Camp Discovery – Southern Branch YMCA

Ages 5 - 12

Camp Discovery programs are fun for children of all ages. Activities include field trips, science lessons, swimming, sports, arts & humanities and exercises that help campers learn the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Camp Discovery provides a safe, nurturing and fun camp experience for children of all ages. Our well-trained staff provide a safe environment to enhance the core values of the YMCA: faith, hope, love, honesty, respect and responsibility.

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(Ages 3 months - 12 years)

Free child care is available during scheduled hours for YMCA Members who work out in the wellness center, participate in a group exercise class, use the pool or open gym. Ages vary by branch.

Hours Vary by Location

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Dover YMCA Pre-School

Ages 2 - 5

We offer a partial day preschool program at the Bob Hoffman (Dover) YMCA branch. We strive to meet the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of children in a safe and nurturing learning environment for children ages 2-5. As a YMCA program, we will promote the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility through our actions and words. Since children learn best by being actively involved, a “hand-on” approach is used in all areas of the curriculum.

We encourage children to explore the world around them by exposing them to a variety of experiences and media. Math activities help each child learn to count and recognize numbers, shapes, and sizes.  Language arts incorporates dramatic play, storytelling, puppets, rhymes, finger plays, expressing thoughts and feelings, and recognizing letters. Art activities encourage creativity, color recognition, and the development of fine motor skills, including early writing skills. Music is used throughout the program to foster music appreciation and develop students’ listening skills and ability to follow directions. Children discover science by studying the weather, learning how plants and animals grow, and exploring how the world around us changes. Children learn to appreciate the world around them by developing an understanding of how their families, friends, community helpers, and organizations come together to build their community. Our 4/5’s and Pre-K classes have gym class and French & sign language built into their curriculum weekly.

We encourage each child to develop:

  • A sense of belonging
  • The capacity to trust people and feel secure with others when away from home
  • A curiosity about the world
  • The ability to take pleasure in learning and exploring the world
  • Independence
  • A positive sense of self and control over one’s own behavior
  • The ability to comprehend language and events, and to express oneself effectively



Admission is based upon the date the registration form and fee are received by the Bob Hoffman YMCA. Children must be the class age they are entering by the first day of that class. Pre-K class students must be 4 or 5 years old. The YMCA accepts children regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, or handicap.

Financial Aid

Financial Assistance is available for YMCA programs and membership, thanks in part to United Way and The YMCA Annual Support Campaign. Applications available at the Member Service Desk.

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Dover YMCA Pre-School Camps

Ages 3 - 6

Preschool Summer Camps

Thank you to all who participated in our 2018 camps.  Information on our 2019 camps will be available in the spring.

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Kid’s Club Summer Camp

Commit yourself to improving your skills and learn The YMCA is proud to offer a variety of activities to help your child learn, grow and achieve all summer long. From archery to art, from swimming to science, your child is sure to create many lasting friendships and memories.

Registration Fee: $30/Child $50/Family

Standard Rate:  $111/Week (Members)  $135/Week (Youth Membership/ Non-Member)

AM/PM Fee: $75/ Child (Members) $100/Child (Youth Membership/ Non-Member)

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4th and 5th Grade

31 Days of Science and Fun is a The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program is 31 days of science and fun. The goal of the program is to prevent summer learning loss while getting students excited about STEM. This program is for students entering fourth or fifth grade. Not only do students complete daily experiments, they also go on weekly education field trips that enhances the knowledge that is learned in our classrooms.

Graham Aquatic Center 543 N. Newberry St. York, PA 17404

MONDAY–FRIDAY June 20 to August 20

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Program Fee (materials, field trips, tshirt): $100

Space is limited.  Pick up a program application at the York Branch YMCA Member Services Desk.

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Y Achievers Program

Ages 14 - 19

Y-Achievers is a college-preparatory program that helps teens and young adults prepare for their futures. The core elements of the Y-Achievers program is to help youth pursue higher education and career goals, establish relationships with area leaders, organizations and media networks while having concentrated focus on youth development and awareness. These skills will be achieved by applying the following tools: career exploration, SAT/ACT preparation, tutoring, networking, mentoring, college tours, communication workshops, and leadership development workshops. All meetings are held at the YMCA of York and York County in York Branch located at 90 N. Newberry St., York, PA 17401. Enter through the Childcare and Youth Development doors.


