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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. Camp Star at Hillsborough YMCA 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!


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Traditional Camp Options

Traditional Camps
  • Counselor in Training (CIT) (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.

    Offered sessions 1-5.
  • 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 campwide activities like theme days and daily performances, while still having a separate age-appropriate schedule and indoor homebase. 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.

    Offered all 10 weeks to children entering Kindergarten.
  • 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.

    Offered all ten sessions.
  • 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 want to attend the trip, he or she will still have a great time with activities at camp that day.

    Offered to children in grades K-10.

    Session Date Location (Grades K-3) Location (Grades 4-10)
    1 6/27 iPlay America Mountain Creek
    2 7/3* Funplex
    Six Flags
    3 7/11 Liberty Science Center
    Museum of Natural History
    4 7/18 AMF Bowling
    AMF Bowling
    5 7/25 Coco Keys
    Camel Beach
    6 8/1 Turtleback Zoo
    Philadelphia Zoo
    7 8/8 Franklin Institute of Technology
    Franklin Institute of Technology
    8 8/15 Branchburg Sports Complex
    Tomahawk Lake
    9 8/22 Land of Make Believe
    Fireball Mountain
    10 8/29 Rock Climbing
    Rock Climbing

    *Trip on a Tuesday

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
  • Dino (Grades 1-3)
    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.

    Offered Week 4
  • Future Vets (Grades 1-8)
    Designed to explore and strengthen a camper’s curiosity about animals, we
    focus on pets and zoo animals. Campers will have the chance to learn
    about and observe various animals up close and each day a new species
    will visit the camp.

    Offered Week 3 - Junior Grades: 1-3 | Week 5 - Advanced Grades: 4-8
  • Green Thumbs Up! (Grades 2-5)
    Kids will get their hands dirty as they learn about gardening and farming. Campers will put their knowledge into practice as they work on a beautifying flower gardens, as well as planting food and herbs to take home.

    Offered Week 2
  • Kid Travel (Grades 4-8)
    Campers will go on a trip each day to explore New Jersey’s best sights and attractions!

    Offered Week 7
  • Snakes and Scales (Grades 1-3)
    Learn about the habitats and bodies of reptiles, what they eat, and what makes them unique from mammals. Each day will focus on a different reptile including snakes, lizards, turtles, and crocodiles. If your children are interested in the scaly and slithering, this camp is for them!

    Offered Week 6
  • Survival (Grades 1-3)
    Campers will spend time at camp learning survival skills. Campers will create their own nature guides and take a trip to Duke Gardens and the Sourlands to put their skills to use.

    Offered Week 7
Culinary, Visual & Performing Arts Camps
  • Culinary Creations (Grades 2-8)
    Kids will learn about nutrition, recipes and techniques in the kitchen, with a healthy serving of fun. Pack a light lunch for your camper this week since participants will prepare a breakfast, snack and main course to enjoy every day.

    Offered Week 7 Grades 2-4 and Week 1 Grades 5-8
  • Dance (Grades 1-8)
    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.

    Offered Week 1 Beginner Grades: 1-3 | Week 6 Intermediate Grades: 2-4 | Week 8 Advanced Grades: 5-8
  • Drama Camp (Grades 3-7)
    This 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.

    Offered Weeks 7-8
  • Hip Hop & Jazz (Grades 3-6)
    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 learned.

    Offered Week 2
  • Musical Theater (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. Campers will be exposed to various forms of art and will develop their talents in preparation for a camp-wide performance at the end of the week.

    Offered Week 4
  • Photography (Grades 4-8)
    Explore camp behind the lens and learn the skills and techniques in taking the perfect picture. Campers will capture unique moments and images of daily camp activities to express their creativity. They will learn how to capture and edit images first-hand and decide what makes a good picture.

    Offered Week 1
  • Video Production (Grades 2-8)
    Campers will learn to work as a team, planning, creating and starring in mini–movies. Campers will have a chance to be actors and directors.

    Offered Week 3 Grades 2-4 and Week 3 Grades 4-8
Fantasy Camps
  • Future Business Leaders (Grades 4-8)
    Future CEOs will use critical thinking skills to plan all aspects of a business including customer relations, marketing and managing money. Campers will create their own small businesses to present in a “Shark Tank” -style proposal to our “investors.”

    Offered Week 2
  • Future Teachers (Grades 2-5)
    During this camp, the students become the teachers! Each day will focus on activities that will help campers develop confidence and public speaking skills, and learn how to create their very own lessons to try with our younger campers and child care participants.

    Offered Week 1
  • Hometown Heroes (Grades 1-4)
    From police officers to firefighters, from doctors to EMTs, campers will learn what it takes to be one of these many every day heroes and will meet many in our community.

    Offered Week 8
  • Kings, Knights and Dragons (Grades 1-4)
    Explore the world of Knights and Dragons in this fairy tale-themed camp. Campers will take part in themed craft projects, games and daily adventures. Campers will also enjoy a special feast to eat like kings!

    Offered Week 9
  • Princesses, Fairies and Mermaids (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, jewel, fairy tale puppets and more. Campers will also enjoy a special tea party!

    Offered Week 10
  • Treasure Hunt (Grades 1-3)
    Calling all explorers! 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 piratethemed games and craft projects.

    Offered Week 5
  • Where in the World? (Grades 4-8)
    Campers will spend the morning in Italy and then travel to Spain after lunch, all without ever leaving the Y. Campers will take a journey to a different part of the world each day, learning about various cultures, traditions and cuisines.

    Offered Week 8
  • Witches & Wizards (Grades1-3)
    Mini witches and wizards will get the chance to practice some ‘spells’ in this Harry Potter-themed camp. Campers will learn card tricks, play plenty of Quidditch and make potions!

