ABOUT OUR SUMMER CAMP
Our Camp Philosophy:
Summer is a time to make friends, have fun, learn and grow, but most of all, BE HAPPY! Our camp allows your child the freedom to do all that and more! We offer age appropriate trips, art projects, sports, water play days, dance competitions, swimming, cooking, science lessons, and more! Every week is a different theme which will capture your child's imagination! Quality counselors keep your camper(s) safe and happy. Camp Y-Zone (25 Saddle Road) is for children entering grades 1-6. For their younger siblings, we offer Little Owls Camp (ages 3-4) and Kinder Camp (for children entering Kindergarten in September 2020). Little Owls and Kinder Camp takes place at the Richard F. Blake Children's Center, located next door to the YMCA on Horsehill Road.
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What Makes Camp Y-Zone One of the Best
The Y-Zone Youth Annex Facility features over 6,000 square feet of indoor space. Built in 2016, this state-of-the-art building includes a gymnasium, two multipurpose rooms, and three acres of outdoor field and space. Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac, the Y-Zone Youth Annex provides the perfect camp setting.
Campers are organized into groups based on the grade they will be entering in September 2019. T-shirt colors are designated by grade to help facilitate identification.
Theme weeks begin every Monday at Camp Y-Zone. Each theme week will be packed with new and fun activities, arts/crafts projects, and field trips for all campers to participate in.
Campers will enjoy field trips to many different sites and attractions throughout the Garden State! Field trips include trips to Sunrise Lake, Glassworks, Ice Skating, and Sky Zone to name a few. Field trip schedules will be posted at a later date. Please check back for information.
Most of our staff return summer after summer, and a lot have experienced the joy of being campers themselves! Each year, we hire a mix of high school seniors and college students to fill our counselor positions. Our camp director and administrative team have over 20 years of summer camp experience. Our staff is first/aid CPR trained, attend various camp trainings and receive background checks.
Y-Zone Summer Camp, Little Owls and Kinder Camp hours are 8AM-6PM. We offer an early morning drop-off option starting at 7:15AM for $35/week. Campers should be dropped off no later than 9:00AM and picked up between 4:00-6:00PM. Before and after care is not available for Y's Travelers Club (Grades 7 & 8). Hours for this group are 8:30AM-5:00PM.
Drop-off / Pick-up Procedure
CAMP Y-ZONE MORNING DROP-OFF:
Parents/Guardians must pull into the Y-Zone Youth Annex Parking lot at 25 Saddle Road. Follow the loop and pull all the way to the end where our Check-in Specialist will be waiting. You will be asked to sign-in fron your car using a tablet. Your child will then be escorted into the Y-Zone Camp and brought to their group. Please arrive no earlier than 8:00AM, unless your camper is enrolled in the early drop-off option, which starts at 7:15 AM (additional fee of $35 per week). Parent/Guardian must sign each child in upon arrival. You must register for the early morning drop-off option when registering.
CAMP Y-ZONE AFTERNOON PICK-UP:
Pick-up will be a similar procedure as morning drop-off. Parents/Guardians must pull into the Y-Zone parking lot and follow the loop all the way down. Our Pick-up Specialist will come to your car with a tablet for you to sign your camper our. Your child will then be escorted to your car as quickly as possible. Pick-up is between 4:00-6:00 PM. Campers picked up after 6:00 PM will be subject to fines. We will not release a camper to anyone who is not on the Authorized pick-up list.
KINDER CAMP MORNING DROP-OFF & PICK-UP
Parents/Guardians must escort camper(s) to the Kinder Camp room after they are signed in at the Richard D. Blake Children’s Center Front Desk or with the Kinder Camp Staff. The Blake Center is located at 65 Horsehill Road, next to the YMCA building. Kinder Campers cannot be dropped off earlier than 8:00 AM, unless enrolled in the early drop-off option, which starts at 7:15 AM with an additional fee of $35 per week. Parent/Guardian must sign each child in upon arrival. Pick-up is no later than 6:00 PM at the Blake Center or YMCA, with all Campers signed out by parents or authorized designee. NO campers will be released unless the center has the proper documentation. The Blake Center and camp staff regard all campers’ health and safety very seriously, and camp personnel will request proper identification before releasing any campers to unfamiliar individuals. The Kinder Camp Director will inform all parents at drop off where pick up will be.
Parents/Guardians picking up camper(s) before the end of the normal program day should notify the Camp Director, in writing, prior to the day of altered schedule.
LATE PICK-UP FEE
After 6:00 PM, a late fee of $30.00 for every 15 minutes, per child, will be charged for those Campers not picked up. If payment is not remitted at that time, your camper(s) will NOT be accepted into camp until payment has been settled.
Adults other than legal Parents or Guardians of campers, who are intending to pick up, transport or take custody of children from camp, must be documented with the Camp Director PRIOR to its occurrence. The names, telephone numbers, and dates of those adults that are authorized to pick up are required in writing. All parents/guardians must fill out the authorization for child pick-up forms in this packet. The parents/guardians must let the Camp Director or the Blake Center Front Desk personnel know who will be picking up their child daily. NO campers will be released unless the center has the proper documentation. The Blake Center and camp staff regard all campers’ health and safety very seriously, and camp personnel will request proper identification before releasing any campers to unfamiliar individuals.
Lunches and Snack Shack
Y-ZONE LUNCH PROGRAM (OPTIONAL)
Campers may bring their bagged lunch or purchase lunch through our new partner, "Simply Gourmet Lunches." Parents can order on-line at http://www.simplygourmetlunches.com and customize their camper's lunches from a menu of features. Simply Gourmet will deliver the lunch to camp with your child's name on it. You can choose the days, lunch entree, and any additional sides. Lunches start at around $5.00/day. Allergy free foods are available, too! Everyone is welcomed to purchase pizza on our Pizza Fridays, however, you must submit your money no later than Wednesday. Snack Shack is not included in the cost of lunch and can be purchased separately. The "Simply Gourmet" lunch option is not available to Kinder Campers or Little Owls.
If your child is not participating in the program, they are to bring their own lunch and snack each day. Lunches are not refrigerated however, they are kept inside in an air conditioned room. Every morning upon drop-off campers will put their lunches in a designated wagon which is then brought inside. For campers with food allergies, we provide a separate eating area.
Y-ZONE'S SNACK SHACK
Campers can visit the Snack Shack in the afternoon to get a choice of several delicious snacks. For Example: Fruit Pops, Pop Corners, and Go-Gurt. A Y-Zone Snack Shack Weekly Pass can be purchased at registration or by Wednesday of the prior week. All payments are made at the YMCA Front desk. Only weekly passes are sold, not daily. These passes are available for $5/week. You may also send your child with $1 to purchase an item at the Snack Shack. We are not responsible for money that has been lost on the grounds.
Camp Frequently Asked Questions
Please see some of our frequently asked questions regarding Camp. As always, please feel free to contact us with any other questions! We can be reached via phone at (973) 998-9199 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org