Hamilton Area YMCA

Discover, Play & Learn @ Camp!

Through Play, kids Learn to solve problems, make new friends, and Discover the world around them which helps them grow. Daily activities range from traditional camp favorites such as arts and crafts, music, sing a longs, science lab and dance to soccer, basketball, gaga, volleyball, swimming, and so much more! Summer Camp at the Hamilton Area YMCA is the ideal environment for campers to Discover, Play and Learn.

Camp dates are June 20 - August 31.

Registration is going on now! Register today so you don't miss out!

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For more information about Summer Camp or to set up a personal tour. Please contact a Member Services Representative at the Sawmill Branch at 609.581.9622 ext. 21101 or Logan Perez, Sawmill Camp and Sports Director, at 609.581.9622 ext. 21105 or lperez@hamiltonymca.org.


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Exciting for 2018!



Bricks 4 Kidz Dance & Hip-Hop Camp
Child vs. Wild Flag Football
Extended Day Camp Options           More Gaga Courts 
Forensics Camp  Quoit Pits 
Mini Golf Course Space: The Final Frontier 
Misting Stations  
New Bus Options  
3-Day Week Option  
Red Bulls Soccer Camp  
Rock Range  
Science Lab  
Water Tag Course  

Camp Hours, Options and Fees

Camp Dates

Wednesday, June 20 - Friday, August 31
Camp Hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Camp Hours & Options

5-Day week Options

Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

3-Day Week Option
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. You pick the days! 

Transportation available
With convenient bus stops at the JKR Branch and AMC Movie Theater, getting your child to summer camp at our Sawmill Branch is easy!
Fee: $40 per child, per week

2018 Camp Fees

$300* per week

*Fees apply to most camps. Fees must be paid in full within the dates stated. Our specialty and travel camp fees can be found on our website and on the registration form.

Special Offers

Multiple child discount*: Receive a $10 per week discount for all additional children in the same family registered for the same weeks in most of our camps. 

Refer a Friend!
Were you a camper in 2017? If so, you can receive a $25 check when you and a new camper you refer register for 2 or more weeks of Summer Camp 2018!*

*Some exclusions may apply.

Info Sessions, Ice Cream Socials & Free Family Days

All of the following events are fun opportunities to:

  • Meet the Camp Staff
  • See the Camp (for those scheduled at the Sawmill Branch)
  • Have your questions answered
  • Register for Camp
Information Sessions
Tuesday, May 15  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  JKR Branch 
Thursday, May 31 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  Sawmill Branch

Camp BBQ
Tuesday, June 12           6:00 - 7:30 p.m.           Sawmill Branch 
Free hotdogs will be served while our Camp staff lead families in fun camp games! 

Personal Tours
Don’t see a session you can make it to, contact Camp Director Logan Perez to schedule a personal tour.

Goals and Philosophy

Our Goals

  • Encourage each child to make friends and have fun in a safe nurturing environment
  • Broaden each child’s horizons with new and different experiences ranging from the creative to the physical throughout our 21 different camp options
  • That each child learn to push beyond their limitations and learn what they are truly capable of and in so doing, become inspired to reach further
  • To encourage creativity and imagination in each child
  • Build strength of character, courage, determination, and focus by encouraging sound decision making skills
  • Teach children that their relationships and the larger community benefit from their investment, whether it be in a sports camp or in a leadership camp
  • Encourage children to emulate positive role models in camp staff
  • Encourage willingness to accept guidance when challenged with a decision, giving each child the freedom to feel confident in their choices
  • Enhance respect for self, others and the natural world around them

Camp Philosophy

The Hamilton Area YMCA believes in providing comprehensive camp programs, which foster the social, cultural, physical and emotional development of children. We create opportunities for children to enhance their self-esteem, build friendships, develop greater independence and give them a sense of their creative potential in a safe, fun and nurturing environment.

Importance of PLAY

The Importance of PLAY @ Camp

1. Children learn through play. Time spent on the playground teaches campers social and cognitive skills as well as enhances physical abilities such as balance.

2. Play is healthy. Activity such as playing on the soccer fields is critical for children to grow strong and healthy.

3. Play reduces stress. Playing carefree in the sprinklers provides an outlet for children to release anxiety.

4. Play is more complex than you’d think. How children learn through play has been studied extensively. Following the game rules of GAGA, for example is a form of learning.

