Time to get your CAMP on! With the weather getting warmer, we can’t help but look forward to sunny, warm days filled with fun and laughter at Summer Camp! Registration for Y Camp at the Summit Area YMCA is now open, and with over 40 different unique camps, there’s something for every kid (ages 3-17)!

Get hands on with art, cooking, building, science and more! From month long camps at The Learning Circle YMCA to week long camps at the Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCA, parents have a variety of options to fit a summer of fun for their kids into their busy schedules. With pre and post camp extended care options, parents can rest well knowing their kids are safe and having plenty of fun while they go to work.

Join Camp Cannundus (5-13) for a more traditional day camp experience where you’ll be enjoying the great outdoors, or try out more specific camps like Cookies Galore (5-7) to learn how to bake your favorite cookies from scratch! Not a baker? Try any one of our cool science camps (6-10), run by Bricks 4 Kids, and learn anything from how to build pokemon, to remote controlled machines, to your very own rocket to explore outer space! 

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Do you prefer more time in the spotlight? Take Drama Mania (ages 8-10) where you can start off your acting career with expert coaching to hone your imagination and acting skills! Participants put on their own production at the end of 2 weeks to show all that they’ve learned to become the next big star on the silver screen! Not an actor, but prefer to lead others? Try our Leaders-in-Training Camp, a great opportunity for teens looking to learn leadership skills, working with children of all ages, and having lots of fun! LIT campers receive weekly leadership staff training and evaluations, and can even apply for camp counselor positions in the future! A great resume builder!

Have lots of energy and prefer to be active? Try our Sports camp (ages 6-10) or Camp Highland (ages 7-8), where campers develop skills and techniques of various sports while learning the importance of fair play and sportsmanship! If you like to explore new places, join any one of our travel camps like Camp Discovery, Enterprise (ages 7-14), Travelers (ages 9-10), and Teen Trek(11-14), where you’ll be able to visit theme parks, museums, hiking trails, beaches, lakes, and much more! After a summer of unlimited fun, wind down with our Skill Sharpener Camp (ages 8-12) by reinforcing your academic skills and kick off the new school year on the right foot! Refresh your memory on math, reading, and writing lessons to combat and prevent summer learning loss to get a head of the game when school starts again!

Whether you’re an artist, scientist, mathematician, actor, traveler, cook, or leader, the Y has a camp for you! YMCA summer camp counselors and instructors model values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Every child is taught to value the importance of difference and diversity, caring and acceptance. 

The Y offers Financial Assistance to those in need, to ensure that all have the ability to participate in Y programs. For Maiya, the financial assistance program provided more than just the ability to go to camp. “When I lost my job, I was lost. The only clarity I had was that I didn’t want my children to go without. I turned to the Summit YMCA for financial assistance so that my son could attend summer camp. The staff at the Y were very welcoming, caring, and respectful—they made me feel like family and gave me the will to push forward. My son learned skills he wouldn’t have at home. He had fun, gained confidence as a swimmer and how to get along with others. The Y offered my family hope when I felt there was none. With the biggest smile from my heart, I say thank you to the YMCA.”

Check out the 2017 Camp Guide online and enroll at www.thesay.org/camp50 or visit the Summit YMCA or Berkeley Heights YMCA to register in-person. Take advantage of early bird pricing for all camps and when you register before February 28, 2017. Don’t wait! Space is limited and spots are filling up quickly!
For more information, 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 is one of area’s leading 501c3 organizations. Our programs and services are open to all through our financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of our members, donors, staff and partners. To help us help others, please make your donation today at www.thesay.org.