Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA

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Youth Development

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That's why, through the Y, hundreds of youth in the Kandiyohi County Area are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors and better health.

Special Events

Water Safety Awareness

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity.  Water Safety Awareness can help you make sure kids learn essential water safety skills, which can open a world of possibilities for them.  The YMCA, WCER and a host of community sponsors are collaborating to bring Water Safety Awarness to the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center on June 10th.  3 different class times will be available for FREE!  

This class is for kids ages 6 to 11 years old who do NOT know how to swim.  (Non-swimmers only) Parents are invited to participate in on-deck water safety classes at the same time students are in the water.  Somali and Spanish translators will be available as well as FREE bus transportation.  Please click on the flyer information for more details, registration and bussing.  

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View Bus Transportation Routes 


Healthy Kids Day

One in three U.S. children is obese, and when summertime hits, kids will be more idle. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.

On Thursday, April 27th, from 5:00 to 7:30 PM the YMCA is holding a FREE Community Event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.  Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, and features fun active play, inflatable games, swimming, healthy snacks, prize drawings and educational activities to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.  Children age 4 - 4th grade and their families are invited to participate in Healthy Kids Day.  Participants should dress for an active evening and bring a swimsuit and towel for the family if you wish to stay later to enjoy our pool from 7:30-8:30 PM.  Please call Katie at 222-9622 for more information about this annual event.

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View 2017 Healthy Kids Day Prize Winners 

Child Care Center


Our Child Care program is a licensed Child Care Program that is committed to quality.Our program is designed to meet the developmental needs of young children ages 6 weeks through 5 years as a Kindergarten readiness program. We provide experiences that enhance and enrich each child's cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development. We believe that experiences during the early years of life influence how children view their world, how they relate to others and their ability to succeed as learners. Within the center's daily schedule, each child has opportunities to create, to explore the environment, to develop problem solving and personal interaction skills and to develop concepts through experiences.


Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self-directed activities and teacher-assisted activities. Staff serves as positive role models and provide care that is supportive, nurturing, warm and responsive to each child's needs. Lesson plans and daily reports are shared with the parents weekly and daily. Parents are provided weekly email newsletters to stay current on weekly events and family events planned in the future. This allows parents to become even more involved in their child's classroom experience. We operate under all licensing regulations set forth by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Division of Licensing.  In addition, we implement criteria created from the Minnesota Parent Aware rating scale and aim to receive the highest level rating possible as well as incorporate guidelines developed by the YMCA of the USA.  

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Our programs are designed with developmentally appropriate activities that stimulate a child’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. We provide a warm, caring and fun environment that stimulates their natural curiosity and encourages personal expression. Children develop communication, reasoning and problem-solving skills through play, interaction with other children, and exploration of their environment. At the core of all YMCA programs we teach values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The Y uses The Creative Curriculum® as the foundation for creating the best programs for children.  The result is a comprehensive curriculum with a clean organizational structure and a particular focus on routines and learning experiences. Developmentally appropriate programs foster joyful and purposeful learning while they address specific needs.   

YMCA Child Care Curriculum is developed from the following:

  • Specific needs and interests of the children
  • Talents and abilities of staff
  • Creative and safe opportunities to learn through play
  • Resources within the YMCA and the surrounding community
  • An active Parent Advisory Committee

HOURS OF OPERATION: 6:45 AM – 5:45 PM, Monday through Friday. We offer daily rates, weekly rates (up to 45 hours of Care) and extended weekly rates (45 hours or more) to fit the needs of most families. 


To set up a personal tour or to find out more information, we welcome you to Contact Troy Pederson or by phone at 320-231-7050 Ext. 0.  Upon enrollment, families are required to complete the necessary paperwork including current immunization records and health care summary form.

School Age Child Care

Engage Beyond the School Day with the YMCA Before and After School Age Child Care Program.  You can relax knowing that with us your kids are getting their daily dose of FUN, Homework Assistance, Character Development, Enrichment, Fitness and Programming Options geared to provide evenings as a family.  Bus Transportation is included and features STEM based programming, Art enrichment activities, and Fitness and Swim Lesson add on options.  Enrollment is open now, sign up today or contact Ryan for more information.  Give your family great start this fall with the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA.   

Download PDF School Age Child Care Registration

Download PDF After School Swim Lessons Registration 

Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program

All new youth programming coming to the Y starting July 11, 2016. The Y will be offering the Summer Learning Loss Program to address this issue in our own community. Program will include scholarship opportunities, educational curriculum, physical activity and meal programming.  Contact Ryan or Troy for more information.  



Swim, Sports & Play

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active and developing healthy habits they'll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it's gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out. We offer great programs like: 

Heart 'N' Sole R unning Club

Open to kids ages 9 - 14 whowant to be part of a run for fun group, make friends, train for the Foot Lake 4, and get into the sport of running.  Each week in addition to our feature run we will incorporate fundamental running lessons, the Y core values, fun running games, conditioning exercises and stretching, and a healthy snack.  Each participant gets a great club shirt and is automatically entered into the Foot Lake 4 as the highlight accomplishment to the season. 

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Zumba Kids

ZUMBA KIDS is for boys/girls 4-12 years old. This program will increase focus, self-confidence, boost metabolism and improve coordination. This is a great way to stay active and healthy. ZUMBA KIDS classes offer a welcoming and upbeat atmosphere. Parents are welcome to participate or workout at the YMCA, but must stay inside the facility during the program. 


