Become a Member

Start the beginning of a healthy lifestyle, enjoy all sorts of YMCA programming including:

  • Multiple locations to exercise
  • Free group fitness classes
  • Discounted sports and other programs
  • Child Watch services during exercise

How To Join

Stop in at a branch near you and experience how we empower our members to be healthier and connected.

no joining fee PROMOTION ends January 31ST!
It’s a great time to find your Fit-olution at the YMCA!!


Join the YMCA today!

Learn More

Learn more about membership at our locations throughout the Shelby, Kings Mountain and Boiling Springs areas.

Dover Foundation YMCA

Gardner-Webb Student YMCA

Kings Mountain Family YMCA

River Bend YMCA Golf Club

Ruby C. Hunt YMCA

Rutherford County YMCA

 Membership Rates

Membership Type Activation Fee Monthly Costs Annual Costs
Family $25.00 $66.00 $792.00
Family Plus $25.00 $76.00 $912.00
Teen (13-18) $25.00 $18.00 $216.00
Teen Plus (13-18) $25.00 $23.00 $276.00
Adult (19-25) $25.00 $25.00 $300.00
Adult Plus (19-25) $25.00 $30.00 $360.00
Adult (26-30) $25.00 $34.00 $408.00
Adult Plus (26-30) $25.00 $39.00 $468.00
Adult $25.00 $42.00 $504.00
Adult Plus $25.00 $47.00 $564.00
Senior (60 & up) $25.00 $35.00 $420.00
Senior Plus $25.00 $40.00 $480.00
Senior Family $25.00 $59.00 $708.00
Senior Family Plus $25.00 $64.00 $768.00

Membership Programs

AWAY Program: The YMCA AWAY program (Always Welcome at the Y) is recognized by most YMCA’s.  If you plan on visiting an out of town YMCA come ask the Welcome Center to contact the out of town Y to see what they have to offer for AWAY members.

Neighbor Connection Program: The Neighbor Connection Program includes Lincoln County Family YMCA, Cleveland County Family YMCA, Gaston County Family YMCA, YMCA of Catawba Valley, YMCA of Iredell County, Alexander County YMCA.

Central Carolinas Regional Membership: The Central Carolinas Regional Membership program includes Cannon Memorial YMCA, Cleveland County Family YMCA, Gaston County Family YMCA, Rock Hill Area YMCA, Rowan County YMCA, Stanly County, YMCA of Greater Charlotte.


Open Doors Discount

It is the philosophy of the Cleveland County Family YMCA that no person or family be denied membership or program participation based on their inability to pay the standard fees. Our YMCA offers a program called Open Doors in order to help people access the life-changing services provided through our organization. Open Doors subsidizes standard membership and program fees.

Adult, Family and Senior members are eligible to receive a rate adjustment, if your income is $35,000/year or less. Download and complete the Open Doors application to submit to the Kings Mountain Family YMCA.

YMCA Open Doors Application

In order to adjust your rate, you must present a current tax return to verify household income at the time you join and renew every year. Accepted documents for income verification include the 1040, 1040EZ or 1040A.

If you are not required to file taxes, please present a statement of non-filing, which can be obtained for free by calling 1-800-829-1040. You may also request verification of non-filing statements by visiting and clicking on “Order a Tax Return or Account Transcript.”

Military Outreach Initiative

As a spouse of a deployed Guard or Reserve member, you and your family are eligible to join your local, participating YMCA for FREE, courtesy of Military OneSource.

All you need to do is come to our branch along with a copy of the deployment orders and your military ID card.

Corporate Discounts

Discounts are available to employees of some member corporations.

Only one discount per membership including Open Doors, resident, or corporate.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does a membership cost?

A: Click here for a listing of all your Branch Membership Options.


Q: What is Membership Plus?

A. This is your home branch YMCA plus two other YMCA facilities

(Dover Foundation, Ruby C. Hunt or Kings Mountain Family YMCA).

Check out our Membership Plus Rates.


Q: What is a Global Membership?

A. Global Membership includes Membership Plus and Golf privileges at River Bend YMCA Golf Course.

Check out our Global Membership Rates.


Q: Do you offer reduced rates?

A: Membership financial assistance is available throught our Open Doors program. We base our membership assistance on household income and distribute our resources according to need.


Q: Can I pay cash instead of automatic debit?

A: We accept cash payment in advance for a 12-month period. To pay your membership dues monthly, we automatically debit from a bank account or credit card.


Q: How do I become a member?

A: Visit our YMCA location or website to join. You will need to pay your Activation Fee and prorated first month fee. To establish a monthly draft, you will also need your check book or credit card.


Q: Do I have to sign a long-term contract?

A: No. Our membership is flexible and on a monthly basis. You may end your membership anytime 30 days before your next debit.


Q: How do I cancel my membership?

A: The Cleveland County Family YMCA requires a 30-day written notice to cancel a membership. The Exit Form is available at the Welcome Center.


Q: Can I visit other YMCAs?

A: Yes. Many YMCAs across the country participate in the AWAY program which allows members from other YMCAs to visit. You should call a location prior to visiting for specific policies.


Q: Can I bring a guest?

A: Yes. We encourage our members to introduce their friends, family and colleagues to the YMCA. Guests must be accompanied by a member. Guest Fee’s vary upon YMCA branch.


Q: What are your hours?

A: Hours vary by department and can be found on the your local YMCAs home page.


Q: Do you have lockers?

A: Yes. Lockers are available for member use. Members should bring a lock to secure their belongings and must take their belongings home with them each day.


Q: Will someone assist me with my workout?

A: Yes. Our wellness staff and personal trainers are available to conduct fitness assessments, setup individualized routines and establish ongoing personal training sessions. Ask your instructor about fees for ongoing training. You can also ask about our Coach Connection sessions that are available to our members for no charge.


Q: Do you provide towels?

A: No. The Cleveland County Family YMCA does not provide towel service.


Q: Can I bring my child in while I work out?

A: Yes. ChildWatch Hours can be found on the branch Family Programs page. ChildWatch is FREE for Family and Single Parent Memberships. All others memberships may bring their children for only $2 per child per visit.

For all other questions or comments about your YMCA membership contact the branch nearest you!!