Member Policies & Information

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some member policies may be temporarily affected or changed. Please view our Reopening Procedures by clicking here**

Policies & Guidelines

Members and guests are encouraged to be responsible for their personal comfort and safety and ask any person whose behavior threatens their comfort to refrain. If a member or guest feels uncomfortable in confronting the person directly, he or she should report the behavior to a staff person. The YMCA and its property is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted on YMCA property. Members and guests should not hesitate to notify a staff person if assistance is needed. All reported incidents will be reviewed by Executive Management. The decision to suspend or terminate YMCA membership privileges will be made at the discretion of Executive Management if a violation of the Code of Conduct has occurred.

Take a look at our household membership forms for print and download.

Membership Forms

Mission Statement

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that develop a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Holiday Hours & Closings

  • New Years Day – Closed
  • Easter – Closed
  • Memorial Day – Closed
  • Independence Day – Closed
  • Labor Day – Closed
  • Thanksgiving Day – Closed
  • Christmas Eve – Closing at 4:00 PM
  • Christmas Day – Closed
  • New Years Eve – Closing at 4:00 PM

Code of Conduct

At the Harrisburg Area YMCA, we expect staff, members, volunteers, and guests to behave in accordance with our mission and values at all times, respecting the rights and dignity of others. The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcome environment for all members and guests. The YMCA has a right to suspend/cancel membership at any time for violation of the Member Code of Conduct.

Adherence to the YMCA Code of Conduct and regulations is essential. Noncompliance may result in suspension or termination of YMCA membership. Click here to view full Code of Conduct.


Valuables may be checked at the Front Desk. Kit lockers may be available for rental for an annual fee. The YMCA is NOT responsible for personal items that are lost or stolen or for items left in unrented lockers and collected by the YMCA.

Locker Rooms

We recommend you secure and lock all of your belongings in lockers. Any locks left on full-length lockers overnight will be removed and the items in the locker will be held for one week. Kit lockers may be available for an annual fee and can be used to store valuables as well as things you may forget (e.g. toiletries).

The Harrisburg Area YMCA is not responsible for any personal items that are lost or stolen. Men’s and women’s adult locker rooms are reserved for members ages 18 or older. The family locker rooms are for adults and children.

Mobile App

We’re mobile for you! The Harrisburg Area YMCA provides a free Mobile App that includes YMCA facility information, exercise schedules, and more.


If you require assistance on manually downloading the Harrisburg Area YMCA Mobile App, click here to view further instructions.


Cell phone use is prohibited in all locker room areas and may result in termination of membership. Headphones are required when listening to personal devices in the Wellness Center and Weight Room areas.

Wellness Center Policies

To ensure health, safety, and enjoyment for all, we ask our members & guests to abide by the following guidelines:

  • Respect others by using courteous and appropriate behavior.
  • To ensure the safety of your belongings, please secure bags and coats in your locker; the YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Members and guests ages 15 and older are permitted full use of the Wellness Center and Weight Room.
  • Members ages 10 to 14 are permitted to use the Wellness Center after the free, mandatory orientation (Teen Strength Certification or TSC). Direct parental supervision is required to ensure safety.
  • Please wear closed-toe, athletic shoes. For your safety, flip flops or sandals are not permitted.
  • Please be courteous by observing regular hygiene and limiting use of perfumed sprays.
  • Closed beverages are encouraged to ensure proper hydration. Please find alternative areas for food consumption.
  • Thank you for leaving cell phone conversations outside the Wellness Center.
  • Please report equipment malfunctions, personal injury, or specific concerns to our wellness staff.

Workout Etiquette

  • With respect to other members, please limit the use of the cardio equipment to 45 minutes during busy times.
  • Your health matters. Please wipe off the equipment after each use. Disinfectant wipes and sprays are available for your use.
  • Please be courteous of other members who would like to use the equipment. If performing more than one set, allow others to work in.
  • For your safety, please use clips with the plate loaded equipment.
  • Please return all weights to their respective weight racks after your workout.
  • Please refrain from dropping or slamming weights.
  • When using dumbbells, please allow others access to the weights. Do not stand directly in front of the dumbbell rack when exercising.

