Somerset Hills YMCA

Somerset Hills YMCA Day Camp

young children running under parachute at camp

WELCOME TO YOUR BEST SUMMER EVER

One summer, a lifetime of memories. 

While school’s out, give your child the opportunity to discover, explore, and experience new interests with Somerset Hills YMCA Day Camp – an 11-week program that runs from Monday, June 22 through Friday, September 4. Somerset Hills YMCA offers so many wonderful camp options for every child of every age. Whether your camper signs up for one week or all 11, they’ll 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 specialty camp options—there are 20+ traditional, sports, arts, STEM, and special needs camp options to choose from for children entering preschool through grade 10 in September 2020. No matter which camp(s) you choose, feel great knowing that your campers are getting the quality day camp experience expected from the nation’s largest nonprofit child care provider.

IMPORTANT DATES:

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

Open House: February 1, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


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

Somerset Hills YMCA Day Camp’s very own S.P.A.C.E. philosophy is integrated throughout every traditional and specialty camp all summer.

What is S.P.A.C.E.? It stands for swimming, play, art, community, 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.

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Traditional Camp Options

camp swim lesson and crafts

Somerset Hills YMCA Day Camp’s popular traditional, multi-activity camps incorporate a broad array of activities to keep campers engaged and entertained, including weekly theme days. Campers develop social skills and build long lasting friendships. They learn to work together through daily activities that include arts and STEM projects, team building activities, and traditional and non-traditional sports. Campers gain courage and confidence as life-long swimmers through their participation in daily swim lessons and a daily recreational swim time. Enjoy Pasta & Ice Cream Fridays every week—offering busy parents a break from meal planning.

Adventure Camp

This fun, traditional multi-activity day camp allows campers to engage and explore through a full day of diverse, age-appropriate activities that include Arts & Crafts, Science & Nature, Sports & Games and Music Exploration—with the added fun of daily themes!

ADVENTURE CAMP DETAILS

 

Adventure Campers are grouped by grade:

  • Farm - 1st Grade
  • Rookies - 2nd Grade
  • Minors - 3rd & 4th Grades
  • Majors - 4th & 5th Grades

Arts & Crafts activities for campers entering 3rd-6th grades include simple woodworking where campers make their own toy boats, candleholders, checkerboards, geo boards and more. Younger campers make their own bird feeders, craft with colorful pipe cleaners and create paintings.

In Science & Nature, campers embark on environmentally themed scavenger hunts and stream activities in our expansive backyard. Sports & Games includes soccer and basketball while emphasizing healthy, inclusive movement rather than traditional competitive sports. Music Exploration is fostered through our very own yTunes where campers express themselves while learning to play simple instruments like ukuleles and hand drums. Each day is a different fun theme to further engage campers’ creativity and imagination. Past popular theme days include: Disney Day, Autograph Day, Neon Day, Olympics Day and even Mission Impossible Day—get the clues and figure out the mission…should you choose to accept it!  

Adventure Camp Daily Schedule

FARM (Entering 1st grade)

AM Extended Hours Activities
9:30 - 10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies/Daily Challenge
10 - 10:45 a.m. yTunes
10:45-11:30 a.m. Sports & Games
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Science & Nature
12:15 - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 - 2:15 p.m. Swimming (includes time for changing)
2:15 - 3 p.m. Arts & Crafts
3 - 3:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies
3:30 p.m. Pick up
PM Extended Hours Activities

 

ROOKIES (Entering 2nd grade)

AM Extended Hours Activities
9:30 - 10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies/Daily Challenge
10 - 10:45 a.m. Arts & Crafts
10:45 a.m. -12 p.m. Swimming (includes time for changing)
12 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. yTunes
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Sports & Games
2:15 - 3 p.m. Science & Nature
3 - 3:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies
3:30 p.m. Pick up
PM Extended Hours Activities

 

MINORS (Entering 3rd or 4th grade)

AM Extended Hours Activities
9:30 - 10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies/Daily Challenge
10 - 10:45 a.m. Science & Nature
10:45  -11:30 a.m. yTunes
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Swimming (includes time for changing)
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Woodworking
2:15 - 3 p.m. Sports & Games
3 - 3:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies
3:30 p.m. Pick up
PM Extended Hours Activities

 

MAJORS (Entering 5th or 6th grade)

AM Extended Hours Activities
9:30 - 10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies/Daily Challenge
10 - 10:45 a.m. Sports & Games
10:45 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Woodworking
11:30 - 12:45 p.m. Swimming (includes time for changing)
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Science & Nature
2:15 - 3 p.m. yTunes
3 - 3:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies
3:30 p.m. Pick up
PM Extended Hours Activities

 


Kinder Camp

Under the watchful guidance of a caring and mature staff, Kinder Campers enjoy a fun-filled day of age-appropriate activities that include Arts & Crafts, Science & Nature, Sports & Games, Music Exploration and swimming lessons. 

