West Essex YMCA

Pioneer Trails Camp


Pre-K - entering 8th Grade

CIT Program for young teens entering 9th and 10th grade

Pioneer Trails Day Camp, located at Caldwell College, offers a traditional day camp experience for youth from preschool through eighth grade. Packed with progressive age-appropriate activities and experiences, campers discover new interests by exploring activities that promote personal development in a safe, supportive environment. 

https://asoft6121.accrisoft.com/metroymcas/clientuploads/_WestEssexYMCA/images/Staff/joanne website.jpgCamp Director:   Joanne Browne, has over 13 years experience with the Metro YMCA of the Oranges and is looking forward to her fourth year guiding the PTDC team. Joanne’s first experience at camp was as a counselor at a Girl Scout camp in Texas after graduating from college. There she learned camp songs, tried s’mores for the first time and experienced camp as a place where you are encouraged to be your true self.  At Pioneer Trails, Joanne  is passionate about camp as a place that provides a break from school but full of endless opportunities for ‘disguised learning’ - from STEAM to Drama, Archery to Art, Sports to Swimming, campers are challenged to learn and grow through hands on activities that are both educational and fun.

Contact Joanne at 973-992-7500, ext. 115

Camp Location: Caldwell College, Caldwell

Camper - to- Staff Ratio: Pre-K: 5 to 1; Grades K - 5: 8 to 1; Grades 6 - 8: 10 to 1.

Camp Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm Before and After Camp Care is available from 8:00am - 9:00am and 4:00pm - 6:00pm on site at Caldwell College (no additional charge)


2015 Camp Brochure

Bus Transportation included from the surrounding school districts including Livingston, West Oranges and the Caldwells. - Please contact Kathie Amato or Joanne Browne for current bus schedule.



2014 Pioneer Trails Camp Calendar 

2014 Pioneer Trails Parent Guide

Pioneer Trails Camp Checklist and FAQ's

2014 Bus Schedule

Simply Gourmet Lunch Program

Permission to Give Medication


“My son loved Pioneer Trails. He loved the activities, the counselors and the atmosphere. As a parent, I felt the camp management was very responsive and had great follow through. I continue to be very impressed with the quality of the counselors. They are truly engaged in the activities and that is really important to me and my child”
-Pioneer Trails Parent


P. 973.992.7500 
  • Mon-Fri: 4:45am-10:00pm
  • Sat:       6:30am-9:00pm
  • Sun:      6:30am-6:00pm

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