Adult Learn to Lap Lessons

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Learn to Lap Swim

This class is for any adult who is comfortable being 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


Saturday Lessons (3 Classes)

Rec Pass Members $30, Basic Members $36, Non-Members $44

Fall Registration opens August 15th!

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Lessons are held at our indoor heated swimming pool.

Saturday Lessons (3 Classes)

Session 8E

August 8, 15 & 22

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 9C

September 12, 19 & 26

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 10C

October 10, 17 & 24

9 – 10 a.m.

Session 11C

November 7, 14 & 21

9 – 10 a.m.

Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament

The 20th Annual Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament
In Memory of Arthur and Muriel Rice

Saturday, May 2, 2020: CANCELLED

Click here to register

Courts open 9:30 a.m., play begins 10 a.m.
Rain date is Sunday, May 3rd, with play beginning at 1 p.m.

The format is a doubles, round-robin that gives each player the opportunity to play several matches with a variety of partners.
There is a male and female division. Each player is assigned a teammate for each round.

NEW THIS YEAR! High School students play free thanks to generous sponsors.
Overall winners will be those who accumulate the most victories throughout the day.
Exhibition mixed doubles matches will be played at the end of the tournament for interested players.
Players are required to sign a release form upon tournament check-in.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division



Circuit Training

Circuit training is a form of body conditioning that involves endurance training, resistance training, high-intensity aerobics, and exercises performed in a circuit. It targets strength building and muscular endurance. An exercise “circuit” is one completion of all set exercises in the program. When one circuit is complete, start at the first exercise again for the next circuit.  The time between exercises in circuit training is short, often with rapid movement to the next exercise

Machines labeled with green numbers 1 – 8 are core and upper body exercises

Machines labeled with green letters A – D are lower body exercises

Core & Upper Body Exercises

  1. Rotary Torso
  2. Abdominal
  3. Lower Back
  4. V-Triceps Extension
  5. Biceps Curl
  6. Compound Row
  7. Overhead Press
  8. Rear Delt / Pec Fly

Lower Body Exercises

A. Seated Leg Curl

B. Leg Press

C. Hip Abduction / Hip Adduction

D. Leg Extension

Women Behind These Walls

Much of Civil War-era history is recorded through the eyes of men: soldiers, laborers, government officials, and others. Women tofFamilyBehind These Walls is free, self-guided walking tour of downtown Gettysburg designed to share the stories and perspectives of civilian women who lived during the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. The posters along the tour are placed at locations that were significant to each woman’s life before, during, or after the battle. The tour  is a collaborative effort between the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and Survivors, Inc., the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, Gettysburg Licensed Town Guides, and For the Cause Productions, Inc.

A special thank-you to all the businesses, organizations, and homeowners who agreed to be a part of this project.

Click here for a printable tour brochure (updated Aug. 2015). You can also find brochures at the YWCA, the Destination Gettysburg office, the Gettysburg Heritage Center, and A&A Village Treasures.

#25 Catherine “Kitty” Payne Brian’s story (no placard is currently displayed at Kitty’s site; an illustration of Kitty is shown above):
I lived here (219 S. Washington St.) with my second husband, Abraham Brian. My first husband had died of a fever, leaving me with three small children. I had been a slave in Virginia but had been set free upon my master’s death. His nephew, who had inherited the farm, took exception to our freedom and sent bounty hunters after my family. They captured us and took us back to Virginia, where we spent a year in jail. My life here was not any happier as my new husband did not want the burden of my children and sent them off to live with other families. My heart was broken and I died at age 34.

Women in History Essay Contest

The annual Women in History essay and art contest is open to students in grades 6 through 8 in all Adams County public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students. The contest includes categories for essays and artwork.

PRIZES: The first, second and third place winners in each grade will be awarded cash for writing entries. Artwork will be judged separately, and there will be only one first, second, and third place winner awarded a cash prize. Each winner will receive a coupon for a 10% discount on either a junior or family membership when they join the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.

Click on the documents below to submit your own entry!

