August 24, 2015 | Comments (7)

The Way of Saint James Part 3

Day 4 was a "rest day," if you can call walking 21,000 steps (per my FitBit) a rest. Suffice to say that Pamplona is simply...
August 17, 2015 | Comments (12)

The Way of Saint James Part 2

So much to think about from our first few days... From travel mercies to the first amazing days on the Camino to lessons being learned...
August 10, 2015 | Comments (2)

The Way of Saint James

By Guest Blogger, Jim Maxwell As I write this, Lynn and I have only a few days before...
July 27, 2015 | Comments (1)

Just Keep Swimming

In August of 2013, Diana Nyad became the first person to ever swim from Cuba to Florida without the assistance of a shark cage. It...
June 29, 2015 | Comments (1)

Freedom to Reflect

An introduction to this week's blogger...
June 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

Hope Floats

Never underestimate the power of YouTube when it comes to inspiring necessary action. Three minutes of harrowing video footage achieved what hours of lifeguard certification...
June 16, 2015 | Comments (0)

Helping Kids Hop the Gap

If you’ve ever played the game Memory, you’ll recall the more you repeatedly turn over the same cards, the easier it becomes to remember their...
June 15, 2015 | Comments (1)

The True Meaning of Sport

By Guest Blogger Brad Gaither According to the dictionary, a sport is defined as: “an activity involving physical exertion and skill...
June 8, 2015 | Comments (4)

My Dad is a Y Dad

Sonora Smart Dodd listened intently to the sermon in her Spokane, Washington church back in 1909. It was a Mother's Day message, a flowering address...
June 1, 2015 | Comments (3)

The Heart of Distraction

I’ve never been under any illusions about my eligibility for the mother-of-the-year award. (That distinction clearly belongs to someone whose kids wear matching...

Here’s a favorite post of ours from the past: As part of the Y’s commitment to keep swimmers safe in and around the water, the Y encourages children and adults to have fun and enjoy the various benefits of swimming, but to always make safety their first priority.
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#tbt Did you know Father’s Day began at the YMCA?
In 1910, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd organized the first Father's Day celebration at the YMCA in Spokane, WA, as an expression of gratitude to her own father, William Jackson Smart, who had raised six children on his own.

Today we proudly carry on the time-honored tradition by inviting you to comment with a few short words of gratitude to the men in your lives whose care and support has made you who you are today.

Summer is just about here! We welcome the sun-and your visitors.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with our guest pass policy before bringing your friends and family in to see us.

As a reminder, all guests under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent/legal guardian on file prior to using our facility. Forms are available on our website. Looking forward to a great summer!

"A Farewell to Arms."
From time to time, the question arises, "What's the Y's policy on weapons in the facility?"

Because of the nature of our work, especially our youth programs, weapons (knives, brass knuckles, guns, etc.) are prohibited in our facilities. If you arrive at the Y in possession of one of the aforementioned items, please alert the Manager on Duty, who will be happy to help you store in our lock box while you exercise.

Thank you for helping us create a safe environment for all!

Take your family camping, even if it's right in your own backyard. Enjoy breathing in the fresh air for a night. For more of an adventure, register for Labor Day Family Camp at YMCA Camp Seymour:

Another opportunity to join the Gordon Family YMCA staff team is here! The full time position of Senior Health and Well-being Director is responsible for planning, coordinating, developing and monitoring department operations to create healthy opportunities for all. This is a dynamic opportunity to open a new, 110,000 square foot, state-of-the-art YMCA serving 22,000 members from the cities of Sumner, Bonney Lake and neighboring communities. To learn more or apply before July 11:

#tbt We love this sweet image from the archives at the YMCA of San Francisco.

Together we build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

A Safety Soundbite from our Risk Manager:

Hold the Phone. Just a gentle reminder that the use of mobile devices and cameras is restricted in our locker rooms as a safety measure to protect your privacy and the safety of our kids.

Also, as a courtesy to your fellow members, please refrain from taking personal phone calls while using exercise equipment. It's a little awkward and can be a distraction. Thank you!

Our Safety and Risk Manager shares some safety soundbites in honor of National Safety Month.

First on the list- Beat that heat! Maintain your health during the rising temperatures:
1.) Drink a quart of fluids per hour.
2.) Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can speed dehydration.
3.) Take it easy- limit your time directly in the sun, and remember not to overexert yourself.
4.) Never leave children or pets alone in the car, even for a minute.
5. Wear sunscreen!

Stay tuned for more safety soundbites throughout the month.

It's National Great Outdoors Month. Consider a walk in a nearby park or a hike you've never tried. Find hikes near you here:

May 1, 2015

Stroke Care Then and Now

Jen Rittenhouse, Social Media Specialist at MultiCare Health System Things...
March 17, 2015

Acts of kindness multiply into the hundreds for Lakewood 8-year-old

Before it careened out of control — before she decided to perform 600 acts of kindness in one year — Alex McKelvey began with one...
March 4, 2015

Foster Children Receive Free Membership at Area YMCAs

In response to a community need and in keeping with our commitment to youth development and social responsibility, we are pleased to announce that effective...
March 4, 2015

Gordon Family YMCA begins to take shape

A great write-up in the Puyallup Herald on the construction of the Gordon Family YMCA. Read it here...
October 20, 2014

Sumner’s new YMCA will get double the donations

The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse will double donations for the long-awaited YMCA in Sumner. The local business announced last week that it will...
July 10, 2014

National champions headed back home to washington

Defending National Champions have kept their title thanks to a stellar performance at the 2014 YMCA National Gymnastics Championship in Tampa, Florida. Teams from the...
June 12, 2014

YMCA offers free summer lunch program

Ensuring children have healthy meals this summer is a top priority of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Many free and reduced lunch recipients...
June 11, 2014

There's no stopping kimmy watters

Kimmy Watters, 43, has become an inspiration at the Morgan Family YMCA in Tacoma for a variety of notable reasons: losing 50 pounds despite having...
June 11, 2014

The force of nature that is kimmy watters

“I was reluctant when I joined the Y in 2001,” Kimmy said. “I’d never worked out, never exercised, and I was 50 pounds overweight...
June 11, 2014

Children in Pierce County Provided with Healthy Meals this Summer

Ensuring children have healthy meals this summer is a top priority of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Many free and reduced...


Young people prepare for situations that may arise while caring for younger children. The course covers the many responsibilities and skills required for a safe...

Dance Teachers In Training

DANCE LEARN LEAD Our Dance Teachers in Training program pairs teens with YMCA senior dance instructor mentors in an effort to nurture leadership...

Summer Parking Passes

Every quarter, new parking passes are made for current YMCA members. These parking passes allow our members access to certain surrounding...

Summer Sunday Bootcamp

As the summer sun approaches, we plan on taking full advantage of the warm weather starting in July.  Beginning July 12, join us...

Indoor Soccer

Registration for Indoor Soccer. Register NOW...

NFL Flag Football

Registration for NFL Flag Football. Register NOW...

Dance Teachers In Training

DANCE LEARN LEAD Our Dance Teachers in Training program pairs teens with YMCA senior dance instructor mentors in an effort to nurture leadership...
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August ActivTrax Challenge

Our FitPath Challenge of the month is the Tour de YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties (PKC), a round trip expedition totaling 150 miles. Work...
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TRX Small Group

USE YOUR BODY AS A FITNESS MACHINE Join us to evolve your TRX workout into a fusion of exciting...

Fall Youth Sports Registration

Registration for youth fall sports is now open. We have two clinic series available dependent upon your little athlete's age. This fall we will have...

1,440 Minutes in a Day...

Schedule 30 of them for physical activity.