Camp  |  ages 3-5  |  $40M/$52NM
July 31-August 3  |  9:15-10am  |  Central
Calling all future ballerinas.  This fun camp will teach you fun ballet technique through fun songs and games. 

 

art

Painting camp  |  AGES 5-12  |  $50M/$75NM
June 5-8  |  11:30-12:30am  |  Central
This is a great workshop for creative kids. We'll use paint on different mediums including canvas, tiles, and rocks. 

Kids Art Mix  |  ages 6-12  |  $50M/$75NM
July 17-20  |  11:30-12:30am  |  Central
Create different art projects each day. We will use paint, clay, pencils, and more to create our works of art. 

Young at Art  |  ages 3-5  |  $40M/$60NM
July 31-August 3  |  11:30-12:15pm  |  Central
Our youngest artists will get to draw, paint, and use clay to make their own pieces of art each day.

 

cooking

Kids Cooking Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
June 5-8  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Kids will make different recipes each day and have an activity to go along with the recipe.

Cooking Around the World  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
June 19-22  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Take a trip around the world through cooking! Children will make a recipe from a different country each day.

Cooking Road Trip  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
July 17-20  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Travel across America with this cooking camp.  Each day we will “travel” to a different part of the country and make recipes based on the area.

 

fitness

Kids in action  |  Ages 6-12  |  $15M/$22NM
June 12-16  |  11:30-12PM  |  Central
July 10-14  |  10:45-11:15am  |  West
Stay fit and active this summer, join us for a week of kids fitness adventure!  From yoga to sports, Zumba to Werq – not one day will be the same.

 

summer fun

Tie-dye Rainbow Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
June 12-15  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Children are asked to bring multiple cotton items to tie dye during the week. Items can include shirts, socks, and pillow cases. After this camp, kids will have a collection of tie dye items. There will also be other art projects and cooking activities as well.

Under the Sea Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
June 26-29  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Take an adventure under the sea; learn about ocean life including, sharks and more. This camp will have craft and cooking activities plus fun ocean life themed games. 

Aloha Ukulele Camp  |  ages 7-12  |  $75M/$100NM
July 10-13  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Get into the tropical spirit and learn the basics of playing the ukulele. Kids will learn a few simple songs and enjoy other Hawaiian activities each day. The class fee includes a ukulele that each student will get to keep. Please register two weeks prior to the start of camp.

Christmas in July Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
July 24-27  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Come celebrate Christmas in July with us. We will make ornaments, decorate Christmas cookies, watch Christmas movies, and more.

Blast from the Past Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
July 31-August 3  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Each day of camp we will explore different decades.  Kids will craft, make popular era specific recipes, play games, and even watch an episode of a popular TV show.

Mad Science Camp  |  ages 6-12  |  $60M/$90NM
August 7-10  |  1-3pm  |  Central
Mad Science invites you to discover a week of all things science!  Do different experiments each day and discover new things.

 

sports

Volleyball Camp  |  $75M/$90NM
June 12-16  |  July 17-21  |  Central
Ages 8-9 from 9-10:30am  |  Ages 10-11 from 10:30am-12pm
Ages 5-10  |  $75M/$90NM  |  9am-2pm

Super Sports Camp
Ages 5-10  |  $75M/$90NM  |  9am-2pm
June 5-9  |  June 12-16  |  June 26-30
July 10-14  |  July 17-21  |  July 31-Aug 4  |  Aug 7-11
Participants will work on speed, agility, strength and flexibility as well as focusing on a sports specific training. The sports specific training sessions will be for anyone interested in Basketball, Soccer, Football, or T-ball.  

Disc Golf Camp
AGES 11+  |  Central
July 17-21  |  12-2pm  |  $30M/$50NM
Camp will be instructed by a professional disc golf player and equipment will be provided.

 

Friday Movie Fun

Let the kids have fun and relax with us each Friday of the summer.  Each Friday is a different theme.  We will watch a popular movie and do activities based on the theme.  There will be a snack each day.  Please inform front desk of any food restrictions at time of registration.

Zootopia  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
June 9  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Watch this popular movie and then create crafts and play games based on this fun movie.

The Lego Movie  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
June 16  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Build and create with Legos, watch "The Lego Movie" and munch on a LLego-inspiredsnack.

Superheroes  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
June 23  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Every kid is a super hero! Let’s celebrate it by being superheroes for the day.  We will do fun activities and watch the movie, “The Incredibles.”

Finding Dory  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
June 30  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Explore the ocean at this fun day.  We will watch this popular movie and do fun games and activities.

Trolls  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
July 7  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Let’s have fun with the trolls!  We will watch the "Trolls" movie and play fun games and activities.

Explore Hawaii  |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
July 14  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Let’s travel to Hawaii with Moana!  We will watch the "Moana" movie and fun Hawaiian activities.

Space Exploration |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
July 21  |  1-4pm  |  Central
To Infinity and Beyond! We will explore space and watch the movie “Toy Story.”

Sing! |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
July 28  |  1-4pm  |  Central
We will have fun singing along to "Sing!" and make crafts, as well.

Back to School Fiesta |  ages 6-12  |  $15M/$23NM
August 4  |  1-4pm  |  Central
Celebrate the end of summer with a fiesta! Kids will make fun crafts and watch the move “The Book of Life.”

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Sports, whether team-based or individual, are a great activity for children that provide a variety of benefits other than physical activity. Participation in sports can help build self-esteem and confidence, can motivate children to excel academically and can help build social skills. Participation also can teach children the benefits of goal-setting and practice. Find one of our sports camps that's right for your child and REGISTER TODAY!

Super Sports Camp  |  July 11-15  |  August 1-5
Ages 5-7 & 8-10  |  9am-2pm  |  $75M/$90NM  |  Central
Participants will work on speed, agility, strength and flexibility as well as focusing on a sports specific training. The sports specific training sessions will be for anyone interested in Basketball, Soccer, Football, or T-ball. 

Volleyball Camp  |  July 18-22
Ages 8-9 from 9-10:30am  |  Ages 10-11 from 10:30am-12pm  |  $75M/$90NM  |  Central
In our volleyball camp, each camper is supported and challenged by our coaches to learn new skills and improve existing ones through drills, competition and instruction. We offer progressive training techniques for all skill levels.

Disc Golf Camp  |  July 19-21
Ages 11+  |  12-2pm  |  $30M/$50NM  |  Central
Camp will be instructed by a professional disc golf player and equipment will be provided.

Soccer Camp  |  July 25-29
Ages 4-6 & 7-9 from 9-10am  |  Ages 10-12 from 10:15-11:45am  |  $35M/$50NM  |  Central
Our soccer camp is designed to develop skills and an understanding of the game, but most of all to have fun!

Wrestling Camp  |  August 1-4
Ages 6+  |  1-2:30pm  |  $30M/$45NM  |  West
Wrestlers will work on the fundamental skills necessary for the sport.  We will drill maneuvers, stand ups, holds, shots, and escape moves.

Basketball Camp  |  August 8-12
Ages 4-6 & 7-9 from 9-10am  |  Ages 10-11 from 10-11am  |  $70M/$85NM  |  Central
Camp will focus on fundamentals and offensive and defensive strategies of the game.

See a full listing of all our 2016 Summer Enrichment Programs.

(M/NM = Member/Non-Member)

One day / fun days

Our Friday Fun Day options are a fun and easy way for kids to play and interact without committing to a full week of programming. REGISTER TODAY!

Legos®  |  June 24
Ages 6-12  |  5:30-6:30pm  |  $15M/$23NM  |  Central
Build and create with Legos during this workshop.

Outer Space  |  July 8
Ages 6-12  |  1-3pm  |  $15M/$23NM  |  Central
Adventure with us as we explore space through crafts and activities.

Princess Day  |  August 12
Ages 3-7  |  11am-12pm  |  $10M/$15NM  |  Central
Girls will decorate their own crowns, make bracelets, and receive princess make-up.

See a full listing of all our 2016 Summer Enrichment Programs.

(M/NM = Member/Non-Member)

The arts benefit children in a number of way, the most obvious being improved self-confidence and personal and artistic development. But a recent UCLA study concluded that consistent participation in the arts greatly improves academic performance and significantly bumps up standardized test scores. Students who make time for the arts are also more involved in community service, and less likely to drop out of school. Drawing, painting, acting, cooking - we've got something for your little creator this summer. REGISTER TODAY!

art

Young at Art  |  July 11-14
Ages 3-5  |  10:30-11:30am  |  $45M/$68NM  |  Central
Each day of camp, students will get to create a different craft and/or art project.

