At the YWCA

Critical Race Theory 101

On September 11 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM via Zoom, Dr. Jennifer Bloomquist, Professor of Linguistics and Africana Studies and Associate Provost for Faculty Development and the Dean of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs at Gettysburg College, will present CRT 101: What Critical Race Theory Is and What it Isn’t.

This will be an informal talk that will provide a general overview of Critical Race Theory and consider the current controversy over teaching CRT in public schools, followed by a question and answer session. In particular, she will discuss the basic tenets of the theory and will also outline CRT’s 40-year history and evolution.

This program requires pre-registration.  Please call the Front Desk – 717-334-9171, ext. 0 to register and receive the Zoom link.  The cost is $20 for the general public; $10 for YWCA rec pass and/or Mission Members.


Paddle Boarding 101

Paddle Boarding 101

Learn to Paddleboard with us! Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) offers a fun way to play on the water, with the added benefit of a full-body workout. Before you head out on a lake or the ocean for the first time, it’s helpful to practice and know a little bit about SUP gear and basic technique. To get started paddle boarding, you’ll want to learn:

  • How to get geared up to SUP; you’ll need your paddle board, of course, plus just a couple other essentials
  • Basic SUP paddling techniques; just a few skills will ensure you don’t end up paddling in circles.
  • Basic SUP positions; learning several different ways you can stay balanced on the board
  • A few helpful tips for your first SUP outing

Let our staff help you get on the right foot in the fast growing sport of Stand Up Paddling!

Class Details


Saturday Lessons (1 Class)

Rec Pass Members $40, Mission Members $45, Non-Members $50

This program is for individuals 13 years old or older.

The YWCA provides all equipment needed for the paddle boarding lesson.

Lifejackets are required for weak swimmers.

Paddleboards have a max capacity of 260 lbs. 

Every participant is required to complete the following waiver prior to starting the lesson.

Maximum of 3 individuals per class.

Registration opens starting in October!

Register online by Clicking Here or call our Front Desk at 717-334-9171.

Class Sessions & Times

Lessons are held at our indoor heated swimming pool.

Saturday Lessons (1 Class)

Session 12-PB1

December 4

8 – 9 a.m.

Session 12-PB2

December 11

8 – 9 a.m.

Session 12-PB3

December 18

8 – 9 a.m.

Session 1-PB1

January 8

8 – 9 a.m.

Session 1-PB2

January 15

8 – 9 a.m.

Session 1-PB3

January 22

8 – 9 a.m.

Session 2-PB1

February 5

8 – 9 a.m.

Session 2-PB2

February 12

8 – 9 a.m.

Session 2-PB3

February 19

8 – 9 a.m.


Please contact our Aquatics Coordinator, Kristen Mooney at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or via email at for more information.

Optimist Basketball Summer Clinic For Kids

Bring out the best in kids!

Gettysburg Optimist Basketball Summer Clinic

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg has sponsored a community youth basketball program since 1965 teaching fun and fundamentals of basketball to children in grades K through 6. Traditionally, the program is conducted on Saturday mornings for eight weeks. The rules are simple; all children play, the focus is on the fundamentals of the game, no scorekeeping, and all participants have fun and share an experience that forms life-long memories.

Regrettably, due to the pandemic, the 2021 Winter Optimist Youth Basketball Program was not offered.   The Optimist Club is proud to announce this year’s Summer Basketball Clinic where the rules will be followed for a fun-filled afternoon.  With the help of the Gettysburg Area School District’s Girls and Boys basketball coaches, Jeff Bair and Marc McLean, and players, the Gettysburg Optimist Club is offering a free basketball clinic at Gettysburg Area Recreation Association Park on Sunday, August 29, 2021. The Optimist Club is pleased to announce that the YWCA is a partner with this event.

Registration is online now through August 28 and onsite at the Rec Park Firemen’s pavilion from ­­­­12:30 PM to 1:00 PM the day of the event.

Children can pre-register by completing the online form or by printing the paperwork from the Gettysburg Optimist website Email registration to or mail to

Gettysburg Optimist Club

c/o Basketball Committee

PO BOX 3035

Gettysburg, PA 17325

The 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM clinic schedule will begin with a demonstration session led by the Gettysburg Area School District basketball girl’s and boy’s coaches and players. The next session will be a circuit training for youth attending in grades K through 6. If time allows, there may be youth basketball games. The players will be divided into groups of girls and boys separately; Grades K-3 and grades 4-6.

