CAMP ACORN AT SOMERSET HILLS YMCA

Somerset Hills YMCA offers so many wonderful camp options. We have something for every kind of child every age with both traditional multi-activity and specialty camp options. Mix and match from traditional, sports, dance, STEM, and teen travel camp options for children entering Preschool through 10th grade in September! And no matter which camp(s) you choose, you can feel great knowing that your campers are getting the quality day camp experience they expect from the nation’s largest nonprofit child care provider.

Our camp directors have been hard at work whipping up a memorable experience for all our campers. Get ready to enjoy the familiar, fun, and exciting summer day camp experience you’ve come to expect from the Y, including:

  • 10-week program that runs 5 days per week, Monday, June 24th through Friday, August 30th
  • For campers entering Kindergarten – 10th grade in September 2024
  • Regular camp hours: 9:00am-4:30pm
    • Before camp care hours: 7:30am-9:00am
    • After camp care hours: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Camp location: Somerset Hills YMCA, 140 Mt Airy Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
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2024 DAY CAMP OPTIONS

Traditional Multi-Activity Day Camps

PRESCHOOL CAMP

Traditional Multi-Activity Camp
  • Preschool Camp is a multi-activity day camp for campers ages 3-5 years old

  • Offered all 10 weeks of camp at Somerset Hills YMCA
  • Register for one or more weeks Monday, June 24th through Friday, August 30th
  • Pre-K Campers (Our Mini Acorns!) feel like true members of the camp community as they take part in the full spectrum of activities that engage and entertain campers, including theme days and daily performances here at camp, while still having a separate age-appropriate schedule.

  • Preschool campers gain the courage and confidence as life-long swimmers through their participation in daily swim lessons and daily recreational swim time in one of our three indoor pools, included at no additional cost. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.
  • Through our inclusive day camp experience, Preschool cmapers develop social skills and make new friends
  • Campers have the opportunity to experience a variety of engaging daily activities such as Sports & GamesArtScience, and Water Play to name a few!
  • Preschool camp includes an educational portion to the camp day with activities are designed to stimulate and encourage grade level-appropriate critical thinking skills. Our goal is to help get mini acorns meet developmental milestones through discovery-based play!
  • Weekly theme days also add something special as a core concept or celebration day is woven across the entire camp day.
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2024 WEEKLY THEMES

  • WEEK 1: It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Camp
    • Grab your sunscreen, swimsuits, and smiles, it’s time for new beginnings and a safe Summer! Campers will spend the week getting to know their counselors, making new friends, and setting goals.
  • WEEK 2: Going Green
    • Get down and dirty in this green thumb week. Learn all about plants, seeds, & soil as you watch our garden grow.
  • WEEK 3: Blast Off To Space!
    • 3, 2, 1…Blast off. This week we will travel out of this world to explore the stars, planets & moon rocks. One small step for your camper, one giant leap for the summer.

  • WEEK 4: The Great Acorn Mystery
    • Where is the acorn?… This well-crafted week will have our camper’s heads spinning; clues, codes, and …MYTHS! Join us for our very own escape room/ scavenger hunt/ hidden treasure mash-up week!
  • WEEK 5: Imaginarium
    • Campers will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of imaginative activities and put their inventiveness into action. Campers will use their imaginations to design unique and original games and crafts

  • WEEK 6: Games, Games, Game

    • This fantastic week will teach you new and classic games. Campers will endure all the joys of physical and mental games such as Minute to Win It, Gaga, & and a chance to create their own games
  • WEEK 7: Artful Antics
    • Spin around the color wheel! Get ready for a bright and colorful week! We will be spreading positivity and joy through colorful crafts, games, and super fun activities.
  • WEEK 8: Splashtacular
    • Hold your breath for a fun week of learning about sharks, octopi, and other unexplored depths of your imagination. Come splash round with your friends for a fun week in the sun!

  • WEEK 9: SUPERHEROES
    • it’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Superman! This week, counselors and campers are encouraged to channel their inner Superheroes and dress up as their favorite Marvel/DC icon to celebrate. Campers can expect plenty of trivia each day in addition to creating paper plate superhero shields & craft stick superheroes of their own!

  • WEEK 10: Peace, Love & Friendships
    • Thank you for being a friend! This week campers will sing and laugh together as reminisce all of our fun games, activities and friends from the summer and replay some of our favorites one last time!