Cover Sheet WIH

Guidelines WIH

2019 Women in History Essay/Art Contest winners:

6th Grade
1st – Savannah Schneider (Irena Sendler) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Hassinger
2nd – Ellen Cadigan (Misty Copeland) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Hassinger
3rd – Brooke Myers (Rosa Parks) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Riddlemoser

7th Grade
1st – Ella Stremmel (Rosa Parks) – Upper Adams Middle School – Ms. Granger
2nd – John Kloster (Sojourner Truth) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Riddlemoser
3rd – Morgan Hoover (Mrs. Ellen) – St. Francis Xavier Catholic School – Ms. Hughes

8th Grade
1st – Kim Heinzelmann (Emma Lazarus) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Kessel
2nd – Zachary Tipton (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Teeter
3rd – Alison Harvey (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Kessel

Art Awards
1st – Kaitlyn Frey (charcoal – Rosa Parks) – New Oxford Middle School
2nd – Kennedy Brown (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) – Gettysburg area Middle School – Ms. Riddlemoser
3rd – Isabella Salas Kennedy (Susan B. Anthony) – Gettysburg Area Middle School – Ms. Kessel

Tae Kwon Do

Learn the kicks, blocks and strikes of traditional Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do. This style of karate is taught primarily for self-defense, but students also gain physical fitness, increased awareness, and self-assurance in a noncompetitive environment. Designed for individuals ages 12 and up, including adults. If you or your child has a special need, please inform the service desk when you sign up.

Instructor: Pete Golden, 6th Dan

Wednesdays and Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m. p.m.

Rec $20/month Basic $25/month Non $30/month


ENCORE Breast Cancer Awareness 5K

There is a very good chance that you know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, if it has not been yourself.

When someone is suffering from an ailment we have not experienced, we often say to ourselves “I wish there was something I could do.” Likewise, the person suffering may feel no one understands what they are going through.

The Encore Breast Cancer Support Group brings together women who are dealing, or have dealt, with breast cancer and offers a variety of programming reflecting the needs of the members.

The Encore Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk, held Oct. 14, 2017, brings together an entire community who support this great group of women and their cause in helping others with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Click here to register!

The race starts at the YWCA and runners will witness the beautiful fall foliage as they travel through Cumberland Township. Medals are presented to first- and second-place men and women in the following age groups: 13 and under, 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and older.

For those who do not live in Adams County, the fall is a beautiful time to visit Gettysburg and tour the Gettysburg National Military Park. The National Apple Harvest Festival – a great event for the entire family – occurs the same weekend as the race and is only a short drive from the YWCA. More information on that festival can be found at

2018 Encore Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Results – overall

2018 Encore Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Results – Age Group

2016 Encore 5K results sorted by time

2016 Encore 5K results by age group

Click here for overall results from the 2015 Encore Breast Cancer Awareness 5K

2014 Encore Results by Finish Time

2014 Encore Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Results by Age Group

Click here for 2013 Results

2012 Encore 5K Finish Line Video

2012 Encore 5K Start Line Video

Click here for the 2012 results sorted by time (pdf file).

2011 Encore Results sorted by time

2011 Encore Results by Age Group

Click here for photos

Click here for video of the start line

Click here for video of the finish line

Spirit of Gettysburg 5K

The Spirit of Gettysburg 5K normally travels the first day of the historic Battle of Gettysburg, past the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. If you love road races, or want to run in one for the first time, the Spirit of Gettysburg 5K is for you.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s run – our 30th annual – will be a virtual event! All participants will be mailed an official Spirit of Gettysburg face mask!

Click here to register

So, how does a virtual run work? It is heavily based on the honor system.
1. Register here. You can register anytime between now and June 30. I do ask that if you know you want to participate, you register as soon as possible. I have no idea how many people are interested and I do not want to over-order or under-order masks. You deserve a mask but masks sitting in a box in the YW attic are wasted money!

2. You run/walk a 5K (3.1 miles) anytime between June 1 – 30 at the location of your choosing.

3. Upload your time to your account

4. Post pictures on social media using #VirtualSpiritofGettysburg

5. Wait for your Spirit of Gettysburg face mask to arrive in the mail.

If you already registered and do not want to participate in a Virtual Spirit, email for a refund.

