The Sarpy Community YMCA offers Ralston residents a chance for a healthier lifestyle this summer.
The principal objectives of the Sarpy Y are youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, said Josh Whitson, group vice president of the YMCA of Greater Omaha.
Whitson said the Sarpy Y selects many of its programs through interaction with the community. The nonprofit organization is offering group exercise, aquatics, early childhood education, sports and summer day camp programs.
The most popular of these programs during the summer are sports, especially swimming, and day camps, Whitson said.
Children and teens from age 4 to 15 can participate in the camps, which run 10 weeks long starting the last week of May. Each week has a different focus, such as science, swimming, music and games. Parents can decide and sign their children up every week.
Whitson said the weekly camps attract between 100 and 150 participants.
Youth, Teen and Family Director Joey Lorincz is in charge of the summer day camps. Several full-time and part-time staff members also lead camp programs.
The goal of the camp is that each participant makes new friends, forms a positive relationship with a caring staff member, experiences and learns new things and has a memorable summer, Whitson said. He said he feels a sense of satisfaction when he watches children grow in the programs.
Children are shy when they meet first, he said, but they get closer by talking to one another and learn new skills.
But the Sarpy Y also offers programs for adults.
Those programs are focused on exercise and dance classes, Whitson said. Popular options include Zumba, yoga and aerobics.
For more information, visit sarpy.metroymca.org.