To keep our gymnasium floor in tip-top condition, the gym will be closed for routine annual maintenance from March 5-12. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience. Revised schedules for gymnastics classes will be sent home with parents.
Registration has begun for the Y’s hugely popular summer day camp. Plan to sign up early to get your best shot at the camps and weeks that you want. This season features nine new specialty camps, in addition our five regularly offered day camp programs. Choose from architecture, dance, fashion, language, sports and other special-focus camps for kids of all ages. Whatever Y camp you choose, you know you’ll be giving your child the best possible experience. Our camp is fully accredited by the American Camping Association. That means we’ve met the most rigorous standards for organization, safety, health and program development. Nobody does camp better than the Y! more
Registration is now underway for the Jr. Lakers’ spring season which runs March 24-May 31. Sponsored by the LA Lakers & LA Sparks, Jr. Lakers is open to kids 3-15. The league teaches fundamental basketball skills and provides same age-group competition in an atmosphere that promotes fair play, teamwork and sportsmanship. If you have a youngster who loves basketball or would like to learn the game, sign up! more
The Burbank Y’s Youth & Government delegation just returned from the State Capitol in Sacramento with the title “Delegation of Distinction. Also, one of the Y delegates was selected to represent the State in an upcoming national conference and another delegate succeeded in getting her proposal all the way to the General Assembly. Way to go!
By Dr. Cathy Ferguson,
Gold Medal Olympian
March is Women's History Month... And I can't think of many organizations that have done as much to promote the health, well-being and success of women as Girl Scouts and the YMCA. Recently, I had the honor of cutting the ribbon to unveil the Burbank Community YMCA's extensive improvements to its pool and other areas. It brought back a wealth of happy childhood memories. read more
The YMCA is not just a social organization, but has been at the forefront of social change. While nearly everyone has heard of the YMCA – which opened its first U.S. chapter in 1851, coming to California in 1882 – few may be aware of the contributions the organization has made not only to the entire community, but to the advancement of women … Taking a leading role by example in the nascent women’s suffrage movement.
The YMCA was one of the earliest social groups to admit African-Americans (1853), women (1858), Asians (1871), Native Americans (1879) and other ethnic groups. Not everyone thought women should exert themselves. Most men in the 19th century did not support women being active or showing strength, which contrasted with true womanhood, that demanded frailty and dependence. And there were many articles condemning this change in women’s lives. But in 1892, the YMCA took a counter-culture stand, saying exercise for women was a good thing.
Women also became prominently visible in Y management roles during World War I when 5,145 of them served the organization and our troops in the U.S. and France—running canteens and organizing entertainment and R&R for the soldiers. Two of these pioneering women (Helen Astor, wife of American social reformer Vincent Astor, and Edith Roosevelt, wife of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.) were killed in action.
The Y was my home away from home. It was a safe place for me to meet friends, be part of a team, learn how to win and how to stumble. The Y taught me how to serve others, and that in serving others I am fulfilled. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the YMCA programs including camp and the swim team. I learned about good work ethics, the importance of setting goals and working towards accomplishing those goals. I learned so many valuable lessons, in a safe environment, that have lasted a lifetime all while having fun. My entire family was part of the Burbank YMCA. My mom taught swimming and my dad was Controller of the Los Angeles YMCA as well as being one of the most supportive volunteers at the Burbank YMCA. My sister, Patty, went through all the camp clubs and swam on the swim team and my brother John, swam on the swim team and went on to play water polo and swim for West Point. The Y will continues to be part of my spirit, mind and body for the rest of my life. collapse
mY turn is a new monthly column about better living for the Burbank Y membership and the community at large. If you have something to say and would like to be a guest columnist, let us know!
Calling all techies: we are pleased to announce Game+Hack 2014, a 3-day event in which participants collaboratively create mobile games/apps that promote the Y's 3 focus areas: youth development, healthy living & social responsibility. Developers, designers, college students and teachers are all invited to participate. A host of special guests, speakers and judges will also be in attendance to award winners and prizes! Game+Hack is on April 25, 26 & 27 at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Y. Registration is now open! details
ActivTrax is a web-based system designed to deliver you a customized fitness routine. Each workout routine is built around your goals, strength and fitness experience. With ActivTrax, you’ll receive a completely new and customized workout each time you visit the Y. And from home, ActivTrax also provides you with an online nutrition and weight management tool to help keep your diet on track. ActivTrax eliminates intimidation, confusion and boredom and makes exercising much easier.
Anyone interested in exercising and/or weight management! Whether you are new to exercise and need guidance or have been exercising for years and could use a little variety, ActivTrax can help you meet your fitness goals!