West Essex YMCA

Peanut Shell Camp

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Camp Peanut Shell provides an introduction to the camp experience on an intimate scale for our youngest campers. Our staff creates a positive learning environment, encouraging every camper to make new friends, become more independent, and gain a new understanding of the world around them.

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Activities and Trips

Each camp session is built around a fun theme that engages the campers in learning indoors and out. Campers follow a daily schedule which includes opportunities to be active, learn new skills, and reinforce lessons learned in preschool in a fun, hands-on way.

Activities: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects, gardening in our vegetable garden, arts and crafts, cooking, sports clinics, music and movement. Campers receive instructional swim lessons twice a week at the West Essex YMCA.
Please note - campers must be toilet trained.

Summer fun experiences are also available for children ages 1-3: This Includes - water play days, sensory play sessions, sports and social skill-building.

Campers: 3½-5 years old

Camper-to-Staff Ratio: NAEYC staffing and safety ratios are followed throughout the year.

Camp Dates: June 29- August 28, 2020  (3-day, 4-day or 5-day options available)

Camp Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm

Camp Location: West Essex YMCA Peanut Shell Early Childhood Learning Center, 7 Regents St., Suite 706, Livingston, NJ 07039.

Camp Director: Stephanie Anderson, 973 533 1511, Sanderson@metroymcas.org

Camp Registrar: Jaimie Behringer, 973 533 1511, Jbehringer@metroymcas.org

Call 973-533-1511 for more information or to schedule a personal tour.
* First come, first served.

Camper Information Sheet

Alternative Pick-Up Authorization Form

Required Sunscreen and Bug Spray Permission Slip

Required Universal Health Form

Optional Lunch Program Information

Helpful Hints to Packing a Snacks and Lunch

Nut Safe Policy

Care Plan for Children with Allergies and Other Health Needs 

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How to Register

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required per week to secure your child’s spot. A current West Essex YMCA membership throughout the length of camp participation is required at the time of registration to secure membership rates, otherwise, the Community Member rate will apply. Community members may register after February 1st. The balance for all camp is due in full 60 days prior to the 1st day of the camp session your child is attending, or your child's spot in camp may be opened up to the waitlist and your deposit will be forfeited.

“Camp Peanut Shell was an incredible experience for our daughter. She made a lot of new friends and learned so much. The teachers were also great. She now comes home and practices her ABC’s and 123’s. We felt very comfortable at Peanut Shell from day one” - Camp Peanut Shell Parent