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Camp Topanemus

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CAMPER ORIENTATION

Tues., June 19, 6:30-8pm
Bring the family, meet our staff, ask all the questions you want and enjoy a barbecue with us!  There is no charge to attend.


CAMP KIDS AGAINST HUNGER
June 25-August 24

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We give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build kids’ character.

CARING

HONESTY

RESPECT

RESPONSIBILITY

Camp Topanemus YMCA gives children and teens the opportunity to have their best summer ever by meeting new friends, exploring nature, discovering new interests, being physically active and creating memories that last a lifetime!

380 Monmouth Road
Millstone, NJ 08510

Facility Rental Available

Contact: Camp Office
732.294.7727

“Going to camp everyday never fails to put a smile on my face. The YMCA has changed my life in so many ways. I never thought in 2008 that I would be working for the Y 10 years later. This job has changed my life in so many different ways. I’ve had the pleasure to work with coworkers that care about me and don’t disrespect me like a good amount of people do. Coming to work every day is something I love. A lot of people hate their jobs and hate going to work every day. For me, it’s the complete opposite. I look forward to going to work every day. Not to mention it takes me out of whatever is going on at the time. I put all of the drama and nonsense to the side and have a great time AND I get paid to do what I love: help care for and have fun with others.  I will admit if I hadn’t gone to camp for the last 10 years, I wouldn’t be who I am.”–Josh

Camp Topanemus provides a traditional day camp experience that helps children and teens grow in spirit, mind and body based on the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Safety is our #1 priority!  Counselors are carefully selected and hired based on their skills and participate in a week long training.  Our excellent swim instruction program is staffed by Red Cross Certified swim instructors and lifeguards.

We have convenient, optional transportation from Clarksburg, Englishtown, Freehold, Hightstown, Howell, Jackson, Manalapan, Marlboro, Morganville and Old Bridge. We also offer Extended Care as early as 7am and as late as 6:30pm in 2 locations; Camp Topanemus and the Freehold YMCA.

COLOR WARS  •   CARNIVAL   •   HOLIDAYS IN JULY
SUPER HEROES WEEK   •   TALENT SHOW

COOKOUTS & SO MUCH MORE!

With our safe, affordable, quality programs you can be assured that your child will have an amazing camp experience!

Choice of Electives
Flexible Days – Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 days per week
Swim Lessons
Arts & Crafts
Sports
Archery
Zip Line / Climbing Wall
Pool Slide
Specialty Camps
Travel Camp
Leader-In-Training Program
Lunch Program
Optional Transportation

FAQs

What are the Ages of Campers?

  • We base our groups on the grade your child will attend in the fall
  • Our campers start at age 5 going into Kindergarten in the fall and go up to age 15

Are your Groups Coed?

  • Yes, all our groups are coed.
  • Sometimes a particular camp has more campers of one sex than another; the group is still open to anyone wishing to participate.

Can You Extend the Camp Hours?

  • Yes. We provide extended care here at Camp Topanemus and at the Freehold YMCA facility located at 470 E Freehold Road, Freehold.
  • Extended Care hours are from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 6:30 p.m. If your camper has extended care at the Freehold YMCA, the shuttle bus fee is included in the extended care rate.

Can You Enroll Anytime?

  • Camp enrollment is on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis and many camps fill up early on, however, if we have an opening we will accept enrollment throughout the camp season.
  • Registration is available online.

Do you Provide Lunch?

  • An optional lunch meal plan is available for a small fee. Please contact the office for more information.

Can Campers Buy Snacks?

  • Yes. We have a Trading Post that stocks drinks and snacks. The Trading Post also offers toys and other novelty items.

Can You Switch from One Camp Program to Another?

  • As long as there is availability, you can switch your child.
  • There is a $25 charge for each program change as well as any charges for differences in the cost of the camps.

What About Ticks?

  • We have an aggressive, professional spraying program, done off-hours on a regular basis for ticks and mosquitoes.

Is There Trained Medical Personnel on Site?

  • Yes. We have a trained staff member during regular camp hours.

What Do the Campers do if it’s Raining or Excessively Hot?

  • Camp Topanemus has indoor space to accommodate campers on rainy days.
  • In excessive heat we modify the schedule to give more time in the water and we limit high exertion activities.

What About Refunds or Credits?

  • The YMCA of Western Monmouth County and the YMCA Camp Topanemus does not issue refunds.
  • A credit may be issued for an illness resulting in 3 consecutive days’ absence from camp. A doctor’s note is required.
  • There are no refunds or credits for vacations. We will make every effort to switch your camper to different weeks if necessary.
  • In the rare instance a child is expelled from camp, there will be no refund or credit issued.

What is the Swim Program Like?

  • At Camp Topanemus we have an excellent swim program. We have two pools – Little Creek which goes up to 3 feet in depth and Big Creek which goes up to 6 feet.
  • All of our campers get a recreational swim. Campers in the Day Camp Programs also get an instructional swim.
  • While our swim instructors are trained to encourage your child to participate in both swim instruction and recreational swims, no child is forced to go into the water.
  • All lifeguards and swim instructors are certified in life guarding, first aid and CPR.

What are the Ages and Experience of your Staff?

  • Many of the staff are teachers and/or individuals who work with children year round.
  • Our Specialty Camp Leaders have special knowledge and training in that specialty.
  • Our Senior Counselors are a minimum of 18 years old while our Junior Counselors are a minimum of 16 years old before the summer starts.
  • ALL CAMP STAFF UNDERGOES A BACKGROUND CHECK AND SPECIAL TRAINING BEFORE STARTING WORK.

