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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!




2016 Early Bird Registration Form

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


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 3 1/2 years old and is the first step in our progressive camp experience at our Y. Campers will gain socialization, confidence and independence skills while participating in camp specials, playground time, swimming lessons (twice a week), various projects and story time, all which surround a weekly theme.  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:3-Week Sessions;
June 27 - July 15 or July 18 - Aug 5
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 2016 Fees: $505 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


At YKnots Camps, we are intentional about everything that we do.  From the moment campers arrive, they are immersed in activities that help build character and confidence.  They form strong bonds with their counselors and campers and learn what it means to be part of a group and work with others.  They engage in challenging specials that inspire curiosity, creativity and learning.  They become more independent and develop a love of nature that stimulates their desire to make the world a better place.

YKNOTS 1 CAMP: For children in or entering pre-school (3 1/2 - 5 years).  Campers must be potty-trained and accustomed to a short nap time.

Camp Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm  Sample of Daily Schedule for YKnots 1

YKNOTS 2 CAMP: For children entering Kindergarten and 1st Grade, YKnots 2 continues the traditional camp experience by providing a developmentally progressive environment in which campers have the opportunity to return to a familiar place as they make the transition to K/1st Grade.  They have the opportunity to interact.
Camp Hours: 9:30am - 3:30pm  Sample of Daily Schedule for YKnots 2

Camp Dates: June 27 - July 15, July 18 - Aug 5 and Aug 8 - 26

Camper-to-Staff Ratio: Ages 3 1/2 - 5, 6:1 - Ages 6-7, 8:1
Camp Fees: $989 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 $46 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.  She can be contacted at: 
*Siblings that attend YKnots 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
“We saw an incredible difference in our son's confidence.  He slept better, ate better, drank more water.  He initiated play more often with others.  This camp changed our 4 year old!

“My son thrived from trying new things and meeting new people in such a warm and upbeat environment.  it has given him the confidence to approach new situations easily.  He had SO MUCH fun, it really made him deeply happy to go to camp each day.”

“He loves meeting new people, learning new things, challenging himself.  This has been an amazing experience that has helped him achieve each of these things.”

“She has always been self-confident but is even more so after her summer at the Y.  She LOVES seeing the Y logo (in Mexico/Maine/NC/FL).  It makes her feel a part of something.  She LOVES and appreciates the respect and love she received from her counselors and how everyone knew her name.
"The YKnots staff blew me away this year!  What a committed,l enthusiastic and engaged bunch of counselors, an amazing group!"

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: 8:30am-7:00pm
Tues-Fri: 8:30am-5:00pm

Early Childhood

Learning Center


10 W. Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Mon-Fri: 7:00am-7:00pm

Fall 2 Session is now!

Fall 2 Class Schedule


Upcoming Events

Breakfast with Santa
December 5th 

American Red Cross Babysitting Course
December 19th

Saturday Teen Trip

December 12th


Kids Night Out 

Dec. 19th

December Vacation Camp

December 28, 29, 30 & 31st

Teen Game Night 

Fridays 7:30pm-9:30pm

Beauty and the Beast

December show dates