    Offered Week 7
  • Wonders of Wizardry (Grades 3-7)
    Campers will spend the week participating in Harry Potter-themed activities, from reading selected passages to creating alternate endings and, of course, plenty of Quidditch! Let the best house win!

    Offered Week 5
Fine Arts Camps
  • Art (Grades K-7)
    Painting, drawing, sculpting and sketching will be the basis of these 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.

    Offered Week 4 Beginner Grades: K-2 | Week 3 Intermediate Grades: 2-4 | Week 7 Advanced Grades: 4-7
  • Craft (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!

    Offered Week 5
  • Eco-Art (Grades 3-7)
    Let your imagination run wild working with clay, leaves, brush, food and anything else found in nature! Campers will spend the week creating paintings, sculptures, recycled paper and much more!

    Offered Week 1
  • Extreme Room Makeover (Grades 3-7)
    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 new camp.

    Offered Week 2
  • Fashion and Jewelry (Grades 3-8)
    This two-week session provides the opportunity to sketch, design, accessorize, tie-dye and create a portfolio of fashion and jewelry. Campers will create a multitude of outfits and designer looks to present to the rest of camp at a fashion show to end the session.

    Offered Weeks 5-6
  • Model Making (Grades 3-6)
    Bring your building skills and creativity to this camp as participants will work on a new model to take home each day. Models will include animals, cars and planes with each one varying in difficulty.

    Offered Week 10
  • Pure Paint (Grades 2-5)
    Learn skills and get creative with the most popular medium in art. Campers will work on varying sizes and styles of creations, from personal portraits to a large mural. They will get to explore the beauty of splatter paint, learn the proper techniques, and explore their creativity.

    Offered Week 9
Sports Camps
  • Basketball (Grades 1-8)
    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.

     Offered Weeks 5 & 9 JV Grades: 1-3 | Week 4 Varsity Grades: 4-8
  • Bowling (Grades 1-8)
    Learn and develop bowling techniques with a trip each morning to a local bowling alley to play frame after frame.

    Offered Week 8
  • Cheer (Grades 2-6)
    Gain confidence, discover skills and learn different aspects of cheerleading. This camp will include cheers, stunts and dance. Campers will show off their skills with a performance at the end of the week.

    Offered Week 9
  • Cheer Dance (Grades 2-6)
    Learn the latest cheer moves to the newest songs. A fun, highenergy camp that will keep campers moving to the beat. Campers will show off their skills with a performance at the end of the week.

    Offered Week 7
  • Going for the Gold (Grades 3-6)
    Aspiring Olympians will earn gold medals as they learn the rules and skills of various Olympic sports. Activities will include gymnastics, swimming, track and field, basketball and much more!

    Offered Week 5
  • Golf Academy (Grades 1-5)
    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.

    Offered Week 6
  • Soccer (Grades K-6)
    Learn the fundamentals of soccer, teambuilding 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.

    Offered Week 1 & 6 JV Grades: K-2 | Week 3 Varsity Grades: 3-6
  • Softball and Baseball (Grades 1-7)
    In the mornings, campers will work on strengthening their skills through fielding, throwing and hitting exercises. Campers will participate in contests and games each afternoon. JV

    Offered Week 2 Grades: 1-3 | Week 2 Varsity Grades: 4-7
  • Sports and Games (Grades 1-7)
    Designed for active campers who simply cannot get enough sports and activity time, this program keeps campers moving all day long. Campers will develop self-confidence through age-appropriate sports and activities that foster teamwork, sportsmanship and skill development. Campers have the option of participating in supervised free swim each afternoon, as well as a trip each Wednesday. New for this summer, Sports & Games campers grades 1-3 will receive daily swim lessons in addition to free swim.

    Offered Weeks 1-10
  • Water Games (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!

    Offered Weeks 1 & 10
  • Water Games Junior (Grades 1-3)
    Campers will work on swimming skills, water safety and play fun games to become more confident in and around water.

    Offered Week 2
S.T.E.M. Camps
  • C.S.I. (Grades 2-5)
    Learn to solve a mystery like a detective, 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.

    Offered Week 4
  • Change the World (Grades 3-7)
    Learn the importance of community involvement and volunteering. Campers will create their own service project to benefit the members of our community. Each day will focus on community engagement, volunteering and how to get involved in community projects.

    Offered Week 4
  • Future Engineers (Grades 2-7)
    Learn the concepts that go into the design of buildings, bridges, rockets and much more! Each day campers will complete a handson project that will require careful planning and building.

    Offered Week 8 Grades 2-4 | Week 3 Grades 5-7
  • LEGO® Jr. Robotics (Grades 1-3)
    How would you like to turn your next LEGO® creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? Our Junior Robotics camp offers all the fun of building with LEGO® bricks, plus the challenge of computer programming! This fun, actionpacked week combines real-life skills with real-kid fun!

    Offered Week 4
  • LEGO® Robotics (Grades 3-7)
    Utilizing the new EV3 and Mindstorm® technologies, campers will build and program our unique robot models. S.T.E.M. concepts and teamwork are combined in this action-packed program where kids learn valuable skills while having a blast!

    Offered Week 5 Intermediate Grades: 3-5 | Week 6 Advanced Grades: 5-7
  • Ooey Gooey (Grades 1-3)
    7Come get your hands dirty in this camp focused on creating and experimenting with the ooey-est, gooey-est materials we can find. Campers will spend their days creating and playing with everything from homemade Silly Putty® to Play-Doh® to Slime.

    Offered Week 2
  • Young Einstein’s (Grades 1-3)
    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!

    Offered Week 3


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.


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.