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Health, Fitness & Aquatics

Youth Programs

Now, more than ever, youth need opportunities to get active and learn to live a healthy lifestyle. 

Our ultimate goal is for children, youth and families to embrace fun, healthy habits that become a lifelong practice. With an emphasis on total health in spirit, mind and body, YMCA programs promote values of caring, honesty, inclusiveness, respect and responsibility.

The YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility hosts programming geared directly to youth and families. Leadership training for teens, craft time for tots and Kung Fu for older kids are examples of programs taking place every day in our building. Youth are encouraged to work at their own pace, build lasting relationships and lay the foundation for active, well-rounded lives.  

Preschool Fun and Fin (3-5 years)
Start with a 45-minutes session of play in our Gymnasium and finish off in the pool with a 30-minute Lil' Dippers swim lesson. Register for this program on ACTIVE Net.

Hoops Shoot Around (10+, 13+, 15+)
This activity is for shooting practice and drills. Basketball games are PROHIBITED due to Covid-19 restrictions. Maximums vary but top out at 12 participants and times are allotted for various age groups. Please see our schedule for details.

Y Craft and Play (3-5 years)
Join in on a fun hour of stories and creativity. Activities and games will be based on the story told each week.

Y Floor Hockey FUNdamentals (6-9 years)
A 45-minute session of staff-led hockey drills and and skill development. Physical distance will be maintained throughout the session. Games will be no touch and all equipment used will be disinfected before and after each use.

Kung Fu (6-8 years, 8-12 years)
Kung Fu is a traditional form of martial arts that not only educates an efficient style of self-defense but also history, philosophy and ethics. Join us in learning the basics of this art form from SiFu, Trevor Uitvlugt.

Youth Awareness Courses

Courses are one day in the evening (unless specified otherwise) and appeal to various age ranges. Visit ACTIVE Net to see up coming course dates and times, and register for a course.

Home Alone (9-12 years): Members: $0, Public: $8
Home Alone workshop helps your child become ready to be at home alone and prepared for any emergency. Participants learn about how to make safe, smart choices when home alone, how to handle emergencies and what responsibilities come with being home alone.

Social Netiquette (6-8 years): Members: $0, Public: $8
This course is designed to help younger children focus on internet safety, being a good citizen online and knowing the difference between real world and online world.

Banish Bullying (9-12 years): Members: $0, Public: $8
This dynamic and necessary program is designed to be preventative and proactive, so that children can avoid being bullied, and if they are bullied, know how to stop it. In an interactive, non-threatening manner, children learn how to become ‘Bully-Proofed’.

Social Netiquette (9-12 years): Members: $0, Public: $8
This important program helps students develop proper social etiquette, good citizenship and critical thinking skills when it relates to meeting people, sharing information and socializing through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and any other social media networks.

Babysitting Course (12-16 years): Members: $45, Public: $75
Learning to care for kids of all ages is a big task and takes practice. Our Babysitting Course covers all areas with a focus on personal safety of the babysitter themselves. Students will develop skills that will help them find and prepare for a babysitting job, care for kids of all ages, deal with difficult situations, help them prepare safe and fun activities, help them make safe choices while babysitting and provide Basic First Aid.

L.I.T. — Youth Leaders in Training (12-16 years): Members: $0, Public: $45
This 5 week L.I.T. program promotes development of leadership through team based activities and workshop formats. The participants will focus on goal setting and communication skills. The instructor will encourage greater independence and help foster skills in collaboration, and leadership, in relation to working with children. The full course must be taken prior to a YMCA volunteer placement. Register for course on ACTIVE Net.