Camp Merrywood is our only outdoor, 80-acre outdoor campground!

Located only 15 minutes away from the Y! Our 2021 Summer Day Camp season will run June 21 through August 27 – come one week or all 10!


  • YMCA Camp Merrywood is split into two separate camps by age groups. Camp Sequoia is open to all children ages 8 to 10 years old and Camp Arrow is open to all children ages 11 to 15 years old.
  • Camp is held 9:00am-4:00pm with early and after care options available from 6:30 am-5:30 pm
  • Transportation to Camp Merrywood is provided to all campers with pick-up and drop-up taking place at the Y; campers can also be dropped off and picked up from Camp Merrywood directly
  • Healthy breakfast and lunch are provided to campers
  • NEW for 2021 Spikeball - Spikeball is a new sport that's sweeping the nation. It is described as a combination of volleyball and four-square. It is played 2 vs 2, with a taut hula hoop sized Spikeball net placed between the teams.  They have up to three hits between them (just like Volleyball) to control the ball and bounce it back off the net.
  • Swimming in Lake Greenbranch, with swim instruction and recreational swim time
  • Kayaking, canoeing and corcling at our private lake
  • Zip Line – pending any changes in the State guidelines
  • Mountain Bike trails throughout camp with a variety of size bikes that are provided
  • Mini golf course
  • Volleyball, basketball, baseball and soccer
  • Archery
  • Low ropes course challenge
  • Reading time
  • Fun and educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities
  • Healthy U Activities and Games teaches about healthy eating and physical activity through fun non-elimination games.
  • Arts and Crafts focusing on creativity
  • Sanford Harmony Social and Emotional Learning activities for children to learn how to express their emotions


Packets are available for pick up or mailing. Contact Christine Madison at cmadison@ccaymca.org for more information. 


Packets are available for pick up or mailing. Contact Christine Madison at cmadison@ccaymca.org for more information. 

  • Camp Merrywood weekly fee for camp: $175
  • Early Option (6:30 AM to 5:30 PM) $50.00 per week
  • Before and After Care option (7:30 AM to 5:30 PM) $35.00 per week
  • We accept third party assistance such as Rutgers, Inspira, etc.; learn more by contacting learn more by contacting our Financial Services Coordinator, Chanyra Williams at 856-691-0030 extension 111
  • The YMCA also provides financial assistance options should you be denied from outside agencies

YMCA Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

1) Will my child need to wear a mask?
The State of New Jersey, Department of Health guidelines state that all child wear a cloth
face-covering during the day with the exception of meals, swim, and nap times.

2) Will the camp supply the cloth face coverings?
Parents will need to supply their child with cloth face coverings. Be sure to write your
child’s name on the covering. We will have face coverings available for sale if you or your
child forgot their face cloth.

3) Will my child be outside and have to wear a mask in extremely hot weather?
Our summer camps will be providing ample shaded areas, water stations to refill water
bottles, misting stations, and activities that promote social distancing outdoors; as long as
social distancing is being maintained by the children cloth face coverings are not required.
However, if the children are having trouble remaining socially distant from one another the
counselor or director may require the children to put their masks on for an activity. In
extremely inclement weather, children may be brought indoors. If they come indoors, they
will be required to wear their cloth face coverings.

4) What steps will be taken to limit potential exposure?
Every day, staff and campers will have a health screening and temperature check performed
upon arrival. If staff or campers have a temperature or have symptoms of Covid-19 they
will not be permitted in camp and must go home.

5) How will breakfast and lunch be handled?
Children will remain with their small group to eat breakfast and lunch. Children will be
spaced 6 feet apart in order to maintain social distancing while they eat. After a group is
finished eating and before the next group arrives, tables and chairs will be cleaned with a
CDC-approved cleaner/sanitizer.

6) Should I send hand sanitizer with my child?
No, hand sanitizer should be kept out of the reach of children and will need to be
confiscated by staff for safety reasons. Camp will have ample soap/water and hand
sanitizing stations throughout camp. Children will be instructed to clean or sanitize their
hands with proper supervision.

7) How many children to a group?
Our intention is to provide the safest situation possible for your child to enjoy the summer.
Campers will be placed in small groups of 10 children with one counselor except for ages 3
– 4 which will be 1:7; the children and counselors will be consistent every day. They will 
travel through the camp together, participate in activities, eat breakfast and lunch together;
while ensuring social distancing or wearing of cloth face coverings were appropriate.

8) Will they swim? If so, will they need to wear face coverings?
We are still waiting for state guidance on swimming. Presently, we are looking at small
groups without masks but having the children maintain 6 feet social distancing while in the
pool or lake. This may be updated as more information is received from the state and CDC.

9) How will check-in and check-out be handled?
Parents will be assigned a check-in and check-out time frame. This will eliminate large
groups of parents gathering waiting.

10)Will visitors be permitted in camp?
Visitors and parents, will not be permitted on the campgrounds or in the YMCA. During
check-in and check-out parents will remain in their vehicle.

11)Will children still gather in large groups during before and aftercare?
Large groups have been eliminated from our camp this year. Groups will remain 10 children
and 1 counselor ages 5 and up and 1:7 for ages 3 & 4; supervised by a Camp Director or
Lead Counselor at all times to ensure protocols are strictly enforced. Small groups will be
maintained during before and aftercare programming. 

12)Will Early Bird Care still available?
Unfortunately, this year we will not be able to provide Early Bird Care due to our
staffing/small group ratios. Before care will begin at 7:30 AM.

13)How do I register?
Visit our website at www.ccaymca.org. Download the registration packet. Complete and
email to Cwilliams@ccaymca.org. Chanyra will call you to register and receive payment.
Feel free to call 856-691-0030 and enter extension 111.

Upcoming Events

May 14, 2021
Food Box Pick Up

May will be the last month that we receive Emergency Meal Kits from the Community Food Bank of NJ. ...

View Details
May 15, 2021
Armed Forces Day
May 19, 2021
Paint and Plant

Click the flyer below to learn more about our Paint and Plant program! ...

View Details
May 20, 2021
Food Box Pick Up

May will be the last month that we receive Emergency Meal Kits from the Community Food Bank of NJ. ...

View Details

View Upcoming Events »