YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

Welcome to the

La Porte County
Family YMCA

The La Porte County Family YMCA strengthens the foundations of our community through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. We’re more than just a place to work out. At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do.

With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.


The La Porte County Family YMCA will host an Open House & Ribbon Cutting for their Andrew Avenue Education and Recreation Center on Saturday, June 7th. The Open House will last from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a picnic style cookout.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be administered by the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce at 10:30 a.m. 
This event is open to the community. Bring your family for a day of fun, food and learning about the Andrew Avenue Center. Tours will be available throughout the open house.

The Andrew Avenue Outdoor Education and Recreation Center has several amenities including: basketball courts, soccer fields, walking trails, tree forts, Gaga Pits, kitchen facilities, restrooms and much more.

“The Andrew Ave Outdoor Education and Recreation Center would not have been possible without the individuals and businesses who came together with their time, talent and treasure to make this location a reality,” said La Porte County Family YMCA Executive Director Cindy Berchem. 

The La Porte County Family YMCA strengthens the foundations of our community through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities.

We apologize for the continued issues with the hot tub.  Someone using the hot tub removed the filter cover and pushed a towel into the filter.  The towel worked its’ way through the filter and into the piping and pump.  As a result, the motor burned up.  We replaced the motor on Thursday, May 22nd and the new heater immediately overheated, indicating there are more pieces of the towel in the system.  We are now dismantling all of the pipe work to remedy the situation.  This could take several days to resolve.  We appreciate your patience.  It is unfortunate this deliberate act of vandalism is now impacting many.

Our 35th Annual USA Triathlon sanctioned event and will be held August 2, 2014! 


The race is a quarter-mile lake swim, a 12.4-mile bike and a 3.3-mile run. The course begins in Solders Memorial Park at the Stone Lake Beach House and winds through scenic La Porte County. The triathlon, which features chip timing, includes male and female divisions for ages 12 and up, as well as team categories. Included in fee is a cinch sack, collapsible water bottle, and a dry fit shirt. Race packet pick-up will take place Aug. 2nd from 6:30-7:30 AM (CST) at Cummings Lodge during registration.

Click here to register and for more information.


Per the Traffic Commission and the Board of Public Works, the following temporary parking restrictions are in effect immediately from 6:00 am until Noon on May 10, May 17 and May 31.  Violators will be ticketed with no exceptions granted.

 The temporary parking restrictions include:

No parking on the east side of Andrew Avenue
No parking on the east side of L Street
No parking on the east side of K Street
No parking on the south side of 12th Street
No parking on the south side of 14th Street
No parking on the south side of 16th Street

Our first and foremost concern at all times is for the safety and well-being of our program participants, members and residents.  These parking restrictions have been implemented to reduce the risk of an emergency situation.  Thank you for your continued support of the La Porte County Family YMCA.

Want to change a child 's life? Come out to Buffalo Wild Wings in Michigan City and a portion of your food bill will go to our Annual Campaign Fund. All proceeds benefit the Michigan City Educare scholarship program. Your act of kindness will help shape the lives of our future leaders!

May 5th, 5 pm-8 pm, Click HERE for more details.

On May 6, 2014, La Porte County Family YMCA is joining more than 50 nonprofits throughout the county for a national day of local giving.

Marking the centennial anniversary of community foundations, Give Local La Porte County will allow La Porte County to generate significant funds for causes right in our own backyard. For one day, every dollar given to local nonprofits will be matched by funds from a national pool of sponsorships, as well as local matches—making every gift go further.

On May 6th, between 12 am-11:59 pm, go to one of the links below to help young people achieve their potential, empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives and strengthen the bond of our community.

La Porte County Family YMCA

La Porte County Family YMCA Child Care and Learning Center

Here are a list of prizes that we need your help to reach:

Game On  $1,000
Awarded to first fund to receive 25 unique gifts from 25 different donors.
Generous Neighbor Award  $1,000
Awarded to the first fund that gets 20 unique gifts of $100 or more.
Give Local Lunch  $1,000
Awarded to the fund the fund that gets the largest gift closest to 12 noon CST.
Home Stretch Award  $1,000
Awarded to the fund that secures the greatest number of unique gifts between the hours of 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. CST.
Over Achiever Award  $1,000
Awarded to the fund that achieves the greatest number of unique donors for the entire event.
Nickel Campaign     $500
Awarded to the fund that receives the greatest number of verifiable planned gifts by April 29th, 2014. 

Don't forget, this Saturday is picture day with Barry's Photography for the k/1, 2/3 and 4/5th divisions.  Everyone needs to arrive at the designated times, click the link below for the schedule.

Soccer Picture Schedule

Keeping the Community Healthy.

Ever think of trying Aqua Classes? Well here is your chance, on May 7th we will be offering two aqua classes and they will be open and free to the community! That's right, you do not need to be a member to try these classes out. The Y is here for you!

Aqua Zumba - 6:10-7:10 pm
Aqua Boot Camp - 7:15-8:15 pm

If you have any questions, please contact our Aquatics Dept @ 325-9622.


Camp is the perfect place for children Grades K-8 to be during Spring Break!

What better way to spend your Spring Break than at the YMCA Camp?  Each day of camp comes packed with the perfect amount of activities and fun. Children will get to make new friends, play exciting games and participate in activities in a structured and nurturing environment. Each day will have a theme; Make a Movie Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Talent Thursday, and Fitness Friday.

Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, Nintendo Wii, games in the gym, movies, snacks and much more! The cost is $20 per child per day for members and $30 for non-members. Please register your children at the Member Service Desk.  For more information contact Ben Fout Member Engagement Director at 219-325-9622 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 7-11  Drop kids off as early as 6:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 6:00 p.m

Thank you to all of the participants and volunteers who came out and made our event a huge success!  We had over 350 runners/walkers this past Saturday that helped raise money and awareness for our Annual Campaign.  We look forward to seeing all of you at our Triathlon on August 2nd. 

Click HERE to see the results.

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.