CALDWELL, NJ — Families curious about the West Essex YMCA’s Pioneer Trails Day Camp are invited to Caldwell University on Saturday, Jan. 26 for a tour.

Tours begin at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and noon at Caldwell University, located at 120 Bloomfield Avenue.

“Tours allow parents to see our camp facilities and gain an understanding of how Pioneer Trails works,” said Camp Director Joanne Browne said.

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Accredited by the American Camp Association, Pioneer Trails serves children grouped by grade from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Campers take part in sports, swim lessons and recreational swimming, performing arts, science experiments and field trips. Reading time and STEM lessons are incorporated into all curricula.

Pioneer Trails uses the university’s air-conditioned full-size gym, classrooms and computer lab, as well as the campus’ tennis courts, fields and outdoor pool staffed by YMCA certified lifeguards.

The YMCA runs five other development-appropriate camps that also build self-esteem, confidence and social skills in a fun, safe and enriching environment:

  • Camp Peanut Shell for preschoolers
  • Half Day Specialty Camps for ages 6 and up
  • Super Summer Day Camp, for campers entering kindergarten through sixth grade
  • Teen Adventure Camp, for campers entering seventh through tenth grade
  • Counselor-in-Training program, for teenagers entering ninth and tenth grade

Families can register by contacting Browne, West Essex YMCA associate executive director, at

Contact the West Essex YMCA at (973) 992-7500 with any questions, or visit A camp information session will also be held on Feb. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a camp fair filled with fun activities will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 3 at the YMCA in Livingston.

Pioneer Trails tours will be offered again on March 3, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.