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Fort Mill Branch YMCA

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 5:00am – 9:30pm
Saturday: 7:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Address & Phone:

857 Promenade Walk
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Phone: 803-548-8020
Fax: 803-548-8892
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Facility Information:

» Heated indoor swimming pool
» Outdoor water park
» Magnum weight equipment
» Free weights
» Exercise bikes
» Treadmills
» Stair climbers
» Elliptical cross trainers
» Gymnasium
» Aerobics
» Yoga and Pilates Studio
» Racquetball courts
» Locker rooms
» Free Childwatch
» The Zone – Recreation room for the young and young at heart!

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American Red Cross Jr. Lifeguard

American Red Cross Jr. Lifeguard

American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard Training will guild youth to the American Red Cross lifeguarding course by building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards. They will learn techniques and build stamina during this program. THEY WILL NOT RECEIVE A CERTIFICATION IN Lifeguarding or CPR/First Aid, AT THE END OF THE COURSE.

This program will be offered on two different weeks this summer. Choose only one week to attend.

Ages:     11-14

Program Dates:   June 12-16 or July 17-21

Time: 9 am-3 pm

Cost:  $100 Members/ $ 125 Non-Members


Art and Science Camp

Come create, explore, and learn!  Is there a connection between art and science? Come find out!  Join us for a four day camp full of fun and exploration!  Students will delve into science with nature journals and experiments as well as exploring famous artists and their masterpieces. Participants will be creating their own masterpieces!

Ages: 1st-5th graders

Program Dates: June 26-29

Time: 9 am-12 noon

Cost:  $65 Members/$75 Non-Members


AQUA VOLLEYBALL

AQUA VOLLEYBALL

Ready to make a splash? Join us for Aqua Volleyball at the Fort Mill YMCA. This program will be led by Jan Axson.

 

Ages: Adults

Program Dates: Thursdays, beginning January 5, 2017

Time: 10:00 am

Where: Indoor Pool


PICKLEBALL

PICKLEBALL

Join us for Pickleball at the Fort Mill YMCA.

Ages: Adults

Program Dates: Ongoing beginning Monday, January 9

 Day: Mondays & Wednesdays

Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm

We will have two free Pickleball clinics offered by Pickleball Ambassador, Trish Synder. 

Free Clinics:

Wednesday, January 4 at 11 am

Wednesday, January 11 at 11 am 

 

Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.

Played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.

Played as doubles or singles.

 


Robert Hope Family Camp Weekend

Join us for a glimpse into summer camp. Enjoy activities and re-connecting at the beautiful YMCA Camp Cherokee. Families, couples, singles, supporters, and newcomers are welcome. Enjoy the summer together and become one with nature!

Click here for a family camp flyer.

 


Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a one-year, community-based program where participants work in small groups with a trained Lifestyle Coach in a relaxed, classroom setting. In 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions, participants learn how to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, and problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives. Participants will get the hands-on support they need from Lifestyle Coaches trained on a CDC-approved curriculum that is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

“…programs like YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and 71% in individuals over age 60.” – research from the National Institutes of Health

Program Details:
The program emphasizes two primary goals for the first half of the program: reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity by 150 minutes per week. To sign up, participants must be:

For more information, please contact:
Halie Chambers
151 South Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29730
803-324-9622
haliechambers@upymca.org

YMCA membership is not required!

 


Race for Chase Triathlon Training Program

The CMAK Foundation has collaborated with the YMCA to sponsor the Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon in memoriam of Chase Kowalski, the students, and educators of the Sandy Hook tragedy. This six week summer program aims to keep Chase’s energetic spirit alive by inspiring athleticism within children, ages 6 to 12, and providing them with a safe, healthy, non-competitive environment to develop a new love for the sport of triathlon.  All athletes are instructed in swimming, biking, and running, and are also taught the fundamentals of good nutrition and flexibility. At the end of program, all of the athletes in each community compete in a short-course USAT-sanctioned youth triathlon race. Registration is currently open and will close when spots are filled.

Check out this video to see what it is all about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1y5PucfcO8

Ages: 6 – 12

Training Dates: June 12 – July 21, 2017

Training Days and Times:
Monday – Thursday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (CSD Community only)

Training Sites:

YMCA Aquatics Center
402 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

CSD Community YMCA
5485 Charlotte Highway
Clover, SC 29710

Fort Mill YMCA
857 Promenade Walk
Fort Mill, SC 29708

YMCA Aquatics Center
325 Rawlinson Road
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Race Day: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Race Location:

Fort Mill YMCA
857 Promenade Walk
Fort Mill, SC 29708


After School

The Upper Palmetto YMCA is committed to providing the highest quality After School care possible. We are excited about the unique programming opportunities provided by our After School program. We incorporate the basic Christian values of honesty, responsibility, respect and caring in our activities. Our program is designed to enhance your child’s school day through activities such as homework support, field trips, large and small group games, devotions and singing.

