Hamilton Area YMCA


Today, day camp is more vital than ever.

To deliver on the Y’s commitment to nurture the potential of every child and teen, day camp programs now more intentionally foster achievement, relationships, and belonging. Achievement, relationships, and belonging are essential dimensions of well-being that the Y can cultivate through day camp:

Discovering skills (Achievement)

Campers experience achievement when they try different activities, learn what they like, and discover what they are good at.

Building friendships (Relationships)

Campers have the opportunity to form healthy relationships with other children, caring adults, and role models, which helps them feel good about themselves and learn to get along with others.

Finding a place to belong (Belonging)

Campers connect through significant camp traditions and rituals that create a sense of belonging, so they feel included, accepted, and part of a community.

With this emphasis on achievement, relationships, and belonging, day camp at the Y is more than a mechanism for keeping kids busy during the summer; it is an opportunity for Y staff to intentionally develop youth.

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Exciting for 2019!



Art Academy                                            

Are You Smarter Than A Camper                   

Avengers Camp

Color Wars

Lego Ninja Camp          

Fantastic Foam Party

<Mission:Code/Camp> -
Coding camp

Hollywood Red Carpet Event -

S.K.O.R. Half Day Camp

Lip Sync Showdown

Sports Academy

 Mystery at the Mill

Swim School

 Sand Castle Contest

Water Park Travel Camp

 Sawmill Super Bowl

Water Warriors

 Shark Week

 Stage Coach Creations

 STEM Specialist


Camp Hours, Options and Fees

Camp Dates

June 20 - August 30

Camp Hours & Options

5 day per week options:
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

3 day per week option (You pick the days!):

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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! ($40 per child, per week)

2019 Camp Fees

*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 Offer

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.

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 26 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. Through Play, we create opportunities for children to enhance their self-esteem, build friendship skills, develop greater independence and give them a sense of their creative potential in a safe, fun and nurturing environment.

What Makes Us Special

There are so many things to consider when choosing a summer camp for your child. So what's different about summer camp at the Hamilton Area YMCA?

Staff Ratio and Safe Environment

  • Low 10:1 camper-to-staff ratio
  • Full-time, on-site nurse

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 1. The process is confidential. Applications are available at both branches or online at hamiltonymca.org.

Inclusive Programming

We encourage and support the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. 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. if your child would like to be a part of our integrated camp program please contact Ryan Young at ryanyoung@hamiltonymca.org.

We’re flexible.

  • Register for one week or register for ten
  • Partial week options
  • Extended day options
  • Transportation from two convenient locations.


We e-mail a welcome email sharing important pre camp information and a weekly a recap of their child’s exciting camp experience.

We offer 26 different kinds of camp.

Your child has the opportunity to explore different talents, skills, and places in our specialty, sports, arts, enrichment or travel camps. Our camp is part of your children’s educational development. Within our fun, active play, our counselors work in educational elements and leadership training.

Special Events & Specialists

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

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 are at least 18 years of age with prior experience working with children. Many of our staff have been former campers and have gone through our counselor in training camp.

All staff participate in 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
  • Gaga zone
  • Quoit pits
  • Human foosball court
  • Traversing Wall
  • Playground
  • 3 lighted soccer fields
  • 2 baseball fields
  • Water tag course
  • Misting stations
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Slip & Slide Station

Theme Weeks

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

Week 1          Welcome Week

Week 2          Holiday Hullabaloo

Week 3          Sports Showdown

Week 4          Mystery at the Mill

Week 5          Color Wars

Week 6          Movie Mania

Week 7          Shark Week

Week 8          Wild, Wild West

Week 9          Messy Mania

Week 10        Curtain Call

Adding or Changing weeks, Camp Credits and Refunds Policy

Additional Weeks

During the summer, many campers choose to join us for additional weeks. You may call the Sawmill Branch and add weeks or register at either facility (Sawmill Branch or JKR Branch). Additional weeks will not be added without receiving full payment.  We require that you add weeks, no later than 8:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the camp session you are registering for.


