Dow Westside YMCA

Located on the corner of Hwy.1 and Sugar Plantation Parkway in Addis, La. Built in 2006, this facility totals 21,000 square feet.

The Y is a non-profit community service organization with a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Today is International Learn to Swim Day! With summer right around the corner, learning this invaluable life skill is even more essential for safety. Please visit our website to learn more about the swim programs that the Y has to offer

Water safety tip #4: Wear a Life Jacket: Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. #NationalWaterSafetyMonth

Learning how to swim has multiple benefits beyond the ability to enjoy water safely. It helps children strive for physical achievement, promotes healthy living and builds their confidence. Remember these water safety tips to ensure a fun and safe summer:
-Never swim alone
-Supervise your children whenever they're in water
-Don't engage in breath holding activities
-Wear a life jacket
-Don't jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water
-Enroll your children in water safety or swim lessons

For more info, visit our website:

Water safety tip #3: Don’t engage in breath holding activities. Children shouldn’t hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and has several other severe physical side-effects. #NationalWaterSafetyMonth

The Y wants to ensure that no child misses out on swimming fun because they do not own or cannot afford a swimsuit. Donate new or gently used swimsuits to the Y during this month of May for those in need.

Happy Mother's Day!

Water safety tip #2: Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a life-guarded beach, use the buddy system! #NationalWaterSafetyMonth

Safety Around Water: Mel: “A Worthwhile Program”

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. The Y teaches swimming lessons to equip both children and adults with the skills they need to be confident in and around water. Watch this video here,, to learn more about our program and register for swimming lessons today:

Local YMCA parent Mel explains why the Y brings value to the community in its Safety Around Water swim program for his child: “They’re in the community. It g...

Water safety tip #1: Never swim alone. Teach your children that they should only swim in locations where a lifeguard is on duty. #NationalWaterSafetyMonth

The month of May is National Water Safety Month. With summer being right around the corner, it is a great time for parents to remember the importance equipping their children with essential water safety skills. The Y offers swim lessons and safety around water programs, which help reduce the risk of childhood drowning, develop a lifelong love of swimming, and provide children from undeserved communities greater access to water safety programs. Visit our website for more information:

May is National Water Safety Month, and since summer is right around the corner, now is a great time for parents to remember the importance equipping children with essential water safety skills. Throughout the month of May the Y will be providing a few tips to ensure that your child has an enjoyable and safe experience before hitting the water this summer!

Help make a splash this year by donating any new or gently worn swimsuits to the Y’s 12th Annual Swimsuit Drive. All swimsuits will be donated to children and adults in need. Donations will be accepted to all YMCA locations from May 1-May 31.

Congratulations to Owen Cope, our volunteer of the year! He is always full of passion and has a desire to meaningfully serve. He is eager to serve in any capacity that is asked of him or where he sees there is a need. Thank you Owen for all the hard work you do! Thank you Eye Wander Photo for the amazing pictures!

YMCA Role Models

The Y chooses the best camp counselors to bring out the best in your children. In fact, many of them were YMCA campers themselves. Our counselors are called “Role Models” because not only do they show kids how to have fun and make friends, but they instill good character in them by modeling the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Dow Westside YMCA's cover photo

YMCA Annual Celebration

More than 270 guest and community leaders attended the YMCA of the Capital Area’s Annual Celebration. A celebration in recognition for the generous donors, dedicated volunteers, hardworking staff, and enthusiastic partners who supports the Y in creating a better, stronger community, one person and one family at a time.

Today is member appreciation day at the Y! We want to thank our members for being a part of the Y family and helping us build a stronger community.

Favorite Things at the YMCA

There is something for everyone at the Y- swimming, sports, field trips, crafts and more! Campers always enjoy learning new games and activities that they can bring home and teach to their friends. Some campers even develop favorite hobbies after trying something new at the Y.

For over 25 years, Healthy Kids Day has celebrated kids’ health and continues to teach healthy habits, encourage active play, and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. Healthy Kids Day works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long. Your Healthy Kids Day tip of the day is to get moving - Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools, or develop their own theatrical scenes. Click the link for more information: See you there!

We are launching soon! Staff are training to prepare for the launch of our new software. More info coming soon!


**Update: We will close at 1pm today. Due to the anticipated inclement weather tomorrow, we will open at regular business hours and close at 11am. We will not offer holiday camp tomorrow. Please check our website for additional updates:

We are launching soon! Not only will our new website and software systems be easier to navigate, but you will also be able to make payments and print receipts online.

