The Family Center YMCA’s Summer Camp Sign-up: One Woman’s Adventure

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 11:50am

FCBanner.pngRegistration for Early Adventures and Explorers Summer Camp opened at 8:00 this morning at the Montclair Family Center YMCA. If this was your first time, you may not have known that people get on line as early as 6:30 a.m. to secure a spot for their kids. 

I learned from my experience last year, that securing a spot in these camps was a competetive event.

This year, I was smart… I made my husband get up at 6:15 in order to get there and wait on line. He got there at 7 a.m. and was #68 and we got a spot in the five sessions we wanted. My 5 year-old and I will be so happy this summer. She will be having fun and Mommy gets a break.


Christina Loccke, a Barista Kids reader and first-timer, told us about her experience….


The phone rang at 10pm on Friday night. There was news, and it was BIG: One of my girlfriends has a neighbor who covertly learned that four of her mommy-friends were heading to the Y Family Center at 6:45, instead of 7:15, as previously discussed.

With alarm clocks synced, we revised our schedules to arrive together at 7:09 and found the line already stretched around the building. When the staff distributed numbers, I was #102 for my daughter’s age group and let out a sigh of relief–each session had 125 slots, so we were “in.” Still, I was close enough to the cut off to feel the pinch. Had we arrived as originally planned, we probably would already be discussing other options.
Signing kids up for summer camp is some serious business in Montclair. Expect long lines, lots of coffee, a few spare newspapers, and high anxiety. Do not expect place holding, sliding in next to a friend, or bathroom breaks.
Soon we were in the foyer, grooving to the Beach Boys blasting through outdoor speakers. For us, this wasn’t just about getting our kids into camp; it meant that our vacation weeks, carpool arrangements, and general ideas of summer fun could progress as planned. Waiting on line had become a rite of passage, as much for the parents as the bright-eyed little ones, attending camp for the first time. We all stood around smiling until one of our cohorts turned and said, “Do you have any idea of how early we’ll have to do this next year?”

Thanks to Christina for sharing her survival story! 

FYI: As of 11:30 a.m., there were still a few spots in every week but the fifth week.

Did you register your kids for camp this morning?  What time did you get there?

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