Bradford County Branch YMCA

A Branch of the River Valley Regional YMCA
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Bradford County Branch YMCA
A Branch of the River Valley Regional YMCA

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as a resource to learn about current and upcoming programs at the YMCA. Bradford County Branch YMCA Bradford County Branch YMCA 9 College Avenue Towanda, Pa 18848 www.bradfordcountyymca.org
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9 College Avenue Towanda, Pa 18848 www.bradfordcountyymca.org

WELCOME TO THE YMCA OF BRADFORD COUNTY
I would like to sincerely welcome you as a new member to the YMCA of Bradford County. You have just made a great decision that can benefit you and your family. Our programs and facilities can open the door to better health, more education and FUN! Our talented staff is here to provide you with information, activities, and unsurpassed service. Please take a few minutes to read the information in this booklet. This handbook is designed to familiarize you with our programs and policies and explain how the YMCA implements our mission statement into all of our programs. Take comfort that the YMCA serves you from a rich tradition of experience. For over 150 years, the YMCA nationally has been involved in helping people develop a strong Spirit, Mind and Body. The YMCA of Bradford County is a community non-profit organization that needs your feedback to better meet your needs. If we don’t know the answer, we will find someone who does. We are always open to suggestions and comments that will help us serve you. Whatever your situation, whether you are a family of many or one, a long-time resident or new to the area, there is a place for you here because…” You can workout anywhere, but you be-

DID YOU KNOW? In September of 2000, the YMCA of Bradford County officially opened its doors in the SCI building. The history of the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute began in 1849 when a group of men from the Presbytery of Susquehanna wanted to start a school. Towanda agreed to have the institute, and the building was completed on the site in 1853. An academic institute was established there until 1907 when the SCI closed due to lack of enrollment and considerations. In 1915, the Towanda High School was temporarily housed in the building until a new school was opened on State Street in 1916. In 1943, the Towanda Borough was donated the property by the Presbyterian Church for recreational use. The building was turned into a community center and renovated in the 1980s. The YMCA now works closely with the borough to operate the facility and pool.

long at the YMCA.”
Thank you, Jennifer M. Dibble Branch Executive Director

YMCA MISSION STATEMENT:

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy, spirit, mind and body for all.
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THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME TO READ THROUGH OUR NEW MEMBER BOOKLET. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF THERE IS ANYTHING WE CAN DO FOR YOU WHILE YOU ARE HERE. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL ENJOY YOUR TIME AS PART OF OUR YMCA FAMILY.
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BIRTHDAY/POOL PARTIES
Birthdays are especially fun at the YMCA. We offer three party packages to celebrate your special day. Each birthday boy or girl will receive a free tshirt, play basketball, volleyball, kickball, dodge ball, and more. In the summer, enjoy our outdoor pool for your child's birthday party celebration. Call and schedule your party today!

MAKE CONNECTIONS, MAKE A DIFFERENCE
WHAT DOES THE YMCA STAND FOR?
Everyone knows that YMCA is an acronym for “Young Men’s Christian Association;” however, those who participate in YMCA are not just: YOUNG - - The YMCA of Bradford County serves people of all ages, starting at 6 months old (Pre-School play date; Splashers swim Lessons) to our AOA - Active Older Adults programs (Silver Sneakers) MEN - - 50% of our membership is women CHRISTIAN - - Founded on Christian principles, the YMCA is open to people of all faiths and backgrounds ASSOCIATION - - This is what the YMCA is. We are an association of people working together to make Bradford County a better place for people to live.

AWAY PROGRAM
Did you know that you are “Always welcome at the YMCA?” The A.W.A.Y. program is based on the philosophy that when a person enrolls in a YMCA, he or she becomes a member of a nationwide Association of people that helps build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities; therefore, they will be welcomed by all other participating YMCAs in the United States. It offers Y members the opportunity to stay in shape and keep in touch while away from home. There are more than 1,000 YMCAs nationwide that participate in the A.W.A.Y. program. To find participating YMCAs, call 1-888-333-9622 or visit on the web at www.ymca.net. The YMCA of Bradford County’s A.W.A.Y. program allows visiting YMCA members 3 free visits in one calendar month. For more than 3 visits in 1 month, exactly one half of a day pass is charged.

