About the Skaneateles Y

History

In 2001, thanks to the efforts of the Skaneateles Recreational Charitable Trust (SRCT) and the local community, the Skaneateles Community Center opened.  The facility, owned by the SRCT, was operated by the Town of Skaneateles for ten years.  The Auburn YMCA-WEIU Board of Directors and the SRCT entered into a management agreement to operate the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center effective August 1, 2010.  The SRCT owns the facility and is responsible for capital items; the Auburn YMCA assumes all operational responsibilities. As a branch of the Auburn YMCA-WEIU, the Skaneateles Y operates as an independent site, serving the residents of the greater Skaneateles community, with its own staff, programs and operating budget.  The Auburn YMCA offers   administrative support and program resources. Establishment of policies, fiscal oversight and strategic planning for both the Auburn and Skaneateles branches is the responsibility of the Auburn YMCA-WEIU Board of Directors.The addition of the Skaneateles Y as a branch provides a unique value to the members of both communities.  Membership reciprocity allows Y members to use the facilities and participate in programs at either Y.

Programs & Services

The Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center offers programs for people of all ages,  abilities and incomes.  The Mary H. Soderberg Aquatic Center offers lap and recreational swimming, swim lessons, aquatic exercise classes, a water slide and waterworks.  Cardio and strength equipment, personal training and more than 60 fitness classes are available to meet the health and wellness needs of individuals of all ages and fitness levels.  School age child care is available before and after school, on school vacation days and snow days and during summer vacation.  Preschool programs, dance and theater arts, summer camps and free babysitting are available for children. The Allyn Arena, a year-round ice rink, is home to the Skaneateles Boys Varsity Ice Hockey team, the Skaneateles Figure Skating Club, the Skaneateles Youth Hockey Association, CNY hockey leagues, CNY Sled Hockey, skating lessons and special events.

 Scholarship Services

As a charitable, mission-driven organization, the Skaneateles YMCA & Community Center strives to ensure that its programs and services are accessible to all who wish to participate. Our scholarship program provides financial   assistance to those individuals and families who are not able to afford  memberships or programs. Contributed dollars make this possible.

In 2013, more than $83,000 of membership and program subsidy was awarded, benefitting more than 300 individuals.  Children were able to participate in enriching youth programs, including before and after school child care, preschool, swim lessons, summer camp and art programs.  People of all ages, including families, seniors and young adults, benefitted from membership and program scholarships