Youth and Family Specialty Programs

KIDZ Camp - Art Camp II

Art Camp II: This week is Animal Art Week. Participants will learn to paint, sculpt and create animals. From lions and tigers and horses, dogs and cats! We'll do some really cool animal art on rocks and gather a collection of keepsakes along the way! Bring a packed lunch each day. All supplies included. Contact Kim Slocum at for additional details and questions. Max enrollment = 10

Dates: August 13-17, 2018
Ages: 7-12
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: $50.00 Members / $60.00 Non-members
Registration: Begins May 1st

Adult Painting Class(es)

Ever wonder what it is really like to paint a painting from beginning to end? Come join us for an evening of camaraderie, paint and fun...or three evenings! Everyone brings their own idea or a picture of a painting to replicate. Participants will learn approaches to making the painting their own. We will be painting at a remote location (TBA). Beginners to novice artists welcome! Contact Kim Slocum at for additional details and questions.
**Class is scheduled for 3 evenings, but if project is completed early then no need to attend all three evenings.
Supplies needed: acrylic or watercolor paint, paint brushes, canvas or watercolor tablet, paper towels.

Dates: Wednesdays: June 13th, 20th & 27th
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $40.00 Members / $50.00 Non-members
Ages: Adult
Registration: Begins May 1st

Champion Programs*

We all know or have someone in our life that has championed through many obstacles in their life. The following programs have been designed to meet the needs of our community members who are looking for support for family and friends in need of programs to support limitations in mobility, intellectually limited abilities, as well as social and emotional development.

*Firefly at the Y - Champion Program


Firefly is a fun and exciting program at the Warren County YMCA for adults with intellectual disabilities. Classes run in 5-week sessions with morning and afternoon sessions on Monday & Wednesday and evening sessions on Wednesday & Friday. Each day will consist of a greeting time, exercise time and conclude with a short period of social interaction and nutritious snacks. This program is geared for 12 individuals, along with their aide and/or family members. All will participate in activities to guide them towards a healthy lifestyle. With a grant from the Edith L Trees Trust, this program will be offered FREE. Pre-registration is required. Please see Kim Slocum to register. Must register prior to the start of each 5 week session.

Days: Mondays & Wednesdays (daytime) and Wednesdays & Fridays (evening)
Daytime: M/W - 10:30-12:00 noon OR 12:45-2:15 pm.
Evening: W/F - 4:30-6:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Registration: Must pre-register at the YMCA for each 5-week session. See Kim Slocum or email
Sessions and Activities:
September 4th to October 6, 2018 - Biking
October 8th to November 10, 2018 - Tennis/Badmiton/Racquetball
November 12th to December 15, 2018 - Dance culminating with Christmas Dance event

* Soccer - Champion Program

Champion Soccer is a community based program for young athletes with special needs. Our goal is to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has mental or physical special needs. The program will consist of five 45-minute session where youth will work with experienced coaches, volunteers and players to experience skill sessions, drills and games if applicable.

Days: Saturdays (Will begin with the November/December session)
Times: 10:00-10:30 am
Cost: $10.00 members / $20.00 non-members
Registration: Begins October 31st for members/November 5th non-members

*Lego Club - Champion Program

A social opportunity for children of all ages utilizing LEGOS to assist in developing social interaction skills while interacting with peers or staff. There will be LEGO challenges for any child to try or they can act independent and be creative with their LEGOS on their own. Email for details.

Day: Wednesdays (Begins Oct. 3, 2018)
Times: 6:00-7:00 pm
Cost: FREE *No need to register. Just show up for LEGO fun!

*Champion Swim Lessons

This is a parent and child class for kids with special needs. In this class the child gets one-on-one attention and help from a parent while the instructor guides the parent in teaching them to swim. ADA Locker Room is available.

Day: Friday
Time: 10:00 - 10:45 am
Cost: $14.00 YMCA Members / $32.00 Non Members

Rainbow Swim (SNAP - Special Needs Aquatic Program) - Champion Program

This swim is set aside for anyone with a physical or mental handicap. Rainbow Swim is held on Friday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm beginning September 14, 2018. This swim time works on improving motor and social skills. The swim time is split between lessons and fun swim. There is NO fee for this program which is sponsored by the YMCA and the Don Mills Achievement Center. Karen Lyle is the coordinator. Volunteers are always needed to help. For more information on this program or to volunteer, contact the Don Mills Achievement Center at 723-5730.

Dates: September 14, 2018
Day: Fridays
Times: 6:00-7:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Registration: Contact Don Mills Achievement Center at 723-5730

*Champion Splash - Champion Program

Reserve a little special time in the pool for you and your friends. Book a private swim play date for your group of parents and friends. The pool will be your for 1 hour - plus you get a room to have a get together before your pool fun! If you desire swim lessons, please indicate at the time of scheduling. Must be booked at least 1 month in advance.