One camp change made before 8:00 p.m. on a Wednesday prior to camp start date is free. All subsequent changes will be assessed a $25 fee each time. In order for a change to be made to an existing camper’s registration after June 1, a change request form must be filled out by a parent/guardian and approved by the Camp Director. Under no circumstances will changes be made without this form filled out.

*Please note: No changes to an existing camp registration may be made at the JKR branch after June 1. ALL changes and change forms must be submitted at the Sawmill branch or to Mark Bogucki by phone or email at 609.581.9622 ext. 21101 or mbogucki@hamiltonymca.org.

All changes after June 1 must be approved by the Camp Director.


  • The Hamilton Area YMCA Sawmill Branch will Credit payment for illness when it results in the loss of four or more consecutive days of camp and must be supported by a doctor’s note.

  • Credits issued must be used within six months of issue date.

  • Credit will not be issued for missed days.

  • Credits are applied in the system and available for use immediately after being approved by the Camp Director. 


  • The Hamilton Area YMCA Sawmill Branch will refund payment, less the $25.00 deposit per week, if cancellation is made by April 10, 2019.  No refunds will be given after April 10, 2019.  There are no refunds for missed days, illness (if without a medical note), vacations, changes in schedule, or dismissal for disciplinary reasons.

  • A refund for illness will when it results in the loss of four or more consecutive days of camp and must be supported by a doctor’s note.

  • Once a refund request is approved by the Camp Director and the Finance department, a check will be mailed within 4 - 6 weeks.

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.

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 exciting learning experience. Campers will participate in art and crafts, games, sports, songs, swimming and more!

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

3 Day or 5 Day Option

Campers will create great summer memories while participating in sports, games, art and crafts, swimming, songs and daily special event! This is one of our most popular camps.


This camp is specially designed for children ages 5 - 21 with intellectual disabilities. S.K.O.R. (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.

SKOR Half Day Camp

Available during the weeks ESY runs, campers may be dropped off after their ESY Day. Campers will participate in all S.K.O.R. and Integrated camp activities once at the camp. Transportation must be arranged by the parent/guardian and is not provided by the YMCA

Fully Integrated Camp Option

The Hamilton Area YMCA Sawmill Branch and it’s 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 S.K.O.R. 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

Dance Camp (Entering 1-3, 4-8)

Campers will learn various dance and hip hop routines with their counselors to be performed in front of their fellow campers at the Friday Show! Weekly themes can be found on our website.

Water Warriors (Entering 1-3, 4-8)

Campers will stay cool in the summer sun while playing various water games such as drip drip drop and water tag. On top of all the water fun, campers will also have time to splash around in the pool.

Neverland Adventures (Entering 1-5)

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

Avengers (Entering 1-5)

Campers will use their imagination to create their own superhero to take on villains such as Thanos with the help of the Avengers and other Sawmill super heroes.

Child vs. Wild (Entering 3-8)

Campers will compete against the wild as they learn various survival techniques such as land navigation, building shelter, basic knot tying techniques, making survival bracelets, properly using camouflage and more.

Art Academy (Entering 1-3, 4-8)

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

Y Swim School (Entering K - 5)

Campers will spend half the day in structured swimming lessons and the other half the day participating in traditional summer camp activities. Over the course of one week campers will complete a full 8 session YUSA swim level program.

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

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)

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 runs in three week sessions.

Click here for the leadership application.

Specialty Camps


Angry Birdies & Bad Piglets (Entering 1- 5)
June 24 - 29

Enter into the world of Angry Birds; and Bad Piggies; the Bricks 4 Kidz way! Campers will be challenged to physically build and destroy a level from the popular game of Angry Birds. Set your birds to flight by launching them on catapults and slingshots to destroy pigs. Build a working launcher to create things to knock down. Campers will have the ability to build different colored birds using LEGO; Bricks, along with our proprietary model kits.

Ninja Camp (entering 1- 5)
August 12 - 16

Come play with all the new LEGO; Board Games; Ninjago characters! In addition to playing with Ninjago Ninjas &amp; all the fun LEGO; board games, we will be tapping into our imagination and discovering our creativity as we attempt to create anything related to games out of LEGO; Bricks, for example, we will make replicas of game boards like tic-tac-toe, famous video game characters; more. What game can you come up with?

Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Camp 2 (Entering grades 5 - 7)
August 5 - 9

Experience the cutting edge of technology with the introduction of LEGO; MINDSTORMS EV3 Robotics. Students will be captivated as they incorporate the newest generation of motors, sensors and software by programming their commands directly into the intelligent brick. Test their capabilities by moving an object with a robotic claw, building a robot that draws or creating a mouse trap. Our endless list of builds is sure to provide the fundamental components of robotics at its best!


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.

<Mission:Code/Camp> (Entering grades 1 - 5)
July 8 - 12

Discover the world of coding! All digital games, apps, computers, websites, and machines need programs to run; learn to code like real programmers do! Join in a scavenger hunt, solve puzzles, play tag, unravel the secrets of the Hanoi Tower, and learn coding skills in our online gaming environment. Collaborate with fellow Mad Scientists, identify problems, test solutions, and debug your programs. This is your &lt;Mission:Code&gt; should you choose to accept it!

Eureka! Launching with Legends (Entering grades 1 - 5)
July 22 - 26

Anyone can be an inventor! Discover the work of da Vinci, Edison, Tesla, and Benjamin Franklin and use what you learn to invent solutions to everyday problems, prepare patent proposals, receive a patent certificate, build your own catapult, and even launch projectiles off a large trebuchet! Budding inventors bring home a model catapult, a mysterious spinning stick, a helicopter, and countless other cool inventions. Take a Trip in Time with the Legends!

Crayola® Artist's Passport Camp (Entering grades 1 - 5)
August 19 - 23

Embark on an around-the-world cultural adventure! Explore far-off places and learn about the people who live there, from the Americas to Polynesia, from the cosmopolitan to the countryside. Experiment with Crayola products, while trying art techniques developed by local artists and artisans. Make different masterpieces each week such as drums, masks, canvases, prints, buses, and more! Bring the unique creations home and build a globally-inspired art gallery.


Academy Of Amazement (entering Grades 3 - 8)                                               July 15 - 19 & August 19 - 23

Get ready to take an amazing adventure into the exciting world of magic. Learn how to teleport objects across the room, find hidden magical treasures and levitate a cup of popcorn just to name a few. In this course students will learn the three parts that make up a magic trick with a special focus on presentation. More importantly they will discover the real secrets to becoming a true magician as each lesson reveals an important life skill to help build their confidence and communication skills.

This life changing program builds self-confidence and develops critical communication skills in a fun and unique way that is guaranteed to unlock your child's potential and impact the rest of their life.

Each lesson comes with a custom magic prop and a top secret file folder. A $35 fee will be added for the magic kit.


The Red Bull Soccer skills camp focuses on the introduction and mastery of skill in a fun learning environment. This is achieved through maximum ball contacts, expert coaching, 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, players are assigned to a group based on age and ability levels. Camp is offered for either three or six hours per day over a five day period.

All campers will also receive:

  • New York Red Bulls Adidas ball and T-shirt
  • Certificate signed by Red Bulls team
  • One complimentary ticket to a New York Red Bulls regular season home match.
$325 by May 1
$370 by June 24
$395 after June 25

Registration is going on now and must be completed at the following link:

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 Week

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!

Amusement Park Week

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

Beach Week

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.

Video Game Week

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, Fun Plex and the new Tilt Studios will all be part of this fun throwback week.

Water Park Week

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.



New this summer - Elite level summer select sports:

• Soccer
• Basketball
• Baseball
• Swim School

The goal of our sports academy is to expand and enhance on skills, making for a summer of growth, so you can level up! Stay tuned for our upcoming brochure.

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 Sports (Entering 1-3, 4-8)

Campers will participate in a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, tennis and more!

Flag Football (Entering 3-6)

On the road to the Sawmill Super Bowl, campers will learn how to be a football star through fun drills and games. The week will end with a pro style football combine to see how their skills and 40 yard times have improved.

Lacrosse Camp (Entering 3 – 6)

A fun and instructional introduction to lacrosse for beginner and intermediate level players. This camp will provide instructional drills with a focus on stick skills, passing, catching and shooting. During scrimmages, with modified equipment, basic offensive 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.

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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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