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Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

Y Leaders Club


The Y Junior Leaders and Teen Leaders Clubs provide a safe haven for local youth and teens to engage in positive activities under the guidance of adult supervisors and mentors who help them become confident and contributing members of the community.

Activities include attending weekly meetings, developing club goals and activities, fund-raising and attending annual youth leader-ship rallies and leaders school along other YMCA Youth Leaders Clubs.

Y Junior Leaders Club

Ages 10 to 12
In Y Junior Leaders Club, preteens learn to make a difference in the community by working together to plan and implement service activities. The club also volunteers at YMCA special events and receives mentoring from the members of the Y Teen Leaders Club.

Y Teen Leaders Club

Ages 13-17
In Y Teen Leaders Club, teens work closely with their peers and YMCA staff to develop their own individual leadership style through the planning and organizing of service projects, character building activities, and social & recreational programming.

Summer Camp

Please click on the name of each camp listed below to explore all the wonderful camp opportunities at the Y.


Camp Funshine

6 Liberty Street, Middletown, NY 10940
Sherri Tironi
845 956 1546
Camp Fun Squad Facebook Page
Summer Squad Logo

Summer Squad

81 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940
Krystal Cable
845 395 1005
Summer Squad Logo

Camp Wee Discover

45 Gilbert Street Extension Monroe, NY 10950
Felice Cicchesi
845 395 1013
SOFY Preschool Summer Camp Facebook Page
Town Of Thompson Camp Logo

YMCA Town Of Thompson Camp

179 Town Park Road Monticello, NY 12701
Melinda Gwiozdowski
845 395 1024
Town of Thompson Camp Facebook Page
Camp Robbins

Camp Robbins

131 North Drive Walden, NY 12586
Josh Horner
845 956 1519
845 346 6280
845 778 7141 (Camp Office-seasonal)
Camp Robbins Facebook Page

If you apply for financial assistance through our ACCESS program and qualify, your rates may be lower.
(Please be advised that the process takes up to 4 weeks to complete.)
Please click here for a printable ACCESS Application.

NOTE: All registrations MUST include a current copy of your child’s immunization records.




Our YMCA offers a variety of both instructional and competitive sports programs. Infants and toddlers develop motor skills in our parent and child programs. Instructional classes introduce youth and teens to a variety of sports and lay the foundation for a commitment to an active lifestyle or passion for a specific sport. Our competitive teams further develop young athletes into varsity and collegiate level athletes.

Instructional Sports

Click here to be redirected to our PROGRAMS page where you can view the current program guide.

Competitive Sports

Click on a team to learn more:
Lady Elite Volleyball
Barracudas Swim Team
Dynasty Basketball


Weekend Warriors

For children ages 8-12, each date is a different challenge but its not just the winning team or the MVP who’ll win a prize. Kids also have the opportunity to win t-shirts and other prizes for demonstrating the most sportsmanship or team leadership and winning various skill competitions throughout the season. The 2018-2019 Weekend Warriors Program wraps up in May with an awards ceremony where trophies will be awarded for season accomplishments.

YMCA Members $7
Guests $15

Admission includes


Pre-registration is required by noon on each event date.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm


Parents can enjoy a night out to themselves, while their kids have fun, in a safe, secure environment. Kids, 3-9 years old, will enjoy an evening of fun and games including art projects, gym/sports activities, games, pizza and snacks.

This program is offered the first and third Friday of each month from 6:30pm-9:30pm.

Pre-registration is required by 3:00pm on the day of the event.
There is a $5 late fee after 3:00pm.
$7 for YMCA Members
$15 Program Members.
Admission includes pizza, snack and a drink.

2019-2020 PROGRAM DATES:
October 4 & 18, 2019
November 1 & 15, 2019
December 6 & 20, 2019
January 3 & 17, 2020
February 14, 2020
March 6 & 20, 2020
April 3 & 17, 2020
May 1 & 15, 2020
June 5, 2020

Performing Arts


Love the Arts? – Sing, Play and Perform with the Y and its many classes!

Stage Drama

Develop the social skills and confidence needed to enhance dramatic performances.


Join the Y’s choir! Learn vocal performance, harmony, music theory and perform at community events.
Note: Participants must commit to fundraise through ticket sales.


Express yourself through movement and music through hip-hop, jazz, ballet and other dance styles.

Instrumental Ensemble

This program is for experienced musicians of any level and with any instrument. Bring your instument and your music stand, and together the group will inspire the community through their music.

Music Appreciation

Enter the world of music with this introduction to
music theory,vocal performance and basic instruments
such as bells, kazoos, recorders and other percussion instruments.

Intro to Studio

Recording and making your own music. Learn the basics of engineering a studio recording session, while making and recording your own music. Class maximum of 6 participants.

Violin – Group Lessons

Master the fundamentals of playing the violin. Please bring your own violin.


Learn to play African Drums and other percussion instruments in a gorup. Children and adults are encouraged to participate – what a great way to spend time together as a family. Drumming involves memory and relieves stress.