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

  • PRESCHOOL CAMP
    • 9:00-9:30 Arrival/Free Play
    • 9:30-10:00 Change for swim/bathroom break
    • 10:00-10:30 Swim
    • 10:30-10:45 Change from swim
    • 10:45-11:00 Snack
    • 11:00-11:45 STEM activity
    • 11:45-12:00 Bathroom break
    • 12:00-12:45 Sports
    • 12:45-1:15 Lunch
    • 1:15-2:00 Art
    • 2:00-2:45 Music & Movement
    • 2:45-3:15 Rest time (Quiet activities – puzzles, books, etc.)
    • 3:15-3:45 Outdoor play
    • 3:45-4:00 Snack
    • 4:00-4:30 Free play/departure
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KINDERCAMP

Traditional Multi-Activity Camp
  • KinderCamp is a multi-activity day camp for campers entering Kindergarten in September 2024
  • Offered all 10 weeks of camp at Somerset Hills YMCA
  • Register for one or more weeks Monday, June 24th through Friday, August 30th
  • KinderCampers feel like true members of the camp community as they take part in the full spectrum of activities that engage and entertain campers, including theme days and daily performances here at camp, while still having a separate age-appropriate schedule
  • KinderCampers gain the courage and confidence as life-long swimmers through their participation in daily swim lessons and daily recreational swim time in one of our three indoor pools, included at no additional cost. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.
  • Through our inclusive day camp experience, KinderCampers develop social skills and make new friends
  • Campers have the opportunity to experience a variety of engaging daily activities such as Sports & GamesArtScienceDaily Challenge, and Water Play to name a few!
  • KinderCamp includes an educational portion to the camp day with activities are designed to stimulate and encourage grade level-appropriate critical thinking skills. Our goal is to help get KinderCampers ready to enter the local school districts in September!
  • Weekly theme days also add something special as a core concept or celebration day is woven across the entire camp day.
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2024 WEEKLY THEMES

  • WEEK 1: It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Camp
    • Grab your sunscreen, swimsuits, and smiles, it’s time for new beginnings and a safe Summer! Campers will spend the week getting to know their counselors, making new friends, and setting goals.
  • WEEK 2: Take a Walk on the Green Side
    • Campers will explore the world’s natural environment & engage in science and art activities, that show ways we can preserve the earth’s natural beauty.
  • WEEK 3: To Infinity & Beyond
    • 3, 2, 1…Blast off with us this week as we travel out of this world to explore the stars, planets, launch a rocket, try freeze dried food and make it back to Earth in time for dinner. One small step for your camper, one giant leap for the summer.
  • WEEK 4: The Great Acorn Mystery
    • Where is the acorn?… This well-crafted week will have our camper’s heads spinning; clues, codes, and …MYTHS! Join us for our very own escape room/ scavenger hunt/ hidden treasure mash-up week!
  • WEEK 5: Totally Retro
    • Step in our time machines, it’s time to get RETRO! Come have a TOTALLY GROOVY trip through the decades. Be prepared to take a FAR OUT journey. Each day will be a different era and we will learn about popular trends, games, and music from the past!
  • WEEK 6: Got Game?
    • This fantastic week will teach you new and classic games. Campers will endure all the joys of physical and mental games such as Minute to Win It, Gaga, & and a chance to create their own games
  • WEEK 7: Artful Antics
    • Spin around the color wheel! Get ready for a bright and colorful week! We will be spreading positivity and joy through colorful crafts, games, and super fun activities.
  • WEEK 8: H-2-w0AH
    • Beat the summer heat with wacky water fun! Come ready to get wet and enjoy swimming, water games, relays, water balloons, and team competitions.
  • WEEK 9: Blowing off STEAM
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. Camp has it all. Campers will spend the week learning how to bring STEAM to camp! Campers will use observation, and examination to discover their inner STEAMsational superstar!
  • WEEK 10: Bummer…It’s The End of Summer
    • So long farewell to you my friend, so long farewell until we meet again. This week campers will sing and laugh together as reminisce about all of our fun games, activities, and friends from the summer and replay some of our favorites one last time!

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

  • KINDERCAMP
    • 9:00am-9:30am – Opening Ceremonies
    • 9:30am-10:00am – Storytime
    • 10:10am-10:30am – Change for Swim
    • 10:30am-11:00am – Swim in Stoddard
    • 11:00am-11:15am – Change from Swim
    • 11:15am-12:00pm – Sports
    • 12:00pm-12:45pm – Lunch
    • 12:45pm-1:30pm – STEM
    • 1:30pm-2:00pm – Snack
    • 2:00pm-2:45pm – Art
    • 2:45pm-3:45pm – Camp Wide Activity
    • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies
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MULTI-ACTIVITY DAY CAMP

Traditional Multi-Activity Camp
  • Team Y Day Camp is a multi-activity day camp for campers entering grades 1-6 in September 2024
  • Offered all 10 weeks of camp at Somerset Hills YMCA
  • Register for one or more weeks Monday, June 24th through Friday, August 30th
  • Campers are divided into groups for age-appropriate fun and engagement all summer long:
    • 1st: Discovery
    • 2nd: Explorers
    • 3rd-4th: Trailblazers
    • 5th-6th: Adventurers
  • Campers build social skills and long lasting friendships through participation in individual and small group activities in the areas of Arts & HumanitiesScience & Nature, and Sports & Games.
  • Daily swim lessons and daily recreational swim time in one of our three indoor pools is included at no additional cost. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.
  • Children enjoy their days engaged in a variety of activities outside under our popular camp tents nestled on the Y’s property. And look for water games outside too as the summertime temps heat up!
  • Campers have the option to attend the weekly camp trip each Wednesday.
  • At the Y, we proactively address the dreaded academic summer slump by including an educational portion to the camp day with activities designed to stimulate and encourage grade level-appropriate critical thinking skills.
  • Weekly themes also add something special woven throughout the camp week.
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2024 WEEKLY CAMP TRIPS (each Wednesday)

To add even more fun and excitement to the camp week, we offer a weekly trip on Wednesdays for kids registered for Traditional Camp! The weekly trips are optional and offered for an additional fee. A permission slip signed by a parent/guardian is required for each camper and each trip.  The Y will coordinate group transportation for trips. Campers are fully accompanied by camp staff safely to and from the destination. Campers wear their 2024 Camp Acorn t-shirt (provided by the Y) on weekly trip days to help the group remain together at all times. Any child who does not attend the weekly trip will remain in Traditional Camp at the Y with all ages.

  • WEEK 1: Roller Magic
  • WEEK 2: RVCC Planetarium
  • WEEK 3: Trailside Nature Center
  • WEEK 4: Funplex
  • WEEK 5: Somerset Patriots Game
  • WEEK 6: Turtle Back Zoo
  • WEEK 7: Liberty State Park
  • WEEK 8: Woodbridge Community Center
  • WEEK 9: Liberty Science Center
  • WEEK 10: Branchburg Sports Complex

2024 WEEKLY THEMES

  • WEEK 1: It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Camp
    • Grab your sunscreen, swimsuits, and smiles, it’s time for new beginnings and a safe Summer! Campers will spend the week getting to know their counselors, making new friends, and setting goals.
  • WEEK 2: Take a Walk on the Green Side
    • Campers will explore the world’s natural environment & engage in science and art activities, that show ways we can preserve the earth’s natural beauty.
  • WEEK 3: To Infinity & Beyond
    • 3, 2, 1…Blast off with us this week as we travel out of this world to explore the stars, planets, launch a rocket, try freeze dried food and make it back to Earth in time for dinner. One small step for your camper, one giant leap for the summer.
  • WEEK 4: The Great Acorn Mystery
    • Where is the acorn?… This well-crafted week will have our camper’s heads spinning; clues, codes, and …MYTHS! Join us for our very own escape room/ scavenger hunt/ hidden treasure mash-up week!
  • WEEK 5: Totally Retro
    • Step in our time machines, it’s time to get RETRO! Come have a TOTALLY GROOVY trip through the decades. Be prepared to take a FAR OUT journey. Each day will be a different era and we will learn about popular trends, games, and music from the past!
  • WEEK 6: Got Game?
    • This fantastic week will teach you new and classic games. Campers will endure all the joys of physical and mental games such as Minute to Win It, Gaga, & and a chance to create their own games
  • WEEK 7: Artful Antics
    • Spin around the color wheel! Get ready for a bright and colorful week! We will be spreading positivity and joy through colorful crafts, games, and super fun activities.
  • WEEK 8: H-2-w0AH
    • Beat the summer heat with wacky water fun! Come ready to get wet and enjoy swimming, water games, relays, water balloons, and team competitions.
  • WEEK 9: Blowing off STEAM
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. Camp has it all. Campers will spend the week learning how to bring STEAM to camp! Campers will use observation, and examination to discover their inner STEAMsational superstar!
  • WEEK 10: Bummer…It’s The End of Summer
    • So long farewell to you my friend, so long farewell until we meet again. This week campers will sing and laugh together as reminisce about all of our fun games, activities, and friends from the summer and replay some of our favorites one last time!

