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Gold Hill Branch YMCA


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

Address & Phone:

1785 Gold Hill Road
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Phone: 803-548-9622
Fax: 803-548-9623
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Facility Information:

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» Free Weights
» Exercise Bikes
» Treadmills
» Elliptical Cross Trainers
» Group Fitness Classes
» Cycling Classes
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Camp Cherokee Fitness Challenge

The Camp Cherokee Fitness Challenge is a one day fitness challenge/obstacle race on October 25, 2015 at UPYMCA’s Camp Cherokee.   This event includes a trail run, kayak race, wall climbs, mud obstacles, and a great time with friends!  Participants can register as a team or as an individual.  Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, place teams and individual winners. Lunch is included.

Ages: 13-65

Program Date: Saturday, October 25, 2015

Time: 9-noon

Cost:  $75 Members/$85 Non-Members

The Camp Cherokee Zip Line Tour will also be available after the event for an additional charge. Visit Camp Cherokee’s website for more information on Canopy Tours at

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 honestly, 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:

Orchard Park Elementary

Pleasant Knoll Elementary
*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 2-4 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 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: $65
Click here for the registration form.

Fast Feet: Couch to 5k

This 8 week beginner running program is led by a certified running coach. Participants will train to run a 5K race. The goal race is the Rock the Y  5K on November 21, 2015.The class includes clinics on form, nutrition, pace, and strength.

Information Meeting: September 23 at 7pm

Ages: 16-100

Session Dates

September 30- November 18

Wednesdays  6:30 – 7:30 pm

Cost: $45 Y Members | $55 Non-members

Email Paige Kell for more

Youth Dance

Youth Dance

Ages: 3-13

The YMCA Youth Dance Program continues to be one of our most popular programs. This season will include the option of Hip Hop and Acrobatics classes. Classes will be held at the Fort Mill and Gold Hill Branches. The season will begin after Labor Day and end with a recital to be held at the end of April or first of May. There is a $35 cancellation fee and no refunds are given for prepaid months of dance. Cancellations must be received in writing by the 25th of the month in order to cancel for the next month.

Registration Dates:
Opens August 4th @ 9 am Registrations accepted at the Gold Hill Branch Only.

Season Dates:
Classes begin the week of September 14th

$35 one-time, nonrefundable registration fee
Member Pricing  – child must remain a member throughout enrollment to maintain the member rate
Core class of ballet, tap and jazz only: $35/month (total $280)
Core class plus hip-hop or acrobatics: $50/month (total $400)
Core class plus both hip-hop and acrobatics: $65/month (total $520)
Hip-hop or acrobatics only: $35/month (total $280)
Both hip-hop and acrobatics (no core class): $50/month (total $400)

Nonmember Pricing
Core class of ballet, tap & jazz only: $50/month (total $400)
Core class plus hip-hop or acrobatics: $65/month (total $520)
Core class plus both hip-hop and acrobatics: $80/month (total $640)
Hip-hop or acrobatics only: $50/month (total $400)
Both hip-hop and acrobatics (no core class): $65/month (total $520)
You may choose to pay for the program in full or you may choose to draft monthly.
Cost for shoes and dance recital costumes are extra.

The YMCA’s dance classes for younger children offer the opportunity to learn the basic to intermediate fundamentals of ballet and tap.  Classes are designed to enhance fine and gross motor skills and cultivate imagination, creativity and social development in a caring environment.  Students will grow and develop as they learn the fundamental vocabulary and skills associated with dance.  They will learn to follow a teacher’s instruction, interact with peers and develop self-confidence.

Preschool Dance:  Ballet and tap for ages 3-5
Tuesday  4:05 – 4:35  (Brooke) @ Fort Mill Yoga Room
Wednesday  3:55 – 4:25  (Brooke) @ Gold Hill
Saturday  10:15 – 10:45   or  Saturday 10:50-11:20   (Justine) @ Gold Hill

Primary DanceBallet and tap for ages K-1st Grade
Tuesday  4:40 – 5:25 (Brooke) @ Fort Mill Yoga Room
Wednesday  4:30 – 5:15 (Brooke) @ Gold Hill
Saturday  11:30 – 12:15  (Brooke) @ Gold Hill

The YMCA’s dance classes for older children offer a variety of dance for all levels.  Students will learn beginning to advanced level steps and combinations depending on the class.  Along with vocabulary, stage direction, technique and body placement, students will learn creative expression and expore the art of dance.

Youth Dance I
Ballet, tap and jazz for 2nd graders and 3rd graders
Tuesday  4:00 – 5:00  (Allie) @ Gold Hill

Thursday 4:00-5:00 (Amanda) @ Fort Mill GF room

Youth Dance IIBallet, tap and jazz for 4th graders and 5th graders
Thursday  5:30 – 6:30  (Lauren) @ Fort Mill- GF room

Youth Dance III: Ballet, tap, and jazz for 6th grade and up

Friday 5:00-6:00 (Allie) @ Fort Mill-GF room

Specialty Classes

Hip-Hop I
(2nd & 3rd Grade)
Wednesday  4:00 – 4:30  (Allie) @ Fort Mill- Yoga room

Thursday 5:00-5:30 ( Amanda) @ Fort Mill- GF room

 Hip-Hop II
(4th & 5th Grade)
Thursday 6:30 – 7:00  (Lauren) @ Fort Mill- GF room

Hip-Hop III
(6th grade & up)
Thursday  6:00 – 6:30 ( Allie) @ Fort Mill -GF room

Acrobatics (Brandi)- All classes at the Gold Hill Branch
K-2nd grade
Monday 5:00 – 5:30

3rd-5th grade
Monday 5:30 – 6:00

6th grade & up
Thursday  5:00 – 5:30

4th of July Holiday Schedule

The Gold Hill YMCA will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4