Summer is a time when children make memories, build new skills and everlasting friendships at The Community YMCA’s Camp Zehnder, located on 140 scenic acres in Wall Township. Families interested in the day camp, and teens and adults interested in camp counselor jobs are invited to attend an upcoming Open House & Job Fair for the 2018 summer camp season.

The 2018 camp season, which will open June 18 and end August 31, includes full-day and half-day programs, specialty camps and a new integrated camp program for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Families who sign up for camp at the upcoming Open House on March 10 or March 22 will receive 10 percent savings off one week of camp and may also enter to win one free week of camp.

Families are invited to visit the camp, take a personal tour and meet the staff, while job seekers 16 and older who are interested in working at the summer camp are welcome to take a tour and complete a job application.

The outdoor day camp features a beach-front lake, three pools, KaBOOM! playground, nature center, climbing wall, biking trails and zip line.

“Camp Zehnder is a place of discovery, friendship, achievement and fun for children of all ages,” said Camp Director Tricia Kline. “While children are having fun, they’re also building confidence and learning the importance of team work, cooperation and social responsibility.”

The summer day camp is open to children ages 3 – 15 and includes swimming, sports, cooking, archery, climbing, reading and storytelling, fishing, kayaking, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities and much more. Teen campers work together on community service projects and enjoy frequent excursions to local venues.

Kline said the Y is partnering with the Family Resource Network to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Called Camp NOVA at Camp Zehnder, the program offers a fully integrated and independent camping experience under the guidance of certified behavior specialists from Autism Family Services.

Half-day, weeklong specialty camps include:

  • Swim Camp, to help children develop swim skills, June 18-Aug. 10.
  • Art Café, where kids express themselves through sculpting, painting and pottery, July 9-13 and July 30-Aug. 3;
  • Junior Chef, where campers will prepare meals from start to finish, July 16-20 and Aug. 6-10;
  • Fizz Pop Science, where kids can experiment with rockets, kites and airplanes, July 23-27;
  • Slimy Science, which focuses on plant, insect, and animal life, Aug. 13-17;
  • First Tee Golf provides young people with character-building and life skills using golf as the platform, Aug. 13-17.

Family nights are planned every other week throughout the summer and all camper families and friends are welcome to swim and make s’mores around a camp fire.

All-natural lunches may be pre-ordered from Red Wagon meals, and pizza from Corsi’s may be ordered on Fridays.

Y camps are grounded in the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Financial assistance is available to families in need based on a sliding scale while funds are available. Registration is available online at www.TheCommunityYMCA.org.

Camp Zehnder is located at 3911 Herbertsville Road.

Following is the schedule for all Open House and Job Fairs:

2018 OPEN HOUSE & JOB FAIR DATES

Sat., March 10 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. *
Thurs., March 22 5 – 7 p.m. *
Thurs., April 12 5 – 7 p.m.
Sat., April 21 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
(Also, Healthy Kids Day)
Sat, May 5   9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Also, Campo de Mayo, Volunteer Cleanup Day & BBQ)
Thurs, May 24 5 – 7 p.m.
Sat, June 2 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

* Visit us for 10% savings on a week of camp & enter to win a FREE camp week!
For more information about Camp Zehnder, call 732.836.9177 or e-mail summerfun@cymca.org.

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The Y is a leading nonprofit charity that strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Community YMCA serves more than 20,000 residents in greater Monmouth County, NJ through programs such as: preschool, before and after school care, summer day camp, teen leadership, arts enrichment, health and wellness and personal and family counseling. In 2016-17, the Y provided more than $870,000 in reduced and free membership fees and programs to strengthen over 1,700 individuals. For more information, visit TheCommunityYMCA.org.