South Mountain YMCA

Y Knots Camp

Y Knots Camps nurture the potential of children by engaging
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 Weekly Themes
WELCOME to Y Knots Camp
Camp Information, Newsletters & Forms

Educational entertainers, special event days and field trips are scheduled each session to coordinate with our weekly camp themes like Aloha Summer, Globetrotters, Under the Big Top, Y Rockstar and Treasure Island. 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.

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 and you’ll love hearing about all of their adventures at the end of each day!


This half-day camp is for 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.
Camp Dates: 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-Y Knots camp.

WELCOME to Mini Y Knots Camp
Mini Y Knots Schedule
What to bring to Camp


At Y Knots 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.  Campers 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.  Children become more independent and develop a love of nature that stimulates their desire to make the world a better place.

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

Y KNOTS 2 CAMP: Entering Kindergarten and 1st Grade. Y Knots 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 - 3:00pm
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. 
*Siblings that attend Y Knots 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 Shout-Outs:
“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 Y Knots staff blew me away this year!  What a committed, enthusiastic and engaged bunch of counselors, an amazing group!"

Camp Information


 Weekly WEB Activities


Wk 1: June 27 - July 1

Week 4: July 18 -July 22

Week 7: Aug 8 - Aug 12

Wk 2: July 5 - July 8

Week 5: July 25 - July 29

Week 8: Aug 15 - Aug 19

Wk 3: July 11 -July 15

Week 6: Aug 1 - Aug 5

Week 9: Aug 22 - Aug 26


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


Membership Application


Calendar of Events


NOV.1-DEC. 24

Fall 2 Class Grid

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Upcoming Events


Evening with Harry Potter

October 21st 6:30pm


Travel Basketball Team Tryouts


Kids Night Out

October 29th 6pm-10pm


October Gaga Tournament 
October 30th 1:30pm


Vacation Camp

November 8, 10, 11


Teen Night

Every Friday 7:30pm-9:30pm


Adult Fitness Classes




School Age Child Care Information


Birthday Party Information



Community Service Opportunity