NJ’s Top Summer Day Camps

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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 Summer Camp Guide 2017 will help you peruse NJ’s best summer day camps according to your location and child’s interests. Happy browsing – we’ll see you poolside!

Here are New Jersey’s Top Summer Day Camps:

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Camp Riverbend Day Camp in Warren Township, Photo via campriverbend.com

Camp Riverbend Day Camp
The Breene family has run this camp 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 you family’s camp experience even easier.
For campers ages 3 to 14.
116 Hillcrest Rd, Warren, NJ 07059
Please call (908) 580-CAMP for more information or visit their website to register.

Spring Lake Day Camp
This ACA-accredited camp is a summer-lover’s dream destination. This 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.
For campers ages 3 to 15.
234 Conklintown Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
Please call (973) 831-9000 for more information.

Camp Tuscaloosa
Summer fun since 1954 is what this South Jersey day camp offers. With days filled of archery, human foosball, dance, frisbee lacrosse, fog ball, special themed days, pickle ball, mini golf, and much more, it’s no wonder this camp has been in operation for over 60 years. As if these fun activities aren’t enough, Camp Tuscaloosa offers a three-tiered swim training program in their two CPO operated swimming pools. Summer can’t come fast enough!
For campers ages 3 1/2 to 14.
400 S Chew Rd, Hammonton, NJ 08037
Please call (609) 567-3321 for more information.


North Jersey:

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Harbor Hills Day Camp in Mendham. Photo via harborhillsdaycampblog.wordpress.com

Harbor Hills Day Camp
The extraordinary Leadership Team of Harbor Hills 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.
For campers ages 3 to 17.
75 Doby Rd, Mendham, NJ 07945
Please call (973) 895-3200 for more information.

Lindgren Summer Camp
The beautiful wooded grounds of Lindgren 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.
For campers ages 3 to 11.
211 Irving Ave, Closter, NJ 07624
Please call (201) 768-3550 for more information.

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Jeff Lake Camp in Stanhope. Photo via jefflakecamp.com

Jeff Lake Camp
This Sussex County camp features facilities normally seen only at overnight summer camps. 350 acres creates 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!
For campers ages 3 to 15.
38 Jefferson Lake Rd, Stanhope, NJ 07874
Please call (973) 376-1962 for more information.

The Neil Klatskin Day Camp
Little ones can enjoy the outdoors while making friends and learning new skills at traditional day camp offered by Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. Children will be exposed to an array of subjects and activities, including Red Cross instructional swim, Tae Kwan Do, music, sports, ceramics, drama, Israeli culture, theme days, and exciting entertainment. In addition to the outstanding activities, this all-inclusive camp provides lunch, snacks, camp t-shirt, backpack, wet bathing suit bag, towel service, water bottle, weekly challah, and a camp picture.
For campers ages 3 to 7.
411 E Clinton Ave, Tenafly, NJ 07670
Please call (201) 567-8963 for more information.

New Horizons Day Camp
New Jersey’s Premier Inclusive Day Camp allows campers to customize their own schedule for a truly unique summer experience that allows little ones to explore their own interests. Activities in sports, science, technology, creative arts, performing arts, innovations, academic enrichment, and media change throughout the summer, making it impossible to tire of New Horizons’ special curriculum.
For campers K1 through 9th Grade.
235 Brooklake Rd, Florham Park, NJ 07932
Please call (973) 850-6640 for more information.

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Willow Lake Day Camp in Hopatcong. Photo via willowlakedaycamp.com

Willow Lake Day Camp
Located on the north shore of Lake Hopatcong, this family-operated day camp encourages campers to, “Dream big!” A private spring-fed lake is nestled within the 35-acre campus, acting  as a perfect location for boating and tubing. Counselors and leaders of Willow Lake Day Camp spend the summer encouraging campers to step outside of their comfort zone while helping them discover new abilities, develop character, and take healthy risks. There’s no shortage of fun with electives including fishing, golf, go-karting, zip lining, water sports, arts, and athletics.
For campers Pre-K through 8th Grade.
200 NJ-181, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
Please call (973) 663-2732 for more information.


Central Jersey:

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Black Bear Lake Day Camp in Clarksburg. Photo via blackbearlake.com

Black Bear Lake Day Camp
At Black Bear Lake, campers create their own schedules to explore existing interests and discover new skills.
For campers ages 4 to 15. Group Choice is a fun daily activity that small groups choose with their counselors: volleyball, kickball, crafts, banner design, and flag football are just some choices! Free swim lets campers cool off each afternoon. Lunch hat Black Bear Lake Day Camp is a fun, healthy experience, with only trans-fat free meals that are baked, never fried.
For campers ages 4 to 15.
457 Stagecoach Rd, Clarksburg, NJ 08510
Please call (609) 259-1777 for more information.

Oak Crest Day Camp
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!
For kids and teens ages 3 to 16.
92 Cortelyous Ln, Somerset, NJ 08873

Please call (732) 297-2000 for more information.

Frogbridge Day Camp
There are so many fun things to do at Frogbridge, 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!
For campers Pre-K through 10th Grade.
7 Yellow Meetinghouse Rd, Millstone, NJ 08510
Please call (609) 208-9050 for more information.