YMCA PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
FOR CHILDREN
Pre-School Play Date Babysitters Training Classes Swimming Lessons Summer Day Camp After School Programming Youth Basketball Floor Hockey T-Ball School Aged Child Care Child Watch

FOR ADULTS
Open Gym Fitness Center Lap Swimming Aerobics and Fitness Classes Basketball Leagues Adult Volleyball Flag football League Softball Leagues Sports Tournaments AOA—Active older Adults

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1. HOURS OF OPERATION
YMCA OF BRADFORD COUNTY HOURS
Oct - May Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 5:45 - 9:00pm 5:45 - 7:30pm 8:30 - 3:30pm 11:00 - 6:00pm June - Sept 5:45 - 8:00pm 5:45 - 7:30pm 8:30 - 3:30pm

D.GUEST PRIVILEGES
Day passes are available for our indoor facility and outdoor pool area. Prices are available at the front desk and in our session brochures. Day passes allow guests to use the YMCA facilities just as a member would use them. A pass is valid for a full day at the YMCA. New members are given 2 free passes in order to bring guests who may be interested in joining the YMCA.

E. EQUIPMENT
12 Strive Smart Strength weight training machines 4 Precor Treadmills with incline 1 Cybex Treadmill with incline

CLOSED

*September hours Monday - Thursday - 8pm closing. *The YMCA will not be open on Sunday until November. *YMCA Holidays: New Years Day Easter Sunday Christmas Day Independence Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Memorial Day

2 Precor Ellipticals with incline and movable arms 1 Cybex ARC Trainer 1 Stationary Bike Free Weights Hoist Cable Crossover

F. FACILITY
Children 8 and under must be accompanied by someone 13 or older when using the facility Youth 14 and 15 years old must complete an orientation with a YMCA staff person before they will be permitted to use the fitness center without adult supervision.

2. ADMISSION
Upon entering the YMCA, please swipe your membership card at the front desk. Thank you for helping us track our facility usage.

G. FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Food is not permitted in the gymnasium and fitness areas. Members and guests may, however, bring water into the YMCA facility. ALL YMCA GROUNDS AND FACILITIES ARE TOBACCO FREE!

3.INCLEMENT WEATHER PROGRAM POLICY
If the Towanda Area School District is delayed or closed, the YMCA will open at approximately 10:00AM or when travel is safe. The status of all programs will be determined by the program director. Listen to the following stations for updates WIGGLE100 · 95.3 The Bridge · 102.1 WAVR/WAVSA
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A. FITNESS CENTER
The YMCA Fitness Center is open for use during all of our regular hours. Members, guests, and day pass participants may use the equipment during open hours. Please be advised of our age requirements listed under FACILITY. Participants must be 16 years old to use the equipment in the fitness center without adult supervision (14 and 15 year olds must have an orientation with a YMCA staff member to use the facility by themselves). Please use the cardio equipment in the time allotted, so all of our guests and members will have the opportunity to utilize them if desired. When using the free weights, please do so with caution and guidance.

4. MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
Current membership fees are outlined in materials at the front desk. The YMCA accepts credit cards, check or cash payments for membership fees.

Bank Draft Policies:
YMCA of Bradford County bank drafts are taken out on the 1st or the 15th of the month or the following business day. If a bank draft is returned with insufficient funds, there will be a $30.00 charged applied by the YMCA. This is in addition to any service fee your bank may charge. Please understand that it is your responsibility to notify the YMCA should you change your financial institution an/or account at any time. If you make the decision to terminate your membership, you must give the YMCA a 30-day written notice. Please note that once you notify us, there will be one more withdrawal taken from your account.

B. NEW MEMBER PROGRAM SET-UP
Do you want to change your life but don’t know where to start? That’s what we’re here for. Your membership includes a free 1 hour program set-up appointment with a YMCA staff person to help you get familiarized with our Strive Equipment.

5. DRESS CODE AND BEHAVIOR
As members of the YMCA, you are expected to wear appropriate attire and to act in a manner that is conducive to a family atmosphere. Proper foot-wear, shirts, and shorts are required. Please remember that we are a YMCA, and as such, we have a large number of children in our facility. Therefore, clothing that has alcohol, tobacco, foul language, or implied content is not permitted. Persons wearing clothing with this type of content will be asked to leave the premises immediately. In the swimming pool and surrounding area, proper swimming suits are required. Cut-offs and gym shorts are not allowed. Please refrain from wearing revealing bathing suits. We are very strict with regard to foul language. It is simply not permitted. There is no smoking permitted in the YMCA or on our grounds. Please dispose of your butts prior to arriving at the YMCA. With your cooperation, your YMCA will remain a family atmosphere!

