The YMCA Cape Cod, incorporated in 1966, started in a small office above Puritan Cape Cod on Main Street in Hyannis. “It was a ‘Y without walls,’” says current CEO Stacie Peugh, who has been involved with the Y for more than 26 years. “That’s how most Ys get started.” Several years later, the YMCA’s Camp Lyndon opened in Sandwich, in 1972, a popular day camp and summer camp for children. In 1989, the West Barnstable site opened its doors. The building was later renovated in 2009 to become the state-of-the-art facility it is today, featuring a collegiate-size swimming pool, exercise rooms and childcare. YMCA Cape Cod offers everything from swimming lessons and spinning classes to exercise programs for seniors. They also keep in step with the times by adding new classes, such as Aqua Zumba and Cize Live. The YMCA’s reach goes beyond West Barnstable and Sandwich as well. Off-site programs include childcare at the North Falmouth Congregational Church, Stony Brook Elementary School in Brewster and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Harwich; and diabetes prevention programs in Mashpee, Bourne and Falmouth. The Hyannis Youth Center partners with the Y in offering programs for teens.
On June 18, a 50th anniversary gala celebration will be held at YMCA Cape Cod, 2245 Route 132, West Barnstable. “We’ve set up a historical hall, where you can see names of all our volunteers and donors of the past 50 years,” says PJ Richardson, who has been involved with the YMCA for 15 years. “We’re celebrating the impact we’ve had on others, and the impact they’ve had on us.” For more information, visit ymcacapecod.org