Youth Development

Some youth programs are still on hold, while some are up and running, and others slowly making a comeback. Please call 973-772-7450 if you have specific questions. Please see the 2 programs that are currently running at the top of the page.


September 2020

 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

September 2020


Outdoor Soccer 

Registration Open 



Ages: 5 to 12

Session Date: September 19-October 3

Place: Spring Street Park; 60 Spring Street Garfield NJ

Cost: Members - $45/ Member -$55/Non member

Requirements: Sweat pants or shorts, and sneakers We will provide sanitized soccer balls to utilize during each session

Day & Times:

5 & 6 Year olds – Saturday: 9:45-10:45am

7 & 8 Year olds – Saturday 11:15-12:15pm

9 to 12 Year Olds- Saturday 12:45-1:45pm

COVID-19 rules and regulations: The Garfield YMCA will be going above and beyond to stay infection free. We are following all of the CDC guidelines and Governor’s allowances. The Garfield will create family units so the same children will play with the same children the entire time/4 week session. Parents will drop off curbside. We will have staff take temperatures upon entry, ask a series of COVID and admit the child into practice once they are clear. The Garfield YMCA will not allow groups to mingle and all supplies will be disinfected through each use. Children are to arrive no earlier and no later than 10 minutes before practice and cannot come to the field without being released by a staff member. Children will approach the field with a mask, wash their hands with hand sanitizer and then take off their mask to play. Upon leaving they will put their mask back on and be escorted to their family vehicle. There are no refunds or credits once your child is signed up unless we have to cancel the session or have a medical excuse. Spots are extremely limited. Please call the YMCA at 973-772-7450 when outside of the building. We will bring out a registration form and waiver for you to fill out and sign. 

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Youth Sports


Karate- All year round-planned to start on or around October

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




Registration coming 

Preschool Medley

 Registration Coming


Indoor Soccer



Registration Coming

Sport: T-Ball


Registration Coming


 Flag Football


 Registration Coming 

Aquatics- only small group lessons are running as of September 2020

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.)