YMCA Summer Camp | New Jersey


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Choose the YMCA Summer Camp that's right for your child!

YMCA summer camps in New Jersey allow kids to try something new, meet new friends, be active, and have fun all summer long! Our experienced, well-trained staff at the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges provides opportunities for campers to develop skills and explore new interests in a safe, supportive environment. All activities are designed to be fun and stimulating to help prevent summer learning loss. Campers will develop teamwork and leadership skills while building lifelong friendships at our YMCA summer camps. Please contact us today to learn how to register your kids for the best summer ever!

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What Are the Benefits of Sending Your Kids to Summer Camp?

Millions of American children attend summer camps every year. If your child has never gone away to summer camp before, here are a few of the benefits you should consider:

  • A Safe, Supportive Environment - We’re accredited with the American Camp Association (ACA) to ensure all our camp communities are safe and nurturing with caring, competent adult role models supervising our campers. Campers feel independent being away from home and their parents, but they’re also closely monitored for their safety. We typically group campers by age (3-5, 6-10, 11-13, 14-15, etc.), so your child will begin making new friends within their age group in no time. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to knowing when your child is ready to go away for summer camp, as every child’s development is unique. Even if your child is shy, summer camp can help them feel more comfortable around others in a social setting.
  • Social Skills Development – Summer camp makes an ideal setting in which children feel self-confident and comfortable enough to develop a variety of social skills, including teamwork, communication, and even conflict resolution skills. Many children experience learning loss during summer vacation because their brains and bodies aren’t being stimulated daily. Avoid summer brain drain by registering your child for YMCA summer camp. We’ll challenge them intellectually, physically, and socially, so they should leave camp with increased self-esteem and the development of new skills outside their comfort zones.
  • Fun “Screen-Free” Activities – Today’s youth spend far too much time in front of a screen, whether it’s a television, tablet, or smartphone. Summer camp allows them to escape the doldrums of another summer spent staring at a screen and gives them the opportunity to enjoy daily adventures with other kids their age. Camp fosters an appreciation and connection with nature, as your child will enjoy plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
  • Forge Lifelong Friendships – Overnight experiences building campfires, preparing meals, hiking, canoeing, swimming, and sleeping under the stars are memorable shared experiences that bond our campers for life. Campers come from all backgrounds, which teaches children to respect each other and their differences. Camp gives children a sense of purpose and community while forging lifelong friendships with others.

What Types of Camp Does Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges Offer?

At the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, we have different types of camps available to accommodate your child’s needs. We offer summer sleepaway camps, as well as specialty and day camps for campers not quite ready to be away from home for an extended period. Sleepaway camps are fully supervised and available for children and teens of all ages. Nutritious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are served daily, and day trips are free. Choose the YMCA summer camp that’s right for you and your child:

Greater Bergen County YMCA Camp Michikamau – Sleepaway Camp

For over 90 years, campers have enjoyed “the great gathering” at Camp Michikamau. This sleepaway camp includes comfortable wooded cabin accommodations and out-of-camp overnight experiences. Qualified swim instructors teach daily swim lessons. Other daily activities include dances, talent shows, campfires, and scavenger hunts.

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps – Sleepaway Camp

Located on a private lake in Northwest New Jersey, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps are suitable for campers in grades 2-11. Specialty programs of interest include horseback riding, sailing, farming, and adventure and leadership programs. Register now to discover why we say, “Life is better at the lake!”

West Essex YMCA – Day Camp

Children of all ages, from preschool through their teens, will enjoy a memorable day camp experience at West Essex YMCA. Organized games and crafts keep kids occupied in a supervised environment. Sign up your child today, so they can begin forging lasting friendships with treasured time together.

Wayne YMCA – Day Camp

Our White Pines Day Camp in Wayne, NJ offers many fun-filled summer camp scenarios, including a sports specialty camp for ages 6-12, a counselor-in-training program for ages 13-15, and a teen adventure travel camp for campers entering grades 6-9. There are plenty of opportunities to learn and grow here!