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

  • DISCOVERY (GRADE 1)

    • 9:00am-9:30am – Opening Ceremonies
    • 9:30am-10:15am – Sports
    • 10:15am-10:45am – Snack
    • 10:50am-11:05am – Change for Swim
    • 11:05am-11:35am – Swim in Stoddard
    • 11:35am-11:55am – Change from Swim
    • 12:00pm-12:45pm – Art
    • 12:45pm-1:15pm – Lunch
    • 1:15pm-2:00pm – STEM
    • 2:00pm-2:45pm – Camp Wide Activity
    • 3:00pm-3:45pm – Club Time
    • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies
  • EXPLORERS (GRADE 2)

    • 9:00am-9:30am – Opening Ceremonies
    • 9:30am-10:15am – Art
    • 10:15am-11:00am – STEM
    • 11:20am-11:35am – Change for Swim
    • 11:40am-12:10pm – Swim in Stoddard
    • 12:10pm-12:30pm – Change from Swim
    • 12:30pm-1:00pm – Lunch
    • 1:00pm-1:45pm – Sports
    • 1:45pm-2:00pm – Snack
    • 2:00pm-2:45pm – Camp Wide Activity
    • 3:00pm-3:45pm – Club Time
    • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies
  • Trailblazers (GRADE 3)

    • 9:00am-9:30am – Opening Ceremonies
    • 9:30am-10:15am – STEM
    • 10:15am-11:00am – Sports
    • 11:00am-11:45am – Art
    • 11:50am-12:10pm – Change for Swim
    • 12:15am-12:45pm – Swim in Stoddard
    • 12:45pm-1:05pm – Change from Swim
    • 1:10pm-2:00pm – Lunch
    • 2:00pm-2:45pm – Camp Wide Activity
    • 3:00pm-3:45pm – Club Time
    • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies
  • Trailblazers (GRADE 3-4)

    • 9:00am-9:30am – Opening Ceremonies
    • 9:30am-10:15am – STEM
    • 10:15am-11:00am – Sports
    • 11:00am-11:45am – Art
    • 11:50am-12:10pm – Change for Swim
    • 12:15pm-12:45pm – Swim in Stoddard
    • 12:45pm-1:05pm – Change from Swim
    • 1:10pm-2:00pm – Lunch
    • 2:00pm-2:45pm – Camp Wide Activity
    • 3:00pm-3:45pm – Club Time
    • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies
  • Adventurers (GRADE 5-6)

    • 9:00am-9:30am – Opening Ceremonies
    • 9:30am-10:15am – Sports
    • 10:15am-11:00am – Art
    • 11:00am-11:45am – Stem
    • 11:45am-12:30pm – Lunch
    • 12:35pm-12:50pm – Change for Swim
    • 12:50pm-1:20pm – Swim in Engelhard
    • 1:20pm-1:35pm – Change from Swim
    • 1:35pm-2:00pm – Snack
    • 2:00pm-2:45pm – Camp Wide Activity
    • 3:00pm-3:45pm – Club Time
    • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies

CATCH = Coordinated Approach To Child Health

SEL = Social Emotional Learning

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COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING (CIT) PROGRAM

Traditional Multi-Activity Camp
Teen Option
  • Our signature Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program is for teens entering grades 9-10 in September 2024
  • Offered during weeks 1-10 of camp at Somerset Hills YMCA in five, 2-week sessions 
  • The CIT Program will operate in conjunction with our Traditional Day Camp & counts towards volunteer hours
  • Somerset Hills YMCA Camp Acorn’s CIT program is designed for mature and enthusiastic teens who are interested in developing leadership skills while working with children
  • Curious if the CIT program is right for you?
    • Do you have a positive attitude?
    • Are you enthusiastic and possess a strong work ethic?
    • Do you put the needs of others before your own?
    • Do you share our belief in our core character values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility?
    • Do you have a love of camp, children and the outdoors?
  • During the camp days, CITs help lead activities like arts & crafts, dance & games, sports and more
  • CITs also work with homesick campers, help boost excitement around camp, assist with basic cleaning, and other essential functions
  • Through this signature program, CITs learn team buildingappropriate behavior on the job, what it means to be a true leader and more–all key soft skills that are useful to today’s young adult in any field of employment
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2024 WEEKLY THEMES

  • WEEK 1: The Counselor in Me
  • WEEK 2: Save a Life – First Aid
  • WEEK 3: The Teacher in YOU
  • WEEK 4: Survival Skills
  • WEEK 5: Obstacle Challenge
  • WEEK 6: Open For Business
  • WEEK 7: Water Safety
  • WEEK 8: Go Team Go!

SPORTS CAMPS

  • In all Sports Camps, beginners are welcome and experienced players’ skills will be challenged.
  • Campers are divided into equally matched groups of mixed ability for team play. Every camper will have the opportunity to play. 
  • Teamwork and good sportsmanship are reinforced during play.
  • Sports Camps are perfect to help prepare campers for the upcoming competitive seasons and clinics starting in the fall.
  • All Sports Camp staff have a sports background and/or experience playing/coaching basketball, football, hockey, and/or tennis.
  • Daily swim time in one of our three indoor pools is included at no additional cost. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.
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BASKETBALL

  • Offered for campers entering grades 1-3 in September 2024
  • Offered for campers entering grades 4-6 in September 2024
  • Campers slam dunk into basketball with the organization that invented the game – the Y!
  • Basketball Camp at the Y teaches the skills and fundamentals to be successful while competing in daily contests and games
  • Campers practice drills to learn core skills in the game, working on dribbling, passing, defense, shooting and more
  • Campers are divided into 2-4 equally matched groups of mixed ability for team play
  • Our coaches work with campers according to their ability level and every camper will have the opportunity to play – beginners welcome!
  • Teamwork and good sportsmanship are reinforced during play

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

  • Basketball

    • 9:00am-9:30am – Opening Ceremonies
    • 9:30am-10:00am – Collect on Field for Warm-ups
    • 10:10am-11:00am – Skills & Drills
    • 11:00am-12:30pm – Specific Games, Scrimmages, or continued Skills and Drills.
    • 12:30pm-1:00pm – Lunch
    • 1:05pm-1:25pm – Change for Swim
    • 1:25pm-1:55pm – Swim in Stoddard
    • 1:55pm-2:15pm – Change from Swim
    • 2:15pm-3:30pm – Specific Games, Scrimmages, or continued Skills and Drills.
    • 3:30pm-3:45pm – Snack
    • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies
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SOCCER

  • Offered for campers entering grades 1-3 in September 2024
  • Offered for campers entering grades 4-6 in September 2024
  • Soccer camp teaches the fundamentals of soccer, team building and technical skills in a fun and non-competitive environment while encouraging a love of the game
  • Each morning focuses on skill work like dribbling, passing, shooting and defending on the field, while the afternoons are set aside for friendly game play to improve ball control and reinforce skill work
  • Campers are divided into equally matched groups of mixed ability for team play
  • Every camper will have the opportunity to play – beginners are welcome
  • Soccer Camp helps campers get ready for the upcoming soccer season

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

  • Soccer

    9:00am-9:30am – Opening Ceremonies

    • 9:30am-10:00am – Collect on Field for Warm-ups
    • 10:10am-11:00am – Skills & Drills
    • 11:00am-12:30pm – Specific Games, Scrimmages, or continued Skills and Drills.
    • 12:30pm-1:00pm – Lunch
    • 1:05pm-1:25pm – Change for Swim
    • 1:25pm-1:55pm – Swim in Stoddard
    • 1:55pm-2:15pm – Change from Swim
    • 2:15pm-3:30pm – Specific Games, Scrimmages, or continued Skills and Drills.
    • 3:30pm-3:45pm – Snack
    • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies
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SPORTS MIX

  • Offered for campers entering grades 1-3 in September 2024
  • Campers learn what it takes to work as a team in a variety of traditional and non-traditional sports in Sports Mix camp
  • Campers experience and learn the basics of how to play a wide variety of sports including basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, and even schoolyard favorites like kickball and dodgeball during this team building multi-sport camp
  • The Y provides all equipment necessary to learn the fundamentals of each sport
  • Every camper will have the opportunity to play – sportsmanship is encouraged as campers learn to work together in a positive environment