5. Making time for play is important to cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional development. Campers experience 3 daily activities periods and 2 swim periods each day providing plenty of time for as much play as possible.

6. Outside play is critical for exploring the world. Building forts, nature hikes, playing in the sand, and climbing the traversing wall are not only healthy, but build lasting memories.

7. Play comes naturally in a camp setting. Given the time to play, at the pool, at the playground, at the pavilion, children do amazing things!

8. Play is how children learn. Trial and error in a no stress environment provide opportunities that lead to improved self-esteem and lasting success.

What Makes Us Special

Parents Trust Us

When you drop your child off at camp, we know that you are trusting us to provide high-quality care. With a low, 10:1 camper-to-staff ratio, each child receives the attention they need to grow in a safe, supportive environment. Our on-site, full-time nurse provides additional support.

Everyone belongs at the Y

We believe in serving the needs of all members of our community including those who may be unable to pay the full cost of membership or programs. Financial assistance is based on a number of factors including total household income and number of dependents in the household. Financial assistance applications are required and are due by May 18. The process is confidential. Applications are available at both branches or online at hamiltonymca.org.

Special Events and Specialists

Each camper will experience a variety of special events in addition to their camp program throughout the summer including: Science Lab, Exploration Art, and more!

Inclusive Programming

The Hamilton Area YMCA and its Summer Camp program encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Inclusion within our Summer Camp program means that individuals with disabilities are welcome to participate in all camps.

Please contact Ryan Young at ryanyoung@hamiltonymca.org if your child would like to be a part of our integrated camp program.

Camp Staff

Caring & Well Trained Staff We believe that our staff is our greatest resource. Each of our staff undergoes a series of interviews, reference checks, and a complete background/criminal history check.

Our Coordinators are college graduates who are working professionals in the fields of education and child development.

Our senior staff is at least 18 years of age with prior experience working with children. Many of our staff have been former campers and have participated in our Counselor In Training camp.

All staff complete 28 hours of camp training and our leadership and senior staff is certified in First Aid and CPR and sun safety.

Camp Facility Features

Facility Features

  • 50 acres of outdoor recreation
  • L Shaped pool
  • Kiddie Pool
  • 100 foot water slide
  • 3 pavilions each with picnic tables, water fountains and restrooms
  • 4 big top tents each with picnic tables and water stations
  • Climate controlled multi-sport gym
  • 2 outdoor basketball courts
  • 2 sand volleyball courts
  • NEW! Gaga zone
  • NEW! Quoit pits
  • Human foosball court
  • Traversing Wall
  • Playground
  • 3 lighted soccer fields
  • 2 baseball fields
  • NEW! Water tag course
  • NEW! Misting stations
  • NEW! Mini Golf Course
  • NEW! Rock Range
  • NEW! Bocce Courts

Theme Weeks

In addition to all the fun campers will have throughout the day, all campers will also have the opportunity to participate in the following exciting themed weeks and special events.

Week 1            Aloha
Week 2 Holiday Hullabaloo 
Week 3 Sports Showdown 
Week 4 Carnival Fun 
Week 5 Passport Around the World 
Week 6 Color Wars 
Week 7 Super Hero Adventures
Week 8 Messy Mania 
Week 9  Wacky Water Wizards 
Week 10 Mystery at the Mill 

Swimming and Pool Policies

Daily Swimming

Campers enrolled in camps held at the Sawmill Branch will have the opportunity to participate in recreational swimming each day, weather permitting. All swimming is done under the supervision of certified lifeguards.

During swim time, campers who choose not to participate must sit on the pool deck during the assigned swim time. Please send a book or magazine to occupy the time. Phones and electronics will not be allowed.

Deep End Policy

All willing campers are tested on the first day of each session, to identify shallow and deep end swimmers. All deep end swimmers will receive a colored wristband to identify them as a deep end swimmer. Campers should wear the wristband for the duration of the week.

Water Slide

The minimum height to ride our slide is 48”. Campers less than 48” will not be permitted to ride the water slide. Please be sure there are no rivets or metal parts on children’s bathing suits, as these may damage the slide.


