At the YWCA

Holiday Bake Sale

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You’re invited to the YWCA’s Holiday Bake Sale!

We hope you will join us as we tempt your pallet with the most delightful array of sweets and treats! All of our fundraising benefits will go towards supporting improvements in our aquatics department.

Where: The YWCA Lobby

When: Friday, December 20th

Time: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Baked Goods Donations

If you are interested in donating any holiday baked goods for the sale please contact the Assistant Aquatics Director, Mark Mellon, via email at or by phone at 717-334-9171 ext. 129. Any donations are greatly appreciated!

Splash N’ Dash Biathlon

Get your winter fitness jump started with our family friendly Splash N’ Dash Indoor Biathlon! This biathlon consist of a swimming event, and running event which we have tailored to accommodate every age group. Come join us on Saturday, February 1st and try out this new winter twist.

Age Groups and Event Information

Kids (7-12)                        100 meter Swim                1 mile Run

Teens (13-17)                   400 meter Swim                2 mile Run

Adults (18+)                     800 meter Swim               3 mile Run

Event Times

Kids                                   4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Teens & Adults                5:30 – 7 p.m.

Registration Fee and Waiver

Kids $10

Teens $15

Adults $20

Register at the front desk or online by Clicking Here

Waivers *Required*

Waivers can be completed the day of the event or sent ahead of time via email.

Click here for the Kids & Teens Waiver

Click here for the Adult Waiver

Please send all waivers to the Aquatics Office via email at Only scans or clear photos of the completed waiver will be accepted.

Pool Rental Information

Indoor Swimming Pool Rental

Our 25-meter indoor pool is available for any group or individual to rent. Renting the swimming pool does not include the use of our 12 person whirlpool.

All rentals of the swimming pool include a minimum of 2 lifeguards. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • All groups larger than 10 people must rent the pool to pay for the extra lifeguard.
  • All groups larger than 20 people must privately rent the whole pool.

Shared Pool Rentals

1/2 Pool Rental Fee: $80 for max time of 1 – 1.5 hours
You can do a shared rental during open swim time in which half the pool is used and still shared with our members. This is only an option for groups with less than 20 people. This option is available on all days.

Private Rentals

The swimming pool is available for private rentals on the following days and times:

Saturdays Or Sundays 4:30 – 6pm

Private Rental Fee $175 for max time of 1 – 1.5 hours

Please contact Cora Rhoads at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or by email at for more information.

Padilla, Boone to lead YW Childcare

YWCA Executive Director Dotty Dalphon has named Karina Padilla the organization’s children and youth director. Padilla succeeds Paula Howard, who resigned to pursue another opportunity.

Padilla began her career at the YWCA in 2014. She has been the assistant children and youth director for several years. Padilla has a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Penn State University.

“I enjoy working in the Children Enrichment Program for many reasons. One reason is knowing I make a positive impact on the children. I also enjoy the opportunity to build relationships with the families,” said Padilla.

Ashley Boone, a 15-year YWCA employee, will succeed Padilla as the assistant children and youth director. Boone earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Ashford University and a teaching certificate and Masters Degree in teaching, learning and curriculum from Drexel University.

“My favorite aspects of my job are working with the children and making a positive impact on their life,” Boone said.

Dalphon said she was excited to have two employees with many years of experience lead the YW’s childcare program.

“The YWCA is very fortunate to have two women leading our program who are so passionate about caring for children,” said Dalphon. “I am confident in Karina and Ashley’s abilities to guide our team of teachers in their quest to help children and grow and thrive in a supportive environment.”

The YWCA is Adams County’s largest childcare provider with three locations: the Main YWCA location at 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg; the Adams Commerce Center location at 50 Expedition Trail, Gettysburg; and Fairfield Elementary School.

The YW’s combined facilities offer care for up to 298 children in full-day, half-day, and before- and after-school programs. Care is provided for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years, including infant, toddler, preschool and school-age classrooms at our 909 Fairfield Road and Commerce Center locations. Only before- and after-school care is offered for children ages 5-12 at our Fairfield location.

Spring 2019 Friends Letter

As I reflect on the past thirty years of my employment with the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, I realize that we, as an organization, and I, as an individual, are truly blessed! We have the staff and facilities to offer our community so much – like a year-round childcare program for more than 290 youngsters and the only indoor pool open year round to the public. Once Memorial Day is here, we lease an outdoor pool and, this year, we’ll make it a public pool – the only one in Gettysburg! We have the Margaret Trew Cline fitness center, a space used by anyone over the age of 13 to lead them to a healthier lifestyle! And we couldn’t be more grateful for the many members, foundations and businesses that helped us reach a new milestone this past year, the success of a $900,000 Endowment Campaign to help us promise the future of our YWCA!
I am blessed for the meaningful friendships that developed at the YWCA, for the awesome staff that lead beside me and for the thousands of contacts I’ve made throughout the years.
The YWCA has been a part of the community for 90 years. We have worked tirelessly to make our community a safer, healthier and more compassionate place in which to live. For the past thirteen years, I have led this organization, along with a creative and engaged management team, to build strategic partnerships, bring valuable programming to everyone and to ultimately live our mission!
Our mission, dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, is as relevant today as when it was created. Our mission is what has kept me engaged for over 30 years – the mission and YOU, our friends of the YWCA.
As a local nonprofit, we have had our share of ups and downs. Through our difficult times, we may have struggled, but our commitment to service has never wavered. We continue to see promise in the eyes of the children who pass through our doors. We acknowledge the gifts given by those before us. And, we are grateful for the strong and vigorous support of our community. We are in a good place because of all of you!
We need you to keep moving forward. Please be a part of this lasting and important mission in Adams County with a generous gift. It makes a huge difference; I know, I have been honored to see how every dollar counts every day for the last thirty years. Every gift, no matter the size, is important, and I sincerely appreciate your thoughtful consideration in making a gift this spring, the final ‘ask’ of my career as I retire on June 30, 2019. I will remain a part of this great organization, volunteering and finally getting to use more fully the wonderful amenities that are offered! I’m hoping that I’ll actually have time to get to know all of you even better!
Thank you for your support and confidence over the years; we wouldn’t be where we are without you!
My deepest admiration and appreciation to all,
Deb Geesey
Executive Director

