Countless people throughout our community know the Helena Family YMCA. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think. From exercise to education, from volleyball to volunteerism, from preschool to preventive health, the Y doesn’t just strengthen our bodies. It strengthens our community.

The Y is so much more than a gym. It’s a cause dedicated to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.


The Y: For a Better Us.




The Helena Family YMCA is a 3-story building with entry on the top floor. This floor houses the Member Services desk; a cardio theater complete with treadmills, ellipticals, stair-steppers, and bicycles; a community room for birthday parties and gathering; and a group fitness studio holding 45+ weekly classes.

The second floor houses the gymnasium, locker rooms, and pool. Our gym is home to many youth and adult programs including basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, noon basketball, pickleball, Zumbathons, bootcamp classes, and more. Men’s & women’s locker rooms provide showers, allow access to the pool, and offer lockers for day use. The YMCA pool is 25 yards long, is heated at 83*, and offers public and private swim lessons, group aqua aerobics classes, public swim, and lap swim.

The bottom level of the Helena Family YMCA is home to the Health & Wellness Center. Here you will find barbells, dumbbells, Cybex machines, an indoor track, and additional cardio equipment. The Health & Wellness Center houses personal training, medicine balls, kettlebells, free weights, pull up bar, abdominal station, and stretch station.




Our Mission

The mission of the Helena Family YMCA is to provide every child, parent, and member with the life skills, fitness tools, and program excellence necessary to inspire exemplary life’s within our community.


Our Beliefs

Everything we do challenges the status quo. We believe in the inherent potential every child, parent, and member possesses. We believe that the Helena Family YMCA will make it possible to realize that potential and empower the lives we touch to make a difference in our community, our state, and our nation.


Our Goal

The Helena Family YMCA aims to make a positive difference in child development, healthy living, and social responsibility across our community.

Our History

The Helena Family YMCA was first chartered in 1889. As the oldest Y in Montana, we have a proud and long-standing tradition of developing programs that are new, exciting, and cutting-edge. With our new facility improvements and a plethora of high-quality programming now being offered, the Helena Family YMCA is a critical part of making Helena one of the last best places on earth.


The Family Place To Be!

Building strong families is what the Helena Family YMCA iis all about. By offering programs that foster the relationship between parents and children, we can assist in creating stronger communication and clarifying family values. The Y is the nation’s largest provider of full-family programs in areas such as swimming, camping, and recreation. By bringing families together, we can help build a strong community



The Helena Family YMCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the spirits, minds, and bodies of persons from all age groups and economic levels. This mission guides us towards building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. The Helena Family YMCA accomplishes these goals by providing families with a safe and nurturing environment, compassionate and knowledgable staff members, well-rounded programming, and comprehensive facilities.

Our Aquatics programs include water aerobics, Junior Swim Club, lap swim, and so many others, providing many opportunities for our members to enjoy the only 25-yard swimming pool in Helena. Our facility houses the Helena High School Swim Team and the Helena Lions Swim Team as well as the 10,000+ swimmers who visit us each year. The Helena Family YMCA pool is essential for teaching water safety to the entire community.

The YMCA is the nation’s largest provider of before- and after-school child care. In the state of Montana, the Y serves nearly 5,000 youth in communities including Billings, Missoula, Helena, Butte, and Dillon. The Helena Family YMCA offers after-school care in Helena, and as a partner in East Helena schools. Each summer, our day camp program takes almost 1,000 campers on eye-opening adventures to the Lewis & Clark caverns, the Museum of the Rockies, the Missouri Headwaters, and other spectacular Montana resources. We also offer on-site drop-in care for children 3 months to 8 years old while their parents work out or drop off their kids for swimming or sports practices.

The YMCA was the first institution in the United States to offer organized fitness classes. At the Helena Family YMCA, we offer over 40 classes every week to teens, adults, and seniors. Classes such as Brand X, Zumba, Step Aerobics, High-Intensity Interval Training, and Yoga are available to members and non-members alike. Personal fitness training and ongoing instruction are also offered to our members. Our Aerobics Center provides a fun and healthy environment for people of all ages to get fit and feel good about themselves on state-of-the-art equipment. A second fitness area offers free weights, a musculoskeletal full range of motion machinery, flat-screen TVs, and Brand X fitness space for all ages.

The Y is the birthplace of basketball, volleyball, and softball. Each year, over 2,000 Helena kids participate in our values-oriented youth sports programs. Activities including basketball, floor hockey, soccer, volleyball, junior swim team, and T-Ball allow the Y to convey our core values of hard work, compassion, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Participants in our youth sports programs always learn values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play.