General Etiquette Policy

Safety and Security

Emergency procedures are in place at the YMCA. In the event of an emergency, please contact a YMCA staff member.

If the fire alarm sounds, STOP all activity and wait for instruction from the staff. Evacuation is not always necessary. Please listen to staff and follow instructions promptly. All exits are clearly marked; please familiarize yourself with their locations. Report any suspicious activity to YMCA staff immediately.

Photo Policy

La Crosse Area Family YMCA policy regarding the use of photographic or video equipment states that “photography of any kind within the YMCA or site will not be permitted without prior consent. In instances in which permission is granted, the images must exclude any individual(s) who have not previously signed a YMCA Photo Release Form. Failure to support this policy may result in the confiscation of the photographic/video image and the involvement of the Police Department.”

Camera and Cell Phone Usage Guidelines

The YMCA believes in protecting the privacy and well-being of all members and guests. The use of camera cell phones provides a challenge to ensuring the privacy of our patrons. We ask that:

  • Members and guests do not use the camera functions on these cell phones while in the YMCA. Cell phones are not allowed in any YMCA locker room or restroom.
  • Members and guests should immediately report any concerns related to others using camera cell phones.

Cell Phone Etiquette

For the safety and enjoyment of all YMCA users, please refrain from wearing pagers and cell phones while working out or in the locker rooms. If you require your cell phone for emergency calls, please set it to vibrate and take the call in a private area.

Outdoor Events Pet Policy

Owners are responsible for the behavior of their pets. All pets must be kept on a leash (6 ft. leash maximum) with a handler at all times. Pet handlers must be at least 16 years old. The YMCA is a family-first organization. Know your pet’s reaction to children. No aggressive pets allowed. Pet waste must be collected and disposed of immediately. No pets are allowed inside YMCA buildings except service animals. For YMCA events that happen off-site in the community, please see the rules and policies of each park or school.