Outdoor group exercise classes, outdoor pool, personal training and summer camp are now open at the Berkeley Heights YMCA & Summit YMCA! 



    If you are not participating in available programming, your membership will remain on hold until further notice. We continue to share reopening details and new program information as it becomes available. Looking for more information? Check out our latest announcements.



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Can I add my relatives to my family membership?

A family membership consists of up to two adults and any dependent children age 22 and under residing in the same household. If one of your adult relatives resides with you, you may add them as the second adult to your family membership. A third adult family option is also available for an additional monthly fee. The third adult must reside in the same household.

If I have a Berkeley Heights YMCA family membership, can I sign my children up for classes at the Summit YMCA?

Yes, Berkeley Heights YMCA family members may sign their children up for classes at the Summit YMCA at the member rate (some restrictions may apply).

If I have to cancel my membership, will I need to pay another joining fee?

There is a 45 day grace period in which you may rejoin without having to pay another joining fee.

I will be out of town for a few weeks and will not be able to use my membership, can I “freeze” my membership?

Yes, all membership types (excluding Youth) may place their membership on “hold” for a period of up to two months per year to start on the first of the month.

What is the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program?

The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program is a free 12 week exercise program for adults recovering from cancer. For more information about this program at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, please contact Lisa McQuilkin at lisa.mcquilkin@thesay.org and Sue Fieseler at sue.fieseler@thesay.org at the Summit YMCA.


What is the 7th Grade Membership?

The 7th Grade Membership program gives all 7th graders in our service area a free membership at either the Summit YMCA or the Berkeley Heights YMCA. This memberships allows 7th graders, at a pivotal and transitional time in their lives, a safe place to come and stay fit and healthy under the supervision of trained staff. The duration of a 7th Grade memberships at the Berkeley Heights YMCA runs from September through August.  At the Summit YMCA, they run from June through May.  


My son/daughter will be home from college for a few weeks. Can I purchase a membership for him/her for just a few weeks?

Yes, our Y offers short-term memberships for full-time college students. One and two month options are available during school breaks. College students must provide proof of full-time student status. Full-time student status consists of 12 credits/semester for undergraduates; 9 credits/semester for graduate students.

Is there a separate fee for exercise classes?

No. We are the best value in town! Unlimited attendance to our 200+ group exercise classes each week are included as a benefit your membership.


Can someone show me how to use the equipment in the Fitness Center?

Yes, as a benefit of your membership, our members are entitled to three complimentary orientations in the Fitness Center. To make an fitness equipment demo appointment, please call our Member Services desk or stop by the Fitness Center desk for assistance.

Can I bring guests to use the Y?

Yes, adult members may bring up to 5 guests per year, certain restrictions apply. Teen members may bring up to three guests per year. All teen guests under 18 must be signed in by their parent/guardian at the Member Service desk. Guests can also request their own guest pass. All guests must complete a liability waiver form prior to using our facilities. Limit 3 total combined complimentary visits per year to Summit Area YMCA locations.


Does the Y offer Personal Training?

Yes, we have nationally certified personal trainers who can work with you to achieve your personal fitness, health and wellness goals. For more information please visit www.thesay.org/PT 



Do I need to sign a contract to have a membership at the Y?

At both the Summit YMCA and the Berkeley Heights YMCA your membership is month to month. We do not have contracts, but you do have to agree to our Code of Conduct.


Can I try out the Y for the day?

We’d love to have you come in to try our Y. Come in for a tour and you can try the facility at no cost.


When do I have to notify the Y if I want to change my membership?

All changes to membership (upgrades, downgrades and holds) must be made by the 25th of the month prior to ensure proper billing.

Members must submit, in person, at least 1 business day prior to bill date, the YMCA Membership Edit Form to cancel their membership. Once the form is received, the member will have one more payment and their membership will remain active for the entire month after that final payment is made.

My parents are visiting for a few months, can they use the Y?

If you have a Family membership and your parents are living with you, they can be added to your family membership for an additional $30 (per person). If you are not a member, your parents are welcome to register at our YMCA for a short term membership

My child has come back to live with us after college. Can s/he go on our family membership?

If you have a Family membership and your child is under 23 years old, s/he can be added to your membership at no additional charge.  

However, if your returning child is 23 years or older, you can add them for an additional $30 a month.  If you have an Adult membership, you can upgrade your membership to a Family membership and s/he can be considered the second adult.  Or s/he can get his/her own adult membership.

Can our au pair be on our membership?

If you have an Adult membership, you can upgrade it to a Family membership and then include your au pair as the second adult. Please note, we offer financial assistance for au pairs in our service area if they reside with you. Our service area includes Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit.

Why is there a joining fee and can you waive my joining fee?

We can waive the joining fee if you are joining us within 45 days of leaving another YMCA and you have already paid the joining fee there. A letter from your prior YMCA is required. Since our joining fees are used to fund building and equipment maintenance, we cannot waive your joining fee, however there are times we run promotions with a reduced joining fee. Be sure to inquire about membership specials when joining or visit our Special Offers page.

Do you have any specials or memberships with reduced fees?

We offer several memberships that have reduced membership fees:

  • As active military you and your family will receive a free six month membership. Proof of active military status must be shown at the time of registering.
  • As an Atlantic Health employee, you will receive 10% off your monthly Adult or Family membership.  Also, you do not pay a joining fee.
  • Corporate memberships are able to take advantage of reduced fees. Click here to learn more about corporate memberships.
  • New members, if you have Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey you can get your first month of membership for free. Please bring your insurance card when you sign up.
  • Some insurance companies reimburse their members for staying healthy.  Please call your insurance company to see if you qualify for any reimbursements from them. We are happy to submit frequency reports or you can download a report from your www.thesay.org account.


How do I rent a locker?

Summit YMCA: You can fill out a locker request form available at Member Services. There is typically a waiting list for the men’s locker room. Once contacted, you have the choice to pay automatically on your credit card monthly ($8) or pay in full yearly ($100).

Berkeley Heights YMCA: You can rent a locker for six months. Please see Member Services for assistance.

Do you have daily lockers?

You may use our daily lockers for the day for free. Please bring your own lock to secure your items and remove your items when you leave.

Can I pay my monthly membership by check?

We can draft from your checking account if you give us a voided check and fill out the monthly draft form. However, we cannot accept monthly payments by check. All membership dues are automatically generated and require a payment method on file.

Is it true you hand out towels to those working out?

We provide free towels (small) for your use while you are working out. We recommend you bring your own pool and shower towels.

Do you offer babysitting?

Yes, we offer free 2-hour babysitting in our Kid Zone for children of Family and Adult members. We accept children from six weeks to 12 years old.  Members must be in the facility.


How old do my children need to be to use the fitness center?

  • o Children 10 and 11 years old can schedule a demo with our fitness instructor. After that they can use the fitness center if they workout near their parent/legal guardian. This is only for children on a family membership or for children with a youth membership and their parent/legal guardian with an adult membership.
  • o For 7th graders, we have a free 7th Grade Membership program which provides students with demos for using our fitness, strive, and weight room. Once the program is complete, 7th graders will be able to come and use the facilities on their own.
  • o For those not eligible for the other two programs, children must be 13 years or older to use the YMCA on their own.

What is the Summit Area YMCA's Member's Code of Conduct?

The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. To promote safety and comfort for all, individuals are asked to act appropriately at all times when in our facility or participating in our programs. We expect persons using the YMCA to act maturely, behave responsibly, and respect the rights and dignity of others. Our Members Code of Conduct outlines prohibited action; the actions listed on the Members Code of Conduct are not an all-inclusive list of behaviors considered inappropriate in our facilities or programs.