Refreshments will be provided for volunteers and participants at the conclusion of the clinic.

 The Optimist Club of Gettysburg Youth Basketball Program is one of the many youth-oriented programs conducted and funded by the local Optimist Club each year. Club members, parents, and community volunteers act as leaders, monitors, coaches, and mentors.  Many of them were once young participants in earlier programs and are now coaching and mentoring their children and grandchildren. Since its inception, more than 5000 area children have participated in the annual basketball events.


We look forward to spending the afternoon with you on August 28, 2021, from 12:30 PM to 3 PM.


YWCA Lifeguard Retiring At 72

by Mark Rivera & Mark Purdy, YWCA Aquatics Director & YWCA Coordinator of Communications

Dale Williams (yep, he’s 72) was first certified as a college student nearly 50 years ago. This year, after working at the Gettysburg YWCA for 23 years, he came to a sudden realization: He’s been doing this for quite a while.

Dale is the oldest active lifeguard in the Gettysburg area and will be retiring in September. He grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. His childhood home had a swimming pool in the backyard, where he developed his love for the water. Dale eventually outgrew his little backyard swimming pool and decided it was time to upgrade to a larger body of water, the ocean. Dale went on to join the United States Navy as a Navy Chaplan. His Naval career spanned a total of 26 years. Dale says, “My Navy experience took me all over the world – with the opportunity to swim at some of the most beautiful beaches on earth!”

Dale and his family eventually joined the Gettysburg YWCA when they moved to Gettysburg in October of 1997. Dale says “My youngest daughter, Rachel, grew up swimming in the YWCA pool. She swam with the YWCA Sharks Swim Team and then later helped the team out as a coach”. Dale also shared that now his young granddaughters always come to swim at the YWCA pool whenever they visit him from Philadelphia.

Dale Williams began his time as a Lifeguard with the Gettysburg YWCA shortly after moving to Gettysburg in 1998 when an older guard on duty then, Charles, encouraged him to take the job. Dale says, “Charles said the YWCA needed mature staff to serve as an opening guard at the time”. Since then, Dale has continued to tackle the morning 6 a.m. shift to ensure all the YWCA’s early risers are able to get their much-needed swim in each day. And, as all the early-morning swimmers will attest, Dale never misses a shift and always has the pool opened up and ready for the day.

When asked what has motivated him to lifeguard for this long, Dale said, “Lifeguarding keeps me young – being forced to keep up with all the high school and college-aged guards.” He added that “It’s a great job for retired or semi-retired individuals who enjoy swimming. The hours are very flexible, it keeps you fit, and it’s a way to give back to the community”.

Dale will continue to guard at the Gettysburg YWCA through the end of September. He can be found in the early morning hours, vigilantly watching the pool, with a friendly smile and rescue tube in his hand.

Dale, after retiring, says he wants to spend time more time with his family and traveling. We hope to see him often at the YW, enjoying the pool and his retirement.

Nearly New Sale Returns

We are excited to announce that the YWCA’s beloved Nearly New Sale will be returning this fall. Canceled last year due to COVID, it will be returning to full health in October. Look for additional information and links to procedures and consignment agreements in weeks to come.

For now, some dates to remember and general procedural information: 

Pre-Sale:  Thursday, October 21 from 6:00-8:00 pm

(*** Open only to those who volunteered 5 hours prior to Wednesday at 8 pm)

Sale:  Friday October 22 from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Half-Price Sale:  Saturday, October 23 from 8:30 – 10:30 am

Bag Sale:  Saturday, October 23 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm



Consignments will be accepted from Sunday, October 17 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and Monday, October 18 from 8:00 am– 8:00 pm.  Please review the Consignment rules and agreement.


Donations will be accepted from Sunday, October 17 through Tuesday, October 19 at 3:00 pm.


