Youth Development

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  That’s why, through the Y, thousands of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Swim, Sports and Play

At the Y, you are part of a community of men, women and children from your community who are committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

With the Y, you can be assured that whatever activity you, your family or your child engages in – from child care to family time to sports to camp – you’ll have a safe, positive environment to play, learn and grow.





YMCAs have been teaching people to swim for more than a century. Our youth aquatics programs use the American Red Cross Water Safety instruction. Not only do children develop life-long skills that can help them stay healthy, but they also gain a sense of accomplishment that leaves them feeling good about what they have learned.


Swimming is an activity you can enjoy your whole life. Let the Y help your family discover the fun and great exercise of swimming!

Click here for the fall pool schedule


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Group Swim lessons run for eight lessons. Children will be placed in groups of the same swimming ability. Children must be ages 4 and up.
Lessons were scheduled Tuesday and Thursday mornings in June and July.  Lessons will be offered this fall in September and November.
Register early to guarantee your child a spot.

Southern Prairie YMCA private lessons are a great opportunity for swimmers of all levels to better their skills on a one-on-one basis. Lessons are available for all ages including adults. Children under age 4 may require a parent in the pool with the child for a “Mommy & Me” type lesson.  Private lessons are scheduled through collaboration with the instructor and the participant’s parents. Lessons are based on the American Red Cross standards. Private lessons are 30 minutes long for 5 sessions.  Semi-private lessons may be available if children are similar ability levels. Semi-private lessons would have an additional charge.  Members: $65 Participants: $90


This program creates a competitive, but fun environment that will challenge all levels of swimmers. We will take your swimming skills to the next level by emphasizing stroke development, starts, turns, endurance, and speed. Participants wanting to participate in this program must be able to swim 25 yards of any stroke. The regular winter season runs October through March.  We also have a summer swim team.   Click here for information on the  2018-19 swim team season.
Ages: Open to ages 5-18 years





Kids really get a kick out of our clinic-style program that teach fundamental skills such as passing, trapping, shooting, dribbling, stealing and goalkeeping. There are no extra practices.  Teams are chosen randomly each day for small-sided games to allow all players ample opportunity to get their foot on the ball – the very best way to learn the game!  This program is usually offered in February and October.
Click here for the October 2018 Indoor Soccer registration form and information.


We believe that youth sports are a great way to get your child started in a healthy lifestyle.  Y basketball camp is a positive, fun activity that builds athletic, social and interpersonal skills. Participants will take part in skill development activities, drills and scrimmages in a group setting.  YMCA program leaders emphasize fun and sportsmanship while helping your child learn the game of basketball in this non-competitive clinic-style program.
This program has been offered different times of the year.
Click here for the November 2018 Youth Basketball registration form and information.


Kids will learn basic skills and techniques such as stance, guard, movement, jab, cross and hook.  It increases strength and improves endurance.  This will give self-defense tools as well as encourage self-confidence.  This program offered for the first time December 2018.


Learn batting, pitching, base running and fun–indoors! We will focus more on skills and less on competition, so your child can enjoy playing the game. We’ll also work on teamwork and sportsmanship. Players should bring a glove if they have one.  This program has run Saturday mornings in March.


TOT TOWN (September-March)

Tot Town is open gym for the young child ages 1-5. Toys like toddler cruisers and other fun things are brought out and the kids can work on those gross motor skills.
Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:30-10:30 AM
Cost: Members are FREE!  (child or adult caregiver)  Participants: $1 per child




Here are the details for the 2018-2019 after school program. Click here for information and registration forms.
Questions? Call Hannah Jaegers, Youth Programs Coordinator or email



We had a great summer with the YMCA Summer Day Camp. We’re looking forward to summer 2019.
Click here for details about the 2018 summer day camp program at the YMCA.
Questions? Call Hannah Jaegers, Youth Programs Coordinator or email