We strive to develop the whole child through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, including the following:

Healthy Spirit -We offer daily devotion time, and a group discussion time, where youth have the opportunity to reflect on their day, talk about issues and concerns impacting their lives. Youth also develop a stronger understanding of the core YMCA values of Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Caring.

Healthy Mind -We know how important homework time is. We provide a structured study room where youth have 30-45 minutes of homework time. Staff are on hand to support youth as they work on their assigments.

Healthy Body – In an effort to promote healthy living, the YMCA provides at least 30 minutes of daily fitness time. Activities may include:kickball game, team sports, relay races, group games, or yoga.

Transportation from school to the Fort Mill Branch YMCA is provided for your child for the following schools:

Pick up: Our After School Program is currently full-Please call the Fort Mill Branch to be added to our wait-list.

Orchard Park Elementary

Pleasant Knoll Elementary

Gold Hill Elementary -New for the 2016/2017 school year
*minimum of 5 children for each location

A limited amount of financial assistance is available. Please complete the application available at the YMCA Front Offices and allow 3-4 weeks for processing prior to the first day of enrollment.  After School Financial Assistance is applied during the After School/Summer Day Camp cycle beginning in August and ending the following August.

Program Location: Fort Mill YMCA

Program Dates: Each YMCA After School Program follows the schedule of their local School District when scheduling child care days, teacher holidays, inclement weather days, in service days and other holidays.

Program Hours:
School Dismissal until 6:00 pm
All Day Care: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
(Open teacher work days and school holidays)

The Program is closed:

Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Day After Christmas, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and Memorial Day.

Grades K-5

After School Program Weekly Rate: $68
Click here for the registration form.
Click here for the flyer.


Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp

Registration begins: February 15

Grades:
K-2nd – Little Feet
3rd-5th- Camp Trek
6th-8th – Adventure Club

Join us for the #BestSummerEver! The Upper Palmetto YMCA summer camps provide activities that are educational, exciting and fun, but more importantly, it is an experience that builds self esteem, lasting friendships and treasured memories.

Summer day camp is a full day program with activities including weekly themes, field trips, swimming, games, daily devotions, team building activities, arts and crafts, character development and much more!

Our staff works diligently to make participation in our program a positive experience. We choose leaders who exemplify outstanding character, compassion and a love of children. We are committed to a thorough recruitment process including a drug screening and background check. Each staff member participates in comprehensive training and is CPR and First-Aid certified.

Financial assistance is available. Please complete the financial assistance application available online or pick-up one at the front desk. Please allow 4 weeks for processing before your child’s anticipated start date.

The program is closed on July 4th.

Program Dates: May 30-August 18, 2017
Program Times: Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 6:15 pm

Download the Fort Mill YMCA Summer Day Camp Price Sheet.

Download the 2017 Summer Day Camp Registration Form.

Download the Parent Handbook.


American Girl History Camp

American Girl History Camp

Two American Girl Doll History Camps are being offered this summer. Register for one or both camps! Registration opens March 1, 2017

American Girl doll, Samantha Parkington (1900) June 5-8

Come and adventure into the turn of the century with Samantha Parkington and her friend Nellie.  These two characters have much to teach us about life in the early 1900’s.  During this four day camp girls will enjoy hands-on projects while learning skills of home-making, art, music, writing, geography, economics and of course, history

Ages: Rising 2nd-7th graders

Location: Fort Mill Branch Conference Room

Camp Dates:  June 5-8

Camp Day and Time:  Monday – Thursday,  9 am – noon

Cost:  $65 Y Member | $75 Non Y Members

 

 American Girl doll, Maryellen Larkin (1954) June 19-22

Much can be learned from the vivacious and imaginative character found in the stories of American girl, Maryellen Larkin!  Join us for four days of integrated learning as we traverse thru America during the 1950’s with music, dance, crafts, science exploration, hands – on projects, and much more!  Girls will enjoy learning the skills of home-making, art, music, writing, geography, economics, and of course, history!

Ages: Rising 2nd-7th graders

Location: Fort Mill Branch Conference Room

Camp Dates:  June 19-22

Camp Day and Time:  Monday – Thursday,  9 am – noon

Cost:  $65 Y Member | $75 Non Y Members