Youth Development

Please see information regarding the small group swim lessons that are running in Summer of 2020. Please call regarding all other youth programs listed below the flyer, as we are slowly able to offer more programming.

 Families who are going to take swim lessons must read the policy and will be asked to sign it upon arrival. Download here to review

Youth Sports

Karate- All year round

The Garfield Y offers Karate for children ages 5 to 13. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Cost is $65.00 per month for twice a week or $100 a month for all 4 times a week. A $35.00 registration fee for new children and participants must be a member of the YMCA. 33 Outwater Lane



Proper drills and skills to succeed on the basketball court! Keep your kids active and engaged while enjoying the sport and socialization.  6-8 year olds Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm  9-12 year olds Wednesdays 7:40-8:40 p.m.  Members $80 Non-Members $100 1/8/20-2/26/20 (8 weeks) LOCATION: GARFIELD YMCA 33 Outwater Lane Garfield NJ 070260 973-928-2970

Download the Registration Sheet


Preschool Medley

 2 Weeks of basketball, t-ball, soccer, and beginner flag football. New skills introduced that include but are not limited to hand eye coordination, listening, team building. 

Agility skills, soccer, basketball and flag football

Registration: Open as of 11/13/2019

Ages:  3 to 5 (before kindergarten)

Session Date: Fridays; December 6-January 24 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Place: YMCA - 33 Outwater Lane, Garfield NJ, 07026

Cost: Members - $70 / Non Member -$90 (Meets Once a Week / 60 Minute Lesson)

Requirements: None necessary


Download the Registration Sheet


Indoor Soccer


We offer a coed beginner soccer program for children ages 4 to 12.  Program  includes games and activities that allow  participants to learn at their own pace while having fun improving soccer  skills such as defense, passing, dribbling, and shooting while also gaining a great understanding of the sport.  **Volunteer coaches and team sponsors welcome**

  • Price: Members - $60 Non-Members  - $75
  • Season: January 27th-March 20th
  • Registration: NOW @ YMCA 33 Outwater Lane
  • Practices and Games: One hour @ YMCA 33 Outwater Lane
  • Schedule as follows: Ages 4 to 12(Practice and scrimmages once a week)

Age 4: Mondays at  6:10-7:10pm

Ages 5-6: Tuesdays at 7:10pm-8:10pm

Age 7-8:  Thursdays at 7:10pm –8:10pm

Age 9-12: Friday at 6:10pm-7:10pm

For more info: Call 973-772-7450

Tara Campistrous, Youth Development Director


Download the registration sheet here


Sport: T-Ball


Registers in March


Outdoor Soccer 

Registers Late Summer

 Flag Football


 Registers Late Summer


Preschool Swim Lessons

It is important to teach young children about pool safety and give them the basic skills required for swimming. The YMCA has four levels of classes designed specifically for children ages 3 to 5. The session runs for 8 weeks and the cost is $100.00 with a current youth membership. 33 Outwater Lane.


The YMCA offers a swimming class for mom and baby between the ages of 9 months and 30 months. This class is to get the child used to the water. It teaches the basics such as getting the face wet, blowing bubbles, etc. The class is once a week for 30 minutes and the cost is $100.00. 33 Outwater Lane

Stepping Stones

A swim class for children who are 2½ years old and who have already taken at least one session of swimfants. Stepping stones starts with parent or caregiver in the water and aims to “phase out” the parent by the end of the session so children have an easier transition into preschool swim lessons.  The class is held once a week for 30 minutes and the cost is $100.00. 33 Outwater Lane

Progressive Swim Lessons

Everyone should learn how to swim, not only for safety reasons but also for FUN! There are seven levels to choose from depending on the skill level of the student. Classes are held once a week for 45 minutes for an 8-week session. Cost is $100.00 with a current youth membership. Parents may watch the first and last class only. 33 Outwater or 490 Midland Ave.

Small Group Lessons

3 Swimmer maximum for ages 5-12 for a 30 minute lesson given in 8 week sessions for $150.00

Teen Swim Lessons

Never got the chance to learn how to swim?  Do you want to become a better swimmer and use it as a form of  exercise? Come and bring your friends to develop your swimming skills. Our instructors are knowledgeable in all 4 strokes as well as sidestroke, diving techniques, treading techniques, and lifesaving skills. Classes will be offered for teens ages 13-17.

