YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

Welcome to the Duneland Family YMCA

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. The Duneland Family YMCA is in your community to nurture the potential of every child and teen, to improve health and well-being, and to give back and provide support to our neighbors.

The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for empowerment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a service ethic. That's just the beginning. 

News From the Y!


Youth Development

YOUTH SPECIAL NEEDS SPORTS PROGRAMS - Youth Special Needs Basketball for boys and girls ages 7-12 starts Saturday, October 25th at noon. Registration is now open. This program meets every Saturday through November 22. There will be skills sessions as part of the one hour game. Optional skills sessions also offered each week on Wednesdays from 3-5 pm. Designed to give kids with special needs an opportunity to get physical exercise and have a positive social experience through sports. Program participants will work on developing coordination and teamwork skills through the use of "Buddies". Program cost is $25 for all participants; jersey fee is $15. For more information, call Rick Lewis or Paul Jones at the Y.

YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN - Youth Fall Basketball League starts on Saturday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. 3-9 Year olds practice on Tuesday, Wednesday OR Thursday and have a game on Saturday. 10-12 year olds practice on Tuesday and have a game on Thursday. Cost is $40 for members; $80 for non-members. Multiple child discounts and financial assistance is available. Call Paul Jones for more information.

YOUTH BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON SKILLS CAMP - Starts on Saturday, September 27 at 1 pm and runs for 4 weeks. Cost is $25 per participant. For more information, contact Paul Jones.

AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE AT LIBERTY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL starts on October 6th providing a safe environment for intermediate school students to engage in educational, recreational, cultural and social activities after school. Program offers homework assistance, academic enrichment, tutoring, reading/literacy, sports, art, community service, leadership development and cultural enrichment with a high staff to student ratio. Registration forms available at the Y Front Desk, the Y Early Childhood Development Program at CMS Entrance #8 or online at www.dunelandymca.org. For more information, call Sue McLaughlin at 926-4204.

FAMILY CAMPING TRIP - Families who enjoy camping, having quality time and great recreation are invited to join the first Fall Family Away camp experience at YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha located on Torch Lake near Traverse City, MI from October 3rd through 5th. Campers will stay in a cozy cabin in a beautiful wooded atmosphere. Activities are planned throughout the days and evenings, and delicious meals will be served. The cost is $150 per person which includes all food, lodging, activities and programs. Register at the Duneland Y Front Desk, or by phone at 926-4204 by September 19th.

AROUND THE TABLE, A FAMILY LUNCH AT THE Y - Sunday, September 21st from 1-3pm. You’ll meet new families and have some great discussions! Meal time is a great way to spend meaningful time with your kids, and to learn about their friends and interests. It’s a good time for talking and listening to what your kids have to say and lovingly reinforce good family values. Engaging in conversations with other families can show how you to open new avenues of communication in your own family. EMPOWER Porter County and the Duneland Family YMCA are partnering to provide this great opportunity. To register, email Sue McLaughlin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

SAFE SITTER PROGRAM - Safe Sitter is a program for 11 - 14 year olds. They learn life-saving skills so they are safe in when they're home alone or watching younger children. Youth will enjoy fun activities, make new friends and learn how to use Safe Sitter skills. Safe Sitter will be held September 24th & 25th from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Chesterton Middle School. Cost is $50. Register at the Y - ask for Sue McLaughlin.

STRONG GIRLS - STARTS SEPTEMBER 28. Strong Girls is a life changing, character development program for 3-5th grade girls. Through exercise, positive reinforcement and encouraging role models, girls develop the confidence they need during the critical pre-teen years. The 10 week program will meet on Sundays from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and will incorporate various life skills including setting goals, cooperation, inner beauty and other age-appropriate topics.  Program also partners with Girls On The Run at Coffee Creek Watershed to offer additional opportunities to make new friends, build confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique. Cost is $40 for Y members and $80 for non-members. For more information, contact Sue McLaughlin at the Y.

