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WELCOME TO CAMP STAR AT HILLSBOROUGH YMCA

Camp Star at Hillsborough YMCA is a 10-week program that runs from Monday, June 24th through Friday, August 30th. Campers may sign up for one or more weeks. Customize your child’s camp schedule with both traditional and specialty camp options—there are 50+ traditional, sports, arts and STEM camp options to choose from for children entering Kindergarten through 10th grade in September 2019. Mix and match camps for more summer fun!

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Important Dates


Camp Dates Registration Dates Open House Dates
Camp STAR
at Hillsborough YMCA

6/24 - 8/30
2/9 - Members
2/25 - Community
2/2, 3/2, 3/30 | 10am - 1pm


Schedule of Camp Weeks

1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10
6/24-6/28
7/1-7/5
7/8-7/12
7/15-7/19
7/22-7/26
7/29-8/2
8/5-8/9
8/12-8/16
8/19-8/23
8/26-8/30

American Camp Association Accredited

Camp Star at Hillsborough YMCA is state-licensed and ACA-accredited. Children are supervised by qualified, experienced and caring counselors and program directors. We offer extended hours options to provide families with flexibility and convenience.

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Traditional Camp Options

Traditional camp options offer an array of activities to keep campers engaged and entertained including weekly theme days. Campers will develop social skills and build long lasting friendships as they learn to work together through daily activities that include arts and STEAM projects, teambuilding activities, as well as traditional and non-traditional sports. Campers will also gain the courage and confidence as life-long swimmers through their participation in daily swim lessons and a daily recreational swim time.
Traditional Camps
  • Counselor in Training (CIT) Camp (Grades 8-10)
    This camp is designed for teens who are looking to develop skills as future leaders. It is a terrific opportunity to gain first-hand experience while building values of responsibility, motivation, creativity and dependability.

    Participants will learn leadership skills and have the opportunity to experience personal growth while working with younger campers in a supportive setting under the direction of mentors. Training includes leadership and communication skills, problem-solving and program planning. CITs will also be coached in effective interview techniques and given opportunities to participate in mock interviews with Y professionals.

    Interested individuals must complete and submit the CIT Application Form prior to camp registration in order to be accepted into this program.

    Campers must be entering 8th-10th grade in Sept. 2019
    Weeks offered: 1-10
  • Kindercamp (Grade K)
    This traditional indoor/outdoor camp provides a variety of activities to allow campers the chance to develop skills and passions.

    Kinder Campers will feel like true members of the camp community as they take part in camp-wide activities like theme days and daily performances, while still having a separate age-appropriate schedule and indoor home-base. Campers will also gain the courage and confidence as life-long swimmers through their participation in daily swim lessons and daily recreational swim time.

    Kinder Campers have the option to attend the camp trip each Wednesday.

    Campers must be entering Kindergarten in Sept. 2019
    Weeks offered: 1-10
  • Traditional Camp (Grades 1-7)
    This traditional outdoor camp provides an array of activities to keep campers engaged and entertained including weekly theme days.

    Campers will develop social skills and build long lasting friendships as they learn to work together through daily activities that include arts and crafts, teambuilding activities, as well as traditional and non-traditional sports. Campers will also gain the courage and confidence as life-long swimmers through their participation in daily swim lessons and a daily recreational swim time.

    Kids in Traditional Camp have the option to attend the camp trip each Wednesday.

    Campers must be entering 1st-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Weeks offered: 1-10
  • Weekly Trip Options (Grades K-10)
    To add even more fun and excitement to the camp week, we offer a weekly trip on Wednesdays for kids registered in Traditional Camp, Kinder Camp and Sports & Games Camp. The weekly trips are optional and are offered for an additional fee. If your child does not attend the trip, he or she will stay in Traditional Camp with all age groups and still have a great time with activities at camp that day.

