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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Union County YMCA!

At the Y, we work hard to develop safe and exciting day camps that help children thrive. Camp Central is your one-stop information center providing all the camp details and information you need to be prepared and know what to expect. Our hope is to create a worry-free experience where parents feel secure about their children in our care. We hope day camp at the Y will be one of the best parts of your child’s summer!




Drop-Off and Pick-Up

What to Bring/Wear

Lunch Information

Camp Schedule

Medical Authorization Form​

Swim Assessment

Heat Advisory

Sunscreen Application

Camp Photos

Parent FAQ’s

Contact Us
Parent Tips
We are committed to giving you all the information you need to be prepared and have an awesome camp experience! You’ll receive a “Welcome to Camp” email with detailed camp information the Friday before your child’s camp begins. Please read through it thoroughly. If you do not receive an email the Friday prior to camp starting, please email us.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Drop-off and pick-up locations will be included in an information email that will be sent the Friday before each scheduled week of camp. Please help us keep camp on schedule by dropping off and picking up your child on time.

Half Day AM Camp
7:00-8:30 AM: Drop-off
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Camp in session
by 1:00 PM: Pick up
Half Day PM Camp
1:00-1:30 PM: Drop-off
1:30-5:30 PM: Camp in session
5:30-6:00 PM: Pick-up

Full Day Camp
7:00-9:00 AM: Drop-off
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Camp in session
4:00-6:00 PM: Pick-up

See map >>
What to Bring/Wear
Check the weather daily and dress your camper accordingly — the camp day will continue rain or shine! Be sure to label EVERYTHING you send to camp with your camper and check the camp’s lost and found at the end of the week before items are donated. Information specific to your camp program will be sent out in an email the Friday before camp begins.
  • Children should dress comfortably in clothes that can get dirty
  • Close-toed tennis shoes to protect their feet during camp activities
  • Pack a healthy lunch, refillable water bottle and 2 snacks for morning and afternoon
  • Swimsuit and towel with sandals to walk to the pool and back from the changing area
  • Plastic bag for the wet swimsuit and towel
  • Spray sunscreen and bug spray
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Day pack or small book bag to hold all belongings that your child can comfortably carry
  • Campers will be outdoors 90% of the day so be prepared for hot weather days
  • Please dress your kids in cool clothing for hot weather days (light colors, light fabric, hat and visor)
We recommend that the following items stay at home:
  • Any food containing nuts (we are a nut-free program!)
  • Electronics (Teen Camps do have specific times when they are allowed to use devices)
  • Toys
  • Anything you would be sad to lose 

Campers are very active and will get hungry! Pack a healthy, satisfying lunch every day. We aren’t able to refrigerate lunches, so please pack them in a small cooler/lunch box with ice packs or frozen water bottles. Label everything!
  • For AM camps: 1 snack, 1 lunch and 1 refillable water bottle
  • For PM camps: 1 snack and 1 refillable water bottle
  • For full-day camps: 2 snacks, 1 lunch and 1 refillable water bottle
No Nuts Please
We are a nut-free program and the foods we provide as a part of the program are allergy-friendly. Please DO NOT send your child with any food containing nuts. We have children in our programs with severe allergies and you can help prevent a life threatening emergency by selecting alternatives to pack in your child’s snacks and lunches.
Camp Schedule
Each day is different in general. A daily schedule looks like this:

7:00-8:30AM: Drop-off and group games
8:30-9:00AM: Welcome and ice-breaker
9:00-10:00AM: Activity time
10:00-10:15AM: Bathroom break and snack
10:15-11:30AM: Activity time
11:30-12:00PM: Lunch
12:00-1:00PM: Activity time
1:00-1:30PM: Rides out for AM campers and transition for Friday
1:30-3:00PM: Activity time
3:00-3:15PM: Bathroom break and snack
3:15-4:30PM: Activity time
4:30-6:00PM: Rides out and group games
Arts Camp
Sports Camp
School Age Themed Camp

Medical Authorization Form
Please administer all medications at home before arriving at camp. If your child needs to take medicine during the camp day, a “Medication Authorization Form” must be filled out and provided to the camp office staff. All medication (including over the counter items) must be dispensed by the camp office personnel. Please contact the camp director if your child has an allergy that requires special attention. These guidelines are for your child’s safety. Print and complete form >>

Swim Assessment
Union County camps do not have swim.
The safety and comfort of our campers is always our top priority and we want you to be aware of the changes we will make to our camp schedule on extremely hot days. Read our policy >>
Sunscreen Application
Protecting skin from the sun’s damaging rays is important. If you have specific questions about sunscreen application or if you have a child with a sunscreen allergy, please contact your branch camp director. 
  • Apply sunscreen to your child before arriving at camp — we can assist in reapplying as needed
  • Send your preferred sunscreen labeled with your child’s name on it
Camp Photos
Log on to our Y Camp Life portal to check out fun photos of your camper in action! Visit Y Camp Life >>
Parent FAQs
Still have questions? Get answers to our most frequently asked questions about day camp at the Union County Y. Browse FAQs >>
Contact Us
Day Camp
Camp Directors:

Andie St. Clair – Arts Camps
Steven Crespo – Sports Camps
Kelly Petrere – Themed Camps
Amanda Kennedy – Traditional Camp
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