Trenton YMCA and Rider University Welcome Very First Campers

A new summer tradition opened its doors as Camp YMCA at Rider University welcomed their very first group of campers. Officials from the Trenton YMCA and Rider University included the campers in their official ribbon cutting on the Rider University campus. 

A partnership between the two organizations to create a unique summer camp experience that places traditional camp activities in a higher education setting was announced earlier this year. Campers have the opportunity to explore their talents and interests with the support of University faculty and staff.

“What started out as just an idea has finally come to life,” said Trenton YMCA CEO Sam Frisby. “We wanted to offer a new kind of summer camp to working families in Mercer County, and we’ve achieved that.”

“The energy these young people bring to the Rider campus is infectious,” said University President Gregory Dell’Omo. “We hope that by bringing them here now and exposing them to all that a University setting has to offer, we will set these young people on a path toward higher education.”

This new partnership represents a new option for families in Mercer County seeking high-quality, affordable childcare during the summer months. By combining the Trenton Y’s long history of youth development in our community and Rider University’s outstanding facilities, faculty and staff, Camp YMCA at Rider University is providing a unique experience for children and families in Mercer County.

The YMCA of Trenton was founded in 1856 and is the Capital City’s oldest non-profit, serving families in Trenton, Ewing and Lawrence.  For more information about the Camp Y at Rider visit

Photo Caption: L/R – Michael Donahue, Esq., Dr. Pamela Pruitt, Sam Frisby, CEO Trenton YMCA; Dr. Gregory Dell’Omo, Rider University President; Dr. David Maffei, Mayor Lawrence Township; Jonathan Meer, Tracy Thompson and Victoria Gist, Camp Director Y Camp at Rider University.

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