Sussex County YMCA – Day Camp

From half-day programs to full-day camp, there is something for everyone at Sussex County YMCA. Choose from our sports specialty camps: basketball, tennis, soccer, flag football, golf, or multi-sport, or enjoy a day of vigorous camp activities including group swim lessons, archery, arts and crafts, cooking, games, and nature/science activities.

South Mountain YMCA – Day Camp

Our South Mountain YMCA Day Camp has everything to pique your child’s curiosity. Choose from specialty sports camps offering basketball, golf, or skateboarding or cultivate an appreciation for creative theater, culinary adventures, or the global arts. Before-and-after care is also available.

Mayor’s Circle of Excellence – Orange Day Camp

Thanks to an exclusive partnership with the City of Orange, our Mayor’s Circle of Excellence – Orange Day Camp is chock-full of weekly themes, sports, and academic STEAM projects. Past day camp adventures have included trips to the Museum of Natural History, Seven Presidents Beach, Turtle Back Zoo, Rebounderz, Yestercades, and Dorney Park.

East Orange YMCA – Day Camp

Leadership skills begin at East Orange YMCA Day Camps. Choose from our Early Adventures, New Discoveries, Explorers, or Counselor-in-Training programs suitable for day campers of all ages. Campers will love swimming in our on-site indoor, heated pool, not to mention free day trips.

Greater Bergen County YMCA – Day Camp

Spending the day at the Greater Bergen County YMCA Day Camp will allow your child to create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Our programs are suitable for children about to start kindergarten all the way through 16- and 17-year-olds looking to become a counselor-in-training.

Blue Mountain Day Camp – Day Camp

With on-site tennis and basketball courts, indoor and outdoor climbing, horseback riding stables, archery and riflery ranges, and access to a lake for swimming, fishing, and sailing, a day spent at Blue Mountain Day Camp is adventure-packed for all ages. Register today, so your child can begin learning and exploring!

Not sure where to begin when exploring what our summer camps have to offer? Check out our blog titled “Questions to Ask in Your Summer Camp Search” for tips on finding the right summer camp for your child!

About the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges & Our Staff

The YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit social services organization dedicated to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is one of the largest YMCA associations in the state of New Jersey. Our staff is dedicated to enriching the lives of thousands of children and their families through our family-friendly programs, including our summer camps, before-and-after school care, and so much more. YMCA believes in bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together. Our organization is all-inclusive, meaning no one is ever turned away from our programs because they can’t afford to register and participate. Generous donations to our Annual Campaign provide financial assistance to individuals and families in our communities.

How to Register for Our Summer Camps in New Jersey

Are you interested in registering your child for our summer camps in New Jersey? If you have Internet access, we now offer online registration from the convenience of your own home. You must have a valid YMCA membership at the time of registration and while your child is attending camp to receive our exclusive membership rate. Otherwise, you’ll be charged our community member rate. A non-refundable $10 down payment per week of camp is due during registration to guarantee your child’s spot. If your family is on a tight budget, don’t let that deter you from making this summer your child’s best one ever. Check out our blog “Four Options to Make Summer Camp Affordable” to see if your family qualifies for special camp discounts or government assistance.

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Camp Michikamau - Sleepaway Camp



For almost 90 years Camp Michikamau has offered a high quality traditional overnight camp program for youth and teens. Michikamau means “great gathering” and a great gathering is what we truly are. Every summer in addition to the majority of our campers who come from across Bergen County, NJ, we are very proud to welcome staff and campers from all corners of the Earth.

Visit our camp page for more details. Financial assistance is available.

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps - Sleepaway Camp


Located on a private lake in Northwest New Jersey, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps offers programs for campers entering grades 2-11. Choose from traditional camp programs, specialty programs like sailing and farm camp, adventure programs, leadership programs and horseback riding. We welcome campers and staff from all over the tri-state area, and all over the world!

