Explore, Create and Discover — A Spectacular Summer Camp Experience Begins with the Summit Area YMCA!

Mark your calendars! Registration starts on Monday, January 7

Sign Up Today and choose from over 50 traditional and specialty summer programs for children of all ages and interests!

Summit, NJ— Now that the holidays are behind us and the days are starting to get longer, summer will be here in no time! At the Y, we strive to ensure your child has the best summer camp experience ever!

The Summit Area YMCA offers a wide variety of camp choices for children ages 3 – 16, designed to meet every interest and passion every week of summer – from June 17 through August 30! Featuring traditional favorites plus an assortment of specialty camps from sports and swimming to arts and science and everything in between, we surely have something for every child! We also offer full and half days plus extended care options.

To make camp a perfect fit for busy families, parents who cannot drop-off or pickup at off-site camp locations may opt for YMCA bus transportation to and from the Y, bringing campers between their specific off-site camp locations. There’s also extended care options at both the Berkeley Heights YMCA and the Summit YMCA plus full and half day options. 

This summer, we are also excited to be debuting great one-of-a-kind specialty camps! Just a few out of the many choices include:


  • Culinary Camps: Food Magicians, Lil’ Bakers, Culinary Adventures
    Art Camps: Slime Art, Glitz & Glamor, Sci-Art, Sew Creative, and Movie Makeup
  • STEM Camps: Fun at the Farm, Mad Science: Destination Earth, Mad Science: Diggin’Dinos, Mad Science: Schoolhouse Chess, Bricks 4 Kids: Concept of Money, Bricks 4 Kidz: Lemonade Stand Entrepreneurs
  • Dance Camps: Hop Hop & Rockin’ Cheer
  • Camps that Promote Physical Activity: Ninja Warriors, Playground Hopper
  • Camps that Promote Mental Activity: Mad Science: Schoolhouse Chess, Bricks 4 Kidz: Jr. Engineering

For the full SAY Camp listing, visit Camp A - Z



For older children ages 14 – 16, the Y offers Teen Camps and leadership programs like Leader’s in Training (LIT). Our camps encourage campers to become better leaders and positive role models! We also offer our ever-popular Teen Trek where teens enjoy daily excursions to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

Special Needs at the Summit Area YMCA is thoughtfully designed for children/teens with communication, social, behavioral and learning differences to thrive in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Learn more about our Specialty Camp, Awesome Afternoon.

Under the guidance of caring, enthusiastic, trained staff members, Y campers will create lasting friendships, lifelong memories, and find positive role models to look up to. According to the American Camp Association, “Camps and other youth development programs provide the opportunity to reduce summer learning loss in an expanded learning environment where children are engaged and have an opportunity for additional academic enrichment.” Camp is a place where children can unplug from technology and enjoy just being a kid.

Our programs inspire campers to embrace the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and challenge them to grow physically, mentally, and socially by gaining an appreciation for other perspectives, encouraging campers to become better friends, students and leaders and, of course, to have tons of fun!

“My daughters Ayanna and Laetitia had a wonderful time at camp with the Y. Laetitia went to Mad Science camp and she would come back with a science experiment every day and talk about what she did with cylinders and pipettes. Being a scientist myself, I was enthralled by her enthusiasm and impressed that the Y actually hired professionals and experts from the related fields to teach and engage the children. Ayanna also loved Camp Cannundus and had a great time outdoors with all the team spirit and nature activities. Both of them enjoyed the Y for both the indoor and outdoor activities!” — Sonia Khullar-Hubert, Parent and Summit Area YMCA Member

2019 Camp Registration

You can register online or you can visit the Summit YMCA or Berkeley Heights YMCA to register in-person.

Summer camp scholarships and financial assistance are available to those in need.

Don’t Forget These Special Offers

January 18 Deadline: Get a free 1-week of transportation OR $50 off pre/post camp when you register for 6+ weeks of camp.

February 28 Deadline: Enjoy Early Bird Pricing with code EBP2019 when you register before February 28.

Save up to $70 when signing up for multiple weeks through our Camp More Save More offer.

We're gearing up for another awesome summer, and we hope you’ll be a part of it too! 

For more information on camp, visit www.thesay.org/camp or contact:

Kelly McHugh, General Camp Director
(P) 908-273-3330 ext. 1125
(E) kelly.mchugh@thesay.org.

The Summit Area YMCA's summer camps are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), an independent body that establishes standards for key aspects of camp operation, program quality, health and safety of campers.


About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need.