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Pre-School Day Camp

Preschool day camp lasts approximately 5 weeks. Each participant will enjoy games, arts & crafts, snacks and lots of fun! A nutritional lunch sponsored by the Minnesota Vikings Children's Fund will be provided to all participants after the program is complete.


Preschool boys and girls 3-5 years old


June 7th - July 7th

Tues. & Thurs. Mornings 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Fee: $52.00/member, $77.00/non-member


Worthington All Comers Track Meet

The Worthington All Comers Track meet is open to anyone ages 2 to adult. This meet offers everyone an opportunity to enjoy a track meet experience. Kids will have options to participate in events from 50 M dash up to an 800 M run, as well as field events such as softball throw, standing long jump, and high jump - this event is partnered with the Worthington Optimist Club.


Open to boys and girls ages 2-adult

Monday, July 18th

5:30 p.m. Check in

6:15 p.m. Meet


Minnesota Parks in Motion Track Meet

MN Parks in Motion State Track meet is Saturday June 25th in Marshall, MN. Registration is from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Meet begins at 10:00 a.m. Each participant ages 7-12 must have a birth certificate present at the meet.


Boys and Girls 7-12 years old

Important Note - Ages as of December 31st, 2015

Fee: $10.00


YMCA/Blue Jay Boys and Girls Basketball Camp

Directed by MN West Boys Basketball Coach - Justin Heckenleible and held at the Worthington Area YMCA. Fee includes camp T-shirt for each camper. Our objective is to help each individual to gain a stronger understanding of the game of basketball. We will work to develop fundamental skills with an emphasis on having fun.


Monday, May 23rd - Friday, May 27th

1st-3rd Grade 9:00a.m.-10:30a.m.

4th-6th Grade 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m.


YMCA Trojans in Training

Trojans in training is an opportunity for boys entering 3rd-8th grade to work on the basketball skills through the help of Trojan Head Basketball Coach, Clint Meyer. Kids will work on fundamentals as well as in-game situations throughout this 2 week program.


August 8-11th and August 15-18th

Grades 3-5 2:30-4:00p.m.

Grades 6-8 4:00-5:30p.m.


YMCA Volleyball Camp

Are you looking to improve your volleyball skills this summer? The YMCA, along with Coach Janet Haren will be offering a 4-day camp working on important fundamentals of volleyball to get you ready for the fall.  Camp includes a T-shirt for each camper.


Entering Grades 2-3 9:00a.m.-10:30a.m.

Entering Grades 4-6 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

Entering Grades 7-9 12:00p.m.-1:30p.m.


Tuesday, May 31st-Friday, June 3rd


Girls Softball

This program provides a basic understanding of the game of softball. Practices are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Minnesota West Softball Diamond. Teams participate in games with surrounding communities.  Girls will participate in 2 tournaments.


Practice will begin the week of June 7th

Girls 3rd-6th grade


$10 discount if registered by Weds. May 18th



Are you interested in learning how to play tennis? Our summer tennis program is the perfect opportunity to have fun and learn more about the game of tennis.  This program teaches kids the fundamentals and rules of the game of tennis.  This program is an opportunity to try something new if you have never played, or to gain further experience.


Two, 4-Week Sessions Available:

Monday, June 1st-July 26th


July 13th-August 7th



10:30 a.m.-11:30a.m. Beginners

11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Intermediate


$10 discount if registered by Monday, May 23rd


Track & Field

This popular program is designed to increase skills in Track & Field events. Track& Field is an excellent opportunity to try out new athletic events. This program continues to be one of our best programs! Track & Field meets at the Trojan Field Track. MNRPA Track meet is held Monday, July 13th.


Boys & Girls Ages 6-14 years

Beginning Monday, June 6th


9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. 6-9 years

10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. 10-14 years


$10 discount if registered by Monday, May 23rd


YMCA T-Ball & Pee-Wee League

T-Ball is a summer baseball program designed to give children the opportunity to have fun learning the fundamentals of baseball while under adult supervision. T-Ball uses special sized bats and balls that are designed not to hurt on contact. In Pee-Wee League their coach will pitch to the kids. Please remember this is an age appropriate activity developed for this age group and our first priority is for the kids to have fun.  Those requesting may also hit off a tee where appropriate.  See flyer for details.  Practice begins the week of May 30th.


