West Essex YMCA

Peanut Shell Camp

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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.


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.

View our health and safety measures playbook for day camp.

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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: TBD  (3-day, 4-day or 5-day options available)

Camp Hours: TBD

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.

Optional Lunch Program Information

Helpful Hints to Packing a Snacks and Lunch

How to Register

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 wait list and your deposit will be forfeited.

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“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