KINDER CAMP DETAILS

 

They'll enjoy painting, creating nature collages, making paper plate crafts and imaginative creations using popsicle sticks—engaging their budding creativity while strengthening fine motor skills during Arts & Crafts. In Science & Nature, campers embark on environmentally themed scavenger hunts and stream activities in our expansive backyard. Sports & Games emphasizes healthy, inclusive movement and introduces soccer to build gross motor skills and coordination while having fun outside. Music Exploration is all about songs and rhythmic movement for our youngest campers. Each session will include a field trip or an on-site special event. In past years, Kinder Campers have visited Bounce Factory and on-site special event days have included a reptile show, balloon show and participation in our popular camp-wide Carnival Day!

Kinder Camp offers a half- and full-day option. The half-day option is geared toward preschool children 3 years old. The full-day option is better suited for children ages 4-5 years. All Kinder Campers must be fully toilet trained in order to attend camp.

A daily swim lesson is included in the schedule in our family-friendly indoor pool. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

Campers must be entering Preschool or Kindergarten in Sept 2020.

Kinder Camp Daily Schedule

AM Extended Hours Activities 
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Daily Challenge
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Swimming (includes time for changing)
11:30 a.m. -12 p.m. Arts & Crafts
12 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 1 p.m. Science & Nature
1 - 1:30 p.m. Sports & Games
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Music
2:15 - 3 p.m. Playground
3 - 3:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony - Announcement/Brag Tags
PM Extended Hours Activities

 


Counselor-in-Training Camp

camp counselors interacting

Somerset Hills YMCA Day Camp’s unique Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program offers teens a first-hand opportunity to gain real-world experience while building values of responsibility, motivation, creativity, leadership and dependability. CITs learn team building, appropriate 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.

Our YMCA professional staff review key resume-writing skills and prepare CITs for in-person mock interviews. They advise on active posture and other nonverbal cues, appropriate questions to ask, and even how to dress and present oneself in a professional setting. CITs have the opportunity to work in teams to develop and coordinate activities and/or themed days for children in our Adventure or Kinder Camps. Their preparation and execution is assessed and constructive feedback provided.

CIT CAMP DETAILS

 

The CIT program is designed for mature and enthusiastic teens interested in developing leadership skills while working with children. The expectations of CITs are high, as the younger campers look to them as role models. CITs are expected to willingly and fully participate in camp programs and to cooperatively work with other CITs and camp staff as a positive influence on the camp community. Throughout the summer, CITs make lasting friendships and experience camp from a completely new perspective. Many of our CITs often become camp counselors. 

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Program hours are from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., but to accommodate working parents, CITs may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and leave as late at 6 p.m.

Campers must be entering 9th or 10th grade in September 2020.


Specialty Camp Options

performing arts tumbling and cooking

Somerset Hills YMCA Day Camp’s popular themed specialty camps let campers to add variety to their experience while they explore their creativity and pursue passions in science, art, sports, technology, performing arts and more! Pasta & Ice Cream Fridays each week offers busy parents a break from meal planning at no additional cost. A part of campers’ day is also spent outside playing sports and games like kickball and wiffle ball to ensure they engage their physical muscles as well as their mind.

ART OF GAMING CAMP

 

Campers code their way into summer in Art of Gaming Camp! Budding gamers and game enthusiasts are encouraged to examine the history of the video game industry including business strategy, ingenuity, and creativity. Campers dive deep into what makes a game successful and have the opportunity to explore gaming systems from across the decades - playing on several different consoles such as Atari™, Classic NES, Wii™ and Kinect™. Campers then get hands-on learning how to code to create their own basic video game as they exercise their creative side and strategic thinking skills. Your child will develop coding skills, computational thinking, collaboration, reasoning and logic. No prior coding experience is required. On the last day of the session, they present their games to fellow campers and visiting parents during our Session Showcase. 

