Youth Development

The YMCA is committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen. From cradle to career, the Y empowers young people to lead inspired, successful lives. The Y believes that young people deserve every opportunity possible to learn, grow and thrive. By connecting kids to their potential, purpose and each other, the Y empowers kids and teens to shape the communities of tomorrow, today. You can count on the Bloomsburg YMCA to provide programs, care, and support for your children.

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Preschool

Are you looking for a 3- day or 5-day program for your 3–5-year-old?
Our Early Learning Center is a Keystone Stars Accredited Center and
licensed by the Department of Education. The goal of our program is to
provide a safe and nurturing environment that encourages children to
become active in their learning process through hands on materials, games, and music.

Classroom size will not exceed 15 students per teacher. Staff will use the Creative Curriculum program in Preschool. This program contains units and materials that encourage students to explore and discover new ideas. The Creative Curriculum emphasizes communication with parents, and features materials that parents can review, as well as an evaluation program to help teachers communicate a child’s success in the classroom.

Y-Care

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Research shows that children who participate in afterschool programs are more successful in academics, are healthier, and more often maintain positive behaviors. Afterschool Programming is specially geared to achieve these results. Call us for details at (570) 784-0188.

Y-Care is available Monday through Friday, before and after school. We also provide all-day care for scheduled, non-weather related school closings.

Y-Care gives young people an experience that can last a lifetime and inspire them to continue an involvement with the Y for years to come.

All Y-Care programs and special days off require a minimum number of participants for the program to run.

Keystone STARS Program

We participate in the Keystone STARS program which is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning.  Keystone STARS  improves, supports, and recognizes the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

Financial Assistance

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) of Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland Counties offers financial assistance. CCIS forms are available at the front desk of the Y, and should be submitted to CCIS a minimum of thirty days before care is scheduled to begin. The closest ELRC office to the Y is located at 398 Wall St. Danville, PA and is open M-F 8:30am-5:00pm or by phone at (570) 275-3996.

We are concerned about each child and strive to provide safe and fun experiences for all. We encourage children to participate, develop ideas, and most of all, have fun! 

Our staff are certified in CPR/First Aid, fire safety, child abuse prevention and reporting, and emergency action plans. All staff have criminal background checks, child abuse clearances, and FBI fingerprinting clearances. 

Our trained staff are experienced in working with children and look forward to playing a key role in your child’s educational program.

On Track for Success

Afterschool Programming is designed to help kids in every community succeed, developmentally and academically.  Afterschool Programming focuses on five core content areas: academic achievement, creative expression, health and well-being, and teaching values and social skills.

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Summer Camp

For parents, extra support to keep children healthy and safe can go a long way. To give children an adventurous, active and healthy summer, the Bloomsburg Area Y is offering a variety of camp options to meet the needs of all our families’ youth in Bloomsburg and surrounding communities. YMCA camp programs provide a fun and unique experience that gives children and teens the opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks are provided at no extra cost.

The Bloomsburg Area Y offers Full Day Summer Camp for ages 6-12 and a Kiddie Summer Camp for ages 3-5.  The Bloomsburg YMCA provides a variety of opportunities to help ensure that children are learning and being physically active in the summer.  Campers also learn how to be responsible and resourceful, work in groups, solve problems and make decisions that will help them grow as individuals – all while having fun.

You will be charged on Fridays during Camp. Field Trips are a different fee and have to be paid prior to the trip that week.

Bundle Package

5 Days per Week
Member: $160 | Non-member: $185

3 Days per Week
Member: $135 | Non-member: $160

Before or After Summer Camp Hours: Charged an additional $15/week.

Both before and after Summer Camp is an additional $30/week.
Before Summer Adventures Hours are: 6am-9am
After Summer Adventures Hours are: 4pm-6pm
Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack will be included. Must notify Serena Hampton if you are registering for Before or After care.

Youth Sports

The Y is committed to empowering kids to lead healthy, active lifestyles. From gaining confidence to fostering positive relationships, sports at the Y are about building lifelong, healthy habits from the inside out.

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Adaptive Recreation

The Adaptive Recreation Program will be a recreation-based program with a variety of adaptive sports & game opportunities available for youth, 6-16, with physical disabilities. This program is designed to introduce the participants to a wide range of physical activity ventures. This program will be led and monitored by exercise, sports and adaptive recreation professionals.

Swim team & lessons

BAY Swim Team

Healthy competition is part of growing up. More than simply providing a way to exercise, BAY Swim Team gives kids a place to challenge themselves, compete with their peers, and learn how to keep a positive attitude – whether they win or lose.

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA swim team is an age-group competitive program that promotes character development by challenging all our kids to be Caring, Honest, Respectful, and Responsible. The BAY Swimming family promotes teamwork and sportsmanship, and is recognized for an emphasis on stroke techniques and age-appropriate training.