C. OUTDOOR POOL AREA
The YMCA pool is open June, July and August. Specific dates are posted in program brochures at the front desk. Pool schedules defining times for free swim, lap swim, classes and other special events are also available at the front desk. Please follow the Pool Guidelines: All people who attend the YMCA open swim will be administered a swimming test. If you are unsuccessful you must stay in the shallow end where you are able to touch the bottom of the pool. Children who do not pass the test may go into the deep end with an adult that has passed the swim test. Children ages 9 and up may use the pool without supervision. Children ages 8 and uder must be accompanied by someone 13 and older. Food and beverages are allowed in the picnic area of the pool. However, NO GLASS is allowed in picnic or pool area.

6. YMCA WARNINGS AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
1st warning: 2nd warning: 3rd warning: Asked to leave for the day Asked to leave for the week Asked to leave for the month

If a member is a minor, for each warning, a letter will be sent to the member (or parent/ guardian). On the 3rd warning, the member will be called in for a meeting. If there are any further incidents there will be no warnings. The member will be removed indefinitely. Reentry will be contingent upon the Executive Director’s decision. After 6 months, the slate will be wiped clean, and the member can rejoin the YMCA.

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(WARNINGS AND DISMISSALS CONTINUED)
Members and guests are expected to practice good standards of behavior and follow YMCA guidelines. This is in the best interest of all those who utilize our facility. The Branch Executive Director makes any decisions concerning revocation of membership privileges. If any action is taken, the Branch Executive Director is required to inform the board of Directors in a timely fashion.

11. GYM/POOL RENTALS
The YMCA of Bradford County prefers to rent the gym or pool during closed hours immediately after the facility closes. The schedule of preferred rental times, rates per hours, and the YMCA Facility Usage Policy is available at the front desk. Please call to schedule your party or get together. A rental contract must be signed and a down payment made prior to the rental activity.

7. PROGRAMS
Some YMCA programs are offered to non-members at a rate higher than the member’s rate. Now that you have a membership, you do not pay the non-member rates! Many of our programs have maximum capacities. Please register in advance for any program prior to arrival on the starting date to ensure room in the program.

12. CELL PHONES
Cell phones, video recorders, cameras, or any visual recording devices are not allowed in the YMCA without the expressed written consent of the Executive Director. To protect members and guests from unauthorized photos, the YMCA of the USA has a policy of limiting the use of cell phones to the front lobby/parking area.

13. ACCIDENTS 8. SCHEDULES
All schedules are posted at the front desk of the YMCA. Schedules are subject to change with minimal notice. The YMCA will make every attempt to post these changes visibly at least one week in advance. The YMCA does not have public health and accident insurance. You are participating at your own risk and are responsible for yourself and your children. All accidents, injuries, or unusual incidents should be reported immediately to the staff person on duty.

14. VOLUNTEERS
The YMCA of Bradford County needs volunteers for various activities such as helping with office work, coaching youth sports, serving on committees, or assisting with fund raising for our youth programs. Please talk to our Program Director if you have an interest in Volunteering!

9. LOCKER ROOMS
Men’s and Women’s locker rooms have adequate shower and changing facilities. It is necessary to bring your own towel and toiletries. We ask that a combination lock be used on the lockers. When leaving the facility, we ask that you take all your belongings along with your lock. The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

15. STRONG KIDS CAMPAIGN
Each year, the YMCA conducts a fundraising campaign in March to raise money for scholarships. These funds are raised expressly for the purpose of supporting the scholarship fund for families and children in need of financial assistance in order to participate in YMCA programs and activities. If you would like to volunteer as a fundraiser, or can give to this cause, we welcome your contribution. See our program director for more information.

10. SCHOLARSHIP/FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The YMCA strives to turn no one away due to financial hardship or an inability to pay appointed fees, provided there is registration space available in a given program or schedule. Scholarship application forms are available at the front office. Scholarships are made possible through generous donations from our community and the United Way. All applications are kept confidential. For more information regarding our scholarship program, call the YMCA and our staff will be happy to help you.
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