Swim, Sports & Play

Use the tools below to assist in choosing the appropriate swim lesson level.


Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.


Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills:

  • Swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit

  • Jump, push, turn, grab

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.


Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

Splash Time

A weekly scheduled recreational swim time for YMCA Family members and non YMCA members. Children must be 6 months or older and accompanied by their parent or guardian in the water.

Grade School Swim Instruction

Elementary grade school students are transported from their schools to the YMCA for swimming instruction in the National YMCA's Progressive Swim Lesson Program. Registration forms and additional class information is distributed through the schools.

Private Swim Lessons

Contact Aquatics Director for more information.

Charger Competitive Swim Team

The YMCA's Charger Swim Team is a competitive age group swim program. Swimmers are assigned to practice levels according to age, swimming ability and experience. The Charger mission is to develop fast swimmers that exercise the YMCA's core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in every facet of life. YMCA swimmers compete in the YMCA Swim Coaches Association of Pennsylvania and can qualify for swimming competition in the YMCA District, State and National Swimming Championships.
Membership in the Competitive Aquatics Parents' Association and YMCA are required for team participation. Practice begins in September and ends in March. Visit the Charger website.

Diving Team

Please contact the Aquatics Director for more information.

Mini & Big Soccer

For youth ages 3 - 5 is a skills and drills based program with mandatory participation from a Big (Parent, Guardian, Sibling).

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Youth Soccer

For youth ages 5 - 7 is a combination of skills and drills and game play within each Saturday session. Game schedule will be determined upon total number of youth participants.

9:00 AM Start Time

P.E. at the Y

Join in on this fun and active program for kids that focuses on strong bodies and minds. P.E. at The Y uses fitness-related games and activities to empower youth by building self-esteem and teaching them healthy lifestyle habits.

Kinder Gym

Kinder Gym is a program designed to help develop and enhance children’s social skills, brain activity and locomotor skills. Cross lateral brain activities are proven to help develop a healthy brain. There is also evidence that children that can execute locomotor skills such as skipping, hopping, and jogging have higher reading scores.

Biddy Tee Ball

Tee ball program for youth ages 5 - 7 at the William K. Nitterhouse Program Center on Saturdays from April 23 - May 21.

Youth Basketball League

Basketball League for youth ages 5 - 8.

Biddy Basketball Clinic

Basketball clinic for youth ages 4 & 5


Summer Sports Camps

Backyard Games

This Y Rec Camp will focus on individual development, of each player, with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with a variety of backyard games. Games included will be cornhole, ladder ball, pickleball, badminton, and more! Topics included will be the history of the games, the rules of the games, proper playing techniques and strategies and FUN.

Field Hockey

Field Hockey Camp is geared towards beginners and younger players to the sport. Camp will cover all of the basic fundamental field hockey skills, in a fun environment that teaches teamwork and sportsmanship.

Youth Basketball

Two different weeks offered! All Skills Camp will focus on individual development of each player with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific court skills and movement associated with the game. Topics covered include teaching the rules of the games, shooting, passing, rebounding, dribbling and defensive skills. 


All Skills Camp will focus on individual development of each player with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific court skills and movement associated with the game. Topics covered include teaching the rules of the game, proper hitting technique, serving, setting, passing and defensive techniques.


The YMCA's Gym-N-Swim program transports children from their elementary school to the YMCA for a fun opportunity to participate in six weeks of exciting YMCA programming. The children will participate in physical education activities and enjoy recreational swimming time with their classmates.

Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean style of martial art that has been taught at the Chambersburg YMCA by Grandmaster Thompson since the mid 1970’s. Tae Kwon Do is an empty hand martial art that utilizes the whole body. Tae means “to kick” or “strike with the foot,” Kwon implies “punching” or “striking with the empty hand or fist,” and Do means “way of the art.” Therefore, Tae Kwon Do means “the art of kicking and punching.”

In the early 1990’s, Grandmaster Thompson began incorporating Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu techniques into the program. Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu is a Japanese style of martial art which means “Sandalwood Mountain.” This type of martial art incorporates techniques like joint locks, escapes, throws and chokes while standing or grappling.

The Tae Kwon Do/Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu program at the Chambersburg YMCA is designed to develop discipline, self-defense, confidence, physical fitness, flexibility, balance and socialization.