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WELCOME TO SOMERSET HILLS YMCA DAY CAMP

Summer Camps at a Glance

Our Summer Day Camp is an 10-week program that runs from Monday, June 25 through Friday, August 31. Campers may sign up for one or more weeks. Somerset Hills YMCA Day Camp offers so many great camps. To create the best summer ever, plan variety into your child’s camp schedule with both traditional and specialty camp options. Summer is a great time to explore new interests and pursue passions at camp! Mix and match camps for more summer fun!


For the 2018 camp season we will offer camps at the following locations:

Bernards High School (BHS)  Somerset Hills YMCA (MT. AIRY)
25 Olcott Ave.
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
140 Mt. Airy Rd.
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Traditional Camp Options

Pre-teen and Teen Camps
  • Explorers
    This camp is designed to provide a sense of adventure, independence and fun. Each session provides a variety of daily trips to locations such as Sandy Hook Beach, Mountain Creek Water Park, Dorney Park, Somerset Patriots Baseball, Delaware Water Gap, High Point State Park, and many more! Most trips run from 9:30am-3:30pm; however, a few trips return by 6:00pm. Campers who stay during extended hours (3:30-6:00pm) will take part in activities in the Gagnon Teen and Community Center. In an effort to accommodate working parents, children may be dropped off as early as 7:30am and picked up as late as 6:00pm. Upon arrival in the morning, campers need to be signed in at the Camp Desk and then report to the Gagnon Teen and Community Center on the lower level of the Y.


    Campers must be entering 6th-10th grade in Sept. 2018.
Special Needs Camps
Somerset Hills YMCA camps are approved to provide camp programs to children eligible for services through Division of Children and Families, NJ Children’s System of Care.

Inclusion Program
This program is for children with mild to moderate disabilities who are capable of thriving in a typically developing camper atmosphere and who will benefit from a fully integrated summer day camp experience. Our summer day camps often result in positive therapeutic outcomes through their recreational nature. Shadows assigned to children who need extra support will provide basic assistance with engaging in social and recreational activities within a group setting.

Information for Inclusion Program
Children who require a shadow to be successful in this program can be provided with one. Arrangements for a qualified shadow can be made by speaking with Kim de Zutter, Senior Director of Family Services, at 908 630 3507, who will assist in assessing your
child’s needs for inclusive participation in the camp program.

The level of expertise necessary for your child’s participation will be discussed and the cost of the shadow will be assessed based on the outcome of the discussion. Funding through the Department of Children and Families, NJ Children’s System of Care can be
accessed by families with children with developmental disabilities. Somerset Hills YMCA, a branch of Somerset County YMCA, is a qualified provider that will allow families to access these funds. Further information about this funding opportunity can be obtained by going onto the PerformCare website at www.performcarenj.com or contacting them at 1 877 652 7624. It is recommended that families begin reaching out to them no later than mid-February to begin the necessary process for accessing these funds.

The Inclusion Program is available for Adventure Camp and Kinder Camp, which are both held during Sessions: A, B, C and D.

All requests for shadows must be made by April 1, 2018 so that we can secure the appropriate staff to meet your child’s needs.


  • Carousel Kids
    Carousel Kids is a week-long, camp-like program designed for children with more significant needs for support. It provides families with quality care for their child with special needs, and offers children the opportunity to learn and practice social and recreational skills, and have fun while making friends.

    Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, music, creative movement and outdoor games in a structured environment. We will utilize visual schedules, sensory tools and transitional prompts to help ensure your child’s success.


    * Sessions 1 & 2. Please note these dates could change depending upon the final decision regarding extended school year. 


    All Participants:
    To best serve your child, all Carousel Kids participants and their families must complete an Intake Form, as well as have an in‑person interview with Stephanie Jasinski, Director of Special Needs.

    Funding through the Department of Children and Families, NJ Children’s System of Care can be accessed by families with children with developmental disabilities. Somerset Hills YMCA, a branch of Somerset County YMCA, is a qualified provider that will allow families to access these funds. Further information about this funding opportunity can be obtained by going onto the PerformCare website at www.performcarenj.com or contacting them at 1 877 652 7624. It is recommended that families begin reaching out to them no later than mid-February to begin the necessary process for accessing these funds.


    For further registration information and other inquires about this program, please contact Stephanie Jasinski at 908 766 7898 x503 or webmail.
Traditional Camps
  • Adventure Camp (Traditional)
    This fun, traditional day camp allows campers to explore through diverse, age-appropriate activities such as Sports & Games, Science & Nature and Arts & Crafts. New this year, for campers entering 3rd-6th grades, Woodworking will be offered during their Arts & Crafts period. Campers will participate in a “Daily Challenge”, which helps to promote critical thinking skills, teamwork and creativity. This camp also includes field trips, special event days, plus a daily 30-minute swimming lesson and a 15-minute free swim. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

    Farm - 1st Grade
    Rookies - 2nd Grade
    Minors - 3rd Grade
    Majors - 4th Grade

    Campers must be entering 1st-6th grade in Sept. 2018


    Please see the camp guide for detailed schedules.

  • Counselor in Training (CIT) Camp

    This exciting camp offers teens who are looking to develop skills as future leaders a terrific opportunity to gain first-hand experience while building values of responsibility, motivation, creativity and dependability. Visit our website to download a CIT Application Form and to learn more about the benefits of the CIT Program such as:

    > On-the-job mentoring
    > Career coaching
    > Scholarships
    > Transition to Junior and Senior Counselor


    Please submit completed applications to: Kim de Zutter. Campers must be entering 9th or 10th grade in Sept. 2018

  • Kinder Camp
    Through a variety of activities, and with the guidance of a caring and mature staff, campers will be involved in the following types of activities: Arts & Crafts, Science & Nature, Sports & Games, Music & Movement, and Swimming Lessons. This camp also includes field trips and special event days.

    The half-day option is geared toward preschool children 3 years old. The fullday option is more suited for children ages 4 and 5 years. All Kinder Campers must be fully toilet trained in order to attend camp.

    A daily swim lesson is included in the schedule. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

    Campers must be entering Preschool or Kindergarten in Sept 2018.

Specialty Camp Options


Our themed specialty camps are terrific opportunities for campers to explore their creativity and pursue their passions in science, art, sports, technology, performing arts and more! It is a perfect way to add variety to their summer camp experience as they learn and grow.
Culinary, Visual & Performing Arts Camps
  • Art of Gaming (BHS)
    This camp encourages gamers to examine the history of the video game industry including business strategy, ingenuity and creativity. Campers will dive deep into what makes a game successful and have the opportunity to play on several different consoles such as Atari™, Wii™ and Kinect™. Campers will exercise their creative side and strategic thinking skills by learning how to create their own basic video game. To ensure that the campers engage in physical activity, a part of their day will be spent outside playing sports and games.


    Campers must be entering 4th-6th grade in Sept. 2018
  • Behind the Scenes (BHS)
    Campers explore how to put on a successful theatrical production including set design, set creation, stage make-up, props, lighting and costumes and supporting the Performing Arts Camp’s final performance on the last day of the session. Plus, for an additional fee of $145 per child, sessions B-D campers have the option of taking a one-day trip to a Broadway play and workshop or stage tour in New York City. An alternate camp option is available if they choose not to attend the trip. Attire: Smock, oversized shirt or painting clothes for scenery production days.


    Campers must be entering 3rd-10th grade in Sept. 2018
  • Cooking (BHS)
    During this program the campers will have hands-on experience in creative cooking. Children will make some of their favorite foods, learn about healthy cooking and discover that there are some unconventional cooking methods that result in delectable treats. A walking trip to a local grocery store or restaurant will give them first-hand experience with food selection and buying food. Campers’ creativity will be on display as they use basic cooking equipment like microwaves, crock pots, hotplates and toaster ovens to serve up delicious concoctions. This camp is not equipped with a “chef kitchen” and therefore alternative equipment and creative cookery is implemented within this program.

    Campers will leave with a newfound love for cooking as well as the skills and confidence to safely prepare delicious snacks and meals.


    Campers must be entering 3rd-8th grade in Sept. 2018.
  • Dance Boot (BHS)
    A high-energy, intensive dance training camp gives dancers a great opportunity to work on stage presence, technique and style. Campers will participate in daily workshops that focus on hip hop, jazz, lyrical and tap. This boot camp will get aspiring dancers ready for the upcoming competitive dance season. A free swim is included in the schedule. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

    Attire: Tank top or leotard with jazz pants or bike shorts. No loosely fitted clothing; no jeans.

    Shoes: Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop are suggested but not required; regular sneakers are acceptable for Hip Hop.


    Campers must be entering 4th-8th grade in Sept. 2018
  • Digital Media (BHS)
    Campers’ imaginations will be limitless when they explore the world of digital media and learn the art of video production as they create documentaries, music videos, commercials or short skits. Campers will learn the basics of filming and learn the art of photo editing. All genres of media will be explored including posters, magazine covers, advertisements, contemporary art and more!

    Each camp session may take a one-day trip to a New Jersey art museum; an additional charge for this day is $50 per child and is not included in the camp fee. Payment for the trip will be required prior to the day of the event. Campers who do not wish to attend the trip will be offered an alternate camp program for the day.

