“Rally for the Y” Bike Fundraiser

The Greater Scranton YMCA is proud to announce that Brandon Whipple, Wellness Director, will again participate in the Expresso Bike Challenge: Rally for the Y fundraiser.

The 2021 Rally for the Y fundraiser will take place throughout the month of April, with funds raised benefitting the 2021 Annual Support Campaign. Brandon will ride as many miles as he can on the Expresso Bike throughout the month. Last year, he logged 300 miles on the bike and raised $3,000. This year, his goal is to raise $5,000. In addition to what Brandon raised, Expresso will donate 10 cents for every mile he rides.

“In this line of work, raising money for those in need is very important,” said Brandon. “Giving those who are less fortunate a chance to come be part of our YMCA where they can make new friends and feel like they belong is an amazing feeling. The fact that I am able to raise money while exercising is an added bonus.”

Funds raised for the Annual Support Campaign support the Y’s financial assistance program. Last year, the Y awarded $373,275 in scholarships to children, adults and families from our community, allowing them to benefit from all the Y has to offer. We believe that together, we can provide a Y membership for those struggling with chronic disease; child care for parents who need to go to work; a safe, nurturing space for kids to attend school remotely; and outreach to seniors who are feeling isolated.

To support the 2021 Rally for the Y fundraiser, simply visit us online and choose the 2021 Rally for the Y campaign. If preferred, you can also mail a check to the Y. Please note Rally for the Y on the memo line and mail to the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely Street, Dunmore, PA 18512.

Registration Open for Summer Day Camp Program at YMCA

Registration is open for Summer Day Camp at the Greater Scranton YMCA. The 2021 Summer Day Camp Program will begin June 14.

Day camp at the Y provides kids with adventure, healthy fun, personal growth and friendships that can take a so-so summer and turn it into a memory that lasts a lifetime. The Greater Scranton YMCA’s Summer Day Camp provides a welcoming environment for kids where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and discover their potential.

The health and safety of our campers and staff is the top priority. In order to have fun and thrive, kids need to feel safe. The Y has adapted its camp program to meet CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health safety recommendations to help keep kids and staff safe from COVID-19.

“Here at the Y, staff is preparing to provide children in our community with their best summer ever in a safe and nurturing environment” said Trish Fisher, President & CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA. “We believe all kids deserve the chance to experience summer camp. From physical fitness to summer learning and from enrichment activities to social engagement, our summer camp program provides opportunities for all children to learn, grow and thrive.”

Financial assistance is available for families who need it to ensure all kids in the community can have enriching summer experiences. To learn more about summer camp and financial assistance, visit https://greaterscrantonymca.org/ or contact Leigh Miller, Education Director, atlmiller@greaterscrantonymca.org or call (570) 346-5003.

Greater Scranton YMCA Participating in E-Sports

With a goal to promote teamwork, leadership, online safety, and individual growth steeped in YMCA Youth Development practices, the Greater Scranton YMCA announces its participation in the national Y’s E-Sports program.

The Y is made up of people from all backgrounds working side by side to strengthen communities. We are committed to advancing equity for all in everything we do so that everyone—regardless of who they are or where they come from—has an opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. 

The E-Sports program will be another pathway for the YMCA to empower youth and teens to reach their full potential by providing them with access to nurturing environments, enriching experiences and support systems that reduce barriers and strengthen cognitive, physical and social-emotional development.

Registration is open for the program, which will be comprised of NBA 2K, Super Smash Bros. and Rocket League. Each league can serve up to 50 children in middle and high school. Registrants will make up the Greater Scranton YMCA team, which will compete against other YMCAs across the country. Interested participants will need to have the ability to play on a PC, Xbox, PlayStation or Switch. 

In its pilot session, there will no cost to participate in the program, which is open to existing YMCA members and non-members (in future sessions, registration fees will apply).

“The YMCA is excited to launch this new program as we continue to evolve to find ways to keep kids engaged with one another virtually during COVID,” said Wayne Stump, Branch Executive Director, Greater Scranton YMCA. “Not only do E-Sports require teamwork, communication, critical and strategic thinking, creativity, sportsmanship and leadership, but they also help kids develop friendships and provide an educational opportunity through developing STEM skills that can help with a future career path.”

Similar to in-person youth sports leagues, E-Sports will be held in eight-week sessions, with practice and games held twice per week. The program will run from April 5 through May 28. The middle school group will practice and compete on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. and the high school group will practice and compete on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. Yearly league championships will lead to regional championships, which will then lead to the national championship.

For more information, contact Wayne at wstump@greaterscrantonymca.org or (570) 828-3266. To register, visit https://scranton.recliquecore.com/programs/40031/Greater Scranton YMCA announces its participation in the national Y’s E-Sports program.