It’s never too early to start planning for your child’s enrichment during the summer months; in fact, many camps across New Jersey offer early-bird registration discounts. Wait too long to sign up, and you might not snag a spot in the coveted day camp of your little one’s dreams. With literally hundreds of day camps to choose from in New Jersey, it’s hard to know where to start. NJMOM’s Camp Guide 2019 will help you peruse NJ’s best summer day camps.
Here are New Jersey’s best summer camps:
The Breene family has run Camp Riverbend for two generations, continuing traditions that make for your child’s most memorable summer to date. Riverbend offers a full range of team and individual sports instruction and play, arts and crafts, daily swimming lessons, nature appreciation, and more! Campers participate in clubs, cookouts, and special days with carnivals and entertainers. Door-to-door transportation is provided from parts of Hudson, Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union counties, making your family’s camp experience even easier. This camp is perfect for campers ages 3 to 14.
116 Hillcrest Rd, Warren, NJ 07059
Summer Camp at Apple Montessori will keep your kids smiling all day long – by keeping them active, using their brain power, and keeping them engaged with daily swim, art, events, science, music, and more. We know your littles will love the theme weeks where they get to dress up as their favorite characters or Junior Scientists, where they can plant and tend their own gardens or try other kid-friendly experiments! Not only will they have a blast at this summer camp, but they’ll be learning a lot too. Win-win for momma! This camp is intended for ages 2 to 12 years. Apple Montessori Camp locations include Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Edison, Hoboken, Kinnelon, Mahwah, Metuchen, Morris Plains, Oakland, Towaco, Randolph, and Wayne. Mahwah and Wayne also offer infant and toddler programs; Morris Plains also offers toddler.
220 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030
1055 Maxwell Ln, Hoboken, NJ 07030
This ACA-accredited camp is a summer-lover’s dream destination. Spring Lake Day Camp is a 30-acre family-owned camp sits nestled between the majestic Ramapo Mountains and features traditional full-day day camp activities in addition to a shortened mini day camp option for little ones entering nursery school or kindergarten. Campers experience dozens of activities during their stay, including Sports, Visual and Performing Arts, Outdoor Adventure, Science, and Ecology. This camp is for campers ages 3 to 15.
234 Conklintown Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
The extraordinary Leadership Team of Harbor Hills Day Camp guides campers as they develop their skills across a wide range of subjects including aquatics, creative arts, performing arts, sports, and outdoor adventure. Whether your child enrolls in Main Camp to experience a variety of activities or opts for Academic Enrichment for the perfect balance of outdoor activities and academic courses, Harbor Hills won’t disappoint this summer. This camp is for campers ages 3 to 17.
75 Doby Rd, Mendham, NJ 07945
The beautiful wooded grounds of Lindgren Summer Camp offer the perfect setting for camp. Lindgren teachers, local elementary school teachers, and artisans make up the qualified team of educators and leaders. Each day, campers can choose which activities to participate in, including organic gardening, nature, woodworking, stitchery and beading, expedition, cooking, swimming, and so much more. This camp is for ages 3 to 11.
211 Irving Ave, Closter, NJ 07624
This Sussex County camp features facilities normally seen only at overnight summer camps. Jeff Lake Day Camp‘s 350 acres create a world of opportunities for children of all ages with a 50-acre lake, two water trampolines, water climbing wall and slide, stand-up paddle boards, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle and row boats, and more. The fun continues with tennis courts, rope and climbing courses, sports fields, arts and pottery studios, and five heated pools! This camp is for ages 3 to 15.
38 Jefferson Lake Rd, Stanhope, NJ 07874
The program at Oak Crest Day Camp is intentionally designed to help your child build life skills and opportunities for success. The professionally trained staff act as positive role models to campers of all ages, and Oak Crest boasts that the special relationships formed between campers and counselors are unparalleled. Hot lunches, door-to-door transportation, and swim instruction are all included. Campers will discover age-appropriate activities including mountain biking, creative arts, and gymnastics. Older campers are invited to stay for twilight swims and camp fires! This camp is intended for kids and teens ages 3 to 16.
92 Cortelyous Ln, Somerset, NJ 08873
There are so many fun things to do at Frogbridge Day Camp, that parents are jealous of their kids that go there. The smallest campers of Tadpole Village experience pony rides and a separate age-designated swimming pool, while older campers partake in more elective courses and destination field trips once a week. Fun fact: Frogbridge is New Jersey’s only camp to offer full-service laundering, so parents don’t need to worry about doing the laundry every night after camp! This camp is for children pre-k through 10th grade.
7 Yellow Meetinghouse Rd, Millstone, NJ 08510
This summer camp’s location at GoodSports USA Complex makes for an 11-acre campus with 50,000 square feet of state-of-the-art indoor sports facilities, and dreamy outdoor features including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, kiddie pool, splash park, beach volleyball, volleyball, archery, regulation basketball court, and wiffle ball/kickball stadium. At Allaire Country Day Camp, round off a day of physical activity with arts and crafts, science projects, and themed activities and don’t forget the destination day trips to the beach, aquariums, pro baseball games, theme parks, and more. This camp is for toddlers through 10th Graders.
2903 NJ-138, Wall Township, NJ 07719
“Supercharge your summer,” at ESF Summer Camp in Moorestown! ESF is more than just a day camp (although their day camp program is extraordinary). They offer mini camps for youngsters, sports camp, tennis camp, tech camps, senior leadership camps, Junior Business Academy, and specialty majors for campers looking for enrichment this summer. Children ages four to eight can experience day camp the way mom and dad did when they were kids, taking part in daily swim, zumba, science and nature, fitness and dance, archery, martial arts, and more. This camp is for ages 3 to 14.
110 E Main St, Moorestown, NJ 08057
More camps around New Jersey:
Basking Ridge Country Club Camp in Basking Ridge
Black Bear Lake Day Camp in Clarksburg
LakeView Day Camp in East Brunswick
New Horizons Day Camp in Florham Park
Camp Tuscaloosa in Hammonton
Rambling Pines Day Camp in Hopewell
Willow Lake Day Camp in Lake Hopatcong
Ivy League Day Camp in Manalapan Township
Camp Creek Run in Marlton
Camp Dark Waters in Medford
The Neil Klatskin Day Camp in Tenafly
Great Times Day Camp in Waterford Works
Tall Pines Day Camp in Williamstown
Mad Science Summer Camps in various locations