What Does "YMCA" Mean?

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"YMCA" is the acronym for Young Men's Christian Association. According to dictionary reference, the Young Men's Christian Association is an international organization that offers a variety of activities and services for men and, in most places, for the entire family.

Despite the word "men" in the title, most YMCA organizations are family-oriented, offering exercise classes, swimming, sporting events and camps for people of both genders and all ages. Many YMCA facilities have temporary overnight lodging for those who need it. YMCAs sometimes require membership for full participation in the activities, but non-members are allowed to participate if they pay an additional fee. YMCAs also reach out as a ministry to those who are unable to afford membership to give scholarships for activities.