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YMCA OF
BURLINGTON AND
CAMDEN COUNTIES

FAQs

Y Day Camps are all about discovery.

Children have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence and make lasting friendships and memories. And of course, they are doing all of this while having fun too! With more than 2,000 day camps serving more than 800,000 kids every summer, the Y is one of the nation’s largest providers of camping programs in the USA.

Choosing a summer camp that fits the needs and interests of your child is important. It will ensure that your child has a successful camp experience, but it will also give you peace of mind knowing that your child is in a quality program with caring staff.

Not sure where to start or what to ask? You’ve come to the right place! We have two great events where you can talk with our directors and learn from other campers. Please come and join us at our one of our Summer Camp Open Houses or Parent Orientation.

At our Open Houses, you can:

  • Discover our camp offerings and various locations across Burlington & Camden counties
  • Learn about our daily camp activities, theme weeks and field trip destinations
  • Meet & greet with some of our Camp Directors and Counselors
  • Bring the kids! We will have a bounce house, arts & crafts project and fun camp games with our camp staff

Mt. Laurel YMCA
Sat, Mar 18 | Noon-2:00pm
Sat, Apr 29 | 1:00-4:00pm

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Mt. Laurel YMCA
Jun 8 | 6:30-8:30pm

This is a great chance for our families, new and returning, to receive useful pre-summer information. Meet the Camp Directors and staff, learn more about the daily schedules and even try out a few of our favorite camp activities! This event is highly encouraged for all families participating in day camp programs for the 2016 season. Campers are welcome to attend! Camp staff will be on hand to provide activities and answer questions your child may have about their camp.

Y Day Camps enhance a camper’s self-esteem and leadership every day. Our programs feature quality care, exciting activities, individual attention, experienced staff and an emphasis on good sportsmanship, teamwork and safety. Summer camp at the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties is a fun place for campers to learn and grow. We offer a well rounded, values-oriented, camper-centered program.

Y Day Camps feature:

  • Exciting Activities
  • Individual Attention
  • Experienced Staff
  • Character Development
  • Low Staff Ratio of 1:7
  • Daily Snack

Values-oriented means that we work to incorporate our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility in each of our activities. Our staff model these qualities for campers, looking for opportunities to develop character and recognize positive behaviors.

Camper-centered means that we focus our energies on our campers experiences. Before we make a decision about our programs, activities, policies or any other aspect of camp, we make sure that it puts their best interests first.

Camp activities include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Swimming (instructional and recreational) – 4x each week
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Sports and Group Games
  • Nature and Science
  • Trips – 1x each week
  • Skits and Songs

Camp is open from 7:00am until 6:00pm, Monday – Friday. We do ask that campers arrive no later than 9:00am and pick up is after 4:00pm. If you need to arrange for a late drop off or an early pick up, please speak to your child’s camp director.

Note: Teen travel campers return at various times depending on where the trip destination is for the day, however proposed arrival and departure times are clearly posted and communicated daily to parents from counselors.

Complete a Registration Form, along with the necessary payments and a copy of your child’s latest immunization records. All items Must be received for registrations to be considered complete.

There are three (3) ways in which you can return your completed Registration Forms:

By Mail:

YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties
302 Commerce Square Blvd.
Burlington, NJ 08016

In Person:

Mt. Laurel YMCA
59 Centeron Road
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Burlington-Riverfront YMCA
302 Commerce Sq. Blvd.
Burlington, NJ 08016

Attach the Completed Form and E-mail:

Jennifer Howell

All campers must be a Program Member ($100/child or $200/family) or a Facility member of the Y. Membership allows your child to participate in any of our sports, swim lessons and youth programs! To see all the great program offerings click here.

Yes! There is a 10% sibling discount applied to the lowest program fee for any siblings that are registered in the same camp week and for a 5 full day program.

No. You are able to sign up for one session or an entire summer based on your needs.

  • Prior to June 1: Deposit of $75/week due with Camp Registration
  • June 1: Balance (less deposits) due in full
  • After June 1: Camp fees due in full upon registration

Payment plans available upon request.

Refunds are not available for Deposits, Membership or Camp fees. In house credit will be considered for medical reasons ONLY. Credit requests MUST be accompanied by a doctor’s note.

We are proud to hire on the best! Our staff help create memories that last a lifetime, and more importantly, they help children develop in a safe and positive environment.

  • 90% staff retention rate
  • Strict qualifications and highly competitive selection process with persional and professional references and a criminal
    background check
  • Staff selected for maturity, skills, patience, enthusiasm and ability to act as positive role models
  • All staff complete at least 40 hours of training
  • Most are college graduates and undergraduates with degrees in education, psychology and recreation management
    • Camp Directors are 21 years of age and older.
    • Camp Counselors are 18 years of age and older
    • Assistant Camp Counselors are 17 years old and are always under the close supervision of an adult staff member.
    • Teen Travel Counselors are 21 years of age and older.

All staff undergo at least 12-15 hours of staff training, including risk management, policies and procedures, behavior management, child abuse prevention, team building, program implementation and character development. Our leadership team spends an additional 10-12 hours in workshops related to supervision and management. All camp staff undergo a background check before working with campers.

Campers should be dressed in attire that allows them to play and get messy! Socks and sneakers must be worn daily. Bathing suit and towels need to be packed on all scheduled swim days.

Campers need to bring lunch, snack and a water bottle daily. It is advised that you get a backpack to hold your child’s belongings and be sure to label it with his/her name. Campers will spend time outside, so please be sure to apply sun block each morning and pack extra to be applied throughout the day. Bathing suits and towels need to be packed on all scheduled swim days.

  • Summer days are hot! Freeze a water bottle the night before and pack it in your child’s lunch bag. This way food stays cold and your child will have an ice cold water for later on in the day.
  • Many campers have severe allergies. It is camp policy that there is no sharing or trading of lunches. Please remind your camper.
  • Pack a variety of snacks for your child to choose from. Fruits are a great way to rehydrate!
  • Please do not pack any items that will require heating. We have a refrigerator but space is limited, sp please pack appropriately.

Session themes are used to add a little bit of flare to each camp session. The themes will influence choices concerning Arts and Crafts, all camp activities, dress-up days, etc. The regular camp activities are offered each week, regardless of the theme.

At the Y, our ratio is 1:7 meaning one adult for every seven children.

Yes. In accordance with state requirements, we have a health care provider who is able to administer First Aid and CPR. We also notify the local police, EMS and fire departments closest to each campsite location.

Each of our traditional camp sites have plenty of indoor space to accommodate all campers on rainy days. Oftentimes, the schedule will be modified to include special indoor events or activities. In excessive heat, we spend more time indoors and modify the schedule to limit high exertion activities. Water breaks are a normal part of our routine but we place special emphasis on the importance of water during heat waves.

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