Sussex County YMCA

Summer Y Camp


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The Summer Y Camps are held at the Sussex County YMCA.  Our camps provide a safe and nurturing environment where children have fun, make new friends and explore new activities!  All camp activities are created around exciting weekly themes with an emphasis on building confidence self-reliance, problem solving skills.  With the Y, you can be assured that your child will have a positive environment to play, learn and grow.           
Before and After Camp care available.

Early Bird Registration Form

Registration Form

2018 Camp Guide

Each week of camp has a different theme which keeps the camp experience new throughout the summer and encourages the campers to expand their areas of interest.

Summer Y Camp is packed with a variety of age-appropriate activities.  Each day starts with a gathering at the flag pole, followed by a structured morning filled with activities and daily swim lessons followed by an afternoon of free swim and activities.  Campers are grouped by the grade they will enter in September.  Activities follow a daily schedule, with specialty classes.

All you need to do is send your child to camp with a packed lunch, a swim suit and a towel!

Our full-day camp options also include field trips.  2017 trips will include visits to Blue Mountain Day Camp, White Lake Beach Club, the New Jersey State Fair, and the Andersen Farm Tour and an overnight!

For more information on the following programs, please call at 973 209-9622.

Summer Y Camps Parent Guide

Permission to Medicate

Summer Y Camp will run Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


All aboard as we set sail for the Best Summer Ever! To ports of call near and far we’ll travel, making new friends and exploring new experiences. On board, your crew of the Summer Y Camp has designed a ships itinerary full of fun, learning and high activity. Anchored in strong character and teamwork, we’ll set a course for a grand adventure that only the Y could bring you.


Anchors Away

Ahoy matey and Anchors Aweigh for a great Summer Y Camp adventure! Welcome summer this week with our fun cruise ship themed games and activities. Each day you will have opportunities to swim, play on the playground and upper fields, create themed crafts, connect with friends, and more. Some activities include decorating your own sailor hat, creating your group’s nautical flag, playing ship to shore, and ride on our Wibit canoes.


Games Lagoon

Games, games and more games are played all around, from our playground to the upper fields, to the pool to the tent. Discover, laugh and grow learning traditional and new games from marbles and charades to Bingo and cards. Get active and connect with friends playing table tennis, shuffleboard, or Sea Quest. Be creative by designing your own new game and build a giant camp puzzle!

Camp wide Capture the Flag on Friday, June 30
Wear your camp T-shirt


Destination USA

Land Ho! An unforgettable adventure awaits you in this Destination USA week of Summer Y Camp. We will participate in activities that celebrate our country and community, pride in our citizens, culture and land. Activities and games include wiffle ball, four square, pie throwing contest, watermelon roll derby, red, white and blue bike and scooter parade, strawberry-banana-blueberry kabobs, planting our Y Camp garden, and a community clean-up.

Visit from our local heroes, the Hardyston and Franklin Fire & Police Departments on Friday, July 7
Wear your camp T-shirt


Free-Style Art

Let your creative side soar this week with Free-Style and fun art projects. This week is all about exploring and choosing your favorite art mediums including watercolor, chalk, clay, paper mache, origami and more! Some additional activities include painting with marbles, learning how to fold towel animals, playing paint tag, tie-dying T-shirts, and duct tape designs!

Color Wars on Friday, July 14
Wear your team color


Science Excursion

Challenge yourself this week to explore and discover the wonders of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Get ready to get messy as you create your own slime, build your own soap powered model boat, make scientific predictions with our sink or float tanks, launch your film canister rocket, or build a tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti! Work together with your science team on Wacky Wednesday to experiment with water and get ready to be amazed! Special additions include Legos, Math cubes, gears, and the use of tablets for the STEM program “Active Science.”

Camp rocket launch on Friday, July 21 at 12 noon
Wear your Camp T-Shirt


Ocean Rendezvous

Splash and explore this spectacular week while learning about the wonders of water and the creatures of the sea. Design and create your own splash painting, gummy fish in a bowl, and bottled waves. Build your team’s cruise ship and participate in a camp wide Box Boat Race! Play Octopus Tag, slide like a penguin on our Slip and Slide, use echolocation to find your friends, and get ready to get splashed!

Field trip to White Lake Beach Club or Blue Mountain Day Camp depending on availability
Wear your Camp T-Shirt


Pirates & Princesses

All aboard mi hardies and princesses for a week filled with jewels and treasure hunts, a princess party, a pirate feast, and lots of magical swashbuckling games. Explore your favorite fairytales, play Capture the Black Pearl, create your own pirate hat or princess tiara, eye patch or jeweled necklace, and have a bold adventure!

Field trip to White Lake Beach Club or Blue Mountain Day Camp depending on availability
Wear your Camp T-Shirt


Carnival Island

Come one, come all to Carnival Island week at the Y. Create and participate in carnival games including parachute games, face painting or tattoos, archery range balloon pop, clown costume relay race, balloon stomp, and more! Learn carnival ticks including scarf juggling, Diablo, plate spinning, and ribbon or hula-hoop dancing. Work as a team to create your very own carnival game. Lead your game and try new games at the camp’s carnival day!

Field trip to the Sussex County Fair grades 1 and up
Wear your Camp T-Shirt


Going Green in the Galley

Get ready to Go Green in the Galley this week with lots of activities focused on “green.” Help harvest the camp garden and create colorful and scrumptious snacks like zucchini pancakes and tasty “green” trail mix. Participate in our cucumber or lime water taste test. Create your own Chia pet! Learn what it means to live a healthy life and how important it is to take good care of the earth. While the focus this week is “green” campers will also have a well-rounded camp experience participating in activities like recycled crafts, healthy snacks, swimming, playing sports and games, and making lifelong friends.

Field trip to Andersen Family Farm
Wear your Camp T-Shirt


Sunset Stage

Bring our camp season to a close with our fantastic and fun camp finale Sunset Stage. With your friends create, plan and design the camp talent show. From start to finish you have a role to play, everything from talent show posters to props and playbills. Participate in your own unique way, whether your talent is dancing or drawing to singing or sporting, this is your week to shine! Friends and family invited to join us on the last day of camp for our Sunset Stage celebration!

Sunset Stage celebration is on Friday, August 25th at 12 noon at the Y
Please wear your Camp T-Shirt
Please bring a snack to share


Vacation Camp

Join us this week at Vacation Camp as we give tribute to Summer Y Camp, friends, counselors, and camp memories. Even though we are saying goodbye we will have plenty of activities to keep us happy and healthy. As we say goodbye to summer we are happy knowing that we are only a few months away from our camp reunion and we wish all our campers a terrific school year!

Pool availability may be limited this week due to yearly maintenance.
Camp this week can be prorated based on the number of needed days.

*Projects, activities, and trips are subject to change based on availability of supplies and weather.


Facility Camp ONLY 7:00 - 9:00am and/or 5:00 - 6:00pm.  Available for Summer Y, Teen Y and CIT Y Camps.  Before camp care starts at 7:00am until the start of camp and after camp care begins at the end of the regular camp day and runs until 6:00pm.  Pre registration required.

7:00 - 9:00AM :  $55 per week (Week option only)
5:00 - 6:00pm: $28 per week (Week option only)


Summer Y & Junior Y Kids Club Parent Handbook