The YMCA is a world wide organization established over 155 years ago in London, England. The first YMCA in the United States was established in Boston in 1851. Over the years the YMCA has survived the changing times and has established itself as an important community resource in over 100 countries throughout the world. Considered the largest volunteer organization in the world, the YMCA serves over 13,000,000 members world-wide.
The Beaver Dam YMCA's roots date back as far as 1893 when it was a student organization at Wayland Academy. The Dodge County YMCA was founded in 1914 and became the Beaver Dam YMCA in 1939. In 2006 the Beaver Dam YMCA changed its name to YMCA of Dodge County to more accurately represent the communities that they serve.