Catering to Kids for Nine Decades

Girls flocked to EmBe in the 1920’s for crafts, clubs and basketball. Later it was the Bunny Brunch, Kids Carnival, and swimming lessons. Today they come to EmBe for volleyball, Girls on the Run, and babysitting classes.

Ann Louise Kuehn got involved in the early 60’s because she took her children to swimming lessons and day camp. Before she left, she helped start the Santa House in 1977, a tradition that continued into the ’90s with the help of as many as 1,000 volunteers a year.

EmBe supports the youth of our community through childcare, camps, sports leagues, and lessons. These activities help children get involved and meet friends, as well as help children to gain knowledge in particular areas of study, whether it is sports or lessons. Become part of the tradition of the EmBe, participate in a class, enroll in a program, become a member and carry on the legacy that was started in the early ’20s.

Our Youth Programs


Girls on the Run®

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.


Let Me Run

Let Me Run is a nationally recognized, seven week, after-school program whose mission is to inspire boys through the power of running, to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships and to live an active lifestyle.


Heart & Sole

Heart and Sole is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 6th to 8th grades.



EmBe Youth Volleyball program provides kids an opportunity to learn the skills of the game in a recreational, non-competitive, environment.


No School Day Camp

Aligned with the school calendar, our day camps offer a fun filled, supervised day for K-5th school-agers.


Girl’s Maker Day

This free fair will have a variety of activities and booths aimed at showing young women what STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) can look like.



Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and Olympic sport which strives to teach courtesy, self control, integrity, perseverance and strong spirit.


Spinsters Program

Spinsters is an all high school dance and long time tradition of EmBe where high school students in Sioux Falls come together to plan and execute a dance while helping raise funds for youth scholarships.


EmBe 5K

An integral part of the Girls on the Run, Heart & Sole and Let Me Run curriculum, the 5K celebrates and reinforces important lessons while showing girls and boys the support of the entire community.


Summer Care Camp

We offer weekly theme-based sessions with many activities to keep students wanting to come back for more!


Camp Changemaker

Educating middle school boys and girls about area nonprofits and how they can give back to their communities.


Camp CEO

Camp CEO is a unique 4-day summer camp experience that will give girls in grades 6-8 an opportunity to learn what leadership means, and how to be a leader among their peers, at school, and in the community.

Financial Assistance

EmBe financial assistance provides for the needs of youth, families and individuals who cannot afford the full cost of EmBe memberships and programs. EmBe is committed to being accessible to all, and works hard to support those who may be in challenging financial situations.

Scholarship Application

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The work of EmBe would not be possible without the generous support of our families and sponsors, and guidance from our volunteers.

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300 West 11th Street

Phone: (605) 336-3660

Fax: (605) 336-2238


Childcare Center
6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Fitness Center
Mon-Fri  5:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


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