How to Survive Summer Camp Deprivation

5 tips for surviving during the camp off-season

We survived the polar vortex and snow storms, but we still have three months until camp starts. Summer camp deprivation is real, but have no fear! We’re sharing some helpful tips to survive the rest of the winter. TRY OUT YOUR TIE DYEReplace... Read More

When School Is More Than School

YMCA Preschool teaches more than colors and shapes

Shapes, colors and scissor skills are all things one would expect children to learn in a preschool program. At the Witham Family YMCA Early Learning Preschool Program, 4-year-old Heaton has learned that and so much more. “He was a shy 2-year-old w... Read More

It’s Time to Register for Summer Camp

Now is the perfect time to make summer plans, dream of outdoor fun

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has a way to fend off the winter blues—browse and register for summer camp. Registration is now open for over 150 Summer Day Camps at more than 30 locations across Central Indiana. Enrollment is also open for overn... Read More

Here’s Why Your Kid Needs Camp This Summer!

Camp is something every child should experience

We know it's crazy. It's January. It's cold. We are about as far away from summer as you can get. And we want to talk about CAMP!It's time to start talking about camp, because it will be here before you know it. And we want to make sure you are p... Read More

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Names Derrick J. Stewart as New CEO

41-year-old Stewart has been CEO of the YMCA of Southwestern IN for 10 years

Derrick J. Stewart has been named the new president and CEO for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis effective Feb. 4, 2019. Selected by the Y’s Board of Directors following a five-month national search, Stewart will succeed Eric Ellsworth who will st... Read More

8 Awards, Countless Acts of Heroism

YMCA staff superheroes go above and beyond

The theme for this year’s Staff Assembly was superheroes. And why not? The YMCA staff are happy to go above and beyond to serve others. Staff from across Central Indiana enjoyed fellowship and reveled in the ways we’ve achieved the Y mission of h... Read More

Go from the Pool Back to School with the Y

Movie nights, campouts, rodeos and picnics keep summer fun alive when school starts

It’s about that time to go from the pool back to school. While summer may be ending, your fun at the Y doesn’t have to. Check out these events to keep your health and social life right on track when the kids go back to school. Celebrate School &... Read More

Astonishing Numbers, Why We Need Before and After School Care

INDIANA'S YOUTH NEEDS QUALITY CARE

The need for quality before and after school care is more important today than it ever has been, for so many reasons. BY THE NUMBERS According to the Indiana Afterschool Network, 20 percent of children in Indiana, including kindergartners, are unsu... Read More

Healthy Habits are Hard, the Y is Here to Help!

Easy Tips Each Month for a Healthier You

At the Y, we’re all about healthy living – healthy people and healthy communities. But habits can be hard to form, especially the healthy ones. Our new #HealthyHabits program will make healthy living easier.Each month, we‘ll help you build ... Read More

An Open Letter to New and Returning Campers

Camp Director Brian Shelley Is Excited about Summer Day Camp, Are You?

Dear Campers, (Moms and Dads, you can read this, too.)I know it’s April, and your calendars are counting down. Many of you have just finished Spring Break, but I cannot contain myself any more. I am about to BURST! I have been holding on to s... Read More

Summer Day Camp

Why we all need camp in our lives!

Waking up while it’s still dark outside. Turning on the news and seeing another single digits forecast. When will the two hour delays end!?!?It feels like it’s been winter forever. It’s hard to remember those warm, sunny summer days. Well, ... Read More

Oh, the weather outside is…

We're here for you when the weather gets bad!

When inclement weather is heading towards Indianapolis, we know the stress this can cause for families! Parents can't always take a snow day! The Y is here when families need us, including during school delays, early releases, and snow days! Please... Read More

Meet Alyssa

There when families need it most.

Alyssa is a single parent to four children under the age of 11. After moving to Indiana from Florida, Alyssa was struggling. With no family around, she lacked a support system to help raise her family. She often questioned how she was going to pay he... Read More

Meet Marion

Making a difference, one child at a time.

The end of the summer was approaching, and Keonia had a lot on her mind, particularly what she was going to do with her son, Marion, during her weekly dialysis treatments. As a single mom suffering from visual impairments and kidney and pancreatic f... Read More

Shine a Light on Afterschool Programs

Thursday, October 26th is Lights On Afterschool Day!

Let's throw out some numbers. 14 million... 40,000... 3-6...14 million is the number of school age children in America who go home alone after school each day, according to afterschoolalliance.org. 40,000 of those children are kindergartners. 3-6... Read More

Fall Into Fun… At Camp!

Join us at any of our 15 Fall Break Camp locations across Indianapolis!

The air is crisp, the pumpkin spiced lattes are brewing, and you know what this means... Fall Break is coming! At the Y, when school is out, we are IN! We are busy preparing for FALL BREAK CAMP- exciting weeks of field trips, guest speakers, swimmin... Read More

2017-18 Before & After School Enrollment

Join us in the YMCA Before & After School program in your school!

The school year is here! Enroll in the YMCA Before & After School program located in your school.  Information about our locations, fees, and enrollment procedures can be found HERE!We hope you and your family join us for another great y... Read More

“No matter what, camp will always be with me.”

Words from a Camp Counselor

As we’re nearing the end of April, and the weather goes through its growing pains from cold and wet to warm (and wet), the increasingly sunny days and spring allergies signal one thing: it’s camp time. Through itchy red eyes and an endlessly sn... Read More

Camp: It’s Not Just For Campers

The good, the bad, and the incredible about working at camp.

I would like to tell you working camp smells like roses, is perfect every day, and that you can reasonably expect to know what will happen every time you show up to work. But, alas, this is not true. Camp is tricky, sticky, and full of terrors. But... Read More

Camp Facts You Need to Know

Camp facts that every parent needs to know!

Facts are proof.  Verifiable, evidence based proof.  I think they are great. I love facts.But truth be told, they are a little boring. In fact they are quite dry. And without proper context, you get the bare bones information you need. We miss ... Read More