Health & Wellness

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Plans for Happy Campers this Summer


SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. – With an expanded series of summer camps offered this year, Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y is proving it is once again fun to stay at the YMCA.
The organization’s 2016 summer lineup includes sports, dance, enrichment, and excursion camps for children as young as age 2 ½, and up to age 14.

Summer programs at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA are held from June 27th to August 26th, and include traditional day camps, but now also feature even more camps geared towards education.

Many of the new or revamped enrichment camps this summer focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as the Y joins the rest of the nation’s movement to learn and teach these subjects.

Sign Up for E-News

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “It’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying [STEM].”

The YMCA’s recent focus on STEM programming is part of their “Hop the Gap” initiative, aimed at helping to trim the achievement gap between children in higher and lower income households, according to Shannon Frank, camp director at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA.

Nearly half of the country grows up in low income households, according to the YMCA, and by the fifth grade, those children could be two-to-three years behind kids in middle-income families.

“The Y is doing their part,” Frank said, “In offering some programming over the summer to help close that gap for kids in the community.”

Though STEM is under the spotlight now, Frank said those subjects have always been part of the traditional camps at the YMCA, and will remain key elements. 
“We had those activities embedded in camp,” she said, “Now it’s just a matter of pulling those pieces out of the traditional day camp and offering them separate, so it can be offered for a longer period of time. Instead of focusing on STEM for a half an hour each day, now it’s a whole week long of STEM activities.”

The camps run on very flexible schedules, and are all only a week long, so children can get their fill of math and science in the morning, swimming and gymnastics in the afternoon, and then mix and match a new combination for the next week.

“I encourage all families to pick a week,” Frank said, “See how they like it, and if they have a great time, which they do, then just come back and register for the next week.”

On top of all of the learning and fun activities children will relish this summer at the Y, both Frank and Heuck agree that new friendships truly make the experience special.
“They can be themselves, be with friends, and try a little bit of everything,” Frank said. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 21, 2018

Dear Editor:

After Bruce Patterson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County Freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting Freeholder, I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered.

At the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union ...

Helping Teenagers Deal with Prom Night Stress

April 18, 2018

Prom can be one of the most exciting times for your teenager but at the same time one of the most stressful. 

It can also be very stressful for parents as they prepare themselves to accept that their teenager is graduating and soon going away to school, while planning a weekend away after prom night. Going to the Shore for the weekend or somewhere overnight has become more of the ...

Hypertension Clinic Scheduled for May 8 at the Scotch Plains Public Library

April 26, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  The township nurse will be available at the Scotch Plains Public Library for blood pressure checks on Tuesday, May 8, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. No registration is required.

The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Ave., one block from Park Ave. in the center of town.