NJ Camps For The Summer: NJMOM Camp Guide 2022


After two long years of pandemic living, summer camp is a welcome relief to feeling normal again. There’s no denying how awesome a camp experience can be. It’s a space where kids can grow and blossom in a stress-free environment, meet new friends and try completely novel things. And there are so many ways a kid can do camp— they can spend time exploring new activities at a day camp; experience the great outdoors with a classic camp, focus on honing their skills at a specialty camp; or get into their game at a sports camp or make that first step of independence at a sleepaway camp. Your kiddos may already be pro campers, but keep in mind that your child’s needs shift with each growth stage so that you may be looking at a whole new experience each summer. Read on for our complete guide of all things camp and listings for NJ camps below, and get ready for an amazing summer in 2022. (featured photo credit: Istock/MaxTopchij)


If you’re just getting your feet wet in the whole camp thing or your kids like being close to home, check out the camps around your town, like at a local YMCA or community center, where young kids can get comfortable in a familiar camp setting. Kids will spend their days in age-specific groups doing crafts, cooking, science experiments, playing rec games, learning to swim (if the camp has a pool or access to one), and if they’re older, even going on local field trips. Private schools also offer camp summer programs, with some that have a learning component (shh, keep that on the down-low). But they also have lots of fun and different activities in a structured environment with plenty of outdoor time, giving kids a chance to have a ball and meet new friends.

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SPOTLIGHT: Apple Montessori Schools

Summer is a time for fun, friends, and of course, learning! Every summer, the goal at Apple Montessori Schools is to merge our unparalleled academics with the excitement and fun of summer. This is why the Summer Camp program offers the best of both worlds—fun and academics—all in a loving, healthy, and safe environment. This year kids will enjoy theme weeks based on the 2022 theme “Celebrations.” Each day is filled with exciting interactive activities, including the coding & robotics program, music, drama, arts, sports, Montessori lessons, field trips, in-house events, and more. Learning has never been more FUN with North and Central New Jersey Locations, camp Enrollment for Campers as Early as age 2, daily swim lessons offered by Red Cross-certified lifeguards, or daily water play with Splash Pads or sprinklers. Water activities differ per location*, flexible Enrollment Weeks (7/5-8/26), 3-Week Minimum, Extended Camp Hours, Year-Round Experienced Teachers and Support Staff. Call (888) 672-5552 or visit the website for more information! *Off-site swim lessons are taught by certified Lifeguards for Hoboken campers and incur an additional fee. Full-day students only. Must be signed up for our summer camp program.

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Classic day camps offer many different outdoor camp activities, on-site lunch, and bus pickup and drop-off for all ages. Photo Credit: istock


If your idea of a camp for your kids involves paddling a canoe along a lake, group bonding over color war, and lots of outdoor adventures, then look at a classic day camp. These camps are usually big on nature, with acres of space near trees and a pond or lake (almost all have pools, so don’t worry if swimming in a lake isn’t your kids’ thing). They offer many outdoor camp activities, on-site lunch, and bus pickup and drop-off as part of the camp tuition. Kids are put in small groups by age and gender, with a small camper-to-counselor ratio. Camps are week-to-week, but most offer a discount for multiple sessions, and it’s an excellent springboard for future sleepaway summers down the road. A few to look into (more listed below): Camp RiverbendHarbor HillsWillow Lake Day CampSpring Lake Day Camp, and Jeff Lake.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Chartwell Happy Day Camp

The Happy Day Camp Experience is filled with excitement, friendship, thrills, adventure, creative expression, and confidence-building. The day includes action-packed camp activities like FREE Swim Lessons, Sports and Games with Little Kicks Soccer, Breakthru Fitness Kids Program, Nature and Music, Karate Demonstrations, Arts & Crafts, Exciting Science Experiments, and Booger Wars, to name a few. Also, all in-house Spectacular Shows and Events are included, plus so much more! Join us for a summer in the sun, having fun at 136 Paragon Ave, Suite A, Marlton, NJ.


Got a kid who wants to spend all day on a stage or improve their skills on the field? Consider a specialty camp dedicated to a specialty, like robotics, coding, theater, art, a specific sport, and music. Kids will get to hone their skills and even learn new things to give them an edge since most of the day and activities will focus on that particular interest. Depending on the specialty, these camps are usually scheduled week-by-week, which means if you’ve got a coder kid who also wants to sing his heart out, he can zero in on each interest at different camps throughout the summer. And for moms of special needs, there are specialty camps that provide adaptive activities (think Sensory Taekwondo and yoga) so kids can have fun and brush up on social skills in a supportive and therapeutic setting.

