South Mountain YMCA

YKnots Camp


We're intentional about everything we do. From the moment campers arrive, we're immersed in activities that build character, confidence and self esteem. New concepts and ideas are introduced to inspire curiosity, creativity and exploration. Campers form strong bonds, learning what it means to be part of a group and work as a team.  

Each session entertainers, special events and field trips are coordinated with our weekly camp themes. Our Camp Specialists head up our afternoon activities which may include: Natural Wonders, Mix It Up, Amazon Artists, Dancetinations and Drama. During daily swim instruction, campers are placed into level-appropriate groups and are taken one at a time for individual lessons. Swim instruction is based on skill level.

Senior Staff is composed of many of our Y preschool teachers and local teachers in our community. Our staff is well trained and qualified, serving as positive role models for all. We work year-round to create an experience that benefits both you and your camper.

YKnots 1 Ages: 3 1/2-Preschool Potty trained & accustomed to a short nap.
YKnots 1 Hours: 8:30am-3pm

YKnots 2 Ages: Entering Kindergarten
YKnots 2 Hours: 8:50am - 3:30pm 

YKnots 3 Ages: Entering 1st Grade
YKnots 3 Hours: 9am - 3:30pm 


*Siblings attending other Y camps can be accommodated with drop-off time.

YKnots 1 & 2 Dates: 
Session 1 June 29-July 10
Session 2 July 13-July 24
Session 3 July 27-August 7
Session 4 August 10-August 21
Session 5 August 24-August 28 * Must be signed up for at least one of the prior sessions to register for Session 5)

YKnots 1 & 2 Camper-to-Staff Ratio: 6:1
Fees: $1150 each 3-week session
Location: South Mountain YMCA, 13 Jefferson Avenue, Maplewood
Before and After Care is available on-site for  1 & 2 Camps. Register Early! Limited space. Before Care starts at 7am for $55/wk. After care ends at 7pm for $90/wk  
Camp Director: Jennifer MacAfee, Director of Early Childhood Learning Center. 

YKnots 3 Dates: June 29-August 28 (single week registration available)
Camper-to-Staff Ratio: 7:1
Location: Civic House 124 Dunnel Rd., Maplewood
Curbside Drop Off: 8:45am-9:15am
Curbside Pick uP: 3:15pm-3:45pm
Before and After Care is available on-site for  1 & 2 Camps. Register Early! Limited space. Before Care starts at 7am for $55/wk. After care ends at 7pm for $90/wk  
Camp Director: Jennifer MacAfee, Director of Early Childhood Learning Center. 

Camp Information & Forms


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  • July
  • August

Weekly Activities 






YKnots 1 & YKnots 2 are accredited by the American Camp Association 

Parent Shout-Outs:

"I want first of all to tell you how grateful we are to your entire amazing staff and counselors for a wonderful summer. Sam had such a great time and it was such a relief to know that he was happy (more than just happy though--ecstatic) during what could have been a very difficult transition into becoming a big brother. He made some really good friends this summer... Thank you"!

"In two months our son grew so much- he became so responsible, learned how to show he cared for others, found his place and voice in larger groups settings, and had so much fun along the way. The counselors … were amazing…mature and professional…and we felt he was in the best hands. THANK YOU!!"

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