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SUMMER DAY CAMP (Ages 6 to 16)

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


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Pee Wee: Grade 1st and 2nd

Garfield YMCA; 33 Outwater Lane, Garfield, NJ 07026

Juniors & Seniors: Grade 3rd to 8th

Garfield High School 500 Palisades Ave Garfield NJ 07026


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

 Garfield High School 500 Palisades Ave Garfield NJ 07026


Specialty Camp: Ages 4 to 12


Garfield High School 500 Palisades Ave Garfield NJ 07026




The Garfield YMCA Summer Day Camp is a nine-week program that runs June 26, 2017 – August 25, 2017 from 7:00am – 6:00pm.



TO BEGIN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS: (Registration opens 3/1/17)

·         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




2017 Summer Day Camp Important links


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 appointement.)










For preschool aged summer camp please follow this link 


For specialty camps please follow this link

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