A bathing suit must be worn when swimming. If you choose to send your camper to camp in a bathing suit, please send a dry change of clothes and a plastic bag for wet swimsuits. All long hair must be tied back with a hair tie, barrettes are not acceptable.

Afternoon Camp Swim Lessons (Grades K - 5)

Our swim lesson curriculum begins with basic swimming readiness skills and, as results are achieved, progresses to stroke introduction, refinement, and technique. This approach provides students with a solid foundation for refining their swimming skills as they progress through the stages of the program.

Swim lessons will run in one week sessions during weeks 1 - 9 during the following times:
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Fees: $58 program members/per child
         $43 facility members/per child

Visit our website June 1 for evening and weekend session based swim lesson options.

Wish List

We are in need of the following new or gently used items:

  • Craft supplies
  • Camping gear
  • Costumes

If you would like to donate items or would like to talk about a possible donation, please call us at 609.581.9622 ext. 21100.

Camp Descriptions

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Traditional Camps

Mini Camp (entering kindergarten)

3 Day or 5 Day Option
Mini Camp provides children a creative and stimulating learning experience. Campers will participate in special events, crafts, games, sports, songs, swimming and more!

Day Camp (entering grades 1 - 3; 4 – 8)

3 Day or 5 Day Option
Campers will create memories and grow friendships while participating in sports, games, camp crafts, swimming, songs and daily special event! Many other fun activities will be offered in this popular camp.


This camp is specially designed for children ages 5 - 21 with intellectual disabilities. SKOR (Special Kids Organized Recreation) offers a 5:1 camper to staff ratio and a full range of activities and experiences including a variety of sports, swimming and crafts. Campers must be partially toilet trained, must have some way of communicating their needs, and must be free of uncontrollable aggressive behaviors. SKOR Camp transportation is available at the JKR bus stop only.

Fully Integrated Camp Option

The Hamilton Area YMCA Sawmill Branch and its Summer Camp program encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Inclusion within our Summer Camp program means that individuals with disabilities are welcome to participate in all camps. Some minimum eligibility requirements (age, level of participation) must be met in order to participate. Support staff will be available for additional assistance if needed (a full day one-on-one assistant will not be provided). You must check the box on the application for the support staff to be assigned to you.

A pre-camp interview is required for all new campers registering for SKOR Camp or our Fully Integrated Camp Option.

For additional information, or to schedule a pre-camp interview, contact Ryan Young at 609.581.9622 ext. 21103 or ryanyoung@hamiltonymca.org.

Enrichment Camps

New! Super Hero Showdown (entering grades 1 - 5)

Create your own super identity and enhance your super powers through showdowns with other Sawmill Super Heroes.

New! Splash Factory (entering grades 1 - 3; 4 - 8)

This water themed camp will keep campers cool! Have fun with a variety of fun filled water games which may include drip, drip, drop, water balloon toss, water drop, sprinklers and slip n’ slide fun. Water activities such as water polo, fish and minnows, volleyball and pool basketball will also be part of the splash filled fun!

Neverland Adventures (entering grades 1 – 5)

Join Jake and his Neverland friends, including Skully the Parrot, as they compete for golds doubloons in fun games against Captain Hook and Mr Smee!

New! Dance and Hip Hop (entering grades 1 - 3; 4 - 8)

Campers will learn the fundamentals and basic techniques of dance routines while gaining confidence and making new friends! Campers will showcase what they learn at our Thursday night Dance show for the camp families and at the Friday afternoon Dance Show for the entire camp!

Child vs. Wild (entering grades 3 – 8)

Campers will compete against the wild as they learn about land navigation, building shelter, basic knot tying techniques, properly using camouflage, collecting water, identifying animal tracks and more.

Artful Minds (entering grades 1 - 3; 4 -  8)

Let your inner artist shine! Campers will use a variety of creative techniques to create daily masterpieces and memories. Discover your inner Picasso or da Vinci! We’ll use everyday items and turn them into pieces of art. Each child will bring home their own masterpiece.

Bugs Life (entering grades 1 - 3)

Campers will enter the world of bugs as they participate in many fun themed activities. Campers will learn about different types of bugs, go on bug hunts, play bug themed games and more!

LIT - Leaders In Training (entering grades 7 - 8)

Must complete leadership camp application.
The Leader in Training program is for campers looking to develop and enhance their leadership skills. LITs will participate in group discussions, problem solving games and other teen oriented activities. They will also have opportunities to practice these learned skills by taking on a leadership role in camp by helping with weekly themes, special events and other activities.

CIT - Counselors In Training (ages 14 - 15)

Must complete leadership camp application
Our Counselor in Training program gives teens ages 14 and 15 a place to learn about teamwork, communication, understanding and responsibility in an outdoor environment. CITs will learn to become leaders within their peer group by building confidence, trust and respect. CITs will have the opportunity to apply their training by taking a leadership role in our day camp, developing creative programs and working with younger campers. This camp provides a great opportunity to gain self-confidence, improve leadership skills, learn how to work with children of all ages and have fun at the same time! This camp runs in three week sessions.

Click here for the leadership application.

Specialty Camps


Try our exciting engineering-based enrichment camp for children in grades 1 - 5. Campers will enjoy 3 hours of fun, hands-on engineering based programs each camp day. Professionally trained Bricks 4 Kidz staff will spark the imagination and curiosity of all campers. Campers in Bricks 4 Kidz and Robotics camps will participate in traditional camp activities, including recreational swimming, for the remainder of the camp day.

Ticket to Ride Camp (grades 1 - 5)

July 9 - 13 & August 13 - 17
Get your ticket to ride at Bricks 4 Kidz very own amusement park! Campers will build a new ride each day, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock. Then they will take what they have learned to design their own thrills and challenges. Motorized models maximize the action and the fun. Each camp day includes carnival themed games, group challenges, model building and more!

Super Hero Academy (grades 1 - 5)

August 13 - 17
Join Bricks 4 Kidz for a week building Super Hero’s with LEGO Bricks. Explore all the caped crusaders and discover their super powers. Create a fantasy world and protect it against all the evil arch enemies with custom contraptions made with LEGO Bricks.

Robotics Camp (grades 5 - 7)

July 23 – 27
Experience the cutting edge of technology with the introduction of LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Robotics. Campers will be captivated as they incorporate the newest generation of motors, sensors, and software by programing their commands directly into the intelligent brick. They will test their capabilities by moving an object with a robotic claw, building a robot that draws or creating a mousetrap. Our endless list of builds is sure to provide the fundamental components of robotics at its best.

Magic Camp (entering grades 3 – 8)

The Hamilton Area YMCA Sawmill Branch has joined with professional magicians of Wizzo’s Society of Aspiring Magicians to offer campers the opportunity to learn magic in a fun setting. Your camper will learn how to perform an assortment of magic tricks and illusions each week with a focus on performing and self-confidence. Wizzo’s Society of Aspiring Magicians creates unforgettable summers and a new skill that will last a lifetime. The purchase of a $35 magic kit is required. Campers enrolling in more than one week only need to purchase one kit.

Mad Science

Try our exciting science-based enrichment camp for children entering grades 1 - 5. Campers will enjoy 3 hours of fun, hands-on science programs each camp day. Professionally trained Mad Science staff will spark the imagination and curiosity of all campers. Campers in Mad Science camp will participate in traditional camp activities, including recreational swimming, for the remainder of the camp day.

Space the Final Frontier (entering grades 1 - 5)

June 25 - 29
Throughout the week, campers will explore the mysteries of space from an astronaut’s point of view! Aspiring astronauts will study gravity, propulsion, and the basics of rocket science as they are guided through hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Junior Mad Scientists will explore the aerodynamic properties of flying machines by building their own Estes model rocket and prepare for a Mad Science space mission of a grand finale rocket launch!

Super Slimy Smokey Science (entering grades 1 - 5)

July 16 - 20
Junior Scientists will dive into a variety of scientific fields as they mix and stretch silly putty and slime, copperplate nickels, and investigate the mysteries of optical illusions. Laser experiments and dry ice demonstrations will capture their attention as they observe how fun and exciting science can be. Campers will be amazed as they observe a chemical energy display, the world’s simplest motor, and a hair-raising interactive demonstration worthy of praise by Van de Graaff himself!

Funky Forensics Camp (entering grades 1 - 5)

August 6 – 10
Focus on the science of forensics in this hands-on look at crime scenes. Identify and collect evidence, from fingerprints to tracks to trash! Recreate the scene of a crime using clues and detailed observations. Campers will use science to connect the dots and help sniff out the suspects in this hands-on investigation into the science of sleuthing.

CRAYOLA®: World of Design (ages 6 - 12)

August 20 - 25
CRAYOLA®:World of Design is a summer camp that takes kids on a journey to the edges of their imagination – and beyond! They learn about Mars, the rainforest, and cities of the future, and get engaged in the creative design process to solve real-world problems. Each camp day focuses on a specific field of design, and our young architects, illustrators and graphic designers develop their ideas from concept, to sketch, to finished product. They bring their concepts to life by experimenting with Crayola® products, and exploring art techniques like sculpting, storyboarding, mixed media, and collage. Combining art, design, fun active games and inspiring themes from around the world, this camp is designed to inspire!

Red Bulls Soccer Camp (ages 7 - 14)

July 9 - 13 & August 20 - 25
Skills camps focus on the introduction and mastery of ball skills. This is achieved through maximum ball contact, expert coaching, skills challenges, and daily homework assignments. Through our camp structure and connection to the professional game, an environment is created that keeps players invested in their own development, long after the camp concludes. Each day focuses on a different topic, with structured activities and skills challenges included to keep the players motivated and focused. Players are assigned to a group based on age and ability levels.

Each camper will receive:

  • New York Red Bulls Adidas ball and t-shirt
  • Certificate of achievement signed by the first team
  • Complimentary ticket to a New York Red Bulls game

Registration for this camp can only be done on the Red Bulls website. Please click here to register.

Sports Camps

Campers in our sports camps will learn fundamentals, drills, rules and etiquette in various sports. Sports camps will focus on the developing and improving specific sport skills and techniques while learning the value of fair play and sportsmanship. At the YMCA, we use sports to teach lifelong skills and values.

Y World of Sports (entering grades 1 - 3; 4 - 8)

Campers will participate in a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis and more! Campers will also be introduced to badminton, lacrosse and pickleball, and more.

Flag Football Camp (entering grades 3 - 6)

Through fun drills and games, campers will learn how to be a football star. The week will end with a pro style football combine to see how their skills and 40 yard times have improved.

NEW! Lacrosse Camp (entering grades 3 - 6)

This camp will introduce lacrosse to beginner and intermediate level players in a fun and instructional setting.  A local High school Lacrosse coach, with seven years of coaching experience on the high school level, will design instructional drills to  focus on stick skills, passing, catching, shooting.  During scrimmages, with modified equipment, basic offense and defensive concepts will be taught. Lacrosse sticks will be available to use but it is recommended to bring your own.  Helmets and pads will not be needed.

Travel Camps

Campers in our travel camps will experience daily adventures to locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. With five fun themed weeks, it is sure to be an awesome summer for everyone! Visit hamiltonymca.org for our trip calendar.

Travel camps are available for the following grades:

  • Jr. Travel (entering grades 4 - 6)
  • Sr. Travel (entering grades 7 - 9)

Adventure Seekers

Campers will hike the trails at Mercer County Park, go rock climbing at Rockville, compete in outdoor laser tag at Combat Sports, roller skate at Woodbridge, navigate simulated waves at Thundering Surf in LBI, and spend the day at Rebounderz. All these amazing adventures will be packed into just 5 days of camp!

Beach Weekers

When things get hot, this is the coolest place to be! Campers will travel to different beaches along the Jersey Shore each day where they can play volleyball, body surf, build a sand castle or just hangout with friends.

Water Park Warriors

Make a splash this summer with trips to the best water parks around. We’ll take a plunge at Hurricane Harbor, Sahara Sams, and SplashPlex. We’ll even take extended day trips to the popular Camelback Beach and Mountain Creek Water Parks.

Amusement Park Thrill Chasers

Travel to some of the area’s best amusement parks! We’ll visit Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor, Keensberg Amusement Park, Dorney Park, and the FunPlex.

Video Game Gladiators

We’ll take a trip to the past, when a pocket full of coins kept you in the game for hours. YESTERcades (classic arcades), Silverball (the Pinball Hall of fame), iPlay America, FunPlex and the new Tilt Studios will all be part of this fun throwback week.