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Explore Camp Options at S. Mountain YMCA’s ‘Frozen’ Fun Night Friday

The following is from the South Mountain YMCA:

South Mountain YMCA campers can reconnect with friends and counselors at the ‘Camp is Frozen’ reunion, and families are invited to check out the Y’s 17 summer camps, including three new options, on Friday evening.

The camp reunion and fair will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the South Mountain Y, 13 Jefferson Road in Maplewood. The event was rescheduled from Jan. 23 because of a heavy snowstorm.

Responding to feedback from parents and children, the Y has added three new camps, including the half-day YKnots Explorers for ages 3 1/2 to 5 (children entering kindergarten) at the First Presbyterian and Trinity Church in South Orange.

The new Glam Camp offers a hands-on introduction to fashion, with children ages 9 through 13 sketching and sewing as they learn to develop their own fashion sense. It will be held at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange. The Skateboard Half Day Clinic, a three-hour program, will be held at Maplecrest Park for kids entering grades 2 through 8.

From the traditional to the specialized, South Mountain Y camps build campers’ self-esteem, confidence and social skills in a fun, safe and enriching environment. Participants from ages 2 1/2 to 15 develop independence and wellness awareness through developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences in camps that are accredited by the American Camp Association.

Traditional camps include Mini Y Knots, Y Knots, SOMAPY Camp, Preteen Adventure Camp, Teen Adventure Camp, and the Counselor-in-Training program. The Y offers specialty camps in drama, the environment, global arts, sports and golf. Reading time and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lessons are incorporated into all curriculums. 

For more information, visit SMountainYMCA.org and click on the 2016 Camp Guide or call 973-762-4145 for more details. Campers can RSVP by calling that phone number or by sending an email to [email protected] The Y provides financial assistance to those who qualify.

ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is the largest association of YMCAs in New Jersey, serving more than 35,000 individuals and providing more than $1.2 million in financial assistance each year. Its six YMCAs, located in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne, are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. They offer an array of programs that build spirit, mind and body for people of all ages and all circumstances.

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