South Mountain YMCA

Summer Discovery Camp

At Summer Discovery, we're curious and always asking questions about the world around us. Each week we concoct and construct hands-on experiments and STEM projects that delight our sense of wonder. We foster community, promote personal growth and stimulate summer learning with discussions, outdoor play, art projects, gardening, swimming and more! Swim instruction is two days a week. Daily outdoor activities and weekly field trips help campers become more environmentally minded.

Weekly themes are always centered around nature and our environment. We like to keep our campers bodies and minds healthy and active while enjoying nature hikes, collecting specimens and participating in sculpture and molding projects. Be prepared to have lots of conversations about our planet and beyond at the dinner table each evening!

Previous field trips included: Watchung Reservation, Sandy Hook, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Liberty Science Center and other environmental and educational centers.

Early Bird Camp Registration

Summer Discovery I: Entering Grade 1-2
Summer Discovery II:  Entering Grade 3-5
Dates: June 25 - August 24
Hours: 9:00am - 3:30pm 
Camper to Staff Ratio: 8:1 
Location:  First Presbyterian and Trinity Church 111 Irvington Ave South Orange
Curbside Drop off:  8:30-9am
Curbside Pick-up: 3-3:30pm
Cost: $370/wk 
Before and After Care is available on-site. Before Care starts at 7am for $50/wk. After Care ends at 7pm for $85/wk.
Director: Gailmarie Sprague, Enrichment and Family Programs Director


WELCOME to Summer Discovery
Drop Off/Pick Up map
Weekly Themes
Camp Trips

Accredited by the American Camp Association 

Parent Testimonials


"Thank you for taking my concerns about our daughter making friends at camp. When I pick up from camp she is brimming with excitement about the activities she's doing and the friends she's making -- she absolutely loves Summer Discovery!"

"This has been a phenomenal experience for our son.  He's really loved the weekly themes, field trips aligned to the themes and the new friends he's made! Thank you!"

Camp Information and Forms


Session 1

Week 1: June 25 - June 29

Week 2: July 2 - July 6

Week 3: July 9 -July 13

Session 2

Week 4: July 16 -July 20

Week 5: July 23 - July 27

Week 6: July 30 - Aug 3

Session 3

Week 7: Aug 6 - Aug 10

Week 8: Aug 13 - Aug 17

Week 9: Aug 20 - Aug 24