Day Camp

CAMPERS- For Youth Entering Kindergarten-6th Grade (in Fall 2017)Each day is a new adventure as campers arrive at the Y. Most days we travel by bus for adventures including Sibley State Park, the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, city and county parks, historical landmarks, museums and other local attractions.  Weekly activities vary and include special trips, presenters, games, rockclimbing, environmental education, arts and crafts, swimming and an array of learning projects.

COUNSELORS IN TRAINING- For youth entering grades 7-10 CITs will gain the skills to become a better leader or a future camp counselor.  CITs act as assistants to our Day Camp staff and gain experience leading small groups in games, skits and songs. CITs work under the supervision of Y staff and are required to model positive behaviors for young campers.

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Day Camp Overview

  • Week 1 June 5 - 9 : Let's Get it Started
  • Week 2 June 12 - 16 : Stingers Week
  • Week 3 June 19 -23 : Colorful Creations
  • Week 4 June 26 - 30 : Career Week
  • Week 5 July 3 - 7 (Closed July 4th) : Party in the USA
  • Week 6 July 10 - 14 : Wet and Wild
  • Week 7 July 17 - 21 : Challenge Week
  • Week 8 July 24 - 28 : Survivor Week
  • Week 9 July 31 - August 4 : Mad Science
  • Week 10 August 7 - 11 : Best of the Best
  • Week 11 August 14 - 18 : Wonderful World of Sports
  • Week 12 August 21 - 25 : Mysterey Week
  • Week 13 August 28 - September 1 

Camp Olson YMCA - Youth Development

The Spirit of the Northwoods is the essence of Camp Olson YMCA.  The Spirit is alive, not only in the activities, songs, and laughter that fill our days; but in the peaceful reverie of campers who, for the first time, behold the Milky Way splashed across the night sky.  It is the community of youth, families, and leaders from across the globe that grows each summer and comes together to share in fun, fellowship, adventure, and spiritual growth.  It is the respect and reverence for the environment that is instilled in all who experience Camp Olson YMCA through instruction and a direct experience with nature.  

Camp Olson is an independently chartered YMCA.  Visit their website for information:  Camp Olson YMCA

Camp Olson YMCA is offering a $75.00 discount on any full week resident camp to the entire membership base of the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA.  Members must provide a copy of their membership card or proof of membership at the time of registration.  This $75.00 discount could apply to more than one family member if you hold a family membership.  Scholarship opportunity is available for qualifying members, contact Dean for more information.  

Home School PE

This program offers Home Schooling families an opportunity to fulfill physical eduaction requirements in a fun, safe and cost-efficient setting.  The program is developed for 2 age groups: K-3rd grade and 4th-7th grade.  

Participants will develop teamwork abilities, peer interaction, motor skills and coordination while epmpahsizing our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.  

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School's Out at the Y

Dedicated staff lead games, crafts, swimming and much more.  School's Out runs from 7:45am-5:15pm and is open to all elementary aged youth.

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YMCA Progressive Swim Lessons

Classes are offered for participants 6 months of age through adult. In each swim level your child will learn YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, along with personal safety, personal growth, stroke development and water games and rescue. Children 6-36 months can participate in our Parent/Child Swim classes; 3-5 years start in our Preschool swimmer program; Children 5 and older can start in our youth progressive lessons.

Still have questions? Contact Sarah, Aquatics Director at (320) 222-9622.

(PDF) Download a Summer Registration form with class level descriptions.  

Download PDF Day Camp Swim Lesson Registration 

Click here for the Gym, Pool and Group Exercise Schedules

Training Classes

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification/Recertification

This training offers necessary skills to anyone 15 + to be able to respond to an emergency in an aquatic environment.  The course includes Lifeguarding skills, CPR Pro and AED use with skills in basic first aid.  Participants must attend both days of class and pass exam at the end in order to become certified. 

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Babysitter Training

This class is designed to teach 11-15 year olds the responsibilities involved in being a good babysitter. Participants learn how to have fun but stay in control, basic care such as feeding and diaper changing, along with how to handle scrapes, bruises and life threatening emergencies.

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Birthday Parties

Let Y staff organize your child's special day! Two hour parties feature a flexible schedule with options for swimming, play time in the Gymnasium or Kids’ Gym, table games in The Center and a private room for gift opening, food and fun.

All birthday parties are scheduled by contacting Rachel at officeadm@kandiymca.org or by calling her at the Y at (320) 222-9622. In the case that she is not present to take your call in person, please leave a message and she will contact you as soon possible.  Please schedule your party in advance to allow us to schedule staff and prepare for your special event.

Birthday Party Tips:

  • Parties may be reserved for any two hour block when space is available – call Sarah for availability.
  • All swimmers must wear a proper swimsuit and bring their own towel.
  • Socks are required for play in the Kids’ Gym.
  • Some areas of the facility are scheduled for Y programs on various dates and times and may not be availability for party use. Sarah will guide you through all options.
  • For the safety of all swimmers, the Aquatic Center has additional rules which must be followed. Click here to view the Aquatic Center Guidelines.


Basic Birthday Party

Hassle-Free Birthday Party