Auroville – The Auroville YMCA is gearing up for summer.
“There is a lot to do at the YMCA this summer. We hope people will come out and check out all the activities for all ages,” said program director Sarah Pierce.
The Oroville YMCA was founded in 1914 and has been at its Robinson Street location since the early 1920s. The facility has a pool where water aerobics classes, open swimming and both group and private swimming lessons are held. Monthly CPR classes are also offered at this facility.
In 2021 the Y expanded to the Oroville Convention Center on Myers Street, where the non-profit fitness center, gym, and basketball court are located. The facility also hosts group fitness classes and includes Pilates, yoga and senior balance classes, but Pierce said he hopes to increase the offerings soon.
The Summer Youth Co-Ed Basketball League for children in grades 4 to 7 will also take place at the convention center beginning in late June. Practice takes place one night a week and the games will take place on Saturday. Sign-ups are now open.
“We realize the need for youth basketball in the Auroville area and are happy to meet that need now, while we’re at the convention center,” Pierce said.
Open basketball will also run in the summer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the convention center.
The Convention Center will also be home to a new program called Inn Studio. This virtual fitness option will provide interactive, on-demand classes including zumba, yoga and aerobics.
“This new digital program gives members the ability to take classes when they want to take them, at a time that makes our mind and body work for them in the studio. It’s like taking a class at home, except we have a class. I have all the tools to make them successful,” Pierce said.
Y’s Summer Day Camp for children in grades 5 to 7 will start from June 6 and will run till August 12. Day Camp will run from 7 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday. Cost is $225 per week and includes meals and snacks. Scholarships are available.
“There will be swimming every day and every week there will be a different, fun theme on which the activities are based. We will have art, garden theaters and sports clubs. We are also going to (Thermalito) Forebay and Riverbend Park,” Pierce said.
Bear Valley Resident Camp will run from June 26 to August 5, offering three-day and six-day camping experiences. Cost ranges from $400 to $650. Scholarships are available.
“There will be archery, swimming, camp fires and a lot of fun,” Pierce said.
Oroville Y is funded entirely through private donations, fundraisers, and membership fees that range from $35 to $70 per month.
The nonprofit also offers Y-Assist programs to help financially people who want to participate in programs and activities, but may not have full membership or the means to pay program fees.
“At the Auroville YMCA, we believe that everyone regardless of age, income or background should have the opportunity to reach their full potential because we believe that opportunity should not be a privilege,” Pierce said.
For more information about programs, registration and scholarships, call 530-533-9622 or visit https://www.ymcasuperiorcal.org/OrovilleYMCA or online at https://www.facebook.com/orovilleymca.