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Summer Fun in the Waukee YMCA Aquatics Center

The Waukee Family YMCA Aquatics Center offers many great features for YMCA members in the community. It is a great place for birthday parties, family fun, learning to swim, swimming laps, exercising or just playing around. Watch the video below to see some summer fun in the YMCA pool. Download the pool schedule on this site. For more information regarding pool policy or usage, contact Sara Roberts at sara.roberts@dmymca.org


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YMCA Boot Camp Teaches Discipline and Wellness!

We have just completed our Summer 2010 Boot Camp and our “campers” rose to the challenge and had great success. Watch a short video with some comments from Chris, one of the summer campers, and some video of the program in action.

Our fall Boot Camp program starts September 6th. This program incorporates strength training with a variety of cardio workouts such as cycling, water exercise, running/walking and drills. The first day includes a fitness assessment and orientation to beginning the boot camp program. Nutritional information is provided by a registered dietician. This six-week program is a great way to keep your fitness going throughout the fall! For more information contact Ami Bolles at 868-0512 or ami.bolles@dmymca.org.

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Y Day Campers Support Haiti

On Wednesday, July 14, 4th and 5th Graders in the Y Summer Day Camp program worked together at the Y to help pack Meals for Haiti. In all, they packed 15 boxes of food, each with 36 meals in it. Therefore, their service will provide 540 meals for families in Haiti. Watch the kids in action as they learn about the importance of serving others less fortunate.

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Water Exercise Participants do the Macarena!

Water Exercise classes at the YMCA are a great way for people to not only stay active physically, but also to have some fun and build relationships with one another. Check out the Waukee Family YMCA water exercise class having some fun performing the "Macarena" in their class.

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Theatre for the Thirsty at the Y on July 27th!

Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble will be performing at the Waukee Family YMCA on Tuesday, July 27 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Their imaginative brand of theater is filled with moving music, hilarious comedy and a message of grace and hope. The event is free to all YMCA members. Non YMCA members 2 and up are $2, adults $5.

At 2 p.m. Jeremiah will be bringing several delightful stories to life in, Three Stories Tall. His own, Hold the Boat – a comical account of a young boy trying to sneak onto Noah’s ark, How the Groo Grew- an original tale about monsters, forgiveness and sibling rivalry, as well as the favorite folk tale, The Tale of the Three Trees.

At 6 p.m. Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble will be performing their newest musical, A Kingdom Tale. This silly, suspenseful and engaging musical tells the tale of Esther, the unlikely queen. One story. Two actors. Eleven songs. Sixteen characters. Seventy minutes. Countless laughs. For more information visit http://www.theatreforthethirsty.com/

New Synchronized Swimming Clinics come to the Y!

Does your child like to swim, dance, or just want to have fun? Then Syncro is for them!

The Waukee Family YMCA was the host of the 2010 Regional Syncronized Swimming Competition in May in partnership with the Des Moines Aquamaids. The event partnership was a huge success and now we are able to bring Syncronized Swimming to our YMCA swimmers.


The Aquamaids will be coming to the Waukee YMCA on Friday, August 20 to do a Free Swimming Clinic for children age 5-12. This is an exciting opportunity for our YMCA swimmers to learn and experience water movement in a new way. If you can't make it to the Waukee YMCA Clinic there are also clinics on July 24 at the Walnut Creek YMCA and August 7 at the Ankeny YMCA. Pick up a flyer for more information at the YMCA or contact Sara Roberts at mailto:msara.roberts@dmymca.org.

Waukee High School and YMCA Swim Team Partnership to Begin in August!

Beginning this August, the Waukee Family YMCA and Waukee Community School District will continue its collaboration to benefit the community in a new way. The first season of Waukee High School Swim Team will begin, with the new Waukee Family YMCA being its home for practices and meets.

Prior to this year, Waukee High School students interested in swimming traveled to Johnston to participate on the Johnston High School team. However, with the growing school district enrollment and 4A athletic program, Waukee High School had interest in starting their own team to add opportunities for their student athletes. The main roadblock was having an aquatics facility to support the team. The “old YMCA” pool was not large enough and lacked seating. So, as plans for the new Waukee Family YMCA developed, discussion was held on “pooling” resources and creating 2 pools at the new YMCA. One pool being designed to support competitive swimming events; including the Waukee High School Swim Team.

According to Waukee Family YMCA Executive Director Eric Kress, “The partnership is great for the community. It allows the school district the ability to use less district capital funds to build a pool for a high school swim team, and also alleviates their need to be involved in the operations and maintenance of the pool utilizing the YMCA’s expertise in that area. The YMCA members receive the benefit of having a beautiful new aquatics facility to the extent in which they otherwise would not have had.” Features of the YMCA aquatics facility include 2 pools; one competitive pool featuring 8 lap lanes, 3 diving boards and seating for 500 spectators, and one recreational pool allowing warmer water, zero depth entry, and a fun play environment for youth and families.

The new YMCA Aquatics Facility also provides an outstanding home for the Waukee YMCA Rays youth swim team, currently serving over 140 swimmers.

For more information on the partnership, please contact Eric Kress, Executive Director, at eric.kress@dmymca.org or 868-0502.