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More than a Gym

When you join the Y, you join more than a gym- you join a community focused on connecting YOU to a healthier life.  That means healthy in mind, body, and spirit!  Yes, we have amazing gym equipment, and group exercise classes, but we also have nutrition programs, meditation, family nights out, social gatherings, educational seminars and so much more.  Plus, the Y is a non-profit organization, so we offer financial assistance to members so everyone can be on a journey to a healthy life.


Our LIVESTRONG® program provides cancer survivors with the opportunity to come to the Y and reclaim their health and well-being. At no cost, this evidence-based program provides survivors with a 12-week/ 2x per week curriculum that includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises.

Contact your local Y to discover or start a LIVESTRONG® program.

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YMCA Women’s Opportunity Center

Assisting women, healing lives. The YMCA Women’s Opportunity Center is committed to helping women gain economic self-sufficiency through education, job readiness, networking, outreach, referrals, and emotional support. The Center also promotes awareness of women’s rights and issues through public advocacy. We provide free support that includes education and career development–a powerful combination–giving women opportunities that can lead to meaningful employment.

YMCA Membership is not required to participate in our services and our workshops are open to everyone for a small fee.

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YMCA + Workready Program

We believe every young person deserves the opportunity to cultivate their talents and achieve their dreams. 

That's why here at the YMCA, we have partnered with the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) WorkReady program to provide young people in our Philadelphia communities with the skills and experiences that will prepare them for success in the workplace and beyond through work, internship, and volunteer opportunities at the Y for students ages 13-22 in any zip code within Philadelphia County.

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Community Youth Programs

The work of the YMCA stretches far beyond the walls of our branch pools and gyms and dives directly into communities throughout Philadelphia, Burlington, and Camden Counties. We take pride in meeting the community where they are and providing programming based on their needs. This work stems from our YMCA Camden Community Services team that has established strategic partnerships with schools, policymakers, residents, and other community stakeholders to create programs and policies that support healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility.

Our work surrounds three large program initiatives; Soccer for Success, Watershed Education by Bike, and Safe Places to Play.

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Soccer for Success®

Soccer for Success® is a free after-school program that is proven to help kids establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills through caring coach-mentors and family engagement. The YMCA in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Campbell’s Soup Company, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey has provided Soccer for Success® in Camden City for the last 7 years with over 2,000 kids participating in the after-school based program.

Watershed Education by Bike

Watershed Education by Bike

Kids aged 11 to 14 participate in riding and learning events designed to teach them how different factors affect the watershed and ecosystem, and consequently, their own lives. Purposeful trails and destinations in Camden County are ridden to in a group and environmental learning continues off the bike at those destinations.  Environmental resources along the Cooper River, as well as from Camden County Open Space programs provide a structured environmental education to the youth.

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Safe Places to Play

The YMCA Safe Places to Play program staffs several parks with trained counselors who keep youth engaged, safe, and active after school and throughout the summer with structured activities and sports. Grant funding currently allows the Y to continue to lead the charge in ‘taking back’ the public parks in the City of Camden by offering this great program at no-cost to Camden residents. Children have access to fun playground equipment, as well as group games and sports led by Y staff.