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March 21, 2021
The YMCA’s mission is to foster the spiritual, mental and physical development of individuals, families and communities according to the ideals of inclusiveness and equality for all.
Leadership Team
Kimberly Meyer
Tina Lawton
Membership & Healthy Living
Reid Van Keulen
YMCA Camp Lincoln
Topher Bishop
School Age Child Care
Katrina Allen
Courtney Benevides
Marketing & Communications
General inquiries & membership change notifications, please contact
YMCA National Advocacy Days
The Southern District YMCA leaders spent this week participating in YMCA National Advocacy Days. National Advocacy Days equips Y leaders to advocate on behalf of policy issues that advance the Y’s work. Y leaders had the opportunity to learn about the Y’s legislative priorities, hear from federal officials and other partners about how the Y’s work aligns with national priorities, and meet virtually with congressional members to tell the story of the Y’s impact in communities. 
On Thursday, the Southern District YMCA's CEO, Director of Camping and Director of Child Care Services met with all four New Hampshire Congress Members to promote our Y's agenda which includes healthy living-community health, child care, and social responsibility {pictured below}.
Advocating for the Y is a role all staff and volunteers play regardless of job function or tenure. With an understanding of how legislative priorities impact the Y, a personal passion for your Y, and a good story to tell, you can be an advocate and help expand your Y’s position in your community and across your state. To learn more about volunteering to be a Y advocate, learn why advocacy is relevant to your role within the Y, and how to be an effective advocate year-round, click here.
Exeter YMCA Highlights
Are you looking for a safe space to hold meetings or events? Our gymnasium provides a safe, socially-distanced meeting area and we are excited to share it with community members and businesses. Please contact Tina at for more information on rentals.
We’ve expanded our hours!
Monday - Thursday: 6AM-8PM
Friday: 6AM-6PM
Saturday: 7AM-2PM
Reservations are still required and guarantee you a spot as we continue to get busier.   
Thank You, Staples!
Thank you to our local Staples store in Stratham for generously donated school supplies and home goods to distribute to our local families in need. We are so appreciative of our partnership with this wonderful business and look forward to working together on more ways to serve the community. Thank you, Staples!
We Love Pickleball!
The Exeter Area Y is looking for new Pickleball players! Pickleball is a paddleball sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles to hit a perforated polymer ball (much like a whiffle ball) over a net. For more information about how to play and get involved in the sport of Pickleball in a safe manner at the Y, click HERE.
A Beginner's Level session will be available to for up to eight players to reserve in Mindbody Monday - Friday from 10:00-11:00AM. For more information about scheduling contact
WHY SHOULD YOU WORK WITH A PERSONAL TRAINER? Whether you are a new fitness enthusiast or have been working out for several years, working with a nationally certified training professional will significantly improve your personal exercise experience. If you have been thinking about hiring a personal trainer or wondering if a personalized program would make a difference to your success, here are a few of the benefits that might make your decision a little easier. Contact today to book your consultation at the Y!
Two Individual Cardio Rooms Available In Wellness Center
The room formerly known as the Mind Body Studio is now available for reservation, along with the former Cycle Studio for one person or members of the same household. These rooms are for members who are unable to exercise with a mask, especially due to a sensitive medical condition.
Thank you to members not utilizing these rooms for complying with our 100% Mask Mandate. We appreciate you!
New Group Exercise Classes Added
We heard you and added a some new classes to the schedule! Check out the latest group exercise schedule. We want to hear more of your valuable feedback! Look for a survey coming your way soon. 
Using the APG model, this group’s goal is to connect LGBTQ youth (middle and high school age) who struggle with substance use. Through the use of activities and experiential learning, trained facilitators will work with youth to grow positive peer relationships while incorporating elements of recovery.
The Exeter Rotary Club is pleased to announce the availability of several scholarships to area students of all ages to further their education. The club funds the scholarships through their annual apple sale. The deadline is March 30. Click here for more information.
Child Care Program Updates
Child Care for April Vacation
SACC will be offering April Vacation Camp! Here are the details:
Monday April 26, 2021 – Friday April 30, 2021
8AM - 4:30PM at YMCA Camp Lincoln
There are two different registration options:
3-Day (MWF) and 2-Day (TTh). Families wishing to attend the full week can sign up for both options! Registration opens Monday 03/22/21 at 8AM and closes Thursday 04/22/21 at 5PM.
               3-Day: $115
              2-Day: $85
Forever Providing
Child Care
We hope you and your families had a safe and happy Saint Patrick's Day! At our Brentwood School Age Child Care site, the kids made leprechaun traps and leprechaun dogs.
At the Y, we believe no one should be turned away due to the cost of programming. This is why we offer extensive Financial Assistance to all families in need. Your support translates to life-changing programs for those in our community who need it most. We are so grateful to serve to our families during this past challenging year and beyond. To support our programs and the children who need them most, please click here.
Before and After School and Full Day Offerings
As a reminder, all new registrations for our 2020-2021 School's Out Programs for the upcoming program week must be completed by Thursday at noon the week prior. Click here for program offerings and to register. Our School’s Out programs are focusing on teaching sustainability this month. Sustainability can take many forms, but the ultimate goal is the reduction of waste and ensuring resources are available for future generations. Register your child today!
Camp Lincoln Happenings
Mad Science Homeschool Programs
Homeschool this week was Mad Science themed! Students spent the day outside doing science experiments like firing off rockets and walking on oobleck! Interesting in learning more about our homeschool programs? Email
The Camp Lincoln Paddle Plunge is back! On April 10, just as the ice melts, YMCA supporters will create their best costumes and race into the water for a freezing dip in Kingston Lake to benefit the Southern District YMCA Annual Support Campaign. Why will they do it? Because they care! The Paddle Plunge raises funds which help make YMCA programs more affordable for families in need.
Help us reach our goal of sending 20 children to camp for a week in 2021. Your support gives children in our community the gift of independence, self confidence, and fun! Click here to support the plunge and to start a team of your own!
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