How can we nurture the potential of children and youth? By giving them the opportunity to learn, excel in sports, develop friendships and, for young people, become aware of different social issues and take initiative by creating their own projects.
Aside from the many different activities and programs that children and youth benefit from at the YMCA, it’s a welcoming and friendly place where they can feel a sense of belonging, build friendships, and feel accepted. At the YMCA, all of this and more is possible for children and youth!
What can two working parents do when their children finish school at 3:00 p.m.? The YMCA has the answer! Its afterschool programs allow children to get active and have fun before heading home for the evening.
In order to be successful at school, students sometimes need a little extra help. With the support of several volunteers, certain YMCAs offer homework help to children who require additional assistance.
Aside from lending out over 2,000 educational toys, the Toy Library also offers different early-learning workshops (i.e. reading, games, etc.) to children from families living in the Saint-Laurent YMCA area.
With no organized activities at their disposal, pedagogical days for children are often synonymous with loitering and watching television. This can be avoided by signing up your children for our pedagogical day activities where they are sure to be active!
The Nursery School is perfect for parents who do not need full-time childcare, but still want their children to benefit from a variety of educational activities while interacting with other children.
Daycare services are offered in three of our YMCA centres for children aged 18 months to 4 years. The activities are adapted to the needs of each age group and use the YMCA’s Playing to Learn approach, which is a holistic approach to child development.
Come celebrate your child’s birthday in style at the YMCA! Different packages are available, with all activities led by an enthusiastic team!
In total, eight of our nine YMCA centres offer day camp programs every summer. Some offer preschool programs (ages 2 to 5) or specialized activities (i.e. language learning, sports, and tennis), while most offer the general camp program (ages 5 to 12). An unforgettable summer awaits your child!
Camp YMCA Kanawana
Camp YMCA Kanawana gives children the opportunity to experience a magical summer in the great outdoors, while discovering the beauty of nature and learning how to live as a community. One of the best camper/counsellor ratios in Québec (4 to 1)!
Coyote Club: survival skills and connecting with nature
Over eight separate days (eight Saturdays), children will take part in unique hikes into the forest where they will learn some ancestral survival techniques and have the opportunity to make natural crafts, all in a semi-primitive campsite they will have to build as a group.
Several YMCA centres offer Spring Break programs, including the YMCA Ski School. A fun-filled week of activities they will not soon forget!
Give your children the edge they need by signing them up for English or Spanish classes at the YMCA International Language School (as of age 9). Offered during the summer months or the school year, the classes are designed to complement the regular program they are following at school.
Parent & Baby Group Classes
Several different group classes are adapted to get parents and their little ones active, including: Aqua Parent & Baby, Parent & Baby Toning, and Mom & Baby Yoga. Find an activity.
Sports and Recreation
At the YMCA, all children can find a sport or activity that interests them, and which will allow them to develop their physical abilities while making new friends: Martial Arts, Badminton, Basketball, Gymnastics, Hip Hop, Cosom Hockey, Soccer, Mini-Tennis, Parkour, etc. Find an activity.
YMCA Ski School
Sign your children up for one of the YMCA Ski School’s seven-week programs (seven outings). These all-inclusive outings include transportation and supervision for the full day!
In order to provide parents with worry-free workouts, five YMCA centres offer drop-in childcare services (children aged 6 weeks to 8 years).
The undisputed leader in swim instruction, the YMCA offers the Lil’ Dippers program for children aged 6 months to 5 years. For children aged 6 to 11, two programs are offered.
These YMCA spaces are for the use of youth aged 12 to 17. Much like the youth who participate, our seven Youth Zones are filled with energy and enthusiasm, and have tons of activities and projects to offer.
Thanks to the YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada program, young people aged 12 to 17 have the opportunity to participate in an interprovincial exchange with other young Canadians. Activities include: learning English, discovering a new part of the country, and involvement with community projects.
The YMCA offers two programs which allow young people to gain their first work experience over the summer: the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program (a six-week work experience in a different province for youth aged 16 to 17), and the Youth Services Co-op (a business co-op managed by youth that offers housekeeping services).
Having young people succeed in their studies is one of the YMCA’s priorities. Some of our youth programs also have a preventative component, such as the Repères school support program intended for students having difficulty adapting to school.
It is through action and involvement in group projects that young people become active members of society. To this end, the YMCA gives youth the opportunity to participate in various programs aimed at developing their leadership skills and sense of social responsibility.
The YMCAs of Québec’s Impact program promotes the use of alternative justice as a way of dealing with the issue of young offenders. Designed primarily to encourage reparation, Impact’s interventions foster the creation of alternative, informal mechanisms for conflict resolution.
Sports and Recreation
Our comprehensive sports and recreation activities allow youth to develop their physical abilities, teamwork, and team spirit: Martial Arts, Badminton, Basketball, Break Dance, Hip Hop, Cosom or Ice Hockey, Parkour, Soccer, Table Tennis, Trekfit, Volleyball, etc. Find an activity.
Upon completion of a short conditioning room orientation session (Teen Policy), youth aged 12 to 17 can access the conditioning room and safely improve their cardiovascular capacity and muscle strength.
YMCA Ski School
Various seven-week (seven outings) ski or snowboarding packages are available for teens through the YMCA Ski School: complete supervision, days with or without lessons, apprentice instructor training, etc. All levels of skiers and snowboarders will be challenged!
The undisputed leader in swim instruction, the YMCA offers two programs for swimmers aged 12 to 17, which covers Levels 1 through 10 of the Red Cross Junior Swimming program: the Swim Initiation program for beginners, and the Star program for intermediate swimmers.
For young swimmers who already have strong technical skills and prefer to practice their swimming on their own, each YMCA pool has timeslots reserved for lap swimming.
Adapted to the reality and needs of teenagers, some of our day camp programs offer a multitude of activities for 12- to 17-year-olds, including various outdoor outings and activities.
Take advantage of the summer holidays to learn English in a summer camp setting! This is possible through the two Language Camp programs offered by the YMCA International Language School.
Camp YMCA Kanawana
Camp YMCA Kanawana is much more than a residential summer camp: it nurtures the potential of youth by allowing them to learn more about the environment, and provides an unforgettable community living experience. Several programs include a canoe-camping component.
Several YMCAs offer day camp programs during Spring Break, including the YMCA Ski School. A fun-filled week of activities they will not soon forget!
Give your children the edge they need by signing them up for English or Spanish classes at the YMCA International Language School. Offered during the summer months or the school year, the classes are designed to complement their regular high school program.
Intended for students who have been temporarily suspended from school, this program offers support adapted to each student’s unique situation, and uses a combination of individual and group interventions in order successfully reintegrate them into school.
We have been teaching teens how to become water safety leaders for over 80 years now! We offer every level of the Lifesaving Society’s training needed for National Lifeguard certification, as well as all necessary parallel certification.
Acquire the basic skills needed to care for children and become part of a club that helps members find babysitting work. All of this is possible with the Babysitting Course!