Virtual Summer Camp

SUMMER CAMP-AT-HOME WITH THE Y

Let's have fun together this summer while at home!

 

Get EXCITED—Camp-at-Home with the Y Starts July 6th! We are so happy to welcome you back to summer camp at the Y! Our camp directors have been hard at work reimagining our summer camp program to create a safe, fun, and memorable summer for our campers—whether you choose to join us in-person or virtually.  

 


WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE Y’S CAMP-AT-HOME

Curious what Camp-at-Home will be like? Spoiler alert: It’ll be the engaging, enriching kind of experience you’ve come to expect from the Y! Below is a brief overview of what parents and campers-at-home can expect this summer:

Greater Somerset County YMCA’s Camp-at-Home is an 8-week, hands-on, half-day virtual program that runs five days per week, Monday, July 6th through Friday, August 28th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The summer of 2020 is one like no other—and we’re here to help families stay connected to what matters. Camp-At-Home combines the Y’s fun and sense of adventure of camp with the safety of staying at home – or anywhere with an internet connection! 

A camp for every kind of child

Whether a camper wants to become an artist, scientist, super hero or dancer—with more than a dozen Camp-at-Home options to choose from we’ve got something that will bring their passions to life. Our active, socially-enriching virtual camp options are infused with age-appropriate, experiences guided by our caring and well-trained Y staff. Each day of Camp-at-Home is designed to engage campers in a variety of ways. This is not just more screen time for your child. They’ll be moving, socializing, creating, and having fun while exploring new topics and connecting with fellow campers and Y staff.

Virtual gets hands-on

Enhanced with our custom-curated take-home Supply Kits – included for camp families at no additional cost – Camp-at-Home with the Y is designed to ignite your child’s creativity, passions, and pique their natural curiosity. 

 


WHY CHOOSE THE Y

We understand families have choices when it comes to virtual summer programming for their school-age children. At the Y, parents can rest assured that the nation’s largest nonprofit child care provider is here to support your family, nurture your camper’s potential, and help strengthen our community.

Time spent at Camp-at-Home with the Y is time well spent learning, developing, and growing—together. No matter which weekly option(s) you choose, parents and campers can expect:

  • Engaging curriculum based in experiential learning. Campers will experience the Y’s signature curriculum, all developed by our specialists with expertise in education, STEAM learning, and social-emotional development.
  • Individual, live instruction. Our camps are designed to provide a personal experience with small groups and live interaction with campers and counselors.
  • Passionate instructors. Our own camp staff is teaching these courses so your kids get the same great instruction as they would at in-person camps.
  • Custom-curated Supply Kits. Our online camp is developed to engage your child through hands-on experiences and learning tools. Supply Kits can be picked up from your local Greater Somerset County YMCA branch the Thursday before each camp week.

The Y continues to support the lives of families

For years the Y has shaped what summer camp looks like and has always developed our programming with safety, convenience and cost in mind to service our families as best we can. We also ground ourselves with the overarching guiding values that people have come to expect from us: care, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

 


2020 SUMMER CAMP-AT-HOME OPTIONS

Animal Planet Camp (K-2) (3-5)

Explore different animals everyday through virtual tours, crafts, share time and recipes. Activities will encourage creativity, empathy, innovation, and group understanding.

Basic Origami Camp (3-5)

We will learn about the art of origami and create an environment for those origami pieces. For example: we will make a butterfly. We will discuss the butterfly and its environment. Based off the information shared, we will create an environment for our butterfly.

Bugs Beetles Butterflies Camp (K-2)

Bus, beetles, butterflies oh my! If your camper is interested in the crawling world of insects and loves learning about nature in their own backyard, this camp is for them! Filled with crafts, bug catchers, and more campers will learn through games, crafts, and experiments.

Cartooning Camp (3-5)

Everyone loves cartoons! Have you ever wondered what it takes to make your own? In this camp, we will create our own cartoons and storylines and learn different techniques to create a cartoon. Campers will make a short comic, logo, short story, and more! 

Compassionate Artist Camp (3-5) (6-8)

Come create your own emotional Masterpieces with a little inspiration from Seurat (Pointillism), Andy Warhol (Collage), Salvador Dali (Melting Utensils) and Leonardo da Vinci (Self Portrait).

Dino Camp Grades (K-2) 

Little archeologists unite! Hear us roar in our virtual dino camp where children have the opportunity to learn about their favorite gentle giants & outstanding predators. We will learn all about dinosaurs through crafts, games, and more. 

Fairytale Camp (K-2)

Your camper will immerse themselves in a fairytale world full of kings and queens, knights and dragons, and more! Campers can let their imaginations run wild as they create their own stories, puppet shows, and celebrate the world of fantasy!

Fantasy Camp (3-5)

Calling all witches and wizards! We cordially invite you to study at GSCYMCA’s school of fantasy where we will make potions, wands, and more! Put your imaginations to the test and immerse yourself in our world of fantasy. 

