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Friday • 5:30AM to 10:00PM
Saturday • 7:00AM to 7:00PM
Sunday • 7:00AM to 8:00PM

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Summer Day Camp

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When kids experience Y Camp, they experience something new every day. Like the power of a positive mentor, the confidence that comes from trying (and succeeding!), and the importance of healthy, long-lasting friendships. Of course, they don’t know this – they just think they’re having a whole lot of fun!

From water activities and sports to creative arts, each day is packed with age-appropriate activities, new friends and personal growth. In addition to traditional and specialty camp activities, we are uniquely devoted to physical activity, water safety and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) education. Few environments will foster your child’s mind, body and spirit than at the Y

We are VERY pleased to share our 2019 Summer Day Camp program offerings. Don’t miss out on your first choice camps and register today.


Registering is Easy!
Register your child using any of the methods below:

Whether you register online or in person, your registration is not complete until we have received the hard copies of your Registration forms , including the Travel and Activity Authorization , DC Universal Health Certificate , DC Oral Health Assessment , Authorization for Child’s Emergency Medical Treatment and Registration Record for Children Receiving Care Away From Home.

Questions about camp? Give us a call during business hours or email us to speak with the Program Director– we are so excited to meet you!



As a YMCA member, you can exercise your heart in more ways than one. This month, please consider supporting the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. On average, over 60% of the participants that take this program require financial support from YMCA members. Can we count you among the members that are strengthening our community and achieving your healthy living goals at the same time? For more information about YMCA membership, the YMCA’s impact on your community and ways that you can be involved, please click here



We are now accepting applications for our 2018-2019 School Year Before & Aftercare (applications are attached)

Before & Aftercare:

-Francis Stevens Registration

-Inspired Teaching School Registration

-Meridian Public Charter School Registration

-Alice Deal Middle School Registration

Point of contact Patricia Taylor-Program Director “patricia.taylor@ymcadc.org” Start registering now for 2018-2019 school year at your child’s specific school location.


Registering is easy!
Register your child using any of the methods below:


Early learning


YMCA Anthony Bowen (2-5 years) Contact Meena Suri at Meena.Suri@ymcadc.org for more informatmion.

Private Swim Lessons

Learning to swim is a great exercise; it builds strength and endurance all at the same time! Being safe around water is a lifelong skill that you can learn at any age. Take advantage of our flexible schedules and our terrific instructors. Learn from the best! Contact Radovan.Mijuskovic@ymcadc.org.

What’s happening at the y

New Pilates Reformer/Chair Classes 
Boost strength and balance, increase your flexibility and coordination through our new Pilates Reformer and Pilates Chair classes! Through a series of pushing and pulling exercises, you’ll challenge yourself in a new wayFees:
Full-Privilege Members: Drop-In: $25
Community Members: Drop-In: $32

Group Exercise Classes Coming to the Schedule!


  • Tae Kwon Do – Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art with a heavy emphasis on kicks. Students will develop discipline and confidence as well as incredible levels of fitness through self-defense.
  • Pilates Chair – Pilates Chair classes creates a unique and challenging way to build strength in the core, improve balance and increase muscle coordination and control.


Cooking Classes at the y!

Whether you’re looking for a unique date night, girl’s night out, a better understanding of nutrition or more freedom and confidence in the kitchen, our cooking classes are just the answer. We are thrilled to offer beginner, seasonal and guest-hosted Cooking Classes in our culinary studio!

Click here to see our upcoming classes

We are bringing you exciting new classes each month to help you prepare delicacies in the comfort of your own kitchen.





We want to make sure that your birthday is just what you have dreamed of, so we will be working with you each step of the way. Parties can range from hands-on cooking to demos, and can accommodate any dietary restriction. Parties are open to a maximum of 15 participants. Click here for more information.


Are you looking for an inspired space to host your upcoming party or meeting? YMCA Anthony Bowen’s conference room and terrace is available to rent! It’s ideal for birthday parties, holiday parties, receptions, trainings and other meeting needs. It hosts 80 people seated and 120 people reception-style. Rates are:

Half Day
Conference Room Only – $600
Terrace Only – $400
Room & Terrace – $900

Full Day
Conference Room Only – $1,200
Terrace Only – $800
Room & Terrace – $1,800

Evening Half Day
Conference Room Only – $600
Terrace Only – $400
Room & Terrace – $900

Includes white board screen, TV monitors, podium, A/V system, kitchen space, access to the rooftop terrace and a preferred vendors list for catering options. Contact Nicole Green at Nicole.Green@ymcadc.org for more information and availability.  Team building packages are also available – including  culinary experiences !

The Legacy Continues…

We’ve been innovating for 160 years and we’re just getting started. This redeveloped YMCA unites the right minds and resources for community interaction, education, healthy living, and our life-changing programs. The unique design celebrates the legacy of YMCA Anthony Bowen as historically the first African American Y, founded in 1853, along with its ability to adapt and serve our community’s evolving needs. It also pays tribute to its famed visitors (such as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Poet Langston Hughes and Dr. Charles Drew) and founder Anthony Bowen, a slave who purchased his freedom in 1830 and went on to become a prominent religious and community leader. Click here for a detailed history of this Y’s service.


Our mission is to foster the spiritual, mental and physical development of individuals, families and communities according to the ideals of inclusiveness, equality and mutual respect for all.

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