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At the Y, we don’t just teach swimming lessons or coach soccer. We’re about youth development: ensuring that the 9 million children and teens in our programs reach their full potential by helping them grow— physically, mentally and socially— from young children into engaged, active members of their communities.


Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities.


To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing encouragement and tools. We’re here day-in and day-out to provide the resources our communities need to address the most pressing social issues: child welfare, education, employment, housing and substance abuse. We work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their best.



HEALTHY LIVING Achieving and maintaining wellness is a task that’s never finished. That’s why a healthy lifestyle is so important. We’re here to help you regardless of your starting point with a variety of classes and supports to keep you healthy in spirit, mind and body!  (Click for class schedule for June 1 – July 26)

Next session begins July 27 – Sept. 13     NO CLASSES ON LABOR DAY


ADULT AQUA CLASSES Splash your way into shape with an invigorating low-impact aquatic exercise. Check out the variety of classes available … (Click here for Adult Aquatics Schedule)


OUTDOOR GOLF LESSONS  Take your game outside to improve your game.  Lessons are held at the Ridges Golf Course and begin on the driving range, eventually moving out onto the course.  On the last day a short tournament will be held.

AGE          5-15
DATE       Summer 2015 | Tues & Thurs | Dates TBA
TIME       8:30 – 10:30am
LOCATION  The Ridges Golf Course
FEE          $20/Member        $30/Non-Member

KARATE TUMBLE  Our carefully structured program allows children ages 5 & over to develop confidence, increase physical ability and learn the discipline to achieve personal goals. This class focuses on skill development, conditioning and flexibility …(read more)

JUMPSTART SOCCER Your toddlers will learn soccer in a safe and healthy environment. The program will focus on teaching kids rules, sportsmanship, techniques, and teamwork necessary to play soccer. Parents are encouraged to participate alongside their child. Minimum of 6 to run a session.

AGE     3 – 6
SUMMER SESSION DATES     Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
TIME     5:30 – 6:15pm
LOCATION      SWC YMCA Port Edwards
FEE     $20/Member          $40/Non-Member

HOME-SCHOOLED PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM This program is aimed at serving the needs of our communities home-schooled youth population. There will be a variety of units to teach valuable lessons of sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline, and healthy living. The programs, activities and lessons are designed to closely resemble that of public school physical education. Possible activities include orienteering, basketball, soccer, racquetball, volleyball, billiards, and more! Minimum of 5 to run program.

AGE     6 – 16
DAY     Tues & Thurs
TIME     11:00am – Noon
LOCATION      SWC YMCA Port Edwards
FEE     $30 session per family/Member          $45 session per family/Non-Member


GYMNASTICS TEAM SWC YMCA Gymnastics Team is organized to coach athletes in acquiring and executing skills with a progressive approach. It is an exciting time for gymnasts! The USA Gymnastics Women’s Program Committee created new routines for the Junior Olympic levels …(read more)



DRIVE OUR CAUSE  |  Annual Golf Classic South Wood County YMCA
Together, we can make our community better. We need your support, join JOHN E. ALEXANDER  |  SOUTH WOOD COUNTY YMCA  (SWC YMCA) at our Annual Golf Classic. The proceeds from this event supports our financial assistance program, benefitting more than 1,200 local individuals and families annually who otherwise could not afford the cost.

HOW TO BE A GAME CHANGER Join us this year as a Golf Sponsor, Hole Sponsor, Individual Golfer or Dinner Guest.


11:00AM                    REGISTRATION & WARM-UP
12:00AM                   SHOTGUN START
4:45PM                      SOCIAL HOUR
5:45PM                      DINNER & PRIZES

GYMNASTICS & CHEER CAMP | Friday Aug 21 | 8am – 5pm | Kdg-8th grade   Wisconsin Rapids ONLY Elite Gymnastics Facility invites you to spend the day with us. Kids will focus on safety, fun and making friends.

The day will include a USAG high level gymnastics demo, snacks, lunch, crafts, prizes and much more!

Register today – $20/Members or $30/Non-Members

RESIDENT & DAY CAMP | JUNE 8 – AUGUST 28 | AGE 5 – 14 We have more than 50 years of experience in providing a safe, thriving environment for young people to explore personal interests, build self-esteem, discover the outdoors and make lasting friendships and memories. (For Day Camp info click here…) (For Resident Camp info click here..)

YMCA CAMP ALEXANDER is located at 1053 Camp Road – Wisconsin Rapids – WI – 54494 on beautiful NEPCO Lake.
Contact Stefanie “Tweezer” Lawhorn, Camp Director at 715.818.6013 or lawhorn@swcymca.org for more information.



Our Mission


To put Christian principles
into practice through programs that build a healthy
spirit, mind and body for all.