Engaging with Families & Community
At the Y, we believe that family and community are essential to our programs and a big part in everything we do. We offer various family or special events throughout the year, family programs including Adventure Guides, Adventure Princesses, community classes, partnerships, collaborations and more. Family time at the Y is about giving families as a unit, and as individuals, the opportunities to deepen relationships, develop new skills and interests, improve their health and well-being, and connect to the community.
The Y has always been a place where families can play and be active together, and that’s more important than ever. Whether the activities are physical like sports or exercise classes, or more recreational like swimming, camping, cooking and arts, we want families doing them together because you’ll live healthier and make memories for a lifetime.
Father Daughter Dance
A magical experience for you and your little princess. Join us at the beautiful Gray Dove in Ooltewah for an evening that includes dancing, dinner, dessert, gifts for the girls, and a photo to remember the special event.
Members of the Adventure Princess program, as well as other community members, are invited to join in the fun. Fathers, uncles, family friends and grandfathers are encouraged to bring their princesses to this event.
- When: 2020 Date Coming Soon!
Adventure Guides & Princesses
The Adventure Guides Program is for fathers (uncles, grandfathers, male adult friends) and their sons (Guides) or daughters (Princesses) ages 5-11 years.
Through the Adventure Guides Program, parents* and children develop healthy relationships, gain a sense of belonging, and learn the importance of giving back to the community through one-on-one interactions, activities with other families, and community service projects. At the heart of the program are the Compass Points, which give members a sense of direction and an inspiration for activities:
- Family. Family is “true north”—the focal point of the program.
- Nature. The natural world and the camping experience are integral parts of the program.
- Community. The spirit of the program is experienced through belonging to a small Community—the Tribe.
- Fun. Fun is the magic of the program. The Y’s core values—caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility—make up the other guiding principles of the program.
Take the whole family on a physical, mental and spiritual holiday this weekend. The Family Cabins at Camp Ocoee are perfect for a weekend getaway or a weeklong vacation. Activities available include hiking, fishing, boating, and much more.
Parents Night Out
Early Learning Readiness Program (ELR)
Early Learning Readiness (ELR) is a FREE nationwide preschool program, provided by the YMCA and in partnership with Chattanooga 2.0.
We use Chattanooga Basics to guide families to make everyday tasks fun opportunities for learning!
- 80% of brain development happens before 3 years of age. ELR helps families lay a strong foundation for life-long learning.
This program is designed to help close the achievement gap for at-risk children ages birth-4 years old, and our class meets at 2 locations across Chattanooga.
Healthy Weight and Your Child Program
Healthy Weight and Your Child (HWYC) is an evidence-based program for children with obesity. Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are more effective when the whole family is involved and committed to adopting healthier habits. For this reason, the program is designed so that parent/caregiver attendance is required at every session. HWYC is open to both YMCA members and non-members.
- Child must be 7-13 years old
- Child must carry excess weight, with a body mass index in the 95th percentile or higher
- Child must receive clearance from a healthcare provider or school nurse to participate in the program
- Parent/Caregiver MUST attend all sessions
How it works
The 4-month program includes a Family Enrollment Session and 25 sessions. Participants meet twice a week for the first 10 weeks. Afterward, participants meet once a week for five weeks. Classes are two hours long and are made up of eight to 15 children and their parents/caregivers.