Children & Youth

At the Bay St. George YMCA our ultimate goal is for children, youth and families to embrace fun and healthy habits that become a lifelong practice.

We emphasize the concepts of total health in spirit, mind and body and develop our programs to instill many core values in our participants.  By building our programs around the values of caring, honesty, inclusiveness, respect and responsibility, the Bay St. George YMCA provides the foundation necessary to carry on lifelong growth of individuals into community minded adults.

With the YMCA’s child care, recreation, fitness, leadership development, camp and youth clubs, we help build character and resilience, encouraging personal growth and well-rounded lives.

Health, Fitness & Recreation

What more can you say about an organization that has been promoting an active lifestyle for over 150 years?  The Bay St. George YMCA builds on this strong history and continues to offer health, fitness and recreation based programs to its members and the community.

Through innovative sports, exercise programs and by promoting an active lifestyle, the YMCA cares about your physical well-being but we don’t stop there.  We care about your total health in spirit, mind and body and believe that each of these elements is equally important to achieving overall health.

At the Bay St. George YMCA we believe health is more than just being active.  It’s about having a network of support, a job, good working conditions, education and literacy and a safe place to live while remaining active throughout your life.  That’s why we continue to offer programs in all these areas and involve individuals, groups and families.  We target all age groups and all ability levels.

The team at the Bay St. George YMCA follows nationally developed programs guided by national standards.  This allows us to offer the same high quality programs with maximum effectiveness.

Some of our health, fitness and recreation programs include

  • Group and Older adult fitness classes (see below)
  • Individual conditioning
  • Instructor training in fitness
  • …and many, many more

Feel free to drop by the YMCA at 383 Massachusetts Drive or call 283-9622 for more information.

Family Development

Raising a family is hard work and the Bay St. George YMCA makes it a little easier by connecting you with a community of families experiencing the same challenges.

Through our services and programs we work with both parents and children to help them get the support they need.  By encouraging families to connect and share advice, tips, and stories about raising children, we ensures no parent or child is alone.

We connect parents with kids, kids with parents, and families with other families in the community. We can help your family, too.

Come in for a tour to see how the Bay St. George YMCA can help your family.

Fitness Programming:

DRUM FIT: is a High Energy “Free Style” class using a Resist-A Ball and Drum Sticks!! No musical experience required just bring energy, smiles and be prepared for tons of fun!!

Gentle YOGA: Blends Basic and Simple Yoga, Pilates and Strength Conditioning patterns giving you a different way to practice pairing the three disciplines allows you to increase your strength, balance.

YOGA for Fitness (Intermediate to Advanced Focus):  Blends Yoga, Pilates and Strength Conditioning, giving you a different way to Practice. Pairing the three disciplines allows you to experience Dynamic flowing sequences, balance and control

CHAIR MOBILITY (Restorative, Chronic Pain and Injury Focus): Blends Yoga and Strength Conditioning while using a CHAIR for support by either sitting or standing; Prepare for increased range of motion, increased circulation, muscle lengthening and improved breathing techniques.

CHAIR FITNESS: Blends Stretch and Strength Conditioning while using a CHAIR for support by either sitting or standing; Prepare for increased range of motion, increased circulation, and muscle lengthening.

HIITHigh-intensity interval training, is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods.

ZUMBA: Zumba Fitness is a Latin inspire dance fitness workout that is all about the PARTY- 45 minutes of upbeat, booty shaken’ fun and dancing to the rhythms of salsa, merengue, cumbia, hip hop, and reggae.  This class is set to FASTER music. (45 Minutes)

STEP CIRCUITS:  A class with patterns, set to low to moderate beats with a fusion of resistance training using’s weights and body weight.

STEP:  A high energy class with Choreography and lots of cardio, set to high tempo beats as you step up and down on a raised platform.

POWER STEP:     A full-body cardio workout to really tone your butt and thighs.  You combine basic stepping with high energy music, it’s a great way to start your day!!

POUND FIT:  If you’ve dreamed of channeling your inner rock star into a fitness plan, it’s time to Pound. Pound workout fuses cardio interval training with drumming to provide a challenging, heart-pumping workout.

HIGH ENERGY CARDIO MIX: A combination of cardio and high energy moves set to music with higher beats. This is a 60 minute session.  All Fitness Levels.

BOOTY BUSTER:  Interval Training with a lower body focus, a full workout to really tone your butt and thighs.  You combine basic exercises with high energy music, it’s a great way to feel the burn!!

CARDIO SPRINTSA fusion of core training, cardio endurance, calorie burning, cardio respiratory and muscle building sessions.  Remember it’s not how high you jump but how soft you land.  *intensity level options offered throughout the class (45 Minutes)

Recreational Programming:

KIDS BASKETBALL:  The kid’s basketball program is designed to work from the ground up with the focus on learning the game, lots of activity and mostly fun. GRADES 1-5

WALKING CLUB– Is a scheduled time for “WALKING” only. No other programming will be happening in the Gymnasium at this time. 16 Laps around the gym is equivalent to one mile. To keep a perfect balance, change your direction after 8 laps.

CO-ED BASKETBALL- If you are a basketball player and want to use your skills, this is the program for you. Join Neil and the players for an active game with great team skills and fun!!

SHOTOKAN KARATE –This class teaches traditional Shotokan Karate addressing the mind, body and spirit, focusing on concentration, commitment and discipline. An all-around physical experience while learning martial defensive skills. Anyone who has the proper attitude and willingness to accept the rules of the dojo (training room) AGES 10 AND UP.

PICKLE BALL – A combination of Ping-pong, Table tennis, Badminton and Squash all played on one court. Come check it out!!

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: For decades, Special Olympics has optimized the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through sport to improve the well being of individuals with a developmental disability. Every Monday night participants are encouraged to participate with fun direction and social interaction.

JUNIOR BADMINTON: The Youth Badminton program is designed to enhance fundamental to advanced skill development in a fun but challenging manner with an emphasis n skill development. Technical and tactical skills will be emphasized through training and play along with physical conditioning and awareness of overall health. Participants interested in learning skills and abilities for improved competitive or recreational badminton performance would greatly benefit from these sessions. AGES 9-16.


Gymnastics teaches the fundamental skills and movements necessary for success in all sports. Balancing, swinging, climbing, landing, and falling are all taught in gymnastics. It develops the ABCs of athleticism, agility, balance, coordination, and speed. When kids develop these skills, they are learning physical literacy. Kids who are physically literate feel more confident in their abilities and will be more willing to engage in physical activity. As a result, they are more likely to be active for life.

TODDLER TIME (Ages 5 and under):

Our full gymnasium is set up with age appropriate equipment that encourage free play. Free play helps children develop motor skills, prevent childhood obesity, and build emotional health, promote creativity, and develop team building skills. Not to mention all the friendships being made.