YMCA

FAQs

Is the YMCA still a Christian based organization?
Unequivocally Yes!!! The Athens YMCA promotes Christianity and Christian values in its programs and membership. The YMCA displays the Ten Commandments, pictures of Jesus, signage with scripture and offers a weekly men’s Bible study that is attended by 40 men each week and meets at 7:00 a.m. on Thursdays. The YMCA’s after school programs are also Christian based; staff begin all daily youth programs with 15 minutes of devotions each day.

How do I join?
Joining the YMCA is simple; just fill out an Athens YMCA membership form and bring into the YMCA’s front office. The membership process takes about 10 minutes, and you can utilize the YMCA’s facilities the same day. Download a form by clicking the Downloads area of the website.

Why do I have to pay a Building Fund Fee if I want to become a member?
The building fund fee is your investment in the YMCA. The YMCA utilizes the accumulated building fund fees towards facility improvements, equipment purchase, etc.

Why is the quarterly fee higher than the monthly bank draft fee?
The YMCA’s quarterly fee is roughly 15% higher than the monthly bank draft due to the higher percentage of cancellations. Most YMCA’s only offer two forms of payment methods – bank draft or annual.

The Athens YMCA knows that not everyone has a checking account, and/or the ability to pre-pay an annual membership. Therefore, the YMCA offers a quarterly membership.

Can I freeze my membership?

Yes, the Athens YMCA allows bank draft members to freeze their bank draft for a minimum of 3 months, and a maximum of 6 months. This policy is very effective for when a member might be on extended vacation, a temporary illness, etc. The form is available on the website in our Downloads section or in the Front Office.

Can I sign up for a membership or programs online?
As of right now – No. In the near future we will be doing applications for programs online.

At what age does a senior couple membership start?
60 years old and up – both individuals must be 60 years old and up to qualify.

Does the YMCA have a Child Watch service available while I utilize the YMCA's facilities?
Yes, the YMCA has child watch/nursery including a ball room, a secure infant area that is visible to parents from the hallway, a food court area, a restroom, and a check-in area. Parents may leave their children in the child watch area for up to 2 hours per visit while they utilize the facilities. This is a free service to YMCA members.

What programs can my family participate in together at the YMCA?
The Athens YMCA focuses on family programming. We offer family fitness where 11-15 years olds can work out in the fitness center with their mom or dad. All youth 15 and under must be with an adult at all times

The YMCA’s outdoor pool is open during the summer on Saturdays and Sundays for family time.

The YMCA also offers our Father/Son and Mother/Daughter campouts in August at our residence camp in Tallulah Falls for outdoor, quality time together.

Does the YMCA offer anything for my 6 month old infant?
Yes, the YMCA offers Parent/Child swim lessons as well as Kindermusik classes which helps develop the intellectual and physical components of your child.

Are there any programs for my 2-4 year old?
Yes, at ages 2-4 the YMCA offers Parent Child Soccer in the Fall & Spring and Parent Child Basketball in the winter. Evening swim lessons are available throughout the year. We also offer Kindermusik for children up to 3 year old.

How does the YMCA build and pay for its facilities?
The Athens YMCA is debt-free (we have no mortgage on any assets the YMCA owns) and is an independent YMCA association. The current building was built in 1967 with a capital campaign that was organized by the community and the local board of directors. Individuals and business believed in the YMCA enough to give significant dollars towards its construction.

Who owns the YMCA?
Indirectly, the community does. Directly, the Athens YMCA is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation that is overseen by a volunteer board of directors, and managed by paid staff.

What are the Hours of the Operation (building, child watch, pool)?

FACILITY HOURS OF OPERATION:

Monday-Friday 4:30am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 6:00pm

CHILD WATCH HOURS:

Monday-Friday 8:00am - 12:15pm
3:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday Closed

POOL HOURS:

Monday-Friday 5:00am - 9:15pm
Saturday 7:00am - 4:45pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:45pm
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