Thanks to our generous Hallmark Sponsors, the YWCA is open to the public for free on the following days:

  • Monday, January 22: open to close, pool 8am-10am
  • Tuesday, April 17: open to close, pool 4pm-8pm
  • Wednesday, July 11: open to close, pool noon-8pm
  • Thursday, October 4: open to close, pool 4pm-8pm

Come in and enjoy our indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, gymnasium, and racquetball courts, all at no charge.

YWCA Committees

The YWCA operates with support from more than a dozen committees, which are listed below. If you would like to share your knowledge and talents with a YWCA committee, contact the person listed. Thank you!

Membership/Marketing Committee (Kristen Mooney, membership director)

  • Membership Appreciation activities
  • Membership attraction and retention
  • Promote the organization’s mission and programs

Membership Assistance (subcommittee)

  • Oversees rec pass scholarships

Advocacy Committee (Nancy Lilley, community service director)

  • Promotes the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women
  • Plans annual forums and special events

Nominating Committee (Deb Geesey, executive director)

  • Recruit board candidates
  • Select Officers & Executive Committee members

Audit Committee (Mike Dorsette, director of finance and administration)

  • Oversese annual audit

Finance Committee (Mike Dorsette, director of finance and administration)

  • Oversees investments and fiscal management

Fund Development Committee (Deb Geesey, executive director)

  •  Coordinates development and fundraising goals

Ad Hoc Committees (Deb Geesey, executive director)

  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Nearly New Sale Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Endowment Campaign Committee
  • Events: Spirit 5k, ENCORE 5K, Race against Racism 5 mile, Bubba Bash Volleyball Tournament, Dancing with the Local Stars

Pool Rentals

Our 25-meter indoor pool is available for any group or individual to rent during the following days and times:
Shared Pool Rentals:
Any day and time if available

Private Rentals Times:
Saturdays and Sundays 4:30-6:00PM

Any YWCA member or non member may rent the indoor swimming pool for up to two hours. All rentals of the swimming pool include a minimum of two life guards. Pool rental also includes the use of our 12-person spa/whirlpool. The spa can only be used by people ages 18 and older.

Fees: Half pool $80/1.5 hour (available for groups with 15 to 25 people)
Entire pool $175/1.5 hour (for groups larger than 25 people)

For available reservation dates call the Aquatics Director at 717-334-9171 ext. 129

Letter from Executive Director

geesey_deb2014With each passing year, the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County changes to meet the needs of our community. We keep a pulse on trends, demographics, our mission, and our strategic and operational plans to accomplish this.

In August, we moved our childcare program within the Adams Commerce Center and entered into a new lease. This move allowed us to expand the number of children we serve and added space which was designed specifically to allow the best practices in child care. We have increased the number of classrooms to maximize square footage and provide the opportunity for smaller numbers of children in each room. The teachers and families attending the program are very excited about this change.

We closed down for five days in August – the first time we ever did that extensive of a closure. With a membership of over 3350 members, and a facility that is open over 100 hours each week, our YWCA is used hard. During our closure, we were able to accomplish the following: painted the gymnasium and shower areas along with the dance, yoga, and cycle rooms; relocated our TRX Trainer; sealed and lined the parking lot; repaired showers; power washed the pool deck and installed new lights in the pool area; sanded and painted the whirlpool; stripped and waxed floors; and performed deep cleaning in all areas of the facility. We also added new equipment to our fitness center. We accomplished this with the hard work of more than 60 staff and a great group of board members and volunteers.

We brought new programs to the YWCA in 2016, like our specially designed Silver Sneakers classes geared towards seniors. We worked with the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Military Park to execute a successful marathon on park roads. Plans are underway for a half and full marathon in November 2017! We negotiated a lease on two outdoor pools. Our goal with the pools was to provide more opportunities to our members and in offering a great discount to annual memberships, increase the number of annual members. It was a success, so much so that we will once again provide this opportunity to our members and the community!

We are in year three of our working and measureable strategic plan. Our mission remains intact, “The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” Our local association is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community, and we are united by our “Living our Mission” statement – we will work to be the center for personal and community growth, a place to learn, to play, and to improve emotional and physical well-being. By connecting cultures, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and empowering all who walk through our doors, we will guide Adams County to positive change.

