Youth Programs


Quick Links: Summer Camp | After-School Care | Child Watch | Parents Night Out

Summertime day or specialty camps at the Y share one thing: they’re about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too.

Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of camp fires, bugle calls, canoeing, archery, talent shows, and meaningful relationships. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.

We have more than 130 years of experience in providing a safe, thriving environment for young people to explore personal interests, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills, discover the creativity and health benefits of the outdoors, and make lasting friendships and memories.

Summer Day Camp Fyre

The BEST SUMMER EVER! begins with the Y!

Day camp can offer almost all of the benefits of traditional camp—new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships — in rural and urban settings while allowing campers to return home each afternoon. YMCA’s across the nation offer day camps for elementary children and some have offerings for pre-schoolers and teens.

Every week will be filled with fun and excitement for our kids. They will create new projects, go on adventures, and build memories of a lifetime. As a parent, you can feel reassured your child is in a safe place during the day and will come home exhausted from fun!

Registration will be open in April of 2020 - learn more over on our camp page or visit the YMCA of Parkersburg with any questions you might have.

After-School Care

REGISTRATION IS OPEN - learn more over on our After-School/Out-of-School page or visit the YMCA of Parkersburg with any questions you might have.

With a focus on safety, health, social growth, and academic enhancement, Y after-school programs serve kindergartners through middle schoolers with a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents.

The YMCA of Parkersburg After-School programs offer care for your child from school dismissal till 6:00 PM. In our after-school programs, your child will be provided with help with homework, board games and activities, free play and a healthy snack.

The YMCA offers after-school care for 18 schools:

Sites Include

  • Lubeck

  • Madison bused to Y

  • Martin bused to Gihon

  • Mineral Wells

  • Neale bused to Vienna

  • Vienna

  • Williamstown

  • Waverly bused to Williamstown

  • Worthington bused to Emerson

  • Blennerhassett

  • Criss bused to Y

  • Emerson

  • Fairplains bused to Gihon

  • Franklin bused to Gihon

  • Gihon

  • Greenmont

  • Jefferson bused to Y

  • Kanawha

For information about the YMCA After-school Program call the YMCA at (304) 485-5585 ext. 218.

What's needed to enroll

  • Registration form

  • Physical and immunization records

  • $25 registration Fee

Child Watch

Many Ys offer free drop-in child care while mom or dad make use of the Y.  Playful, engaging options are plentiful for young children while you exercise or connect with others over shared interests. Your YMCA offers free child care for members when they use the YMCA! Now you can work out without having to stress out about childcare! Child Watch is located near the Administrative offices. Ask the front desk for details!

Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - noon and 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - noon and 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - noon

Parents Night Out

Drop off your child for an evening of fun at the YMCA of Parkersburg. Parents Night Out will include a pizza party and may include any of the following activities:

· Swimming

· Arts & Crafts

· Sports & Games

· Movie Time & More!

Dates are posted as events are scheduled so be sure to check our Facebook page

Date: Friday September 13th

Time: 6:30pm—11:00pm

Location: YMCA of Parkersburg
1800 30th Street Parkersburg, WV 26101

Members: $15 per child, siblings $10 each
Future Member: $20 per child, siblings $10 each

Age: 4 years (in Pre-K) up to age 12