T-Ball Boys & Girls Pre-K & Kindergarten

Games Wednesday nights beginning June 8th


Pee-Wee Boys and Girls 1st & 2nd grade

Games Thursday nights beginning June 9th


$10 discount if registered by Wednesday, May 18th


Swimming Lessons

YMCA swimming lessons are an effective way to introduce your child to an aquatic environment and continue to improve upon their water skills and safety. 1 session includes 8 lessons, unless a class day falls on a holiday. For swimming lesson questions, contact C.J. Nelson 507-376-6197 ext. 226 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Parent & Child

Children are accompanied during the lessons by their parent or guardian. This class is designed to introduce infants and parents to an aquatic environment and basic aquatic safety. Must have a minimum of four participants per class.


Children 3-5 Years Old

PIKE: Children develop safe pool behavior, adjustments to the water and early development of strokes and floats.

EEL: Children gain comfort moving independently going under water, floating and building endurance while working on stroke development.

RAY: Children can swim independently with supervision without a float aid. Swimmer introduced to a deeper environment.

STARFISH: Child improves stroke skills, builds endurance and basic treading water skills. Child can swim on their front and back without assistance.


Ages 6 Years and Up

POLLIWAG (Level 1): Students become acquainted with the water, floatation devices and the pool. Students learn basic paddling on their front and back as well as floats and water safety. To progress to the next level, child must be able to swim 10 yards without assistance with their face in the water.

GUPPY (Level 2): Students are introduced to lead-up strokes: front crawl, back crawl, side stroke, breast stroke and elementary back stroke. To progress to the next level, child must be able to swim 25 yards without assistance on their front and back. Is your child able to swim 25 yards without assistance in one or more strokes? Think about joining the Worthington Area YMCA Stingray Swim Team.

MINNOW (Level 3): Students further refine their lead-up strokes: front and back crawl, side stroke, elementary back stroke and breast stroke. To progress to the next level, child must be able to swim front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke 25 yards; and, tread water for 2 minutes. Swimmers introduce to diving.

FISH (Level 4): Students work to perform the crawls, elementary back stroke, breast stroke and side stroke with turns. Children are introduced to butterfly stroke. To advance to the next level, child must be able to swim 50 yards with their front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, side stroke. Child must be able to tread water for 3 minutes with a combination of kicks.

FLYING FISH (Level 5): Students will further refine their strokes. There will be an introduction to the survival float and increased level of water safety. To advance to the next level, swimmer must be able to perform the front and back crawl and breast stroke for 100 yards with an open or flip turn. Swimmer must be able to perform the elementary backstroke for 50 yards and the butterfly for 25 yards. Swimmer must be able to tread water for 4 minutes. Swimming Instructor may sometimes lead from the pool deck for some activities.

SHARK (Level 6): Swimmers will focus on perfecting strokes and increasing endurance with open and flip turns. Students also learn advanced skills in boating safety and rescues. To pass SHARK level, swimmer must be able to perform front and back crawl and breast stroke for 100 yards with near perfect stroke. Swimmer must also be able to perform a 200 individual medley: 50yd Buttefly, 50yd backstroke, 50yd breaststroke and lastly, a 50yd freestyle (front crawl). Swimmers may wish to think about participating in Lifeguard safety certification when they are 16 years old. Swimming Instructor may sometimes lead from the pool deck for some activities.


Private Lessons

These lessons are designed to give participants individualized attention in order to improve or master their swimming skills. Together, the instructor, participants and or parent/guardian determine the goals for the session and the curriculum is customized to meet these goals. Each session includes 5, 30 minute lessons. 

Worthington Area Y
DeGroot Family Center
1501 Collegeway
Worthington, MN 56187
(507) 376-6197
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