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Recent weather reports indicate that Lynchburg and surrounding areas could experience torrential rain and possible flooding due to Hurricane Florence. While we are hoping for the best, we are preparing for conditions that could impact our hours and operations.

We want to provide you with the latest information on potential closings or delays. Here are some ways for you to get information about our operating schedule. 



Download our Mobile App and choose your home YMCA branch. Be sure to allow notifications so you can receive alerts and information in the event that we are delayed in opening, closing early, or plan to be closed.


Follow your YMCA branch on Facebook and Twitter. In addition to keeping you informed about all of the programs and activities happening at the Y, we use social media to provide updates on changes to operating hours. 



When hours of operation are altered, we post updates on the homepage for the branch affected. Choose your branch from this page, then bookmark your branch homepage and check it if you have questions about our operational status.


Register for text alerts, and recurring emails here. We will email or text you when there may be changes to our schedules. In addition to schedule changes, you will receive updates about Y programs and happenings via email a few times a month. 


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For Immediate Release - July 18, 2018

A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 children kids do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization. As families are transitioning from summer to fall, the YMCA of Central Virginia is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Lynchburg City, Amherst County, Appomattox County, and Nelson County to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s pro-gram offers activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.

“Over 11 million children are unsupervised between 3 and 6 pm, an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Teena Williams, Child Care Director, YMCA of Central Virginia. “Afterschool at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and help them reach their potential.”

In addition to before school and after-school care, the Y offers vacation camp, and school days out care. In the event of a snow day, or teacher works day, the YMCA may offer full day care to before and after school participants at no additional cost to the family. Kids that participate in the program will receive healthy snacks, art and craft time, outdoor games and play, inside gym time, opportunities for homework time, and the chance to build lasting friendships while making memories. Vacation and snow days can include swimming at the Y and fun field trips throughout the community.

Through a unique partnership with Lynchburg City Schools, the YMCA can offer dinner to kids at Lynchburg City School sites this year. Each afternoon children participating in the program at Lynchburg City Schools will receive a meal at no additional cost to the families.

The YMCA of Central Virginia accepts DSS and donor supported financial assistance is available to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career.

For more information about the YMCA of Central Virginia afterschool program, please contact the YMCA’s Child Care Administrative Office at 434.847.8750 or visit



Update - August 8, 2018
As you may know, we are currently performing annual preventative maintenance on our competition pool at the Downtown YMCA. We have decided that it is in the best interest of our members and guests that we take this opportunity to give our family pool the same attention, ensuring the safety and cleanliness of our entire Downtown aquatics department. 
Please know that we do our best to stagger these types of necessary closures, yet realize they may cause an inconvenience. Please note that during this time the Jamerson Family YMCA is available to help meet your aquatic needs. 
Participants that are scheduled for swim lessons at the Downtown YMCA during this time should call Josh Gravette at 434.582.1900 for additional information.
Please read below for a complete list of facility announcements regarding our annual preventative maintenance procedures. 
Announcement - July 10, 2018

Summer is coming to a close and fall is on the horizon, which means even more indoor activities and fun are in store for our members and guests.

We will be performing our annual preventative maintenance and refreshing of the competition pools at the Downtown YMCA and the Jamerson Family YMCA. Please note that during these times the competition pools will be closed. The family pools, however, will remain open.

Additionally, we will be sanding and refinishing the floors of the Jamerson Family YMCA Aerobics Studio.

Thank you so much for your patience as we work hard to keep our facilities clean, safe and enjoyable for all.



The Downtown YMCA Competition Pool will be closed August 4th through August 24th. During this time we will be replastering the competition pool, replacing tiles as needed, and deep cleaning. The Downtown YMCA family pool will be closed August 8th through August 15th. During this time we will be performing a thorough deep cleaning. 



The Jamerson Family YMCA Competition Pool will be closed August 24th - September 15th. During this time we will be replastering the competition pool, replacing tiles as needed, deep cleaning, and installing a new air filtration system in the Jamerson Family Pool area. The family pool will remain open during this time.

Additionally, there will be no group fitness classes scheduled in the group ex studio or multi purpose C August 20th - 29th. We are sanding and refinishing the floors in the aerobic studio. 


What can I do while the competition pool at my branch is closed? The family pools will remain open during this time. Additionally, your membership is good at all three YMCA of Central Virginia locations. Click here for a complete list of YMCA of Central Virginia Branches, and their amenities. 

What about my water aerobics class? If your class is impacted or rescheduled, we suggest checking out any of our other fun water aerobic classes that will be offered during this time. Each branch offers a wide variety of classes at convenient times. You can find the complete class schedules on our mobile app, or by clicking here. 

Where can I find the pool schedule? GOOD NEWS! You can access the pool schedule when you need to, and while you're on the go! Download our mobile app for schedules, program registration, and get YMCA of Central Virginia notifications. You can also find the pool schedule online by clicking here.



YMCA of Central Virginia Member Competes in IMG 43662nd Round of Worldwide CrossFit Competition

What started as a dare between an athletic husband and wife team has led to the experience of a lifetime for Lynchburg resident Betsy Vanderburgh, who took her shot at the title of “Fittest Masters Female on Earth” after advancing to the second round of the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games.