Our strategic plan serves as a living document to guide us in decision-making, planning and use of resources for a five year period. Each year, we develop an operating plan to help ensure we attain our five-year goals and visions. In our plan, we have four areas of focus: Diversity, Fiscal Health, Community Engagement and Member Experience.

Regarding diversity, the plan calls for our membership, staff and board to mirror the makeup of the community. We were pleased to see in the baseline data that we do indeed mirror the diversity of our community. We worked with Jeanne Arnold, Chief Diversity Officer at Gettysburg College, to lead the management team in Intercultural Development Inventory training. In order to understand our cultural differences, we needed to know how our management team scored and learn ways to increase our intercultural competence.

Our organization welcomes all people. We have a financial assistance program for those who cannot afford our services and through our Hallmark Sponsors, we open our facility free of charge one Saturday per month. We offer programs to learn and talk about our differences. In April, we are partnering with the Middle East Justice and Peace Group of Central PA for a free community forum on racial and ethnic profiling.

When it comes to Fiscal Health, we feel that the YWCA currently has a strong financial footing but needs to prepare for a sustainable future. We have established a ‘rainy day’ fund to help cover those maintenance repairs that we had not budgeted or prepared for. This continues to be our biggest struggle, having the finances to do everything we need and want to do.

In our efforts for Community Engagement, we want to guide Adams County to positive change by reaching out beyond the walls of the YWCA. One key to our success will be working with our current community partners and engaging with others as we look at the demographics and new trends of the area. The other key is to have our YWCA staff live our mission, be examples, and inspire others to pursue positive change and build healthy lifestyles. To do this, we need to develop a work environment that fosters enthusiasm and top-rate customer service.

And lastly, I want to explain our focus on Member Experience. We want to make every visit to our YWCA a positive experience and build genuine personal relationships with everyone we encounter. We are awaiting results of our recent customer service survey; our goal is to increase customer satisfaction. I mentioned earlier that with the number of people we serve and the amount of hours we are open, this is no easy task. I do feel that by listening to the collective voices of our members and more importantly, letting them know we hear them, moves us all in the right direction. We know we’ll never please everyone but we will continue to help the majority!

I feel progress happens anytime we set goals and accomplish them; anytime we can make a difference in someone’s life; anytime we can tear the barriers down and unite together. The YWCA is synonymous with change and progress.






Fitness Center

Our award-winning fitness center boasts 6,500 square feet of  state-of-the-art cardio and weght lifting equipment. Our wide array of stationary machines allows members to put together a custom circuit to meet individual needs. For more experienced weightlifters, our large free-weights area features dumbbells ranging from 3 to 120 pounds, and ample plates, racks, benches and lifting stations to avoid backups. At the end of your workout, head down to the aquatics center to soak in our whirlpool.

Free access with Rec Pass

Aerobics Rooms

With 3 seperate aerobics/dance rooms and a dedicated spin room, we have ample space to offer a packed schedule of fitness classes geared to all fitness levels and ages. We offer Zumba and Step to get your heart beating, a variety of body sculpting classes to tone you, Pilates to promote core strength, and fifteen weekly spin classes to keep you sweating. 

With one or more yoga classes six days a week, you can reconnect your mind, body and spirit. Gentle yoga is a great introduction for beginners and the perfect workout for people trying to treat their bodies delicately. Our evening meditative yoga classes focus on relaxation, stretching and strength – a nice break from hectic schedules. Fit-yoga, offered most days, promotes flexibility and strength.

Free access with Rec Pass

Racquetball Courts

Our 2 racquetball courts are the only courts in the county open to the public. Available by appointment, these recently refurbished courts offer our members and guests hours of healthy, exciting fun.

Join in on some multi-generational pick up play, or reserve a court with a friend to hone your skills, relieve some stress and have a good time.

Courts may be used for Wallyball as well.

Free access with Rec Pass


Your YWCA Natatorium includes a 25 meter swimming pool, a 12 person whirlpool, and dedicated men’s, women’s and special needs locker rooms.

The swimming pool is usually divided for lap swimming and open play. Please consult the Pool Schedule to find out when all or a portion of the pool is dedicated to instruction.

Free access with Rec Pass