CAMP RIVERBEND

Whether your kid wants to relax and play or continue learning over the summer, there are many types of camps to choose from to make your child’s summer the best one yet!

ACADEMIC CAMPS

Club SciKids
Chatham, Morristown, Mountain Lakes
Science and technology connect for kids in pre-K through grade 7. Enroll in video game design, veterinary medicine, coding or movie making.

The Coder School
Belle Mead, Berkeley Heights, Montclair, Montgomery, Ridgewood, Short Hills
Kids learn how to code in cool start-up vibe locations. They will develop a mentor relationship with experienced coders. Camps include video game development, robotics, Minecraft, Roblox, Javascript with html/css, and mobile game development.

The Elisabeth Morrow School
Englewood
Camp meets classroom at Summer Explorations (for kids age 2 through grade 9), with selections that delve into genetics, chemistry, mythology, history, astronomy and more.

International Ivy
Multiple locations
Hands-on, in-person STEAM learning (think robotics, video game creation and computer programming) will keep your child aged 3-15 in peak performance mode.

iD Tech
Multiple locations
Typically held at one of 65 university campuses nationwide, iD Tech’s camps focus on favorite STEM obsessions such as coding in Roblox and Minecraft.

Gain Ville Learning Center
Rutherford, Ho-Ho-Kus, Ridgewood
The ESL Cultural Immersion Summer Program combines an intensive ESL program with an exciting curriculum for foreign-born teenagers visiting the area. The program also provides 6-12- and 13-18-year-old English Language students with an educational experience through direct exposure to American culture.

Newark Academy
Livingston
Top-notch academics and enrichment for young scholars in grades K-12 cover everything from podcasting to financial literacy. Classes such as the JTole Summer Jazz Camp and Mott-Leeney Baseball Camp are held on the school’s beautiful campus.

Oak Knoll
Summit
This co-ed summer program caters to kids ages 3-17: day camps for younger students, sports programs for future athletes, and academic options for middle and high school campers.

Pingry Summer
Basking Ridge, Short Hills, Pottersville
Keep minds sharp in classes like Afrofuturism, debate, algebra, photography, leadership or agriculture. Sports camps include options like soccer, squash or golf.

Tessa International School
Hoboken
Native Spanish, French or Mandarin speakers immerse kids ages 2.5-8 in their choice of language through interactive activities, crafts and whimsical themes such as Mighty Superheroes, Dinosaur Week, Blast Off to Outer Space or Down on the Farm.

Wardlaw + Hartridge
Edison
The Summer Adventures program awaits your child from pre-K to grade 12. Sign them up for a traditional day camp, specialty camp or sports camp. Summer Academic Classes for older campers review what they learned during the school year.

Winston Preparatory School
Whippany
Students who are going into grades 3-12 from private, public, mainstream or special education settings come here to improve their academic skills and independence. Courses range from written expression to decoding to study skills.

The Writers Circle
Madison
Teen scribes honing their craft at WC’s week-long Summer Writing Intensive at Drew University focus on genres like poetry, playwriting or memoirs, enjoying support, feedback and literary fun.

ART CAMPS

Arts Council of Princeton
Princeton
Teaching artists lead aspiring artists ages 5-16 in painting, mixed media, fiber arts, clay and other hands-on activities.

Art Sparks
Hopewell
Kids explore a variety of media such as acrylics, collages, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, printmaking, sculpture, photography, colored pencils and clay.

The Center for Contemporary Art
Bedminster
Weekly in-person art camps for children ages 5-15. Led by professional teaching artists, camps offer a curriculum tailored to individual age groups, with projects that vary weekly.

One River School of Art & Design
Multiple locations
One River provides fun and compelling art education experiences to students interested in creative growth and personal development.

Visual Arts Center of NJ
Summit
Camps for kids ages 5-9, tweens ages 10-12 and teens ages 13+ provide youngsters with the chance to explore art media and techniques with weekly themes and small class sizes.

COOKING CAMPS

HealthBarn USA
Ridgewood
Kids can eat, plant, cook and play here! Summer Camp (ages 4-13) and Summer Seedlings (ages 3-5) are hands-on experiences in a test kitchen and organic teaching garden.

DAY CAMPS

Camp Half-Blood
Maplewood
Your second to sixth graders can spark their imagination as “aspiring demigods.” The mythology-themed programs inspire curiosity and wonder.

