Are you a Star Wars fan? Join us on an adventure journey through space. Build the Redstone Rocket to blast through the atmosphere into a realm that is truly out of this world. Travel back in time to build NASA's Gemini Capsule. Each day also includes LEGO Star Wars-themed models, group games, challenges, and more. Trust your astronaut's building skills to pilot a spacecraft that will bring you back to Earth safely. We'll build motorized models that represent spacecraft from your favorite popular space movie. Come experience this stellar journey to a galaxy far away!
Skydive down from a flying bus into a world of brick building! Imagine living in this brick world for a fortnight, and working on a fun mission while you're here. Campers will love building popular game characters, llamas, and motorized character models that dance! This fun game-based camp focuses on the fun of building, navigating, and teamwork.
Get ready to build and discover how your model transforms! Campers will love the combination of building models that can be rebuilt into something completely different. These awesome 2-in-1 models will include exciting characters, robots, vehicles, and more! Follow the step-by-step building plans and ignite your inner engineer by using your imagination to transform models into something unique. Join us for this fun-filled camp where campers can apply their creativity and engineering skills to build and transform!
This camp is all about the world of online video games and apps! In this interactive summer camp, campers will use LEGO Bricks to create and build different characters from their favorite video games. Themes such as Super Mario Bros., Roblox, Beyblades, Pokemon, Fortnight, and Minecraft come to life through motorized LEGO kits, mosaics, and 3D art. Don't forget classic Nintendo and SEGA themes such as Zelda, Duck Hunt, Pacman, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Each day will be a new adventure as the virtual and LEGO worlds combine!
Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. Experience the world of Minecraft with LEGO bricks in this fun summer camp! Kids will be crafting their shelters and some of the mobs, critters, and tools using LEGO Bricks. Students will have new challenges each day, building models and crafting key elements from the popular Minecraft game. Campers will be challenged to bring their virtual designs to life by building new mob figures, mosaics, and customized models incorporating LEGO bricks.
Get ready for an adventure in the world of Pokemon! Capture wild Pokemon creatures and train them for battle. Improve your accuracy and power as you learn new moves and use special abilities. Tap into your inner engineer as we build Dratini, Picachu, Poke Balls, and more. Bring your own Pokemon trading cards if you wish to play and trade at the end of each day. Show off your skills as you battle for power in your journey through the Pokemon Universe. Do you have what it takes to become a Pokemon Master?
Making it move is the name of the game at this exciting camp! Kids will love to see their creations in motion using LEGO® remote controls. Each day, campers will use fascinating and challenging LEGO® to create dynamic vehicles, inventions, machines and more. As they enjoy the fun of building, campers will understand the basic working principles of many ingenious devices that are part of our everyday lives. Campers will also learn how to magnify, diminish and redirect force to move objects at different speeds and in different directions. This camp is loads of fun and learning for budding builders.
Campers will build customized 3-D superhero figures and motorized models with LEGO® bricks to create a fantasy world and protect it against all the evil arch enemies. Each day, campers will also use fascinating and challenging LEGO® components to create dynamic vehicles, inventions, machines and more.
Full STEAM Ahead Science Camp provides an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun experimenting with a wide variety of STEAM activities. Activities are designed to trigger the lively imaginations of children and build their self-confidence. We'll explore exciting topics such as skyscrapers, flight, chemical reactions, and much more!
Our mission is to connect campers to nature and food through farm-based education! Campers will grow, learn and play through creative, hands-on projects, visiting the farm each day to see how farms function. Campers will visit the animals, learn about planting seasons and have fun while doing it!
Children explore the inside of the body and learn about the organ systems and the cells that it's composed of. They discover cool chemical reactions, and how to solve a crime, in this hands-on summer science adventure!
During this action-packed camp, kids safely explore chemistry. With spectacular hands-on activities and amazing demonstrations, kids will both learn and apply the concepts, tools, and techniques of real chemists. Campers will start by learning lab techniques and safety procedures, and then use these to mix crazy concoctions and chemical combos. Kids even get fun lab gear to take home!
Inspire the inventor and scientist at Eureka camp! Children will overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, simple machines, tips from famous inventors, and – most importantly, their minds. With a little bit of ingenuity, we will create catapults and forts, construct working light sticks and assemble a set of circuits with batteries and light bulbs. While Thomas Edison said “Genius is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration”, this camp is 100% FUN!
Mad Science and NASA® have teamed up to bring the excitement and wonder of space to our campers, for their chance to be a junior rocket scientist! We'll not only explore the science behind rocket construction but build our own. Through teamwork, we'll complete an important space mission and build a model space station. Explore the farthest reaches of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in our planetary tour. This stellar camp is your child's ticket to the stars. Let's journey through the galaxy with Mad Science!
Children learn about the uses of robots in our world and spend time experimenting with super cool red-hot robots. They discover the science of circuits and how robots use sensors to explore things around them. They build their very own working robot to take home with them!
Blast your way into rocket science! Learn about Space travel; build your own rocket made of recycled materials. Investigate anti-gravity and Newton’s Laws of Motion first-hand. Learn about propulsion with air-propelled miniature rockets. Make your own comet and create bubbling potions with Dry Ice. Learn about parachutes, streamers, helicopters, and other types of recovery systems on this fun-filled day. Demonstrate the rocket principles that you have learned all week with a launching finale!
This program features fun-filled, hands-on, secret agent-themed science activities that allow kids to play detective, explore forensic science, sharpen their surveillance skills, and crack encrypted messages. Kids become super sleuths!
We're digging up the ancient past to solve real-life mysteries! Learn about archaeology and the techniques scientists use to excavate long-lost cities. This indoor camp explores how scientists discover ancient civilizations by analyzing the tools and artifacts they used in everyday life. We'll study bone fragments, pottery shards, amber deposits, and fossils to learn what they can tell us about history. Make and take home projects each day, like a fossil reproduction and an amber time capsule!
Does your child love gooey things? Would you prefer they didn’t create them at home? Send them our way to Slime Time where we'll explore the science behind all things slimy and gooey - think slugs, chewing gum, and marshmallow fluff, and experiment with a variety of ingredients to make a number of slime-based creations every day in this week-long exploration of sticky icky things!
Children will explore the Watchung Reservation each day to learn fundamental wilderness survival techniques... like how to read and use basic maps and compasses, emergency fire making, locating and purifying water in the field, reading and creating emergency signals, understanding common wilderness emergencies and take part in an introduction to wilderness first aid course.
The Young Explorers is a first summer experience for preschool children to participate in an encouraging and supportive environment with nurturing teachers. Each week the Explorers will investigate a new theme in a fun, exciting way that combines special activities, on-site events and programs. The children will frequent the Summit YMCA for swimming, enjoy daily playground time and water-play.
The Summit Area YMCA offers a variety of unique camp options to ensure your child has every opportunity to enjoy the best possible summer camp experience ever!
As a nonprofit, the Summit Area YMCA is committed to enhancing the lives of individuals and families in our community. We do so by offering financial assistance to those with demonstrated need so that they may enjoy all the Y has to offer, regardless of their ability to pay. This helps us ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Families with low or moderate household income or those who are experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to apply. Applicants must live or work in the Summit Area YMCA service area which includes Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit.