There are many different types of camps to choose from to make your child’s summer the best one yet!
The Elisabeth Morrow School
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.
Hands-on, in-person STEAM learning (think engineering, math, programming) will keep your child age 3-15 in peak performance mode (full and half days available).
Typically held at one of 150+ campuses nationwide, iD Tech’s camps focus on favorite STEM obsessions such as coding in Roblox and Minecraft.
Gain Ville Learning Center
Spanish, Italian and French camps for pre-K II to rising sixth graders will be offered from July 10-Aug. 18. Choose from one to six weeks. Extended day and shorter day options available.
Top-notch academics and enrichment for young scholars in grades K-12 covering everything from podcasting to financial literacy. Classes such as Jump Start and Mott-Leeney Baseball Camp are held on the school’s beautiful campus.
This co-ed summer program offers prep classes for kids entering kindergarten to get them ready for their first day of school and has offerings for elementary students. Middle schoolers through high schoolers can focus on classes like geometry, physics and SAT prep.
An academic mix of core and enrichment classes (language arts, math, engineering, architecture and more) will keep minds sharp whether for credit or the competitive edge. Add a half-day of sports or day camp to round out the camp experience.
Tessa International School
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 Space Explorer, On a Pirate Ship and Hollywood.
Wardlaw + Hartridge
The Brain Boosters Junior Academics (grades 1-5) is a three-week program focused on using technology and hands-on activities to develop math, writing and reading skills. The Summer Scholars program (grades 6-12) offers college prep-style courses.
Winston Preparatory School
The month-long Summer Enrichment Program boosts language facility, math aptitude, executive functioning and independence through small classes grouped by skill level and learning style, plus daily 1:1 instruction targeting the area of greatest need.
The Writers Circle
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 along the way.
Arts Council of Princeton
Join for 11 weeks of camp for kids ages 5-16 led by teaching artists. Kids can try their hand at painting, mixed media, fiber arts, clay and more.
Kids explore a variety of media such as acrylics, collage, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, printmaking, sculpture, photography, colored pencils and clay.
The Center for Contemporary Art
Weekly in-person art camps for children ages 5-15. Led by professional teaching artists, camps offer curriculum tailored to individual age groups, with projects that vary weekly.
One River School of Art & Design
One River provides fun and compelling art education experiences to students interested in creative growth and personal development.
Visual Arts Center of NJ
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.
Put their culinary skills to the test in a multi-day, mini-camp focused on baking, vegetarian cooking and more. Classes like “Edible and Living Garden School Yard Farm to Table” allow kids as young as 4 to plant and harvest their own ingredients.
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.
Kids play sports and try their hand at woodworking and jewelry-making in small, same-sex groups broken down by age. They can also explore nature by canoeing and rope climbing.
The East Orange YMCA
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
Formerly Hi Hills, this camp provides preschoolers through 8th graders with fun-filled, age-appropriate experiences to connect with nature, explore new passions and build social skills in a safe environment.
Kent Place Summer Camp
Little explorers ages 3–5 spend their days crafting and playing games, while junior and senior campers (ages 5–10) play sports, explore the outdoors and even participate in dance and musical theater. Passport Camp lets kids ages 11–13 take creative arts classes and help with service projects.
JCC Camp Ruach
Eight weeks of fun include three heated pools, a splash pad, baseball and soccer fields, NINJA warrior course, a ropes course and an air-conditioned building with an arts room and gym.
Palisades Country Day School
Closter and Fort Lee
Campers can choose two electives to dive into per day, work on swimming skills, play sports (including cheerleading) and monkey around on the playground.
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.
This full-service day camp lets campers participate in daily Red Cross instructional swim as well as a variety of fun activities including sports, arts & crafts, archery, go carts, woodworking, ropes and challenge course, cooking, drama, gymnastics, free swim, game center and more.
GIFTED AND TALENTED CAMPS
Heroes Academy for the Gifted
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.
Summer Institute For the Gifted
Experience life as a college student while studying various topics in humanities, arts, math, science and performing arts at this three-week intensive program. Kids pick from classes like “Scriptwriting, Page One, Rewrite!” or “Medical Biology,” and take trips on the weekends.
HORSEBACK RIDING CAMPS
Essex Equestrian Center
Novice riders learn grooming in the morning and get a hands-on introduction to arena riding in the afternoon. Advanced equestrians can work on their trot or canter at the full-day program.
Frost Valley YMCA
Girls spend half of the day perfecting their technique on the trails and then hike, swim and rock climb at Mustang Village during this two-week program. Plus, there’s a camp exclusively for boys at Durango Village (ages 7–11) and sessions for more seasoned riders ages 12 and up.
Seaton Hackney Stables Summer Program
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. There’s also a weekly field trip to various shows and clinics.
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 is an accredited sleepaway camp situated on a lake in NJ. Choose from traditional camp, specialty camps, ranch camp and more.
Maine Camp Experience
MCE is a community of summer camps for boys and girls with strong traditions and so much natural beauty for kids to thrive in. Some camps are co-ed while others are single gender. Explore options for the full summer or just a few weeks.
Surprise Lake Camp
Cold Spring, NY
SLC is one of the nation’s longest running Jewish sleepaway camps and is located on 400 beautiful acres in Cold Spring. Camp here is about unplugging, growing and exploring Jewish values in a serene setting.
PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS
All Children’s Theatre
Future stars study comedy, drama and musical theater and end the summer with live performances.
Class Act Performing Arts Studio
Triple-threats-in-training, tiny performers (ages 3–6) pick from themes like “Frozen” and “Sofia the First,” before showing off what they’ve learned. Older kids (ages 7–14) meet every day for two weeks to put together a Broadway-inspired number.
Summer Theater Camp at Elks Lodge
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 and even catch a Broadway show.
The Moderne Academie of Fine Arts
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.
The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts
Grade-school-aged kids take three-week-long classes like “Broadway Dance” where they learn choreography or “Engineering” where they can explore and build machines using the “LEGO Engineering Program.” There are also options for pre-K and kindergarten students.
Shakespeare Theatre of NJ
The Shakespeare Corps is a unique classical theater experience for young people ages 10-18, offered each summer. The program combines professional acting instruction, classic literature and a creative environment in which to develop self-confidence and creativity and an opportunity to engage in teamwork and collaboration.
This nonprofit community performing arts education center offers programs in instrumental music, vocal and theater arts to more than 300 campers annually.
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 an “Olympic” sports competition every Wednesday.
Hybridge Summer Program
Children with autism spectrum disorders play games, spend time outdoors, participate in team sports and music lessons. Campers receive one-on-one and small-group instruction that helps hone their social and play skills.
AFFA Fencing & Fitness Academy
This camp will teach and reinforce basic techniques, rules and strategies of fencing.
Montclair State Ice Arena
Aspiring Wayne Gretskys develop stick skills on the ice and improve stamina with hockey camp. There is also a figure skating camp offered for all ages.
Heron Club Junior Golf Camp
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.
NJ Jackals’ Nike Baseball Camp
They’ll get one-on-one time with semi-pro players while improving batting and fielding skills at this five-day camp.
Go to njfamily.com/camp to search for more camps.