    Weekly trips planned for the 2019 summer include:

    Week Date Location (Grades K-3) Location (Grades 4-10)
    Fee
    1 6/26 Land of Make Believe
    Land of Make Believe
    $35
    2 7/3 Funplex
    Six Flags*
    $35/$45*
    3 7/10 AMF Bowling
    AMF Bowling
    $35
    4 7/17 Liberty Science Center
    Museum of Natural History $35
    5 7/24 iPlay America Fireball Mountain
    $35
    6 7/31 Turtleback Zoo
    Philadelphia Zoo
    $35
    7 8/7 Splashplex Camel Beach $35
    8 8/14 Branchburg Sports Complex
    Tomahawk Lake
    $35
    9 8/21 Franklin Institute of Technology
    Franklin Institute of Technology
    $35
    10 8/28 Rock Climbing
    Rock Climbing
    $35

    *Six Flags trip price

    Campers must be entering Kindergarten through 10th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 1-10

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.
Animal & Nature Camps
  • Creepy Crawlers Camp (Grades 1-3)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Learn about the habitats and bodies of bugs, insects, reptiles, what they eat, and what makes them unique from mammals. Each day Creepy Crawlers Camp will focus on a different animal including snakes, lizards, turtles, and crocodiles.

    If your children are interested in the scaly and slithering, this camp is for them!

    Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 6
  • Dino Camp (Grades 1-3)
    In Dino Camp, our little paleontologists will explore and study the animals from the prehistoric era through dinosaur expeditions, crafts and much more. Campers will collect dino bones, make their own fossils, and take part in plenty of dino-themed games!

    Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 1
  • Future Vets Camp (Grades 1-8)
    Designed to explore and strengthen a camper’s curiosity about animals, Future Vets camp focuses on pets and zoo animals. Campers will have the chance to learn about and observe various animals up close.

    A new species will visit the camp each day!

    Weeks offered: 3, 6
    Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 3
    Campers must be entering 4th-8th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 6
  • Kid Travel Camp (Grades 4-8)
    Campers will go on a trip each day to explore New Jersey’s best sights and attractions!

    Contact Laura Rodriguez via webmail for daily trip details.

    Campers must be entering 4th-8th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 5
Visual & Performing Arts Camps
  • Dance Camp (Grades 1-8)
    In Dance Camp, beginner, intermediate and advanced participants will learn ballet, jazz, hip hop and more while gaining confidence in dance skills. Each week campers will learn two or more routines for their Friday afternoon performance in front of the rest of camp. For the more advanced class, a background in dance is encouraged, but not required.

    Weeks offered: 1, 3, 8

    Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 1 (Beginner)

    Campers must be entering 2nd-4th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 3 (Intermediate)

    Campers must be entering 5th-8th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 8 (Advanced)
  • Drama Camp (Grades 3-7)
    Drama Camp is for all aspiring actors and actresses! Campers will spend two weeks creating, planning and performing all aspects of a dramatic play. They will learn the basics of acting, play writing and what it takes to be in a show, all in preparation for a camp-wide performance at the end of the week.

    Campers must be entering 3rd-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 6-7
  • Hip Hop & Jazz Camp (Grades 3-6)
    In Hip Hop & Jazz Camp, campers will focus on these two areas of dance and will fine tune their skills, ability and talent. The campers will learn various routines and demonstrate at the end of the week what they have accomplished and experienced.

    Campers must be entering 3rd-6th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 10
  • Hollywood Horror Camp (Grades 3-6)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Learn what it takes to create blood on the big screen and how monsters come to life through costume and makeup in Hollywood Horror Camp! Campers will create short video clips with an emphasis on costumes and makeup creation.

    Campers must be entering 3rd-6th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 4
  • Musical Theater Camp (Grades 3-7)
    Campers will balance a perfect combination of the arts with a blend of music, art and dance to demonstrate what goes into Broadway musicals in Musical Theater Camp. Campers will hone in on their musical abilities with singing, their artistic ability through set construction and their broad-way style through dance.

    Campers must be entering 3rd-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 3-4

  • Video Production Camp (Grades 2-8)
    Video Production Camp participants will learn to work as a team, planning, creating and starring in mini–movies. Campers will have a chance to be actors and directors.

    Weeks offered: 6, 8
    Campers must be entering 2nd-4th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 6
    Campers must be entering 4th-8th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 8

Fantasy Camps
  • Campocalypse (Grades 3-7)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Dive into the fantastical worlds of Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Divergent, and more in this dystopian fantasy camp! Campers will create crafts, experiment and write new endings to their favorite alternate worlds.

    Engage in wildest imaginations!

    Campers must be entering 3rd-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 7
  • Culinary Creations Camp (Grades 2-8)
    Learn about nutrition, recipes and techniques in the kitchen, with a healthy serving of fun!

    Pack light on the food for your camper this week as each day participants will prepare a breakfast, snack and main course to enjoy. Food will be prepared daily.

    Weeks offered: 3, 7
    Campers must be entering 2nd-4th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 3
    Campers must be entering 5th-8th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 7
  • Future Teachers Camp (Grades 2-5)
    During Future Teachers Camp, the students become the teachers! Each day will focus on activities that will help campers develop confidence and public speaking skills! Campers will learn how to create their very own lessons to try with our younger campers and child care participants.

    Campers must be entering 2nd-5th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 2
  • Princesses, Fairies & Mermaids Camp (Grades 1-4)
    Imaginations will soar in this magical fairy tale-themed arts and crafts camp! Campers will make fairy wings, prince and princess crowns, wands, jewels, fairy tale puppets and more. Campers will also enjoy a special tea party!

    Campers must be entering 1st-4th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 10
  • Treasure Hunt Camp (Grades 1-3)
    Calling all explorers! Treasure Hunt campers will join us on a pirate-themed week where each day will start with a new hunt for treasure. In addition to daily scavenger hunts, campers will enjoy a variety of pirate-themed games and craft projects.

    Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 5
Fine Arts Camps
  • Art Camp (Grades K-7)
    Painting, drawing, sculpting and sketching will be the basis of our beginner, intermediate and advanced Art Camps. Learn about different mediums in a way that will stretch the imagination. Each week ends with a gallery style art show in which the rest of campers and parents can admire the talent and hard work of our artists!

    Weeks offered: 3, 4, 8
    Campers must be entering K-2nd grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 4
    Campers must be entering 2nd-4th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 3
    Campers must be entering 4th-7th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 8

  • Art Meets Science Camp (Grades 2-5)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Art Meets Science Camp is art with a twist! When you mix up art and science, you’ll create all kids of interesting designs. Experiment with different, colorful substances that produce rad reactions. Find out what candy chromatography is; put your noodle to work in this artistic chemistry camp!

    Campers must be entering 2nd-5th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 9
  • Craft Camp (Grades 2-5)
    Prepare for a week of hands-on activity as campers will craft and create a variety of projects. Activities include paper mache, basket weaving, beading and much more!

    Campers must be entering 2nd-5th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 5
  • Eco-Art Camp (Grades 3-7)
    Let your imagination run wild working with clay, leaves, brush, food and anything else found in nature in Eco-Art Camp! Campers will spend the week creating paintings, sculptures, recycled paper and much more!

    Campers must be entering 3rd-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 1
  • Extreme Room Makeover Camp (Grades 3-7)
    Are you ready for an extreme room makeover?! This fun arts and crafts camp will focus on making fun decorations for each camper’s very own space! Campers will make lamps, pillows, picture frames, wall art and other cool crafts with which to decorate their bedrooms. Campers will be given the opportunity to express themselves and personalize their rooms in this fun camp.

    Campers must be entering 3rd-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 2
  • Messy Art Camp (Grades 1-3)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Campers get messy in Messy Art Camp! From edible art to finger painting, this sensory camp will explore the messier artistic styles with food, textures and more!

    Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 7
Sports Camps
  • Basketball Camp (Grades 1-7)
    Campers can slam dunk into basketball with the organization that invented the game - the Y! Learn the skills and fundamentals to be successful while competing in daily contests and games.

    Weeks offered: 1, 2, 4, 9
    Campers must be entering 3rd-5th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 1
    Campers must be entering 2nd-4th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 2**
    Campers must be entering 5th-7th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 4
    Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 9
    **Girls-only basketball week
  • Bowling Camp (Grades 1-8)
    Learn and develop bowling techniques with a trip each morning to a local bowling alley to play frame after frame!

