LIVINGSTON, NJ — While the thermometer may not budge above 40 degrees, the summer planning season is here. Families are invited to a summer camp information session at the West Essex YMCA from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Throughout the summer, the West Essex YMCA runs five development-appropriate programs for children ages 3 1/2 to 15, building self-esteem, confidence and social skills in a fun, safe and enriching environment:

  • Camp Peanut Shell for preschoolers.
  • Pioneer Trails Day Camp (held at Caldwell University) for campers from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
  • Super Summer Day Camp for campers entering kindergarten through sixth grade.
  • Teen Adventure Camp, for campers entering seventh through ninth grade.
  • Counselor-in-Training program, for teenagers entering ninth and tenth grade.

Archery, arts and crafts, computers, group swim lessons, gardening, indoor and outdoor sports, performing arts, recreational swim, science experiments and field trips are among the many activities children may take part in, depending on the camp they enroll in. Reading time and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lessons are incorporated into all camp curricula.

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Pioneer Trails Day Camp and Super Summer Day Camp are accredited by the American Camp Association.

Child care before and after camp is available at no additional charge, and campers who spend two weeks or more in Pioneer Trails Day Camp or Super Summer Day Camp may sign up for Vacation Camp, available June 22 and August 20-24 for kindergartners through sixth graders.

The next open house will be held at the West Essex YMCA, 321 South Livingston Ave., on March 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit westessexymca.org or call 973-992-7500.