Place Yourself Challenge

Not only are we waiving all joining fees until August, but we are challenging our members to place themselves by setting heath and fitness goals this summer.  We could not be more proud of our Y members and everything that you accomplish throughout the year. This summer, we have decided to celebrate as YOU set and achieve your health and wellness goals!

This begs the question: have you signed up for our newest challenge? PLACE YOURSELF celebrates the Olympic spirit, but you only compete against yourself with the goals you set. As you achieve and surpass established goals, staff members will give out stars to place on our Weekly Tracker bulletin board (located just outside of the Wellness Office). We will celebrate your many victories at our Medal Ceremony on August 31st.

Keep in mind that you may either set 3 separate goals or break down your overall goal into: Bronze (easy), Silver (medium), and Gold (challenging) levels. If you haven’t already, begin to think about some goals you want to accomplish in the next couple of months. We have already had several members set many exciting and admirable goals. Here are a few examples of goals that have been set so far:

  • Increase water intake by 24oz each day
  • Come to the Y 3 times per week
  • Complete 30 minutes of cardio per week
  • Limit fried food intake to one day a week
  • Run 8 miles a week
We want you to understand that your goals do not have to be fitness related! You can set a goal as simple as playing outside with your children twice a week, or committing to family dinners 4 nights a week.

Ask for a Place Yourself registration form at the front desk to get started! Do not forget to mark your calendar for our Medal Ceremony on August 31, 2012.

We are so excited to celebrate YOU!!

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No Barriers to a Brighter You!

Hundreds of people everyday make their life a little healthier through the Y, by getting the support and resources they need to improve their health, increase well-being and prevent chronic disease.

Starting Friday June 15th, we’re making it easier for you to be a part of the Y family! Just think – more energy, new friends, and no barriers to a brighter you! We care about your health, want you to feel welcome, and want more people to experience the Y. It’s a wonderful place to belong. We would love to have you and your family be a part of something great. Tell your friends they can be a part of the Y with NO JOINING FEE now through the end of August!

We want you and your family to join our Y community and be a part of our fun, healthy, and supportive environment. Head on down to Franklin Square and be a part of something great!

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Kicking Off Summer at Kingsport Y!

At your Y, we love to see kids and families having fun, staying safe, and experiencing all sorts of activities together.  We have something for everyone in your family here! We are ready to take on summer in full force.

We are looking forward to a summer full of fun.  We’ll be mixing it up, from arts and crafts to board game challenges, new kids yoga to family ZUMBA classes, obstacle courses to rock climbing, you and your family have many activities to choose from to get you active and making memories.  Several changes and exciting additions started Monday, June 4th, so whether you bring your kids to play basketball or volleyball in the gym, or to see them bounce in one of our inflatables, there is much fun to be had by all at the Y this summer.

See the NEW Youth Schedule posted below and head down to your Kingsport Family Y to join in on the fun!

Youth Schedule June 2012

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Do more, be more– Volunteer at your Kingsport Family Y!


Did you know the Kingsport YMCA offers volunteer opportunities? Would you like to help out in a Group Exercise Class? Could you see yourself working with our 0-5 crowd in ChildWatch? Perhaps greeting people & giving tours is more your preference. If any of these or more appeal to you, we want you! We are expanding our volunteer opportunities and we need YOU!  

Across the United States, more than 500,000 business leaders, community advocates, parents, teens, and individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors volunteer at the Y. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods nationwide we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive, personal, and social change.With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure. When you volunteer at the Y, you provide leadership and talent vital to empowering people and communities to learn, grow and thrive.

Here are just a few of the volunteer opportunities available at our Y: Group Exercise Assistant, Healthy Lifestyles Assistant, Membership Assistant, School Age/Summer Camp Program Assistant, Facility & Property Maintenance, Special Needs Volunteer, and many others.