    We encourage campers to bring their own digital camera. We will offer cameras to share, as necessary.


    Campers must be entering 4th-10th grade in Sept. 2018
  • Fashion Design (BHS)
    If your child likes clothing and has a flair for fashion, this is the perfect camp! Campers are introduced to the world of fashion design. They will learn simple sewing techniques using sewing machines and will create some of their own designs. Campers will have the opportunity to re-purpose old clothing to more updated, trendy apparel with the skills they learn during the session.

    Fashion Design Camp will take a one-day trip to the garment district and visit a fashion showroom. The cost of the trip is not included in the camp fee, and will be an additional charge of $145 per child for those who would like to participate. Payment for the trip will be required prior to the day of the event. Campers who do not wish to attend this trip will be offered an alternate camp program for the day.


    Campers must be entering 4th-8th grade in Sept. 2018.
  • Performing Arts (BHS)
    Campers will experience dance, theater and music while developing an appreciation for and love of the performing arts. Daily workshops, focused on dance, theater and music will prepare the children for a performance, which is held on the last day of each session. Parents are encouraged to attend the performance to see all that their children have learned. Children will be grouped by age and ability.

    Sessions B-D will take a one-day trip to a Broadway play and workshop or stage tour in New York City. The cost of the trip is not included in the camp fee, and will be an additional charge of $145 per child for those who would like to participate. Payment for the trip will be required prior to the day of the event. Campers who do not wish to attend this trip will be offered an alternate camp program for the day.

    Attire: Tank top or leotard with yoga/exercise pants or bike shorts. No loosely fitted clothing; no jeans.

    Shoes: Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop are suggested but not required; regular sneakers are acceptable.


    Campers must be entering 1st-6th grade in Sept. 2018
  • Rising Stars (BHS)
    Campers who want to further explore their love of performing arts can enjoy two weeks of dance, theater, music and fun! The camp culminates with a performance, which is held on the last day of each session. Parents are encouraged to attend the performance to see all that their children have learned.

    Campers will take a one-day trip to a Broadway play and workshop or stage tour in New York City. The cost of the trip is not included in the camp fee, and will be an additional charge of $145 per child for those who would like to participate. Payment for the trip will be required prior to the day of the event. Campers who do not wish to attend this trip will be offered an alternate camp program for the day.

    Attire: Tank top or leotard with yoga/exercise pants or bike shorts. No loosely fitted clothing; no jeans.

    Shoes: Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop are suggested but not required; regular sneakers are acceptable.


    Campers must be entering 7th-10th grade in Sept. 2018
Fine Arts Camps
  • Fine Arts (BHS)
    Art is for everyone! Artistic ability is not a prerequisite for this camp. Campers with any and all levels of skill are welcome to join. Campers will be exposed to a wide variety of art forms and mediums.

    Please see chart below for details regarding each camp session.

    Each camp session may take a one-day trip to a New Jersey art museum; an additional charge for this day is $50 per child and is not included in the camp fee. Payment for the trip will be required prior to the day of the event. Campers who do not wish to attend the trip will be offered an alternate camp program for the day.

    Attire: Smock, oversized shirt to protect clothing.


    Campers must be entering 1st-8th grade in Sept. 2018



    Papermaking and Bookbinding - Session A1 - 2nd-6th
    All Things Wood - Session A2 - 4th-8th Grade
    Fine Arts - Session B - 4th-8th Grade
    Fine Arts - Session C & D - 1st-6th Grade
Sports Camps
  • Cheerleading (BHS)
    Campers will be physically active and have fun while learning the latest cheers, chants, stunts and tumbling! Use this camp as a springboard to prepare for the upcoming cheerleading season. Campers will spend time practicing their cheers both inside the facility as well as outside on the fields.

    A free swim is included in the schedule. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

    Attire: Shorts, T-shirts, sneakers, bathing suit, towel. No flip-flops, sandals or jewelry.


    Campers must be entering 1st-6th grade in Sept. 2018.
  • Sports (MT. AIRY)
    Our Sports Camp offerings will be Basketball, Soccer, Sport Mix, Football and Baseball. Please refer to the chart below for grade level and session information.


    Campers must be entering 1st-8th grade in Sept. 2018


    DROP OFF/PICK UP INFORMATION

    All campers enrolled in any of our Sports Camps at BHS must be dropped off in the morning at BHS and picked up at the YMCA at the end of the day. This includes children in regular hours (9:30am-3:30pm) as well as extended hours (7:30am-6:00pm).

    All children enrolled in Sports Camps at BHS will be transported via bus to the YMCA at 2:00pm daily for a free swim from 2:30-3:00pm.

