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 has you covered and will help you pick the perfect fit for your little one to spend those precious summer days.
Here are New Jersey’s best summer camps:
Kids grades 2-10 can join in on a journey of learning, problem-solving, and playing with technology – from roller coaster science to robotics, programming to photography at Rutgers Summer Tech Camps. Your littles will learn how to code, create video games, explore virtual reality, design websites, and more. And with topics like Minecraft, sports car racing, and 3D printing, your kiddos will be pumped to learn tools they need to prep for success in the digital age – all while having a blast doing it. The little budding techies are taught by expert instructors who give them hands-on experience in cutting-edge tech tasks. Campers will spend approximately 3/4 of the day engaged with indoor tech projects. And while the focus is tech, your kids will also get that valuable outdoor time – the kids will enjoy fun camp activities, getting a little exercise in the fresh air, right on the Rutgers campus.
Lipman Learning Center – Cook Campus
71 Lipman Dr., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Give your camper a summer to remember! For 45 years, Apple campers have loved summers of fun, learning and adventure. Parents love that all of the camps are run by experienced teachers and support teams in a loving, safe environment. Apple Montessori Camps run from July 1st to August 23rd and include STEAM-inspired programs like Junior Scientists, Creative Kids and Tech Time. All locations do field trips for campers ages 4 and up. Most locations also offer daily on-site swim lessons by Red Cross-certified lifeguards. Find an Apple Montessori Camp near you! Locations include: Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Edison, Hoboken, Kinnelon, Mahwah, Metuchen, Morris Plains, Oakland, Towaco, Randolph and Wayne. You can learn more here.
locations throughout North and Central New Jersey
iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with 400,000 alumni since 1999, and 150 prestigious campus locations including programs in Princeton, and camps held at Seton Hall, Monmouth, Kean, Stanford, and NYU. Students ages 7-19 learn to code, design video games, create Fortnite-inspired levels, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, work with artificial intelligence and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! iD Tech offers weeklong, day and overnight summer programs that instill in-demand skills and embolden students to shape the future. They pride themselves on personalized learning, with just 5-10 students per instructor (maximum 10) so students get individual attention and learn at their own pace. Add in skilled, tech-savvy staff, and a forward-thinking curriculum and it’s a recipe for your kids’ successful summer fun. Locations include Princeton University, Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham Campus, Kean University, Kent Place School, Monmouth University, Montclair State University, Ramapo College, Rowan University, and Seton Hall University.
various locations across NJ
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 runs July 1st to August 16th and registration is open for the 2019 season. Enroll by May 11th and get an early bird discount, depending on the length of your child’s session.
116 Hillcrest Rd, Warren, NJ 07059
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 ages 3 to 17. Dates run from June 24th to August 16th and registration is open.
75 Doby Rd, Mendham, NJ 07945
The beautiful wooded grounds of Lindgren Summer Camp offer the perfect setting for summer fun. Lindgren School teachers, other 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. Dates run from June 25th to August 16th and registration is open.
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. The outdoor activities are endless with the camp’s 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, dates run from June 24th to August 16th, and registration is open.
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 and runs from June 27th to August 23rd. Registration is open.
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’ time 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! Camp begins July 1st through August 23rd and registration is open.
7 Yellow Meetinghouse Rd, Millstone, NJ 08510
This summer camp’s location at the GoodSports USA Complex makes it a dream destination for the active child. The 11-acre campus has 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, a 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. Camp is open June 17th to August 30th for toddlers through 10th graders. Registration is open.
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. ESF offers multiple camps for many ages from June 24th to August 23rd. Registration is open.
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
Spring Lake Day Camp in Ringwood
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
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