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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 Sunburst at Somerville 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!

**Due to an overwhelming response to camp registration, camp is currently at capacity.  We encourage you to register for the wait list and you will be contacted if a space becomes available. Please keep in mind that the wait list does not guarantee camper registration. You may also wish to review options in Hillsborough or Somerset Hills for availability. 


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Traditional Camp Options

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 April 1, 2018 so that we can secure the appropriate staff to meet your child’s needs.

For more information, please contact Matt Gray, Senior Program Director, at 908 369 0490 x722 or 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) (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.

    Offered Weeks 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 via webmail or 908 722 4567 x622.

    Offered Weeks 1-10
  • Teen Travel Camp (Grades 7-10)
    This camp is designed especially for teens to provide a sense of adventure, independence and fun. Each session provides a variety of daily trips to locations such as Sandy Hook Beach, Camel Beach Water Park, Dorney Park, Combat Sports, Delaware Water Gap and many more! 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 will attend trips with peers from our Bridgewater branch.

    Offered Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • 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 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.

    Offered Weeks 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. The weekly trips are optional and 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 Weeks 1-10

    Session Date Location (Grades K-3) Location (Grades 4-10)
    1 6/27 Branchburg Sports Complex
    Branchburg Sports Complex
    2 7/3* iPlay America
    iPlay America
    3 7/11 Turtleback Zoo
    Philadelphia Zoo
    4 7/18 Liberty Science Center
    Museum of Natural History
    5 7/25 Crayola Factory Mountain Creek
    6 8/1 Coco Keys Tomahawk Lake $35
    7 8/8 Pump It Up Rock Climbing
    8 8/15 Land of Make Believe
    Coastal Sports
    9 8/22 Funplex Funplex
    10 8/29 Bowling

    *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
  • Future Vets (Grades 2-5)
    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 1
  • Zoofari (Grades K-3)
    Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Campers will learn about the natural habitats of many wildlife creatures and how zoo keepers take care of the many animals that come into their care. This camp includes a trip to Turtleback Zoo where campers can see all of their favorite animals.

    Offered Week 3
Culinary, Visual & Performing Arts Camps
  • Culinary Creations (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.

    Offered Week 5
  • Edible Art (Grades 1-3)
    Campers can get creative with food! All art projects will result in an edible masterpiece – cupcake decorating, painting with icing, vegetable portraits, and even Jell-O® aquariums.

    Offered Week 1
  • Hip Hop and Jazz (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.

    Offered Week 4
  • Musical Theater (Grades 2-7)
    Do you hear the people sing? Campers will spend their week exploring a variety of Broadway shows, and create, plan and perform their own numbers.

    Offered Week 6
  • Photography (Grades 4-7)
    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. Learn how to capture and edit images first-hand and decide what makes a good picture.

    Offered Week 4
  • Sing With Me (Grades 2-5)
    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.

    Offered Week 2
  • Tiny Dancers (Grades 1-3)
    Learn ballet, jazz, hip hop and more while gaining confidence in dance skills. Campers will learn two or more routines for their Friday afternoon performance in front of the rest of camp.

    Offered Week 9
Fantasy Camps
  • Fantasy (Grades K-2)
    Campers will spend the week participating in a variety of themed activities. We will explore the realm of knights, princesses and dragons, and travel to the world of wizardry, sail the seven seas as pirates and create many adventures together!

    Offered Week 4
  • Kidventure (Grades 2-7)
    Campers will explore exciting new places each day. We will have lots of fun traveling to different attractions.

    Offered Week 7
Fine Arts Camps
  • Art (Grades 1-7)
    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 5 Grades 1-4 | Week 2 Grades 3-7
  • Comic/Cartooning (Grades 4-7)
    Campers work on developing their drawing skills and learn how to create characters, write dialogue and develop a basic story line. Time will be spent each day on a final project of their own design.

    Offered Week 3
  • Edible Art (Grades 1-3)
    Campers can get creative with food! All art projects will result in an edible masterpiece – cupcake decorating, painting with icing, vegetable portraits, and even Jell-O® aquariums.

    Offered Week 1
  • Extreme Room Makeover (Grades 3-6)
    This fun arts and crafts camp will focus on making fun decorations for each campers’ very own space! Campers will design lamps, pillows, picture frames, wall art, and other cool crafts that will help turn their bedroom into a place all their own. Campers will be given the opportunity to express themselves and personalize their rooms in this fun new camp.

    Offered Week 8
  • Jewelry Making (Grades 1-3)
    Campers will design and create bracelets, necklaces, headbands and other accessories. They will learn a variety of techniques, including beading, braiding and embellishment.

    Offered Week 7
  • Sculpting (Grades 2-5)
    Let your imagination run wild while creating statues, sculptures, and pottery.

    Offered Week 6
Sports Camps
  • Baseball and Softball (Grades 2-5)
    Campers will work on strengthening their skills and knowledge by working on fielding, throwing and hitting in the morning, followed by contests and games each afternoon.

    Offered Week 3
  • Basketball (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.

    Offered Week 2 JV Grades 1-3 | Week 6 Varsity Grades 4-7
  • Cheer/Dance (Grades 2-5)
    Campers will gain confidence, discover skills and learn different aspects of cheerleading, including cheers, stunts and dance.

    Offered Week 8
  • Gymnastics (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.

    Offered Weeks 1, 3, 7 Grades 2-7 | Week 5 Grades 3-8
  • Soccer (Grades 2-5)
    Gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of soccer. Learn 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 5
  • Sports (Grades K-7)
    Designed for active campers who simply cannot get enough sports and activity time, this program keeps them moving all day long. Campers will develop self-confidence through age-appropriate sports and activities that foster teamwork, sportsmanship and skill development.

    Offered Week 4 Mini Grades K-3 | Week 7 JV Grades 2-4 | Week 1 Varsity Grades 4-7
  • Tennis (Grades 3-6)
    Campers will gain an understanding of tennis through a variety of activities. Each morning will focus on technical skills and the afternoon is where they put these skills into practice through games and tournaments.

    Offered Week 8
  • Water Games (Grades 2-5)
    Perfect for kids who can’t get enough of the water. Campers will play fun games in and out of the pool. Must be able to swim without a flotation device.

    Offered Week 9
S.T.E.M. Camps
  • C.S.I. (Grades 2-5)
    Learn to solve a mystery like a detective by sifting through clues, reading invisible ink, and lifting fingerprints. Each day will begin with a new mystery that needs to be solved by our crime scene investigators.

    Offered Week 2
  • LEGO® Jr. Robotics (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, actionpacked week combines real-life skills with real-kid fun!

    Offered Week 8
  • LEGO® Robotics (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.

    Offered Week 9
  • Messy Science (Grades 1-3)
    Get ready to get messy and learn about different reactions: physical, thermal and chemical. Campers will experiment with everything from silly putty to slime to gaseous compounds of fizzing, foaming and bubbling explosions! Some of the experiments will be grimy, so make sure your camper is dressed to make a mess.

    Offered Week 6
  • Ooey Gooey (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.

    Offered Week 10


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 Eddie Norgard at 908 722 4567 x605 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.