YMCA Discovery Camps are the heart and soul of the Princeton Family YMCA Day Camp program. With a focus on values-based and traditional camp activities, children of all ages will enjoy the benefits of a quality day camp experience in a supervised environment among peers. Campers have opportunities to explore their world through free play, nature activities, sports and games, arts and crafts, plus age-appropriate special events. Campers also gain self-confidence in the water with daily swim instruction by our qualified swimming staff. Discovery Camp is about making friends, growing in confidence and working together.
Sample Daily Schedule
7:30-9:00am – Camper Drop Off (Free Play)
9:00-9:20am – Camp Community
9:30-10:05am – Arts & Crafts
10:15-10:50am – Sports & Games in Gym
11:00-11:35am – Science Activities
11:35-12:05pm – Lunch
12:05-12:35pm – Playground
1:00-1:45pm – Swimming!
2:15-3:00pm – Group Time
3:00-3:45pm – All Camp Activity
3:45-4:00pm – Snack / Camp Community
4:00-6:00pm – Camper Pick Up (Free Play)
Curious what your child needs every day? What to Bring to Camp (PDF)
Field Trips and Special Events
Each week, campers will take part in either a special event or a field trip. For information on specific weekly activities, our Summer Camp Calendar will give you an overview of your child’s summer camping experience at the Princeton Family YMCA. In addition, campers will receive a camp T-shirt which should be worn on all field trips your child is attending.
Campers will swim daily at the Princeton YMCA pool. Each camper’s swimming ability is tested prior to pool time. In order for any camper to be allowed in the deep end, they must be able to swim two pool lengths non-stop, and tread water for one minute.
Certified lifeguards are always present and flotation devices are used for non-swimmers. Each day, campers will receive 20 minutes of swim lessons by our certified swim instructors, and 20 minutes of free swim. Campers should come to camp prepared with a bathing suit, sun block and a dry change of clothes if needed. Campers may not swim if their group is on a field trip.
As a YMCA member you’ll feel great knowing that you’re involved in an organization that cares deeply about your health and well-being, as well as that of the community, and is committed to building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.
For campers and families that may not need a full-day camp care, the Princeton YMCA offers an affordable half-day option. During AM Half Day, campers can arrive any time between 7:30am-9:00am. Activities will begin at 9:00am and campers must be picked up by 1:00pm. Please pack a lunch for AM Half-Day Campers. During PM Half Day, campers can arrive at 1:00pm and will participate in activities from 1:00pm-4:00pm. The PM Half-Day Campers can be picked up any time between 4:00pm-6:00pm. PM Half-Day Campers will swim daily, AM Half-Day Campers will not swim. All Half-Day Campers will be placed in the appropriate age group and participate with that age group throughout the day. Half-Day Option is for Discovery or MVP camps only.