School is still in session, but summer is almost here. It’s never too early to start seeking out the best summer camps to send your kids to for an experience they’ll always remember.
Now more than ever, kids need a good summer camp where they can unplug and experience adventure, healthy fun, personal growth, friendships and make memories. If you’re looking for a great summer camp for your child, the YMCA of Montclair has 10 great camps to choose from for ages 3-15. Here is a sampling. To learn about all 10 camps and to register, click here.
Voyagers, a teen travel full-day camp, offers a variety of trips for your 12–14 year old, including Hurricane Harbor water park, outdoor laser tag, training with American Ninja Warrior practitioners, Dorney Park, and a visit to Coastal Sports to play Bubble Soccer, Archery Tag, Nerf Dart Wars, and Giant Hamster Balls. Your teen will have the opportunity to paddle, swim, soar, climb, and more , all while building confidence and gaining life skills in a valuable learning environment. In addition, teens will make an impact in the local community and choose in-house activities including drama, art, sports, cooking and more. Sign your teen up for one week or all eight.
Explorers, a full-day camp for ages 8-12, is located at the YMCA of Montclair’s air-conditioned Geyer Family Branch. Kids have fun while making new friends, developing new skills, learning core values, building self-confidence, appreciating teamwork and growing in self-reliance. Campers will participate in a variety of age appropriate activities and trips to local destinations based on weekly themes. Each week includes a big and a mini field trip including Splashplex, Insectropolis, The Crayola Experience, Chocolate Works, and ice skating, to name a few. It also includes swimming, arts and crafts and more. Sign your camper up for one week or all ten.
Summer Sparks at the air-conditioned Memorial Middle School in Cedar Grove, a quick drive from Upper Montclair, where kids entering 1st-6th grade, can do a full or half-day STEM camp exploring everything from coding, aeronautics, math, movie making, theatre, woodworking and so much more Sign your camper up for one week or all eight.
Summer Quest provides teens ages 14-15 with the foundation skills necessary to earn their own paycheck. Participating offers opportunities to learn how to write a resume, interview, dress for success and communicate with others in a four-week session. Coaching, facilitation, job skill development, career exploration and learning how to effectively lead others are all elements of the program. Summer Quest participants are expected to spend the first two weeks of the program in workshops and group activities. During the second two weeks, participants are placed in volunteer positions throughout the YMCA to get hands-on resume building experience. There’s also one full-day field trip during the four-week session.