Field Trips with the YMCA

YMCA Summer Camp offers the opportunity for children to experience something new. Campers enjoyed the many places we visited on field trips while having the Best Summer Ever at camp!

We are launching soon! Our new website and member software system will be mobile friendly and allow online membership access and faster program registration.

Spring into savings! Join this week to receive a $0 joining fee (savings of up to $100). 9 locations, hundreds of group exercises classes each week, ActivTrax nutrition and workout program, no contracts, join online. Join more than a gym, join a community.

Friends at the Y

Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, field trips and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.

Need a summer job? The YMCA is NOW HIRING lifeguards and camp counselors. Not only is working at the Y fulfilling, but it also impacts the lives of many children. Being a positive role model in a child's life can influence their future choices and lead them in the right direction. Apply for a job today that will change someone's life:

The LSU volleyball team taught skills to the youth in our volleyball program! Thanks again, LSU Volleyball for spending the day with these girls, you helped build their confidence and provided a fun-filled day they will never forget.

Join us on April 27 from 9:00am-12:00pm for Healthy Kids Day at the Y! This day will include fun, active play, and educational activities to keep kids moving and learning. It is important for children to maintain healthy habits and academic skills to achieve their goals. Here is your Healthy Kids Day tip- Play together. Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong. View our website for more information:

We are launching soon! New website and member software systems coming soon. We are preparing for liftoff.

Learning at the Y

While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Y Camp offers cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.

Dow Westside YMCA's cover photo

Fitness at the Y

Y camp offers the opportunity for children and teens to be adventurous, active and healthy this summer. YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore a variety of different topics that help them to learn, grow and thrive.

Welcome back to Holiday Camp at the Y! Campers will remain engaged and active while being in a safe environment. Holiday Camp will include both indoor and outdoor activities, character development, arts & crafts, STEM, and much more! Sign up today and visit our website for more info:

Summer is the time for children to get up, get out, and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. Research shows that children gain weight twice as fast during the summer than the school year. One Healthy Kids Day tip to help prevent this is to High Five the Fruits and Veggies - Make sure children get at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend for healthy childhood development. And to keeps their taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.

Find your passion! We are now hiring Member Services Representatives, Lifeguards and Swim Lesson Instructors! Apply online at

Diaper Bank | Junior League of Baton Rouge

There are mothers in Baton Rouge who have to choose between diapers and food for their children. YOU can help relieve some of the stressors that come with diapering a baby or toddler – all 9 YMCA locations are hosting a diaper drive in honor of National Diaper Needs Awareness Week from April 1-7. Just look for the Diaper Bank barrels and drop off any unused disposable diapers – even open packs! Visit for more information.

Summer Camp at the Y

We are looking forward to the #BestSummerEver this year at camp. Get ready to have a blast playing games, swimming and going on all kinds of field trips. Campers will make new friends and make great memories that will last forever.

Basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. Today's tip is talk to your health care provider about diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history or are overweight. #DiabetesAlertDay #ForABetterUS

We help people commit to healthy living during #DiabetesAlertDay #ForABetterUs American Diabetes Association - Camp Aspire

Today is member appreciation day at the Y! We want to thank our members for being a part of the Y family and helping us build a stronger community. Please stop by the front desk during your visit to pick up a free Y koozie!

Swimming at the YMCA

The Y’s focused on providing swimming lessons and swim safety programs so that kids everywhere stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to develop a lifelong love of swimming.

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Happy Workout Wednesday!! Today we talked about getting your mind ready to make a lifestyle change. Overcoming obstacles and sticking with it is half the battle. The YMCA Baton Rouge has some tips on how to be mentally ready for your fitness journey in the link below. #WorkoutWednesday #Local33Today WVLA NBC Local 33

At Y Camp we strive to give campers the safest most enjoyable summer experience possible. We encourage fun and self-discovery while teaching and reinforcing important values. We offer more than just nonstop fun. Your child will learn how to apply time, talent, and energy toward a caring, honest, respectful, and responsible life.

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3688 Sugar Plantation Pkwy
Addis, LA

Opening Hours

Monday 05:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 05:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 05:00 - 21:00
Thursday 05:00 - 21:00
Friday 05:00 - 20:00
Saturday 08:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00
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