We seek to provide a platform for life-long learning. While there are many incredible benefits from the recent boom in social technology, most would agree relationships have suffered. We aspire to become the place where one can recapture the joy of interpersonal relationships in the wonder of God’s creation. Our goal is to equip people of all ages not only for success in a global society, but for a well-balanced life in spirit, mind and body.
When Dr. Weatherford founded Blue Ridge, he did so based on five guiding principles that we still follow:
These principles are incorporated into our cause and plans for the future; they provide a strong foundation for growth and a value system from which to take our next steps.
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly has a century-long tradition of impacting lives, serving youth and shaping tomorrow's leaders. We are proud of our Christian heritage and strive every day to fulfill the cause of the Y in strengthening the foundation of community
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly is a premier destination for developing, empowering, and inspiring values-based leaders to strengthen the foundations of their community.
To provide a platform, within a majestic environment, where lives are positively impacted for a lifetime.
At the Y, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential and live their best lives. The YMCA’s core values serve as our guide, helping those we serve to be more healthy, confident, connected, and secure.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
YMCA Blue Ridge prepares the next generation of leaders through tailored leadership programming that keeps them engaged and learning through authentic understanding and application. The skills learned here - teamwork, interpersonal communication, critical thinking and social awareness - can be applied to countless situations and build a solid foundation of good character and moral standing. This experience makes for confident kids today and contributing, engaged adults tomorrow.
The natural setting that surrounds Blue Ridge sets us apart. We provide a platform for adventure, self-discovery, and hands-on learning. Whether traversing a challenge course, hiking in the woods, exploring a creek, participating in a teambuilding exercise, or creating a masterpiece in the heritage arts studio, all youth are encouraged to contribute and try something new. Teens learn about themselves and about their peers. They discover their strengths and weaknesses, and they learn confidence in themselves and others. Here a group of kids become a team and sometimes a family.
Every interaction with a young person is an opportunity for learning and development, an opportunity for lifelong impact. We believe today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders and are committed to our role in these formative years. YMCA Blue Ridge is a place where kids can be kids, a place where they can learn about themselves and their peers, and a place where playing is learning.
HEALTHY LIVING: Improving the health and well-being of those in our community
YMCA Blue Ridge supports healthy living by offering opportunities for guests to refresh and renew in spirit, mind and body. We are a sanctuary; a place of both inspiration and reality. Here, adults and kids alike can find a place to get away from the pressures of the world and reconnect with their spirit. Our natural surroundings provide inspiration for all people to reflect on the beauty of creation and themselves as a part of that creation. Although most of our guests come to spend most of their time with a group, the mountain also beckons them to be alone and still, providing a balance to the soul.
Blue Ridge also offers opportunities for guests to have a healthier mind. Our programming and the programming of our groups is intellectually challenging. We have intentional spaces for community, fellowship, and discussion. They can create a unique work of art in our heritage arts studio and learn more about Appalachian culture. They can build teamwork skills, discover the value of determination and willpower, and develop their emotional intelligence by participating in any number of our outdoor activities.
A healthier body is encouraged by providing well-balanced meal options and opportunities for recreation. Guests are lured to the outdoors by our natural setting, our well-maintained hiking trails, or our typically pleasant weather. Blue Ridge encourages all groups – youth, adults and families - to participate in some aspect of our program activities which unites them in physical play and learning.
YMCA Blue Ridge is a place where guests can find balance and leave rejuvenated in spirit, mind and body.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back and providing support for our neighbors
YMCA Blue Ridge’s neighbors span the southeast United States. We have the unique opportunity to impact more than 30,000 lives each year; they are our community. To them, we offer a safe place for healthy discussion and sometimes dissension. Most importantly, we provide the opportunity for stereotypes and barriers to be broken.
Through generous donations to our annual campaign, we ensure our doors are open to all and help thousands of teens, adults and families experience YMCA Blue Ridge. We strive to model servant leadership and inspire a spirit of service through our service learning program by engaging young adults in hands-on service to others. We give young people the skills and tools necessary to incorporate service learning opportunities in their community.
Our cause is to provide a safe environment for people to connect, learn, grow and thrive. We believe real work can only be measured in terms of what it does to and for people. We dare not spend our energy in doing anything less than making better human beings.