South Mountain YMCA

Summer Discovery Camp

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Welcome to Camp

At Summer Discovery, we're curious and always asking questions about the world around us. Each week we concoct and construct hands-on experiments in STEM that delight our sense of wonder. New this summer, we will be implementing a lived-learning experience where our campers will use role-playing technique to further their understanding of each theme and step into the shoes of famous inventors, scientists, researchers and more. We foster community, promote personal growth and stimulate summer learning with discussions, outdoor play, art projects, group reading, swimming and more! Weekly themes are always centered around science, and connect popular themes with academic exploration. Be prepared to have lots of conversations about our planet and beyond at the dinner table each evening!

Previous field trips included: Watchung Reservation, Sandy Hook, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Liberty Science Center and other environmental and educational centers.

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Summer Discovery I: Entering Grade 1 - 2
Summer Discovery II: Entering Grade 3 - 5
Hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm 
Camper to Staff Ratio: 6:1  under 6 years, 8:1 6-8 years, 10:1 9-11years
Location: St. Joseph Church, 767 Prospect St., Maplewood
No Swimming and Field Trips

Curbside Drop off:  8:30-9:00am
Curbside Pick-up: 5:00-5:30pm
Before and After Camp Care is NOT available.
Director: Justine Evyn Saliski

Summer Discovery cell (862) 400.6019

Weekly Themes:

Week 1- Paleontology: Discovering Dinosaurs

Week 2- Chemistry: Radical Reactions

Week 3- Marine Biology: Under the Sea

Week 4- Becoming Astronauts: Exploring the Universe

Week 5- Zoology: Habitats & Ecosystems

Week 6- Forensics: Investigating Our World

Week 7- Invention: How It’s Made

Week 8- The Science of Witchcraft & Wizardry

Week 9- Meteorology: The Science of Natural Disasters

Information and Forms

Permission to Medicate
Alternative Pick Up Form available at Welcome Center 

Summer Discovery is accredited by the American Camp Association

Parent Shout-Outs: 

"Thank you for taking my concerns about our daughter making friends at camp. When I pick up from camp she is brimming with excitement about the activities she's doing and the friends she's making -- she absolutely loves Summer Discovery!"

"This has been a phenomenal experience for our son.  He's really loved the weekly themes, field trips aligned to the themes and the new friends he's made! Thank you!"