Future Engineers (K-2) (3-5) (6-8)

Can we build it?! In this camp, campers have the opportunity to build bridges, towers, and learn what it takes to use their creativity to create masterful engineering projects! 

Ooey Gooey Messy Science Camp (K-2)

Get ready to get messy! In Ooey Gooey camp, campers get hands-on with the messiest of science-based challenges like creating Slime, Playdough, and Oobleck! Campers will learn all about measuring different ingredients and how different solids, liquids, and gases interact & react with each other! 

Recycled Art (K-2)

Join us for an exciting and artistic exploration of what you can create with items that you find at home in your own recycling bin! This camp will focus on different daily lessons and projects that give kids the opportunity to create their own recycled masterpieces! 

Superhero Camp Curriculum (K-2)

Get ready to get Super! Superhero Camp celebrates all types of Superheros from your favorite movies to everyday Superheroes that we know and love. Join us as we create our own Superheroes, design shields, act out our favorite heroes, play Superhero themed games, and more!

Summer World Tour (K-2) (3-5)

Kids will explore the culture of 5 different countries through themes and enrichment activities that include language, country specific games, and fun recipes! Children will have the chance to gain an appreciation for exploration as well as skills such as respect and empathy for diverse backgrounds.  

 


NEED-TO-KNOW INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES:

Space is limited. 

To ensure an engaging Camp-at-Home experience, capacity for each weekly virtual camp option is 30 campers. A minimum of 15 campers must be registered for each camp to run that week.

Virtual platform.

All Camp-at-Home activities will be facilitated on Zoom. All our Zoom meetings are by invite only and are password protected to make sure only the instructors and registered participants can access. Additionally, the instructors are always in full control – they ensure that only registered participants enter, and control functions like screen sharing.

What’s needed to participate?

Your child will need internet access/wi-fi, and a device such as a laptop computer, desktop computer, or tablet. All campers will receive a fun custom-curated Supply Kit with basic supplies before the start of camp. The cost of the kit is included in the weekly camp program fee. Supply Kits can be picked up from your local Greater Somerset County YMCA branch the Thursday before each camp week.

Daily Schedule.

  • 9:00am - 9:30am – Opening Circle & Group Activities
  • 9:30am - 11:30am – Weekly Camp Activities
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm – Closing Ceremony

Daily and weekly schedules are subject to change. Parents will be notified via the email address on file with the Y in the event of any changes.

Pricing details:

  • All virtual camp options are $75 per week
  • Payment is due at the time of registration
  • A custom-curated Supply Kit for each camper is included in the weekly cost of each camp option

Refund details:

  • There will be no refunds this camp season
  • The only exception to the refund policy is for a cancellation due to a medical reason that has been documented by a doctor

 


HAVE QUESTIONS?

We’re here to help! For questions about Camp-at-Home registration, payment, and anything else camp-related, families are encouraged to contact Kisha Belton Chubb, Senior Program Director at kchubb@gscymca.org and 908 766 5770 x202.

Get EXCITED—Summer Camp-at-Home with the Y Starts July 6th. We are so happy to create a safe, fun, memorable summer with you!

 

Together, We're a Better Us.

 

 


FAQs

We understand that you may have additional questions and are happy to answer a few of them right here: 

Q: How is online camp different from e-learning?

A: Picture your kids seeing and interacting with other kids their age, in a fun way they may not have been able to for months! Imagine them playing games, sharing stories, laughing, and trying new things that are designed to bring fun and excitement. That’s camp.

Q: How much parental supervision will be needed?

A: A major objective of our offering is to limit the amount of time that parents are ‘on’. Our camp counselors will serve as the host or guide every step of the way for group learning components and be available to support the individual, self-paced learning components. We anticipate that campers may need support signing on or getting started with their sessions as well as organizing their space and supplies, but that after that the camp counselors will lead the process. Once online camp concludes for the day, campers may need assistance with cleaning up and packing up their space.

Q: Realistically, how much will my child get out of online camp?

A: There is no way to fully replicate the experience of summer camp in the online world. However, we view the online specialty camps as an opportunity to offer key components of the camp experiences. Campers will participate in experiential learning, experience camp routines and transitions, and most importantly build connections and a sense of belonging. At this time, when we must be physically distant from many of our closest friends, we believe that offering campers the experience of their summer camp rituals and traditions, alongside the opportunity to build a sense of belonging and connection, are important ways that we can support resilience for YMCA campers. Experiencing positive supportive relationships and building meaningful peer connections are crucial elements of social emotional growth that we will support within these offerings.

Q: I’m also interested in hearing more about in-person summer day camps GSCYMCA is offering at its branches this summer. Where can I learn more?

A: Our Greater Somerset County YMCA camp directors have been hard at work reimagining our summer camp program to create a safe, fun, and memorable summer for our campers who are joining us in person again this year. Visit each camp location below for the most up to date information and how to register