South Mountain YMCA

Y Knots Camp

Y Knots Camps nurture the potential of children by engaging them in many different activities which will help create lasting friendships, foster independence and instill our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility - all while having a safe and exciting day!

At Y Knots Camp, we are intentional about everything that we do.  From the moment that campers arrive at camp in the morning, they are immersed in activities     



2015 Registration Form

2015 Weekly Themes & Events
WELCOME to YKnots Camp
Welcome to MINI YKnots
Camp Information, Newsletters & Gen Forms

that will help them throughout their lifetime.  Singing camp songs helps build their confidence and form strong connections with their camp group, pairing up with different partners promotes new friendships and makes them more socially confident, encouraging independence nourishes their self esteem, and  developing a love of nature stimulates their desire to make the world a better place. 

Educational entertainers, special event days and field trips are scheduled each session to coordinate with our weekly camp themes- such as Think Green!, Ocean Commotion and Once Upon a Kingdom. Daily activities are run by Camp Specialists and may include: Cooking, Sports, Nature, Crafts, Reading, Drama and World Life. During daily swim instruction, the children are placed into level-appropriate groups and are taken one at a time for individual swim lessons.  Where as all other activities are age-appropriate, swim lessons are based on the campers’ individual skill level. 

Many Senior Staff are year round employees at the South Mountain Y Child Care Center or local teachers.  All of the staff is well trained and qualified, serving as positive role models for the campers. Your child will love our kid-friendly and creative program - you’ll love hearing about all of their adventures at the end of each day!


This half-day camp is for children ages 2 1/2 to 4 years old and is the first step in our progressive camp experience at our Y. While at this half day camp, your child will gain socialization, confidence and independence skills while participating in swim lessons, playground time, arts and craft projects and story time. The staff is year round early childhood learning center employees who will provide a safe and nurturing environment for your little one as they dive into the camp world!
WELCOME to Mini YKnots Camp   Mini YKnots Schedule  What to bring to Camp
Camp Dates:2, 3-Week Sessions;
June 29 - July 17 and July 20-Aug 7
Camp Hours: 9:00am - Noon
Camp Location: South Mountain YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center, 10 W. Parker Ave., Maplewood
Camper-to-Staff Ratio: 5 to 1
Camp 2015 Fees: $485 each 3-week session. No single week registrations.
Before and After Camp Care is not available for the Mini-Yknots camp.
Mini YKnots Activity webs:
Wk 1   Wk 2   Wk 3   Wk 4   Wk 5   Wk 6


For children in or entering pre-schoolers (3 1/2 years and up), this camp is designed to help campers learn group skills and develop self-confidence through safe, fun and educational activities. Campers must be potty-trained and accustomed to a short nap time.
Sample of Daily Schedule for YKnots 1

Camp Dates and Hours: June 29 - July 17, July 20-Aug 7 and Aug 10-28, 9:00am - 3:00pm*
Camper-to-Staff Ratio: 6 to 1


For children entering Kindergarten and 1st Grades, the YKnots 2 camp provides a separate, structured, developmentally progressive environment that is an intermediate step between Y Knots and one of the 13 other camps offered here at the South Mountain Y.  Sample of Daily Schedule for YKnots 2

Camp Dates and Hours: June 29 - July 17, July 20-Aug 7 and Aug 10-28, 9:30am - 3:30pm*
Camper-to-Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Camp Fees: $951 each 3-Week Session
Camp Location: YMCA, 13 Jefferson Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
Before and After Camp Care is available for the both Y Knots camps and is held at the South Mountain YMCA for an additional charge.  Before Camp Care starts at 7am and is $45 per week.  After Camp Care ends at 7pm and is $80 per week. 
Y Knots Camp Director: Jennifer MacAfee, Assistant Director, Early Childhood Learning Center
*Siblings can be accommodated with drop-off and pick-up times.

Both Y Knots 1 and Y Knots 2 camps are accredited by the American Camp Association

Parent Testimonies
The counselors are wonderful, the camp has lots of fun activities to keep the kids entertained, the pick-up/drop off is so well coordinated and I am very impressed with by the planning (including back up plans for rainy days).  The camp is very well run.  We love our Y Knots!”

“The YKnots staff blew me away this year!  What a committed, enthusiastic and engaged bunch of counselors, an amazing group!”

“The people- camp counselors make all the difference.  It’s amazing how they get to know each child and their parents.  It makes you and your child very special- like it’s all about you!”

“My son had a great experience.  He really loved camp- especially swimming.  He was afraid of the water before starting and now he loves it!

Camp information, weekly activity webs and forms

Information and Forms

Welcome to YKnots Camps

Alternative Pick Up Form

Camp Parent Guide

2015 Weekly Themes
and Special Events

Swim Level Descriptions

Camper Information Sheet  

Permission to Medicate

activity webs for 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
F  973.762.2064

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

How to Register Online


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


Upcoming Events 

Vacation Camp: Nov. 3, 5, & 6

Skateboard Clinic (Ages 5-14)
American Red Cross Babysitting Training Course
Family Royal Ball: (Click Here)
Game Night - Every Friday Night at 7:30-9:30pm
8/17  Registration Starts for FALL Classes
NEW Youth Theatre Program! -
Click here for details and events