MAPLEWOOD, 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 day camps offered at the South Mountain YMCA on Friday, Jan. 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian and Trinity Church, 11 Irvington Ave., South Orange.

South Mountain Y’s Winter Carnival and Camp Reunion will feature carnival games, music and dancing, snacks, and staff will be on hand to answer questions about this year’s summer camps. The event is free and open to all.

Throughout the summer, the South Mountain Y runs 21 developmentally appropriate programs for children and teens starting at 2 years old, building self-esteem, confidence and social skills in a fun, safe and enriching environment. 

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Traditional camp programs offered include: 

  • 3 YKNOTS Camps for toddlers to students entering first grade.

  • SOMAPY and SOMAPY Clubhouse for campers entering Grades 1-5. 

  • Summer Discovery for campers entering Grades 1-5.

  • Summer Quest and Teen Adventure Camp, for campers entering Grades 5-9.

  • Counselor-in-Training program, for teenagers entering Grades 9 and 10.

The South Mountain Y also offers 11 specialty camps in art, cooking, sports, theater, and more. New camps for 2020 include Wizards & Rebels for campers entering Grades 3-5, Culinary Adventure for campers entering Grades 3-6, and a Basketball Clinic for campers entering Grades 2-4. 

The YKNOTS, SOMAPY, Creative Theater, Global Arts, Summer Discovery, Style Studio, Masters of Art, Summer Quest and Teen Adventure camps are all accredited by the American Camp Association. 

Child care before and after camp is available at most camps for an additional fee. Sibling discounts are available, as well as financial assistance through the Y. 

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

For more information, visit metroymcas.org/smycamp or call 973-762-4145. 

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.