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 14 years experience with the Metro YMCA of the Oranges and is looking forward to her fifth 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 (Science, Technology, Engineering , Art and Math) 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
2015 Registration Form
2015 Camp Calendar
Lunch Program


Bus Transportation included from the surrounding school districts including Livingston, West Oranges and the Caldwells.



“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

    Thanksgiving Day - Open

  • Gymnasium 

  • FALL Program SESSION
    September 8 - November 1


Red Cross Lifeguard Training

FREE 7th Grade Membership


School Age Child Care Program

Vacation Camp Sept/Oct

Vacation Camp Nov/Dec


Peanut Shell Early Learning Center