Gaston County Family YMCA

Stowe Family YMCA

The Stowe Family YMCA is a non-profit organization committed to helping you live a balanced, healthy life in spirit, mind and body. We make a positive impact in the Gaston County community through encouraging wellness and family.

Address & Phone:

196 YMCA Drive
Belmont, NC 28012
Phone (704) 822-9622
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Monday – Friday: 5:30am – 9:30pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm – 5:30pm




Childwatch Hours:

Mon – Sat: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Friday: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
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Holiday Break and Spring Break Camp

Holiday Break and Spring Break Camp

The YMCA offers full day care during extended school breaks at both the Central and Stowe YMCA locations.  This includes Holiday Break 2014 and Spring Break 2015.  Full Day care will be provided for all registered at either a daily or 5 day rate.

Students registered for After School and/or Summer Camp at the YMCA are not automatically registered or charged for this program.  Specific Registration is necessary.

Care is offered:

Care will not be provided:

The camp day is from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm daily.

Please see the below registration form for specific dates and rates.

Registration Information and Form

Youth Basketball

Youth Basketball

Ages: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11

This recreational league teaches fundamentals while learning to appreciate basketball and refine physical skills using a small team size for all ages!  We focus on family involvement, team building, confidence, and developing our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith with all of our kids.

Practice Locations and Information:Practice sites are offered at the Central YMCA in Gastonia and the Stowe YMCA in Belmont.  Practice options  are on Mondays at the Central YMCA, and Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday at the Stowe YMCA.  Teams will practice twice a week before games start on their practice day and Saturday.  Once games begin, teams will practice one time each week on their practice day.  There will be a break from December 23rd through January 2nd for the holiday season.

Season: Practices begin the week of December 15th, Games begin January 9th and 10th, 2014.  3-4 year olds will play games on Friday evenings, while 5-11 year olds will play games on Saturdays.  Games will take place at both, the Central and Stowe YMCAs.

Registration: Now – Sunday, December 4th, 2014

Volunteer Coaches Needed: We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider volunteering to make an impact in your community.

Members – $52
Program Participants – $77


Download PDF Flier

Download PDF Registration Form and return to your local YMCA member services desk

The Gaston Cup

Run with Purpose


The 2nd Annual Gaston Cup  focuses on corporate health and wellness. The Gaston Cup Series provides businesses with a long-term initiative that helps establish healthy lifestyle changes for their employees.

Micro, Small , Medium and Large businesses complete in a series of run/walk races throughout the year. The business with the highest employee participation percentage will win their category Gaston Cup for that year.


Race series


Team registration form - email back to

Team flyer

More information and rules

2014 Winners: American & Efird, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together

2013 Winners:  Wix Affinia, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together

Lifeguard & Water Safety Instructor Certifications


Lifeguarding is an important lifesaving skill in every community. Complete a lifeguarding course available this at the Stowe YMCA with possible employment opportunities upon completion. The participant will receive life guarding, first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, and Automated External Defibrillator.

Prerequisites — Mandatory swim test includes—300 yard swim (front crawl and breast stroke), jump in and swim 20 yards to retrieve and return a 10 lbs. brick, tread water with feet only for 2 minutes. Attendance mandatory at all session dates and 15 years  old by the date of the last class.

Session: December 29, 30, 31

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 9:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Members – $180.00  Program Participants – $230.00

Register online.

Water Safety Instructor Certification

Being safe in and around the water is an important skill to learn and share with others.  This class will prepare participants to teach swim lessons to children and adults as well as  other water safety courses. Possible employment opportunities upon completion.

Prerequisites — Swim various strokes for 25 yards, including butterfly, tread water for 1 minute. Participants must be 16 years old by the date of the last class

Check back for Spring 2015 Dates.

Contact Jeff Pesesky at or 704.822.9622 or Candace Hyde at or 704.865.8551 with questions.

Middle School Madness

Ages: Middle School Students

Join the Stowe Family YMCA each month for an evening of dancing, basketball, video games, and more! The Y is just for teens! We will offer a  dance, basketball and/or dodgeball tournaments, video games, pizza, snacks, swimming for all who attend from 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm.

Dates & Times:
September – May
Monthly, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Event Information and Rules

2014 Spring Semester Dates:



Friday, September 19 Friday, January 30
Friday, October 10 Friday, February 20
Friday, November 21 Friday, March 20
Friday, December 12 Friday, April 24
Friday, May 15


Members – FREE
Non Members – $6

NEW! Want to host your birthday party or a celebration at Middle School Madness? You can now rent a private room and have added benefits! Contact Freddie Mibelli with
any questions and interest.

Swim Lessons – Youth

Ages: 6 – 13 years

Youth Swim Lessons promote stroke development, personal water safety, water sports, rescue and personal growth are included. During all swim lessons, participants and instructors find opportunities to learn and demonstrate the YMCA core values, (Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith).

Session Days & Times:
Saturdays – 10:00 – 12:45, Tuesdays or Thursdays – 5:30-7:15

Member - $40/child
Program Participants -  

Stowe Swim Lesson Winter registration


Home School Wellness

Home School Wellness

 Join the Fun!

The  Stowe YMCA hosts Home School Wellness!  This twelve week program will focus on skill development, team sports, wellness, and swimming!  We will spend 6 weeks in the pool and 6 weeks in the gym for a combination of activities that promote healthy living, confidence, and social interaction.

Home School Wellness:

Ages: K-6th grades, split into age groups

Classes:  Six weeks of swim development, followed by six weeks of gym/fitness classes.

Fall 2014 Times and Dates:

Stowe Wednesdays, September 24th – December 10th from 1-2 pm.

Costs: Member –  $45 for single child, $85 for family

Program Participants –  $65 for single child, $105 for family

 Recognition: Certificate of completion and swim class credentials.

Register online or print this form and take it to the YMCA.

Contact Josey Messer with questions at 704.822.9622.


Home School Wellness Parent Pass

The YMCA is here to support healthy living in our community. We encourage parents and guardians to focus on their health while their student participates in the Home School Wellness program. Visit the Member Services Desk to register for this offer valid from September 24th to December 10th and allowing entry for one guardian to utilize the Stowe YMCA facilities between the hours of 1:00 and 2:00 pm on Wednesdays.

Click here for more information or contact Josey Messer.

Click here to register online.

Parents Night Out

Ages: 3 years through 5th grade

Once a month the YMCA is THE PLACE for kids! Kids can enjoy an evening at the YMCA while keeping busy with actives such as swimming, baking, playing games, eating dinner, and being silly while their parents are out and about!

Children must be potty trained.

Information and Registration Form

Dates & Times: September 2014 – May 2015

Register online by clicking here.


Afterschool Enrichment

Ensuring A Brighter Future

The YMCA provides a quality, Christian-oriented experience that is safe, fun, and convenient. Y After School operates throughout Gaston County providing enrichment from school dismissal until 6:00 pm daily. During this time we aim to shape character by modeling, teaching, and reinforcing positive values to all students. The YMCA believes in the character development traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith. The YMCA offers two on-site After School locations and fifteen off-site locations throughout the county.

To find your school and Afterschool location, please visit our Afterschool page.

Teen Bootcamp

The Stowe YMCA host the teens and pre-teens of the area to meet new friends, connect with teammates, find fun and motivation to get in shape and feel better during Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions.

Ages: 8 – 14

Days & Time: Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: Stowe Family YMCA Downstairs Open Area

Contact Susan Mosk at or 704.822.9622

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