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THE BEST SUMMER EVER: YMCA SUMMER CAMP
See Camp Registration Form for Rates-All deposits required at time of registration.
Camp options available for ages 3-15
Flexible single Weeks Available June 19-Sept 1
All-inclusive pricing structure
*Extended Day from 7:00am-6:30pm included
*Daily Swim Instruction and recreation included (non-trip days)
*All trip and activity fees included
*PM snack included with PM Care
*Bus stops COMING SOON! (North and/or New brunswick)
OPEN HOUSE Dates & Family Events
- Sat, Jan 7th 11am-3pm - Camper Reunion
- Sat, Feb 18th 10am-12pm - Winter Wonderland
- Sat, Mar 18th 10am-12pm - Super Friends Event
- Sat, Apr 15th 10am-12pm - Fairy Tales Tea Party
- Sat, Apr 29th 10am-2pm - Healthy Kids Day
- Sat, May 13th 10am-12pm - Show Your Talent
- Thur, Jun 1st 6-8pm - Camper Reunion
- Sat, Jun 10th 10am-12pm - Tour Outdoor Facility
- Wed, Jun 14th 6:30-8:00 Meet staff and tour camp
- Thu, Jun 15th 6:30-8:00 Meet staff and tour camp
WHAT DOES BEING ACCREDITED BY THE AMERICAN CAMP ASSOCIATION MEAN?
Our ACA-Accredited Camps have 50 years of parent trust behind them. Accreditation identifies those programs which offer a solid foundation of health, safety, and program quality; assurance that we comply with up to 300 health, safety, and program quality standards; and solid proof of our accountability, credibility, and commitment. It demonstrates that we have gone to great lengths, have been evaluated, and have passed the test!
The YMCA camp experience provides children with an opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, develop their character and build their self esteem, while feeling safe and accepted.
Campers participate in a daily schedule of age appropriate activities geared toward individual growth, physical/social development and fun. Schedules will be available and posted every Monday. Activities vary from day to day including, but not limited to:
Archery, Basketball, Soccer, Hockey, GaGa, Kickball, Wiffle Ball, Volleyball, Newcomb, Ultimate Frisbee, Archery, Fitness, Dance, Drama, Cooking, Outdoor Living Skills, Arts and Crafts, Nature, Field Games, Songs, Swimming, Tumbling, Flag Football, Tennis, Team Handball, Dodge Ball, Playground, Four Square, Character Development, Reading, Creative Writing, Drawing, and Science.
Camp fees are all inclusive. The only thing you need to provide is a healthy lunch, labeled water bottle, and a change of clothes (for after swim lessons). There are no additional charges for activities, swim lessons, A.M. or P.M. care, or trips. (Each child must buy at least one camp t-shirt, for use during trips.)
Swim skills and water safety are an important part of the YMCA's service, and Camp Yomeca is no exception. Younger campers (generally up to age 7) will participate in swim lessons onsite in our outdoor teaching pool. Older campers will have daily trips to the Crystal Springs aquatic facility in East Brunswick for their swim lessons. Our swim instructors are YMCA professionals who specialize in aquatics. Have your bathing suits ready!
Specialty camps give campers the opportunity to focus on what they love, or develop a passion for something new. Specialty camp participants spend about 3 hours per day working on that week's special activity (except for trip days and other special occasions). [Note: these campers will swim only at the YMCA teaching pool, as transportation to offsite facilities occurs in the mornings.] See the document below for specific descriptions and dates of each specialty camp.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT PROCESSES
All forms need to be completed prior to the start of the first camp session that your child will be attending and no later than Wednesday before the start of the following week, pending availability to ensure we can plan for the safe arrival of your child. Current Y membership and deposit (deposit counts toward the total camp fee) is required at registration. Balance of the cost of each week is due before June 1st for weeks 1-6 and before July 1st for weeks 7-11.
2017 CAMP DATES
Camp Yomeca offers 11 one-week sessions to cover the entire summer up until school begins. Yep, we don't quit early... It's really the ENTIRE summer!
You can register for each session (1 session = 1 week) individually, meaning you only pay for the weeks you will use.
Regular camp hours are 9:00am to 4:30pm. These are the main hours for our weekly activity schedules and all trips.
AM Care is between 7:00-9:00am and PM Care is between 4:30-6:30pm. Includes care and several supervised activity options. These additional hours are included with the cost of camp, at no additional charge with pre-registration before Wednesday for the following week. Otherwise, late fee charges will apply as we plan staff accordingly.
CAMP TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Trips and special events are age-appropriate and progressive to ensure an exciting summer and are chosen based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: safety, ratio requirements, time traveled, and educational value.
Preschool and school-age campers will travel and/or have special guests/events once per week. Middle school campers registered for Voyagers Camp will travel and/or have special guests/events twice or more per week.
Trip schedules are finalized, emailed to registered campers, and posted on this website before April 15th.
SET UP A TOUR WITH OUR CAMP DIRECTOR
Several Camp Open Houses are planned throughout the year to meet camp staff and see camp facilities (weather pending). Visit the top of this webpage for current dates/times. To answer all questions and concerns, we're happy to meet with all families! A meeting with the Camp Director is a great start to the camp decision process. To schedule a tour and meeting, please call Brenda Dempsey at (732) 257-4114.
Camp Yomeca also holds Parent Orientations on two different nights before the start of camp to go over everything parents and campers need to know to acclimate to camp. Parent orientations will be held on June 14th from 6:30-8:00pm, as well as June 15th from 6:30-8:00pm.
STAFF AND SUPERVISION
All staff are carefully screened and selected for their character and skills working with children. They undergo a criminal background check, fingerprinting and comprehensive training. Education, practical experiences, outstanding references, as well as an understanding of children's developmental stages are looked at very closely. Junior Counselors are 16 years or older and are never left alone in direct supervision of the children. All Senior Counselors are over 18 years and are selected based upon their experience with children, their personal character, responsibility and enthusiasm. Counselors-In-Training (CITs) are not counted in the supervision ratios. Volunteer staff may be used to support programming, special needs participants, or chaperone needs, but are never left alone with campers unless previously trained and cleared by our YMCA.
For swimming, additional swim instructors and lifeguards are added to increase supervision. For trips, administrative staff members and volunteers are used to supplement supervision within camper groups. For specialty programs such as archery and outdoor living skills, a program specialist is added both to direct the activity safely and to supplement the supervision ratio.
Our low staff to child ratios meets NJ State and American Camp Association requirements. Small groups mean more individual attention for each child. Counselors and Directors alike will foster a mentoring relationship with each child and work to create open and honest communication; working with parents to develop effective techniques for bringing out the best in every child.
1:6 3-5 year olds 1:8 6-8 year olds
1:10 9-14 year olds 1:12 15+ year olds
1:25 Lifeguards 1:10 Lookouts