In 1883, the Youngstown YMCA opened as a place farmers moving to the city for work could retreat to. It now boasts three branches: the Central branch in downtown Youngstown, Camp Fitch on Lake Erie, and the D.D. & Velma Davis Family YMCA.
Though the Y is a place where members can go to exercise, participate in sports leagues, and swim, it's also more than that; it's a place that strives to teach good values to community members. It stresses the importance of such principles as respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship, and it's dedicated to helping the area out through community-service efforts.
Michelle Alpern, an avid swimmer and Red Cross-certified lifeguard since high school, is the founder of the Kids and Infant Safety Swim (KISS) Swim Program. Tailoring lessons to each student?s needs, Michelle and staff lead sessions for infants, toddlers, kids, and adults, focusing on the swim-float-swim method in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. She specializes in childhood education, and her training includes more than 175 hours of pool instruction, child psychology and physiology, and CPR and AED certifications.
Shaw JCC is a facility replete with weights and cardio equipment, two full-sized indoor basketball courts and one outdoor court, three tennis courts, an indoor and outdoor pool, and more. The facility hosts heaps of fun and fitness opportunities sure to satisfy the entire family, whether your kin prefers to let sweat flow freeform during self-designed workouts in the fitness room or to huff and puff in unison during expertly guided group classes. Fitness-based programs are offered for members of all ages, abilities, and aspirations, be they backstroke or b-ball related. Less physically intensive programs include afterschool tutoring, piano lessons, family apple picking, and friendly apple putting backing. Check the current schedule for a complete rundown of this month's offerings.
Inside Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club’s 130,000-square-foot facility, guests can hone their ground strokes on the tennis court, practice dunking on the basketball court, or learn to breathe underwater in the heated indoor and outdoor pools. Alternatively, exercisers can join in on group fitness classes such as yoga, water aerobics, and spinning, work out in one of two cardio rooms, or train under the watchful eye of an experienced personal trainer.
Red Oak Camp has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a barn and boys' summer retreat in 1947. Today, the staff organize old-fashioned, weeklong outdoor adventures that help boys and girls—in age groups ranging from 7 to 14—develop cooperation and leadership skills and an appreciation for nature. At the original Red Barn boys’ day camp, counselors watch over campers as they fish and canoe in a pond, practice their aim on an archery range, test their coordination on a low-ropes course, and stockpile candy bars for the winter. At the equestrian center, girls learn the basics of horsemanship and barn management and frolic in their own playing fields and activities center. Older children may leave camp for backpacking trips, and even the younger visitors may embark on flora- and fauna-identification hikes or pitch tents and sleep under the stars.
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: The Lake
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
The Lake's shores have served as a gathering spot for families seeking a bit of summer fun since 1955, when it was known as Loyal Oak Lake Park. Certified lifeguards monitor the lake where swimmers careen off diving platforms that rise out of the deeper water, or scramble down and up inflatable waterslides and an inflatable climbing rock closer to shore. Nearby tennis and basketball courts headline the activities on dry land, which also include mini golf, volleyball and batting cages. There's so much to do at the park that you may not want to go home, and, luckily, you don't have to. The groundskeepers maintain lush, shady campgrounds where families can pitch a tent to enjoy a night under the stars or spend an evening pondering what their house would look like with fresh sod in place of floors.