Days: Saturdays OR Sundays (Sundays Nov-April only)
Times: 2:00-4:00 pm Saturday / 3:00-5:00 pm Sundays
Cost: $100 members / $125 non-members
Registration: Please contact Cathy Peterson at 814-726-0110 or email cathy to schedule your pool time fun!

Birthday Parties and Room Rentals

Interested in throwing a birthday party for your child, but lack the room to house it? The Y is here to help. We have swimming and Character Club Play Gym & Fun Zone parties to offer. School year parties are held on Saturdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm and Sundays from 3:00pm-5:00pm (Nov-Apr only). Summer parties are held Saturday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am. All parties are on a first come, first serve basis and must be booked at least one month in advance. We can accommodate twenty (20) individuals in a group for Character Club parties and twenty-five (25) individuals for swimming parties. A 50% non-refundable deposit and facility usage form is required two weeks before the date of the party.Parties are on a two hour time slot with the first hour in the party room and the second hour for the activity booked. Any child that cannot swim or wears a bubble must be accompanied by and adult in the water. All participants who will be swimming must have a swim waiver on file.

Room rentals are for a 2-hour block. All rentals are on a first come, first serve basis and must be booked at least one month in advance.

Contact Cathy Peterson at 814-726-0110, ext. 114 or email to schedule a party.

Fee: $100 YMCA member/$125 Non-member
Days: Saturdays 2:00-4:00pm / Sundays 3:00-5:00pm (April-November ONLY) / Saturdays 9:30-11:30am (Summer ONLY)

Municipal Pool Parties (Summer)

The Warren Municipal Pool offers private after-hour parties on parties on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evenings and small parties may be scheduled during weekday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 pm. All parties MUST be reserved in advance. Please contact Dani Mostachetti, YMCA Aquatics Coordinator at 726-0110, ext 116 or for available dates and costs.

Season Hours:
M-Thursday: 12:00-5:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm *Notice - No extended 6-8 pm hours the week of August 6th
Fri/Sat/Sunday: 12:00-5:00 pm

Pool closes for the season on August 18, 2018

*Doggie Dip on Sunday, August 19th from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Must bring proof of current rabies/distemper vaccines. $5 per dog family. Pool will be chlorine free and will be drained for the off-season after this event.

Child & Babysitting Certification Course - Fall 2018

This course is an ASHI (Amerian Safety & Health Institute) certified course. It will be held for youths age 12-15. Must be 12 years old prior to start of course. A minimum of 4 participants is needed to run the course (maximum of 10). Participants will need to bring a packed lunch. Email for additional details.

Fee: $50/participant
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm
Registration: August 8, 2018

Y Partnership Music ARTS

The Warren County YMCA in an effort to meet every child and adults' needs has partnered with the Warren County Music Conservatory to offer our members the enrichment of music instruction. Whether it is vocal or instrumental, the Warren Music Conservatory offers a wide range of choices for members who are interested in ANY GROUP CLASS that they offer. Please log on at to look at the wide range of classes offered. All Warren County YMCA members receive a 25% discount on their group class fee when a current membership voucher is presented at the time of registration.


In conjuntion with the Key Club of Warren Area High School and the Kiwanis Club of Warren, the YMCA is introducing a community youth program which will enhance your child's connection with the community by learning how to be a part of making good things happen. Youth Kindergarten through Fifth Grade will be guided by Key Club Teens and Adult Advisors on projects that are chosen to be caring and giving to our community. Such projects will include, but not limited to, collecting items for people in need, assisting with seasonal projects at the Y, as well as other local organizations. These meetings will be twice a month from 3:30 - 4:30pm at the WAEC. This program is free of charge. Please contact Kim Slocum at 726-0110, ext. 126 for information.

K-kid meeting dates: Program runs during school year. Please check with Kim for 2018/19 school year for enrollment opportunities.

These clubs are affiliated with the Kiwanis International and Sponsored by Our Local Kiwanis Club of Warren and Organized Through the YMCA

K-Kids: For youths in grades 3-5. This service club meets at Warren Area Elementary Center (WAEC) monthly. They help with projects around the school, at the YMCA and outreach projects at nursing homes. They have also made appreciation gifts for our police and firefighters. If interested in this club. contact Mrs. Megan Yeager at 723-9061.

Builder's Club: For youths in grades 6-8. This service club meets weekly at Beaty Warren Middle School. The club helps clean up parks, worked with the Beaty Pantry and volunteered with the Firefighter's Boot Drive. If interested in the club, contact Mr. Steve Parinella at 723-5200.

NOTE: It is required that children 9 and under be accompanied by an adult at all times while at our YMCA. Children 9 and under must be accompanied to and from programs/classes by a parent/guardian. No Front Entry drop off or pick up.