Campers must be entering 4th-6th grade in September 2020.

BEHIND THE SCENES CAMP

 

Campers in Behind the Scenes learn all about how to put on a successful theatrical production including set design and creation, props and costumes, lighting and stage cues—culminating in the hands-on support of the Performing Arts Camp’s final performance on the last day of the session. Working collaboratively with Performing Arts Camp and the show director, campers go through that session’s show scene by scene to plan the necessary sets, scenery, costumes and props. Campers handcraft scenery and props using cardboard, foam and other found materials. Campers then put it all together, leading all movement in scene changes and working on lighting and sound boards backstage. Plus, for an additional fee of $145 per child, campers have the option of taking a one-day trip which will include lunch at a fun eatery like Planet Hollywood in New York City and a Broadway-style show. Payment for the trip will be required prior to the day of the event. In past years, campers have seen School of Rock, Phantom of the Opera, Matilda and more. An alternate camp option is available if they choose not to attend the trip. Behind the Scenes Camp Staff have prior professional performing arts experiment on stand and/or behind the scenes.

Attire: Smock, oversized shirt or painting clothes for scenery production days. All-black attire for the final performance.

Campers must be entering 3rd-10th grade in September 2020.

CHALLENGE CAMP

 

Challenge Camp engages children through a variety of daily small group activities that challenge them to go beyond their comfort zone and explore the world around them. Activities that encourage teamwork and collaboration include arts and crafts, sports and environmental awareness. For example, a small team of campers may construct a “spider web” by tying string between two different poles, then every team member must get through a hole in the “web” without going through the same hole twice. Daily challenges are both mental and physical in nature and encourage creative problem‑solving, critical thinking skills, spatial awareness, and teamwork.

In addition, a fun free swim is included in the schedule in one of our three indoor pools. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

Each session of Challenge Camp will be registered as a 1-week session.

Campers must be entering K-6th grade in September 2020.

CHEERLEADING CAMP

 

Cheerleading Camp encourages campers to be physically active and have fun while learning the latest cheers, chants, stunts and tumbling. We provide the pom poms and you bring the cheer! Campers work on everything from thigh stands to floor skills like handstands, cartwheels and round-offs on the Y’s gymnastics floor panels and tumble track. They spend time practicing their cheers both inside the facility and outside on the fields. This camp is great for beginners and campers with prior cheer experience who benefit from perfecting and refining basic stunts and tumbling techniques. Cheerleading Camp Staff have prior cheer experience at the high school and/or collegiate level. This camp is perfect as a springboard to prepare for the upcoming cheerleading season, further instruction in gymnastics, and/or the Y’s competitive acrobatic dance team.

In addition, a fun free swim is included in the schedule in one of our three indoor pools. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day. 

Attire: Shorts, T-shirts, sneakers, bathing suit, towel. No flip-flops, sandals or jewelry.

Campers must be entering 1st-6th grade in September 2020.

COOKING CAMP

 

Cooking Camp offers hands-on creative cooking experience under supervision with a healthy helping of fun! Children make some of their favorite foods, learn about healthy cooking and discover that there are some unconventional cooking methods that result in surprisingly delectable treats. Exciting theme days in this camp may include exploration of different cultural cuisine, “dip day” (a camper favorite!), “breakfast day” where waffles and muffins reign and, of course, the ever-popular “dessert day.”

Daily lessons on nutrition, measuring conversions, the basics of cooking and more will be covered. A walking trip to a local grocery store or restaurant is included as part of the activity during the 2-week session. This camp is not equipped with a “chef kitchen” and therefore alternative equipment and creative cookery is implemented within this program. Campers’ creativity is on display as they use basic cooking equipment like microwaves, crock pots, hotplates and toaster ovens to serve up delicious concoctions to eat! Cooking Camp culminates in each camper taking home their very own collection of recipes from camp to make at home with an adult. Campers leave with a newfound love for cooking as well as the skills and confidence to safely prepare delicious snacks, meals and desserts. There will be no use of open flames and all chopping will be done by our instructors for safety. Egg, milk and flour ingredients will be used in this food-based camp. Please advise your counselor in advance of any food allergies. 

