We can’t wait to see you again! For our return to in-person operations, Camp YOMECA will follow CDC guidelines and Local Health Department recommendations. Please see our new operational procedures below. We will update our policies as necessary when guidelines change.
We will hold Virtual Parent Orientation on:
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 emailed every week. Sample schedules are available in the Camp Brochure. Activities vary from day to day including, but not limited to:
NOTE: activities may be modified or substituted in 2020 to fit social distancing requirements
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.
Swim skills and water safety are an important part of the YMCA's service, and Camp Yomeca is no exception. School-age campers generally up to age 7, will participate in swim lessons onsite in our YMCA Outdoor Teaching Pool. Campers typically aged 8 & Up will have daily trips to the Crystal Springs Aquatic Center in East Brunswick or Milltown Community Pool for their swim lessons. Swim location will depend on the volume of campers registered in each camp level to ensure all campers have access to safe swim instructor ratio. 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 time working on that week's special activity (except for some special event days) and will have a showcase on the last Thursday evening of each session. These campers will swim ONLY at the Y’s teaching pool.
Soccer Specialty Camp - June 29th to July 3rd
Flag Football Specialty Camp - July 6th to 10th
Art Specialty Camp - July 13th to 17th
Basketball Specialty Camp - July 20th to 24th
Cardio: Sharks and Minnows Specialty Camp - July 27th to 31st
Sessions are offered from June 22-September 4 to cover the entire summer until school begins. Yep, we LOVE CAMP!...It’s really the ENTIRE SUMMER!!! You can register for each week individually, meaning you only pay for the weeks you want. (Some specialty camps require full 3-week sessions to participate in end-of-session showcases.) The first and last weeks of summer offer Vacation Camp and can be registered by day.
Regular camp hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm. These are the main hours for our weekly activity schedules.
AM Care is between 6:00-9:00am and PM Care is between 4:00-7:00pm, which 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 at expected time of dismissal as we plan staff according to pre-registrations.
All forms need to be completed at time of registration and no later than Wednesday for 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 8th for weeks 1-4, June 29th for weeks 5-8, and before July 13th for weeks 9-11.
Special events are age-appropriate and fun to ensure an exciting summer and are chosen based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: safety, ratio requirements, and educational value. View our special events schedule here.
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.
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 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.