Gymnasium Policies

  • Members and guests are expected to exemplify the YMCA Character Values: Caring, Respect, Honesty, and Responsibility at all times.
  • Please refer to the gymnasium schedule, which is posted on the gym door and at the Welcome Center in the lobby.
  • Please wear proper attire that is appropriate for a family environment. Shirts, athletic shorts/pants, and non-marking athletic sneakers must be worn at all times.
  • To ensure the safety of your belongings, please secure personal items in your locker. The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Dunking and/or hanging from basketball rims is not permitted. Violators will be asked to leave the building.
  • Good sportsmanship is expected. Fighting, as well as loud, abusive, or profane language, will not be tolerated. Violators will be asked to leave the building.
  • For their safety, children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Adult basketball is available for those 18 and older.
  • Full court basketball is only permitted during adult basketball hours.
  • For your safety and those playing, please refrain from shooting at basketball hoops during full court games.
  • Closed beverage containers are allowed in the gym. Food is not permitted in the gym; please find alternative areas for food consumption.

Pool Policies

  • Only swim when a lifeguard is on duty.
  • All persons must shower before entering the pool. This is a state law.
  • Do not enter the pool with open cuts or sores.
  • Anyone showing signs of disease, infection, or illness will not be permitted to go into the pool.
  • Anyone suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted in the pool area.
  • No food, drink, gum, or glass bottles are permitted in the pool area.
  • No diving. Diving is only permitted in pool areas deeper than 9 feet.
  • No running or rought play is permitted in the pool, on the deck, in the lobby, in the locker room, or in the showers.
  • Proper swim attire must be worn at all times.
  • Toys must remain in open swim areas and are at discretion of the lifeguard. Inflatable devices, water wings, rafts, or baby floats are not permitted in the pool area.
  • Flips, twists, and jumping in backwards are prohibited.
  • Long hair must be secured in a ponytail, a braid, or under a swim cap.
  • Activities which infringe on the enjoyment and safety of others are prohibited.

Child Pool Rules and Deep Water Test


  • Parents are responsible for their children.
  • Children under the age of 8 must have a parent in the water, within arms reach. Children under the age of 10 must have a parent on the pool deck. Children under the age of 13 must have a parent in the facility.
  • Children who are not potty-trained must wear a swim diaper. Regular diapers are not appropriate.
  • An adult must remain in the water within arms reach of any child wearing an approved flotation device and must remain in shallow water (less than 5 ft).
  • Children are not to be left unattended in the pool.

Deep Water Test

  • Required for those under the age of 18.
  • Must swim the length of the pool (25 yards), tread water for 2 minutes, and demonstrate the ability to jump into deep water.

Lifeguards have complete authority in the pool at all times. Anyone who fails to follow the word of the lifeguard will be asked to leave.

Payment Options

Payments for membership dues may be made by cash, check, or credit/debit card. Monthly payments are by draft only. Annual plans are available.

Membership Cards

Membership cards must be presented at the Welcome Center for admittance into the building. If you do not bring your card, you may be held at the desk until a computer becomes available to verify your membership. Your membership card can also be stored virtually on the Harrisburg Area YMCA Mobile App.

A $5.00 fee will be charged for replacement cards. All visitors to the YMCA must present a valid photo ID for Sex Offender screening purposes. Birth certificates or other documents that do not show both a photo and birthdate will not be accepted. Misuse of membership cards is grounds for immediate termination of your YMCA membership.

Financial Assistance

The YMCA is for everyone regardless of economic status. Financial Aid forms are available at the Welcome Center or on our website.

Temporary Stop/Freeze

A member may freeze their membership for up to 6 months because of medical reasons or up to 3 months due to traveling. A freeze must be requested prior to absence and before the 10th of the month in order to stop the automatic withdrawal for the given month.

Requests must be made in writing at the Membership Office or via email unless other arrangements are made with the Membership Director. During this time, the YMCA will not collect membership fees and the member will not be able to use any YMCA facilities or register for any programs.


Members who pay their monthly dues through a monthly automatic withdrawal need to provide the YMCA with a 30-day written notice in order to stop the draft that occurs on the 15th of each month. To cancel a membership, members may do so by filling out a cancellation form at any Harrisburg Area YMCA branch.

Membership cancellations must be made in writing at a branch or via email, unless other arrangements are made with the Membership Coordinator. Memberships paid with automatic withdrawal cancelled within the first year will be charged $48.00. Membership fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.


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