Explore the glory of chemistry, invention, space exploration and more! Our science camps boost confidence and foster learning, creativity, and discovery, plus they can be paired with a half-day Specialty Sidekick option to add traditional camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts, exploring nature and fun and games to your camper's day.
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!”
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!
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!
Experience the cutting edge of technology in this Bricks 4 Kidz camp with this introduction to LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 Robotics. Using the newest generation of motors, sensors and software, programming commands are sent directly into the intelligent brick, then students get to test their capabilities by moving an object with a robotic claw, building a robot that draws, or a creating a mouse trap. Our endless list of builds provide a variety of opportunities for your future engineer to experience the complete fundamental components of robotics at its best!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.