With single-digit temperatures and snow on the ground, it’s encouraging to know that sunny, warm days lie ahead. Summer and Summer Camp at the Summit Area YMCA will be here before you know it! At the Y we strive to ensure your child has the best summer camp experience ever!

With over 50 camp choices for children ages 3 – 17, the Summit Area YMCA offers a wide variety of camp choices designed to meet your child’s interests and passions every week of summer – from June 18th through August 30th! Featuring traditional favorites plus an assortment of specialty camps from sports and swimming to arts and science and everything in between, we surely have something for every child! We also offer full and half days plus extended care options.

This summer, we are also excited to be debuting some great new programs!

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• Cupcakes, Muffins and Books 
• Full STEAM Ahead Science Camp
• Pirates Princes and Princesses
• Bricks 4 Kidz: Brick Engineers
• Bricks 4 Kidz: Mining and Crafting Lego
• Pokemon Madness
• Summer in Motion – Special Needs
• Grossology
• Art Meets Science
• Mad Science: Mission Code 
• Mad Science: Red Hot Robots 
• Mad Science: Schoolhouse Chess
• Awesome Afternoon

For older children, the Y offers leadership programs like Leader’s in Training (LIT), Volunteer Service Camp, and even Babysitting Camp. Our camps encourage campers to become better leaders, positive role models, and they look great on a resumes to boot!

In addition, we offer Special Needs Camp. The Special Needs Programs at the Summit Area YMCA are thoughtfully designed for children/teens with communication, social, behavioral and learning differences to thrive in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. For more on special needs, go to: https://www.thesay.org/summer-camp/Special-Needs

Under the guidance of caring, enthusiastic, trained staff members, Y campers will create lasting friendships, lifelong memories, and find positive role models to look up to. According to the American Camp Association, “Camps and other youth development programs provide the opportunity to reduce summer learning loss in an expanded learning environment where children are engaged experientially and have an opportunity for additional academic enrichment.” Camp is also a place where children can unplug from technology and enjoy just being a kid. Children grow, laugh and play in camp while building confidence, resiliency and friendship!

Our programs inspire campers to embrace the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and challenge them to grow physically, mentally, and socially by gaining an appreciation for other perspectives, encouraging campers to become better friends, students and leaders and, of course, to have fun!

“Jack absolutely loved camp. This was his first year and he was nervous at first, but the counselors were awesome and made him feel very comfortable. He still sings his camp songs and talks about it all the time! He made lots of new friends and really enjoyed every moment. I plan to send him back next year!”
— Samantha, Summit Area YMCA Member

Check out the 2018 Camp Guide online and enroll at www.thesay.org/camp50 today or visit the Summit YMCA or Berkeley Heights YMCA to register in-person. If you register before February 28, 2018, you can enjoy Early Bird Pricing! You can also save up to $70 when you signing up for multiple weeks. For details on our Camp Specials and how you can save, go to https://www.thesay.org/summer-camp/Summer-Camp-Specials. As always, summer camp scholarships and financial assistance are available to those in need. Go to https://www.thesay.org/summit-ymca/Financial-Assistance

We're gearing up for another awesome summer, and we look forward to you being a part of it too! But, if you can’t wait for summer, miss your camp friends or just want to learn more, consider joining us at the Camp Reunion Saturday, January 20for an afternoon full of games, friends, and more! This year's reunion is hosted at Dave & Busters in Woodbridge! It’s also a great opportunity to meet staff and ask questions. For more information, go to: https://www.thesay.org/camp/Camp-Reunion

For more information on camp, visit www.thesay.org/camp or contact Kelly McHugh, General Camp Director, at 908. 273. 3330 x 1125 or email kelly.mchugh@thesay.org.

The Summit Area YMCA's summer camps are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), an independent body that establishes standards for key aspects of camp operation, program quality, health and safety of campers.

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About the Summit Area YMCA 
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at www.theSAY.org/give.