Our goal is to build a community in which everyone has opportunity for personal development, healthy living and social responsibility. Sports provide everything – whether it is enjoyment and values, to coaching and learning to rise to another level.
At the Y, our sports staff, coaches and volunteers all share a singular vision of helping all youth reach their full potential in life. We leverage the excitement and passion around recreational and competitive programming to create a healthy outlet for children to gain new skills, develop a sense of team and connect with positive role models.
Flying High!! & Flying High Too!! Balloon Camps
The Indianola YCMA, Parks and Rec, National Balloon Museum, and the National Balloon Classic and numerous hot air balloon pilots worked for over 7 months to bring Hot Air Balloon Camp to Indianola. The camp took place during the 2017 National Balloon Classic. Middle School and Elementary School ages junior pilots got to experience hands on activities involving hot air balloons. Campers got to help inflate balloons, use the burners, and much much more!! We will be having Balloon Camp again next year!! Sign up will be in the spring 2018!! Space is extremely limited.
Summer Day Programs
Youth got to join the Indianola YMCA for numerous day programs throughout the summer. A grant from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership, the Y was able to purchase iPads and Lego robot kits which the kids got to create and command robots. Some of our other day programs included Dancing, Clay Creations, Zoology, Arts & Crafts, and more!! 2018 Summer Day Programs will be posted early spring 2018.
Summer Day Camp
Camp came to the Indianola YMCA this summer. Youth got to participate in week long camps. Fit Kids Camp and Outdoor Explorers were popular. Summer Camps for 2018 will be posted in spring of 2018.
Christmas Break Programs
The Indianola Y had the privilege of working with over 40 kids during the 2016 Christmas Break. We solved mysteries, played games, created masterpieces and had a great time! Christmas Break 2017 Programs will be posted in October 2017.
Spring Break Programs
The Indianola Y had the privilege of working with over 60 kids during the 2017 Spring Break. We created movies, made some delicious food, danced, made robots, and discovered our inner artist. Spring Break 2018 Programs will be posted in January 2018.
Other Youth Programs
Summer Strong Kids is coming to an end. With school just around the corner, our last Summer Strong Kids will be August 18th. We will resume regular Strong Kids mid September. Days and times will be posted the beginning of September.
Instructional Basketball League- New Session starts up January of 2018
Super Hoopers is an instructional youth basketball program. Participants will learn fundamental skills and rules using age appropriate equipment. All age groups will learn primarily through developmental drills, games, and scrimmages. This program focuses on participation, physical activity, and learning in small groups, and FUN!
Registration for 2017 will be September 2017
Indoor Soccer- Soccer will return in 2018.
YMCA OF GREATER DES MOINES 501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309