Camp Mythik: Daring Girls
South Mountain Reservation
Girls entering first through seventh grades can celebrate the heroines and goddesses from their favorite mythological stories. They get to explore nature and build their confidence while discovering powerful historical women, mythological goddesses and their heroine within. The weekly day camp program embraces literacy, personal growth and girl power.

Camp Riverbend
Warren Twp.
This is where tradition meets tomorrow. Kids ages 3-14 will unplug and have fun swimming, doing crafts, playing sports, trying an aerial adventure, cooking, canoeing and showing off their camp spirit. Lunch and snacks are included, and busing is available from many areas. The dates are June 24 – August 9.

Cedarbrook Day Camp
Andover, Somerset, Piscataway
Campers ages 3-15 can participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, STEM, basketball, archery, go-carts, water slides, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, media production, game room, dance and culinary instruction. The camp offers an exciting mix of special events including theme days, after-camp parties, trips, inter-camp events and a variety of all-camp competitions.

Far Brook School Summer Camp
Short Hills
Options here include a traditional day camp and weeklong “Master Classes” taught by Far Brook faculty. There are also weeklong athletic programs focusing on skill development, rules of the sport and game play and a Young Leaders program for rising 9th and 10th graders. Camp is held on Far Brook’s beautiful wooded, nine-acre campus that’s more akin to a small village than a school. Facilities include an indoor climbing wall, multipurpose spaces, music and arts building, walking path and nature trail.

Metropolitan YMCAs
Multiple Locations
Campers spend the summer swimming in an indoor pool, playing games and engaging in activities centered on a new theme every week. Teens can participate in the CIT program, where they plan different activities for younger kids.

Gill St. Bernard’s Summer Camp
Gladstone
This camp provides kids ages 3-15 with activities that nurture life and social skills by exploring nature, doing enrichment and playing games.

Kent Place Summer Camp
Summit
The co-ed camp for kids ages 3-15 is filled with synthetic turf playing fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, a gaga pit, state-of-the-art computer labs and an expansive arts center on the 26-acre grounds.

JCC Camp Ruach
Bridgewater
Eight weeks of fun include three heated pools, a splash pad, baseball and soccer fields, a Ninja warrior course, a ropes course and an air-conditioned building with an art room and gym.

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp
Long Valley
Eight weekly themes change every year for this traditional day camp that offers athletic, aquatic, ropes and nature activities. Tiny Toons teaches pre-K and Kindergarteners to learn to love camp early on. Main Camp for first through sixth grades has a more diverse group of activities. Seventh to ninth graders join the travel program for a mix of in-camp and overnight trips. Swim is offered for every age from pre-K through ninth grade.

Neil Klatskin Day Camp
Tenafly
Days are filled with a diverse range of activities that allow each camper to explore their interests. Campers will spend their days on a 21-acre campus fully equipped with top-notch amenities such as heated pools, splash pads, sports fields, tennis/basketball courts, indoor facilities, and a ropes challenge course! Kids can choose from 14 different camps for ages 2+. There are also science, art, sports, and inclusion camps plus splash play, storytime, singing and more.

Palisades Country Day School
Closter and Fort Lee
Campers as young as 21 months can join the Tiny Tots program, or range up to 9 years old for Senior Camp. Activities per age include playing in the sandbox, swimming, ceramics, theater, music, cooking, photography, robotics, yoga, cheerleading and space exploration.

Terhune Orchards
Princeton
During two different weeks in July, kids can get a closer look at a 250-acre working family farm. They will get their hands dirty cultivating the children’s garden, harvesting the farm crops and playing games.

Camp Veritans
Haledon
This full-service day camp lets campers participate in arts, aquatics, adventures, STEM and sports activities on 60 acres dedicated to Jewish traditions and Israeli culture.

GIFTED AND TALENTED CAMP

Heroes Academy for the Gifted
Monroe Twp.
This enrichment program feeds their intellectual appetite all summer with exposure to advanced topics like computer science and complex essay writing at an accelerated pace.

HORSEBACK RIDING CAMPS

Seaton Hackney Stables Summer Program
Morristown
Riders of all skill levels spend the day either in the ring or in the barn at this equestrian camp. Beginners learn the basics of riding and horse management, while advanced riders work on their jumping and canters.

OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Camp Evans
InfoAge Science & History Museums, Wall Twp.
Kids explore the history of technology related to military and telecommunications through a series of math and science camps held on the campsite.

Cohen Camps
Wellesley, MA
For more than 85 years, Camp Pembroke, Camp Tel Noar and Camp Tevya—three Jewish camps—have welcomed young people and their families. Campers celebrate shared values, traditions and love of Israel.

Fairview Lake YMCA Camp
Blairstown, NJ
Lake in the Woods Sleepaway Camp is open to boys and girls in grades 4-10, offering them studio arts, discovery and adventures, sports and swimming, and a traditional camp program.

Fleur de Lis Camp
Fitzwilliam, NH
A classic sleepaway summer camp for girls ages 8-17, they are able to choose to do what they’d like, as many or as few activities. The camp features a full range of waterfront activities, including swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, water skiing, tubing and sailing, as well as target sports like archery and riflery. Visual arts options include ceramics, sewing, knitting, stained glass and crafts. Theater is a special activity for all age groups, and the camp offers fire building, outdoor cooking and day or overnight trips.

Frost Valley YMCA
Claryville, NY
There are a variety of day and overnight camps offered in the Catskills for kids from Kindergarten to ninth grade, such as farm camp, crafter’s guild, horseback riding, hiking adventures, reporters and media, sports around the world, and fun with food.

Maine Camp Experience
Portland, ME
Founded over 100 years ago, 20,000 kids come to Maine for camp each summer. Some camps are co-ed while others are single gender, and vary based on location.

Surprise Lake Camp
Cold Spring, NY
SLC is one of the nation’s longest-running Jewish sleepaway camps on 400 beautiful acres. Camp here is about unplugging, growing and exploring Jewish values in a serene setting.

PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS

All Children’s Theatre
Locations vary
Future stars study comedy, drama and musical theater and end the summer with live performances.

Class Act Performing Arts Studio
South Orange
Triple-threats-in-training who are age 7-18 can sign up for a summer workshop, or younger actors ages 3-6 can participate in Broadway Starz. There are also dance and musical theater weekly sessions and summer intensives.

DREAM Summerstock VTC
West Milford
This 3-week sleepaway musical theater intensive is for young performers aged 12-18. Learning from industry professionals, campers will rehearse for musicals while enjoying daily adventures, nature, and a lively atmosphere filled with activities and learning opportunities.

Lakehouse Music Academy
Asbury Park
No matter what instrument your child age 6-17 plays or wants to learn, they can sign up for everything from Pop Week to a Taylor Swift Camp to Punk Week to Hip Hop Week. They can also learn about songwriting and audio engineering. Camps are broken down into junior and senior sessions and feature technical workshops, master classes, jam sessions and special guests.

The Moderne Academie of Fine Arts
Scotch Plains
Ballerinas in training spend the mornings on their tippy-toes followed by movies, arts and crafts and snacks. More experienced dancers (ages 8–18) choose from different workshops and learn the basics from in-house teachers and guest instructors from NYC.

GLEN BROWN / New Jersey Workshop For the Arts

The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts
Westfield
Kids ages 4 and up can discover musical instruments, arts and crafts, creative movement and more. They’ll immerse themselves in a well-rounded arts curriculum for younger kids, or older artists can join one of their specialty classical or contemporary ensemble camps.

Perkins Center for the Arts
Collingswood, Moorestown
The Mini Musicians Class open to babies through kids age 4 is a bonding experience for parents, nannies and grandparents. The classes take a hands-on approach to chanting, singing and movement as a child’s first steps in musical development.

Shakespeare Theatre of NJ
Madison
The Summer Shakespeare Corps combines professional acting instruction and classic literature for kids ages 10-18 so that they develop in the setting of an acclaimed regional theater. There are daily lessons that lead up to a performance by the entire group at the end of each two-week period.

School of Rock
Brick, East Brunswick, Marlboro, Red Bank
Your kids will be rockin’ all summer. Choose from a beginners Rock 101 camp to teach the basics, sign them up for Rookies Camp so they get an intro to music theory and appreciation, have them relive your childhood through Metal Mania or Best of the ’90s camps, or sign them up for a special ode to Taylor Swift.

Taubenslag Productions
Edison
Kids shine in several original productions while learning from seasoned pros during this camp’s two-month duration. Plus, there’s time to swim, play games, go on a scavenger hunt and even catch a Broadway show.