When CrossFit was introduced at the Jamerson Family YMCA, Vanderburgh’s husband, Joe, gave the high-intensity workout program a try. He struggled but perservered, then dared his wife to join him. As an Air Force Academy alumna and military veteran, Vanderburgh’s life has revolved around fitness and mental fortitude. Not one for backing down from a challenge, Vanderburgh accepted and now finds herself on the international CrossFit stage.

“The CrossFit workouts were so ridiculously difficult that it wasn’t long before I realized that was the beauty and genius of the whole thing,” said Vanderburgh. “Even the best athletes must struggle through and push themselves to complete a workout. Everyone is laughing afterward and it’s a lot of childish fun to swing up on a bar, climb a rope, jump up on things, and skip rope.”

Vanderburgh’s journey began with the CrossFit Open, an opportunity for members from every affiliate globally to complete specified workouts over a five-week period with the strongest proceeding to Regionals. Older athletes and teenagers skip the Regionals and instead compete in an Online Qualifier against their top peers. Vanderburgh made the first cut, placing 45th, worldwide in her age group (55-59) and advancing to the Online Qualifier, which was held the weekend of April 20-23.

Vanderburgh placed 29th out of 200 participants during the online qualifier which challenges athletes’ mental and physical game with max lifts, high-skill movements and tests of general physical preparedness. Now in its fifth year, the Online Qualifier is a stepping stone for both masters and teenagers on their journeys to the CrossFit Games. Vanderburgh has completed the four assigned workouts for this stage of the competition, which were videotaped and validated by a licensed CrossFit affiliate.

“I’m not a professional athlete, trainer or coach,” said Vanderburgh. “I’m not in it for the trophy. I love the peer pressure, the camaraderie and the loud music. The coaches are so good at helping everyone take what they have and build on it to become stronger, faster and fitter. I hope my experience will help more people see CrossFit as less intimidating and more health and strength building.”

Vanderburgh is among the rapidly growing community of CrossFit enthusiasts – more than 1,500 affiliates launched in the past year alone to accommodate the increased interest, bringing the total number of locations to 14,500 worldwide. The all-inclusive CrossFit Open has become one of the largest participatory fitness events in the world, with 385,000 people competing in 2017. 

The YMCA of Central Virginia offers two CrossFit programs; Jamerson Crossfit which is held at the Jamerson Family YMCA, and CrossFit Seven Hills at the Downtown YMCA. Both programs are led by enthusiastic trained professionals committed to seeing athletes grow and reach their goals in a safe environment. In addition to CrossFit for adults, the Jamerson Family YMCA offers CrossFit Kids during the summer for youth ages 8 - 13 years old.

Additional information about the CrossFit program offered through the YMCA of Central Virginia is available online, at


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YMCA of Central Virginia Opens 2018 Summer Camp Registration

– Field Trips, KidzGym Fun and Swim Lessons to Highlight Camp Experience –

LYNCHBURG, Va., April 20, 2018 – The YMCA of Central Virginia is looking ahead to summer for Lynchburg, Appomattox and Nelson County youth ages 5-12, with Summer Camp registration now open for the weekly program beginning June 4. The Day Camp program offers a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, learning and community exploration for kids, while fostering their social, educational and physical development.

“The YMCA of Central Virginia Summer Camp program is an incredible opportunity for local youth to build self-confidence, learn independence and create lasting memories,” Teena Williams, YMCA of Central Virginia Child Care Director. “It’s a fun and fulfilling experience for children, while offering parents peace of mind that their children are spending their summer break in a productive and safe environment.”

Opportunities to discover new talents, develop new skill sets and interact with diverse peers has been the central focus of the YMCA Summer Camp for more than 150 years. Purposeful play and hands-on experience helps support teamwork and problem solving skills that are essential to youth development and their lifelong success. Among the many activities planned are community field trips to local parks and other attractions; KidzGym indoor play including rock climbing, interactive games and indoor sports; free swim lessons, and much more.

Swim lessons with CPR-certified lifeguards is among the highlights of the Summer Camp experience, with kids both enjoying and learning in the water. Swim time will offer supervised play and instruction, while campers gain confidence in the water and learn essential water safety skills.

The Summer Camp registration form is available for download, at Pre-registration is strongly recommended, and required at least one week prior to the week attending. Becoming a member of the YMCA of Central Virginia provides a savings of up to $100 on Summer Camp tuition. To support children needing financial assistance to attend, please consider donating at

About the YMCA of Central Virginia

Based in Lynchburg, Va., the YMCA of Central Virginia is committed to nurturing the potential of all children and teens by promoting healthy living and encouraging social responsibility within the community. For more then 160 years, the YMCA of Central Virginia has served as an advocate for all youth, while providing a safe and supportive environment for them.


434-582-1900 (Jamerson) 434-847-5597 (Downtown) 434-455-5996 (Express) 434-200-7097 (Bowen Wellness Center)


YMCA Exterior WEB 3801 Wyndhurst Drive

Lynchburg, VA 24502 

(434) 582-1900


YMCA Exterior WEB 91315 Church Street

Lynchburg, VA 24504 

(434) 847-5597


YMCA Exterior WEB 13408 Old Forest Road

Lynchburg, VA 24501 

(434) 455-5996


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