Click here to donate online!

Adult Swim Lessons

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Adult Lessons

Progress at your own pace and develop the skills needed to swim safely for fun or exercise. Students will learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning water acclimation, forward and backward movement, and rhythmic breathing. We help swimmers overcome fears, build confidence in the water and develop swimming skills that last a lifetime.

Swim Lesson Details


Tuesday & Thursday Classes (6 Classes):
Rec Pass Member $34, Basic Member $44, Non Member $46

Saturday (3 Classes):
Rec Pass Member $20, Basic Member $26, Non Member $32

Winter Registration Opens November 15th!

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Swim Lessons are held at our indoor heated swimming pool.

Tuesdays & Thursdays (6 Classes)

Session 11 Nov. 5th – Nov. 21st
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Session 12C Dec. 3rd – Dec. 19th
11 – 12 p.m.

Session 1G Jan. 7th – Jan. 23rd
11 – 12 p.m.

Session 2F Feb. 4th – Feb. 20th
11 – 12 p.m.

Saturdays (3 Classes)

Session 1H Jan. 18th, 25th & Feb. 8th
10 – 11 a.m.

Session 1J Feb. 15th – Feb. 29th
10 – 11 a.m.

Adult Learn to Lap Lessons

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Learn to Lap Swim

This is for any adult who is comfortable in the water.

Learn to Lap Swim with us! This class will teach you all the knowledge you need to confidently lap swim for fitness. This class will focus on building endurance, improving the front crawl (freestyle) and the backstroke. Other focuses will also include learning how to do open turns and/or flip turns at the wall, and improve your ability to breathe rhythmically.

You will be coached through a series of workouts, based on your swimming level, so that you will have all the tools you need to prepare yourself to swim laps as a form of fitness.

Class Details


Rec Pass Members $39, Basic Members $49, Non Members $51

Winter Registration Opens November 15th!

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Tuesday & Thursday Lessons

Session 11

Nov. 5th – Nov. 21st.

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Session 12B

Dec. 3rd – December 19th

12 – 1 p.m.

Session 1F

Jan. 7th – Jan. 23rd

12 – 1 p.m.

Session 2E

Feb. 4th – Feb. 20th

12 – 1 p.m.


YWCA Board Announces New Executive Director

YWCA Board Announces New Executive Director –

The Board of Directors of the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County is pleased to announce that Dotty Dalphon has accepted the Executive Director position, effective May 13, 2019.  This start date allows approximately six weeks of overlap between retiring Executive Director Deb Geesey and Dotty.  This overlap will help insure the smooth transition that both Deb and Dotty are committed to.  Your support during this transition period is greatly appreciated.  Just like Deb, Dotty will report to the Board of Directors of the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County.

Dotty earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware, graduating with honors. Prior to accepting this position, she served as Director of Philanthropy for The Lutheran Village in Ellicott City, MD and before that as Executive Director of Shepherd’s Spring, Inc in Sharpsburg, MD (a retreat, summer camp and conference center outside of D.C.). Dotty brings over 25 years of experience and a proven track record of success in non-profit leadership and recently in the fund development area.  These skills and her supervisory/personnel development/leadership skills will be valuable in carrying forward the mission work and operational excellence for which the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County is known.

We are confident that Dotty will be an excellent fit and a strong asset for our organization.  The YWCA will host several receptions to introduce Dotty to the YWCA community, supporters and members.  Dates and times will be announced in May.  Dotty and her husband will be moving to the Gettysburg area in the near future.

Please join us in welcoming Dotty to our YWCA.

Katy Giebenhain                              Betsy Meyer

Co-President, YWCA Board              Co-President, YWCA Board

Abolitionists Day

Celebrate the Abolitionists of Adams County at the 3rd Annual Abolitionists Day.
Abolitionists Day will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Sterner Building, Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg.
Attendees will meet McAllister’s Mill Abolitionists, James Pennington, Kitty Payne, and friends; enjoy Abolitionist songs sung by Dearest Home and The Black Swan.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Abolitionists Day is sponsored by the Thaddeus Stevens Society, Adams County Human Relations Council, Gettysburg Friends Meeting (Quakers), YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice.