Themed Camps


Dive in head first to a week of discovery, exploring a new or your favorite topic with our themed camps! Campers will engage in imaginative play, exercise their creativity, make new friends and more!


ADVENTURERS (TRADITIONAL)

TLC | JUL & AUG | 7AM-6PM | Ages 4-7

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Children experience the summer in a fun, supportive environment with experienced nurturing teachers and a full time nurse on duty. Each week the adventures will investigate a new theme in a fun, exciting way that combines activities, special on-site events and field trips. Daily activities include arts and crafts, playground time and water play, swimming at the Summit YMCA, special programs, dance, sports clinics, gardening, hiking, reading and writing, STEAM activities and games.

TLC Camps are full day, month-long camps. Price includes healthy meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks) and any field trips or enrichment programs.


Art Adventures (SPECIALTY)

SU | WK: 8 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 
COST*: $230

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Campers will focus on a variety of art topics such as drawing, painting, sculpting and printmaking! Each day campers will create and explore their newly discovered creativity in Art Adventures!

*This camp is eligible for the Camp More Save More Program - ENJOY MORE CAMP FOR LESS! 


CONCEPT OF MONEY - BRICKS 4 KIDZ (SPECIALTY)

SU | WK: 7 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 8-12
COST: $315

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Designed to give students a deeper financial understanding, the Concept of Money reviews financial management skills, forms of currency, how to create a personal budget, an introduction to our current financial and economic system and how it impacts our daily lives. The goal of this program is to provide children with real-life experience and to teach them the principles needed to help them make more informed financial decisions in the future.


Crazy Chemworks - Mad Science (SPECIALTY)

SU | WK: 1 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10
COST: $315

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Campers will have a blast shaking up a flask of fun in the lab and becoming a junior chemist! Learn to recognize chemical reactions by mixing up reactive ingredients for sensational results. Check out the colors of chemistry with the power of pH paper. Probe the properties of light and discover the unusual applications of glow-in-the-dark technology. Take home projects include a reaction tube kit, atomic coins, slippery slime, Professor Beakerdude and more!


CULINARY ADVENTURES (SPECIALTY)

SU | WK: 5 | 9AM-12PM | AGES 8-12
COST*: $300

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Have fun exploring the food scene in the downtown Summit area in this week! Not only will campers get to eat at a variety of amazing local restaurants but they’ll get a complete behind-the-scenes tour and learn kitchen secrets from some of our area’s greatest chefs.

*This camp is eligible for the Camp More Save More Program - ENJOY MORE CAMP FOR LESS! 


Destination Earth - Mad SciencE (SPECIALTY)

bh | WK: 9 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10
COST: $315

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Discover how science will help us protect our planet with hands-on experiments that will increase their understanding of Earth and its residents! Where do owls live? What do they eat? How do some bugs walk on water? How do ants collect their food? Walk on the wild side as we explore owls, birds and all kinds of bugs. Learn the basics of water pollution, acid rain and the benefits of solar energy.


Digging Dinos - Mad Science (SPECIALTY)

SU | WK: 6 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10
COST: $315

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Calling all dinosaur lover's! Here's your chance. Become a junior paleontologist at the Y! Experience dinosaur digs, black tar pits & bone reconstruction. See fossil replicas and touch real dinosaur fossils. Learn about casting and preserve your own T-Rex tooth and fly in amber as proof of your exciting journey hunting for these giants.


Food Magicians (SPECIALTY)

bh | WK: 1 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 5-8
COST*: $230

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This week will turn your camper into a food magician! Using edible science, we will explore delicious chemical reactions. Campers will measure and mix and watch their food grow and shrink and take on new shapes. Playing with your food has never been so much fun!

*This camp is eligible for the Camp More Save More Program - ENJOY MORE CAMP FOR LESS! 


LIL' BAKERS (SPECIALTY)

BH | WK: 2 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 5-8
COST*: $230

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Join us for a week of baking and tasting! All recipes will be made from scratch and campers will learn about healthy alternatives to the not-so-healthy ingredients found in many popular baked goods. 

*This camp is eligible for the Camp More Save More Program - ENJOY MORE CAMP FOR LESS! 


NASA Space Center - Mad Science (SPECIALTY)

SU | WK: 4 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10
COST: $315

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Mad Science and NASA® have teamed up to bring you the excitement and wonder of space along with your chance to be a rocket scientist! Explore the science behind rocket construction as you build your own. Use teamwork to 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 ticket to the stars, come journey through the galaxy with Mad Science!


Ninja Warriors (SPECIALTY)

BH | WK: 5 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 
COST*: $230

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WR | WK: 9 | 1PM TO 4PM** | AGES 6-10
COST*: $230

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Ninja 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! Ninja Warrior Camp is perfect for children who are looking to have fun, stay active and improve their agility and speed! Ninja Warrior Camp is held indoors at Berkeley Heights YMCA and outdoors at the Watchung Reservation.

**We have added a complimentary morning Speciality Sidekick Camp for Week 9 if you require care from 9:00AM - 1:00PM during this week.

SPECIALTY SIDEKICK AM

*This camp is eligible for the Camp More Save More Program - ENJOY MORE CAMP FOR LESS! 


PiratES, Princes & Princesses (SPECIALTY)

SU | WK: 2 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 5-8 
COST*: $300

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Calling all pirates, princes and princesses! Join us as we sail off to mysterious imaginary lands! A return to the days when pirates ruled the seas and royalty ruled the land. We'll make castles, crowns, pirate maps & more. ARRRRGGGHH, your majesty, this camp is filled with a bounty of music, games, activities and creative art experiences for our noble princes, princesses and seafaring pirates! 

