Summer at the Madison Area YMCA is a lively time for seniors, adults, young adults, teens, kids and families. With so many classes, programs, clinics and camps, mid summer is an exciting time full of fun and fitness for members and non members alike. The Y's summer session, which runs through Sunday, September 5th, is in full swing and still boasts openings in many of its programs.

For those who wish to take full advantage of all the Y has to offer, there are a variety of budget-friendly trial memberships available this summer for every age. Sign up soon - the last day to purchase is Saturday, August 7th.

This summer the Y is also offering a fun new program, Combo Clinics for children ages 3 to 7. These one week clinics combine two favorite activities in one great class. Choose from combos of gymnastics and dance, swimming and gymnastics or gymnastics and fitness.

The Aquatics department is offering swimming lessons for all abilities, along with a new program, Stroke of the Week, focusing on the fundamentals of one stroke - choose backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly stroke.

The Dance department has openings in a variety of exciting summer camps including weekly Summer Dance Clinics with daily dance themes, as well as Dance Kids and Creative Movement sessions for preschoolers. The Gymnastics department is offering gymnastics camps and cheerleading camps throughout the summer and the Sports department is offering clinics in Soccer, Tennis, Tee Ball, Lacrosse, Basketball, Baseball and Football.

The Health and Fitness department is offering three free orientations with a trained fitness staff person for all new Madison YMCA members. Non-members can take advantage of the Member Activity Pass (MAP), a punch card which buys them 10 MAP program classes for $52. For Y members, free fitness classes are available in Zumba, Pilates, Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Boot Camp and so much more.

The Health and Fitness department is also offering Mve Powerhouse - a fresh, fun class for men as well as women. Whether you are starting to exercise, wanting to re-energize your workout program, or looking to complement a sport, this core conditioning training will work your entire body as it challenges your strength, balance and coordination.

Popular among parents and children are the YMCA's Summer Camps including Pre-School Camp Wantago and Camp Wantago for kids entering grades 1 through 5. Other popular camps for kids entering grades 6 through 9 are SummerQuest, a daily trip camp, and AdventureQuest for high schoolers, featuring the "Three Cities Tour" the week of August 9th.

New for fall at the F.M. Kirby Children's Center in the Little Bit of Kirby preschool program are its 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-day options, available for fall registration, as well as an academic kindergarten for children enrolled in half day kindergarten, and before and after care for school age children.

Sharing the Y with a friend will earn members $Y Bucks when friends join, and may be used towards any YMCA program or service such as classes, babysitting, personal training, massage and nutrition counseling. The more friends that join, the more $Y Bucks members receive.

The YMCA gives parents and children the opportunity to learn and play together by participating in parent/child programs, and pre-schoolers, school-age, teens, adults and seniors of all abilities are also welcomed to participate in beginner-level classes as well as more advanced classes in all programs.

Don't miss out on all the YMCA has to offer this summer! For additional information about membership or any of our programs mentioned above and more, contact the Madison Area YMCA, 111 Kings Road in Madison, at 973-822-YMCA (9622) and visit its website at