April News: Restart Family Fun with Summer Camp Savings

summer camp

Every child deserves the chance to be a kid, this year more than ever. YMCA summer day camp mixes fun, learning, and physical activity in a safe, nurturing environment.

This month we’re offering Y members special savings on YMCA Discovery Camp, a licensed day program designed to get rising first through rising sixth graders moving after a long year indoors. Members who enroll by April 30 will save $20 per child, per week on Discovery Camp fees all summer long with promo code FAMILYFUN.

Weekly discovery themes include arts and crafts, space, sports, nature, history, STEAM, and ocean life, with activities such as field games, team building, local field trips, and swimming (as allowed by state health regulations).

Registration for all Y summer day camps is now open for kids ages 4-15. Financial assistance is available.

Not a Y member yet? When you join in April with promo code FAMILYFUN, we'll waive the joining fee. Not only will you save on Discovery Camp, you'll get access to all local facilities for swimming, basketball, indoor and outdoor exercise, drop-in childcare while you work out, and much more!

Give hope for tomorrow

Our community has faced unprecedented challenges over the past year. With help from supporters and members who stayed with us, the Y expanded its existing community benefit services to help people in dire need. From delivering childcare in a whole new way to feeding more hungry people than ever before, the Y was there.

You can help us sustain the programs our community depends on by giving to our annual fundraising campaign.

  • $100 feeds three households facing hunger with a week of fresh produce and healthy groceries
  • $500 helps someone fighting cancer, diabetes or Parkinson’s regain their health at the Y
  • $1,000 provides a household a full year of access to health and well-being through Y membership
  • $1,500 gives a child access to friendship, fun and learning at the Y’s summer discovery camp

Give hope for tomorrow. Pledge or donate to the Y today!


drop in childcare

Facility services continue to expand

The Y is now open at 75% capacity for indoor fitness, and we’re increasing the amenities available to members.

  • Drop-in childcare is now open to children ages 6 weeks to 8 years at several locations
  • Hot tubs are open at the Black Mountain Y and the Reuter Family Y with limited capacity
  • As of April 19, reservations will not be required for lap swim

Stay up to date on current facility hours and look for additional outdoor classes added to schedules.

Protocols remain in place to keep you safe. As we expand services, we’re still cleaning frequently, checking temperatures, filtering the air, practicing social distancing, and requiring masks. Thanks for doing your part to keep yourself and others healthy.

Holiday closures

All YMCA of WNC locations will be closed on Sunday, April 4 for Easter.


swim lessons

Learn lifesaving skills with spring swim lessons

At the Y, we believe everyone should know how to swim. Our swim lessons are designed to teach this lifelong skill to children and adults of all skill levels in a safe environment. Registration for spring swim lessons is underway. Click here to learn more and sign up. Financial assistance is available.

YMCA careers

Now hiring new leaders

Working for a nonprofit will challenge and reward you in lots of ways. The Y is now hiring caring, honest, respectful, and responsible individuals who want to make a difference. Part-time and full-time positions are available, with hiring bonuses for childcare staff. 

Browse all YMCA jobs here.

Summer camp jobs

Working in a camp environment offers more than just a paycheck and an awesome Chaco tan line. It's an opportunity to cultivate lifelong skills while preparing for your future career.

A summer camp job offers invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. You'll grow and expand skills such as...

  • Oral communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Time management
  • Human relations

Working at a Y summer day camp or overnight camp is also a blast. You'll make new friends, have fun playing and teaching, and serve as a role model. Apply today!

Volunteer to improve health equity

The Y is committed to health equity, which means that everyone has the opportunity to attain their full health potential and no one is prevented from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance.

You can volunteer with us and our partner organizations to help improve health equity in our region. Here are two opportunities to serve:

  • Are you a student looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend your summer? Do you have a passion and interest in nutrition, public health, food equity, and social justice? Then check out the Y's Community Health Summer Internships
  • Spanish-speaking volunteers are needed for an upcoming vaccine event the Y is hosting with Buncombe County and the Mexican Consulate. To sign up, please contact Eric Becker, the county's COVID Vaccine Site Volunteer Coordinator. 



Hunger relief on the go

Did you know the Y has a nutrition outreach team that distributes free, fresh produce week in and week out? We serve five counties at more than 30 sites. Go to our website to check out the mobile market schedule and volunteer opportunities.

This work is supported by generous donations to the Y. Click here to give.


community health

Sign up for your health

Community health is at the heart of the Y’s mission, so much so that we have an entire department with that name. Registration is now open for several virtual and in-person community health programs, including diabetes prevention and management, arthritis pain relief, cancer survivorship support, and falls prevention. Some classes are available in Spanish. Learn more here.

Y to close MPHC center, stay in neighborhood

The pandemic has caused financial difficulties for many nonprofits, including the Y. We have been analyzing our operations to determine how we can best serve the community and maintain our long-term fiscal health. Given current economic conditions and our financial commitments, we have made the extremely difficult decision to close the YMCA at Mission Pardee Health Campus after April 30. The Y will continue to serve Arden and Fletcher with community-based programs such as free healthy food markets, childcare and day camps, diabetes prevention and management programs, cancer survivorship groups, virtual fitness classes, and much more. Read more here.

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