AT THE Y WE ARE MORE THAN A GYM
Welcome to the Cape Ann YMCA! We have all of the amenities you and your family need to be together, play together and stay healthy together.
- State-of-the-art fitness equipment
- Hundreds of group exercise classes including, Zumba, aqua aerobics, strength training, yoga, bootcamp and more
- FREE Kids Club Babysitting - children can play and learn while you get your workout in
- Childcare, swim lessons, sports, summer camp, senior programs, special events and more
- Volunteer opportunities through our national initiative "Togetherhood"
Preschool Child Care
YMCA Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs provide a safe, wholesome environment in which children can learn to communicate, cooperate and care about each other. Our low staff-to-child ratios give your preschooler one-on-one interaction with teachers.
Our Y provides hundreds of families across the North Shore with high quality educational opportunities to give your child the best possible start towards elementary school. When your child takes part in our Preschool or Kindergarten Readiness program, they will have a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Our robust curriculum in our Pre-K program prepares children to become independent learners and develop self-confidence for sharing in a classroom setting. Through curriculum themes based on the interests of older children we focus on the areas of pre-reading, math and science skill development. Children are immersed in social interactions with peers and adults, giving them the tools they need to succeed in and out of the school environment.
Enrichment Included! Our YMCA education programs also include age appropriate enrichment activities like swimming, gymnastics, sports, fitness, dance, music and outdoor play. We are committed to the physical well being of all our children and provide weekly activities based on age and developmental levels. All of these enrichment activities are included in the weekly tuition.
PARENT CHILD, PRESCHOOL, YOUTH, TEEN AND ADULT SWIM LESSONS
The YMCA Swim lessons boast an innovative curriculum designed to advance individual swimmer’s skills and abilities in a wide variety of swimming proficiencies including personal safety, submersion, stroke work, diving, boating safety, competitive swimming, endurance and physical fitness. Each Swimmer’s progress is tracked as they earn rewards for benchmarks achieved. Complete all the skills at one level and advance to the next. Our program produces the future lifeguards and swim instructors that we count on to keep our community safe.
INFANT, TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL SWIM WITH PARENT
Ages: 6 months - 5 years
Through skill specific games and water play, children learn water safety, find a love for the water and progress through innovative skills and fun drills, one-on-one with a parent. Kicking, floating, swimming without flotation and submerging will be explored. Build a foundation for future swimming success while sharing with your child the importance of playing and swimming safely in, and around water.
PRESCHOOL SHARKS SWIM ACADEMY
Ages: 3 years - 5 years
Fun with a splash of confidence. Preschoolers are introduced to the water and total submersion, then progress to kicking and pulling independently with flotation. Once comfortable, basic strokes, deep water skills and diving are encouraged while on the way to swimming flotation free! These classes are for all levels of children ranging from children who are entering the water the first time and may be apprehensive to those who already have a love for water and need to hone their skills.
YOUTH SHARKS SWIM ACADEMY
Ages: 6 years and up
Float, pull and kick your way to swimming 25 yards. Increase stamina and personal water safety as you tackle the challenge of the Front Crawl, Backstroke, Sidestroke, Elementary Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly. Advance to swimming up to 500 yards while discovering the fun of snorkeling, diving, competitive starts & turns and playing games that combine all of your newly acquired skills.
YMCA Summer Camps
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE AT SUMMER DAY CAMP!
Explore all our camp locations below.
OUR CAMP PHILOSOPHY
At YMCA summer camp your child will learn new skills, achieve, develop character, gain confidence, stay active and have fun!
Our camps offer children positive developmental experiences that build confidence through skill-building activities suited to their age. Campers are able to explore creativity, teamwork, and leadership in a wide range of physically active programs that influence positive lifelong skills. Whatever interest your child has, there is a Y camp for them. We have waterfront camps where your child can enjoy activities like kayaking and canoeing, camps with acres of outdoor space to explore and have summer adventures. Does your child dream of taking a boat to an Island for the day? We have a camp for that too! For those children who prefer indoor activities, we also offer fun and engaging camps on-site at many of our YMCA facilities. Explore this guide to learn more about how you can build a summer to remember for your child!
Your child’s happiness and safety are our staff’s top priority. We are fortunate to have highly qualified team members who also want to make each day at camp fun for every camper. In addition to our camp directors who have extensive experience working with children of all ages and abilities, we have camp counselors with strong backgrounds in fields such as education, health, sports, and counseling. Our staff teams meet high expectations of training, safety, and care.
NEW THIS YEAR! ELECTIVES
This year, your child has the opportunity to add special electives to their camp weeks. Think art, music, adventure, pop culture, sports and more. From Hogwart's Science and Lego Engineering to Super Heroes Training and CSI Detective camps, there is something for everyone! All electives give your child the opportunity to explore activities they love and ones they want to try. Check out all of the elective options in our camp guides! These added electives are FREE if you have a YMCA membership.
CAMP DEPOSIT & PAYMENT
NEW! Just a $10 non-refundable camp deposit for each week of camp (there is a $25 cancellation fee) will reserve your spot! That payment is applied to the camp tuition. A credit card must be placed on file in the registration system for the deposit and camp tuition. Camp payments will be automatically drafted on Sundays one week prior to attending camp.
Once you have signed up online or at your YMCA you will need to provide important authorization information. This year all forms will be done through ePACT, a leader in secure online child care and camp registration. Once you have enrolled in the camps of your choice, you will receive an email with steps to complete the necessary paperwork to get your child ready for their summer of fun.