September 28, 2015 | Comments (2)

The Way of Saint James- Final Entry

Day 39 - We planned this time in Santiago as a "rest day,"  but we didn't slow down a lot. We did sleep...
September 23, 2015 | Comments (3)

The Way of Saint James Part 7

Day 32 - We made the tough decision today to skip a segment of the Camino for the first time, and take a taxi to...
September 16, 2015 | Comments (2)

Fat Girls Can Skip

By Guest Blogger Amy Boheman In 2011, I lost 60 pounds. In the...
September 15, 2015 | Comments (3)

The Way of Saint James Part 6

Day 25 was pretty uneventful. We left Leon just before sunrise under a crystal-clear sky and made great time getting out of the city...
September 10, 2015 | Comments (4)

The Way of Saint James Part 5

Day 18 - Today was probably the easiest walk we've had yet (virtually zero elevation gain, smooth, level track, only 12.7 miles, and frankly pretty...
August 31, 2015 | Comments (0)

The Way of Saint James Part 4

Day 11 turned out to be one of the most pleasant days of our Camino experience so far. After oversleeping by a few minutes, we...
August 24, 2015 | Comments (8)

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...

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:

October 2, 2015

A Message to Our Community

At the Y, we have always been, and will continue to be, committed to the safety of every person in our care...
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...

Swimming Lesson: Fall 2 Session

Give your child the gift of confidence around the water. Our swimming lesson program focuses on instructing children on the safety skills when being in...


Child Care Participants are Y Members Children enrolled in YMCA Child Care have access to a Y membership September-June...

Fall Sampler

Get acquainted with our program offerings before registering! We will be offering a Fall Sampler from September 14-October 4 full of drop-in classes that you...

Intramural Sports Registration Dates

Registration | September 14-October 5 $20 person (Basketball and Volleyball only) Register before September 21 to...

New Member Passport Challenge

Your ticket to health just got a lot more exciting!  You're invited to...

TRX and ErgFit Registration Open

Registration for small group classes is now open. Classes include our small group TRX and ErgFit. Registration closes Friday, October 9.  TRX...

Couch to 5k

Register today for our guided training program. Participants 8 years and older will receive a program, attend our weekly held workout, and receive our Couch...

Seals Swim Team

   Youth swim team gives kids the opportunity to learn about swimming as a sport, and, most importantly, to have fun. We encourage sportsmanship as well...

Lazyman Ironman | Fall 2015

   Can you do an Ironman? Yes, you can! Do it Lazy Man Style. Challenge yourself to complete an Ironman competition in six weeks. Participants...

1,440 Minutes in a Day...

Schedule 30 of them for physical activity.