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Summer Camp

Tips for Combating Homesickness at Camp

It’s normal for kids to feel homesick when they’re going to summer campespecially if it’s the first time. It’s also normal for parents to worry about their kids while they’re away. Here are some steps families can take to prevent homesickness.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 02, 2019

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How Summer Camp Keeps Kids Learning

Here’s how camp can help children and teens retain the knowledge and skills they need for school over the summer break.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 28, 2019

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How Children Benefit from Being Outdoors

When kids are outdoors they are learning, being active and improving their health in a variety of ways. Here’s a look at how nature can benefit children of all ages.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 27, 2019

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The Value of an ACA-Accredited Camp

Here's what it means for a camp to be accredited by the American Camp Association and why it matters. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 25, 2019

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Campers with Allergies: What to Ask the Director

For families who have a child with an allergy, here are some questions to ask the director when considering camp.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 24, 2019

Social Responsibility

Brother International Named West Essex YMCA Program Champion

Brother International signed on as a West Essex YMCA Program Champion. The corporation donated $6,000 to La Vida Deliciosa and agreed to fund $6,000 in needs-based scholarships for YMCA childcare.

By: News and blog | Jun 24, 2019

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Why Summer Camp Naturally Builds Friendships

Summer camp is an opportunity for kids to have the time of their lives while making new friends or reconnecting with old ones. Here’s how camp can foster new relationships.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 24, 2019

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Tips For Dealing With Camp Anxieties

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers some advice for managing your camper’s anxiety and fears (and your own) - with additional tips from the American Camp AssociationAmerican Psychological Association and Child Mind Institute.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 21, 2019


Wayne YMCA Merges Exercise and Outdoors

Just in time for summer, the Wayne YMCA is opening its doors to a new outdoor, multipurpose activity space that will benefit all members, from the young to the young at heart. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 20, 2019


How to Keep Kids Safe Around Water

Swimming is one of the most popular warm weather pastimes for children, but it’s also the second leading cause of injury for children under the age of 14. Here's how parents can help their children enjoy the water and be safer around it by taking a few simple measures.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 20, 2019


The Importance of Swimming Lessons

Swim lessons are a great way to prepare young swimmers to enjoy the water in a much safer way. Here at the YMCA, we offer a number of learn-to-swim classes for swimmers of all ages. Beyond enjoyment, swim lessons offer new swimmers a number of benefits that can last a lifetime.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 20, 2019

Summer Camp

Here’s Why Summer Camp is Great for Children

Summer camp is an American tradition, and millions of children attend some form of camp each year. Camp gives children a chance to grow in a multitude of ways, and is a great chance for children to develop life skills that they can practice long after the camp concludes.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 20, 2019

Healthy Living

Top Ten Reasons to Join the YMCA

If you’re looking for a community membership that comes with educational classes, competitive adult sports leagues, and personal training, then the YMCA’s in New Jersey has everything you need and more.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 20, 2019

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How To Tell If Your Child Is Ready For Camp

For many, summer camp will be filled with new activities in a new environment. Some children handle this fine, while others take time to adjust. So how do you know that your child is ready to experience camp for the first time?

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 18, 2019

Child Care

Fitting in 'Me Time' - How the Y Can Help

Have you ever thought about escaping for a bit to do something on your own, but felt guilty about it? It’s often a dilemma parents and caregivers face: trying to fit in some “me time” while making sure the kids are happy and healthy. Here are ways the YMCA can help you feel recharged.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 17, 2019