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Y Camp Story: The Show Must Go On

The audience was at home, the actors all wore face masks and stood 6 feet apart. This year’s Creative Theater Camp at the South Mountain YMCA in Maplewood looked a little different, but the shows still went on, all in an effort to ensure campers had the best summer experience possible. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 04, 2020

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Y Camp Story: Grateful for the Y

I have been amazed and impressed at how organized and coordinated the Y Summer Day Camp program has been running.

By: Sarah R. Wikander | Jul 22, 2020

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What to Bring for a Sleepaway Camping Trip

Whether it’s your child’s first sleepaway camping trip or their fourth, but you’ve forgotten what to pack, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is here to help.

By: Mollie Shauger | May 01, 2020

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4 Options to Make Summer Camp Affordable

For many families though, budgeting for day or sleepaway camp while also planning for expenses like summer vacations and child care is challenging. Sometimes just saving money isn’t enough. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Mar 10, 2020

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Why Choose 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 | Feb 24, 2020

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Questions to Ask in Your Summer Camp Search

To help you decide which summer camp program is the right fit for your family, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has created a list of questions to ask directors when comparing programs. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Feb 20, 2020

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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 | Feb 12, 2020

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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 | Jan 25, 2020

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West Essex YMCA Holds Summer Camp Fairs and Tours

Throughout the winter and spring, families can learn about the variety of summer camps offered at the West Essex YMCA. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jan 03, 2020

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5 Benefits of Registering Early for Summer Camp

If your child attended camp last year and can’t stop talking about it, or if they want to try out a new camp, reserving a spot early can help ensure they have a great experience at an affordable price for your family.

By: Mollie Shauger | Dec 13, 2019

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How to Help Your Child's Transition from Camp Life

Let’s face it: Camp life isn’t exactly like home life. So how do you help your camper retain the great habits and skills they’ve developed at camp as they readjust to life at home and school? 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 24, 2019

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7 Reasons to Extend Your Child's Camp Experience

There’s still more summer to come and if you’re rethinking the length of your child's camp experience, here are some reasons to consider extending it. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 18, 2019

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Their Summer Camp

Parents can help their kids process their camp experiences by listening to their stories, looking at photos together and asking thoughtful questions. When asking questions, make them specifically about camp. Here are some examples.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 15, 2019

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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