Whether you are a student looking for volunteer hours, a mother looking to support a great cause, or simply looking to take an active role in strengthening our community, the Kingsport Family Y has a volunteer position for you! Spread the word.

Come grab a volunteer application at the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA. For more information regarding volunteering, please contact our Healthy Living Director, Tyler Ramey at 423-247-9622.




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Live Out Loud with HYPE Teen Camp!

What’s all the HYPE about?  As your Summer Camp Guru, I’m proud to say that our Teen Camp has been named HYPE, which stands for, “How Youth Pursue Excellence.”  The Y believes in providing somewhere for your teen to discover how great they can be!  We want to help them grow, prepare them for high school, and be ready to handle the things that life will throw at them.  We want them to learn how to LIVE OUT LOUD!  Never underestimate the impact a summer camp program can have.  Centered on service learning projects, leadership skills, self-worth, active lifestyles, and full of fun, your middle school teen can hang out with us and develop character traits that will help make them positive role models.  

 I thought you might want a preview of each week’s theme, so here you go…

 The summer will kick off with what we call “The Y-Factor!”  This week the teens will have a chance to participate in activities and games that will challenge them and help them achieve goals as a team and also as an individual, including a field trip to Bancroft Bible Camp for zip lines, gigantic slide, climbing wall, octaball, and human foosball!  I know what you are thinking…Can I come too? 

Week two will be spent exploring the great outdoors with “The Discovery Channel.”  The teens will share a wide array of activities and games that allow them to question and explore the world around them, complete with a spelunking trip at Appalachian Caverns!

Week three finds us in the world of “Game Shows,” with all your favorites!  From Double Dare to Family Feud, the teens will be challenged in groups and individually testing both their knowledge and skills (which they will need as they attempt the High Ropes Course at Bays Mountain!) 

Week four we enter our “Unsolved Mystery” journey.  This whole week is going to be quite the surprise including our first ever Progressive Mystery Field Trip.  They wouldn’t even tell me where they were going, so you know you won’t want to miss this!

Week five will rival ESPN as we host our own “Sports Center.”  All about sports, they will get into all kinds of games, even some canoeing and archery at Buffalo Mountain to be sure we cover every sport possible around here!

Week six is “TRL”…a total teen choice week!  They will get to have a say in everything we do, even having a say in field trip activities at Steele Creek Park. 

Week seven is our “Wipe Out – Wet, Wild, and Obstacles” week.  Water and mayhem will be taking over camp for the week.  Of course, a wild water week wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Wetlands Water Park! 

Finally, week eight brings an end to the summer so naturally, a “Celebration” week is in order.  We will definitely end with a BANG!  This week we will head to Rascal’s Teen Center to just hang out, dance, and enjoy being with our friends.

As you can see, we have many things planned to keep your teenager not only active but happy.  Sign up for one week, two weeks, or all eight!  I’ve officially been kicked out of Teen Camp, because my time of being cool is over, but it’s not too late for you!

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Summer Camp Guru Eases Your Mind

I’m a little excited! Okay, I’m ALOT excited because YMCA Summer Camp starts in just 34 short days…not that I’m keeping track or anything.  Camp registration is in full swing and spots are filling very quickly!  I love looking through the applications and seeing the names of the kids I get to hang out with and get so excited just knowing how much fun each of them are going to have this summer.

So for today’s Summer Camp Guru installment, I’ve decided to address some of the hot topics.  I hope to express why YMCA Summer Camp is not only an option for your child this summer, but the BEST choice for your child.

Let’s talk staff!  One of the biggest differences in our camp is the people who invest in our kids each day.  We love our counselors and they love each camper that comes through our doors.  When you walk in one of our camps, you never know what you might see.  Our counselors might be in full Willy Wonka dress or some other crazy costume.  One of my favorite memories of last summer was attending the premiere of Cars 2 with every Y camp employee–including our Child Care Director–dressed as a character from the movie!  That’s right, our staff go above and beyond to ensure that your child has fun, feels included, and is loved!  They engage the kids and create a safe and welcoming environment.

