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Youth Program

We are pleased to offer our members the opportunity to participate with their children during youth hours. Knowing that many of our students and other members have children, we have worked to make accommodations to enable these members to participate while still adhering to standard PSU risk management practices, effectively allocating resources, and following our mission.

Our Youth Hours policies are driven by the belief that the Student Rec Center is first and foremost a place for PSU students to exercise and create healthy lifestyles.

Youth Hours

Summer Term: June 13, 2015 - September 15, 2015


Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Generally any spaces, events or activities that are not listed on this page are not open to youth. 


See Inclusive events page


During Youth Hours and if space is available, youth can participate in the following spaces and activities:


Swimming pool

Climbing Center






TV Lounge

Group X

Must remain
under the
of Parent/
must have
Yes No Yes
remain in the
Rec Center
Youth &
must have
Yes Yes Yes Yes

*For infants in strollers/carrying devices, see Stroller Policy below. 

**See aquatics schedule for specific activities and times. Families wanting to play in the pool during youth hours should come during Open Rec Swim time. 

Youth Eligibility / Procedures

Youth under 18 years of age are eligible to participate in the Youth Hours.

Youth Dependents

Youth who are dependents of Rec Center members must register as Youth Pass holders at Member Services prior to participation. To register be prepared to:

  • Provide youth’s full name, date of birth, and age
  • Provide parental/guardian signature on the liability release (PDF)
  • Have a picture taken of the youth at Member Services
  • Pass requires renewal every three months
  • Photo renewed as needed
  • There is no daily fee for a Youth Pass holder

Youth Guests

 Youth who are not dependents of Rec Center members may enter the facility as a guest of a Rec Center member during Youth Hours.

  • A guest pass for $5 must be purchased for the youth.
  • Youth must have a liability release (PDF) signed by their parent/legal guardian on file at Member Service prior to using the facility.

Adult Eligibility

  • Adults bringing youth into the Rec Center must be current paid members of the Student Rec Center. Students are automatically members of the Rec Center and Faculty/Staff/Alumni have the option of paid membership.
  • A parent/guardian or adult supervisor must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Occasionally, an adult non-member guest such as a grandparent or non-member parent may want to come to the Rec Center with a member and a youth. If the adult non-member wants to participate he or she must bring a government issued photo ID and purchase a guest pass for $5. If the adult non-member wants to watch the youth but does not want to participate on his/her own, he or she can provide a government issued photo ID and receive a visitor pass.


  • Youth 15 years and younger must remain under the direct supervision and care of a parent/guardian or adult member at all times when in the Rec Center.
  • Youth 16 & 17 years old may participate separately from their parent/guardian or adult custodian. The parent/guardian or adult custodian must remain in the Rec Center at all times the youth is in the building.
  • Youth must have a signed liability release (PDF) on file at Member Service prior to using the facility.
  • Youth 5 and under may go into the opposite gender locker room with their parent/guardian. Universal locker rooms, which include showers, lockers and changing tables, are available on the 2nd floor near the pool and 4th floor.

Stroller Policy

  • Rec Center Members may have an infant in a stroller or carrying device (ie bjorn, sling, ergo, etc) in the Rec Center:
    • Mon - Fri 6:00 am and 3:00 pm and all day on the weekends.  
    • Strollers or carrying devices will be allowed in the Rec Center at any time during Break and Summer Hours.
  • Strollers and carrying devices with infants are allowed on the 2nd floor (but not the aquatic center) and the 4th floor. 
  • The stroller may not be left unattended for any length of time (unattended typically is viewed as more than a ‘step and a reach’ length away).
  • Strollers or carrying devices are allowed during regular youth hours with a guardian if they are being used simply for convenience for the family (ie you could have a stroller on the pool deck or climbing center if a guardian stays with the stroller).  
  • Strollers or carrying devices are not allowed in GroupX classes (unless they are part of the Youth program).
  • Strollers need to be placed in a safe place and may not impede the ability of other members to access the Student Rec Center (ie a double wide stroller on the track).  Campus Rec staff will be allowed to use their discretion about what is impeding access.  Campus Rec is not responsible for any strollers left unattended and Campus Rec reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

Climbing Center

  • Parent/guardian or adult member must complete ​the​  climbing center orientation and become a Climbing Center Pass Holder prior to ​youth of any age ​using the Climbing Center.
  • Children ​15 and under may only use the climbing center during youth hours and under the direct supervision of the parent/guardian.
  • Youth Pass Holders who are  16 – 17 year old ​may complete the Climbing Center orientation and become a Climbing Center Pass Holder. They are then permitted to use the climbing center during youth hours without direct parent/guardian supervision.  
  • Children must be 13 or older to take a belay class or test out in belaying.
  • To top rope climb, participants must be able to fit into a harness (minimum height is 3​7​"). Climbing shoes and harnesses are available for check-out.


  • Youth under two must wear plastic pants and/or approved swim diapers. No regular diapers are allowed in the pool. Approved swim diapers do not include "Little Swimmers" or similar diapers. Campus Recreation sells approved reusable swim diapers at Member Services for a small fee. 
  • Members and youth must use the pool space as it is designated on the aquatics schedule. 
    • Lap Swim requires swimming down and back. 
    • Open Rec Swim has at least 2 lane lines removed from the pool and allows more recreational play. 
    • Open Rec Swim times are more suitable for young children wanting to play and enjoy the pool.
  • Any youth wanting to swim in the deep end of the pool will be required to successfully complete a 25 yard swim test.  
    • Youth will swim from the deep end of the pool to the shallow end using a swim stroke (i.e. not doggie paddle) and without touching the bottom of the pool.
  • Group youth swim lessons are typically offered fall, winter and spring terms and are purchased at Member Services.


  • If courts are available, equipment may be checked out by parent/guardian or adult member at the equipment issue desk. Courts are available on a first come first serve basis and are not reserved specifically for youth and families.

Group X

  • Youth 16-17 can participate in GroupX classes during all youth hours.  GroupX classes on Saturdays are open to all youth with direct parent/guardian supervision.

    Campus Rec makes every effort to be accessible to all abilities.  For accommodations for facilities, activities and programs please contact Jen Armbruster at 503-725-2927 or