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

  • Sports Mix

    • 9:00am-9:30am – Opening Ceremonies
    • 9:30am-10:00am – Collect on Field for Warm-ups
    • 10:10am-11:00am – Skills & Drills
    • 11:00am-12:30pm – Specific Games, Scrimmages, or continued Skills and Drills.
    • 12:30pm-1:00pm – Lunch
    • 1:05pm-1:25pm – Change for Swim
    • 1:25pm-1:55pm – Swim in Stoddard
    • 1:55pm-2:15pm – Change from Swim
    • 2:15pm-3:30pm – Specific Games, Scrimmages, or continued Skills and Drills.
    • 3:30pm-3:45pm – Snack
    • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies
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SPECIALTY CAMPS

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PERFORMING ARTS CAMP

Specialty Camp
  • “Lights, camera, action” is the the theme of the Y’s Performing Arts Camp program where campers sing, dance, and act as they develop their own personal stage presence and gain the lifelong confidence of public speaking and performance.
  • Throughout the 2-week session Performing Arts campers learn, practice, and rehearse as they prepare for an exciting end-of-session show!
  • Campers engage in an immersive creative experience as they plan and prepare all costuming and scenery used to complete their final production number.
  • No previous experience is required. Participants are grouped by ability level so all are appropriately challenged.
  • Sessions 1 is best suited for campers entering grades K-5 in September 2024
  • Sessions 2 are best suited for campers entering grades 5-8 in September 2024
  • Sessions 3 are best suited for campers entering grades 2-8 in September 2024
  • Daily swim lessons and daily recreational swim time in one of our three indoor pools is included at no additional cost. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.
  • Each session of Performing Arts Camp will be registered as a 2-week session.
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SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

  • Performing Arts Camp

    • 9:00am-9:30am – Opening Ceremonies
    • 9:30am-10:15am – Morning Warm-Up
    • 10:15am-10:30am – Snack & Water Break
    • 10:30am-11:15am – Dance Rotation #1
    • 11:15am-12:00pm – Dance Rotation #2
    • 12:00pm-12:30pm – Lunch
    • 12:30pm-1:00pm – Free Play
    • 1:00pm-1:25pm – Change for Swim
    • 1:25pm-1:55pm – Swim in Stoddard
    • 1:55pm-2:15pm – Change from Swim
    • 2:15pm-2:45pm – Scene Rotation #1
    • 2:45pm-3:15pm – Scene Rotation #2
    • 3:15pm-3:45pm – Full Group Scene/Dance Routine
    • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies & Car Line
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STEAM CAMPS

Specialty Camps
  • Offered for campers entering grades 1-3 in September 2024
  • Offered for campers entering grades 4-6 in September 2024
  • STEAM Camp fosters essential skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.
  • This 5-day program offers the camper the opportunity to experience all aspects of a STEAM program including science experimentation, technology exploration, engineering, and creative design all while engaging their mathematics knowledge to participate in each engaging adventure.
  • Our STEAM Camp offerings bring hands-on learning by “making” to camp for an unforgettably fun summer!
  • Daily swim time in one of our three indoor pools is included at no additional cost. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.
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2024 WEEKLY THEMES

  • WEEK 2: Minecraft Camp 
    • Offered for campers entering grades 1-3 in September 2024
    • July 1 – July 5
  • WEEK 2: Clay Craft Creators Camp 
    • Offered for campers entering grades 3-6 in September 2024
    • July 1 – July 5
  • WEEK 3: Coding Wizards Camp
    • Offered for campers entering grades 1-3 in September 2024
    • July 8 – July 12
  • WEEK 3: Picture Perfect Photography Camp
    • Offered for campers entering grades 3-6 in September 2024
    • July 8 – July 12
  • WEEK 4: Tasty Tales Culinary Camp
    • Offered for campers entering grades 1-3 in September 2024
    • July 15 -July 19
  • WEEK 4: Future Genius STEM Camp
    • Offered for campers entering grades 3-6 in September 2024
    • July 15 -July 19
  • WEEK 5: Mad Scientist Adventure Camp
    • Offered for campers entering grades 1-3 in September 2024
    • July 22 – July 26
  • WEEK 5: Comic Quest Creators
    • Offered for campers entering grades 3-6 in September 2024
    • July 22 – July 26
  • WEEK 6: Lego Mania
    • Offered for campers entering grades 1-3 in September 2024
    • July 29 – August 2
  • WEEK 6: Level Up Gaming Camp
    • Offered for campers entering grades 3-6 in September 2024
    • July 29 – August 2
  • WEEK 7: Ooey Gooey Camp
    • Offered for campers entering grades 1-3 in September 2024
    • August 5 – August 9
  • WEEK 7: VetVenture – Veterinarian Camp
    • Offered for campers entering grades 3-6 in September 2024
    • August 5 – August 9