LIV TRU/DUNELAND Y AFTER SCHOOL MENTORING FOR GRADES 7 & 8 - The Y is partnering with PATH to provide LIV TRU, an amazing program to form friendships and plan for your future. Find ways to recognize and embrace your value, your potential and your community. Program meets weekly on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. starting on September 29th. NO COST TO ATTEND! For more information, contact Sue McLaughlin, 926-4204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

FALL FESTIVAL -  On Saturday, October 18th from  noon to 2:00 pm, the Duneland Family YMCA gyms will once again turn into an exciting maze of games and amusements for area youth, packed with booths and games for families to enjoy. Bring your family and friends to the FREE costume themed Fall Festival at the Y featuring hayrides, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and games provided by local businesses and more! For more info, contact Emily at (219) 926-4204.


Healthy Living

EMERALD CITY 5K HUSTLE RUN & WALK IS SEPTEMBER 13! Are you ready to hustle? Don't miss this Gold Cup Series event. The Emerald City 5k is open to both runners and walkers. All proceeds benefit the Duneland Family YMCA Fitness Dept. and will be used to purchase more equipment to make your workouts even better. Online registration now open at dunelandymca.org. Or, register in person at the Front Desk. Cost is $30 for registrations by August 29 including a terrific event shirt; late registration fee is $35 (from 8/30 up til day of the race - shirt not guaranteed). For more information, contact Penny Bigger at the Y.

WELCOME DANIELLE KARCZEWSKI, NEW ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR! Danielle has been a professional ballroom and Latin dance teacher for five years, and is a certified Zumba instructor. She owns Dimensions School of Social Dance in downtown Chesterton. Danielle is a great believer that anyone can use dance to change their lives. Her fitness journey includes a nearly 60 lb. weight loss! Danielle's class meets on Thursday at 9am in the Fitness Room.

PAY THE DAY PROMOTION FOR NEW MEMBERS - Starting Sept. 1st for the entire month, when you become a Y member, the Joiner's Fee will be equal to the date on which you join. The Joiner's Fee is normally $50, but if you join on the first, it will be only $1; on Sept. 30th it will be $30. Great savings to become a member! For more information, contact Emily Hoge at the Y, 926-4204.

MEMBER APPRECIATION WEEK, SEPT. 15-19 - Y? BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU! For the week of September 15 - 19, all Y Members can enjoy our "daily displays of affection". We value your membership, and appreciate the many, many ways you enrich our lives, and the lives of others while you're visiting the Y. Now it's our turn to do something nice for you. On Monday Sept. 15, be one of the first 50 a.m. members to scan in, and you'll receive a FREE water bottle. Water bottle give-away is repeated starting at 5 p.m. on Monday. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, you can bring a friend for FREE! On Wednesday, Sept. 17, we'll hold a members only raffle. Fill out a ticket when you come in, and enter to win 3 EXTRA MEMBERSHIP MONTHS. There be two winners! On Thursday, Sept 18, be one of the first 50 a.m. members to scan in, and you'll receive a FREE tyedye bandana. The bandana give-away is repeated starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday, Sept. 19 members will be treated to FREE snacks all day! Thanks again for being a Y Member!

POOCH POOL PARTY! SEPTEMBER 15, 6-7PM! Free to the community. Only friendly dogs who are up-to-date on shots. Pool will be half way drained - perfect for swimming with your K9s. Come and bring your best friend to this "Pawsome Event". Contact Emily at the Y with questions.

COMMUNITY NURSE - On Friday, September 12th, the Community Wellness Nurse will be conducting bone density screenings from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. . On Friday, September 19th, the Community Wellness Nurse will be conducting blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index screenings from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. On Tuesday, September 30th, the Community Wellness Nurse will be conducting total cholesterol and blood sugar screenings from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (12 hour fasting required). All screenings take place in the Y Senior Center.

NEW YOGA CLASS -  The class is appropriate for all levels, and incorporates the IYEN GAR method with focus on alignment. Yoga focuses on the art of breathing, balance, strength, flexibility and meditation to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping one relax and manage stress and anxiety. Every Wednesday at noon in the Fitness Room with Instructor Dani Newton.  Class is free for Y members; $10 per session for non-members.

