South Mountain YMCA

Summer Discovery 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 roleplaying 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! Swim instruction is two days a week. 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.


Summer Discovery I: Entering Grade 1 - 2
Summer Discovery II:  Entering Grade 3 - 5
Dates: Coming soon!
Hours: 9:00am - 3:30pm 
Camper to Staff Ratio: 8:1 
Location:  First Presbyterian and Trinity Church 111 Irvington Ave South Orange
Pool Location:
South Orange Pool, 5 Mead St., South Orange
Curbside Drop off:  8:30-9am
Curbside Pick-up: 3-3:30pm
Cost: $370/wk 
Before and After Care is available on-site. Before Care starts at 7am for $55/wk. After Care ends at 7pm for $90/wk.
Director: Gailmarie Sprague
Assistant Director: Justine Evyn Saliski

Information and Forms

Welcome to Summer Discovery Camp 2019
Weekly Themes
Camp Trips

Camp Parent Guide
Swim Level Descriptions
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!"