South Mountain YMCA

Environmental Awareness Camp

Environmental Awareness Camp is where children have an opportunity to gain a real appreciation for nature, science and the world around them. Campers will take part in assorted hands-on experiments and STEM projects 3-4 times a week that will develop their curiosity and feed their confidence. Each day will be filled with discussions, exploring, and educational and fun crafts. Children will strengthen their teamwork and social skills through group projects, and will gain water safety knowledge and confidence with swim lessons three days a week.



2015  Registration Form

WELCOME to Environmental Camp!

2015 Field Trips for Camp

Camp Handbook and  General Forms

Daily outdoor activities and explorations both locally and on weekly field trips will help campers learn hands-on about how to become more environmentally-minded. Field trips in previous years have included: Watchung Reservation, Sandy Hook, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Liberty Science Center and other environmental and educational centers.

Weekly themes vary each year but always center around nature and our environment. With a new theme each week, fresh related activities intentionally expand the camper’s experience, knowledge and appreciation – all while have fun.  Creative recreation is scheduled to keep campers healthy and active while also enjoying nature hikes, collecting specimens and participating in sculpture and molding projects. This camp is for the inquisitive camper who is looking to gain knowledge about the world we live in. Be prepared to have lots of conversations about our planet and beyond at the dinner table each evening!

Grades Served: Entering Grades 2-4
Camp Dates:
June 29 - August 28, 2015
Camp Hours:
9:00am - 3:30pm
Camper to Staff Ratio: 9:1
Camp Location:  Civic House, 124 Dunnell Road, Maplewood in Memorial Park.
Camp Fees: $325 each week
Before and After Camp Care is available and held at the camp location for an additional fee. Before Camp Care is $46 per week and After Camp Care is $80 per week.
Camp Director: Gailmarie Sprague, Year-Round Director of Enrichment and Family Programing

The Environmental Awareness Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association

Parent Testimonies

“My two sons went to the Environmental camp for 4 weeks and loved it.  They were so excited every day.  The field trips were fantastic.  The counselors were incredibly friendly and caring.  We were very happy.”


Camp information, weekly activity webs and forms

Information and Forms

Welcome to
Environmental Awareness Camp

Permission to Medicate 

Alternative Pick Up Form

 Camp Parent Guide

2015 Field Trip Details

Swim Level Descriptions
STEM Release form

Activity Webs for SUMMER 2015


Week 1: June 29 - July 3

Week 4: July 20 -July 24

Week 7: Aug 10 - Aug 14

Week 2: July 6 - July 10

Week 5: July 27 - July 31

Week 8: Aug 17 - Aug 21

Week 3: July 13 -July 17

Week 6: Aug 3 - Aug 7

 Week 9: Aug 24 - Aug 28


13 Jefferson Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Welcome Center

P  973.762.4145
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Mon: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tues-Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Early Childhood Learning Center
10 W. Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040


  • Mon-Fri: 7:00 am-7:00 pm


Fall 1 Class Grids:
Preschool Age
School Age Children


11/2/15: Fall 2 Session Classes Start!

Fall 2 Class Grids:
Preschool Age

School Age Children


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