TRIFECTA CHALLENGE - OBSTACLE RACE TRAINING - We're challenging YOU to complete ALL OF THIS! 1, 2 & 3 full circuits on 3 separate days within one month. One circuit includes 8 laps which equals 1+ miles & 12 obstacles. You must complete each obstacle, or if you fail, you must complete a 30 full burpee penalty before you move on. Complete the challenge in 50 minutes during classes on Tuesday & Thursdays from 6:10 to 7:00pm. Results must be recorded on-site by instructor. DO IT ALL & RECEIVE 1 MONTH FREE Y MEMBERSHIP & BONUS PRIZE! Contact Nick Wiseman for more information at 219-841-2925 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

PILATES REFORMER PERSONAL TRAINING - Great for core stretching and strengthening, for advanced athletes or rehabilitation, Reformer training focuses on strengthening muscles that help you maintain a symmetrical and revitalized body. Relieves fatigue and stress without unwanted joint stress. Helps correct poor posture, spinal and pelvic alignment, improves breathing patterns and promotes better mind-body coordination while working all major muscle groups. Five sessions with instructor Ashley Hall for $125, get sixth session free. Contact Ashley at the Y, 926-4204, cell (210) 841-2496 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

POWER FUSION YOGA - A vigorous 30 minute dynamic full body Yoga workout followed by 30 minutes of slow, easy, flexible poses to lengthen & strengthen. Meets at 6:30pm on Wednesdays in the Community Room with Instructor Chris Brandt.


Social Responsibility

Y BLOCK PARTY IS SEPTEMBER 20! Bring your family and friends to the Factory parking lot at Broadway & 11th St. in Chesterton for the Y Block Party. Enjoy 3 bands - CHESTER BROWN, ALL GOOD THINGS BAND and FLAT BAROQUE. Food & beverages are available for purchase, catered by Val's Famous Pizza & Grinders. Bring your lawn chairs (seating is not provided). Admission at the gate is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5-14 and kids under 5 are free. Proceeds benefit the Y Scholarship Fund. Rain location: Duneland Family YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton. For more info, call the Y, 926-4204.

POOCH POOL PARTY! SEPTEMBER 15, 6-7PM! Free to the community. Only friendly dogs who are up-to-date on shots. Pool will be half way drained - perfect for swimming with your K9s. Come and bring your best friend to this "Pawsome Event". Contact Emily at the Y with questions.

NEW ADA CHAIR LIFT INSTALLED POOLSIDE - The lift was sponsored by Porter Regional Hospital and Lakeside Wealth Management. Y members can swim anytime during Y hours of operation. Non-members are welcome for open swim times: Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m.

SENIOR CENTER - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: WEEKLY: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Building Fit Friends @ 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday & Thursday - Silver Sneakers @ 10:30 a.m.; Fridays - Bingo @ 11:45 a.m. SEPTEMBER EVENTS: Monday, September 15 & 22 @ 11:45 a.m. - Movies & Popcorn -bring a lunch. Thursday, September 18 @ noon - Senior Potluck Luncheon (bring a dish to share). Topic - Hydration for a healthy lifestyle by Porter Regional Hospital. Thursday, Sepgember 25 @ 9:00 a.m. - Fair Oaks Farm trip - for details contact Nancy in the Senior Center. Monday, September 29 @ 11:45 a.m. - Book Review - lunch provided by Dunkin Donuts - Chesterton.

PARENT'S NIGHT OUT - Every Friday night 6:00-9:30 PM, Parents can utilize the Parent’s Night Out program and stop worrying about finding a sitter. Trained YMCA staff have organized and fun activities planned to keep each child’s attention. From arts and crafts to gym time it is never a dull moment on Friday evenings at the Y. Not to mention, it is affordable! The cost for members is $10 for the first child & $5 for each additional child. The non-member rate is $20 for the first child & $10 for each additional child. Please call the Y by noon on Thursday to ensure proper staffing levels, 926-4204.

Your Duneland Family YMCA Story - The Y is interested in your Y story. YOU MATTER TO US! We'd like to create "story boards" to display within our facility to help create friendships and a better understanding of our cause. If you have an interesting or compelling story to tell about a positive experience or program at the Duneland Y and are willing to share it with others, please contact Jane Delligatti at 926-4204.

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.