Let’s talk numbers!  Another HUGE difference is the small and family-like “huddles”. We are committed to having 1 counselor for every 10 campers.  This enables us to excel in a couple of areas.  First of all, our low ratio allows us to know what is going on with each camper.  Our counselors truly get to know each camper, what they like and what they don’t like, which enables us to connect and form a unique bond between the each counselor and camper.  Secondly, our small group allows us to have all areas of camp well supervised throughout the day, putting their safety and protection at the top of our priorities.

Let’s talk activities!  Our day is packed with fun throughout a structured schedule with planned activities from 9 to 4 daily.  We start off each morning with singing and dancing and then we head to our clubs.  Each week we host six to eight different clubs each day that are centered on our weekly theme.  The awesome thing is that your child gets to pick which four clubs he/she attends each week, based on their interests.  We also go swimming three days a week and go on a different weekly field trip.  Guests from Eastman come to our camps weekly and share really cool science experiments with the campers.  I can assure you that there is never a dull moment at camp!  Your child will go home tired, but will be up early ready for another day.

Let’s talk field trips!  We have some really great trips planned this summer and I personally am excited to go, too!   I think today that I’ll just highlight my favorite one for this summer.  For the first time ever, we are going on a Progressive Mystery field trip.  What does this mean?  I’m glad you asked.   Basically, it lasts all day and the campers have no idea where we are going or what we are going to do.  They will receive clues throughout the day to tell them where they need to go next.  We will spend the day completing challenges at several different locations!  How cool is that?!  We try to use our field trips to allow our campers to take part in things that they wouldn’t necessarily get to do.

Let’s talk registration!  One of the neatest things about our program is your ability to choose when your child attends camp.  Let’s be honest…summer is the time to go on vacation and to visit grandparents.  It is very hard to commit to every single week in a ten week summer.  So, with us, you don’t have to!  You can pick and choose which weeks you need us.  I will warn you that your child will want to come every week!  They won’t want to miss out on team competitions, clubs, and field trips.  Camp is addicting!

Applications are available online and at the Y!  Get yours and turn it in fast because our camp spaces are limited and camp is filling up fast.  As always, I’ll be happy to answer any of your summer camp questions.  Thanks for spending a few minutes with “The Summer Camp Guru”.   I’ll see you next week!

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Take on Summer at Healthy Kids Day!

Healthy Kids Day- April 28, 2012

You are invited! It’s that time again to celebrate and support healthy habits in the kids of Kingsport.  Through Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids, the Y encourages families to address critical gaps in kids’ health and education.  On this day, join the Y and more than half-a-million parents and kids across the country as we commit to Take on Summer.

Healthy Kids Day is a free community event for all kids and families meant to get kids more active and engaged in learning, so they can maintain healthy habits and academic skills when they’re not in school.  Along with 1,900 Ys across the country, your Greater Kingsport Family YMCA will be hosting our special day at our main facility on Franklin Square. The event will be held on Saturday April 28th from 11am-1pm.

Healthy Kids Day will include community health partners, area businesses, local school coordinated health and local law enforcement.  Activities that will be scheduled for participants are youth/family fitness classes (Zumba, yoga and boot camps), carnival games, active inflatables, healthy living booths from Kingsport City Schools Coordinated Health and Tendercare (Sullivan Co. Health Dept.), and helpful information from We Run Events.  Other participants include Wallabies, Sullivan Co. Imagination Library, and Miss Kingsport, who will present her “Fitting in Fitness” initiative!  The first 100 kids will get prize packs with t-shirts and tote bags, with everyone having the chance to win great give-aways from local businesses and restaurants.  Our hope is to educate our community youth and their families about the importance of physical activity and healthy choices. 

Come join us as we celebrate community and healthy living. There has never been a better time to get up, get out and grow! We look forward to seeing you and your family on April 28th.

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