Stroke and Turn Clinic

Focus on improving stroke techniques, flip turns, and diving. This is the time to work on refining all the elements needed for competitive swimming. Takes place at 490 Midland Ave. Pre Requisite: knowledge of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. Must be able to complete 2-3 laps of freestyle, back stroke and breaststroke. Membership required. Sign ups start Monday 8/19/19. Choice of 2 or 3 days a week-clinic runs Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for 8 weeks. $180 for 2 days $200 for 3 days. 

Family Swim

The YMCA strives to be a provider of family programs. We offer swim times for families to spend time together. Members are invited to swim and one guest per member is permitted to join the fun. Family swims are held on at 33 Outwater on Tuesday and Fridays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 2:00 to 4:00 and 490 Midland Ave Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Fun Swim

Children need some free time in the pool to practice what they have learned and to have a good time with friends. Youth members ages 5 to 13 are invited to attend Monday through Friday 3:30 to 4:10 p.m. at 33 Outwater Lane. NO GUESTS DURING FUN SWIM.

Private Swim Lessons

One on one instruction for your child to learn how to swim or improve his/her technique. Members only. $35 for 30 minutes $40 for 45 minutes $50 for 60 minutes. Speak with Michele Semancik ext. 105 to schedule a lesson. You may also email her at

Learn to Swim

Every December the Y heads the call to impact our youth by teaching them skills to save themselves from the second leading cause of death among young children. Registration usually begins in December and is for children grades K-2. Each year the program may slightly differ. Sponsors are welcomed. The 2017 flyer and information can be found here. 

American Red Cross Lifesaving

Interested in a great summer job or challenging career as a professional lifeguard? Through videos, group discussion, and hands-on practice, you’ll learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED and other skills you need to work as a professional lifeguard. Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years old and pass certain swimming requirements

2-year First Aid and CPR/AED certifications

2-year Lifeguarding certification

Course length: 24 – 31 hours

Topics include:

  • Injury prevention and facility safety
  • Patron surveillance
  • Emergency preparation
  • Rescue skills
  • Victim assessment
  • First Aid
  • Care for head, neck and spinal injuries


Birthday Parties



Celebrate your birthday with the Garfield YMCA. We are offering both gym and pool parties at a great price. Your 2-hour party will consist of an hour of safe, fun activities in the pool or in the gym and an hour in our party room. Your party will include chairs, tables, and hosts that will help create a smooth & memorable party experience for you and your guests. *Decorations not included, food optional. Ages 5-12

  • Price: YMCA Members $325/ Non-Members $400
  • Maximum # of Children Guests: 16
  • Choice of party: Splashing FUN, Sports-Mania or Chosen Theme

Days and Times Available:

Saturdays 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Sundays: 10:00-1:00 p.m. or 5:00-8:00 p.m.

For more info or to book your party, contact: 
Tara Campistrous School Aged Childcare Director
Email: or Call: 973-772-7450


PRESCHOOL AGED Birthday Parties                                

Enjoy a sporting activity, craft, or preschool reading rainbow activity of your choice!

  • Price: YMCA members $350 / Non-Members $425– Over 12 children: $5 additional per child (30 max)
  • Sports: A choice of soccer, parachute games, kickball, t-ball, and more!
  • Arts & Crafts:  Sand Art, Beading, and more!
  • Preschool Reading Rainbow: Reading your child’s favorite story in circle time, and acting out the characters as a group! 
  • A host or hostess will be on hand to help you organize your party and keep the fun going!

Days and Times Available:
Time: 3:30-4:30 pm time slots are availableLocation: 33 Outwater Lane (pool parties have time restrictions on Sundays during the day and can most often be scheduled after 4:00.)

For more info or to book your party, contact:                                                                                                                                                    Tara Campistrous School Aged Childcare Director                                                                                                                                              Email: or Call: 973-772-7450

Arts and Crafts

Have the kids enjoy arts and crafts on Sundays from 1:30-2:30 at 33 Outwater Lane. 8 week session is $40 for members $80 for non-members. When holidays fall close to a session or on a session there may be a special theme like Muffins with Mom (Mother's are welcome to join arts and crafts on Mother's Day) and Donuts with Dad (Father's are welcome to join arts and crafts on Father's Day.)