Helena YMCA
For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility
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About Us


Throughout Helena, countless people 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.

Helena faces new challenges that create a greater need than ever for the work we do every day.  Fortunately, where some see obstacles, we see opportunities.

The Y:  For a better Us.


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Jim Dole, Delta Dental

Craig Erickson, Great West Engineering

Dani Gamradt, Wipfli

Brian Lee, St. Peter's Health

Sean McCutcheon, PayneWest Insurance

Mike McGuire, BlueCross BlueShield of Montana

Josh McKay, Helena Public Schools

Tim Meldrum, SMA Architects

Tyler Miller, Helena Independent Record

Justin Mosness, Wipfli

Jamey Petersen, Caring Foundation of Montana

Luke Soper, Opportunity Bank


The Helena Family YMCA is a 3 story building where members enter on the top floor. The top floor hosts the front desk for member services, 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 37+ weekly classes, dance lessons, arts & crafts projects, fencing, and more.

The second floor houses the gymnasium, locker rooms, and pool. The gym serves a multiple number of youth and adult programs including basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, noon basketball, pickleball, Zumbathons, bootcamp classes, games and activities. Men's & women's locker rooms provide lockers available for monthly rent or single day use, showers, and allow access to the pool. 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 final tier of the Helena Family YMCA is the basement and home to the Health & Wellness Center. Here you will find barbells, dumbbells, selectarized machines, an indoor track, and additional cardio equipment. The Health & Wellness Center hosts personal training, medicine balls, kettlebells, a pull up bar,  abdominal station, and stretch station.

History of the Y

The Helena Family YMCA was first chartered in 1889. The oldest YMCA in Montana, the Helena Family YMCA has a proud heritage of developing new and cutting edge programs. With the new facility improvements and programs now being offered, the Helena Family YMCA remains...

"The Family Place To Be!"

Building strong families is what the YMCA is all about. By offering programs that foster the relationship between parents and children, we can assist in better communication and clarifying family values. The YMCA 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 spirit, mind, and body of persons of all ages and economic levels. This mission allows us to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. The Helena Family YMCA accomplishes these goals by providing a safe and nurturing environment.

Aquatic programs such as mommy & me classes, swim lessons, water aerobics, lap swim and recreational swimming provide many opportunities for our members to enjoy our meticulously clean, 25-yard swimming pool.

The YMCA is the nation's largest provider of before and after school child care. In the state of Montana, the YMCA serves nearly 5,000 youth in communities such as Billings, Missoula, Helena, Butte, and Dillon. At the Helena Family YMCA, we offer after school care at Bryant Elementary, Helena Middle School, and East Helena schools.  Our summer day camp program takes 60-80 campers per week on adventures to such places as the Lewis & Clark caverns, Museum of the Rockies, the Missouri Headwaters, and other Montana natural areas.  The Y also offers on-site Drop-in Care for children 6 months to 8 years old, while their parents work-out.

The YMCA was the first organization in the United States to offer organized fitness classes. At the Helena Family YMCA, over 40 classes are offered per week for teens, adults, and seniors. Classes such as Zumba, cycling, muscle fusion, Step Aerobics, and Yoga are available to members and non-members alike. Personal fitness training and on-going instruction are also offered to members of the YMCA.  Our Aerobic Center, provides a fun and healthy environment for people of all ages to get fit and feel good about themselves. A second fitness area offers free weights, cardiovascular machinery,  flat-screen TV's, a roomy Cybex circuit and a stretching area.

The Y is the birthplace of basketball, volleyball, and softball.  Each year, over 2000 Helena kids participate in our values oriented youth sports programs.  Activities ranging from basketball, floor hockey, soccer, volleyball, junior swim team and T-Ball allow the Y to convey our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in a non-competitive environment.  Participants in our youth sports programs also learn values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play.

Adults have play-time too!  Adult basketball is offered Monday-Friday from 12:00 until 2:00 and adult pickleball is offered M/W/F mornings.   Fitness challenges and fun competitions keep members on task and fit throughout the year.

Y-Service Club

The Helena Y Service Club was chartered in 1973 with the purpose of developing, encouraging, and providing leadership to build a better community and world. Over the years, the Helena Y Service Club has actively promoted service to the YMCA by adopting such projects as winterizing cabins at Camp Child, painting and repairing the YMCA facility, purchasing necessary equipment for YMCA programs, and providing food at Christmas time for underprivileged children in the YMCA's day care.

The Helena Y Service Club meets monthly at the YMCA to discuss projects and plan fundraisers to benefit the YMCA. Membership is open to any adult or youth regardless of religious affiliation or national origin. Membership is open to both men and women and annual dues are nominal ($40 per year).

For more information regarding the Helena Y Service Club or how to join, please contact the YMCA or visit our Facebook page.  Helena Y Service Club


Mon-Fri: 5:30 AM-9 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-3 PM
Sunday: 11 AM-3 PM
Summer Hours : Closed Sunday Memorial Day-Labor Day

Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
Ages 3 months to 8 years

Helena Family YMCA

1200 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena MT 59601
Phone: (406) 442-9622
Fax: (406) 442-2577