Sussex County YMCA

Summer Y Camp


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The Summer Y Camps are held at the Sussex County YMCA.  Our camps provide a safe and nurturing environment where children have fun, make new friends and explore new activities!  All camp activities are created around exciting weekly themes with an emphasis on building confidence self-reliance, problem solving skills.  With the Y, you can be assured that your child will have a positive environment to play, learn and grow.           
Before and After Camp care available.

Registration Form

2018 Camp Guide

Each week of camp has a different theme which keeps the camp experience new throughout the summer and encourages the campers to expand their areas of interest.

Summer Y Camp is packed with a variety of age-appropriate activities.  Each day starts with a gathering at the flag pole, followed by a structured morning filled with activities and daily swim lessons followed by an afternoon of free swim and activities.  Campers are grouped by the grade they will enter in September.  Activities follow a daily schedule, with specialty classes.

All you need to do is send your child to camp with a packed lunch, a swim suit and a towel!

Our full-day camp options also include field trips. 2018 trips will include visits to High Point State Park, the New Jersey State Fair, and the Andersen Farm Tour.

For more information on the following programs, please call at 973 209-9622.

Summer Y Camps Parent Guide

Permission to Medicate

Summer Y Camp will run Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



Summer Shout

Put your hands up and shout for summer! Celebrate every day this week as we kick off our exciting summer camp season. Learn, laugh and make friends playing traditional and new camp games this week in our new Play Zone, new Gymnasium, and updated Youth Room. Learn how to play GaGa, Nine Square in the Air, Archery, Swimming, Pickleball, Backyard Games, and more!
Special Event: Ice Cream Social for Camp Families -Friday, June 22 from 5:00-6:00pm             
Wear your Camp T-shirt!


Colossal Superheroes

Design and create your own superhero costume or cape. Work cooperatively with your superhero team to save your counselor from the super villain. Participate in a camp wide superhero fitness challenge! What will your super power be?!
Special Event: Dress as your favorite Superhero! - Friday, June 29

7/2-7/7 (No Camp on the 4th of July)

Who's Got Spirit

Who’s got spirit? We’ve got spirit! How about you? Join us this week at camp while we celebrate our country’s spirit and the Fourth of July. Games include greased watermelon roll derby, bike and skateboard parade, pie throwing contest, and capture the flag. Create your own patriotic dipped pretzels! Yum!
Special Event: Visit from the Hardyston, Hamburg, and Franklin Fire, Police, and EMS Departments - Friday, July 6 at 12:00pm  
Wear your Camp T-shirt!



Prepare your palettes, grab your smocks, and get ready to get messy in DIY (Do It Yourself) Art week! Explore your imagination and express yourself as we create our way through camp with hands-on projects. Mold your own clay sculpture, tie dye tee shirts or bandannas, make friendship bracelets, paint pet rocks, decoupage a camp collage and more. Games include paint tag, living sculptures, and the ever-popular Color Wars.
Special Event: Color Wars - Friday, July 13 
Wear your team’s color!


Terrific Scientific

Fill up your beakers with excitement as we experiment with Terrific Scientific! Explore the fascinating world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and create your own slime, light up LED circuits with playdough, build your own catapult, erupt your own volcano, and more! Special additions include Legos, Math cubes, the use of tablets for the STEM program “Active Science,” and our camp Makerspace!
Special Event: Rocket Launch – Friday, July 20   
Wear your Camp T-shirt!



Ready, Set, Go for H2O Week! Stay cool this week while playing all sorts of refreshing water games like water balloon toss, bucket brigade, and sponge tag. Crafts include everything from building a regatta, to making ice pops, to splatter painting.
Special Event: Field Trip to High Point State Park on Thursday, July 26! 
Wear you Camp T-shirt! 


Magic Mania

Abracadabra! Ala Kazam! This week’s camp theme is all about believing in yourself and the wonders of magic! Along the way you’ll learn a few magic tricks too! Is it really magic or science as you create magician’s fog, a floating card or a whirligig!
Special Event: Magician to visit camp this week! - Thursday, August 2, 11:00am-12:00pm 
Wear your Camp T-shirt!


Carnival Craze

Step right up and enjoy this fun and crazy carnival themed week. Play classic and new carnival games like ring toss, balloon pop, Frisbee throw, and parachute games too! Laugh and learn with your carnival friends while face painting, having a three-legged race, sharing popcorn, and creating your own unique fair games!
Special Event: Field Trip to the Sussex County Fair-August 9 & Carnival Day at Camp 
Wear your Camp T-shirt!


Barnyard Palooza

Cock-a-doodle-doo! Life on the farm has never been this much fun! Join us for an exciting week of farm themed activities including games, crafting, creating snacks, and more. Create marshmallow haystacks or popcorn art. Participate in barnyard tag, scarecrow relay races, or hot potato. Learn about farm animals first hand on our camp field trip to a local farm.
Special Event:
Field Trip to the Andersen Family Farm (Date TBD)  
Wear your Camp T-shirt!


Shining Stars

Express yourself, shine and show your star talent as we bring the camp season to a close with our Y Shining Stars Celebration. Create, plan and design the final day of camp's celebration show. From start to finish you have a role to play, everything from celebration posters to props and playbills. Participate in your own unique way, as we reflect on our favorite activities of summer camp. This is your week to shine! Friends and family invited to join us on the last day of camp for our Y Shining Stars Celebration!
Special Event: Y Shining Starts Celebration – Friday, August 24, 12 noon 
Wear your Camp T-shirt!


Vacation Camp

Join us this week at Vacation Camp as we give tribute to Summer Y Camp, friends, counselors, and camp memories. Even though we are saying goodbye we will have plenty of activities to keep us happy and healthy. As we say goodbye to summer we are happy knowing that we are only a few months away from our camp reunion and we wish all our campers a terrific school year!

Pool availability may be limited this week due to yearly maintenance.
Camp this week can be prorated based on the number of needed days.

*Projects, activities, and trips are subject to change based on availability of supplies and weather.

Facility Camp ONLY 7:00 - 9:00am and/or 5:00 - 6:00pm.  Available for Summer Y, Teen Y and CIT Y Camps.  Before camp care starts at 7:00am until the start of camp and after camp care begins at the end of the regular camp day and runs until 6:00pm.  Pre registration required.

7:00 - 9:00AM :  $55 per week (Week option only)
5:00 - 6:00pm: $28 per week (Week option only)
Summer Y & Junior Y Kids Club Parent Handbook