*This camp is eligible for the Camp More Save More Program - ENJOY MORE CAMP FOR LESS! 


Pocket Brick Monsters - Pokémon® - BRICKS 4 KIDZ  (SPECIALTY)

SU | WK: 4 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 
COST: $315

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BH | WK: 7 | 9AM-12PM | AGES 6-10 
COST: $315

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Get ready for an adventure, capturing wild Pokémon® creatures and training them for battle. Improve your accuracy and power as you learn new moves and special abilities. Tap into your inner engineer as we build Dratini, Pikachu, Poké Balls & more. Bring your own Pokémon® trading cards to play and trade. Show off your skills as you battle for power in your journey through the Pokémon® universe. Do you have what it takes to become a Pokémon® Master?


Red Hot Robots - Mad Science (SPECIALTY)

SU | WK: 5 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 8-12 
COST: $350

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Join Mad Science and our Radical Robots for a scientific journey through circuitry and sensors. Explore several different types of robots, like ones that follow lines and sounds, robotic arms like the ones you see in the big factories on TV and more. Play robot tag via remote control and build your very own robot to take home!


Remote Control LEGO® Mania - Bricks 4 Kidz (SPECIALTY)

SU | WK: 1 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 
COST: $315

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Making it move is the name of the game here! Kids love seeing their using LEGO® remote controls creations in motion. Each day, campers will create dynamic vehicles, inventions, machines & more. Campers gain understanding of basic working principles for many ingenious devices that are part of our daily lives and earn how to magnify, diminish and redirect force to move objects at different speeds and in different directions. 


Secret Agent Lab - Mad Science (SPECIALTY)

BH | WK: 6 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10
COST: $315

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The following camp description is TOP SECRET: Suspects! Schematics! And Sleuths! Connect the dots using science to help solve a crime in this hands-on investigation of the science of sleuthing, evidence gathering, analysis and fingerprinting detection. Enhance your recall, observation skills and learn how to use spy equipment. This camp will sharpen your special operative skills and teach you all about the secret world of espionage. 


Sew Creative (SPECIALTY)

BH | WK: 4 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 
COST*: $230

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Learn how to sew, express yourself and experiment with your creativity. Designing and making a wearable or usable item allows campers to feel success, build confidence and self-esteem. Learn just how easy it is to sew and create items such as pillows, animals, sachets & quilts. Join our creative sewing expert and together you can learn to sew anything!

*This camp is eligible for the Camp More Save More Program - ENJOY MORE CAMP FOR LESS! 

Slime Art (SPECIALTY)

BH | WK: 5 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 5-8 
COST*: $230

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Does your child love the ooey gooey things? Would you prefer they didn’t create them at home? Send them our way to Slime Art Camp! We will create a variety of slime based doughs and mixtures every day in this week long exploration of sticky icky things!

*This camp is eligible for the Camp More Save More Program - ENJOY MORE CAMP FOR LESS! 

TEEN TREK (TEEN)

WR | WK: 1-9 | 9AM-4PM | Ages 11-14 
COST*: $425

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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! Last year's 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. Trip schedules will be available March 2019.

DAILY SCHEDULES TRIPS & THEMES


*This camp is eligible for the Camp More Save More Program - ENJOY MORE CAMP FOR LESS! 


TRAVELERS (Traditional)

WR | WK: 2-8 | 9AM-4PM | Ages 9-10 
COST*: $370

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Travelers camp is the perfect combination of traditional camp activities, pool days at the BHCP and three days of fun and adventurous trips. Sign up for a week or join us for the whole summer! Every week is different and full of fun! Last summer's trips include Dave & Buster's, Keansburg Amusement Park, Wild West City, Silver Ball Museum & Arcade, Tomahawk Lake, iPlay America, Funplex & Splash Zone, Dorneypark, NYC Freedom Tower, Lake Hopatcong, Castaway Cove Mini Golf, Round Valley, Bounce Factory & Laser Tag and more!

DAILY SCHEDULES TRIPS & THEMES


*This camp is eligible for the Camp More Save More Program - ENJOY MORE CAMP FOR LESS! 


WILDERNESS ADVENTURES (Teen)

WR | WK: 4,8 | 9AM-4PM | Ages 8-12 
COST*: $330

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Children will be bussed to the Watchung Reservation each day to learn learn fundamental wilderness survival techniques... like how to read and use basic maps and compasses, recognizing and treating exposure, 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.


*This camp is eligible for the Camp More Save More Program - ENJOY MORE CAMP FOR LESS! 


YOUNG EXPLORERS (PRESCHOOL)

TLC | JUL & AUG | 7AM-6PM | Ages 3-4

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The Young Explorers is a first summer experience for preschool children to participate in an encouraging and supportive environment with nurturing teachers and a full time nurse on duty. Each week the explorers will investigate a new theme in a fun, exciting way that combines special activities, on-site events, programs and the occasional field trip. The children will frequent the Summit YMCA for swimming, enjoy daily playground time and water-play.

TLC Camps are full day, month-long camps. Price includes healthy meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks) and any field trips or enrichment programs.

Registration for TLC Summer Camps are only accepted in person at The Learning Circle YMCA.


The Summit Area YMCA offers over 50+ unique camp options to ensure your child has every opportunity to enjoy the best possible summer camp experience ever!  

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Contacts

  • Kelly McHugh

    • Program Director, Child Care & Camp
      • Summit YMCA
      • The Learning Circle YMCA
    • (908) 273-7040 ext. 5217
  • Deb Graisser

    • Business Manager, Childcare & Camp
      • Association Services
    • (908) 738-2165