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Summer at the Plano Family YMCA is about to hit the half way mark and it has been a very good one so far, according to Mike Jobe, vice president of operations for the Plano YMCA.

“As we inch toward the end of summer, it is time to start planning for the fall. Several programs will be starting up, including fall sports, Adventure Guides, Preschool and Youth and Government - to name a few,” Jobe said. “We will also begin two new programs in the fall that will be new and exciting - Youth Dance and a robotics program.”

Play More, Pay Less

Registration has begun for fall programs, which is just in time to take advantage of the Play More, Pay Less incentive. Through August 3rd, register for any program, like youth sports, camp, swim lessons, or personal training, and you pay NO JOINER'S FEE when you join the YMCA. As a Y member, enjoy a wide variety of group exercise classes, child watch while you work out, and pay up to 50% less for programs. This offer is available in-branch only, so stop in the Plano Family YMCA to join.

Youth Leadership Program

Plano Family YMCA has partnered with 2ChangeU Toastmasters to present an 8-week Youth Leadership Program designed to help youths aged 14-18 improve their public speaking and leadership skills.

This workshop series provides practical experience in leading effective meetings, presenting short impromptu as well as prepared speeches, and sharpens listening abilities. Youth will learn about Chairmanship, "How to Organize a Speech", Gestures, Voice projection, Vocabulary usage and more! After completion of all 8 sessions, participants will be more effective in future Communication and Leadership activities.

Staffing and materials will be provided by 2ChangeU Toastmasters. There is NO cost to participants. Contact 2ChangeU.TM@gmail.comfor more information regarding this FREE opportunity but hurry as seats are limited. 

You must RSVP at Youth Leadership Workshop-Summer 2015 no later than Thursday, July 23rd. You do not want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity! 

Sundays 4:00 to 6:00pm at Plano YMCA beginning July 26th

7/26    Session 1 - Introduction to Chairmanship

8/2      Session 2 - Introduction to Public Speaking

8/9      Session 3 - Impromptu Speaking

8/16    Session 4 - Organizing Your Speech

8/23    Session 5 - Listening

8/30    Session 6 - Gestures in Speaking

          No session on Labor Day weekend!

9/13    Session 7 - Voice and Vocabulary

9/20    Session 8 - Show Your Skills

For more information, contact Samantha Buehler, Youth Development Director, at or call 214-705-9459.

Woodbridge Swim Lessons

In partnership with the Woodbridge Homeowners Association, the Plano Family YMCA is offering swim lessons to Woodbridge community families. This program is only available to Woodbridge residents. The last session runs July 27-August 7.

Classes are Monday-Thursday. All Classes are 30 minutes and class sizes are limited. There is a 1 to 4 ratio for beginner classes, 1 to 6 for advanced lessons and a max of 1 to 8 for Parent/Child and Adult lessons. Cost: $75 per session.

The Youth Swim Lessons are divided into ability groups and trained instructors emphasize

personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and social skills while guiding students with praise and encouragement. All swim lessons will be conducted at the pool located at Woodbridge Golf Club, 7400 Country Club Drive, Wylie, TX75098. Online registration and more information are available at

Summer Camp

With half the summer still ahead, it's not too late to experience Summer Camp at the Plano Family YMCA. Every summer the YMCA offers new experiences for hundreds of youth. From traditional summer camps that encourage kids to explore new adventures, to preschool camps where campers participate in themed weeks and hands-on learning, kids have the opportunity to learn, thrive, grow and, of course, have fun!

Camp on the Lake

The premier waterfront day camp for kids 6-13. Located on LakeLewisville, the camp provides a slew of summer camp activities that are usually exclusive to sleep-away camps. Your camper will enjoy canoeing, archery, horseback riding, water activities, crafts, and much more. Whether playing, exploring nature or conquering new experiences, your child will be creating memories that last a lifetime.

Attend one or more of the 5-day sessions. Located at Lake Lewisville, pick-up is at the Plano Y. Camp runs weekly (Monday- Friday) through Aug. 21.

Camp Chippewa (Traditional Day Camp) 5-12 yrs

Traditional Day Camps provide youth with activities that allow them to experience a variety of different adventures, teach core values, conflict resolution and leadership skills. Participants attend weekly field-trips and camps include weekly swim time. This camp is perfect for kids that love the great outdoors. Located at the Plano Y, the camp runs weekly (Monday-Friday) through Aug. 21.

Teen Camp 12-15 yrs

Through differently weekly themes, teen campers will experience traditional camp activities along with interactive field trips, team-building skills, service projects, and character building all while having fun and meeting new people!

Field Trips Include: Six Flags, Hawaiian Falls, Main Event, Frisco Rough Riders Game, and more! Camp runs weekly (Monday- Friday) through Aug. 21.

Visit our website at to register or for more information.

Cutline: Campers arrived at the Plano Family YMCA June 8th and have been having a blast. Through different weekly themes, teen campers are experiencing traditional camp activities along with interactive field trips, team-building, service projects, and character building - all while having fun and meeting new people!

Adventure Guides

Registration for 2015-2016 Adventure Guides is now open. What is YMCA Adventure Guides? It's adventures, experiences and the building of life-long memories. It's a program designed to strengthen the bond between fathers and their children between the grades of K-3. The program is based on the traditions of the compass, including: community, nature, family and fun. 

As an Adventure Guide, you and your son/daughter will join a unique "Circle".  The Circle will go on camping trips, participate in various activities sponsored by the Y and events coordinated within the group. For more information about the Adventure Guide program, contact Nick Echtenkamp, Senior Program Director, at or call 214.705.9459 or visit ourwebsite.


At the Plano Family YMCA Preschool, we take the responsibility of early childhood education seriously. We base our educational and guidance decisions on developmentally appropriate practice. We appreciate and support the close ties between the child and family and we realize that children are best understood in the context of their family, culture, and society. 

We believe in the value of human diversity and fair treatment of all people. Our number one goal is to provide the kind of environment and the kind of influences that encourage all children to become creative, independent, and responsible students who can make positive choices for themselves. 

The Plano Family YMCA is a year round program. Our program hours of operation begin at 7:45am and end promptly at 2:00pm. Preschool post care is available from 2:00pm - 6:30 pm for an additional fee. 

For more information about the Preschool Program, contact Samantha Buehler, Youth Development Director, at or call 214.705.9459.

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