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Explorer Camp

Garwood Family Center

Welcome to Camp

Hello! My name is Megan Gallagher and I will be your 2019 Camp Explorer Unit Director! I have been a full year employee of the Westfield Area Y since 2006 and in those 13 years have worn many hats, including over a decade of hands on camp experience. My super staff and I are prepped and primed for a fantastic summer!

Your child will participate in fun group games, sports, silly songs, art projects, new friendships, special event days, amazing field trips and awesome camp memories. We are looking forward to a great camp session together!

What to Bring

We recommend that your child dress for a comfortable day at camp with shorts, t-shirts, socks and sneakers, (crocs are not permitted).  On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays the campers will take part in recreational swimming.  Please feel free to send your child with their bathing suits under their clothes along with a towel and undergarments in a water proof labeled bag. Please make sure all belongings are labeled clearly so nothing ends up missing or lost at the Main Y Facility.

Each day your child should bring a non-perishable peanut/tree nut free lunch, extra snacks and a refillable water bottle.

Please remember to wear your Camp t-shirt every  Thursday for trip day.  If needed, replacements may be purchased for $8.00.

We will also be offering Pizza Fridays for $5 every week!

Camp Checklist:

  • Non-perishable peanut/tree nut free lunch & snack
  • Labeled Refillable water bottle
  • Labeled Swim Equipment (swimsuit, goggles & towel)
  • Sun Screen w/ med form
  • Trip Permission Slip

If your child has any allergies or illnesses requiring medication or an Epi-pen, please make sure to fill out all Medication Authorization forms prior to your child’s first day of camp. You can find all these forms online at All medications must be in original containers (boxes). This includes Epi-pens & asthma inhalers. All paperwork MUST be signed off on by your child’s physician. All of our staff are certified in American Safety & Health Institute CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Epi-pen & asthma inhaler administration.

General Schedule

Explorer Camp is located at the Garwood Lincoln School, 400 2nd Ave. Garwood

Please remember you must sign your child in and out everyday!  If your child attends Before Care and/or After Care drop off and pick up will be in the Blue room inside our facility. Please enter the front door and ring the buzzer to the right to be let in.

  • 8:30-9am:  Drop Off
  • 9-10:00am:  Morning Kick-Off
  • 10:00-11:00pm:  Camp Activities
  • 11:00pm-11:30:  Lunch
  • 11:30-1:00:  Let’s Get Ready for Swimming!
  • 1:00-2:00:  Swimming
  • 2:00-2:30pm:   Snack
  • 2:30-3:30:  Arts & Crafts
  • 3:30-4:00:  Camp Activities and Pack Up
  • 4-4:30pm:  Pick Up Time – **Pick Up Reminder**- Please have your I.D. handy during pick up time. All individuals picking up a child from camp must be on the camper’s Authorized Pick Up List and present proper photo identification.

Themes / Trips / Specials

Week 1 – Surfin USA – Pump It Up

Week 2 – Holiday Hoopla – Field day at Watchung

Week 3 – Superhero – Turtle Back Zoo

Week 4 – Around the World – Rialto TBA Movie

Week 5 – Lost In Space – Yestercades

Week 6 – Decades (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s) – Jersey Lanes

Week 7 – Alstead Farms – Jersey Lanes

Week 8 – Who’s Got Talent!? – Funplex

Week 9 – Color Wars – Liberty Science Center