Youth Development - YMCA of Dane County

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Nurturing the Potential of Every Child and Teen

We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Character Development

Believing is the first step to being - At the Y, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential and live their best lives. The YMCA's core values - Caring, Respect, and Responsibility - serve as our guide, helping our members and participants to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.

Character Development gives us the ability to meet our mission. By holding ourselves accountable and building character around our core values, we build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Caring Icon   Caring: to demonstrate a sincere concern for others, for their needs, and well-being. Related values: compassion, forgiveness, generosity and kindness
Honesty Icon   Honesty: to tell the truth, to demonstrate reliability and trustworthiness through actions that are in keeping with my stated positions and beliefs. Related values: integrity and fairness
Respect Icon   Respect: to treat others as I would want them to treat me, to value the worth of every person, including myself. Related values: acceptance, empathy, self-respect and tolerance.
Responsibility Icon   Responsibility: to do what is right - what I ought to do, to be accountable for my choices of behavior and actions and my promises. Related values: commitment, courage, good health, service and citizenship.


Summer Camp

For generations, YMCA Camps have provided children with rewarding experiences an a lifetime of memories. Y Healthy Kids Camps are more than just something to do. At camp, we are committed to providing children with a healthy spirit, mind and body. It's an exciting, safe community for young people to explore the outdoors, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories. 



Child Care

With so many demands on today's families and the increased focus on early childhood development, families need all the support they can to nurture the potential of youth. The Y provides a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn, grow and develop social skills.

Available child care programs


Education & Leadership

We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. We help kids set and achieve personal and educational goals in a child-centered environment of warmth, friendliness and freedom. At the Y, children and teens learn positive behaviors while exploring unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. For more information on other Education & Leadership, contact your local YMCA.



Swim, Sports & Play 

At the Y, youth actively learn about developing healthy habits and much more. They gain confidence from learning to swim or playing sports, building positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork. It's about building the whole child, from the inside out. Our programs are positive, fun activities that build athletic, social and interpersonal skills. Adaptive programs available.