Ages 7 – 11 years old

We are excited to share with the community our new collaborative camp program. The Hunterdon County YMCA and the Educational Service Commission (ESC) are partnering to offer three amazing camp weeks.  The camp programs will take place at the Califon property of the ESC.  This beautiful campus sit high in the hills of Hunterdon County overlooking the Ken Lockwood Gorge.  This area in Hunterdon is well known for its many preserved nature areas.  The natural beauty is astounding.  Bald eagles, red tailed hawks, fox, and many more creatures call this place home, which tells us this is the perfect setting for our nature camps.

Full Members: $295   Program Members: $345

How these camps work:
Campers will start their day at either Camp Carr or Sports Camp; you can choose either of these camps to be your home camp.  Campers will then be transported by school bus from their home camp (Camp Carr or Sports Camp) to the ESC in Califon.  Half the day is spent at the ESC and the other half of the day campers will return to their home camp for swimming and other camp activities, as well as for dismissal, busing and extended care).

Nature and Exploration Camp

Ages 6-8 years old
July 29-August 2 (Session 7)
The Hunterdon ESC property in Califon provides an exceptional location to host a nature program.  This property is adjacent to the Ken Lockwood Gorge which is abundant with flora, fauna and animal life.  Campers will learn all about the wonders of nature through hands on games, activities and projects.  Campers will gain a greater respect for the outdoor world and the creatures that live in it.  Perhaps they may get a glimpse of a Bald Eagle or other amazing animals that live in the area.

Fishing Camp

Ages 7-11 years old
June 24-June 28 (Session 2) • July 22-July 29 (Session 6)
Even the most experienced fishermen or woman would love this camp.  Through fun and engaging games and activities campers will learn all the interrelated environment factors that contribute to a successful fishing day.  Each day (weather permitting) campers will have an opportunity to fish at the ESC fully stocked catch-and-release pond while trying to catch rainbow trout, largemouth bass and bluegills. Alongside an introduction to reel and fly fishing campers will explore a pond and creek environment while discovering the critters that call the area home. Throughout the week, campers will practice fishing and play games and activities to get to know the environment around them. On Friday, there will be a fishing competition with prizes given out to the campers who catch the largest and the most fish!

Survival & Adventure Camp

Ages 8-11 years old
July 16 – July 20 (Session 5)
Lost in the woods?  Not these campers!!  After a week of learning about shelter building, plant and animal identification, tracking, water purification, outdoor hazards, survival gear and so much more they will be ready to head out on an overnight camping adventure.  The ESC property is perfect for experiencing this adventure camp.  Activities will challenge campers in a fun experiential way that sparks their curiosity for exploration, nature and how to live alongside harmoniously.

Please note, May 1, 2018: Camp fee increases $20 per session. Register early and save!


  • Sessions: All camps are 1-week sessions
  • Camp Hours: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Extended Care Opportunities – Extended care is a supervised recreation program available for all full day camp programs. Daily or hourly rates are not available, and the parent must provide transportation. Extended care options include morning care from 7:15 a.m.–9 a.m. and afternoon care from 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
  • Bus Transportation – Transportation by bus is available for students attending both Camp Carr and Sports Camp.
  • Sibling Discount – $15 per session. Please note, discount will be applied by our billing department, after registration
  • Financial Assistance – The Hunterdon County YMCA is a non-profit United Way agency dedicated to serving all local residents. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants.


27may5:00 am3:00 pmMemorial DayBranches close at 3pm

29may10:00 am2:15 pmNational Senior Health & Fitness Day

31may6:30 pm8:00 pmFamily NERF Night


02jun5:00 pm6:00 pmSwim Team Tryouts

07jun6:30 pm8:00 pmFamily First Friday - Step Into Summer Celebration

09jun1:00 pm2:00 pmSpring Dance Recital"Let's Go to the Movies"

09jun5:00 pm6:00 pmSwim Team Tryouts


06jul9:00 am2:00 pmAmerican Red Cross Blood Drive

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