The BAY Barracudas swim team is a highly competitive USA/YMCA age group program with emphasis on fun and learning. Our certified adult personnel help promotes character development by challenging all participants to accept and demonstrate the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The BAY swim team is well recognized for its emphasis on stroke technique and a balanced, age-appropriate approach to training.

BAY includes all levels of competition from novice to the exceptional. Learning continues through all levels, refining strokes and building speed and endurance. Our primary goal throughout each season is to develop each individual athlete to his/her full potential.

BAY Fall/Winter Swim Team

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA swim team is an age-group competitive program that promotes character development by challenging all our kids to be Caring, Honest, Respectful, and Responsible. The BAY Swimming family promotes teamwork and sportsmanship, and is recognized for an emphasis on stroke techniques and age-appropriate training.

Pricing (download registration form for skill-level classification descriptions)

Black: $350
White: $290
Red: $235

Sibling discounts available | Rates will not be prorated for late sign-ups.

BAY reserves the right to cancel Swim Team if necessary based on the latest COVID-19 information.

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BAY Swimming Lessons

Kids are born explorers. In a world that’s 71% water, it’s only a matter of time before they want to see and experience an ocean, lake, or river for themselves.

Any body of water carries a risk of drowning, but as a parent or caregiver, you don’t want anything to hold your child back. Swimming is more than just a summer hobby – it’s a way to exercise, bond with family and friends, and even feel a sense of accomplishment.

Knowing how to swim and be safe around water can save lives. BAY Swimming Lessons will give your children the tools they need to be confident in and around water, so they can explore to their hearts’ content.

Our 9-session course teaches kids water safety and basic swimming techniques through lessons, instruction, and fun activities to reinforce skills learned.

Lessons are taught by BAY Swim Team coaches and swimmers who volunteer their skills to help others discover a love of swimming.

Participation in BAY Swim Lessons is one part of the process to develop your child’s water safety and swimming skills.  Year-round practice, regular exposure to water, and positive encouragement are the tools for developing your child’s comfort level in and around the water.

Session Details

Ages 4 and up

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

Session 1:  Sept 6 – Sept 22, 6 pm – 6:45 pm

Session 2:  Oct 4 – Oct 20, 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Bloomsburg Middle School Pool 

Lesson Cost: $55 for members |$70 for non-members (Register for both sessions and save $10)

Ages 6 months to 3 years with parent (Parent & Me)

Tuesday & Thursday

Session 1:  Sept 6 – Sept 22, 7 pm – 7:45 pm

Session 2:  Oct 4 – Oct 20, 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Bloomsburg Middle School Pool 

Lesson Cost: $50 for members |$65 for non-members (Register for both sessions and save $10)

BAY Take Your Mark

Take Your Mark is intended to help swimmers transition from swim lessons to the Swim Team.  Basic elements of competitive swimming will be taught.  Swimmers should be able to move independently in the water and be interested in joining the competitive swim team when ready.

Session Details

October 3rd, 2022 – November 16th, 2022

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

5:45 pm to 6:30 pm

Location: Bloomsburg Middle School Pool 

Cost: $125 for members |$155 for non-members 

*  Take Your Mark participants who join the 2022 Winter Swim Team will receive a prorated fee for the Swim Team.

*  Take Your Mark participants who graduate early into Winter Swim Team, will have the remainder of their Take Your Mark fee as        credit for the prorated Swim Team fee.

*  You must be a current member of the YMCA to participate in Winter Swim Team.

Max Participants: 8

Gymnastics

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SESSION: Sept. 10TH – Dec. 15TH
Parent & Me: $120 FOR FULL SESSION ($145 for non members)

Beg./Int.: $150 FOR FULL SESSION ($175 for non members)

Parent & Me: Crawl to Walk

Saturdays 9a – 9:45a
This class promotes your baby’s cognitive, social, and physical development alongside their parent/guardian.  Each class will consist of fun, organized programming of physical movements as well as some free time for your baby to crawl & explore.  This session is for little ones who aren’t able to walk yet to ensure the safety of all participants.  * Parents MUST stay with child and supervise the child throughout the duration of the class.

Parent & Me: Walk to 3

Saturdays 10a – 10:45a
This class promotes your little one’s cognitive, social, and physical development alongside their parent/guardian.  Each class will consist of fun, organized programming of physical movements as well as some free time for your little one to walk & explore.  This session is for little ones who are able to walk without much assistance.  * Parents MUST stay with child and supervise the child throughout the duration of the class.

Beginner/Intermediate: Days 1/2:

Tuesdays OR Thursdays 6p – 7p
This class will be split into two sections (beginner & intermediate) – the first few classes will be the same, you must select which day you will be coming at registration.  Spots will be limited

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