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Register today for Summer 2022! We can’t wait for your child to walk the halls of their dream campus, bond with new friends and mentors, and experience the magic that’s made us the world’s #1 tech camp for over two decades. Weeklong and two-week sessions for ages 7-18 in coding, game dev, robotics, creative arts, and more. Kids and teens can develop skills, flex their creativity, and get hands-on experience with the latest tech tools. Held in Princeton and at prestigious campuses nationwide, including Villanova, Marymount Manhattan College, Lehigh, West Chester University, and more. Virtual Tech Camps and online courses are also available.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Camp Newark Museum of Art 2022

Join us for Camp NMOA 2022 from July 11-August 13, where ages 3-14 can participate in six weeks of building community through project-based learning and develop their skills in art and science. Each week we will explore a different theme. Week 1: July 11 – July 15| Getting to know you: Honor your inner voice and share your stories through art and science! Week 2: July 18 – July 22 | Play on! Games, stories, riddles, and so much more! Let the games begin! Week 3: July 25 – July 29 | Artful Antics: From Pollock to Georgia O’Keeffe, from canvas to glass, become an artist, and immerse yourself in all mediums. Week 4: August 1 – August 5 | Take a walk on the wild side: Explore the secret world of animals! Learn how to protect endangered species. Week 5: August 8 – August 12 | Forensic science: Discover the hidden science in the art world! Play detective as you find all the hidden clues artists leave behind! Week 6: August 15 – August 19 | Summer Road trip: See the world from the comfort of our museum. Cross continents and even travel back in time—a perfect way to end the summer. The pricing is: Members: $270 per child per week – General Public: $300 per child per week – Pre-care: 8:15 AM – 9:00 AM $30 – Aftercare: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM $30 – Extended day bundle, includes pre-care and aftercare: $50  The Newark Museum of Art, 49 Washington Street., Newark, NJ 07102
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SPOTLIGHT ON: JDK Social Station

Are we looking to foster your child’s social development? We have many programs to support children from ages 6 months to 14 years. JDK Social Station is a specialized multi-sensory teaching facility focusing on social and living skills for children with social deficits and other related issues. All our programs emphasize supporting children to develop self-confidence, play skills, and social and problem-solving techniques. We offer private therapy, weekly social skills classes, spring break camp, a weekly “Kiddie & Me” music & movement program, group fitness and sports classes, and July and August summer camps. The programs include social skills activities, interactive games, peer play skills, art & music, fine motor activities, gross motor activities, individualized goals addressed based on teacher observations, parent input, and IEPS/ progress report goals and weekly/daily reports. Our summer camps also offer group speech sessions, Sensory Taekwondo, Interactive Circus activities, yoga, private speech, occupational therapy, and fun weekly themes, ALL fostering social skills, and related issues. Our teachers are highly trained and provide individualized feedback to families to educate them on how to work on the goals addressed. Call to try a free class or for a private tour of our program. For more information, SIGN UP FOR MEET & GREET by appointment only; call 833-JDK-1212, or email jdksocialstation@gmail.com.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: New Jersey Performing Arts Center Camps

Hip Hop Arts and Culture: This summer, we’ll discover all the different art forms that make up the world of Hip Hop. We’ll dance, emcee, DJ, make beats and produce music. We’ll learn how to create our own podcasts, graffiti, and graphic design. Anyone can participate, regardless of experience level (intro to advanced) or location (in-person or virtual). Acting and Musical Theater: NJPAC’s theater arts training program offers skills and techniques for you to explore this summer. Choose from acting, movement, circus, improv, and much more. Whatever your age or experience level, we’ll ensure you get the support you need to succeed. City Verses: Amplifying New Voices Through Jazz and Poetry Calling all teen musicians, singers, poets, and writers: You have a story to tell — and we want to hear it! Creativity ignites when you explore, experiment, and express yourself at our free City Verses Summer Camp. Together, we’ll learn about and create jazz poetry. In-person location: Colton Institute for Training and Research in the Arts @ NJPAC  24 Rector St. Newark, NJ 07102. Watch more about the camps here.

