It is time for summer camp registration (already!). In fact, YMCA summer camp registration for members is currently underway and registration opens for nonmembers Feb 20th (2012). So let’s talk about the Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA (CHCYMCA). This place is like a military base to get in to, I swear. You must be a paying member or accompanied by a paying member to use the facilities – no daytime, one time, trial passes at all. But there are some tricks to this that I am here to share with you! (By the way, if you are Apex side of town, check out our little article on the Kraft Family YMCA and that fabulous pool.)
As far as the facilities go, the CHCYMCA has an indoor pool (on the cold side, but still warmer than what I remember the Chapel Hill Community Center pool being) that is a nice addition. This pool has 2 family changing rooms nearby There is a cardio deck for working out as well as weights. There is a fantastic, fenced in playground available for members to use when not in use by a program. There are basketball hoops, youth rooms, child care and more here.
The facilities are like most YMCA facilities I have seen (outside of that fancy Kraft Family one I already mentioned), which means they aren’t going to be the poshest Globo-Gym places (like that reference?) but the CHCYMCA is still relevant and clean. They are on board with many of the latest fitness crazes, like TRX, and offer a good mix of Group Fitness Classes.
However, in my opinion, the real reason to join the Y is for the youth programs like organized sports, classes, and summer camps. Membership gets you discounts and preregistration to these programs (although the programs are open to the public) and the fitness facilities are an added benefit.
Right now, we are enrolled in a swim class at the YMCA, not as members. We love it. The staff has been so welcoming and the instructors excited to be there. The classes are for all ages and levels, albeit they fill up fast so if you want to take on, sign up early! Swim lessons are offered for folks ages 6 months to adult. (Remember that the Y also owns and operates the outdoor pool at Meadowmont during the summers so figure that into your membership consideration.)
The organized sports offered through the Y are great, too. They offer soccer, baseball, volleyball, and basketball. Some of the leagues start at ages as young as 3. There are even adult teams as well as Home School team times. To give you an idea for registration fees, in general members will pay $75 for a sports league participation and nonmembers will pay $90. Members also get preferred registration.
Summer camps are for 3 1/2 year olds to 17 year olds. There are some really great programs here. In fact, there is a “first time campers” program for kids ages 3 1/2 to 5 that happens at the Meadowmont location. The day camps are about adventure, field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, and games. But the CHCYMCA also offers specialty camps with focuses on topics such as cooking, art, movies, and outdoor education. They have a special Teen camp as well as camps at the Camp Clearwater location complete with transportation. The Y also offers an “extended day” camp option where, for additional money, you can extend the hours your child stays at the Y. Members get up to and around a $30 discount for camp registrations.
As of date of this publication, membership for a family is a $100 sign up fee and then a $68 per month draft, with access to the Y at Meadowmont an additional $250. Do the math to see if this makes sense for your family – it’s a gym membership for parents, recreation for kids, and discounts to some great youth programs.
The Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA
980 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514