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. Each day we foster community, promote personal growth and stimulate summer learning with discussions, outdoor play, art projects, gardening swimming and more! Swim instruction is three 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.
Summer Discovery I: Entering Grade 1-2
Summer Discovery II: Entering Grade 3-5
Dates: June 26 - August 25
Hours: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Camper to Staff Ratio: 8:1
Location: Civic House, 124 Dunnell Road, Maplewood in Memorial Park.
Curbside Drop off: 8:30-9am
Curbside Pick-up: 3-3:30pm
Before and After Care is available on-site. Before Care starts at 7am for $48/wk. After Care ends at 7pm for $83/wk.
Director: Gailmarie Sprague, Enrichment and Family Programs Director
The SUMMER DISCOVERY Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association
"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!"
"Our daughter just loved this camp. The material was interesting and engaging, the field trips were perfect, and she loved writing notes in her journal. The counselors are attentive - my daughter asked a lot of questions and they were always willing to answer, or help her find the answer herself."
Camp Information and Forms
- Welcome to Camp
- Camp Parent Guide
- Swim Level Descriptions
- Permission to Medicate
- 2017 Camp Trips
- Alternative Pick Up Form available at Welcome Center
Week 1: June 26 - June 30
Week 2: July 3 - July 7
Week 3: July 10 -July 14
Week 4: July 17 -July 21
Week 5: July 24 - July 28
Week 6: July 24 - July 25
Week 7: Aug 7 - Aug 11
Week 8: Aug 14 - Aug 18
Week 9: Aug 21 - Aug 25