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Youth Development - Aquatics




It is important to teach young children about pool safety and give them the basic skills required for swimming. The YMCA has four levels of classes designed specifically for children ages 3 to 5. Session runs for 8 weeks and the cost is $90.00 with a current youth membership. 33 Outwater Lane.



The YMCA offers a swimming class for mom and baby between the ages of 9 months and 30 months. This class is to get the child used to the water. It teaches the basics such as getting the face wet, blowing bubbles, etc. Class is once a week for 30 minutes and the cost is $90.00. 33 Outwater Lane



A swim class for children who are 2½ years old and who have already taken at least one session of swimfants. Stepping stones starts with parent or caregiver in the water and aims to “phase out” the parent by the end of the session so children have an easier transition into preschool swim lessons.  Class is held once a week for 30 minutes and the cost is $90.00. 33 Outwater Lane



Everyone should learn how to swim, not only for safety reasons but also for FUN! There are seven levels to choose from depending on the skill level of the student. Classes are held once a week for 45 minutes for an 8 week session. Cost is $95.00 with a current youth membership. Parents may watch the first and last class only. 33 Outwater or 490 Midland Ave.



The YMCA strives to be a provider of family programs. We offer swim times for families to spend time together. Members are invited to swim and one guest per member is permitted to join the fun. Family swims are held on at 33 Outwater onTuesday and Fridays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 2:00 to 4:00 and 490 Midland Ave Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.



In swim team, youth learn valuable life lessons such as commitment, dedication and how to finish strong. These life long lessons help them as they take on challenges and opportunities to grow. For children ages 5 and up. Schedules will be given at try outs for age groups and practices. Each swimmer, new or returning must have a current youth or sr. youth membership valid through the duration of the season. If not, a new membership must be taken out at registration. All swimmer swim in YMCA and USA swim meets. Try outs are 9/8/15-9/11/15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Midland Ave Pool. In order to try-out, swimmer must be able to swim a lap of freestyle and backstroke. $610 (plus membership) for the season, $575 for second child. (There will be a discount if you have a 3rd child swimming.) Payment installement option: $150 due at registration (plus membership) and automatic draft on 10/1, 11/1 and 12/1. Other fees that apply include a $50 volunteer deposit check and USA Swim Registration for new swimmers. For further information please email Michele:



Directed by our swim team coach whi incorporates group work and individual attention in the clinic, your swimmer will focus on improving stroke technique, flip turns, and diving. All elements needed for competitive swimming will be refined in this clinic. Monday through Thursday , participants have a choice on how many days a week they participate for an 8 week session. 1 day $90, 2 days $120, 3 days $160, 4 days $175. Child must have current membership, starts July 6th. 



Children need some free time in the pool to practice what they have learned and to have a good time with friends. Youth members ages 5 to 13 are invited to attend Monday through Friday 3:30 to 4:10 p.m. at 33 Outwater Lane. NO GUESTS DURING FUN SWIM.



One on one instruction for your child to learn how to swim or improve his/her technique. Members only. $30 for 30 minutes $35 for 45 minutes $45 for 60 minutes. Speak with Michele Semancik ext. 204 to schedule a lesson. You may also email her at:



Interested in a great summer job or challenging career as a professional lifeguard? Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED and other skills you need to work as a professional lifeguard. Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years old and pass certain swimming requirements

2 year First Aid and CPR/AED certifications

2 year Lifeguarding certification

Course length: 24 – 31 hours

Topics include:

  • Injury prevention and facility safety
  • Patron surveillance
  • Emergency preparation
  • Rescue skills
  • Victim assessment
  • First Aid
  • Care for head, neck and spinal injuries


Youth Development - Birthday Parties



Celebrate your birthday with the Garfield YMCA. We are offering both gym and pool

parties at a great price. Your 2-hour party will consist of an hour of safe, fun activities

in the pool or in the gym and an hour in our party room. Your party will include: chairs,

tables, and hosts that will help create a smooth & memorable party experience for you

and your guests. *Decorations not included, food optional. Ages 6-12


· Price: Members - $250 Non-Members - $325

· Maximum # of Children Guests: 20

· Choice of party: Splashing FUN, Sports-Mania or Chosen Theme

· Days and Times Available:

Sundays: 12:00pm– 2:00pm, 3:00pm– 5:00pm, or 5:00p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

For more info or to book your party, contact:

Mike Lee, Youth Sports Director

Email: or Call: 973-772-7450



PRESCHOOL AGED Birthday Parties                                

Enjoy a sporting activity, craft, or preschool reading rainbow activity of your choice!

· Sports:  A choice of soccer, parachute games, kickball, t-ball, and more!

· Arts & Crafts:  Sand Art, Beading, and more!

· Preschool Reading Rainbow:  Reading your  child’s favorite story in circle time, and acting out the characters as a group ! 

A host or hostess will be on hand to help you organize your party and keep the fun going!

YMCA members $ 325  Non-Members$385.00 Party includes pizza and juice  boxes Over 12 children : $5 additional per child (30 max) Monday-Friday Time: 3:30 & 4:30 pm time slots are available Location: 33 Outwater Lane



Youth Development - Preschool

Mommy and Me

This 60 minute program is geared for children ages 12 to 24 months. The children enjoy a wide variety of activities which develop motor and cognitive skills.  Part of the class is in the studio where adults assist the child on different equipment.  The remainder of the class moves to the classroom where the children work on arts and crafts projects, in addition to singing, reading, and playing. The adults will find new and supportive friendships while having fun with their child. If Mommy can’t make the class, Daddy, grandparents, aunts, uncles or a caregiver is welcome.
The class schedule is Mondays 10:00-11:00 a.m. or Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 PM. The cost is $90.00 per 8 week session for one class per week.  No membership is required. Class size is limited so register early.  70 Outwater Lane.

Tiny Tots Program

This 90 minute program is geared for children 24-36 months who are preparing for a full day preschool.  Each class offers stimulating and interactive activities which target a wide array of developmental milestones.  Music, movement, fine and gross motor skill activities, arts and crafts, stories and imaginative play are some of the program’s activities. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 9:30-11:00, and Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm and Saturdays 9:30-11:30am. The cost is $60.00 for members and $90.00 for non members.  Class size is limited so register early.  70 Outwater Lane




The Garfield Y offers Karate for children ages 5 to 13. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Cost is $65.00 per month for twice a week or $100 a month for all 4 times a week. A $35.00 registration fee for new children and participants must be a member of the YMCA. 33 Outwater Lane


Sport: T-Ball Beginner Level (16 One Hour Classes)

Ages:  4 to 6

Session Date: April 18th to June 13th (No Program Monday May 28th)

Place: Spring Street Park – 40 Spring Street, Garfield NJ, 07026

Cost: Members - $60 / Non Member -$80 (Meets Twice a Week / 45 Minute Lesson)

Requirements: Sweat pants or shorts and glove

Day & Times:      4 year old - Monday & Wednesday 6:10pm or 7:10pm

                      5 & 6 Year olds - Tuesday & Thursday 6:10pm or 7:10pm


Sport: Basketball Advance Level (16 One Hour Classes)

Ages:  7 to 12

Session Date: April 18th to June 13th (No Program Monday May 28th)

Place: YMCA - 33 Outwater Lane, Garfield NJ, 07026

Cost: Members - $60 / Non Member -$80 (Meets Twice a Week / 45 Minute Lesson)

Requirements: Must have Knowledge of Basic Basketball Skills / Advanced Skills Taught

Day & Times:     7 & 8 year olds - Monday & Wednesday 6:10pm or 7:10pm

  9 to 12 Year olds - Tuesday & Thursday 7:10pm


Sport: Soccer Beginner Level (Eight 90 Minute Classes)

Ages:  7 to 12

Session Date: April 23rd to June 18th (No Program Saturday April 30th)

Place: Spring Street Park – 40 Spring Street, Garfield NJ, 07026

Cost: Members - $55 / Non Member -$70 (Meets Once a Week)

Requirements: Sweat pants or shorts, Soccer Ball Optional

Day & Times:       7 & 8 year olds – Saturday 10am to 11:30am

    9 & 10 Year olds – Saturday 12pm to 1:30pm

                         11 & 12 Year olds – Saturday 2pm to 3:30pm





Youth Development Camp





The YMCA can offer your preschooler opportunities all summer long. The positive behaviors, friendships, learning and exploration they create are only limited by their imagination. The Y will help nurture their imagination….

Weather it is time to have your preschooler acclimate to a school day or routine for September, or to keep them engaged and active, your child will come home smiling each day from the opportunities they are offered throughout the summer in the Y’s preschool camp.

Children experience the best of both worlds-learning and play. They have structure in their day, that includes a time to learn-such as circle time– and a time to play such as going to the water park.  Sometimes both learning and fun happen all at the same time-which is most of the time at the Y!

The preschool summer camp is staffed with childcare professionals who work with children all year long, not just summer time. Childcare is their chosen profession. All have educational qualification and experience as well as being trained in first aid and cpr. Many are continuing their education for higher levels of educational learning and qualifications.

Not only does your family have an excellent staff caring and teaching your preschooler, the summer camp has family workers available over the summer as well.  The Y’s family workers work year round who are a wonderful resource for families and an added benefit of choosing the Y for your child’s summer experience.  Their family development credentials allow them to help in situations ranging from early literacy and math all the way to home crises. They are knowledgeable about the other resources in the community and are often the bridge for family needs.


This means we:

  • Prepare developmentally appropriate activities so children are challenged, not bored; and successful, not frustrated.
  • Provide enough activities so children don’t have to wait too long or share beyond their ability.
  • Provide toys and activities in all areas— physical, social, intellectual, creative, and emotional—so children with different interests and learning styles will all have their needs met.
  • Make sure children have an opportunity to have input into the daily activities.



What does the Preschool Camp Include?

  • Weekly Water Park Trips
  • Free Lunch Program
  • Weekly dance, exercise, arts & crafts
  • End of the Summer BBQ (donated by Maschio’s Food Catering)
  • Nature Walks
  • Thematic Weeks
  • For an extra fee swim lessons, specialty camps and day trips are available but not mandatory.



Important 2016 Downloads

Preschool Camp Brochure


Preschool Summer Camp Parent Manual (Includes Registration Forms and Sample Schedules)


Rate Sheet (Includes Early Bird Discount)


Financial Assistance Request Form  (Must call to make an appointment. Scholarship summer casses are heard in the month of April and spots fill up quickly. Must bring supporting documentation to appointment.)


June Calendar

July Calendar 

August Calendar 



YMCA Day camp provides youth with supervised activities that teach core values (Honesty, Caring,Respect and Responsibility), conflict resolution and leadership skills.  Campers have fun while building self-confidence, appreciating teamwork and gaining independence. Day camp activities allow kids to create arts and crafts, explore science and technology, swim and appreciate nature.  When a child attends our summer day camp, he or she sees the Y community consistently modeling these values and before long, they become second nature. Program includes free lunch, one t-shirt and swim camp. 


*We offer field trips, Specialty Camps, Karate, Swim Team and progressive swim lessons for an additional fee. 



The YMCA Counselor-in-Training program is designed to foster student interest in community development and leadership with children in a camp setting. This is an excellent, eight-week opportunity for teenagers to build confidence and have fun while learning the necessary skills to become successful leaders and counselors.



The program includes implementing camp curriculum, decision-making, public speaking, problem solving, and teambuilding. A day in the life of a CIT includes swimming, arts & crafts, field trips, fitness, creating a camp activity, community service, and leadership training. A certificate will be presented to campers who successfully complete entire eight-week Counselor-in-Training program.