    Campers must be entering 1st-8th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 8
  • Cheer Dance Camp (Grades 2-5)
    Learn the latest cheer moves to the newest songs. A fun, high-energy camp that will keep campers moving to the beat. Campers will show off their skills with a performance at the end of the week!

    Campers must be entering 2nd-5th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 9
  • Flag Football Camp (Grades 1-7)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Develop and fine-tune your spiral pass with Flag Football! A high energy camp sure to encourage campers to work as a team.

    Weeks offered: 2, 6
    JV campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 2
    Varsity campers must be entering 4th-7th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 6
  • Golf Academy Camp (Grades 1-5)
    Golf Academy Camp participants will hone in on the mentality and skills that it takes to be successful from the fairway to the green. Two trips to a mini golf and driving range course will be included with this camp.

    Campers must be entering 1st-5th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 6
  • International Sports Camp (Grades 1-7)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Test your skills in sports played around the world. Campers will learn the rules and skills necessaries to play sports like cricket, rugby, water polo and more!

    Weeks offered: 5, 7
    JV campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 5
    Varsity campers must be entering 4th-7th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 7
  • Soccer Camp (Grades K-6)
    Learn the fundamentals of soccer, team-building and technical skills in a fun and non-competitive environment. Each morning will focus on skill work, while the afternoons are set aside for game play.

    Weeks offered: 1, 3
    JV campers must be entering K-2nd grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 1
    Varsity campers must be entering 3rd-6th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 3
  • Team Sports! Camp (Grades 1-7)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Learn what it takes to work as a team in a variety of sports. Campers will explore and learn how to play basketball, soccer, baseball, and lacrosse during this team-building sports camp.

    Weeks offered: 4, 9
    JV campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 4
    Varsity campers must be entering 4th-7th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 9
  • Water Games Camp (Grades 4-8)
    Get ready to be wet! Campers will spend their day in the pool and playing awesome water games outside. Activities will include water polo, wet and wild relay races, pool volleyball and much more!

    Campers must be entering 4th-8th grade in Sept. 2019
    Weeks offered: 2, 10
  • Water Games Junior Camp (Grades 1-3)
    Water Games Junior campers will work on swimming skills, water safety and play fun games to become more confident in and around water.

    Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 7
S.T.E.M. Camps
  • Chemistry Camp (Grades 2-4)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Spend your day experimenting in this hands-on camp. Chemistry campers will brainstorm, predict their experiments and choose their variables to learn about anything from what liquids don’t mix and what makes things go BOOM!

    Campers must be entering 2nd-4th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 6
  • Creative Writing Camp (Grades 4-7)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Put on your thinking cap in this cartoon and writing camp. Creative Writing campers will write their own short stories, plays and get a chance to draw the scenes in their imaginations!

    Campers must be entering 4th-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 5
  • C.S.I. Camp (Grades 2-5)
    Learn to solve a mystery like a detective in C.S.I. Camp as you sift through clues, learn to read invisible ink, and lift fingerprints. Each day will begin with a new mystery that needs to be solved by our crime scene investigators.

    Campers must be entering 2nd-5th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 4
  • Future Engineers Camp (Grades 2-7)
    Learn the concepts that go into the design of buildings, bridges, rockets and much more in Future Engineers Camp! Campers will complete a new hands-on project each day that will require careful planning and building.

    Weeks offered: 1, 2
    Campers must be entering 5th-7th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 1
    Campers must be entering 2nd-4th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 2
  • Young Einstein’s Camp (Grades 1-3)
    In Young Einstein's Camp, campers will learn the answer to life’s biggest question: will a Mentos® really make Coke® explode? This camp will not only explore scientific myths, but children will get the chance to conduct their own mini experiments!

    Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 8

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

Thanks to funds raised through our Annual Campaign, we are able to provide financial assistance to qualifying individuals and families so that everyone has a chance to learn, grow and thrive. The financial assistance process is confidential. 

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

Please note: 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.