Join with a friend and you each save 20% on your monthly fee with our Buddy Membership Program!
Whether it's in the gym, the pool, fitness or enrichment classes, Y events or community sponsored programs, when you and your friend commit to being healthy, finding connectivity and community at the YMCA, you allow yourselves to grow and thrive together. With buddy membership, not only do you motivate each other, you enjoy a 20% savings on the standard membership rate each month. Current Y members may refer a non-member or two non-members may join together. Stronger, healthier, mind, bodies and spirits make for stronger communities.
Consider small group personal training or one of our popular group exercise classes including Barre Sculpt, Les Mills, and Aqua Fitness! Shoot hoops, play pickleball, join our book club, and so much more! The opportunities for you and your buddy to get the most out of your value-packed Y membership at the Summit Area YMCA are endless. Did we mention we offer free babysitting while you're in our facilities?!
Buddy registration is allowed in person only at the Member Services front desk. Please read through our FAQ below for more information on the Buddy Membership program including eligibility, rules, and limitations.
This is an opportunity for you to reduce your standard monthly membership rate by 20%. Bring in a new buddy with the same membership type and both of you get the monthly savings! It is available to all membership types excluding Youth.
All membership types who pay through automatic bank draft are eligible (excluding youth memberships). One buddy must be a new member. Individuals who were previously members at the Summit Area YMCA must have been inactive for 90 days to be considered a new member.
To become buddies, the new joining member needs to identify the current Y member when they sign up at the Member Services Desk. The current member will then have to confirm they wish to become buddies.
The 20% membership savings is valid as long as both buddies remain members of the Y. Should one of you cancel your membership (we do not have a contract policy), the remaining member has 30 days to refer another buddy to join. If the remaining member does not refer another buddy to join within 30 days, the membership will return to the standard rate for the membership type.
No, we want to make joining as a new buddy as easy as possible!
Yes, all buddy memberships must be the same membership type at the same YMCA branch.
No, you are limited to one buddy and the maximum savings you will receive is 20% off the current cost of the monthly membership.
Yes, new members joining through the Buddy Membership Referral program are subject to the standard joining fee.
The Buddy Membership rate will only increase when future membership rates increase. The Buddy Membership rate reflects 20% savings on the current standard membership rate.
No, adding a new family member(s) to your membership is considered a membership upgrade and does not qualify for Buddy Membership rates.
No, the 20% membership savings may only be applied to the monthly membership rate. However, by becoming a YMCA member, you also gain access to:
• Unlimited free group exercise classes
• Priority registration for classes for members
• Reduced member fees for enrichment classes, clinics and leagues
• Free baby sitting for Adult and Family members
• Token-less security boxes
• Free fitness assessment*
• Reciprocal memberships with other participating Ys**
No, members in the Buddy Membership Program may not put their memberships on hold. If put on hold, you and your buddy will relinquish the benefits associated with the Buddy Membership Program.
If one of the pair of buddies leaves the Y, the remaining member has 30 days to “buddy-up” with a new non-member of the same membership type in order to keep the buddy membership rate. If this is not fulfilled, the rate will return to the regular Y rate. Please note, you may only switch buddies once every 12 months.
*Free Fitness assessment available to Summit Y members only.
**Reciprocal program available to Summit and Berkeley Heights All-in-One members
The Summit Area YMCA reserves the right to cancel this promotion due to low participation at any time. Current participants will be grandfathered into the program.
This offer is valid for referred individuals who are new facility members of the Summit Area YMCA or for previous Summit Area YMCA members whose termination date is more that 90 days ago. Member referral rates require annual or semi-annual paying members to switch to a continuous payment method. Rates of current financial assistance members will not be further lowered.
This offer has no cash value, may not be used with financial assistance rates lower than the published member-referred rates, and cannot be combined with any other certificate, voucher, charge item or corporate third party pays, or grandfathered rate. Any future price increases will be assessed on this reduced base rate.