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

  • STEM Camp

    • 9:00am-9:30am – Opening Ceremonies
    • 9:30am-10:30am – Activity Session #1
    • 10:30am-10:50am – Snack Break
    • 11:00am-12:30pm – Activity Session #2
    • 12:30pm-1:00pm – Lunch
    • 1:00pm-1:40pm – Free Play
    • 1:45pm-2:00pm – Change for Swim
    • 2:00pm-2:30pm – Swim in Stoddard
    • 2:30pm-2:45pm – Change from Swim
    • 2:45pm-3:45pm – Activity Session #3
    • 3:45pm-4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies & Car Line
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TEEN TRAVEL CAMP

Specialty Camp
Teen Option
  • Offered for campers entering grades 6-10 in September 2024
  • Teen Travel Camp provides older campers a summer full of adventure, independence, and fun
  • Every week is packed with a wide variety of daily trips to exciting locations such as Sandy Hook Beach, Mountain Creek Water Park, Dorney Park, Somerset Patriots Baseball, Delaware Water Gap, High Point State Park, movie theaters and many, many more!
  • Campers develop a sense of responsibility in the freedom of Teen Travel Camp as they demonstrate personal accountability for their money, belongings, their time, and how they choose to use it while on their own in certain areas in small groups
  • Trips times will vary with some returning at 3:30 pm while others will extend until 6:00 pm
  • To accommodate working parents, Teen Travel Campers may be dropped off as early as 7:30am and picked up as late as 6:00pm
  • Teens who stay during extended hours (7:30-9:00am and/or 4:30-6:00pm) can choose to take part in activities in the Gagnon Teen and Community Center like ping pong and card games; play soccer or gaga in the Y’s expansive backyard; get a fresh and healthy snack in the Y’s cafe; or work out in the Y’s fully equipped Wellness Center

SAMPLE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Week Four:
  • 7/10/23 – Park & Yestercades
  • 7/11/23 – Camp Dewitt
  • 7/12/23 – Mt. Creek
  • 7/13/23 – Hanover Lanes
  • 7/14/23 – Sandy Hook Beach
Week Five:
  • 7/17/23 – Park & United Skates of America
  • 7/18/23 – Delaware Water Gap
  • 7/19/23 – Dorney Park
  • 7/20/23 – Round Valley
  • 7/21/23 – Sandy Hook Beach
Week Six:
  • 7/24/23 – Park & Paradise Golf
  • 7/25/23 – Somerset Patriots Game
  • 7/26/23 – iPlay America
  • 7/27/23 – Planetarium
  • 7/28/23 – Sandy Hook Beach
Week Seven:
  • 7/31/23 – Park & Bernardsville Cinema
  • 8/1/23 – Sky Zone
  • 8/2/23 – Camp Basketball Game
  • 8/3/23 – Top Golf
  • 8/4/23 – Sandy Hook Beach

 

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Camp Dragonfly

A SUMMER OF GROWTH

Dragonflies are believed to be a sign of new beginnings, hope, and change. In many cultures, they are seen as symbols of strength, courage, and happiness. Our immersion camp is based on this belief and inspiration.

Camp Dragonfly is a week-long camp hosted at Somerset Hills YMCA Day Camp and is provided complimentary to children who have experienced trauma, grief, or loss in the past 14 months. Structured as an immersion experience, campers will experience the joys and adventures of a traditional day camp with the guidance of licensed social workers, therapists, and trauma-informed counselors.

Where:

SOMERSET HILLS YMCA

When:

Price:

July 8th – August 16th 2024

FREE for children who have experienced trauma, grief, or loss in the past 14 months.

Registration required. Space is limited. For enrollment or for more information contact Gabi St. Fleur at [email protected].

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NEED-TO-KNOW INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES:

Payment schedule

When you register for camp a $50.00 deposit will be required for each camp session that you choose. These payments will be made through our online system and require the use of a credit card. This credit card will be kept on file and used to draft the camp balances automatically on the due dates listed in your camp handbook.