Saturday Schedule

9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.


Meeting Dates

September 10, 2016

October 1, 2016

October 29, 2016

November 19, 2016

December 10, 2016

January 7, 2017

January 14-16, 2017 (MLK)

February 4, 2017

February 25, 2017

March 11, 2017

April 8, 2017

Spring College Tour

March 19th-25th

Cost: $375.00


Y Kids Club Before and After School Program

The YMCA offers quality before and after school programs in elementary schools across York County. All programs are licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and participate in Pennsylvania’s Keystone Stars Quality Assurance Program (STARS). Our curriculum is built based on the interest of the children and tie in to the PA Early Learning Standards. Breakfast and snack are provided.  Full day care is available on days when school is closed.

Dover Y Kids Club Participating Schools

  • Dover Elementary
  • Leib Elementary
  • Weigelstown Elementary
  • Roundtown Elementary (also serving Sinking Springs Elem)
  • Hayshire Elementary (also serving North Hills Elem)
  • Wellsville Elementary

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Southern Y Kids Club Participating Schools

  • Shrewsbury Elementary
  • Stewartstown Elementary
  • Southern Elementary
  • Pleasant View (also serving Clearview, LJM, Mazie Gable & Winterstown Elementary)
  • Friendship Elementary
  • Locust Grove

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York Y Kids Club Participating Schools

  • Davis Elementary
  • Devers Elementary
  • Ferguson Elementary
  • Goode Elementary
  • Jackson Elementary
  • McKinley Elementary
  • Stony Brook Elementary
  • North Hills Elementary
  • Wallace Elementary (also serving Lincolnway & Trimmer Elementary)

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Y Readers II

5th to 8th Grade

Students Entering 5th-8th Grade

Graham Aquatic Center 543 N. Newberry St. York, PA 17404

MONDAY–FRIDAY June 20 to August 20
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Program Fee (materials, field trips, tshirt): $100

Space is limited.  Pick up a program application at the York Branch YMCA Member Services Desk.

Students must bring swimsuit everyday.

Students must be picked up by 4:00 pm $10 late fee per child


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Y-Readers I

1st to 4th Grade

Students Entering 1st-4th Grade

Ferguson K-8 School 525 N. Newberry St. York, PA 17404

MONDAY–FRIDAY June 20 to August 20
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Program Fee (materials, field trips, tshirt): $100

Space is limited.  Pick up a program application at the York Branch YMCA Member Services Desk.

Students must bring swimsuit everyday.

Students must be picked up by 4:00 pm $10 late fee per child


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YMCA Discovery Time Preschool at St. John Lutheran Church

Ages 2-5

Located at 175 East Main Street in New Freedom, PA, Discovery Time Preschool provides a high quality preschool program to the community based on age-appropriate practices and Christian beliefs. Activities and curriculum that align with the Pennsylvania Core Standards promote social interaction, language development, math and science concepts, and gross and fine motor skills in a setting that promotes self-concept and empathy for each child. Discovery Time preschool partners with St. John Lutheran Church on programs and community service projects.


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Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

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York YMCA Child Development

Ages 1 - 5

Since the 1960’s, the YMCA of York County has been providing a quality, affordable child development program to families in the area. The Y’s Child Development Center’s primary purpose is to provide a quality early learning experience in an environment where parents will know their children are safe and nurtured. This child-centered program provides opportunities for growth, hands-on exploration and child-led learning through play.

Our child development program is licensed by the PA Department of Human Services. At 12-months and walking, children transition to our toddler room where exploration, social skills and language development are key focus areas. As skills develop, older toddlers, starting at 24-months, begin to work on toilet training. Once potty trained, children participate in weekly swimming lessons. Swimming is an important part of the weekly activities in our program.

In addition, the York Branch YMCA has two preschool classrooms for children ages three to five. Using the creative curriculum and learning centers, lesson plans are developed around the observed interests of the children. We strive to develop unique and enriching activities that encompass creative thinking, exploration of science and mathematics, inquiry, discovering, beginning literacy and community involvement.

The preschool classrooms implement the P.A.T.H.S. (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) Curriculum to enhance social emotional development. Within this curriculum, children learn to recognize their feelings and appropriate ways to express them.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. We accept CCW/CCIS funding

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