Summer Camp at the Madison Area YMCA: Full and Half Day Options; New Pricing
Thursday, February 7, 2013 • 3:12pm
The Madison Area YMCA begins registration for full-day and half-day summer day camps for Kirby families, returning campers and Y members on Monday, February 11, at the Family Center located at 111 Kings Road and the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center located at 54 East Street, both in Madison. Open registration begins on Monday, February 25. All camps start Monday, June 24. No camp in session on July 4 and August 30.
New for 2013, the Madison Area YMCA is pleased to introduce tier pricing. Understanding that families have different abilities to pay, the Y is offering a Two Tiered Fee Structure for all day camp programs that is based on an honor system. For example, Tier I: Pay for the full cost of one week of camp and make a donation to the Y’s Annual Campaign Fund. Tier II: Pay for the full cost of one week of camp.
Please note: Financial assistance is available for families in need. Please contact the Y’s office to request a Financial Assistance Application. Last summer, the Madison Area YMCA awarded 205 weeks of summer camp to campers and families who otherwise would not be able to attend camp.
Also new this year: KidsQuest half-day options. Campers in grades 3-5 can participate Monday through Thursday only. Morning Round Up, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., is designed for families with busy afternoon schedules and commitments. Campers will take classes in gymnastics, dance, crafts or sports. Afternoon Adventures, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., is perfect for families with morning commitments and activities. Campers will participate in smaller group activities, science experiments, free play, swim lessons and open swim opportunities. The half-day program, like the full-day program, is held at the Family Center. Nine weekly sessions are offered from June 24 through August 23.
Full Day Camp KidsQuest for children in grades 3 to 5 is held at the Family Center Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Campers take a field trip every Friday to a different local attraction. Ten weekly sessions are offered from June 24 through August 29. Campers will start their days with gymnastics, dance, crafts or sports. A fresh, nutritious lunch and a rest period at noon will prepare campers for action-packed afternoons that include smaller group activities, science experiments and free play. Days will finish with swim lessons or open swim opportunities. A specially prepared brown-bag lunch will be provided for field trips. Lunch, snacks, free Before Care from 7:00 a.m. to 9 a.m. and free After Care from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. are provided. Breakfast is also provided for children arriving before 8:30 a.m. Before and After Care is held at the Y’s F.M. Kirby Children’s Center, with free transportation on YMCA buses between facilities.
Camp Wantago for preschoolers through grade 3 is held at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ten weekly sessions are offered from June 24 through August 29. Camp Wantago offers weekly field trips, games, and time for learning and building friendships. Twice a week, campers will head over to the Family Center for swim time supervised by trained lifeguards and instructors. Each week features a new theme which is listed in the order that they take place: Icky, Ooey, Gooey; Wet, Wild & Wacky Olympics; Crazy Cookin’; Lego World; Weird Science; Sports Mania; Critters & Creatures; Games, Games, Games; Jurassic Art; Mix & Match. A fresh, nutritious lunch and snack are provided for all campers as well as breakfast for children arriving before 8:30 a.m. Free Before Care from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and free After Care from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. is included. Extended care is available until 6:45 p.m. for an additional fee.
Little Bit of Wantago, a half-day program for children ages 3 (by May 2013) through age 5 (entering kindergarten), is for the youngest campers who are not ready for a full day of camp. Nine weekly sessions are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting June 24 through August 23 at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center. A fresh, nutritious lunch is provided daily for all campers. With an emphasis on fun and learning in this shorter day program, children are sure to have a great time. All children must be reliably potty-trained. Before and After Care is not available for Little Bit of Wantago.
SummerQuest is a daily travel camp held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for teens and pre-teens entering grades 6-10. Nine weekly sessions are offered from June 24 through August 23. SummerQuest offers different weekly themes – the ideal solution for young teens to stay active with exciting experiences throughout the summer. Themed weeks are listed in the order that they take place: Camp vs. Wild Week (new); Rock ‘n’Roll Week (new); Beach Week; Paddle Week I; Ranch Week; Empire State Week; Best of NJ Week; Paddle Week II; Survivor Week.
Based on the core values of the YMCA, SummerQuest provides opportunities for growth, adventure and leadership. Most weeks include an overnight stay at a NJ or NY State Park or at the Family Center where campers can learn new skills, explore and grow. Campers are dropped off at the Madison Area YMCA Family Center and the Y staff provides transportation for campers to activities and back to the Family Center. Free Before Care from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and free After Care from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. is included.
The Counselor in Training (CIT) program gives teens entering grades 10 and 11 hands-on experience working directly with campers and staff in Camp KidsQuest at the Family Center. Specialized training, dedicated staff and leadership opportunities will help teens grow and provide them with experience to work as a camp counselor in the future. All CIT candidates must complete an information form due on June 17, 2013. Forms are available at www.madisonareaymca.org/camp or at the Family Center. Four 2-week sessions are offered with lunch included every day.
Registration forms are available at the Family Center and the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center or can be printed from the website www.madisonareaymca.org/camp. Registration for Camp Wantago programs must be in person at the Family Center or the F. M. Kirby Children’s Center. Registration for Camp KidsQuest, Camp SummerQuest and the Counselor in Training programs must be in person at the Family Center only.
For more information on the Madison Area YMCA’s summer camps and other programs and classes offered, please visit www.madisonareaymca.org.