Somerville YMCA

Camp Sunburst

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Let's get outside and enjoy the sunshine together!


Get EXCITED—Summer Camp at the Y Starts July 6thWe 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. 



Space is limited. 

To comply with mandated social distancing guidelines and ensure a safe camp experience, we have reduced the total number of campers we can accommodate this season to 84 total campers—that’s just 45% of our typical capacity


Updated registration timeline: 

We’ve modified our registration process to support current safety guidelines that recommend keeping the same group of campers together all summer long. The revised summer camp registration schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, June 19th and beyond
    • Space permitting, open registration for YMCA Members and Non-Members looking to register their campers for an 8-week option, 4-week option, or 2-week option
  • Parents will not be able to register for single weeks this season

Pricing details: 

Entire 8-week summer camp season

  • YMCA members - $2240 per child
  • Non-members - $2520 per child
    • After Camp Care - additional $240 per child

4-week summer camp option

  • YMCA members - $1120 per child
  • Non-members - $1260 per child
    • After Camp Care - additional $120 per child

2-week summer camp option

  • YMCA members - $560 per child
  • Non-members - $630 per child
    • After Camp Care - additional $60 per child


Updated payment schedule:

  • First half (50%) of your child’s total summer camp fees will be due on the registration date
  • Remaining half (50%) of your child’s summer camp fees will be charged to your payment method on file on July 15th

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.

Financial aid information:

  • Families receiving financial assistance are encouraged to contact Eddie Norgard at and 908 722 4567 x605 for personal assistance with your registration.

*Not a member or is your membership on hold?

For assistance in activating or reactivating your membership prior to registering for summer camp, families are encouraged to contact Jessica Nicewicz at and 908 722 4567 x611.



Curious what camp will look like this summer? 

Spoiler alert: It’ll feel like the familiar, fun, and exciting summer day camp experience you’ve come to expect from the Y! Below is a brief overview of what parents and campers can expect this summer:

Camp Sunburst’s In-Person Day Camp Options at Somerville YMCA

  • A 9-week program that runs five days per week, Monday, July 6th through Friday, September 4th
  • Regular camp hours: 9:00am-4:30pm
  • After camp care hours: 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Camp location: Somerville YMCA, 2 Green St, Somerville, NJ 08876
  • For campers entering grades K-7 in September 2020
  • Camp Sunburst’s outdoor multi-activity traditional camp offers a broad array of activities that engage and entertain campers, including theme days. 
  • Children enjoy their days engaged in a variety of activities outside under our popular camp tent nestled on the Y’s property as well as 1-2 hours in the recreational park field right across the street! Look for water games outside too as the summertime temps heat up!
  • Y staff accompany camper groups into our facility only for restroom breaks and in the event of inclement weather—children experience a summer full of fresh air fun after months of staying at home!
  • 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
  • At Camp Sunburst, 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 theme days also add something special as a core concept or celebration day is woven across the entire camp day. 
  • For campers entering grades 7-10 in September 2020
  • Taking the place of our strong CIT/LIT program this year, Teen Camp will operate as part of our Traditional Camp.
  • Teen Camp participants will engage in additional experiential opportunities such as leadership training and social responsibility projects.
  • No field trips this year and no swimming for all campers to adhere to current social distancing guidelines
  • New drop-off and pick-up procedures as mandated by state and local officials

The way we’ll interact with campers and each other will be different, but 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.   



Safety first at the Y—always. 

As we prepare to reopen, please be assured that your safety – and the safety of all our campers and camp staff – is our number one priority. We’re following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our summer camp programs meet the highest standards for health and safety, and we have modified our camp policies and procedures to facilitate all recommended safe physical/social distancing practices. Some modifications parents can expect include but are not limited to:

  • Campers and staff are encouraged to stay home if not feeling well.
  • Camper drop-off and pick-up will take place in car lines only. Parents/guardians will NOT be permitted in the outdoor or indoor camp spaces.
  • Daily screenings required for every camper and all staff each morning of camp. Screening will include a temperature check and brief questionnaire about symptoms the person is experiencing and potential exposure to someone who has tested positive of COVID-19. Screening questions include:
    • Have you administered medications to lower the child’s temperature.  
    • Is the child experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and/or symptoms of a cold or flu?   
    • Ask if anyone has been complaining of sore throat or body rash?   
    • Has the child been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or has anyone in the household had symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath). 
    • Are you, parent or guardian, essential personnel?  
    • Is there any reason these symptoms exist for you? (regarding issues with seasonal allergies)
  • Campers will stay together in “groups.” Groups will consist of no more than 10 campers and 2 counselors. 
    • Groups will remain isolated from other groups for the majority of the day, with social distancing measures in place. 
    • Campers that register for multiple weeks will be assigned to the same group for the entirety of their camp registration.
  • All campers and staff are required to wear face masks/coverings whenever utilizing indoor spaces or in outdoor spaces when distancing is not possible. Face masks/coverings are not required in outdoor spaces when distancing is practiced. Campers must bring their own face masks/coverings each day. The Y will have extra face masks on hand in the event a replacement is necessary.
  • Activities that promote distancing will be emphasized throughout the camp day as much as possible.
  • Camp equipment will be designated per group as much as possible to limit sharing of items. Equipment that is shared will be sanitized thoroughly between each use.
  • All campers and staff will wash/sanitize hands between every activity block throughout the camp day, approximately every 40 minutes.
  • All camp spaces will be thoroughly sanitized at the end of each camp day. 


We’re here to help! For questions about your membership, camp registration, updated policies and procedures, payment, and more, families are encouraged to contact Jessica Nicewicz at and 908 722 4567 x611. 

Get EXCITED—Summer Camp at the Y Starts July 6th! We are so happy to welcome you back to summer camp at the Y!


Together, We're a Better Us.



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

Camp Sunburst’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 embed 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 Sunburst.



American Camp Association Accredited

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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.