Watertown, NY

Watertown Family YMCA 585 Rand Dr., Watertown, NY 13601

Phone Number: 315-755-2005

Website: http://watertownymca.org

Fax: (315) 782-0802

Contact: Rebecca Reed

Contact Email: ymca_rreed@yahoo.com

Watertown Family YMCA became a proud ASYMCA affiliate in 2001. We are honored to serve Fort Drum’s junior enlisted military service members and military families. We support our troops and their military families through programs and services designed to improve or enhance Army family quality of life.

Fort Drum is a census-designated place and U.S. Army military reservation in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 12,123 at the 2000 census. It is home to the 10th Mountain Division.


Two for You – respite program:

If your spouse is deployed or away due to military activities,you are eligible to receive 2 hours of free child care,once a week!

Parent’s Night Out:

Ages 6 weeks old-11 years old. Children are divided into age appropriate groups for the night.Activities include: Gymnastics, Arts and Crafts,Basketball, Soccer, Music,Gym Games and FUN!
Light snack will be provided.

Operation Kid Comfort:
Operation Kid Comfort is a volunteer based program designed to address the emotional stress that children of military personnel experience during a parent’s absence from home. Operation Kid comfort serves children of deployed service members by providing the child with a quilt or pillow that has pictures of the service member, child and family. The quilt is then given to the child to play with, sleep with or use to comfort them during their parent’s deployment.

Operation Hero:
Operation Hero is an onsite after-school program, which focuses on character development and skill building within military children who have been identified by school personnel and parents exhibiting low self esteem, or difficulty adjusting both academically and socially in the school environment. Curriculum is designed to help children handle the challenges of military life, provide tools to help them succeed in school, and help develop a positive self-image while improving social and communication skills.

Through our child care programs, we are responding to the complex needs of today’s families and acting upon our commitment to kids, families, and communities. We believe that daily practice and interaction with children must reflect the YMCA goals for child care:
• To offer a safe, caring, and fun environment for all children,
• To support and strengthen the family unit,
• To develop new skills,

School Age Child Care:
SACC is dedicated to providing quality before and after school child care for youth in grades K – 6th. Located in 18 school in Jefferson County and St. Lawrence County.

ARC – Babysitter Course – Discount offered to all military youth. The Babysitter Training Course provides youth ages 11—15 with the information and skills necessary to care for children in a safe and responsible manner. This training will help participants develop skills in five critical areas: Leadership, safety,basic care, first aid, and professionalism.

Youth Sports:
Military youth discounts are offered on all non-league youth sports. These programs provide a great environment for youth to learn basic skills and team work.

Youth Gymnastics:
Discount offered to all military youth. Beginner to advanced classes available.

Youth Aquatics:
American Red Cross swim lessons are offered at a military discounted rate for all military youth. There are six levels from learning how to swim to learning advanced swim techniques

Middle School Achievement Program – The Middle School Achievement Program (MAP):
Open every day school is in session.
MAP creates an environment that allows children to have choices in various activities. This choice of activities fosters independence, cooperation, and self-discipline among participants.
Activities provided include, but are not limited to:
-Art/creative activities
-Outdoor play, sports and games
-Homework assistance
-Character development/citizenship

Youth Empowerment Program:
The Youth Empowerment Program is open every day school is in session and is free to you. YEP creates an environment that allows children to have choices in various activities.
This choice of activities will foster independence, cooperation, and self-discipline among the children who participate.
Activities provided include, but are not limited
-Art/creative activities
-Outdoor play, sports and games
-Homework assistance
-Character development/citizenship
-YAC—Youth Advisory Council

Wounded Warrior Support Program:
Veterans or active duty military members who have sustained injury or disability during their service in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) are eligible for a free YMCA membership.

Proof of Eligibility Requirement
(both are needed)
1. Service member shows Valid Military ID
2. A letter, from one of the following sources, stating that a YMCA membership would be beneficial in the treatment / recovery of the individual (Commander, Physician, Physical Therapist, Counselor, Psychologist or Psychiatrist).

Membership Details
This is a 6 month renewable membership. At the end of 6 months a new note from one of the previously listed sources must be provided.

Our Greatest Need is resources that support programs for middle school aged youth. This is a critical transition time for youth however, this is also the group who often have the fewest resources. Youth in military families are often experiencing family transition such as relocation or deployment in addition to the transition from young child to adolescents.

ASYMCA Special Events:

Sugar Plum Ball December 7th,2013 8:00 PM
Dulles State Office Building, Watertown, NY, Father Daughter Dance

Family Scavenger Hunt May
Fun Family Day at the Park hunting for treasures

Healthy Kids Day April
Great Family Fun featuring healthy snacks and active play


“I just wanted to write a letter to let you know what the YMCA and their military program means to my family. My husband is in the Army and has served for over 12 years. This means that we move around fairly often and find ourselves trying to become a part of our new community. It became more difficult when we had our two kids. It is heart breaking to watch them have to say goodbye to their friends each time we move. The YMCA and their commitment to military families have made this adjustment so much easier. It provides a safe place for my kids to make friends and begin to feel that this is “home”.

“I appreciate the fact that military families are given a discount on fees for sports. It makes a big difference in where we decide to enroll our kids……The staff at Carthage YMCA has been incredible. They include each child regardless of their ability or degree of desired participation. They also ensure that all of the kids are playing with good sportsmanship. I like the atmosphere of friendliness and safety that they surround our kids with.”