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Bright Beginnings Preschool Summer Camp

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Ages 2 ½ yrs old-5 yrs old (before kindergarten)

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 Downloads:

Preschool Summer Camp Manual 

June Calendar

July Calendar

August Calendar

School Aged Camp


A Summer To Remember

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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 the 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 0702

Juniors & Seniors: Grade 3rd to 8th
Garfield High School 500 Palisades Ave Garfield NJ 0702 

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 25, 2018 – August 24, 2018 from 7:00am – 6:00pm.

Important Downloads

Pee Wees (1st and 2nd Grade)

Summer Camp Pee Wee Manual

June Calendar 

July Calendar

August Calendar

JR/SR's and CITS (3rd to 8th Grade and ages 13-17)

Summer Camp JR/SR/CIT Manual

June Calendar

July Calendar

August Calendar


2018 Specialty Camps



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 to 5

Date: Thursdays, July 5th  to August 9th  (6 sessions)

Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Place: 33 Outwater Lane, GYM

Members: $50.00  
Non-members: $70.00

Y Summer Camper: $40.00



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

For: Children AGES 7-12

Date: Tuesdays, July 10th  to August 14th  (6 sessions)
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Place: TBA


Member: $50.00 
Non-member: $70.00

Y Summer Camper: $40.00 


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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.  Two week session.

For: Children entering GRADES 1 to 5

Dates: July 16th to  July 27th (Mon to Fri)

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm.

Place: 500 Palisades Avenue, Trailer #1


Member: $130.00

Non-member: $180.00



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.

Two week session.

For: Children entering GRADES 1 to 5

Date: July 2nd to July 13th (Mon to Fri) – No Class 7/4

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Place: 500 Palisades Avenue, Trailer #1


Member: $125.00

Non-member: $175.00

Y Summer Camper: $60.00



Our in-house chef will emphasize gardening to  farm-to-table cuisine and its health factors!  Fresh, healthy meals will be made right from our garden to the table!  The campers will learn the basics of cooking, clean eating and have fun while doing so! 

Two week session.

For: Children entering GRADES 1 to 5

Dates: July 30th to  Aug 10th (Mon to Fri)

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm.

Place: 70 Outwater Lane, Kitchen


Member:   $130.00                    

Non-member:  $180.00

Y Summer Camper:  $65.00


Children will learn some basic dance skills for ballet, jazz, and hip hop!  For two weeks the children will experiment with different types of music and dance and learn a simple routine for the end of the camp!

6 sessions

For:  Children ages 5 to 7

Dates:  July 11th to July 27th (Wed & Fri)

Times:  6:00-7:00pm

Place:  70 Outwater Lane, Dance Studio


Member:   $90.00                      

Non-member:  $130.00

Y Summer Camper:  $70.00