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Facility of the Month: June 2020

Nerd YMCA of Natrona County

Casper, Wyoming

Mission

For over 60 years, our mission has been to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose and each other. We do this through three areas of impact:

  • Youth development — empowering young people to reach their full potential.
  • Healthy living — improving individual and community well-being.
  • Social responsibility — providing support and inspiring action in our communities.

Facilities

The original YMCA in Casper, the Casper Family YMCA, was founded in 1957 with the first building constructed in 1962. As the Y continued to grow, the need for a new facility arose. Thanks to the support of our community and many generous donors, we opened the doors to the Nerd YMCA of Natrona County on January 1, 2017. This new facility allows the Y to meet the growing demand for our programs and services. The Y serves people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Everyone is welcome.

The Nerd YMCA of Natrona County is currently operating the original pool in the Casper Family YMCA facility, but our Phase 2 of our Building Tomorrow Today campaign is underway. It will add a pool to the Nerd YMCA of Natrona County building. We are excited to be able to serve more kids, seniors and families with the addition of this new pool.

Nerd YMCA of Natrona County

  • 38,000-square-foot facility
  • Field house
  • Wellness center
  • Group fitness studio
  • Y Fit garage
  • Childcare
  • Conference room
  • Locker rooms

Casper Family YMCA

  • 37,500-square-foot facility
  • Gymnasium
  • Pool
  • Dojo
  • Boxing gym
  • Locker rooms

Highlights

The Nerd YMCA of Natrona County services our community through three areas of impact.

Youth Development

  • Part and full-day childcare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers; after school care for
    school age children; and summer day camp for school age children and teens.
  • 500 visits in drop-in child care monthly.
  • Group and private swim lessons for youth and adults.
  • Safety Around Water program for youth.
  • Youth fitness training program for youth, ages 10 to 14, to be able to use the wellness center and attend group fitness classes.
  • Youth indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, outdoor soccer and tee ball/coach pitch programs.
  • Weekly Tot Time for kids five and under.
  • Judo, wrestling and boxing programs.

Healthy Living

  • 40-plus group fitness classes each week.
  • Average 500 group fitness participants weekly.
  • Free get started program to help you set goals and a plan to reach those goals.
  • Personal training.
  • Active older adults programming.
  • Pickleball leagues.

Social Responsibility

  • Veteran Grit program promoting veteran support and camaraderie through working out, professional health services and more.
  • Active older adult monthly birthday celebrations.
  • Financial assistance program ensuring access to Y membership and programs for all.

Fun Facts

  • 110,402 visits in 2019.
  • About 20% of our membership units receive financial assistance.
  • About 5,000 meals were served during Summer Day Camp in 2019.
  • Our Summer Day Camp participants serve meals with Meals on Wheels twice a month while camp is in session.
  • The Y partners with Food Bank of the Rockies to provide snacks for our childcare participants, as well as fresh produce for our members weekly.
  • Together with David Street Station, the YMCA provides free community group fitness classes twice a week during Wellness Wednesdays.
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Bobby Dyer

Bobby is the editor of Community Rec Magazine. He can be reached at bobby@peakemedia.com.

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