Sessions A, C, & D will have the same curriculum for each session. Campers must be entering 3rd-8th grades in September 2020.

Session B - Cooking Camp: Bake-off Edition focuses solely on baking and decorating. Culinary Creationists this special session will make frostings, decorate using piping bags and add a bit of magic with a sprinkling of sprinkles. At the end of the session the group will have a Top Chef-style cupcake challenge bake-off to determine which camper is the "TOP BAKER: SUMMER CAMP 2020.” Contestants choose which flavor cupcake, which flavor frosting and what filling they think will wow the judges panel of counselors. They then present their cupcake where flavor profile, design and even plating are all on display to win the top prize! 

Session B campers must be entering 4th-8th grades in September 2020.

DANCE BOOT CAMP

 

Dance Boot Camp is a high-energy, intensive dance training camp that gives dancers a great opportunity to work on stage presence, technique and style. Campers participate in daily workshops in the studio learning choreography in the styles of Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap and Ballet. Campers are grouped by ability level so all are appropriately challenged. From perfecting pirouettes in Ballet and learning the Lyrical art of storytelling through dance, to exploring Broadway and commercial styles of Jazz to nailing Hip Hop isolations to showing their rhythmic side through Tap technique—aspiring and experienced dancers alike spend the week moving to the music. At the end of each week of Dance Boot Camp, dancers put on a show-stopping performance for their fellow campers and parents. Parents are encouraged to attend the performance to see all that their children have learned.

Experienced dancers will be challenged and those new to dance will learn techniques appropriate to their skill level. All are welcome. This boot camp will get aspiring dancers ready for the upcoming competitive dance season on the Somerset Hills YMCA Dance Team.

Dance Boot Camp staff all have a dance background including performance experience, a degree in the field and/or are currently dancing themselves.

In addition, a fun free swim is included in the schedule in one of our three indoor pools. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

Attire: Tank top or leotard with jazz pants or bike shorts with tights. No loosely fitted clothing; no jeans.

Shoes: Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop are suggested but not required; regular sneakers are acceptable for Hip Hop.

Each session of Dance Boot Camp will be registered as a 1-week session.

Campers must be entering 4th-8th grade in September 2020.

DANCE INTENSIVE CAMP

 

Dance Intensive is for the serious dancer to further develop technique. This 2-week intensive camp provides the dancer with opportunities for conditioning, technique, improvisation, and partnering. Each day is spent on a different style of dance that includes Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and more—focusing on technique with some choreography practice. Dancers learn how to move the body rhythmically and showcase their skills and talents. Prior dance experience is required. Dance Intensive Camp gets aspiring dancers ready for the upcoming competitive dance season on the Somerset Hills YMCA Dance Team and/or the next level in their dance progression. The camp culminates with a performance, held on the last day of the session. Parents are encouraged to attend the performance to see all that their dancers have learned and refined. 

Dance Intensive Camp staff all have a dance background including performance experience, a degree in the field and/or are currently dancing themselves.

Attire: Tank top or leotard with yoga/exercise pants or bike shorts.  No loosely fitted clothing, no jeans.

Shoes: Ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop. Sneakers are acceptable for the hip-hop portion.

Campers must be entering 4th to 8th grade in September 2020.

DIGITAL MEDIA CAMP

 

Campers’ imaginations are limitless when they explore the world of digital media and learn the art of video production as they create documentaries, music videos, commercials, shorts or movie trailers! Campers learn the basics of filming and learn the art of photo editing. The Y provides digital cameras and campers may bring their own. Digital Media campers collaborate in small groups to decide their project, who will do what, their shoot locations, lines, scene sequence and more. Then it’s time to get hands-on in the computer lab for post-production editing using Adobe Photoshop and Apple’s iMovie. Campers will be able to download their creations at the end of the session. All genres of media are explored including posters, magazine covers, advertisements, contemporary art and more! During the end of session showcase, parents and fellow campers are invited to a special screening to see all their campers have learned and created. 

Each camp session may take a one-day trip to an arcade, art museum or similar art activity; an additional charge for this day is $50 per child and is not included in the camp fee. Payment for the trip will be required prior to the day of the event. Campers who do not wish to attend the trip will be offered an alternate camp program for the day.

Campers must be entering 4th-10th grade in September 2020.

FINE ARTS CAMP

 

Art is everywhere and for everyone in Fine Arts Camp! Campers with any and all skill levels are exposed to a wide variety of art forms and mediums as they develop their inner artist and create truly unique works in this popular camp—and no two sessions are ever the same! Each session is custom-tailored to campers’ artistic abilities. The use of acrylic paints, pencil drawing, collages, watercolors, pastels, paper mâché, charcoal and more are actively explored as campers engage in the creative process. Recycled art projects incorporate found materials like empty paper towel rolls, plastic water bottles and anything else campers get their hands on to create 3D works of creative reclamation. During the end of session showcase, parents and fellow campers are invited to a special gallery-style art show to see all these creative campers have learned and created—after which campers get to take home their creative works! 

Artistic ability is not a prerequisite. Beginners and experienced young artists alike are welcome! Fine Arts Camp staff have art education experience and expertise in a wide range of media.

Each camp session may take a one-day trip to a New Jersey art museum or art-related activity such as Glass Works or Pinot's Palette; an additional charge for this day is $50 per child and is not included in the camp fee. Payment for the trip will be required prior to the day of the event. Campers who do not wish to attend the trip will be offered an alternate camp program for the day.

Attire: Smock or oversized shirt to protect clothing.

Sessions A, C & D - Campers must be entering 2nd-6th grade in September 2020.

Session B - Campers must be entering 4th-8th grade in September 2020.  This session is designed for the older camper with more advanced artistic abilities.

LEGO® MANIA CAMP

 

Creativity, skill building, and math concepts of symmetry, shape and geometry are just a few of the proven benefits of building and playing with LEGO® bricks. This engaging two-week camp creates an environment where children will explore a variety of different LEGO® building activities including making their own creations. Brick by brick, campers stretch their thinking through daily challenges like building boats and bridges and testing the integrity of their structures. They’ll see who can build the tallest tower, create cars to race and even make their own working labyrinth. These activities and more foster team building and cooperative learning in small groups that helps campers grow through hands-on experience. Additionally, Pasta & Ice Cream Fridays each week offers busy parents a break from meal planning at no additional cost.

Campers must be entering 1st-4th grade in September 2020.

PERFORMING ARTS CAMP

 

Campers gain firsthand experience in dance, theater and music in a collaborative environment while developing an appreciation and love for performing arts. They learn the ins and outs of performing a full musical from the ground up in this popular camp—all while gaining the confidence and lifelong skill of public speaking and performance. Campers are divided into appropriate groups based on ability where they are cast into their roles, learn lines, master the choreography of routines, learn the songs they will perform in the show and grow their stage presence. Prior performing experience is not required. Daily workshops in a real life theater setting are focused on dance, theater and music to prepare campers for the exciting on-stage performance on the last day of the session. Past shows performed in this camp have included The Lion King, High School Musical, Bye Bye Birdie and more. Parents are encouraged to attend the show and see all that their children have learned.

For an additional fee of $145 per child, campers will have the option of taking a one-day trip which will include lunch at a fun eatery like Planet Hollywood in New York City and a Broadway-style show. Payment for the trip will be required prior to the day of the event. In past years, campers have seen School of Rock, Phantom of the Opera, Matilda and more. An alternate camp option is available if they choose not to attend the trip. Performing Arts Camp staff all have performing experience including musical production direction at the middle school level.

Attire: Tank top or leotard with yoga/exercise pants or bike shorts. No loosely fitted clothing, jeans or dresses.

Shoes: Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop are suggested but not required; regular sneakers are acceptable.

Campers must be entering 1st-6th grade in September 2020.

RISING STARS CAMP

 

For the more experienced young performer, Rising Stars Camps offers an opportunity for them to further explore their love of performing arts through two weeks of dance, theater, music and fun! They deepen their knowledge of the ins and outs of performing a full musical from the ground up—all while building the confidence and lifelong skill of public speaking and performance. Daily workshops in a real life theater setting focus on choreography, mastery of lines, expertise in stage presence and song to prepare campers for prominent roles in the exciting on-stage performance on the last day of the session. Past shows performed in this camp have included The Lion King, High School Musical, Bye Bye Birdie and more. Parents are encouraged to attend the show and see all that their children have learned. Rising Stars Campers have prior performance experience and dance at a higher level than in Performing Arts Camp. Rising Stars are often cast as more of the lead roles in the production, are responsible for more lines and are given more prominent singing roles. This camp is perfect for the budding performer looking for additional performance experience in preparation for the upcoming school year.

