Children experience the summer in a fun, supportive environment with experienced nurturing teachers and a full time nurse on duty. The children will frequent the Summit YMCA for swimming, enjoy daily playground time and water play. Daily activities include arts and crafts, talent shows, dance, soccer and baseball clinics, gardening, hiking, summer reading and writing club, STEM activities, games and more.
TLC Camps are full day, month-long camps. Total price includes healthy meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks) and any field trips or enrichment programs. TLC camps are not eligible for special offers such as early bird pricing.
Campers will focus on a variety of art topics such as drawing, painting, sculpting and printmaking! Led by experienced art instructors, the children will learn about some of the most influential artists of the past and present to recreate some of their most famous works of art. Each day campers will create and explore their newly discovered creativity in Art Adventures!
Let’s build a CITY! There are many different types of engineering jobs, and building is one of the most fun! What would a city be without the architects and engineers who come up with the ideas, plans and building skills to make it all come together? Campers will put their engineering and architecture skills to work as they collaborate and build city themed models, buildings, and vehicles using LEGO® Bricks. They’ll have a blast using custom-built cars to move the people of the city all around town – brick by brick! What an accomplishment to be able to proudly exclaim “We built this city!”
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.
Campers swim everyday at Camp Lagoonland (except on scheduled trip days), in addition to games, arts and crafts and field trips to local attractions. They also participate in weekly swimming lessons. Field trips may include state parks, sporting events, movies, mini-golf and more.
Does your camper prefer the great indoors? Celebrate summer at the Summit YMCA with a full day of specialty camp. Campers will build, create arts and crafts, explore S.T.E.A.M. experiments, play games as well as take local walking trips to the playground and downtown Summit.
During this action packed Mad Science camp kids explore chemistry in a safe manner. With spectacular hand-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. weird experiments to make exploding toothpaste, slimy boogers and more.
Inspire the inventor and scientist in your child at Mad Science Eureka Inventor's camp! Children will overcome a series of challenges using basic materials, simple machines, tips from famous inventors and – most importantly, their mind. 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% creative fun!
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!
Does your child have happy feet? Encourage them to come hip hop and rock away at our cheer camp! Campers will learn fun high-energy hip hop dances, cheers, chants, and jumps plus work as a team to create routines and coordinate their very own pep rally. Family and friends are invited to watch the BIG show at the end of the week!
Jr. Travelers camp is the perfect combination of traditional camp activities, swimming at the Y and fun adventurous trips based out of the Watchung Reservation. Every week is different and full of fun! Possible trip destinations include Wild West City, FunPlex, Round Valley, Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Arcade, and more!
Ever wonder how your favorite pizza pie is made? Or what goes into the cream to make it your favorite sundae? Join us in this week long adventure to some of our favorite local restaurants as we explore how these creations come to life. Not only will campers get to eat a variety of amazing food but they’ll get a complete behind-the-scenes tour and learn kitchen secrets from some of our area’s greatest chefs.
In this Bricks 4 Kidz camp, children will build customized 3D superhero figures and motorized models with LEGO® bricks to create a fantasy world and protect it against all the evil arch enemies with challenging LEGO® components to create dynamic vehicles, inventions, machines and more.
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!
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!
Obstacle Warrior camp combines inspiration from the popular TV show American Ninja Warrior along with gym class games. Campers will face challenging obstacles and learn how to blow by them with ease! Obstacle Warrior Camp is perfect for children who are looking to have fun, stay active and improve their agility and speed!
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.
In sewing camp, we teach children how to sew, express themselves and experiment with creativity to design and make wearable or usable items. This offers campers opportunities to experience success, build confidence and self-esteem. Through guidance from our expert sewing instructor, we’ll create items such as pillows, animals, sachets, quilts and more to learn to sew anything!
Does your child love the ooey 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 slimey 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!
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!
This Mad Science camp features fun-filled, hands-on, secret agent-themed science activities that allow kids to play detective, explore forensic science and sharpen their surveillance skills, and crack encrypted messages. Kids become super sleuths!
In this Mad Science camp, 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 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!
Designed as an introduction to video game design, this Bricks 4 Kidz helps children learn basic coding and programming using Scratch Jr. Programming via iPad. 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
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.