    Campers should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

    Please note that the age groups for these camps vary depending on the camp session. Please refer to the chart when making your camp selection. Additionally, these camps include one field trip during each session. If your child does not attend the field trip, there will not be a camp alternative for that day as the camp staff is required to participate in the trip.


    Basketball
    This camp teaches children about the fundamentals of basketball by focusing on one sport for both weeks of the session. Campers will work on dribbling, passing, defense, shooting and more skills. The camp will culminate with a championship game at the end of the session with teams that are created during the session. Each camper will have the opportunity to play. New this year, basketball camp for 7th-8th graders!

    Session A - 1st-3rd
    Session B - 4th-6th
    Session C - 7th-8th
    Session D - 4th-6th

    Flag Football

    Get ready for the fall football season by sharpening your skills on the gridiron. Campers will have the opportunity to learn different plays, work on their passing and defending skills. No pads necessary as this is a flag only game.

    Session C - 4th-6th

    Soccer

    This camp teaches children about the fundamentals of soccer by focusing on one sport for both weeks of the session. During this program, campers will learn dribbling, passing shooting and defending. Team play will be part of each day’s schedule along with individual drills.

    Session A - 4th-6th
    Session B - 1st-3rd
    Session D - 1st-3rd

    Sport Mix
    This camp will focus on a variety of sports, giving the camper the opportunity to find which sports he or she enjoys best.

    Session C - 1st-3rd
  • Tumbling (MT. AIRY)
    Coaches will assist the campers in developing strength, flexibility and coordination while building on their tumbling skills. Campers will be divided into groups by skill level and will spend time each day rotating through various skills.

    A half-hour free swim will be incorporated into the daily schedule. Campers should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.

    Attire: Leotard or bike shorts and form fitting t-shirt, bathing suit, towel. Hair must be tied back. No jewelry.


    Campers must be entering 1st-4th grade in Sept. 2018.
S.T.E.M. Camps
  • Challenge (MT. AIRY)
    This camp will focus on stimulating children through group and individual activities that challenge them to go beyond their comfort zone and explore the world around them. Activities that encourage teamwork and collaboration will include arts & crafts, sports and environmental awareness. Children participate in a “daily challenge” that encourages problemsolving while building new skills. A free swim is included in the schedule. Children should bring a bathing suit and towel each day.


    Campers must be entering K-6th grade in Sept. 2018
  • Crime Busters (BHS)
    This camp aims to expose campers to the field of law enforcement. Campers will learn about the various aspects of serving the community. Guest visits from individuals employed within law enforcement will allow your child to experience such things as a typical day of a police officer, how to investigate a crime scene, and the equipment used. Campers will apply the skills that they have learned by solving a “crime.”


    Campers must be entering 4th-6th grade in Sept. 2018
  • Games of Strategy (BHS)
    This camp will focus on traditional board games and the strategies and skills that are needed to play these games. No computers, iPods or technical devices in this camp. Campers will be engaged in “old school” board games designed to challenge their minds while developing strategies that will help them win the game. Games that will be taught/played will include chess, checkers, Stratego®, Risk®, Clue®, Settlers of Catan® and Quoridor. At the end of the two-week session, each camper will have created his or her own board game of skill and strategy to keep and play at home.


    Campers must be entering 4th-6th grade in Sept. 2018
  • LEGO® Mania (BHS)
    Creativity, skill building, and math concepts of symmetry, shape and geometry are just a few of the proven benefits of building and playing with LEGO® bricks. This two-week camp will create an environment where children will explore a variety of different LEGO® building activities including making their own creations. There will also be challenges to foster team-building and cooperative learning that will help your child grow through hands-on experience.


    Campers must be entering 1st-4th grade in Sept. 2018
  • Science (BHS)
    Science camp offers campers the opportunity to explore the world of science through experiments and activities that revolve around a daily theme, which may include chemical reactions, motion/friction, recycling, weather and “How is it Made?” This camp will help children expand their scientific knowledge through hands-on experience.


    Session A: Children entering 3rd and 4th grades.
    Session D: Children entering 1st and 2nd grades.

AMERICAN CAMP ASSOCIATION ACCREDITED

American Camp Association AccreditedWe are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) which sets the highest standards or day camps in the nation. This important seal of approval means we comply with up to 300 health, safety and program quality standards set by the ACA. We have gone to great lengths to provide a safe and quality environment.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

For more information about financial aid, please contact Matt Gray at 908 369 0490 x722 or via webmail.

As part of the online registration process, a $50 deposit is due per child, per camp in order to complete your registration. The deposit is fully refundable prior to May 1, and partially thereafter, should you need to make any changes to your camp selections.