Summer Camp 2014 at the Madison Area YMCA

The Madison Area YMCA’s registration for full-day and half-day summer camps is underway at the Family Center, located at 111 Kings Road and the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center located at 54 East Street, both in Madison. All camps start Monday, June 23. There is no camp on Friday, July 4. Financial assistance is available for families in need. Please contact the Y’s office to request a Financial Assistance Application. Last summer, the Madison Area YMCA awarded 234 weeks of summer camp to families who otherwise would not be able to attend camp. Camp Wantago, for preschoolers through grade 3, is held at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ten-weekly sessions are offered from June 23 through August 28. Camp Wantago offers weekly field trips, games, and time for learning and building friendships. Twice a week, campers visit the Family Center for swim time supervised by trained lifeguards and instructors. Each week features a new theme which is listed in the order that they take place: Get Your Feet Wet; Happy Birthday, America; The “Y” World of Sports; Splish Splash Cool Down!; Kirby Krawlers; Abracadabra Magic; It’s Easy Being Green; Madison Scientists; A Year In A Week and Mix & Match. A healthy lunch and snack are provided for all campers as well as breakfast for children arriving before 8:30 a.m. Free Before-Care from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and free After-Care from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. is included. Extended care is available until 6:45 p.m. for an additional fee. Little Bit of Wantago, a half-day program for children ages 3 (by May 2014) through age 5 (entering kindergarten), is for the youngest campers who are not ready for a full day of camp. Nine-weekly sessions are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting June 23 through August 28 at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center. A healthy lunch is provided daily for all campers. The camp emphasizes fun and learning in this shorter day program. All children must be reliably toilet trained. Before- & After-Care is not available for Little Bit of Wantago campers. Full-Day Camp KidsQuest, for children in grades 3 to 5, is held at the Family Center Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Campers take a field trip every Friday to a different local attraction. Ten-weekly sessions are offered from June 23 through August 28. Campers will start their day with specialized theme activities in art, science or sports; plus a daily trip to our gymnastics center. A healthy lunch and a rest period at noon will prepare campers for action-packed afternoons that include group activities and free play. Days will finish with swim lessons or open swim opportunities. A specially prepared brown-bag lunch will be provided for field trips. Healthy lunch, snacks, free Before-Care from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and free After-Care from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. are provided. Camp KidsQuest also has a half-day option for campers in grades 3-5 that meets Monday through Thursday only. Morning Round Up, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., is designed for families with busy afternoon schedules and commitments. Campers will participate in specialized activities in art, science or sports, and visit the gymnastics center every morning. . Afternoon Adventures, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., is perfect for families with morning commitments and activities. Campers will participate in smaller group activities, free play, swim lessons and open swim opportunities. The half-day program, like the full-day program, is held at the Family Center. Nine-weekly sessions are offered from June 23 through August 28. Camp SummerQuest is a daily travel camp held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for teens and pre-teens entering grades 6-10. Nine weekly sessions are offered from June 23 through August 22. SummerQuest offers different weekly themes - the ideal solution for young teens to stay active with exciting experiences throughout the summer. Themed weeks are listed in the order that they take place: Camp vs. Wild Week; Rock ‘n’Roll Week; Beach Week; Paddle Week; Empire State Week; Best of NJ Week; Ook’s Color Challenge Week. Based on the core values of the YMCA, Camp SummerQuest provides opportunities for growth, adventure and leadership. Most weeks include an overnight stay at a NJ or NY State Park or at the Family Center where campers can learn new skills, explore and grow. Campers are dropped off at the Madison Area YMCA Family Center and the Y staff provides transportation for campers to activities and back to the Family Center. Free Before-Care from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and free After-Care from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. is included. The Counselor in Training (CIT) program gives teens entering grades 10 and 11 hands-on experience working directly with campers and staff in Camp KidsQuest at the Family Center. Specialized training, dedicated staff, service projects and leadership opportunities will help teens grow and provide them with experience to work as a camp counselor in the future. Four 2-week sessions are offered with lunch included every day. Registration forms for all camps are available at the Family Center and the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center or can be printed from the website Registration for Camp Wantago programs must be in person at the Family Center or the F. M. Kirby Children’s Center. Registration for Camp KidsQuest, Camp SummerQuest and the Counselor in Training programs must be in person at the Family Center only. For more information on the Madison Area YMCA’s summer camps and other programs and classes offered, please visit

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