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!!

Yoga/Pilates Mix (Basics) Novice to Intermediate Focus:  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 and breathing techniques.

Yoga/Pilates Mix (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.

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)

ZUMBA GOLD:  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 SLOWER 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.

KUNDALINI YOGA: is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul. Kundalini yoga classes, based on Yogi Bhajan’s teaching, uses breath, movement, mantra, and meditation to heal the mind, body, and spirit. Each class consists of a kriya, which is a series of postures taught in sequence to produce a desired effect. Teachers choose from thousands of kriyas designed to help students deepen their awareness, connect with their creative energy, open the heart, stimulate the immune, glandular and nervous system, and balance the chakras. Classes are open to adults at all levels of experience.

Kids Programming:

RACKETLON:  Is a combination sport in which children play a sequence of  four racket sports: table tennis, badminton, squash, and pickleball.

NEWBIE DOODLE:   This program focuses on two specific skillsets; the ability to implement images from the imagination into the use of pencil on paper, and the ability to connect with peers in creating a narrative together. In simpler terms, we aim to get the students to draw what they see in their minds, and to get them to make a story as a team.

KIDS BOOTCAMP:  This program is all about fun! fun! fun! Get your non-competitive game on with obstacle courses, agility, sprinting, and lots of play.

DRUM FIT/YOGA:  Is a free style drumming fitness class, with high energy, connecting drum beats to movement, rhythm, and hand/eye coordination. The last part of the session will end with Yoga on the ball and on the mat…..with a focus on flexibility for Little Yogis.

Recreational Programming:

YOUTH BASKETBALL:   The youth basketball program is designed to enhance fundamental to advanced skill development in a fun but challenging manner with an emphasis on skill development. Participants interested in learning skills and abilities for improved recreational basketball performance would greatly benefit from these sessions.

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.

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)

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.

SQUASH:   Squash will introduce the basic skills for squash and continue to more advanced levels depending on progress and interest. As well as technique, we will focus on such aspects as fitness, strategy, self-discipline, and above all enjoyment of the game.