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South Mountain YMCA

Vacation Camp

Child Care, for children in Kindergarten through 5th grades, is offered for most of the days the South Orange / Maplewood School District is closed during the school year.   The program is held at the South Mountain YMCA, utilizing the Y Gym, Y Field and program center.  Special activities and field trips are planned to create a healthy, safe and engaging day. The program runs from 7:15am until 7pm. 

Advance registration is required.   This program is available to non-members, although members pay a lower rate. Vacation Camp program dates are listed below and are based on the South Orange/Maplewood School District's scheduled closed dates but not emergency closings. For more information, please call (973) 762-4145.

Registration forms are linked below by date.  Please return the completed form and payment to the South Mountain YMCA at 13 Jefferson Avenue, Maplewood, NJ or fax it to: 973.762.2064. 

Space is limited to the first 45 registrations. Register early.

April - 18, 21, 22, 23 & 24
April 23 & 24 - 2-Day GOLF Camp
May - 23
June - 25, 26 & 27
Hours: 7:15am - 7:00pm

Fees: Members:          $75 per day per child 
         Non-members:   $90 per day per child

APRIL Vacation Camp Activities:

Friday, April 18th:  Carnival Day - The YMCA will be turned into a Carnival with silly games and challenges!  Everyone will be a winner taking home some cool prizes! The games will begin at 1:00pm and end at 2:30pm. 

Monday, April 21st:  Trip to the Funplex - The bus will leave at 9:30am and return around 2:00pm.  Children must bring their lunch.  Everyone will get tokens to play games with and have fun in the Foam Frenzy and the Bumper Cars.  Extra spending money is allowed for this trip.

Tuesday, April 22nd: Earth Day with the Essex County Environmental Center - The Essex County Environmental Center will come to the YMCA and celebrate Earth Day with a presentation about our environment.  We will also be doing recyclable art projects.  The presentation will be from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

Wednesday, April 23rd:  National Picnic Day - We will be celebrating National Picnic Day by walking over to Memorial Park and having a picnic lunch.  We will spend some time playing field games and playing on the playground.  Please pack your child with a lunch and a towel or blanket for our picnic.  We will be leaving the YMCA around 11:00am and be returning at 2:00pm.

Thursday, April 24th: Trip to the Morris Museum - The bus will leave at 12:00 and return at 3:00pm.  Children will be able to see the different exhibits including:  block art, trains, dinosaurs, musical instruments, and much more.  Children should bring a lunch that will be eaten before we go on the trip.  No spending money is necessary for this trip.

13 Jefferson Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Early Childhood Learning Center

  • Mon-Fri: 7:00am-7:00pm

Welcome Center
Mon: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Tues-Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm

How to Register Online

SPRING Session
Pre-School Class Grid
School Age Class Grid


Camp Registration Form
2014 Summer Camp

Upcoming Events

4/7 Registration for Spring Classes
4/18-24 Vacation Camp

4/23 & 24 GOLF CAMP


5/3 Healthy Kids Day!
5/3 Last Camp Open House
5/3 Parents' Night OUT
5/3 Broadway's Next Generation
5/10 Edible Creation Family Night
5/17 Teen LASER TAG Trip
5/17 Parents' Night OUT

5/26 Closed for Memorial Day

6/14 2-Town Triathlon!
6/25-27 Vacation Camp

6/30 1st Day of CAMP!