For more information, please visit our camp page or call 973 383 9282. Financial assistance is available.

Campus Kids - Sleepaway Camp

New for 2020! Campus Kids Summer Camp is on the beautiful, rural campus of Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ. Campers spend Monday through Friday at camp and home with family on the weekends. Campers choose their own activities every day.

Visit the camp website for more details or call 973-845-9260. Transportation is available.

West Essex YMCA - Day Camp


Our camps provide an environment where your child will have fun, make new friends and explore new activities. Choose from our progressive camps in Livingston for ages 3 - 15 (Camp Peanut Shell, Super Summer and the Teen Adventure Camp) or our traditional day camp, Pioneer Trails (ages 3 ½ - 14 yrs) located at Caldwell College. For more information, call 973 992-7500 or visit our camp page. Financial assistance is available.

What's included: Camp T-shirt and swim lessons.

Wayne YMCA - Day Camp


Your children can expect to have a summer experience of a lifetime at White Pines Day Camp, where they will have the opportunity to participate in a Learn to Swim program, as well as explore many other interests like cooking, art, theater and dance programs.  Campers will learn to play tennis, soccer, basketball and get fit at our Summer Sports Academy.  Our littlest campers will start building memories of their first summer camp experiences at ABC Summer Camp, a camp especially for preschoolers.  Campers of all ages will be engaged, active and energized at the Y. Visit our camp page for more details. Financial assistance is available.  What's included: Camp T-shirt and swim time.

Sussex County YMCA - Day Camp


There are many options for children ages 3 to eighth grade to have a summer experience of a lifetime. From half-day programs at our Summer Y Kids Day Camp in Hardyston. - there is something for everyone.

Visit our camp page for more details. Financial assistance is available.

What's included: Camp T-shirt, trip fees and swim time.

South Mountain YMCA - Day Camp


Traditional and Specialty Camps for ages 2½ - 15. 14 different camps - full and half-day, all located in Maplewood/South Orange area. Extended camp care available from 7am - 7pm. For more information, please visit our camp page or call 973 762 4145.

What's included: Camp T-shirt, trip fees and swim lessons.

Financial assistance is available.

Mayor's Circle of Excellence - Orange Day Camp

Provided through a partnership between the YMCA and the City of Orange, the Mayor's Circle of Excellence Summer Day Camp is jammed packed with weekly themes, academic STEAM projects, sports, creative play, swimming and more! Campers gain self-confidence and teamwork skills.

Visit our camp page or call 973-673-5588. Financial assistance is available.

East Orange YMCA - Day Camp


4 different camps for ages 3-15. For more information, please visit our camp page or call 973-673-5588.

What's included: Camp T-shirt, Before and after camp care, Breakfast, Lunch and PM snack.

Program for parents accepted. Financial assistance is available.

Greater Bergen County YMCA - Day Camp


Camp at YMCA of Greater Bergen County is a great place for summer fun and adventure! Camp Oratam, for ages 5-16, offers a traditional day camp experience located on Lake Kanawauke in Harriman State Park with  campers participating in arts & crafts, sports & games, nature activities, boating, and swimming in our lake. At the Y, there are endless opportunities for fun-filled summer days!

Visit our camp page for more details.  Financial assistance is available.

Blue Mountain Day Camp - Day Camp

Blue Mountain Day Camp (BMDC) has been serving Sussex County, New Jersey since 1979. Located on the shores of Fairview Lake in Stillwater, the abundance of unspoiled wood lands creates endless opportunities for children to learn and explore. With facilities normally seen only in overnight camps, BMDC offers an exciting, creative summer day camp experience for children. Key to this camping experience is a mile-long lake with fishing, sailing, water sports, and swimming. Tennis courts, a basketball court, indoor and outdoor climbing, a sports field, an art pavilion, a horseback riding stable, and archery and riflery ranges are just a few of the great facilities at BMDC.

For ages 3-15.
Visit our camp page for more details. Transportation available.

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