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The Pocono Family YMCA strives to be an open organization that puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We build strong kids, strong families and strong communities throughout Monroe County.

The Pocono Family YMCA was established on July 17, 1914, as the “Young Men’s Christian Association of the Historic Stroudsburgs” for the purpose of improving the spiritual, mental, social and physical condition of young men. In 1945, the name was changed to the “Young Men’s Christian Association of Monroe County” and the purpose was expanded to read “to promote the spiritual, intellectual, social and physical welfare of women, men, girls and boys”. In 1982, the name of the association was changed to “Pocono Family YMCA” to better reflect the community they serve.

Currently the YMCA serves nearly 7,000 members and program participants throughout the year. The Pocono Family YMCA is seen as the major human services organization in the county. The YMCA’s strongest program areas are youth programs, older adults’ programs, aquatics and fitness. The YMCA has a large variety of programs including parent/child programs, full-time child care, school-age child care, pre-school, day camps, youth and adult sports, swim lessons, swim team, lifeguard classes, CPR, first aid, adult exercise programs, aerobics, special needs programs, arthritis exercise and much more.

The Pocono Family YMCA service area is Monroe County, with a full facility on Main Street in Stroudsburg and program locations throughout the county. The YMCA has recently begun an initiative to provide more programming to the western portion of the county.

The YMCA’s current Main Street building consists of four major building projects. The YMCA was created on July 17, 1914, and after a generous donation by Mrs. W. Burnett Easton of “Harriet Hall.” After some renovations, the Y held its grand opening in 1916. The renovated building consisted of a bowling alley, swimming pool and a gym. In 1955 the main portion of the building was added: the gym, pool and front three floors of the building, including the third floor residence. In 1985, the fitness center and aerobics room were added, and the upper part of the 1915 building was converted into racquetball courts. The racquetball courts were replaced in 2005 with a cardio suite. In 1993, the adjacent Lim property was purchased and turned into the Learning & Caring Center, which now houses some of their child care programs.

In 2014, the Pocono Family YMCA celebrated their 100th anniversary. The Y is committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility throughout Monroe County and surrounding communities.

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