West Essex YMCA

Teen Adventure Camp

For campers entering Grades 7th to 9th

Teens in 7th-9th grade are learning to make decisions about the world on their own and need caring adults to provide guidance along the way. Our Teen Adventure Camp is designed to develop decision-making skills in young teens by encouraging positive values and providing challenging, fun and character-building experiences.

Campers participate in activities such as team-building exercises, games, sports, crafts, community service projects and swimming twice a week. Teen Adventure Camp follows an extensive an extensive travel schedule and each session includes one overnight trip.

"As my first year directing this camp, I am ecstatic to be part of such an elite camp program. This summer is going to be full of exciting trips, fun learning, and new friendships will be made. On behalf of the Teen Adventure Camp team, we know that this will be the BEST SUMMER EVER!" -Mike Lee- Teen Adventure Camp Director

"Teen Adventure Camp was amazing last year. Camp is supposed to be a combination of friendship, fun, and a little bit of structure, and we were just that!  I did not expect all the fun we got into last year and I can't wait to be back." - Keenan Green (Teen Adventure Counselor)

Registration Form

2018 Camp Guide

Camp Location: Livingston High School/West Essex YMCA

Camp Dates: June 25 - August 24, 2018 (No Camp on July 4th)

Camper-to-Staff Ratio: 10 to 1

Camp Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Before and After Camp Care is available from 7:00am - 9:00am at Livingston High School and 5:00pm - 6:30pm at the Y (no additional charge)

Director: Mike Lee, mlee@metroymcas.org

2018 Camp Calendar (last updated 6/6/18)

Permission to Give Medication

Permission to Walk Home


Parent Orientation Nights

Before the summer begins, we invite all families to visit one of our Parent Orientation Sessions. The parent orientation sessions will be a way for you to receive more information about the summer camp, learn about our policies and procedures, & ask any questions/address any concerns. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you.

The parent orientation dates are:

  • Tuesday, June 5th- 8:00-8:30pm
  • Monday, June 11th- 8:00-8:30pm
  • Thursday, June 14th- 5:30-6pm
  • Friday, June 22nd- 4:30-5:00pm
  • Saturday, June 23- 1:00-1:30pm

*The location will be at the West Essex YMCA.

*If you cannot make any of the dates, please schedule an appointment with me so we can go over the information given at the orientation.

*Teens are encouraged to come so if they have any questions, it will be answered!


"I was pleasantly surprised of all the great trips that they offered. The camp is well-planned and it was a relief to me as a working parent not leaving my child to hang out at home or at a friend's house but be with kids her own age having fun, socializing, and learning!" - Teen Adventure Camp parent.

"I had a blast!  The counselors were so cool and relatable. The trips were fun and I learned so much on each trip.  I can't wait to go back this summer!" - Teen Adventure Camper (8th grade)

"I made a lot of new friends. I was a little nervous not knowing anyone but the counselors and the other kids made me feel right at home. I enjoyed myself last year and am inviting some of my friends from school this summer." -Teen Adventure Camper (7th grade)