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Learn to code from the best this summer! CodeWizardsHQ offers the most fun (and effective!) coding camps and classes for ages 8-18. Hands-on and interactive learning, highly customizable projects, and engaging coding-professional educators make for an experience that students love and really learn from. The 1-week coding camps teach programming concepts using your kids’ favorite games, Minecraft and Roblox. This is perfect for turning your gamer into a programmer. In the 3-week summer coding classes, students can learn Python, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Scratch, Java, and more while building fun games and applications. These classes are perfect for students who would like to develop their coding skills and digital literacy while having a great time doing it. Best of all – no driving! Attend from home and learn from a coding professional. Beginners and advanced coders alike are welcome (placement testing available). Save $50 if you enroll before May 1st! Location: Live Online – Attend from home.
Summer Camps in NJ Kidz to pros

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Keep New Jersey wired and tuned in this summer with KidzToPros’ summer camps. Wherever you live in the Northern New Jersey area, we deliver the best in STEM, arts, and sports to a location near you. We’ve got hands-on learning in store for kids 4-14 that will pack those little brains full. Plus, students build new skills, friendships, and interests as they engage in sports, projects, and mind-blowing creations led by expert instructors. Who wouldn’t love popular options like Play It All Sports, where kids practice soccer, basketball, tennis and more? For the science lovers of the bunch, consider flipside choices like Minecraft Coding & Game Design or LEGO Robotics. If there’s a more creative type in your life, pick from KidzToPros’ performing, digital and visual arts courses, like Anime & Cartooning, Improv Comedy or 3D Modeling. No matter which path they take, KidzToPros helps your student build skills essential for their future. Join us for a summer of skill-building, confidence growing, and memory-making! Find a convenient location near you and save your camper’s spot today. Visit www.kidztopros.com to save $50 in New Jersey using code NJM-50 at checkout.


Ok, so this is a biggie—sure, it’s scary to send your kid away to a place that’s far from you, but it’s also a massive step in their development (and if it’s making you anxious, just to read this, we get it). But consider this: Kids who succeed at a sleepaway camp are more likely to develop independent living skills, step outside their comfort zone to try new things, foster friendships, and build tolerance. And did we mention that almost all the sleepaway camps are unplugged—yup, no electronics for the summer (a welcome relief after two years of video games and Zoom calls). It may not be for every kid, but those who love it start adopting the unofficial motto—live 10 for 2. There are a ton of camps out there that cater to everything from the sports lover to the theater enthusiast to the outdoorsman and flexible schedules, with weekly, monthly, or entire summer sessions. If you’re even thinking about sending your child to sleepaway camp this year or next, start with the American Camp Association, which offers a comprehensive resource for parents with camps that are accredited and part of their network. If this seems way too overwhelming and you need help finding the perfect match, talk to a referral agent who works with the camps. Think of it as a concierge service: An advisor will get to know specifics about your child and what you’re looking for, find a bunch of camps matching your child’s interests and arrange for camp tours and introductions (upon placement, they’ll receive compensation from the camp, so this service is free to you). There are a few services to check out: Summer 365 and The Camp Lady Student Summers. While there are some sleepaway camps in NJ, most are in the tri-state area and can be as far or close as possible. And remember this—your kid may be ready to go away before you are, so in that case, make sure you bring plenty of Kleenex to wipe away the tears at drop-off (yours, of course).

Ready to sign up for a summer camp in NJ? Here are more camps around New Jersey: 

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
Jeff Lake Day Camp in Stanhope
Meadowbrook Country Day Camp in Long Valley
Pingry Big Blue Summer Camp in Basking Ridge
Morristown-Beard Summer Camp in Morristown
Star Camp at Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair
Liberty Lake Day Camp in Bordentown
Harbor Hills Day Camp in Randolph
Camp Riverbend in Warren
Mad Science Summer Camps in various locations

Which NJ camp will your kids be at this summer? We’d love to know!

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Lisa Cohen Lee is a freelance writer, editor, and mom to a tween-age boy based in Summit, NJ. Her work has appeared in print and online, including Glamour, Self, Woman’s Day, O The Oprah Magazine, NY Post, NJ Monthly, Allure.com, Prevention.com, and Brit + Co, among others. A Garden State native, Lisa is always on the lookout for new local adventures and events to entertain her son and husband. Most days, you can find her chauffeuring her son around town and trolling the coolest coffee houses for #NJMOM fuel.