Vanguard Theater Group
West Milford
Vanguard Theater’s (VTC) DREAM Summerstock: A Sleepaway Musical Theater Intensive is a unique, comprehensive theater camp experience for the serious musical theater performer between the ages of 12–19. All campers participate in one of three fully-produced shows and enjoy access to the year-round professional theater’s resources, including full lights, sound sets and projections.

Wharton Arts
Berkeley Heights
This nonprofit community performing arts education center offers programs in instrumental music, vocal and theater arts to more than 300 campers annually.

INCLUSIVE CAMPS

Harbor Haven
West Orange
This seven-week program designed for kids with mild special needs promises an action-packed summer while improving social and motor skills. Campers spend time outdoors, swim, dance and have friendly sports competitions.

Hybridge Summer ABA Program
Flemington and Freehold
Hybridge offers an 8-week summer ABA program with individualized programming set to fun weekly themes to keep learners’ motivation high. Campers will experience one-on-one and small group instruction with trained behavior technicians and supervision by BCBAs. The summer program allows for increased opportunities in language, communication and social skills for individuals with ASD to help them practice and maintain their skills for the next school year.

NATURE CAMPS

Aquatic Adventure Camp
Mercer County Park Marina, West Windsor
Campers will learn about freshwater ecology as they explore Mercer Lake for birds and fish. They will also learn angler skills and get to kayak.

Baldpate Nature Camp
Baldpate Mountain, Titusville
Kids will be out in nature for explorations, science experiments, hikes through the forest and nature play. They’ll learn about arthropods, forest ecology, birds and wildlife tracking.

Tulpehaking Nature Camp
Tulpehaking Nature Center, Hamilton
Kids will discover nature through the lens of the Lenape, who lived in the area years ago. They’ll learn about the history of the Abbott Marshlands through outdoor explorations as well as traditional Native American games and crafts.

Watershed Nature Camp
Pennington
The Watershed Institute and Reserve welcome kids to experience nature every day by venturing into the woods to explore under logs, catching butterflies in the meadow and exploring the ecosystem by the stream.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
Medford
“Let’s Go Wild” Summer Camp will have your kids walking in the woods, digging in the dirt and wading in the water. Daily activities include hands-on experiences and experiments, visits with native wildlife, and creative play.

SPORTS-SPECIFIC CAMPS

AFFA Fencing & Fitness Academy
Garwood
This camp will teach and reinforce basic techniques, rules and strategies of fencing and Jedi techniques.

Heron Club Junior Golf Camp
Ringoes
This camp, led by former PGA tour instructors, helps your junior golfers sharpen their drive, regardless of skill level. There’s also a “Birdies” camp for younger putters, for ages 7–11.

IA Tennis Academy
Little Silver
During the Summer Academy, each player gets an opportunity to train twice a day for 10 weeks on the same schedule as full-timers who win national and international tournaments every month. It’s intense training, but the athletes receive a level-based training approach that allows them to excel in tennis.

Manhattan Fencing
Englewood
The Manhattan Fencing Center was started in 2007 by U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame Maestro Yury Gelman. Here, your kids will join classes structured by age and USFA rating so they receive personalized attention. There is also non-competitive fencing at the family-owned, family-oriented club.

NJ Jackals’ Nike Baseball Camp
Paterson
There are multiple weeks of camp played at Hinchliffe Stadium, where kids ages 7-15 will improve their baseball skills, learning the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, baserunning and team play.

Montclair State Ice Arena
Little Falls
Hockey and figure skating camps for all ages and abilities bring a little bit of winter to the summertime. There are specific skills camps for goalies or advanced camps for freestyle skaters.

U.S. Sports Camps
Multiple Locations
This summer, sign up your budding sports star for one of the Nike Soccer Camps. Held at dozens of awesome soccer venues across the state, the camps are open to boys and girls of any age and skill level. The curriculum is set so that kids will learn from certified instructors who have a ton of on-field experience of their own, plus have a ton of fun.

USA Sport Group
Multiple Locations
Sign up your budding athlete for tennis, golf, basketball or a multi-sport camp. There are 10 sports at 8 levels; the camps are broken down by age and location. The camp atmosphere includes scrimmages, tournaments and challenges. If your kid has fun during the summer, consider signing them up for year-round sports programs.

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