Specialty Camps

SPECIALTY SUMMER CAMPS


 

ART ADVENTURES

SUMMIT YMCA

WK: 2&6 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $305

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!

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BRICK CITY ENGINEERS LEGO® CAMP

SUMMIT YMCA

WK: 1 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $350

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!”

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CRAZY CHEMWORKS

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA

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

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.

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Eureka! Inventor's Camp

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA

WK: 3 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $315

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!

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full steam ahead

SUMMIT YMCA

WK: 4&8 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 5-8 | COST: $305

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!

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FUN ON THE FARM

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA

WK: 5 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $305

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!

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KITCHEN CREATIONS

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA

WK: 2 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $305

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.

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LEGO® Superhero Academy

SUMMIT YMCA

WK: 5 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $325

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.

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LEGO® TRANSFORMER
CHALLENGE CAMP 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA

WK: 7 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $325

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!

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NASA Space Academy

SUMMIT YMCA

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

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!

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OBSTACLE WARRIORS

SUMMIT YMCA

WK: 5&9 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $305

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!

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RED HOT ROBOTS

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA

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

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!

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REMOTE CONTROL MANIA LEGO®

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA

WK: 6 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $325

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.

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SEW CREATIVE

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA

WK: 4 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $305

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!

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SLIME TIME

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA

WK: 1&6 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-8 | COST: $305

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!

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SPECIALTY SIDEKICK

WATCHUNG RESERVATION

WK: 1-9 | 12PM-4pm | Ages 5-14 | COST: $195

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.

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SUPER SPIES AND DARING DETECTIVES

SUMMIT YMCA

WK: 6 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $325

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!

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Video Game Design - jr.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA

WK: 2 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 6-10 | COST: $325

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

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Video Game Design - Level 1

SUMMIT YMCA

WK: 3 | 9AM-12PM | Ages 8-12 | COST: $325

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.

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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!  

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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.

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