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Summer Day Camp at the YMCA is what many of our community kids call summer! Your gift helps today’s youth to make summer memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!By sending more kids to camp, you are helping create memorable experiences, fostering personal growth, and ensuring that every child, regardless of their socio-economic background, has the chance to enjoy a fulfilling summer.

Your support will:

  • Build friendships – new and old – as campers spend the day together in new activities.
    • Surround our children with positive role models who care about their emotional, mental and physical health.
    • Enable parents to work confidently, with the peace-of-mind that their children are well-cared for.
    • Incorporate STEM, math, and literacy into our camp activities, extending learning beyond the school year.

In 2023 the Y impacted more than 1000 people in our communities by giving nearly $35,000 in scholarships. This would not have been possible without the direct support of our members, businesses and the community. Programs supported by sponsors include memberships, child care, senior and sports programs as well as the summer day camp.  Your gift makes a difference!


Gifts to our General Operating Support help us to keep membership and programs costs affordable while maintaining quality and timely delivery. Donating to the General Operating Support provides our YMCA with maximum flexibility to address funding gaps for programs and services.


Our members and friends call us THEIR Y. We call them OUR greatest resource—
the thousands of people who work alongside us and support our work to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive.
Through our PARTNERS & PATRONS BANNER  PROGRAM, our Y seeks to attract, recognize and honor those local partners who give substantial support to our Y that allows us to better serve our community. Our PARTNERS & PATRONS BANNER  PROGRAM allows you to make an annual donation of $250 or more and we recognize your gift with a personalized banner displayed in our Wellness Center for one year. If you are ready to be a PARTNER OR PATRON of the Banner Campaign, complete the form and return to the Y and/or contact the Y for more information. Thank you for your consideration and continued support!


If you have a loved one who has been impacted by the Waynesboro Area YMCA, establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor them, while supporting our mission. Your memorial or tribute gift will be a lasting tribute to your loved one and make a difference in the lives of those we serve. For memorial donations, please email us the contact information of their family so we may notify them of your contribution.


In 1930, six high school graduates in Toward, Pa. created a group to continue beyond graduation with guidance from Emery M. Nelson, director of the State YMCA, and Miss Jean Holcomb, a high school English teacher and former Girl Reserve leader.  They helped the young women develop the Gradale Sorority.  This idea of Y-Gradale spread throughout Pennsylvania and in to Ohio and beyond.

      Y-Gradale is composed of women whose basic purpose of the YMCA is to cultivate Christian ideals, attainment of Christian character and personality and the development of a high type of womanhood, through a program of religious emphasis, personal growth, social activities and service to others.
     Currently, the Waynesboro YMCA carries the portfolio for our State organization.  There are three Chapters of Y-Gradale presently in Pennsylvania.  Two of these Chapters are in Waynesboro:  Waynesboro Beta & Waynesboro Delta; and the third one is Scottdale Beta Chapter in western Pa.
Update:  On September 9, 2023, our State Convocation Meeting was held in Bedford, Pa. at Hoss’s Seafood & Steak Restaurant with 14 members attending.   Next, some of our members will attend the Community Thanksgiving Service held at a local church and donate to their worthy cause. Then on November 20, 2023, The 2 Waynesboro Chapters will hold their annual World Service luncheon & program with special speaker, Dick Marks (past Executive Director of the Waynesboro YMCA).
     We support and donate to Waynesboro Community and Human Services, New Hope Shelter, The Lunch Place, Antietam Humane Society, The Institute, UMCOR, The Sioux YMCA (now called The Council of 7 Fires) in Dupree, South Dakota, plus more!
***Gradale is Latin for “Holy Grail”, which was the emblem on the shield which Sir Galahad carried on his search for the Holy Grail.  The Y-Gradale motto is:  Sequere Lucem meaning “follow the light”.
If you would like to join in this outstanding organization and “Make CHRIST and his teachings the blueprint for your life”  contact 717-387-2059 or for more details.

A message from our CEO:

Life is challenging for many families in our community and, together, we can provide additional support to those who need us most. Your generous support makes sure every child has access to Y’s Summer Day Camp and the life-changing benefits.
There are more ways to support Summer Day Camp beyond a monetary donation. The YMCA summer camp wish list is ready for donations on Amazon, just scan the QR code! If you’re interested in getting involved or learning more about how you can support the Y camp, feel free to reach out!
Together, we can help our children SMILE and thrive.
Kim Eaton
Waynesboro Area YMCA CEO

Thank you to our many partners in the Waynesboro Area YMCA Partners and Patrons Banner Recognition Program. The Banner Recognition Program is our special way of saying thank you to our donors and serves as a visual reminder of the contributions that make a difference in our community.
From preschool to wellness for older adults, no other organization can impact as many, as powerfully, as the Y does every day.