I heard this from a friend on the board at our local YMCA and found it very interesting. Apparently the YMCA is, in essence, a public facility and cannot turn anyone away, regardless of whether they are able to afford the membership fee. If you go in and tell them that you are unable to afford membership, from what I understood, they HAVE to let you join and will give you a scholarship. I'm going to check this out this week at our local YMCA. Does anyone know if I am understanding this correctly?