Curriculum

 

YMCA Curriculum is hands-on and developmental

Youth experience the curriculum through a variety of content areas, hands-on activities, clubs, service learning and enrichment centers.  YMCA Curriculum is flexible and fun.  YMCA staff members include the children in the curriculum planning process and pursue children’s ideas for activities.

The Y is proud to be a member of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition. All programs offered by the YMCA of Orange County focus on building character through the Coalition’s "Six Pillars of Character”: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

Core Components of the Curriculum:

  • Homework Support
  • Fitness & Nutrition
  • Art & Culture
  • Science

Core Elements of the Curriculum:

  • Social Competence and Personal Development
  • Character Education
  • Literacy
  • Diversity & Cultural Awareness

Y Kids are Club Kids:

Y-Clubs™ will engage your child and encourage them to explore their talents, interests, and abilities in a safe & supportive environment.  Y-Clubs™ include:

•  Art
•  Cooking
•  Fitness
•  Photography
•  Science

Clubs offer the chance for kids to develop new hobbies and help in the activity planning process.  Clubs vary by location.

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Tyler - Camp Oakes

   
 

Camp is one of my favorite places to go. Here are some of the many reasons why. First of all when you're up at camp you are able to express yourself without being judged. I like that you're able to dance and sing all you want. I have been able to learn so much about myself and make new friends. Camp Oakes is like my home away from home. Thank you for letting me visit it year after year. It's my favorite thing to do every summer and hopefully every winter now too.

Tyler
Camp Oakes & Afterschool Care

Madison Price - BENSON FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I started the YMCA in Kindergarten and my teacher was Ms. Lauren. In first grade my teacher was Ms. Cathy. In the second grade it was Ms. Victoria and Ms. Sarah. In the third grade it was Ms. Victoria, Ms. Tracy, and Mr. Oscar. In the fourth grade it was Ms. Beth and Ms. Tracy. I'm not in the fifth grade yet but I think it's going to be great.

Madison Price
BENSON FAMILY YMCA

Christina Kollias - BENSON FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I like the YMCA because after I finish homework I get to play. I also like the YMCA because at play time outside we sometimes play baseball.

Christina Kollias
BENSON FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The staff, the staff, the staff. Oh yeah, did I mention the staff! Jamie, Diana and the rest staff are FANTASTIC!!

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I like the "Y" dollar program that rewards my child when they've helped with center activities or "clean up".

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

Stephanie Settles - Camp Oakes

   
 

Camp Oakes is more than just having fun. Camp is where it can help you in life, teaches you the 7 pillars, and overcome your fear. When I first came to camp I was scared of the rock wall, but I came the next year and I touched the bell. I was so excited that I overcame my fear. Camp is so fun! Camp is like my life. I make good friends like Catrina Falencki. I love camp!

Stephanie Settles
Camp Oakes & Afterschool Care

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

My son loves attending the Y. The staff is great and they follow the procedures. I feel at ease with my son being there. It is a safe environment. The summer program is really fun. So many great activities to break up a long day.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I love that the focus is on building the character of the child as a supplement to the education.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The environment is very positive, safe and welcoming for my child. She enjoys her time at the Y. She also looks forward to the planned activities.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

Sam - Afterschool Care

   
 

Why I go to the Y is because all my friends go, and during the summer we go to the movies and play football. We go outside a lot. Another reason I like the Y is because they serve awesome snacks.

Sam
Don Juan Avila Middle School Family YMCA