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WELCOME TO SUNBURST AT SOMERVILLE YMCA

Join us for Summer Camp Open House on March 3 & April 14!

Camp Sunburst at Somerville 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 20+ 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 Sunburst
at Somerville YMCA

6/24 - 8/30
2/9 - Members
2/25 - Community
2/2, 3/3, 4/14 | 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 Sunburst at Somerville 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.
Special Needs Camps
Camp Sunburst is approved to provide camp programs to children eligible for services through Division of Children and Families, NJ Children’s System of Care. Our Inclusion 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.

Funded in part by the Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation.

Please request a shadow by March 1, 2019 so that we can secure the appropriate staff to meet your child’s needs.

For more information, please contact Jerryl Sharif, Program Director at 908 722 4567 or via webmail.


  • Traditional Day Camp
    Camp Sunburst at Somerville YMCA is proud to offer traditional day camp for children with special needs entering grades 1-8. Our camps are a wonderful way to supplement your child’s summer and extended school year.
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.

    Offered Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 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 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
  • Preschool Camp (Grade Pre K)
    Our Preschool I & II classrooms don’t miss out on the summer fun! Children who are 3 and 4 years old can join the fun in the Somerville YMCA’s Early Education Center.

    Structured around exciting themes, a typical day includes outdoor play, singing, games, crafts and more! Children will also get the opportunity for swim lessons a few times each week and, throughout the summer, special activities such as field trips and Y events will take place.

    For more information please contact Melissa Reis, Director of Child Care, at 908 722 4567 x622 via webmail.

    Campers must be 3 or 4 years old
    Weeks offered: 1-10

  • Teen Travel Camp (Grades 7-10)
    This camp is designed especially for teens to provide a sense of adventure, independence and fun. Campers will attend trips with peers from our Bridgewater branch.

    Each session provides a variety of daily trips to locations. Trips planned for the 2019 summer are themed by week and include:

    WEEK 3 - Science
    YESTERcades
    Liberty Science Center
    RVCC Planetarium
    Adventure Aquarium
    Crystal Cave

    WEEK 4 - Sports & Games
    Branchburg Sports Complex
    Bushkill Falls
    Turtle Back Zoo
    Patriots Baseball
    Sky Zone

    WEEK 5 - Arts & Music
    NJPAC
    Grounds for Sculpture
    Grammy Museum
    Philly Art Museum
    Movie Theatre

    WEEK 6 - Adventure
    Mountain Creek
    Tomahawk Lake
    Great Adventure
    iPlay America
    Camp Linwood

    The majority of trips run from 8:30am-4:30pm, however, a few trips will require 8:00am drop-off and or 6:30pm pick-up. In an effort to accommodate working parents, children may be dropped off as early as 7:00am and picked up as late as 6:30pm. 

    Campers must be entering 7th-10th grade in Sept. 2019
    Weeks offered: 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Traditional Camp (Grades 1-6)
    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 nontraditional sports. Campers will also gain the courage and confidence as life-long swimmers through their participation in 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-6th grade in Sept. 2019
    Weeks offered: 1-10

  • Volunteer Camp (Grades 7-10)

    NEW THIS YEAR! The YMCA inspires youth development and social responsibility in the next generation of leaders by creating opportunities to serve those in need. Volunteer Camp will engage teens to not only serve the community in a variety of areas but also reflect upon the YMCA core values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring through their service.

    The vision of Volunteer Camp is to not only help fulfill service hours but build a sense of social responsibility through the understanding of social issues impacting our community. Teens will reflect, journal and discuss their service projects.

    The camp will include hands-on activities, requiring teens to be physical and work outside. 

    Campers must be entering 7th-10th grade in Sept. 2019
    Weeks offered: 7, 8
  • Weekly Trip Options (Grades K-6)
    To add even more fun and excitement to the camp week, we offer a weekly trip on Wednesdays for kids registered in Traditional Camp. The weekly trips are optional and 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-2) Location (Grades 3-6)
    Fee
    1 6/26 Bowlmor Bowling Lanes
    Bowlmor Bowling Lanes $35
    2 7/3 Liberty Science Center
    Liberty Science Center
    $35
    3 7/10 Princeton Museum Philly Art Museum
    $35
    4 7/17 Crayola Factory
    Mountain Creek Park
    $35
    5 7/24 Camp Linwood Camp Linwood
    $35
    6 7/31 Rock Climbing
    Rock Climbing
    $35
    7 8/7 Land of Make Believe
    Coastal Sports
    $35
    8 8/14 CoCo Keys
    Tomahawk Lake
    $35
    9 8/21 iPlay America iPlay America $35
    10 8/28 Branchburg Sports Complex
    Branchburg Sports Complex
    $35

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
  • Actors & Actresses Camp (Grades 4-7)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Campers will learn about improvisation, screen writing, script reading, set design and all other techniques to help you have a strong foundation in order to one day achieve an award for “Best Actor or Best Actress.”

