Being healthy means more than just being physically fit. It is about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Geneva Lakes Family YMCA is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn new skills, fostering connections with friends through a wide array of affordable programs for all ages, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities.
WHO WE ARE
The Y is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. In more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change.
The Y has been meeting community needs in the Geneva Lakes area for more than 130 years, and we will continue to seek out and develop new ways to help people reach their potential and empower them to lead healthier lives!
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen; improves our community’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.
The Geneva Lakes Family YMCA's roots can be traced back to 1886 when three businessmen, who were sitting by a campfire on the shores of Geneva Lake, discussed the idea of establishing a permanent professional YMCA training school.
Shortly after that fireside chat, the men purchased land in Williams Bay, WI, and founded their YMCA training camp.
The first classes were held in tents, and the camp became a thriving campus where YMCA workers from across the country gathered for physical activity, spiritual reflection, and service learning.
In 1890, the camp moved to Chicago and became what is now known as Aurora University. The original camp was used for retreats. As the national YMCA movement progressed, the retreat became George Williams College (named after the founder of the YMCA), and the YMCA in Lake Geneva as we know it today became a separate non-profit organization dedicated to improving the spirits, minds and bodies of everyone in the community.
Times have changed since our founding in the 1890s, but one thing remains the same. The Geneva Lakes Family YMCA is and will continue to be committed to improving the health and well-being of the community by offering programs and services that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.