Refund details

  • Prior to May 1, 2024: A full refund will be given for any cancellations.
  • After May 1, 2024: There will be no refund of the $50 deposit. A refund of a camp balance that has been paid will only be given if your child’s spot can be filled by another child.*
    *The only exception to the refund policy is for a cancellation due to a medical reason that has been documented by a doctor.

Financial assistance information

In addition to any community subsidies families may qualify for, the Y also provides direct financial assistance to qualifying families enrolled in our child care programs. We believe that everyone—no matter who they are or where they’re from—deserves the opportunity and the resources necessary to reach their full potential. Visit gscymca.org/fa to learn more.

Camp Policies and Procedures

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Drop-off & Pick-up times

For your convenience we offer three Drop-off and Pick-up times:

  • Regular camp hours: 9:00am-4:30pm,
  • Before camp care hours: 7:30am-9:00am
  • After camp care hours: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Transportation is not provided.

Lunch & Snack

We strongly encourage nutritious healthy lunches, snacks and a large water bottle to stay hydrated. Lunch is not provided.

Not a Y member?

Join the Y online and enjoy member pricing today! It’s easy. Visit gscymca.org/join and select your Somerset Hills YMCA membership type to get started. Need additional assistance? Email or call our Welcome Center at 908 766 7898 ext. 1 and we’ll be happy to help!

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SPOTLIGHT ON: S.P.A.C.E. FOR ALL

What is S.P.A.C.E.? It stands for swimmingplayartcommunity, and enrichment. We embed these signature elements across our entire camp program to create a truly holistic day camp experience for each child. It’s just one of the many ways the Y comprehensively supports the development of the whole child while they are here with us.

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ON: OUR CAMP COUNSELORS

Every one of our camps is staffed with counselors who are not only well trained and qualified for child supervision, but love being part of camp just as much as our campers. In fact, many of our campers later pursue our Counselor-in-Training camp and then become counselors and full time Y staff members.

Interested in Becoming a Counselor?

Feel good about where you work. The Y offers a values-centered work environment and benefits that include a free YMCA membership, ongoing training opportunities, program discounts, and much more. And when you work at the Y, you’re a vital part of a mission-driven nonprofit that strengthens YOUR community.

WHY CHOOSE THE Y

American Camp Association Accredited

We are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) which sets the highest standards or day camps in the nation. This important seal of approval means we comply with up to 300 health, safety, and program quality standards set by the ACA. We have gone to great lengths to provide a safe and quality environment.

Caring, Well-Trained Staff

Our staff is comprised of caring, nurturing individuals who are required to complete a minimum of twelve hours of on-going training on an annual basis and are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Committed to Your Child’s Safety

In an effort to continually improve the safety and security of our YMCA, we utilize a system called Raptor which instantly screens visitors against registered sex offender databases in all 50 states. This is in addition to sex offender screenings the Y regularly conducts on all members, participants, and staff. All authorized pick-ups must present a state or government issued photo ID every time when picking up a child.

For the Best Summer Ever

Give your kids a life-changing experience! Each summer, the Y inspires kids with countless opportunities to laugh, lead, and make lasting friendships. Together, our proven programs and trained counselors deliver meaningful and memorable camp experiences that keep families coming back year after year. Our day camps welcome all kids to discover who they are and imagine who they can be, with programs that foster lifelong skills, build self-confidence, and create friendships.

Well-Rounded Structure

At the Y, we know that when kids are given an opportunity to accomplish things, make friends, and feel like they belong, they are comfortable expressing individuality and feel more confident, connected, and supported. We focus on these youth development areas to ensure that kids in our day camp program go home with so much excitement for all they’ve accomplished and enjoyed, that they can’t wait to come back the next day.

Y For All

We believe that everyone—no matter who they are or where they’re from—deserves the opportunity and the resources necessary to reach their full potential. In addition to any community subsidies families may qualify for, the Y also provides direct financial assistance to qualifying families enrolled in our child care programs—made possible through the generosity of our Y’s Annual Campaign donors and proceeds from special fundraising events. Visit gscymca.org/fa to learn more.

QUESTIONS & TO LEARN MORE

Have additional questions? Need more information? Not sure where to start? Click below to get in touch with our friendly, knowledgeable staff. We’ll be happy to help!

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