Feature Article - June 2010
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A Look at Trends in YMCAs, YWCAs, JCCs and Boys & Girls Clubs


YMCAs continue to be at the forefront of creative programming that serves the needs of their communities and patrons. The most common programs among YMCA respondents were:

  1. Fitness programs
  2. Mind-body/balance programs
  3. Day camps and summer camps
  4. Youth sports teams
  5. Holiday events and special events
  6. Active older adult programs
  7. Aquatic exercise programs
  8. Personal training
  9. Swimming programs
  10. Teen programs

YMCAs were among those most likely to be planning to add new programs to their facilities over the next three years as well. The top programs planned include:

  1. Nutrition and diet counseling
  2. Special needs programs
  3. Teen programs
  4. Environmental education
  5. Sport training, such as golf or tennis lessons
  6. Adult sports teams
  7. Arts and crafts
  8. Mind-body/balance programs like yoga or tai chi
  9. Individual sports activities
  10. Youth sports teams, trips, and personal training