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Summer Camp

Why Choose an ACA-Accredited Camp

Here's what it means for a camp to be accredited by the American Camp Association and why it matters. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 24, 2020

Summer Camp

Questions to Ask in Your Summer Camp Search

To help you decide which summer camp program is the right fit for your family, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has created a list of questions to ask directors when comparing programs. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 20, 2020

Our Cause

Y Story: For the Love of Family

The YMCA opens its doors to a family needing child care for their son who has diabetes. 

By: Diana Candamil | Feb 17, 2020

Our Cause

Y Story: Setting the Stage for Everyone

A mom shares her family's experience being part of the inclusive performance of "Beauty and the Beast" at the YMCA.

By: Elizabeth Vastano | Feb 17, 2020


Local resident and YMCA professional to lead East Orange Y

The East Orange YMCA has named city resident Washima Redding as the branch’s newest Executive Director. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 14, 2020


How the Right Nutrition Can Support Your Workout

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or gain muscle, or just stay in shape, a healthy diet for any workout routine should be the right balance of carbohydrates, lean protein sources, and some fats. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 13, 2020

Summer Camp

Here’s Why Summer Camp is Great for Children

Summer camp is an American tradition, and millions of children attend some form of camp each year. Camp gives children a chance to grow in a multitude of ways, and is a great chance for children to develop life skills that they can practice long after the camp concludes.

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 12, 2020

Child Care

DIY Valentine's Day Ideas for Celebrating with Family

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers these ideas for making Valentine’s Day special with the family.

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 10, 2020

Our Cause

Y Story: Prescribe the Y

Krista Presutto lost weight and changed her lifestyle with the Prescribe the Y program at the Wayne YMCA.

By: Krista Presutto | Feb 04, 2020

Healthy Living

5 Tips for Heart Healthy Families

In honor of February being American Heart Month, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers these tips to help families be heart healthy.

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 03, 2020


6 Reasons to Try a Group Fitness Class

Whether you want to boost your fitness routine or just meet new people, a group fitness class provides a number of physical and social benefits.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jan 30, 2020

Our Cause

Y Story: The Strength of Community

YMCA employees helped to save the life of a Y member who collapsed on the treadmill.

By: Don Osur | Jan 30, 2020


Metro YMCA of the Oranges Kicks Off 2020 Fundraising Campaign

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is kicking off the 2020 Annual Support Campaign, with a goal of raising $1,180,000 to keep programs like child care, summer camp, and swim lessons affordable for all people in the community.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jan 28, 2020

Summer Camp

How To Tell If Your Child Is Ready For Camp

For many, summer camp will be filled with new activities in a new environment. Some children handle this fine, while others take time to adjust. So how do you know that your child is ready to experience camp for the first time?

By: Mollie Shauger | Jan 25, 2020


Common Gym Terms and Their Meaning

Whether you’re new to the gym or just want a refresher, here's how the American Council on Exercise defines many of the common exercise terms heard around the gym.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jan 24, 2020