Sussex County YMCA

YMCA Summer Camps Sussex County, NJ | Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges


Registration for 2021 Summer Camps is coming soon!

Check back mid November about Early Bird registration details.
Our 2021 Health and Safety Measures and Summer Camp dates will be released once the state has provided guidance for youth camps.

Sussex County YMCA Camps provide a safe and enriching environment for campers to participate in healthy, developmentally-appropriate activities and learning experiences.  Our camps focus on building self-esteem, confidence and social skills while increasing independence and health and wellness awareness.  Your camper will have fun and make new friends while exploring new experiences.

There are many options for your children ages pre-school to eighth grade to have a summer experience of a lifetime. From half-day programs at our YMCA facility in Hardyston, to full-day camp with bus transportation to Fairview Lake in Stillwater - there is something for everyone.

View our health and safety measures playbook for day camp.

Sussex Camp Parent Handbook

Age-Appropriate Kid’s Activities for Pre-School to 8th Grade

Sussex County YMCA Summer Camps provide a safe and enriching environment for campers of all ages to participate in healthy, developmentally-appropriate activities and learning experiences. Our day, summer, sports, and specialty camps focus on building self-esteem, confidence, and social skills while allowing children to increase their independence, health, and wellness awareness. Your son or daughter will have fun making new friends and exploring new experiences at camp. There are many options for children ages pre-school to eighth grade to have the summer experience of a lifetime. From half-day programs at our YMCA facility in Hardyston to full-day camp with bus transportation to Fairview Lake in Stillwater, there is something for everyone here. Contact us today for more details about registering your little campers with us this year!

What Types of Camps Do You Offer in Sussex County?

A branch of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, the Sussex County YMCA offers many camp options to accommodate the needs of children of all ages and backgrounds. Consider these fun-filled camp options, so your child can have the best summer ever:

Sussex Y Day Camps

Our Sussex Y Day Camps are held at the Sussex County YMCA facilities with before-and-after camp care also available. Camp activities include archery, arts and crafts, cooking, group swim lessons, nature and science activities, and so much more. Each week brings a different theme all summer long. Day camps are divided by age group: Junior Y Camp (Age 3 – Kindergarten), Kids Y Camp (Grades 1-6), Teen Adventure Camp (Grades 7-8), and CIT Y Camp (Grades 9-10) for our Camp Counselors-in-Training.
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Sussex Y Sports Camp

Our Sussex Y Sports Camps are also held at the Sussex County YMCA with children grouped by age. Young athletes will develop new skills and a new appreciation for sports and fitness with programs offered in tennis, basketball, soccer, multi-sports, flag football, golf, and World Games (a variety of sports from around the world, including bocce, gaga, archery, futbol, badminton, and More.)

Sussex Y Specialty Camps 

Our Sussex Y Specialty Camps are designed to enrich children with new skills, ranging from Top Chef camp to Beginning Sewing, International Cuisine, and Snack Attack Week. Contact us for more info!

How Would You Describe YMCA Summer Camp Values?

In today’s challenging world, the Sussex County YMCA tries to guide children in making the right decisions while building their self-esteem, empathy, and compassion towards others at camp. Our staff promises to demonstrate and develop the YMCA’s four core values in all aspects of working with the children, but staff alone cannot make a difference. A strong partnership must exist between all parents and staff to reinforce these values at home and foster the growth of happy, confident, caring children. The Y’s commitment to character development makes it valuable to our camp communities. All aspects of camp programming and interaction highlight the YMCA’s four core values, which include:

  • CARING: To be sensitive to the well being of others and to love others.
  • HONESTY: To tell the truth; to act in such a way that you’re worthy of trust; to have integrity and to make sure your choices match your values
  • RESPECT: To treat others as you would have them treat you; to value the worth of every person, including yourself
  • RESPONSIBILITY: To do what is right, what you ought to do; to be accountable for your behavior and obligations

Why Is It Beneficial for Children to Attend Summer Camp?

It’s no secret that kids lose some of their math and reading skills over summer vacation every year. However, sending them away to summer camp is a great way to keep kids learning all summer long. Camp provides plenty of hands-on arts and crafts, cooking, science, and sports activities to keep their minds and bodies active. It also encourages them to take risks and discover new talents and abilities while building their confidence, team-building, and social skills. You also won’t have to worry about the adverse health effects of a summer spent in front of a phone or television screen.

Camp exposes kids to the great outdoors where they can explore the natural world around them while relieving stress and anxiety and stimulating all five of their senses. Camp also encourages more social interaction with others, which can help children develop valuable leadership skills for life. Your children will also have access to nutritious meals and snacks while attending our camps, so you won’t have to worry about what your kids are eating while they’re away from home. Check out our blog “Reasons to Have Your Children Attend Summer Camp” to explore more valid benefits of summer camp!

How Will I Know If My Kids Are Ready for Summer Camp?

For parents wondering how to tell if their kids are ready for summer camp, the most surefire way is to talk to them about it openly. If they sound excited about going to camp without much prompting from you, they’re probably ready. We suggest starting with our half-day options if your children are under 7 and building up gradually to sleepaway camp as they mature. Regardless of their age, many children experience homesickness to a certain degree the first time they’re away from home. Having your child practice being away by spending the night at a relative or friend’s house will get them used to the idea of independence. We also recommend packing personal items, such as their favorite stuffed animal, to help ease the transition of being away from home. Keep the dialogue open between yourself, your child, and the camp’s counselors to ensure your child has a great camping experience. Let your child know that you will be available to pick them up early should you need to but try to focus on the positives and how much fun they’re going to have at camp. If they’re not quite ready, remember, there’s always next year!

Questions Parents Should Ask While Exploring Camp Options

As a parent, you have the responsibility to ensure your child’s health, happiness, and safety. Not all summer camps are created equal. Choosing the right summer camp is about more than just comparing the costs to attend. You must also weigh the staff’s qualifications, as well as the camp’s qualifications itself. YMCA summer camps are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) for your peace of mind. This translates into our dedication to providing a safe, nurturing environment that goes above and beyond even the highest standards. Asking about the staff’s ages and experience levels will give you valuable insights into the quality of the camp’s programming. Camp counselors should be trained in both first aid safety and CPR for emergencies. Be sure to ask about the staff-to-camper ratio, as this will give you the reassurance that your child will be supervised adequately to prevent accidents. At Sussex County YMCA Summer Camps, you can rest assured we select and screen all counselors carefully.

How Do I Register My Children for YMCA Summer Camps?

It’s easy to register for the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges’ summer camps online. Just go to and create an account. Your child must have a valid YMCA membership at the time of registration and while attending summer camp to receive our exclusive membership rate. Otherwise, the cost will be adjusted to reflect our community rate. Registering online with a non-refundable down payment of $10 per week of camp guarantees a spot. However, you’ll need to pay attention to when the remainder of your camp balance is due, so your child doesn’t forfeit their spot. If your family is on a tight budget, we do offer financial assistance for those who qualify.

Register Your Kids at Our ACA-Accredited Camps This Summer

The Sussex County YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit social services organization dedicated to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Sussex County YMCA is an affiliate of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, which is the largest YMCA affiliate in the state of New Jersey. If you’re on the fence about whether or not your kids are ready to attend summer camp, we encourage you to explore our website or contact us with any questions or concerns. Your child’s best summer ever starts here!

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