Camp to Belong: Reuniting Siblings in NY

January 26, 2018

Camp to Belong at Chingachgook In 2011, Camp to Belong (CTB) partnered with Camp Chingachgook to create an amazing and unique opportunity for children in the New York foster care system. Through Camp to Belong, campers get the chance to reunite with brothers and sisters who were placed in separate foster, adoptive, or kinship homes! Camp

Circle of Champs Helps Families Make Memories Outside of the Hospital

January 26, 2018

Circle of Champs offers help to families with a child who has a life-threatening illness. Beyond the sick child, Circle of Champs offers the entire family a break from the stress this illness puts on the whole family. While this program helps a number of families in the area, there is one family who wanted

Refugees Get the Camp Experience

January 26, 2018

Refugees to Camp Program Refugees to Camp is designed to assure a fun, educational, and enriching summer camp experience for children who have experienced the hardships of resettling as a refugee throughout New York. Camp Chingachgook has partnered with Refugees to Camp for the past several summers and has impacted the lives of hundreds of children. Through

What is BOGA?

January 22, 2018


5 Tips for a Healthy Heart

January 19, 2018

February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Capital District YMCA offers the following tips to help families in the Capital Region be heart healthy. Get Physical Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule

10 Reasons to Send Your Kid to Summer Camp

January 17, 2018

Summer Camp is a great way for your child to spend the summer. They spend time outside, soaking up the sun, and playing with friends in a fun, safe environment. Still on the fence? Here are a few reasons you should consider sending your child to summer camp: They’ll stay physically active Whether they’re swimming,

Weather Update – January 17th

January 17, 2018

Weather Update – Wednesday, January 17th Due to inclement weather, we have a few delays and closing. The weather has affected the hours and offerings at the following branches: Albany: All after-school programs are cancelled. Bethlehem: All morning classes and programs are cancelled. Duanesburg YMCA: All morning classes and programs, including Child Watch have been cancelled. Glenville: All morning

Refugee Family Learns to Be Safe Around Water

January 16, 2018

In May 2016, five young girls came to America with their parents and brother from Afghanistan with their family to begin a new life. They were relocated to America in order to escape the violence of the Taliban and get a fresh start. As a collective effort to help the family acclimate to a new

6 Eating Habits to Help Maximize Your Workout

January 12, 2018

It’s about knowing what to eat when and what types of foods can help you make the most out of your workout!

My Y Story: Debbie Cummings

January 10, 2018

Meet Debbie Debbie was kind enough to share her #ThisIsMyY story with our staff and volunteers at the 2018 Annual Campaign Kick-Off, but we want to share her story with all of you as well. She has encountered a number of hurdles, but the Y was always there to lend her a helping hand. This