Summer is the time of year when children make new memories, positive development experiences and build lifelong skills and friendships. At the Capital Area YMCA Summer Day Camps, your child will experience and build confidence through planned activities suited to their age.  Children experience a sense of achievement through opportunities in the outdoors and are welcomed to a physically and emotionally safe and stimulating environment whether in a Y facility or at an outdoor day camp site or park. Day campers are able to explore creativity, teamwork and leadership in a wide range of physically active programs that influence lifelong healthy living. They have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor environment where they develop an appreciation of nature, under the direction of trained and certified staff.


Our camps will help your child have the best summer ever! We have camp-wide weekly themes, mindful activities like yoga and martial arts, exciting trips in Travel Camps, and Counselor-in-Training and Leaders-in-Training programs that focus on teen career development. We’re excited for the 2020 Camp Season, which is sure to be our best yet.  Our camp offerings of diverse programs will have something for every camper!

  • Camp Adventures at Rider University
  • Camp Adventures Preschool at The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville 
  • Camp Adventures at Trenton
  • Camp Adventures Preschool at Prospect Village


  • Dance Camp
  • Basketball Camp


Learn all about this year’s camps at our Open House Sessions!

Parents will have the opportunity to speak with camp leadership staff, have any questions answered, see what’s new this year, and choose the best summer options for their camper!

  • Wednesday, 2/26 – 5:30pm – 7pm – Capital Area YMCA
  • Thursday, 2/27 – 5:30pm – 7pm – Rider University
  • Saturday, 3/21 – 10:00am – 12noon – Capital Area YMCA
  • Saturday 3/28 10:00am – 12noon – Rider University
  • Saturday, 4/18 – HEALTHY KIDS DAY  – Capital Area YMCA

See you there!

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We are excited for Summer Camp 2020 and can’t wait to meet everyone!

We’d like to remind parents that registering early is the best way to secure your desired camp schedule. Our Early Bird Rates run now through March 31st.  Register Early and SAVE BIG!

For more information, contact membership at 609-599-9622


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Last Year’s Memories

Overnight Camp

Camp Mason has a venerable and exciting history….. Originally established near Washington’s Crossing in 1900, it was then called Camp Washington. In 1903 the camp was relocated to 200-acre Marshall’s Island in the Delaware River south of Frenchtown. Camp Washington continued to operate on this leased property until James J. Wilson, a member of the Capital Area YMCA board, purchased Marshall’s, and donated it to the Y in 1919. The Camp was renamed in honor of Wilson and flourished as YMCA Camp Wilson until August 19, 1955, when Hurricane

Diane flooded the Delaware and destroyed the camp.

After the flood, the Capital Area YMCA granted a Camp Committee independent status and charged it with seeking other YMCA partners to participate in building a new camp. Under the leadership of Ralph S. Mason, formerly a camper and leader at Camp Wilson, the Central New Jersey YMCA Camps (aka “Central”) was formally organized by its five representative YMCAs – Mercer County, Trenton, Metuchen, New Brunswick, and Rahway. The first Board of Trustees, led by Ralph S. Mason, found the Blairstown tract and recommended it for the new camp. Fundraising, planning, and a host of activities were quickly mobilized in the summer of 1956. The property was purchased in 1957, and Central New Jersey YMCA Camp opened as planned on June 29, 1958. In 1972, the Board of Trustees honored their leader by renaming the camp YMCA Camp Ralph S. Mason.

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