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.


Daily Schedule

2017 Camp Trips

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
Cost: $352/wk 
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


Parent Testimonials

 "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



Session 1

Week 1: June 26 - June 30

Week 2: July 3 - July 7

Week 3: July 10 -July 14

Session 2

Week 4: July 17 -July 21

Week 5: July 24 - July 28

Week 6: July 24 - July 25

Session 3

Week 7: Aug 7 - Aug 11

Week 8: Aug 14 - Aug 18

Week 9: Aug 21 - Aug 25