For an additional fee of $145 per child, campers will have the option of taking a one-day trip which will include lunch at  a fun eater like Planet Hollywood in New York City and a Broadway-style show. Payment for the trip will be required prior to the day of the event. In past years, campers have seen School of Rock, Phantom of the Opera, Matilda and more. An alternate camp option is available if they choose not to attend the trip. Rising Stars Camp staff all have performing experience including musical production direction at the middle school level.

Attire: Tank top or leotard with yoga/exercise pants or bike shorts. No loosely fitted clothing; no jeans.

Shoes: Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop are suggested but not required; regular sneakers are acceptable.

Campers must be entering 7th-10th grade in September 2020.

SCIENCE CAMP

 

Science Camp offers campers the opportunity to explore the world of science through experiments and activities that revolve around daily themes including chemical reactions, motion/friction, recycling, the weather and “How is it Made?” This camp helps children expand their scientific knowledge through daily lessons followed by hands-on experiences like building a bubbling volcano, constructing a drop-proof cocoon for an egg, seeing firsthand what white vinegar can do to a penny and even creating their very own working lava lamp to take home! All experiments are child-friendly, safe and grade-appropriate per session. On the last day of the session, Science Camp hosts a mini Science Fair for fellow campers and visiting parents during our Session Showcase. Parents are encouraged to attend and see all that their children have learned. 

Sessions A & C - Campers must be entering 3rd & 4th grades in September 2020.

Sessions B & D- Campers must be entering 1st & 2nd grades in September 2020.

SUPER HERO CAMP

 

Campers are in for a fun-filled session of exploring their favorite super heroes! They learn all about the classics like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman while playing games, making art and more as they channel their super hero within. Games in past years have included a challenging “laser” maze crafted by camp counselors out of yarn that campers have to nimbly navigate. Campers will even conjure up a super hero of their very own—coming up with a name, identifying their super powers, designing a logo, creating their own cape, mask and even super hero gear! 

Campers must be entering 1st-4th grade in September 2020.

TRAVEL CAMP

 

Travel Camp (formerly known as Explorers Camp) offers our older campers adventure, independence and fun. Every session 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 their sense of responsibility in the freedom of Travel Camp as they demonstrate their 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 p.m. while others will extend until 6 p.m. A calendar of trips and arrival times will be available on our website in early June on this page. To accommodate working parents, Travel Campers may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 6 p.m. Morning Drop-Off will be at Bernards High School. Campers will check in at the Camp Desk and will then go to the meeting area for the Travel Camp. Campers who stay during extended hours (3:30-6 p.m.) 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 snack in the Y’s cafe; and work out in the newly expanded Wellness Center.

Campers must be entering 6th-10th grade in September 2020.

TUMBLING CAMP

 

Our coaches support campers in developing their individual strength, flexibility and coordination while building on their tumbling skills. Daily stretching and strengthening routines start out each day in this popular camp. Campers are divided into groups by skill level and spend time each day in the studio rotating through various skills utilizing the Y’s tumble track, balance beams, bar and vaulting equipment.

In addition, a fun half hour free swim is included in the schedule in one of our three indoor pools. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day. This camp is perfect as a springboard to prepare for further instruction in gymnastics and/or the Y’s competitive acrobatic dance team. All Tumbling Camp staff have a gymnastics or tumbling background.

Attire: Leotard or bike shorts and form fitting t-shirt, bathing suit, towel. Hair must be tied back. No jewelry.

Campers must be entering 1st-4th grade in September 2020.

Y'S GOT TALENT CAMP - NEW THIS YEAR!

 

The spectacular Y’s Got Talent offers campers the opportunity to shine through an exciting new performance outlet. This camp is geared toward children who love music and have a basic understanding of vocals and/or can play an instrument. Each camper’s musical talents is the focus of this camp where they practice their craft in preparation for the mini musical showcase on stage at the end of the session. Parents are encouraged to attend the show and see all that their children have learned. Campers experience both singing and basic instruments within the two-week session. Vocal coaches support and instruct vocals and basic instruments, guiding campers through warmups like scales, proper breathing technique and more. On the instrumental side, guitars, ukuleles and keyboards are available. However, campers are encouraged to bring their own instruments, including the flutes, violins and other portable instruments. 

Campers must be entering 2nd – 6th grade in September 2020.

 

Sports Camps

Somerset Hills YMCA’s Sports Camp 2020 offerings include coed Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer and Sport Mix. See details below for grade level and session information. 

BASKETBALL CAMP

 

Basketball Camp at the Y teaches children about the fundamentals of basketball. Campers will work on dribbling, passing, defense, shooting and other core skills in the game. Campers are divided into equally matched groups of mixed ability for team play in the end of session tournament. Every camper will have the opportunity to play. The first week of camp is focused on drills to build skills. The second week consists of drafting campers into two teams and holding team practices leading up to the championship. Beginners are welcome and the experienced players’ skills will be challenged. Our coaches work with campers according to their ability level. All Basketball Camp staff have a sports background and/or experience playing/coaching basketball.

Sessions A & C - Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grades in September 2020.

Sessions B & D - Campers must be entering 4th-6th grades in September 2020.

LACROSSE CAMP - NEW THIS YEAR

 

The fundamentals of the popular game of Lacrosse are introduced in this camp, including how to catch, cradle and throw the ball. This two-week session is geared for the beginner and includes one week of Lacrosse instruction on the field followed by the variety of Sport Mix in the second week for 1st-3rd grades. Lacrosse sticks and helmets are provided and campers are also encouraged to bring their own. Sportsmanship is encouraged as campers learn to work together in a positive environment. All Lacrosse Camp staff have a sports background and/or experience playing/coaching lacrosse.

Session A - Campers must be entering 4th-6th grades in September 2020.

Session B - Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grades in September 2020.

SOCCER CAMP

 

Soccer Camp at the Y teaches children about the fundamentals of soccer. Campers learn dribbling, passing, shooting and defending on the field. Team play in the form of daily games are included along with individual drills to improve ball control and skill work. Beginners are welcome and the experienced players’ skills will be challenged. Our coaches work with campers according to their ability level. All Soccer Camp staff have a sports background and/or experience playing/coaching soccer.

Session C - Campers must be entering 4th-6th grades in September 2020.

Session D - Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grades in September 2020.

SPORT MIX CAMP

 

The Y’s own Sport Mix Camp offers campers a sampler of popular sports to experience firsthand, giving them the opportunity to try several sports and find what he or she enjoys best. This multi-sport format is offered during the second week of the two-week camp for the 1st-3rd grade campers. Every morning and afternoon in Sport Mix focuses on a different sport, including soccer, basketball, baseball, football and lacrosse—teaching campers the basics of each. This camp is geared toward the younger child. Sportsmanship is encouraged as campers learn to work together in a positive environment. All Sport Mix Camp staff have a sports background and/or experience playing/coaching.

Session B: Lacrosse/Sport Mix - Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grades in September 2020

Session D: Soccer/Sport Mix - Campers must be entering 1st - 3rd grades in September 2020

 

SPORTS CAMPS DROP OFF/PICK UP INFORMATION

All campers enrolled in any of our Sports Camps at BHS must be dropped off in the morning at BHS and picked up at Somerset Hills YMCA at the end of the day. This includes children in regular hours (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) as well as extended hours (7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.).

All children enrolled in Sports Camps at BHS will be transported via bus to the YMCA at 2 p.m. daily for a free swim from 2:30-3 p.m. Campers should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

Please note that the age groups for these camps vary depending on the camp session. Additionally, these camps include one field trip during each session at no additional cost. If your child does not attend the field trip, there will not be a camp alternative for that day as the camp staff is required to participate in the trip.


Special Needs Camp Options

SPECIAL NEEDS INCLUSION PROGRAM

 

Somerset Hills YMCA Day Camp’s Special Needs Inclusion Program is for children with mild to moderate disabilities who are capable of thriving in a typically developing camper atmosphere and who benefit from a fully integrated summer day camp experience. The Inclusion Program is offered in Sessions A through D for our traditional, multi-activity Adventure Camp and Kinder Camp and our Travel Camp for older campers. The variety of daily activities our summer day camps offer often result in positive therapeutic outcomes through their recreational nature. Please see the individual descriptions for Adventure Camp, Kinder Camp and Travel Camp for complete details about each of these exciting day camp options.

Shadows are available and assigned to those children who need some extra support during the camp day. Shadows provide basic assistance with engaging in social and recreational activities within a group setting. Shadows are matched based on the individual camper’s needs and the shadow’s prior experience providing that level of support. The level of expertise necessary for your child’s participation will be discussed with parents prior to the start of camp. The cost of the shadow will be assessed based on the outcome of that discussion.

Somerset Hills YMCA’s day camps are approved to provide camp programs to children eligible for services through Division of Children and Families, NJ Children’s System of Care. Funding through the Department of Children and Families, NJ Children’s System of Care can be accessed by families with children with developmental disabilities. Greater Somerset County YMCA is a qualified provider allowing families to access these funds. Further information about this funding opportunity can be obtained by going onto the PerformCare website at performcarenj.org or contacting them directly at 1 877 652 7624. It is recommended that families begin reaching out to PerformCare no later than mid-February to begin the necessary process for accessing these funds.

The Special Needs Inclusion Program is available for Adventure Camp and Kinder Camp, which are both held during Sessions: A, B, C and D.

Please contact our Director of Youth & Family Services to assess your child’s needs and assist with the registration for your child. All requests for shadows must be made by April 1, 2020 so we can secure the appropriate staff to meet your child’s needs.

CAROUSEL KIDS

 

Carousel Kids at Somerset Hills YMCA is a week-long, indoor/outdoor camp-like special needs program designed for children with more significant needs for support. The program provides families with quality, comprehensive care for their child with special needs. Carousel Kids offers children the opportunity to learn and practice social and recreational skills and have fun while making friends. Our caring, skilled staff are paired with children for the full duration of the program based on experience and individual needs. They work one-on-one, guiding each child through their day where they are stimulated and engaged in activities suitable for their individual needs and abilities. We utilize visual schedules, sensory tools and transitional prompts to help ensure your child’s success. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, music, creative movement and outdoor games in a structured environment. Carousel Kids participants enjoy private swim time in our family-friendly pool, free from the disruption of other programs. Arts and crafts in this popular program includes painting, working with modeling clay and other sensory motor activities. Outside, participants enjoy ball throwing and kicking. Carousel Kids staff, in addition to the Y’s  staff training each year, all have the educational background as well as firsthand experience working in school-like settings with developmentally delayed individuals.

To best serve your child, all Carousel Kids participants and their families must complete an intake form, as well as have an in‑person interview with the Director of Special Needs prior to being registered. Maximum of 15 participants per session.

 

The Carousel Kids program is approved to provide programs to children eligible for services through Division of Children and Families, NJ Children’s System of Care. Funding through the Department of Children and Families, NJ Children’s System of Care can be accessed by families with children with developmental disabilities. Greater Somerset County YMCA is a qualified provider allowing families to access these funds. Further information about this funding opportunity can be obtained by going onto the PerformCare website at performcarenj.org or contacting them directly at 1 877 652 7624. It is recommended that families begin reaching out to PerformCare no later than mid-February to begin the necessary process for accessing these funds.

For further registration information and other inquiries about this program, please contact our Director of Special Needs


SHOW YOUR SPIRIT

Camp-wide service projects engage campers to respond to the needs of those less fortunate. In 2019’s “Pair for a pair” service project, campers donated sneakers and canvas shoes they grew out of, meticulously cleaned them, put them in special bags and shipped the renewed footwear to help overseas children in need of shoes to wear. Campers have generously contributed to summer food drives sponsored by the Y’s own member-led Togetherhood program.

 


EARN BRAGGING RIGHTS: BRAG TAGS

Every camper has the opportunity to earn brag tags all summer long. What are brag tags? They are a way for campers to show (and show off) when counselors and staff have noticed them exhibiting any one of the following values and positive characteristics at camp:

  • caring
  • honesty
  • leadership
  • respect
  • responsibility
  • sportsmanship
  • team player
  • achievement
  • camp spirit

How do campers earn brag tags? Cheer a fellow camper on or actively participate in opening ceremonies and you may find yourself earning a brag tag for camp spirit. Or maybe you encourage the rest of your group to do the right thing or take the lead in an activity. That could very well earn you a leadership brag tag! Did you really want to speak but were respectful of your fellow campers and waited until someone else finished sharing their perspective? That is what the respect brag tag is all about!

You get the idea. The goal is to earn them all and be counted among the few, the proud, the campers in the Brag Tag Hall of Fame.