Kids Art Mix  |  July 18-21
Ages 5-12  |  10:30-11:30am  |  $45M/$68NM  |  Central
Create different art projects each day. We will use paint, clay, pencils, and more to create our works of art.

Be Creative with Tonya  |  July 18 - August 20
Ages 3-9  | Tuesdays  |  $35M/$50NM  |  West Branch
This is a great class for children who love being creative. We will be using various art mediums and tools to create masterpieces of all shapes, sorts and sizes.

  • 11:30am-12pm; Ages 3-5
  • 12-12:30pm; Ages 6-9

Ceramics Workshop  |  July 25-28
Ages 7-13  |  10:30-11:30am  |  $45M/$68NM  |  Central
We will use air dry clay to create sculptures and projects.

theater

Theater Camp  |  June 20-24
Ages 8+  |  10am-12pm  |  $70M/$105NM  |  Central
Do you love acting and performing? Then Theater Tech is for you. Join us and learn the basics of theater and acting through improv, reading scenes, and more. Our participants will put on community performances.

cooking

If You Give a Mouse A Cookie  |  June 27-30
Ages 3-6  |  1-2:30pm  |  $45M/$68NM  |  Central
Each day, we'll read a different book from the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" series and then incorporate a baking activity to go along with the book.

Cooking Around The World  |  July 19-22
Ages 6-12  |  1-3pm  |  $55M/$83NM  |  Central
Take a trip around the world through cooking! Children will make a recipe from a different country each day.

summer fun

Christmas in July Camp  |  July 11-14
Ages 6-12  |  1-3pm  |  $55M/$83NM  |  Central
Come celebrate Christmas in July with us. We will make ornaments, decorate Christmas cookies, watch Christmas movies, and more.

Tie Dye Rainbow Camp  |  July 25-28
Ages 6-12  |  1-3pm  |  $55M/$83NM  |  Central
Children are asked to bring multiple cotton items to tie dye during the week. Items can include shirts, socks, and pillow cases. After this camp, kids will have a collection of tie dye items. There will also be other art projects and cooking activities as well.

Camping/Outdoors Camp  |  August 1-4
Ages 6-12  |  1-3pm  |  $55M/$83NM  |  Central
Learn and celebrate the outdoors. We will make crafts, have cooking activities, and more. The last day of this camp will be held at Silver Spring State Park where we will have a fishing day. Transportation to Silvers Springs will not be provided by the YMCA.

Aloha Ukulele Camp  |  August 8-11
Ages 7-12  |  1-3pm  |  $80M/$120NM  |  Central
Get into the tropical spirit and learn the basics of playing the ukulele. Kids will learn a few simple songs and enjoy other Hawaiian activities each day. The class fee includes a ukulele that each student will get to keep. Please register two weeks prior to the start of camp.

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Music and dance ignite all areas of child development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. One of the best vehicles for learning in childhood development is when children are given the opportunity to thrive on music and dance. REGISTER TODAY!

dance

Beginner Dance Workshop  |  July 11-14
Ages 6-10  |  9-10am  |  $40M/$60NM  |  Central
Learn different styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop.

Pre-School Music & Movement  |  July 18-21
Ages 3-5  |  9:15-10am  |  $35M/$52NM  |  Central
Our youngest dancers and musicians will learn the basics of music and movement through fun songs and games.

Hip Hop Camp  |  August 1-4
Ages 6-10  |  9:15-10am  |  $35M/$52NM  |  Central
Learn the different styles of Hip Hop at this exciting workshop.

Aloha Ukulele Camp  |  Ages 7-12
August 8-11  |  1-3pm  |  $80M/$120NM  |  Central
Get into the tropical spirit and learn the basics of playing the ukulele. Kids will learn a few simple songs and enjoy other Hawaiian activities each day. The class fee includes a ukulele that each student will get to keep. Please register two weeks prior to the start of camp.

See a full listing of all our 2016 Summer Enrichment Programs.

(M/NM = Member/Non-Member)