This Mad Science Brixology® Camp sets the foundation for our next generation of makers! Children learn about different types of engineering and then team up to construct a project using LEGO® bricks. They learn about aerospace engineering while assembling a space station. They explore mechanical engineering as they build boats and vehicles. That’s not all, from carnival rides to drawing machines, mechanical animals to truss bridges, your future engineer will build upon their creativity to solve real-world design challenges, while developing their problem-solving and team-building skills. Let the tinkering begin!
Making friends, learning new skills, understanding more about the natural world and good old fashion fun is what Camp Cannundus is all about. Hosted outdoors at the Watchung Reservation, each day offers many enjoyable activities to choose from including arts and crafts, nature hikes, games and swimming at the YMCA. Cannundus campers participate in a theme day, STEM day and a field trip every week!
This travel camp blasts off and ends summer with a bang! Children enjoy whole days of field trips to state parks, the beach, museums, fun centers and other exciting locations like Jenkinsons Aquarium, the Bronx Zoo & Liberty Science Center! Per diem or partial week is also available at $125 per day.
A unique summer camp experience, Mission Code Mad Science camp uses a hands-on approach combined with fun and games to introduce children to elementary coding. Children will develop computational thinking concepts like algorithms, functions, relative directions and sequences and problem solving skills in an online game environment where a robot is given a set of instructions to follow in order to solve each level. Our combination of online activities paired with engaging offline activities like scavenger hunts, code-cracking mysteries, robotics challenges and more!
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!
The perfect afternoon compliment to any morning specialty camp! Sidekick campers join Camp Cannundus at the Watchung Reservation for a half day of activities outdoors. Specialty Sidekick is only available as an add-on to campers enrolled in our half day specialty camps. Transportation for Specialty Sidekick is included between campsites.
Designed for the sports enthusiast and using the Y Super Sports Model, campers will develop fundamental athletic skills and techniques for a variety of sporting activities, while learning the value of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. Sports camp is held outdoors at the Watchung Reservation and each day includes drills, skill development, learning the rules, game time & open play. Sports camp partakes in field trips to local sporting events and we may occasionally have a visit from the Jr. NBA!
Teen Trek is one of our most popular camps, where teens enjoy daily excursions to New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania for adventure, cultural awareness, the deconstruction of comfort zones, new friends and lots of fun! Past trips included Seven Presidents Beach, Six Flags, Camel Beach Water Park, High Point State Park, Round Valley, Dorney Park, Bushkill Falls, Laser One, Delaware River and Dave & Busters, to name a few.
In this beginner Bricks 4 Kidz Video Game Design camp, students will build their coding and programming foundation using the Scratch Programming. The camp curriculum focuses on teaching campers the fundamentals in creating animations and games using data structures, algorithms and game design. Students will learn to create unique game design projects with functions that involve math and logic. Challenging problems are given in each class to enhance students understanding and encourage creativity.
In this intermediate-advanced level of Bricks 4 Kidz Video Game Design camp, students will develop a range of coding and problem-solving skills as they think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively to create various video games for fun. They will broaden their understanding of variables, operators, and event-driven programming while applying existing knowledge in new ways of thinking about Scratch Programming. Each game progressively teaches more advanced capabilities within the video game design software. Students will be proud and excited to develop and play their very own video games.
Children will explore the Watchung Reservation each day to learn 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 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.