Volunteers are needed:

  • Sunday, October 17 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm to help set up the gym and begin to sort and tag items.
  • Monday, October 18 from 8:00 am-8:00 pm Tuesday, October 19, and Wednesday, October 20 from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm. We will be tagging, pricing, and sorting items and distributing them to the appropriate tables for the sale.
  • Thursday, October 21 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – we will be putting on the finishing touches, finalizing pricing, tagging the final items, posting signs, and making sure everything is ready for the pre-sale. There is a possibility we will be done Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.
  • Thursday, October 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Volunteers are needed to help with check-out at the pre-sale. Responsibilities include bagging, adding, scrolling, and anything to help keep the check out running smoothly.
  • Friday, October 22 from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm – Volunteers will help with check out which includes bagging, adding, scrolling.
  • Saturday, October 23 from 8:30 am – Noon – Volunteers will continue to help with check-out. From Noon until approximately 1:30 pm, volunteers are needed to help with clearing out and tearing down everything and putting the gym back to its normal working order.

Thank you for your willingness to help with this event!

Contact: Nancy Lilley at or 1717-334-9171, ext. 115 for more information or with questions.



25 Meter Lap Pool

Our 25 meter, 6 lane, lap pool ranges from 3 feet, 6 inches deep to 12 feet deep and is maintained at 82.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pool Patio

Our pool patio is available for all pool users. The patio has a seating area, 2 picnic tables and several lounge chairs for sun bathing.

Grill is available for member use. Must fill out a waiver before using. See Aquatics Supervisors for form.


Our 10 person spa is 4 feet deep and is maintained at 102 degrees Fahrenheit.


Please contact our Aquatics Coordinator, Kristen Mooney at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or via email at for more information.

Water Safety for Parents & Caregivers

Free Online Course

The Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers Online Course focuses on developing an awareness of the risks of drowning and how to minimize those risks, especially for young children. This online course teaches parents and caregivers about the concepts of the circle of drowning prevention, water competency and the chain of drowning survival. It also provides guidance for applying water safety to common environments and situations where children are most at risk for drowning.

Class Details

This is a free online course offered by the American Red Cross.  You will need to register for the course through the American Red Cross website. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate that is valid for life.

Register and take the course by Clicking Here

Additional Water Safety Resources


Please contact our Aquatics Coordinator, Kristen Mooney at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or via email at for more information.

YWCA Gettysburg Strategic Plan 2021

This plan has three main priority areas: Programming, Staffing, and Engagement. Each of these areas has been identified as a significant and substantial part of pivoting our organization towards our re-envisioned future. There is overlap in each section, as these key areas and the people responsible for the efforts in each of them must work together in order for us to succeed in our goals. Additionally, we know that each area of our work must be committed to the ideals of our mission, aligned to our core values of lifelong learning and community engagement, and be financially sustainable.


Each departmental area of the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County will analyze current programming to assess impact, profitability, and sustainability. New programs will be evaluated based on mission alignment, projected revenue generation, and organizational capacity.

Objective 1A: Formally join the YWCA USA Capacity Building Program in order to receive direction, guidance, and resources from experts at the national level.

Objective 1B: Analyze and evaluate current programming under different departments at the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County.

  1. Strategy: Utilize a matrix map analysis to assess current programming effectiveness and sustainability.
  2. Strategy: Create a “business plan” for each department, including needed changes for sustainability based on a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis, the matrix map, and any other relevant data.

Objective 1C: Ensure that any new programs are revenue-generating and mission-oriented.

  1. Strategy: Develop procedures to ensure that the budget process is intertwined with new program development (and financial development) in order to identify how we will fund programs and initiatives when they are identified.
  2. Strategy: Identify at least one source of income for each new program idea before moving forward with the implementation of that idea.

Objective 1D: Look at the spaces we already occupy as an organization and analyze how it can be better organized and utilized for efficiency and a higher level of professionalism.

Objective 1E: Define and develop a Family Resource Center.

  1. Strategy: Create a proposed plan for a Family Resource Center, including projected income and expenses, possible programs based on community needs and/or service gaps, and other relevant information.
  2. Strategy: Identify possible partnerships with other organizations, businesses, and/or individuals, based on the program needs and overall goals of the Family Resource Center.


We will create a psychologically safe environment for staff and volunteers to report concerns, issues, and/or difficulties and help to make the workspace a better place for everyone. We will work to evaluate the effectiveness of our current staffing structure, understanding that just because the organization has “always” been a certain way, does not mean that it is the best or most efficient way to function. We will utilize tools and resources available to us to increase our impact in the community and ensure operational efficiency and individual satisfaction.

Objective 2A: Research “best practices” for other similar nonprofits (in terms of location, work, and yearly budget) related to staff recruitment and retention.

  1. Strategy: Track staff recruitment and retention statistics.
  2. Strategy: When possible, conduct exit interviews for staff and volunteers (including the Board of Directors) to discuss what the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County does well and where we could do better.
  3. Strategy: Assess our information and data when compared to other similar nonprofits. Determine if changes should be or need to be made in order to alter our staffing capacity, policies, or other relevant structures.

Objective 2B: Continue to host listening sessions with various departments of the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County with Board involvement.

  1. Strategy: Host at least four listening sessions with departments each calendar year.

Objective 2C: Evaluate staff positions holistically for effectiveness and sustainability.

  1. Strategy: Review job descriptions with staff to update and edit as necessary.
  2. Strategy: Work with staff to create performance goals related to the work that they do and the work that they are passionate about.
  3. Strategy: Assess whether there are positions with too many (or too few) responsibilities that negatively impact work productivity and efficiency. Determine what changes can be made to assist the individual worker and create some relief.

Objective 2D: Prioritize a long-term goal aimed at pay equity.

  1. Strategy: Create a pay range scale for all staff based on education and other credentials, time spent at the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County, and responsibilities involved, as well as other relevant factors.
  2. Strategy: Utilize pay ranges on job postings when recruiting new staff.
  3. Strategy: Explore using flat rates for raises, rather than percentages, with the goal of decreasing the gap between highest and lowest paid employees based on performance.


We will work to ensure that when we think of engaging with the community we serve, we consider both our internal community of people as well as our external community. We will clearly convey to our various communities the work that we are doing, the projects we are beginning, and remain transparent in our processes. We are prioritizing relationship-building and fostering dialogue at multiple levels to better serve the community where we operate and live. Particularly as we are currently working through a period of change and adaptation, we will prioritize decision-making processes that are focused on data, hard (statistics, numbers, surveys) or soft (informal evaluations, discussions), and will be prepared to support our action steps with the relevant data.

Objective 3A: Begin the process of an “engagement campaign” as defined by the YWCA USA

  1. Strategy: Determine overall goals and audience(s): what does success look like and what are the indicators of success? How should engagement efforts be carried out, and by/with whom? How can we track this information?
  2. Strategy: Develop a resonating mission message: what is our message that resonates with the beliefs and values of our constituents, our community, and our organization?
  3. Strategy: Recruit and orient a team: who within our internal and external communities appreciates the YWCA mission and is able to inspire, connect to, and engage with others?
  4. Strategy: Develop communications: how can we prioritize meaningful connections to our communities beyond social media and technology? Are we able to safely maintain and host face-to-face engagements?
  5. Strategy: Organize cultivation events: what are some different ways that we can engage with our communities on multiple different levels? What opportunities can we provide that focus on the mission and impact of our organization?
  6. Strategy: Evaluate: who became more engaged since earnest efforts began, and how? Did we achieve success based on our indicators at the beginning of the campaign?

Objective 3B: Engagement with the Board of Directors:

  1. Strategy: BOD will recruit and induct qualified and diverse women from the community, utilizing the board matrix and other resources as possible.
  2. Strategy: BOD will hold at least one retreat for development and capacity building.
  3. Strategy: Increase engagement with and from Board members with initiatives, staff, and community.

Objective 3C: Engagement with Staff:

  1. Strategy: Continue to host listening sessions with various departments of the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County with Board involvement (see more in Staffing area).
  2. Strategy: Evaluate staff positions holistically for effectiveness and sustainability (see more in Staffing area).
  3. Strategy: Create processes for open communication about new programs and initiatives to staff and volunteers.

Objective 3D: Engagement with Community:

  1. Strategy: Identify possible partnerships with other organizations, businesses, and/or individuals, based on the program needs and overall goals of the Family Resource Center.
  2. Strategy: Create processes for open communication with the community as a whole about new programs and initiatives, including face-to-face gatherings when safe and appropriate, newsletters, social media and other relevant strategies.

