Conveniently located at Toll Gate Elementary school in downtown Pennington, Hopewell Valley YMCA offers a high-quality state-licensed and ACA-accredited day camp experience for children ages 5 to 13 with daily swim instruction, weekly field trips, and a variety of fun filled outdoor and indoor activities led by highly trained staff.

We offer two different camp options. Our Traditional Day Camp is for grades K-8, and our Tom Jackson Sports Camp is for grades 3-7.

Our goal for our Traditional Day Camp is for campers to have fun and build lasting friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Campers will get to grow individually and as a team through our extensive hands-on curriculum. Campers will be placed in groups based on age and participate in specialty activities such as arts & crafts, games, sports, and science. All campers receive instructional and recreational swimming during the week as well as a daily snack. In addition, we schedule weekly trips. Weekly trips and daily activities are selected to provide campers with a true camp experience. This camp runs from June 24 to August 30.

Campers enrolled in the Tom Jackson Sports Camp will receive structured fun drills and activities in various sports during the course of the week to strengthen their sportsmanship and personal skills. All campers receive instructional and recreational swimming during the week as well as daily snack and weekly trips per scheduled groupings.

Our sports camps are supported by the Hopewell Valley YMCA’s Tom Jackson Fund in honor of Thomas R. Jackson, a long time Pennington resident and dedicated sports enthusiast. Tom’s friends and family remember his dedication to an active and healthy life and as a person who epitomized the teamwork, determination, and competitive spirit of a champion.

The community comes together each year in his honor at our annual Tom Jackson Champion Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the event go to the Tom Jackson Fund. Through this fund, Tom’s legacy and love of sports continues in support of Hopewell Valley YMCA youth sport programs so every child in the Hopewell Valley community can participate and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun, and shared interests. Our Tom Jackson Sports Camp runs from July 1 to August 16.

In addition to offering two different types of camps, we also offer several time options for campers. By offering three different time options, the Hopewell Valley YMCA camp is able to give parents the flexibility they need when choosing a day camp for their children. Our Full Day camp runs from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., allowing parents time to drop kids off without being rushed in the morning, or having to leave work early to pick them up. In addition, we offer a Core Camp Day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a Flex Camp Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parents can register for one of the three day length options at different price points to fit their particular schedule.

In addition to our traditional camp activities, our Safety Town camp for children entering Kindergarten in the fall is a community project designed to provide hands-on safety education for children. A realistic, child-sized town with miniature streets, buildings, crosswalks, and working traffic lights, Safety Town offers an authentic setting for bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular safety instruction. This one-week summer program to be held June 24 to 28 features visits by police, firefighters, paramedics, and other local first responders.

Come join the fun and make new friends at the Hopewell Valley YMCA!

Hopewell Valley YMCA, 62 South Main Street, Pennington. 609-737-3048.

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