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LakeView Day Camp in East Brunswick. Photo via lakeviewdaycamp.com

LakeView Day Camp
LakeView offers a spectacular traditional summer camp experience, set on a breathtaking lakefront campus. The youngest campers will learn new skills through sports, arts, play, and swim with the most effective equipment. Teen campers get the most out of overnight camper trips to destinations including Camelback Adventure Park or a Broadway Show. For all campers in between, the “Main Camp” fosters friendships that last a lifetime, while promoting individual choice in activities such as adventure courses, Red Cross Instruction, and carnival festivities.
For campers Pre-K through 9th Grade
505 Riva Ave, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Please call (732) 821-8933 for more information.

Allaire Country Day Camp
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. 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.
For toddlers through 10th Graders.
2903 NJ-138, Wall Township, NJ 07719
Please call (732) 681-4651 for more information.

Ivy League Day Camp
When parents of Ivy League campers were asked why they chose this particular day camp, responses included, ” the attentiveness of the staff,” “warm, family-friendly atmosphere,” and “It’s a great, safe camp with lots to do.” Ivy League has been an accredited ACA summer camp for over 40 years, and their refined program is proof. The facility’s expertise in childhood education makes for a safe summertime destination for little ones that parents can feel good about.
For 2-year-olds to 10th Graders.
140 Gordons Corner Rd, Manalapan Township, NJ 07726
Please call (732) 446-7035 for more information.

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Rambling Pines Day Camp in Hopewell. Photo via ramblingpines.com

Rambling Pines Day Camp
225 acres of fields and woods has made this family-owned summer camp a slam dunk since 1976. Heated swimming pools, air-conditioned indoor spaces, door-to-door bussing, and ropes courses are just some facility features that make the camp stand out. But don’t forget the daily Red Cross swim lessons, campfire cooking, ceramics, fishing, mountain biking, boating, outdoor skills instruction, and any sport you can imagine!
For campers Pre-K through 10th Grade.
174 Lambertville Hopewell Rd, Hopewell, NJ 08525
Please call (609) 466-1212 for more information.


South Jersey:

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Tall Pines Day Camp in Williamstown. Photo via tallpinesdaycamp.com

Tall Pines Day Camp
The beautiful campus of Tall Pines Day Camp offers pedal karts on a private track, boating and fishing on the crystal clear river, archery in the wooded areas, high ropes course, computers, woodshop, and so much more. 2017 features a newly surfaced pool and upgraded ropes course – Tall Pines cares about quality. Delaware Valley wouldn’t be the same without this premier summer day camp.
For campers ages 4 to 14.
1349 Sykesville Rd, Williamstown, NJ 08094
Please call (856) 262-3900 for more information.

ESF Summer Camp
“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.
For campers ages 3 to 14.
110 E Main St, Moorestown, NJ 08057
Please call (856) 235-5300 for more information.

Camp Dark Waters
Okay, we snuck in an overnight camp, because this one is just too cool! Camp Dark Waters has been providing unbelievably fun summers to boys and girls for over 80 years. This classic-style summer camp allows campers to form invaluable bonds with new friends and counselors while gaining independence and experiencing new activities. While each day’s schedule is structured, it allows for plenty of choices in activities, such as bridge-building, frisbee golf, drama games, fire building, language-learning, and much more. Cozy up in your cabin each evening with campers and counselors before starting another day of fun the next morning!
For campers ages 7 to 16.
New Freedom Rd, Medford, NJ 08055
Please call (609) 654-8846 for more information.

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Camp Creek Run in Marlton. Photo via campcreekrun.com

Camp Creek Run
Through Project HEAL (a nonprofit organization), children are encouraged to get close to nature by enriching lives through meaningful outdoors experiences that deepen appreciation for the environment. This summer camp offers EcoStudies, arts and crafts, music, sports, outdoor adventure, and much more. Camp Creek Run’s traditional summer camp takes place on beautifully wooded nature trails, the sandy beach of a spring-fed lake, an Eco-Center, two swimming pools, vegetable and pollinator gardens, basketball courts, small farm sanctuary, volleyball courts, and more.
For campers ages 4 to 12.
199 Taunton Lake Rd, Marlton, NJ 08053
Please call (856) 596-4250 for more information.

Great Times Day Camp
This South Jersey summer camp has everything a summer-camp-parent could ask for: bus service, a 59-acre campus, nutritious daily lunches, weekly trips, educational enrichment, and specialty programs. In addition to on-site activities including swimming, cooking, ropes courses, pony rides, woodworking, talent shows, and boating – Great Times campers always look forward to the weekly trips such as bowling, roller skating, Fourth of July family picnic, mini golf, movies, and ice skating.
For campers in Pre-School and up.
223 Ehrke Rd, Waterford Works, NJ 08089
Please call (609) 666-4335 for more information.

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Chelsea is a freelance writer and photographer based in the kid-friendly community of Asbury Park, and she loves sharing tips and news about this cultural beach town with NJMOM readers. When she's not discovering new bike trails, playing in her handbell choir, or reading on the beach, Chelsea works as a Children's Library Associate at a public library. You can catch her out in Asbury Park watching her husband play drums with talented local artists - be sure to come say hello!