Bridgewater YMCA

Camp Timber

camp counselor and girl archery

SCHOOL'S OUT, SUMMER'S IN AT CAMP TIMBER 

Summertime and the living’s easy at Camp Timber at Bridgewater YMCA – a 10-week program that runs from Monday, June 22 through Friday, August 28 – where campers come to together to learn, discover, explore, and experience new things under the summer sun.

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Bridgewater YMCA’s Camp Timber offers several wonderful camp options for every type of child at every age! Your camper can sign up for one week, or all 10 and have the best summer ever with friends at the Y! Mix and match camps to customize your child’s camp schedule with both traditional multi-activity and STEM specialty camp options for children entering Kindergarten through 10th grade in September 2020. And no matter which camp(s) you choose, you can feel great knowing that your campers are getting the quality day camp experience you expect from the nation’s largest nonprofit child care provider.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Registration: February 8 for members; February 24 for the community

Open House Dates: March 14, and April 11 - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Giving campers a S.P.A.C.E. to spread their wings and soar.

Camp Timber’s very own S.P.A.C.E. philosophy is holistically integrated throughout every traditional and specialty camp all summer long.

What is S.P.A.C.E.? It stands for swimming, play, art, community and enrichment. We integrate these signature elements across our entire camp program to create a truly well-rounded 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 at Camp Timber.


 Traditional Camp Options

swim instructor and boy in pool

Camp Timber’s popular, traditional multi-activity outdoor camp offers a broad array of activities that engage and entertain campers, including weekly trips and theme days. Campers build social skills and long lasting friendships through participation in individual and small group activities in the areas of Arts & Humanities and Sports & Games. Art & Humanities actively explores the visual arts through painting, drawing and sculpting, as well as more performance-based activities involving music and song. Camp Timber’s small group-based activities help children learn how to work with a group of peers and engage collaboratively with different perspectives. Unique to Camp Timber is our on-site archery range, where campers learn daily from our certified instructors about the mechanics of aiming and shooting, the different types of archery apparatuses, and the responsibility of properly handling highly specialized equipment. Recess-style games like kickball, jailbreak (tag) and other age-appropriate fun round out the core camp day in Sports & Games. Campers also gain the courage and confidence as life-long swimmers through their participation in free daily swim lessons and a daily recreational swim time. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

Pizza Thursdays offer busy parents, for a small additional cost, a break from meal planning. Pizza money is due by 12 p.m. the day before. 

In an effort to proactively address the dreaded academic summer slump, we include an educational portion to the camp day with a healthy helping of brain games, reading time and more. These activities are designed to stimulate and encourage grade level-appropriate critical thinking skills. Weekly theme days also add something special to the entire camp day - whether it's a celebration or core concept. Our Traditional Campers have the option to attend the camp trip each Friday for an additional fee. 

Daily Schedule: Traditional Camp

  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Team Building/Ice Breakers
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Sports & Games
  • Swimming
  • Science & Nature
  • Literacy/Brain Games
  • CIT-led Games & Activities
TRADITIONAL CAMP SCHEDULE & TRIP OPTIONS

Weekly Trip Options

Camp Timber offers a different exciting weekly trip each Friday for our Traditional Campers. See below for this year’s destination lineup. Weekly trips are entirely optional and are offered for an additional fee. Children who do not attend the trip enjoy a fun-filled normal camp day filled with all of the usual camp day activities.

  • Week 1 – Bowlmor
  • Week 2 – Turtle Back Zoo
  • Week 3 – Liberty Science Center
  • Week 4 – Rock Climbing
  • Week 5 – Mountain Creek Water Paark
  • Week 6 – iPlay America
  • Week 7 – LEGOLAND Discovery Center
  • Week 8 – Urban Air
  • Week 9 – Yestercades & Movie
  • Week 10 – Branchburg Sports Complex

Counselor in Training Camp (CIT)

Camp Timber’s signature Counselor in Training (CIT) program is designed for teens who are looking to develop skills as future leaders—with a special focus on the unique skills needed to become a camp counselor. Participants build personal values of responsibility, motivation, creativity and dependability while working with younger campers in a supportive setting under the direction of mentors. CITs gain valuable firsthand experience working with children of various ages, become skilled in behavior management, and gain a real-world perspective on what it means to run a quality camp day.

Exclusive training for our CITs includes leadership and communication skills, problem-solving, and program planning. Leading select sports, games or art camp activities and even performing impromptu skits in a small group helps CITs develop their self-confidence and public speaking ability. Our YMCA professional staff also review key resume-writing skills and prepare CITs for in-person mock interviews to help prepare them to potentially become a Camp Timber counselor. CITs are advised on active posture and other nonverbal cues and even how to present oneself in a professional setting. In addition, Camp Timber’s CIT program inspires the next generation of leaders through select volunteer opportunities to not only help fulfill service hours but build a sense of social responsibility through a deeper understanding of social issues impacting our community.

Completed CIT Applications must be submitted to Eddie Norgard via email prior to camp registration in order to be accepted into this program.

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Specialty Camp Options

Camp Timber offers a different STEM experience each week! We’ve partnered with STEAM Works Studio to bring an exciting new experience that is uniquely focused on fostering essential skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. Our new STEM Camp offerings bring hands-on learning through “making” to camp for an unforgettably fun summer! Campers in all of our STEM camps also gain the courage and confidence as life-long swimmers through free daily swim lessons and a daily recreational swim time. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

WEEK 1 - MINECRAFT

Does your camper love all things Minecraft? Minecraft Camp offers campers the opportunity to create their very own games and animations! They’ll learn to code using SCRATCH's easy “drag and drop programming” to bring their digital creations to life. Coding is an increasingly useful skill and helps children learn to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively.

Campers must be entering 1st- 6th grade (ages 6-11 years old) in September 2020.

WEEK 2 - 3D VIDEO GAMES

Campers use game objects, models and levels to create exciting game environments in 3D Video Games Camp. Starting with a 2D Pacman game, campers are introduced to 3D libraries to create FPV arcade games leading into virtual reality experiences in this uniquely engaging camp experience. They will program their first interactions using the C# programming language and Unity cross-platform game engine.

Campers must be entering 5th-10th grade (ages 10-15 years old) in September 2020.

WEEK 3 - SUPER SCIENCE

Super Science Camp is a practical, hands-on science and craft experience for campers to enjoy and explore the amazing world of science! Have you made your own Oobleck yet? Chemistry experiments abound using food colors, baking soda and other safe ingredients. Paper airplanes, building sturdy bridges, balloon powered cars and other fun STEM activities offer endless fun for budding scientists.

Campers must be entering 1st-6th grade (ages 6-11 years old) in September 2020.

WEEK 4 - DIY DRONES

In DIY Drones, build and take home your very own drone! Campers learn basic principles of flight, what makes things go up against the air, as well as the basics of 3D printing and CAD, soldering and electronics. This culminates in campers building a load-bearing, fully functional quadcopter which can fly using remote control and even take aerial photos!

Campers must be entering 5th-10th grade (ages 10-15 years old) in September 2020.