    Campers must be entering 4th-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 9
  • Culinary Creations Camp (Grades 4-7)
    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.

    Campers must be entering 4th-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 5
  • Dance Camp (Grades 2-5)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Campers get to experiment with different dance styles: jazz, hip hop, ballet basics, and other dance styles to spark creativity and excitement. Campers will create a routine at the end of the week to demonstrate what they have accomplished!

    Campers must be entering 2nd-5th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 7
  • DJ/MC Camp (Grades 4-7)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Mixing, scratching, rewinding, blending, and sampling are just this beginning stages of becoming the best DJ in town or at school. But do you think you have the skills to also rhyme over the DJ’s set? Can you make the music come to life and have the entire crowd say the words to your song? These two elements are essential in order to become a living legend. Do you have what it takes? Let's find out and have fun together!

    Campers must be entering 4th-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 9
  • Hip Hop & Jazz Camp (Grades 3-7)
    Campers will focus on these two areas of dance and will fine tune their skills, ability and talents. The campers will perform various routines at the end of the week to demonstrate what they have accomplished and learned!

    Campers must be entering 3rd-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 4
  • Karaoke Camp (Grades 2-5)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Let your heart sing this summer. Campers support one another in a friendly environment where they can grow, develop and build confidence through vocal exercises and group songs. They will prepare for a Friday afternoon performance in front of families and friends where they will showcase all they've learned in camp that week!

    Campers must be entering 2nd-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 8
  • Music Matters Camp (Grades 2-7)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Campers will understand how to read, create and listen to music! Children will learn all about various genres, tempo changes, chords, etc. Campers will prepare for a Friday afternoon performance in front of families and friends to showcase all they've learned!

    Campers must be entering 2nd-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 6
Fantasy Camps
  • Kidventure Camp (Grades 2-7)
    Campers will explore exciting new places each day! We will have lots of fun traveling to different attractions.

    Trips planned for 2019 include:
    Monday, July 29th - Liberty Science Center
    Tuesday, July 30th - Sky Zone
    Wednesday, July 31st - Adventure Aquarium
    Thursday, August 1st - YESTERcades
    Friday, August 2nd - Funplex/Splashplex

    Campers must be entering 2nd-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 6
Fine Arts Camps
  • Art Camp (Grades 1-6)
    Painting, photography, sculpting and other mediums will be the basis of these camps. Learn about different mediums in a way that will stretch the imagination. The week ends with a gallery style art show in which all campers and parents can admire the talent and hard work of our artists!

    Campers must be entering 1st-6th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 4
Sports Camps
  • Cheer/Tumble Camp (Grades 2-5)
    Campers will gain confidence, discover skills and learn different aspects of cheerleading, including cheers, stunts and dance!

    Campers must be entering 2nd-5th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 2
  • Gymnastics Camp (Grades 2-8)
    Gymnastics camps are focused on the total development of each gymnast, with campers learning bar, beam, floor and vault skills. All skill levels are welcome.

    Weeks offered: 1, 3, 5, 7
    Campers must be entering 2nd-5th grade in Sept. 2019 for Weeks 1, 3, 7
    Campers must be entering 5th-8th grade in Sept. 2019 for Week 5

S.T.E.M. Camps
  • Future Engineers Camp (Grades 2-5)
    NEW THIS YEAR! Learn the concepts that go into the design of buildings, bridges, rockets and much more! Each day campers will complete a hands-on project that will require careful planning and building.

    Campers must be entering 2nd-5th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 2
  • LEGO® Jr. Robotics Camp (Grades 1-3)
    Our LEGO® Jr. Robotics camp offers all the fun of building with LEGO® bricks, plus the challenge of computer programming! This fun, action-packed week combines real-life skills with real-kid fun!

    Campers must be entering 1st-3rd grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 1
  • LEGO® Robotics Camp (Grades 4-7)
    Utilizing the new EV3 and Mindstorm® technologies, campers will build and program our unique LEGO® robot models. STEM concepts and teamwork are combined. This fun, action-packed week blends real-life skills with real-kid fun!

    Campers must be entering 4th-7th grade in Sept. 2019
    Week offered: 3
  • Ooey Gooey Camp (Grades 1-4)
    Come get your hands dirty in this camp focused on creating and experimenting with the ooey-est, gooy-est materials we can find! Campers will spend their days creating and playing with everything from homemade Silly Putty® to Play-Doh® to slime.

    Campers must be entering 1st-4th 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 Pam Nelson at 908 722 4567 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.