Did You miss our lesson on emotional eating?

The Washington County Family YMCA invites you to a series of lessons centered around the topic of nutrition and do-it-yourself education. This is a bi-monthly class focusing on Healthy Eating and Education on around the house activities. Our facilitator Lauren works as an educator for Purdue Cooperative Extension office in Jackson and Washington Counties. She has a Master of Science degree and is a Registered Dietician. Click here for information on upcoming events. 

If you didn't have a chance to make our Emotional Eating class held on Thursday, January 22nd please see the document from the class provided below.   

Emotional Eating Class Handout (pdf)

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British Soccer Camp

Challenger’s British Soccer Camps have helped hundreds of thousands of young boys and girls fall in love with the sport of soccer for the past 25 years! The Washington County Family YMCA will be hosting the British Soccer Camp from June 8th - 12th at the Washington County Family YMCA Soccer Fields.    

SALEM SC & WASHINGTON COUNTY

  • First Kicks 3-4 yrs 9am-10am $80
  • Mini Soccer 4-6 yrs 10:30am-12pm $94
  • Half Day 6-9 yrs 9am-12pm $125
  • Half Day 10-16 yrs 9am-12pm $125

To register online go to www.challengersports.com. If you register by April 24th you will receive a free replica soccer jersey. Registrations after June 5th will have a $10 late fee added.  For more information contact the YMCA at Ph# 812-883-9622 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Applications and Checks made payable to Challenger Sports can also be mailed to: Martin Harris – 1665 Quincy Avenue, Unit 111, Naperville, Il 60540 Telephone#855-837-4461 ext 8 (Chicago Office) Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Youth Basketball - Parent & Coach Handbook

Provided at the link below is the Youth Sports Parent & Coach Handbook. It describes the YMCA’s youth basketball sports program. If your child will be participating in Rookie Basketball please take a few minutes and read the handbook. This material may answer some of your questions, as well as give you the Youth Sports Philosophy and YMCA mission statement.

Youth Sports programs are possible by the dedication of volunteer workers. Many volunteers put in several hours of work to make the YMCA programs a success. Thank you to all of the YMCA volunteers who invest time and energy into the lives of young people today. If you're interested in future volunteer opportunities, please contact us.

Youth Basketball - Parent & Coach Handbook (pdf)

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Youth First Receives Generous Donation from Blue River Wood Products

The generosity of our Washington County community never ceases to amaze me—and it is that generosity that allows Youth First Programming to make a positive impact on the youth of Washington County.

Recently, The Washington County Family YMCA was contacted by Blue River Wood Products who had the desire to make a charitable donation to Youth First Programming. Their B Shift had been challenged to choose a cause that they wanted to support by personally donating, and Youth First was it. I was so moved that they thought of us! It had been almost a year since Youth First had spoken to their business about our programming when they sponsored our 2013 Trivia Night, and I was very touched that they were still thinking about the impact that we make on youth in our community.

Their office manager asked if I would be able to stop by to receive the donation during their staff meeting. Happy to come and meet the kind donors, I made my way down Highway 56 anticipating to receive a hundred dollars or so to benefit our youth. Upon arrival, I was SHOCKED to learn that the B Shift had donated $1,000.00 for the Youth First Fund! With that we could offer a month of Jr. ROCKs—a character building program for elementary students, or 7 Youth First Cafés—a lunch and learn opportunity for professionals and volunteers working with youth. We could offer three weeks of ROCKs—an after school program building positive decisions and life skills—to our Middle School Students in all three County schools. We could do SO MUCH MORE, simply because of the generosity of Blue River Wood Products’ B Shift. 

The impact of their donation did not stop there—by allowing their donation to support the First Youth First Endowment Fund at the Washington County Community Foundation, the $1,000.00 donation was matched fifty cents on the dollar by a matching grant offered by the Lilly Foundation. Their $1,000.00 now will be $1,500.00 to benefit youth development with Youth First Programming at the Y!

A BIG thank you goes out to all of the B Shift members who were a part of supporting youth development in Washington County. The Washington County Family YMCA and Youth First are very grateful for your generosity!

If you, your business, organization, family, or someone you know are interested in continuing the momentum of this generosity, please contact the Washington County Family YMCA to learn more about how you can be a part of our youth development movement! The Lilly Foundation will be matching up to $250,000.00 dollars from now until March 2016, or until the funds are granted—please help us raise funds for our First Youth First Endowment Fund so that we can continue making an impact for many years to come.

For questions or more information, please contact Youth First Director, Rosie Morehous, at 812-883-YMCA (9622), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by stopping in the Y at 1709 North Shelby Street in Salem, IN.

-Rosie Morehous

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