Thanks for being a loyal Spirit of Gettysburg participant. This fundraiser is crucial to our operations and is not possible without your support and the support of our wonderful sponsors!

Past years’ results

Click here for 2019 Results

Click here for 2018 Results

Click here for 2017 Results

Click here for 2016 Results

Click here for 2015 Results

Click here for 2014 Overall Results

Click here for 2014 Results by Age Group

Click here for 2013 results.

2012 results by age group

2012 results sorted by time

2011 Race Results
2010 Race Results

2009 5K results


The YWCA offers three types of yoga classes for all ages and abilities.

Gentle yoga: Appropriate for all fitness levels. This class is an introduction to basic yoga poses and no prior yoga experience is necessary.

Fit yoga: A fitness-focused, more vigorous yoga class that will improve your stamina, strength and flexibility.

Meditative yoga: Focuses on breathing and being present and aware of your mind and body while moving through yoga poses.

See our group exercise schedule for a complete list of yoga classes and times.


STEAM Savvy is an all-girls after-school club for students at Gettysburg High School. The program encourages girls to explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math fields in which women are underrepresented. Instructors and mentors also assist students with college applications, interviewing skills, and other aspects of the college search, including visits to explore schools’ science departments. If you’re a Gettysburg High School student and you’d like to get involved with STEAM Savvy, contact chemistry teacher Kristen Bechtel.

Why should we encourage girls to get involved in STEAM? Read more here!

STEAM Savvy is featured on the YWCA USA’s Fresh@YW page!

STEAM Savvy is made possible through the generous support from our Hallmark Sponsors. Find out how you can support STEAM Savvy and other women’s empowerment programs.

FingerprintingAt left, club advisor Kristen Bechtel and girls in the 2013-2014 STEM Savvy program finish a fingerprinting lab as part of their focus on forensics.




Women in STEM

The following column was written by YWCA board member Jackie Milingo and published in the Gettysburg Times August 10, 2012.

The mission statement of the YWCA includes a dedication to eliminating racism and empowering women. This mission is not only inspiring; it is a strong declaration of necessary social change.  Based on 2010 data, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that half of our country is comprised of females (2011 estimate is 50.8 percent) and approximately 63 percent self-identify as “white.”  This rough cut of gender and racial distribution naturally (perhaps naively) leads one to expect the same representation of diversity in the working/professional world, at all levels of education, at all income levels, and in various positions of power and influence. When we don’t see this diversity in action it begs the question … why not?

Take the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (collectively known as STEM), for example.  Less than 20 percent of the STEM workforce is female (in many fields this number is closer to 10 percent).  People from “non-white” racial groups, those with different levels of physical ability, and those who occupy the range of gender identity and sexual orientation make up an even smaller fraction of STEM fields at all stages of education, training, and employment. Despite the diversity of our country, all of these people are severely underrepresented in STEM. Why is this something to pay attention to? The STEM workforce houses a great deal of the knowledge and innovation required for our country to address the very modern challenges of living in a global community with limited natural resources.  Increasing diversity in the STEM workforce not only empowers those who are so woefully underrepresented in these fields, increasing their economic, social, and political potential; it also injects a much-needed breadth of experience and perspectives to positions of power and influence. This ultimately benefits us all.

The leaky pipeline into STEM fields starts early in our society. The number of girls (let alone other underrepresented groups) interested in learning about science, math, and their applications continuously decreases throughout middle school and into high school, thus creating a loss of diversity before these young people even enter college, professional programs, and the workforce. It is key to encourage and support interests in STEM during the formative years when competing social constructs, stereotypes, biases, and cultural beliefs can negatively affect a young person’s sense of identity and potential. Many of the Hallmark and Mission programs of our YWCA exist to support this cause. After-school and summer programs such as the LEGO Robotics Club and STEM Savvy Club, those that specifically target girls, provide a fun, low-stakes environment which can spark and nurture an interest that is then carried forward. Supporting diversity in STEM and the empowerment of all underrepresented groups requires the action of an entire community, and our local YWCA is a proud contributor to this effort.

Jackie Milingo is an associate professor of physics at Gettysburg College and a member of the board of directors at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County. Contact her at 717-337-6076.