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Welcome to Stanly County Family YMCA!  At our Y, our goal is to serve

you and your family through a variety of programs.  Our friendly staff

are here to guide you to a wonderful experience.  If there is anything

that we can do to help, please look for our YMCA name tags and you

will find a well-trained, knowledgeable person to help.

Why the Y Blog


Summer camp can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in achild’s life. Camp provides children with a community of caring mentors who provide experiential education that leads to self-respect and appreciation for life. All of the outcomes -  friendships, overcoming challenges, staying healthy and building character — prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road. In addition to great friendships and enduring memories, many important life skills are learned at camp. Here are five reasons kids should go to camp: Read more ...

Still waiting for life to slow down so you can, too? Turn the tables and take the lead with a smart strategy for chilling out.

If you thrive on adrenaline and to-do lists, remembering to step back, breathe deeply and play (yes, play!) isn’t just a way to wind down. It’s also a means of finding some much-needed perspective. (Which happens to be good for productivity.)

And slowing down doesn’t have to mean stopping. If our ever-present pedometers and heart rate monitors have taught us anything, it’s that staying in motion provides a healthy way of maintaining mind-body balance.

So here’s your challenge: Try out an activity that’s less about the number of calories burned or reps performed, and more about relaxation, stretching or just plain fun. And above all else: Leave your phone somewhere else so you can reconnect with … you.

  • Splash around in the pool—Forget laps—just float. Catch up with a friend while you tread water. Watch your kid try out a new swimming skill. Laugh a lot. Repeat. 
  • Get back to basics—It’s never too late to reconnect with nature. And it’s not too early to start planning your next camping adventure in the beautiful state of North Carolina. Blue Ridge Assembly is a great place to retreat with small groups and unwind. Be sure to check it out for your next retreat destination.
  • Condition more than your muscles—Instead of only doing workouts that amp up your heart rate, try taking it down a notch once or twice a week in a class like yoga or Pilates. Need to work on your flexibility? Join our Flex and Stretch class..
  • Take a walk, plain and simple—So good for you it’s practically a no-brainer, walking is low-impact cardio that boosts energy and circulation, reduces stress, and brings more oxygen your body’s cells. Some studies show a brisk walk works as well as pharmaceutical antidepressants when it comes to keeping mild- to moderate depression in check.
  • Pick a partner in R&R—Invite a friend or two to walk, work out or stretch with you. Put these meet-ups on your calendar like any other appointment. Having someone hold you accountable to your “stop and smell the roses” goals will help you prioritize your health … and stay connected to the people in your life who matter.

Warning: Side effects of relaxation may include clear-headedness, unexplained positivity, reduced stress and anxiety, and extended bouts of happiness.

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 Open Door Scholarship Program for financial assistance.