 CIT’s are never responsible for the direct supervision of children. The CIT will assist counselors with programs and activities and will be responsible for helping the children to learn skills. The program is divided into two major components: a 90-minute workshop in the morning and a practicum in the afternoon.


Specific duties: 


·         Assist counselors to prepare equipment and supplies for activities.


·         Help to secure supplies and equipment after activities.  


·         Aid children in their learning by providing a good example. 


·         Help to teach skills to campers and monitor activity areas.  


·         Provide children with role models; help them grow in character.


·         Help children keep track of their belongings.  


·         Contribute ideas to make the program better.

·         Report any unsafe actions to supervisor




Pee Wee: Grade 1st and 2nd

Garfield YMCA; 33 Outwater Lane, Garfield, NJ 07026

Juniors & Seniors: Grade 3rd to 8th

Number 4 School; 12 Madonna Place Garfield NJ 07026


C.I.T. Counselor-in-training: Ages 13 - 17

Garfield YMCA; 33 Outwater Lane or Number 4 School; 12 Madonna Place Garfield NJ 07026


Specialty Camp: Ages 4 to 12


Garfield YMCA; 70 Outwater Lane Seconf Floor, Garfield, NJ 07026




The Garfield YMCA Summer Day Camp is a nine-week program that runs June 27, 2016 – August 26, 2016 from 7:00am – 6:00pm.




·         Your child must be a Garfield YMCA member. Youth membership is $50


·         You visit the Garfield YMCA located at 33 Outwater Lane to pick up a Parent Manual and Registration form or you can download each form from this website.


·         You must completely fill out all registration forms; include a copy of your child’s Immunization form and make payment for camp.    


·         Your child will NOT be able to attend camp without a valid membership, all balances paid, completed registration Information and copy of Immunization on file.


·         If your child has any special needs or will need special accommodations at camp, please contact Darnell Benjamin, Youth Development Director at 973.928.2970 ext. 206 prior to starting the registration process. 


·         If you need financial assistance, applications are located at 33 Outwater Lane.  Call for more information 973.772.7450


For more information about the Y Summer Day Camp, please contact:

Darnell Benjamin, Youth Development Director

(P) 973-928.2970 ext. 206

(F) 973.928.2965






Parent Manual (Includes sample schedule, pricing and registration forms)


Summer Camp Fees (Early Bird Special Available) 


Specialty Camps


Financial Assistance Request Form (Must call to make an appointment. Scholarship summer casses are heard in the month of April and spots fill up quickly. Must bring supporting documentation to appointment.)






Come and learn the sport of basketball where sportsmanship, skills and fundamentals will be taught! Program includes basketball skills, and drills, practice session and games. Fun for all!


For: Children ages 4 to 5

Date: Tuesdays July 5 to August 9 (7 sessions)

Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Place: 33 Outwater Lane, gym



Member $45

Non-member $65

Y Summer Camper $35




Children will learn basic soccer skills and play soccer games. Parents and older siblings – please sign up to be a Volunteer Assistant Coach!

For: Children Ages 4-5

Date: Thursdays, July 7 to August 11 (7 sessions)

Time: 5:00-6:00

Place: 33 Outwater Lane, Gym



Members $45

Non-Members $65

Y Summer Camper: $35




Campers will enter the science world with awesome hands-on activities. Campers will explore different S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) concepts throughout the week and will be able to participate in a mini-Science Fair on Friday. Some activities include: Animal Wildlife, Edible Science, & Lego Robotics.


For: Children entering Grades 1-8

Dates: July 25 to July 29 (Mon-Fri)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Place: 70 Outwater Lane, Multi-Purpose Room



Member $80

Non-Member $100

Y Summer Camp $40 




Children will learn art skills and techniques while creating projects – drawing, watercolor, painting, origami, clay, mosaic, papier-mâché, and other crafts. Art work will be displayed at the YMCA.

For: Children entering grades 1-8

Date: July 11 to July 15 (Mon-Fri)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Place: 70 Outwater Lane, Multi Purpose Room



Member: $80

Non-Member: $100

Y Summer Camper: $40



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