YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

Welcome to the Duneland Family YMCA

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. The Duneland Family YMCA is in your community to nurture the potential of every child and teen, to improve health and well-being, and to give back and provide support to our neighbors.

The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for empowerment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a service ethic. That's just the beginning. 

News From the Y!


Youth Development

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE REGISTRATION - Is August 4-7 and August 12-14 at the Duneland Family YMCA  Preschool from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. The Y Preschool is located within Chesterton Middle School, 651 Morgan Ave. at Entrance #8. New participants will need to complete a registration packet; returning participants need to update each child's information. Payments for the program are drafted weekly using the Y's electronic payment system. A valid driver's license and bank information is required. Registration packets are available for download at www.dunelandymca.org (click on Programs tab). For more information, contact the Preschool at (219) 921-0183.

SWIM LESSONS - REGISTER NOW FOR CLASSES STARTING JULY 21! Enroll your child now for swim lessons. Classes available for kids of all ages, starting as young as 6 months of age. All classes place heavy emphasis on water safety. From 6 months through 2 years old, children and parents work together to explore the aquatic environment, gain confidence while learning basic swim fundamentals. From ages 3 to 6 years old, beginner swimmers will learn swimming fundamentals while becoming confident and independent. They'll streamline their endurance, kicks and underwater swimming techniques as well as learning basic swim styles. More advanced classes for kids that move through water independently work toward advanced endurance, advanced swim styles like backstroke and breaststroke and flip turns, etc. LAST SESSION STARTS AUGUST 4! To register your child or for more information, call the Y at 926-4204.

FAMILY GOLF OUTING AT THE BRASSIE GOLF CLUB - Sunday, July 27th from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Join the family fun and help your kids learn how to play golf! Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Kids Ages 4-18 (anyone interested in getting a kid hooked on golf!) are welcome!!! there will be a 60 minute golf clinic covering the basics of golf: putting, chipping, full swing and golf course ettiquette followed by a 3-hole Family Scramble on the Golf Course. A cookout follows golf and consists of hotdog or hamburger, chips and a fountain drink. Cost is $10 per person. Pre-register at the Y Front Desk. For more information, contact Sue McLaughlin at the Y.

POOL IS OPEN!  Our pool is open for the summer season at 10:00 a.m. daily for open swim. Open swim hours are Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Members can swim anytime during Y hours of operation.

SWIM LESSONS - REGISTER NOW FOR CLASSES STARTING JULY 7! Enroll your child now for swim lessons. Classes available for kids of all ages, starting as young as 6 months of age. All classes place heavy emphasis on water safety. From 6 months through 2 years old, children and parents work together to explore the aquatic environment, gain confidence while learning basic swim fundamentals. From ages 3 to 6 years old, beginner swimmers will learn swimming fundamentals while becoming confident and independent. They'll streamline their endurance, kicks and underwater swimming techniques as well as learning basic swim styles. More advanced classes for kids that move through water independently work toward advanced endurance, flip turns and advanced swim styles like backstroke and breaststroke. To register, or for more information, call the Y at 926-4204.

NOW HIRING SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE & PRESCHOOL TEACHERS - Applicants must be 18 years old and available to work Monday - Friday. Hours vary from afternoon to 6:30pm. Some early morning shifts also available. Experience with working with children is preferred. Apply in person at the Y Preschool, located within Chesterton Middle School, 651 W. Morgan Ave., Entrance #8 or contact Shannon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

T-BALL/COACH PITCH - Now registering for ages 3 to 7. NOW TAKING LATE REGISTRATIONS! The T-Ball/Coach Pitch season run from July 12th - August 23. Cost is $40 per child for members and $80 per child for non-members. A fee waiver program for T-Ball/Coach Pitch is available! Each child is eligible for one late fee waiver per year. Financial assistance is available. For more information, call Rick Lewis or Paul Jones at the Y.

SUMMER CAMP - REGISTER NOW! Camp for youth in grades 1 - 8 starts June 9, with fun days filled with swimming, arts & crafts, new games, nature exploration, sports, songs, field trips and new friendships. Come for one week or all ten - plan your summer fun! Each week is themed, and cost includes a free camp t-shirt. Registration forms are available online at www.dunelandymca.org, at the YMCA Front Desk, or at the Preschool located within Chesterton Middle School at Entrance 8. For more information, contact Shannon Spratley, Child Care Director, by phone 219-921-0183 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Healthy Living

NEW YOGA CLASS -  The class is appropriate for all levels, and incorporates the IYEN GAR method with focus on alignment. Yoga focuses on the art of breathing, balance, strength, flexibility and meditation to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping one relax and manage stress and anxiety. Every Wednesday at noon in the Fitness Room with Instructor Dani Newton.  Class is free for Y members; $10 per session for non-members.

THERAPUTIC MASSAGE - Kay Colon, the Y's Massage Therapist, is offering $5 off all half and full hour massages from July 7th through August 31st. Offer good to Y members and community residents. To schedule an appointment, call the Y and ask for Kay.

