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South Mountain YMCA Hosting Camp Open House on March 14

The Alternative Press Staff

Friday, March 7, 2014 • 5:32pm

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The South Mountain YMCA Camp Open House is scheduled fpr Friday, March 14, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Y’s Program Center located at 13 Jefferson Avenue. The event will feature a Campfire Sing-Along with Big Jeff. Children will enjoy S’mores, make an art project and sing the night away while parents get an overview of the daily schedules, planned trips.  Camp Directors and staff will be available to answer questions. 

The South Mountain YMCA Camps consistently earn the highest survey ratings for both parent and child satisfaction.  With both traditional and specialty camps, designed for ages 3 – 14 years, the South Mountain YMCA camps focuses on building self-esteem, confidence and social skills while increasing independence, health and wellness awareness.  A majority of the Y’s 14 camps are ACA- accredited®, which means they have met up to 300 standards for health, safety, and program quality.  The American Camp Association is a leading authority in youth development and works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience.

Whether it’s a traditional camp filled with sports, swimming, games and crafts, or a specialty camp like drama, global arts or golf, the South Mountain YMCA has a camp that’s right for most kids. All camps are built around the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Children ages 3 - 4 years old can enjoy a half day camp and campers in pre-school through 10th  grade can choose from 14 different camps that run from June 30th  - August 29th for most camps. Vacation Camp is available before camp starts and at the end of the summer.  Extended care is available from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm for most camps. Financial assistance and a sibling discount are available. All financial assistance applications are due by April 15th.  Call (973) 762-4145 for more information or visit www.SMountainYMCA.org.  

The South Mountain YMCA serves the communities of Maplewood and South Orange, and is a branch of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges which is the largest Y in the state of New Jersey. Its Mission is to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Its six branch facilities are located in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hardyston, Stillwater, and Wayne and provide a wide variety of services and activities:

•       Quality all-day and after-school childcare, pre-school classes, recreational and enrichment programs e.g. basketball, soccer and other sports, arts, and Summer Day Camps and
sleep-away camps.

•       Programs for adolescents and teens that include sports, parties and club activities.

•       Programs for adults and seniors.

Visit www.smountainymca.org to learn more about South Mountain YMCA camp programs and to download a complete South Mountain YMCA 2014 Summer Camp brochure.

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