Visit our PROGRAMS page to explore Performing Arts programs at the Y near you or contact
Maximilian Mezetin
347 869 5316

Birthday Parties


Host your own party at the South Orange Family YMCA.
Parties are held on Saturdays & Sundays.
Choose from our birthday party packages to fit your interests.
We host parties for ages 3 and older (including adults).
A Birthday Party Host will  assist you in decorating and organizing the party.
Parties must be booked two weeks in advance and are subject to availability.

To find out more information, or to reserve a date, please contact Chase Alexander at (P) 845 915 5341 or

Youth & Government


The New York State YMCA Youth & Government Program provides high school teens with the opportunity to use their
thoughts, voices and actions to make a change. The program is dedicated to teaching young people to use the democratic
process to affect change that has an impact on their individual communities and around the State.

RESEARCH an issue of concern
it before an assembly of peers

This is a great opportunity to test problem solving and communication skills. Attend a State Conference in Albany with teens
from around the state in the State and Assembly Chambers and Judicial Courtrooms to debate proposed changes.

Lobbyist  Journalist Youth Attorney Legislator

One person may not be able to make a difference , but collectively, concerned teens around the State have the power to make a noise that



For more information, please contact
Shawn Thomas
845 956 1512

American Red Cross Courses

The YMCA of Middletown is an Authorized Provider for the American Red Cross.
Every year, dozens of teens and adults learn to save lives through our First Aid, CPR and Lifeguarding classes.

Click here for the YMCA of Middletown 2018-2019 Course List.

Click here for the South Orange Family YMCA 2019 Course List.


The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Course Length: 26 hours


  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Swim goggles are not allowed.

Lifeguarding Recertification’s

  • You must be currently certified
  • Your certification must be Red Cross
  • CPR & AED are included in this class

Bring your current certification to class with you.

Course NumberCourse NameCourse DateScheduleYMCA Member FeeProgram Member Fee
23Lifeguard RecertificationMay 19, 201910:00am-7:00pm$150$200
23Lifeguard RecertificationJune 9, 201911:00am-8:00pm$150$200
31Lifeguard RecertificationJune 22, 201910:00am-7:00pm$150$200
Click Here for the 2018-2019 YMCA of Middletown Course Registration Form.

Lifeguard Instructor

Take your Lifeguard Trainig to the next level and become a certified instructor so you can teach others to save lives. Course Length: 24 hours

This course will certify you to teach:

  • Lifeguarding
  • Lifeguard Blended Learning
  • Shallow Water Lifeguarding
  • Waterpark Skills
  • Administering Emergency Oxygen
  • Blood borne Pathogens Training
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers & Health Care Providers


  • 17 years old on or before the last day of the instructor course.
  • Possession of a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate or equivalent from another organization.
  • Successful completion of the Online Session for the Lifeguarding Instructor course.
  • Successful completion of the Pre-course Session.
  • Obtain course materials before starting the first classroom session of the instructor course.

Water Safety with Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT)

Take your Lifeguard Trainig to the next level and become a certified instructor so you can teach others to save lives. Course Length: 24 hours

To train instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety courses, six levels of Learn-to-Swim, three levels of Preschool Aquatics and two levels of Parent and Child Aquatics. Course Length: 35 hours


  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course
  • Successfully complete the precourse session.

Please call the Aquaticss Department for availability.

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers

The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers program is to train professional-level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. Course Length: 6 hours



Course NumberCourse Name Course DateScheduleYMCA Member FeeProgram Member Fee
GCPR for the Professional with First Aid
(South Orange Family YMCA)
June 10, 2019 & June 12, 20195:00pm-10:00pm$125$175
24CPR for the Professional with First AidJune 15, 201910:00am-7:00pm$125$175
Click Here for the YMCA of Middletown 2018-2019 Course Registration Form.

CPR Recertification

  • You must be currently certified
  • Your certification must be Red Cross
  • CPR & AED are included in this class

Bring your current certification to class with you.

Course NumberCourse Name Course DateScheduleYMCA Member FeeProgram Member Fee
20CPR RecertificationMay 19, 201910:00am-3:00pm$100$125
22CPR RecertificationJune 9, 201911:00am-4:00pm$100$125
CPR Recertification$100$125
26CPR RecertificationJune 22, 201910:00am-3:00pm$100$125
Click Here for the YMCA of Middletown 2018-2019 Course Registration Form.

First Aid

This program teaches skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. Course length: 3 hours



Babysitting Course

To provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic childcare and basic first aid. Course length: 6 hours


None – Recommended age 11–15 years.

For more information on any of these classes contact

Danielle McAvinue
845 956 1549

Child Watch



Child Watch is a free program that allows adult family members to drop off their children in a fun, safe and age appropriate environment, while parents participate in YMCA activities and work-outs. Child watch is for YMCA members only. Age limits vary by branch.

Age 3 Months - 5 Years

Monday9:00AM - 12:00PM
4:30PM - 8:30PM
Tuesday9:00AM - 12:00PM
4:30PM - 8:30PM
Wednesday9:00AM - 12:00PM
4:30PM - 8:30PM
Thursday9:00AM - 12:00PM
4:30PM - 8:30PM
Friday9:00AM - 12:00PM
4:30PM - 7:00PM
Saturday9:00AM - 1:00PM
Sunday9:00AM - 1:00PM