South Mountain YMCA

Half Day Field Fun

2021 information coming soon.

Director's Welcome

Hello and welcome to Half Day Field Fun Camp! Our trained and passionate staff has been working diligently to make sure we provide a fun and rewarding experience for your children this summer. Our camp will provide an opportunity for children to get out and be active in a safe and positive environment. Campers will be playing games, learning new skills, and staying healthy with our very active camp! Please read through the below information and contact me directly with any questions you may have.

View our health and safety measures playbook for day camp.

Camp Director: Jason Kelly, jkelly@metroymcas.org

Camp Location: Chyzowych Field, 29 W. Parker Ave, Maplewood

Welcome to Camp

Camp Cell Phone

Camp Cell Phone Number: 862-438-1730 Our staff will have a camp cell phone that will be active during camp hours. This phone is to be used to arrange late arrivals, early pickups, and in emergencies only. If you have questions regarding camp details, contact Jason Kelly via email or contact our Welcome Center at: 973-762-4145

Weather policy

In the event of potential inclement weather, a decision will be made by 6:30am regarding canceling for the day. If the forecast calls for a higher than 25% chance of rain during camp hours, camp will be canceled and your registration for that day will be credited to your Y account. All parents will be notified via email. If there is a chance of rain below 25%, we ask parents to be on call for early pick up as there is no rain location for this camp.

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Safety At Camp

The safety of our campers and staff is our highest priority. If you have not yet done so, please read through our comprehensive 2020 Camp Health and Safety Guide, which outlines our protocols and procedures thoroughly.

Be advised that this information is subject to change per the guidance of Governor Murphy, the Department of Health, and the American Camp Association. Safety guidelines are also in line with our local health department and may change based on their recommendations.

Some of the safety precautions we are putting into place:

  • Limited group size: group sizes will be limited to no more than 16 per group. There will be minimal interaction between groups and switching. Staff shall be assigned to and remain with one group each week as feasible.
  • Wellness screenings: All campers and staff will be screened upon arrival at camp each day, including temperature checks and observing for physical signs of illness.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Staff that are within 6 feet of your camper will be required to wear PPE during the camp day. Campers will not be required to wear face coverings but are encouraged to bring one each day to camp.
  • Training: On top of our already rigorous training program that all camp staff must complete, this year they will be receiving additional training specific to the ongoing pandemic. This training will include instruction on adhering to safety protocols and proper cleaning of all surfaces and equipment

Drop Off & Pick Up

DROP OFF
Drop off will be taking place in the Columbia High School faculty parking lot, which is located on West Parker Avenue across from the YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center and right before the Railroad Tracks. Parents must accompany campers to the check-in table. Drop off will begin at 8:45am and will end at 9:00am, at which point campers will walk in their groups with their counselors to Chyzowych field.

PICK UP At 11:50am, staff and campers will travel back to the same parking lot for pick up. We will arrange a curb-side pickup lane for you to pick up your camper. Please follow the cones to the table and tent, after you are confirmed as an authorized pick-up for your child, a counselor will walk your child to your car. Please do not exit your car during the pick-up process.

Walk-ups for SOUTH MOUNTAIN YMCA Half Day Field Fun Camp pick-up can walk down the center of the parking lot directly to the pick-up tent.

If you are dropping off late or picking up early, please call the camp phone to make arrangements

Restroom & Hand Sanitization

We are having portable restrooms and handwashing stations brought to Chyzowych field. The portable restroom will be sanitized daily and will be serviced every week.

What To Bring To Camp

  • Large Refillable Water Bottle
  • Snack (we are a nut-free camp)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray

What To Wear To Camp

  • Sneakers- please make sure your camper is in closed-toe sneakers so they can safely participate in all activities!
  • Breathable Clothing- we will be out in the sun for the majority of camp, please dress you, child, in loose, breathable clothing
  • Hats and Sunglasses are optional

Sample Daily Schedule

Time Group 1 Group 2
9:00am Walk to Chyzowych Field Walk to Chyzowych Field
9:10am Roll Call/Round Up Roll Call/Round Up
9:20am Activity 1 Activity 3
10:00am Clean up/Hand sanitizing Clean up/Hand sanitizing
10:05am Activity 2 Activity 1
10:45am Clean up/Hand sanitizing Clean up/Hand sanitizing
10:50am Snack/Water/Restroom Snack/Water/Restroom
11:10am Activity 3 Activity 2
11:45am Wrap-up/ Hand sanitizing Wrap-up/ Hand sanitizing
11:50am Walk to Pick-up Walk to Pick-up

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We can’t wait to get started and will do everything in our power to make sure your child has a fun, safe, and exciting summer camp experience!