Marie Marchione, author of “The Two Chameleons,” has teamed up with the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy to raise funds for the Y’s Send a Kid To Camp Scholarship Fund. Her book, which is illustrated by South Amboy YMCA staff member Jamie De Groot, is a fun story about two personable chameleons that teach children about the importance of wearing sunscreen.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Y’s summer camp scholarship fund, which gives the gift of camp to children from deserving, underserved families in the community.

On August 24, 2017 from 6 -7 PM the book will be read to campers during the YMCA Oakcrest’s and Oak Tree Camp’s family night. This event will be held at the Oakcrest Swim Club located at 970 Inman Avenue in Edison.  An art lesson led by the book’s illustrator will give children the opportunity to design their own version of the cover. Children will have the opportunity to enter their picture into a drawing to win a free beach bag filled with fun items.

On August 25, 2017 another Meet and Greet with the book’s illustrator and a book reading will take place at the South Amboy YMCA from 4-5 PM.  The South Amboy YMCA is located at 200 John T. O’Leary Boulevard in South Amboy.

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The skills learned and relationships fostered at camp are life-changing stepping stones into adulthood. You can help make the wonder of a camp experience available to kids this summer by purchasing “The Two Chameleons” at one of these events, online at or, or at your local branch for $10. If you purchase the book through, don’t forget to select the YMCA of Metuchen as your nonprofit organization to support.

About the Y

The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is a charitable, nonprofit organization devoted to supporting individuals and families—regardless of age, income or background—in their quest to realize their full potential through programs and services that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Each day we serve over 6,000 YMCA members and 1,000 children in childcare in five communities throughout Middlesex County.  The YMCA of MEWSA has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.