Before and After School

Before & After Care is for ages 5 to 12 years. Our Before and After School programs are offered in partnership with area school districts and various other organizations, offering care after school in six locations along the MS Gulf Coast. Children participate in a balanced program of open play and structured activities while being supervised by well-trained and caring staff.

Children get involved in a variety of learning centers in addition to program components such as, recreation, health enhancement, arts and humanities programs, nutritional snacks, service learning, character development and homework assistance. These programs ensure that children are given a unique mix of activities that focus on developmental assets, the building blocks that teach children how to make positive and intelligent decisions throughout life.  Click on the links below for more information and weekly pricing.  Counselor/Camper ratio:  1:20

Enrollment forms can be found here.

Holiday Camps

It’s a Holiday, there is no school, and the kids are home!  What to do?  We have the answer!  All of our sites offer special holiday camps during Spring break, Thanksgiving break, & Christmas holiday period. Your children will be taken care of while having fun during those out-of-school hours.

Summer Camps

Our camp locations offer full time day camps during summer break from school. All summer camps 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Locations include College Park, East Hancock, Taconi & Vancleave YMCA’s. Enrollment forms can be found under FORMS+.

Enrollment forms can be found here.

Resident Camp

Kamp Badine is a resident camp located 30 minutes south of Vicksburg held at Warner Tully YMCA Camp.  Boys and girls between 7-13 years of age may attend.

2016 Camp Dates: June 26-June 30

Kamp Badine Flyer


Q: Do you need childcare to enjoy our programs?


One of the many benefits of the Blossman Family YMCA is quality childcare on premises. Our staff provides qualified supervision and entertainment in a safe and secure environment. Children enjoy story time, arts and crafts and play giving you a chance to use the facility with peace of mind.

There is a two-hour per child, per day limit. Parents must remain on the YMCA premises. Child Watch is included with all family memberships only.

Click the links below for more detailed information at our Blossman & Tradition Facilities.

Blossman Family YMCA ChildWatch

Tradition Family YMCA ChildWatch


The Blossman YMCA Preschool Child Care Center is dedicated to providing a safe, healthy and positive learning environment for children ages one to five years. Our goal is to promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth of young children through developmentally appropriate activi ties and experiences while considering individual needs, temperament and learning styles.

Our Center is licensed by the State of MS Dept. of Health and is headed by a staff that is CDA (Child Development Associate) accredited. CDA is the only major national effort to improve childcare by evaluating and recognizing the skills of individuals providing care. Every candidate for the CDA credential is observed working with young children and must demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children’s physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning environment.

The Mississippi YMCA Preschool continually strives to maintain a high quality environment. Since its opening in 2000, our Center has participated in the MSU Early Childhood Institute’s Partners for Quality Child Care Program, consistently scoring high in the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS). These scales rate child care programs on a variety of criteria including personal routines, activities, interaction, program structure, space and furnishings, and staff. The center also participates in The MS Child Care Quality Step System, a voluntary rating system for licensed early childhood facilities in MS which focuses on five areas: administrative policy, professional development, learning environments, parent involvement, and evaluation.

Toddler Program:         Ages: 1-2 years

$115 Member Weekly Rate

$130 Non-member Weekly Rate

PreSchool Program:    Ages: 3-5 years

$105 Member Weekly Rate

$120 Non-member Weekly Rate

Registration fee is $50 for both member or non-member.

  • Age appropriate activities
  • Nutritionally balanced meals
  • Field trips to local points of interest
  • Creative projects
  • Story time, poetry, videos and books
  • Learning new songs and music appreciation
  • Seasonal celebrations and activities
  • YMCA Swimming Lessons at a discounted rate
  • Weekly summer recreational swimming.
  • Family activities.
  • End of the year graduation


We now offer Part Time programs

3 DayMonday, Wednesday & Friday Only – between 6 a.m. and  6 p.m.

1 – 2 year old       Weekly Rate:  $75 Member  $85 Non-member

3-5 year old          Weekly Rate:  $70 Member  $80 Non-member

2 DayTuesday & Thursday Only – between 6 a.m. and  6 p.m.

1 – 2 year old       Weekly Rate:  $49 Member  $59 Non-member

3-5 year old          Weekly Rate:  $46 Member  $56 Non-member

Registration fee for PART TIME care is $25.

For availability questions, contact the preschool @ 228-875-0152.

December Preschool Newsletter


Aquatics Schedules can be found here.

Blossman Indoor Pool: Measures 19 x 25 Yards & is 85° Water Temp Year Round

Blossman Outdoor Pool:  Measures 33 ft x 16 ft

Tradition Outdoor Pool: Measures 75 ft x 40 ft

JACUZZI:  Water Temp – 104°

STEAM ROOM:  Co-ed; Temp – 110°; 100% humidity


SWIMMING.  All children must pass a swim test before entering the pool.  A parent must  accompany children under 8 years of age in the water or on deck.  Children ages 8- 12 years must have a parent in the facility and must pass a swim test.

SPA.  Youth age 16 and older may use the sauna, Jacuzzi and/or steam room.

DRESS CODE.  Proper swimming suits are required in pool and wet areas. No cut-offs, gym shorts or thongs will be allowed. No cotton t-shirts.

  • Boys’ and men’s suits must have a liner/net and a drawstring.
  • Speedo Jammers are permissible.
  • Ladies’ swim suit made with Lycra/spandex, nylon, or polyester.
  • Garments made with Lycra/spandex, nylon or polyester are permissible.
  • Please shower before entering pool, Jacuzzi or steam room.

                                    swimmer   Swim Team

Swim Team/Stroke Development Classes The YMCA is home to a year- round competitive swim team for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Our team competes in USA Swim Meets. There is also a summer league. Stroke development Classes help youth to transition from swim lessons to making the swim team.

                                    swimmer   Swim Lessons

The YMCA is the place to go for SWIM LESSONS! We’ve been teaching people of all ages how to swim for well over a century.  Our certified and well-trained staff is here to help you and all members of your family enjoy the fun of swimming for a life time.  Morning and evening lessons are offered as well.  Click on the link below for swim lessons schedule.

Online Swim Lesson Registration

We offer scholarship assistance to those who qualify! Ask us how!


Whether it’s date night for mom and dad, need to get holiday shopping done or just getting the kids out of the house – Kids Night Out offers a safe environment for hanging out with their peers and having fun.  Register with member services.  Check the Calendar for more information!


  • $10 per child
  • Includes snack, swimming (ages 5 & up), & crafts; does not include dinner
  • 5 – 9 p.m. for members only


Our sports programs offer non-competitive fun for boys and girls. They are designed to build each child’s self-esteem, confidence, and character while promoting Christian values. We emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship. Children get to play the entire game, everyone gets a chance to play and no score is kept. Children learn the fundamentals of the game without the pressure of traditional competition.

All games/practices are played at Ocean Springs Freedom Field; teams are co-ed.  Includes Sports T-shirt and trophy.  Practice once a week before games.     All 6 games on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Times are subject to change.

  • Soccer: Ages 3 – 8; spring/fall sessions
  • T-ball: Ages 3 -10; spring sessions only; gloves required
  • Flag Football: Ages 3 – 10; fall sessions only; equipment provided

Click below for more information for current youth sports registration.

Youth Sports Online Registration

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