YWCA Mission Members

On a cold December evening in 1955, Rosa Parks quietly incited a revolution — by just sitting down. She was tired after spending the day at work as a department store seamstress. She stepped onto the bus for the ride home and sat in the fifth row — the first row of the “Colored Section.”
The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is asking you to “stand up” for social justice and become a Mission Member, showing your support for our basic, but essential, mission of “eliminating racism, empowering women.”

The Mission Membership, beyond the ultra-important goal of standing up for social justice here in Adams County, will entitle you to a waived joining fee for future rec pass membership as well as discounts for current YWCA services and programs.

Mission Membership Honor Roll
Adams County Community Foundation Staff & Board
Alex Hayes & Ashley Andyshak-Hayes
Ann Van Dykeo
Christine Armstrong
Lyne Aurand
Monica Bajaj
Tara Baugher Family
Temma Berg Family
Bruce Bigelow Family
Christine Biggins
Chrisanne Bowden
Cecelia Brown Family
Lynn Cairns
Gettysburg Connection
Nancy Cook
Jeffrey Cooper
Rayna Cooper
Dotty Dalphon
Linda Denniston
Maria Erling
Julie Falk
Linda Fauth Family
Robin Fitzpatrick
Laura Geesaman Family
Deb Geesey
Carolyn George
Emily Gerlach
Marc Goldman
Chris Goodacre
Brigid Goss
Elizabeth Greene
Julie Haller
Cathy Harner
Barbara and Scott Hartman Family
Carol Hegeman Family
Kathleen Heidecker Family
Diana Henne
James Henry
Ross Hetrick
Patty Hinkle
Robin Hsu
Gail Hull
Gail Jones
Chris Kellett
Karen Landry
Patti Lawson
Ruth Lewis
Rae Lilley-McKee Family
Mike & Nancy Lilley
Jane Lordeman Family
Sharon Magraw Family
Debbie March Family
Donald and Harriet Marritz Family
Betsy Meyer
Peter Miele Family
Judy Morley
Smitha Nair Family
Faye & Steve Niebler
Carolyn Nunamaker
Alan & Jane Patrono Family
Dorothy Puhl
Mark & Sharon Purdy Family
Rukhsana Rahman
Linda Raymond
Kristin Rice Family
Emily Rice-Townsend Family
Janet Riggs
Denise Royer
Cynthia & David Salisbury Family
J.R. Scappini
Danny Sebright
Ralph Serpe & Brian Tate
Megan Shreve
Cara Smith Family
Beverly Sontheimer
Kim Stahl
Sarah Stokely Family
Laurie Stover
Mike & Mardie Strong Family
Gretchen Stuempfle
Karen & Edward Szoke
Lynda Taylor Family
Teresa Rodgers
Laurel Thrasher
Dora and David Rice- Townsend
Rose Tripi Family
Jenn Vintigni
Keith Welsh
Nancy & Steve Whitman
Suzanne Williams
Denise Wood
Felicia Yohe
Judy & David Young Family
Kara Young

Mini Sharks

Mini Sharks 

Get kids prepared to join our Sharks Swim Team!

Mini Sharks Coach: Rita Rice

Mini Sharks is for children ages 5 & older with no competitive swimming experience. Mini Sharks focuses on improving strokes and endurance; ensuring your child is prepared to join our Sharks Swim Team!

The children in Mini Sharks do no compete. Mini Sharks is for children who are beyond swim lessons, but need more coaching before joining the Sharks Swim Team.

All swimmers should bring goggles. For those with long hair, a swim cap is recommended. Registration is limited to 8 participants max.


  • Float for at least 10 seconds on tummy and back.
  • Swim with forward motion without flotation devices for half the length of the pool without stopping.



Rec Pass Member $45, Mission Member $50, Non Member $55

Register online by Clicking Here or call our Front Desk at 717-334-9171.

Sessions & Times


September 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26

  • Saturdays & Sundays , 1:15 pm – 2 pm


    Please contact our Aquatics Coordinator, Kristen Mooney at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or via email at for more information.