HACKENSACK, NJ — While the weather may not feel like summer, it’s not too early to start thinking about summer plans. Families can learn about the variety of summer camps offered at the Greater Bergen County YMCA, starting with an Open House on Jan. 29.

Throughout the summer, the Greater Bergen Y runs five developmentally appropriate programs for children and teens ages 5-17, building self-esteem, confidence and social skills in a fun, safe and enriching environment. They include:

  • Day Camp Kahagon for ages 5-6, or campers entering kindergarten and first grade

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  • Day Camp Oratam for ages 7-12, or campers entering Grades 2-7

  • TeenVentures Day Camp for ages 13-15, or campers entering Grades 8-10

  • Camp Michikamau, a sleepaway camp for ages 8-15, or campers entering Grades 3-10

  • Counselor-in-Training program for ages 16-17

All camps are held at Harriman State Park in New York, along Lake Kanawauke, providing a beautiful and natural setting with access to hiking trails and lakes. Campers are bused to camp from the YMCA. 

Archery, arts and crafts, boating and waterfront activities, group swim lessons, rock climbing, and indoor and outdoor sports are some of the daily activities a child may take part in, depending on the camp.

Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. Child care before and after camp is available at an additional charge. Sibling discounts are available, as well as financial assistance through the Y. 

Families can meet camp directors, ask questions, and view a slideshow presentation at the Greater Bergen Y on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Open Houses are also planned on Feb. 26, March 25, April 29, and May 20. 

Families can also tour camp and meet staff on June 7, from 1-4 p.m.

Early bird registration is open for summer camps at the Greater Bergen Y. Secure your spot by Jan. 31 and pay last year’s tuition rates and no registration fees. 

For more information, visit ymcagbc.org or call 201-487-6600. 

ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.