TRIFECTA CHALLENGE - OBSTACLE RACE TRAINING - We're challenging YOU to complete ALL OF THIS! 1, 2 & 3 full circuits on 3 separate days within one month. One circuit includes 8 laps which equals 1+ miles & 12 obstacles. You must complete each obstacle, or if you fail, you must complete a 30 full burpee penalty before you move on. Complete the challenge in 50 minutes during classes on Tuesday & Thursdays from 6:10 to 7:00pm. Results must be recorded on-site by instructor. DO IT ALL & RECEIVE 1 MONTH FREE Y MEMBERSHIP & BONUS PRIZE! Contact Nick Wiseman for more information at 219-841-2925 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"SUMMER SHAPE UP" PERSONAL TRAINING OFFER - Ashley Hall, Y Personal Trainer, is offering hour long personal training sessions two times each week. Get a total of eight sessions per month. Choose from individual or buddy training with Ashley. Cost for individual training is $150 per month. If you're training with a buddy, cost is $120 per month per person. Contact Ashley Hall, by phone (210) 841-2496 or (219) 926-4204 at the Y or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

ARE YOU SPARTAN TOUGH? Need to train for an obstacle race? Or just want to see what it takes? Join the Spartan ranks! This fun class is designed around the obstacle racer or anyone who wants to build upper body strength and endurance. You'll experience all kinds of challenges that one would face on an endurance course. For more information contact Ni cholas Wiseman by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (219) 841-2925.

POWER FUSION YOGA - A vigorous 30 minute dynamic full body Yoga workout followed by 30 minutes of slow, easy, flexible poses to lengthen & strengthen. Meets at 6:30pm on Wednesdays in the Community Room with Instructor Chris Brandt.

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Social Responsibility

IT'S TEE TIME! 2014 DUNELAND YMCA ANNUAL GOLF OUTING - Monday, August 11th at The Brassie Golf Club. Noon start. Check-in opens at 10:30 a.m. Lunch served on the grill provided by The Brassie, delicious pizza served by Rolling Stonebaker at game's end. Contests, refreshments and fun galore! $100 per person or $400 per foursome. $100 per hole sponsorship. Register online at www.dunelandymca.org - click pay online or call the Y at 926-4204. Come out and enjoy the day!

NEW ADA CHAIR LIFT INSTALLED POOLSIDE - The lift was sponsored by Porter Regional Hospital and Lakeside Wealth Management. Y members can swim anytime during Y hours of operation. Non-members are welcome for open swim times: Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m.

7 PEAKS PASS OF ALL PASSES (Back by popular demand!) - $20 plus tax - You'll be getting a great bargain and 7 Peaks will donate a portion of the proceeds of every pass sold to the Duneland YMCA. The "Pass Of All Passes" entitles purchaser to unlimited admission to 7 Peaks Waterpark, 7 Peaks Fun Center (excludes shoes), Washington Park Zoo, Oasis Splash Park, Talltree Arboretum & Gardens, all home Railcats games, Inman's Bowling & Recreation center (excludes shoes & arcades), Zao Island (includes free game of laser tag & golf Mon.-Fri. until May 2014, excludes arcades. Also included is admission to 3 Chicago Fire home games! Passes are available at the Y Front Desk.

COMMUNITY NURSE - On Friday, July 11, the Community Wellness Nurse will be conducting blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index screenings in the Senior Center from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30  a.m. On Wednesday, July 16, the Community Wellness Nurse will be conducting bone density screenings in the Senior Center from 8L00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. On Thursday, July 24 the Community Wellness Nurse will be conducting blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index screenings in the Senior Center from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. On Friday, August 1, the Community Wellness Nurse will be conducting total cholesterol and blood sugar screenings (12 hour fast required) from 8:30 a.m. until 11: a.m.

SENIOR CENTER - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: WEEKLY: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Building Fit Friends @ 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday & Thursday - Silver Sneakers @ 10:30 a.m.; Fridays - Bingo @ 11:45 a.m. JUNE EVENTS: Monday, July 7th, 14th & 21st @ 11:45 a.m. - Movie & Popcorn. Bring a lunch. Wednesday, July 9th @ 11:45 a.m. - Trip to Memorial Opera House "The Music of Motown". Bring your lunch to eat at the Y prior to the show. Complimentary tour of Valpo Velvet following the show. Transportation provided by the waters of Duneland. Thursday, July 17th @ noon: Senior Potluck Luncheon (bring a dish to share). Topic - Free project assistance information by NeighborLink of Porter County. Thursday, July 24th @ 9:00 a.m.: Frank Lloyd Wright trip, Oak Park, IL. For details, contact Nancy in the Senior Center. Monday, July 28th @ 11:45 a.m.: Book review. Lunch provided by Tiger Lily Cafe.

PARENT'S NIGHT OUT - Every Friday night 6:00-9:30 PM, Parents can utilize the Parent’s Night Out program and stop worrying about finding a sitter. Trained YMCA staff have organized and fun activities planned to keep each child’s attention. From arts and crafts to gym time it is never a dull moment on Friday evenings at the Y. Not to mention, it is affordable! The cost for members is $10 for the first child & $5 for each additional child. The non-member rate is $20 for the first child & $10 for each additional child. Please call the Y by noon on Thursday to ensure proper staffing levels, 926-4204.

Your Duneland Family YMCA Story - The Y is interested in your Y story. YOU MATTER TO US! We'd like to create "story boards" to display within our facility to help create friendships and a better understanding of our cause. If you have an interesting or compelling story to tell about a positive experience or program at the Duneland Y and are willing to share it with others, please contact Jane Delligatti at 926-4204.



The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.