Your donation makes a difference.

Since 1902, the Ridgewood YMCA has stood for caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, and has provided programs designed to teach and promote these core values.  The YMCA embraces people of all ages, incomes, abilities, religions and ethnic backgrounds; we are for everyone.

We need your support to help children and teens grow up happy and strong; to support families in their efforts to be successful and to make our communities safer, healthier, better places to live and work.

The Oak Street Branch and YMCA Camp Bernie rely on the generous support of hundreds of donors every year to ensure that its programs and facilities are available to all. Our commitment is that every person can be a member of the YMCA regardless of economic circumstances.

When you give to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.

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Camp Scholarship Program

Did you know that YMCA Camp Bernie has been serving children through our summer camp programs for over 60 years?

Parents feel good about sending their children to YMCA Camp Bernie, because we offer quality programming, experienced leadership, and a long-standing reputation for excellence.

The goal of our camp programs is to provide opportunities for well-rounded social, emotional, and physical development. Our camp activities emphasize socialization, character development, effective communication, goal setting, problem-solving, and decision-making.

Each year, hundreds of children enjoy the opportunity to expand their talents and interests, build self-confidence, and create lasting memories and friendships.
YMCA Camp Bernie gives scholarships for camp through our financial assistance program.

The need is greater than ever before. Working parents simply don’t have many options. They trust the Y to ensure the safety and well-being of their children during long summer days. This year, with your help, we hope to meet the growing need by offering even more camp scholarships.

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Annual Appeal

The Y defines and meets the community’s needs through our deep commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

All together we can make a difference in the lives of others.

Every dollar you give to the Y’s Annual Appeal can transform the life of a child, or family in need. The Y makes a promise to the community that all are welcome. Help us keep that promise.

Your gift of:

  • $25 Helps a 7th grade camper to experience a once-in-a-lifetime overnight canoe trip on the Delaware River
  • $50 Helps teach a child to swim and be water safe
  • $100 Helps a child to connect and grow at one of Camp Bernie’s Special Event Weekends
  • $250 Helps a child grow and learn at Day Camp
  • $500 Helps a child realize their potential in an Overnight Camp Experience

Donation Details

To make a donation, please click the Give Now button or call 201.444.5600 ext. 320. Thank you! If you are interested in making a gift of stock or a planned gift, please contact Richa Koirala at

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