Rye YMCA Blog

Swim Evaluation Times

Spring 2019 Swim evaluations: 
Monday-Friday: 3:00-3:30pm
Tuesday: 11:30-12:00pm
Saturday: 2:45-3:15pm
No appointment necessary. If these times are inconvenient, please contact sheila@ryeymca.org

Pre-School Enrichment Program

Registration is now open for Fall 2019.  Click here for details.

Join us for March Madness

Rye Y’s Annual Benefit supports the Y Cares Financial Assistance Program.
Saturday, March 30, 7-11pm,  Coveleigh Club, Rye, NY

Happy Holidays!

2019 Spring Program Guide

(For Members who wish to continue in a current class)
Member registration started January 16.
Non-Member registration started January 18

Click here to register

Click here to view the guide
Click here for fillable registration form.

Halloween Carnival 2018

We’re Here for You (Member Story)

 A member shares his experience at the Rye Y

I’ve been a member of the Rye YMCA for about 10 years now; some of those years I “phoned it in” but recently I’ve been here 5-6 days a week.

Let me start by saying I don’t know which I hate more– exercise or vegetables. Currently they are neck in neck but I’m in the process of “peace talks” with both topics. Also, I have two hip replacements, arthritis, tight hamstrings and a bad attitude!

For the past two years I have been talking to Laura Laura about what classes I should take. At her suggestion I tried the TRX class. Before taking the class I was completely intimidated by it. I was convinced that I couldn’t do it. But I took the class and it was the first time in a decade that I did a squat – in fact 60 squads – it was my “OMG” moment. The class is great because it works on strength, flexibility, balance as well as being aerobic.

You could say that my “phoning it in” years have come to an end. Since I started my conversations with Laura, I began coming in regularly. I’ve also started the basic training classes and continue to try different classes to see what fits best.

I recently went to Spain for two weeks. The tour included lots of walking and hills and standing. Two years ago I would have been completely winded and sat out much of the tour.

I also took advantage of the Weight Watchers meetings that the “Y” offers and I’ve dropped thirty pounds over the past year. I’ve decided at 71 years of age to make a life style change.

The Rye YMCA is excellent because there are no other facilities that I’ve seen, including private clubs, that are as well maintained as this facility. The trainers and programs are really wonderful as well. I’ve had lots of conversations with Laura trying to figure out what works for me and what doesn’t and I’m really grateful that the Rye YMCA exists. —Bob Miranti, Member

Happy 70th Anniversary, Rye Y Summer Camp!

Playing kickball in the 1970s

In 1948, the first Polaroid camera went on sale. The World Health Organization was established. NASCAR held its first race for modified stock cars at Daytona Beach. And the Rye Y started a summer day camp that has given generations of children the opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and grow in confidence, all in a safe, fun environment.

Seventy years ago, there was no Brookside or Pa Cope Pool. (Pa Cope himself was very much alive and leading the Rye Y.) The first campers enjoyed swimming at Playland and kickball, softball and badminton outside the original old house, in a field where the parking lot now lies.

By the 1990s, the Y’s facility had grown, but still posed a challenge for camp staff, who took over the building during the summer months. During that time, Penny Cozza, the Y’s Membership Engagement Associate, led a group of three and four-year-old campers. She recalls the logistics of moving young children from one floor to another and one activity to another throughout the building before the major expansion of the early 2000s.

“We would meet downstairs for drop-off and greeting time. We proceeded to the pool for swim lessons and then moved outside for craft classes and snacks. If music was scheduled, we went to the upstairs lobby, where Ellen Watermelon entertained the children. Rainy days took us upstairs to the third floor for movie time and songs

Today, the Rye Y summer camp serves approximately 1,500 children a year, offering seven different camp programs for ages 3-16 at the Rye Y and Osborn Elementary School. Through our Y Cares Financial Assistance program, we make sure that every child who wants to attend camp is able to, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Rye Y awarded over $240,000 in financial assistance to 200 campers last year alone.

The world has changed a lot since 1948, and so has the Rye Y’s summer camp. However, our core values remain the same. As one Y Cares family told us “The Y camp’s emphasis on respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility challenges [our children] daily to grow into caring, honest and responsible people.”

We want to hear your Rye Y summer camp story!  If you’ve ever been a camper or a counselor at the Y’s day camp, send your reminiscences to Lisa Tidball at lisa@ryeymca.org.

1963 Day Campers