What is the Staff/Camper Ratio?

  • Ratios are 1 to 8 for K and Grade 1 and 1 to 10 for Grades 2-8.
  • Each programmed activity has a specialist who is involved with each group during those special activities, along with the groups regular counselors.

Is there Bus Service?

  • Inside each registration packet is a busing schedule. Choose the location closest to you and we will place you at that stop on a first come first serve basis.
  • We have a shuttle bus that leaves from the Freehold YMCA.
  • There is no home busing with extended care.
  • We can not pickup and drop off children at different locations.
  • All the drivers are specially licensed and have a background check through our contracted bus service. They are under the supervision of our Camp Director.

Are There Any Special Events over the Summer?

  • Throughout the summer we have special programming such as Theme Days, Carnival, Hot Dog Roasts and Special Guests.

Do You Have A Special Program for Teens?

  • Yes. Travel Camp is one of our most popular programs. Tuesday through Friday our teens go on a different trip. They spend time at camp on Monday.
  • Trips are to outdoor recreational areas, water parks, sporting events and on rainy days to the movies, bowling, etc.
  • Please see our Travel Calendar.
  • Our Travel Camp is very well chaperoned. The Unit Leader is a full-time Y staff member and the counselors are mature and experienced.

Do You Have A C.I.T. Program?

  • Our Program is called Leadership Training. It is an 8-week program only.
  • Our L.T.’s are 14-15 years old, attending 9th or 10th grade.
  • Campers in our L.T. program are charged a program fee; they do not get paid, they are campers.
  • Applicants in this program must fill out a separate Leadership Training Packet and have an interview with the Camp Director.
Jul
4
Wed
Closed for Independence Day
Jul 4 all-day
Jul
10
Tue
Free 6-wk. Seminar presented by SCAN: Cancer – Surviving & Thriving @ Court Street School
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
FOBY Tryout @OB @ Old Bridge YMCA
Jul 10 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Age for the fall & winter season is determined by the child’s age as of December 1st 2018. Children who “age up” on or before 12/1/2018 must try out for the next age group. For example, a child who swims as an 8 year old during the summer will have to try out as a 9 year old if their birthday is on or before 12/1/2018. All swimmers will be required to complete a tryout registration form at the time of arrival.

Expectations:

  • 8/Under Swimmers – swim a lap of freestyle and backstroke, as well as a lap of either breaststroke or butterfly.
  • 9-10 Swimmers – swim 50 yards of each freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
  • 11-12 Swimmers – swim 50 yards of each freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, as well as have prior competitive swimming experience.
  • 13/Over Swimmers – swim 100 yards of each freestyle and backstroke, 50 yards of each breaststroke and butterfly,  as well as have prior competitive swimming experience.
8/under 4:30-5:15pm
9/10 5:15-6pm
11/12 6-6:45pm
13/over 6:45-7:30pm
Jul
17
Tue
Free 6-wk. Seminar presented by SCAN: Cancer – Surviving & Thriving @ Court Street School
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Jul
24
Tue
Free 6-wk. Seminar presented by SCAN: Cancer – Surviving & Thriving @ Court Street School
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
FOBY Tryout @FH @ Freehold YMCA
Jul 24 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Age for the fall & winter season is determined by the child’s age as of December 1st 2018. Children who “age up” on or before 12/1/2018 must try out for the next age group. For example, a child who swims as an 8 year old during the summer will have to try out as a 9 year old if their birthday is on or before 12/1/2018. All swimmers will be required to complete a tryout registration form at the time of arrival.

Expectations:

  • 8/Under Swimmers – swim a lap of freestyle and backstroke, as well as a lap of either breaststroke or butterfly.
  • 9-10 Swimmers – swim 50 yards of each freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
  • 11-12 Swimmers – swim 50 yards of each freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, as well as have prior competitive swimming experience.
  • 13/Over Swimmers – swim 100 yards of each freestyle and backstroke, 50 yards of each breaststroke and butterfly,  as well as have prior competitive swimming experience.
8/under 4:30-5:15pm
9/10 5:15-6pm
11/12 6-6:45pm
13/over 6:45-7:30pm
Jul
31
Tue
Free 6-wk. Seminar presented by SCAN: Cancer – Surviving & Thriving @ Court Street School
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Aug
7
Tue
Free 6-wk. Seminar presented by SCAN: Cancer – Surviving & Thriving @ Court Street School
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Aug
12
Sun
FOBY Tryout @FH @ Freehold YMCA
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Age for the fall & winter season is determined by the child’s age as of December 1st 2018. Children who “age up” on or before 12/1/2018 must try out for the next age group. For example, a child who swims as an 8 year old during the summer will have to try out as a 9 year old if their birthday is on or before 12/1/2018. All swimmers will be required to complete a tryout registration form at the time of arrival.

Expectations:

  • 8/Under Swimmers – swim a lap of freestyle and backstroke, as well as a lap of either breaststroke or butterfly.
  • 9-10 Swimmers – swim 50 yards of each freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
  • 11-12 Swimmers – swim 50 yards of each freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, as well as have prior competitive swimming experience.
  • 13/Over Swimmers – swim 100 yards of each freestyle and backstroke, 50 yards of each breaststroke and butterfly,  as well as have prior competitive swimming experience.
8/under 12-12:45pm
9/10 12:45-1:30pm
11/12 1:30-2:15pm
13/over 2:15-3:00pm
Aug
14
Tue
Free 6-wk. Seminar presented by SCAN: Cancer – Surviving & Thriving @ Court Street School
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm