Youth and Teen Wellness

YMCAs give youth a safe place to exercise with family members and give teens a caring, nurturing place to begin their wellness journey.

Youth 12 and under

Child Watch: 6 weeks -12 year olds

This program is FREE to family and single parent members (with a reservation) while parent is in the building. Space is limited.


10-12 year olds are permitted to use the pool, without direct parental supervision, providing they pass a swim test and a parent remains in the Y.

Exercise Classes

12-14 year olds may participate in appropriate exercise classes with a parent.  Children not participating in the class should not to be in the classroom during a scheduled class time.

Fitness Centers

  • 12-14 year olds accompanied by a parent may use the main Fitness Centers after parent and child attend the Teen/Parent Seminar. See member service for details. (Healthy Living Center at Main facility does not apply)
  • 13-14 year olds accompanied by a parent may use the main fitness Center at the Petal Family Y. Youth ages 10-12 may use the Alpha Center when accompanied by a parent.Teens 13-14
  • Teens 13 years and older may be use the facility without the direct supervision of a parent in the following locations: basketball gym, pool, and racquetball court (located at the Main facility).Teens 15 and older
  • Teens age 15 or older are welcome to use all areas of the Y except the Adult locker rooms. The Healthy Living Center at Main facility is reserved for those over the age of 18.


Health and Wellness

YMCAs have led community-based health and wellness programs for more than a century. The Family Y is committed to helping you achieve your optimal level of wellness involving spirit, mind, and body. Whether you enjoy working with a YTrainer one-on-one, or participating in one of our 120 plus Group Exercise classes per week, we are here for you! Click on “schedules” to find a group class that suits your needs and time of day. Your first appointment with a YTrainer is FREE with your membership. We will assist you in finding the perfect wellness regime for your lifestyle.


At the Y, we are able to have significant impact on others.  We get to be around, influence, and be influenced by some really great people.  This Spring, one of our lifeguards was approached to participate in a video project sponsored by The YMCA of the USA.  This is Ashlee’s story.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “A person is not truly educated unless they know how to swim.” For over 150 years, YMCAs nationwide have been teaching individuals how to swim and how to safely enjoy pools and other recreational waters. YMCAs have been teaching how swimming and aquatic exercise can improve health, and also how lives can be saved. Learning to swim means learning skills that you can enjoy all throughout life – long after you’ve had to give up other sports and activities.

Whether it’s swimming for fitness or competition; whether you’re old or young; whether playing in the water or learning to save lives – our YMCAs have something for you.

Active Adults

We know that active adults are seeking more than physical benefits when they come to the Y. They also want a sense of community and have a desire to strengthen social ties. In response to this need, the YMCA has developed several activities to encourage and motivate active adults to take action and get involved.

YMCA programs for active adults strengthen the whole person. Socializing and volunteering have been shown to have positive effects on the health of older adults, and exercise has proven to promote mental agility, in addition to longevity and good health.

With that in mind, we have programs for active adults designed to enrich and renew spirit, mind and body. Try water exercise or yoga and stretching classes. Make new friends at informative health seminars and round table discussions, play board games, or enjoy arts and crafts. In addition, you can join the sewing and knitting group. There are also monthly luncheons and day trips. Spirit and mind are not healthy if the body is not fit and the body is not healthy without mental and spiritual fitness.

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