Children can develop independence at Sleepaway Camps

Is it time for your child to experience a little independence while enjoying fun, new adventures and creating long-lasting friendships? In and around New Jersey, we have many great options for sleep-away camps, which provide all of the above in a safe and nurturing environment. Here are some of the best sleepaway options, each offering something unique.

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Brightest Star

Poconos Mountains, Cresco PA
Beach Haven, Long Beach Island, NJ

Musical Theater sleep-away camps are offered in a few different locations. Daily classes in voice, acting and dance are offered and all campers can enjoy well-kept, climate-controlled cabins, delicious meals in a first-class dining hall along with fun, outdoor barbecues throughout the week. Staff to camper ratio is 1:4 and a final performance is presented indoors on a proscenium stage.

Camp Hilltop

7825 County Highway 68, Hancock NY

Every summer at Camp Hilltop, they create a child-centered community that becomes one big family. It happens naturally because Hilltop has outstanding campers, nurturing staff, a supportive structure and a community that is sized for success. Hilltop has cabin activities, subject specific activities, free-time activities and evening programs. Located in the picturesque Catskill Mountains, the camp offers 2 to 8-week sessions throughout the summer for campers 5 to 18 years old.

Camp Stonewall

26 Chase Road, Thompson, CT, 06277
860-923-9565 x 291

Hailed as “an experience of a lifetime”, Camp Stonewall likes to make history by squeezing in as much fun as they can out of every single day. They love to be loud and silly, honest and true, comfortable and inclusive allowing everyone to push their own personal limits to struggle, overcome, grow and excel. A huge list of 100+ activities are offered, grouped within Athletics & Outdoor Activities, Performing & Culinary Arts as well as Visual Arts & Free Play.

Camp Tioga

1635 State Rte 2036, Thompson, PA 18465

Promoted as a “Pennsylvania summer camp with a family atmosphere that makes a positive difference”, this camp offers endless activities of your choosing such as athletics & fitness, water sports, creative arts & performing, adventure, special activities as well as a traveler’s program. This is a unique experience which is certain to please everyone as they achieve their individual goals and preferences.

Campus Kids

Campus of Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ 07825

Campus Kids has many unique features, but they are best known for being "the weekday sleep-away camp". Started in 1991, they offer the best of both worlds: Monday to Friday at camp and then home with the family on weekends. Transportation is included. They are just like a "regular" sleep-away camp: bunk groups, a wide variety of activities, terrific evening programs, shows and special events. Campers become more independent and learn about making new friends and getting along with a variety of people. Their counselors are excellent role models who have a significant positive impact on their campers' lives. Campus Kids offers a wide variety of activities, but the best part of their activity program is that every camper chooses his/her own activities every day! Campers can make up a new schedule every day and can pick from 50+ activities in sports, fine arts, performing arts, swimming, nature, and more.

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps

1035 Fairview Lake Rd, Newton, NJ 07860

Fairview Lake YMCA sits on Fairview Lake in Northwestern New Jersey adjoining the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, with access to the Appalachian Trail, the Delaware River, unlimited hiking possibilities and breathtaking views. Two waterfronts and a fleet of canoes, rowboats, kayaks, sailboats, and windsurfers are at campers’ disposal along with sports fields, basketball, tennis and hockey courts, archery and riffle ranges, high rope courses and climbing walls for a wide variety of year-round activities. Offering summer camp, family camp, special programs for adults and children, school groups and conference groups, everyone can enjoy four seasons of activities in beautiful Sussex County!

Fernbrook Farms

142 Bordentown Georgetown Rd, Chesterfield, NJ 08515

Fernbrook Farms is a multifaceted 230-acre preserved farmland where campers come together to enjoy working on the land, learning about nature and farming, and sharing the delicious, organic fruits and vegetables of their labor. Children ages 3 to 15+ get to learn all about healthy, natural food at the educational center.

Frost Valley YMCA

38 Co Rd 157, Claryville, NY 12725

Offering a variety of camps for grades 2-10, activities include sports, arts & crafts, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, swimming, singing, storytelling and much more. Traditions such as the annual Olympics ceremony and Music Festival provide great opportunities for education, play and adventure amongst a most breathtaking natural setting in the country of the Catskill Mountains. Programs and camps are offered throughout the year and all promote the 8 core values of caring, community, diversity, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility and stewardship.

JCC Abrams Camp

148 Cedarville Road, East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

Youth and teens embark on a magical journey of self-discovery at JCC Abrams where all are encouraged to be kind and creative within their safe, respectful and loving environment. Activities at the camps include, aquatics, outdoor adventure, performing arts, creative arts, singing, STEM, cooking, woodworking, camp traditions, Jewish values as well as additional electives for all children Pre-K to 10th grade.

Mercersburg Academy Summer Program

300 E Seminary St, Mercersburg, PA 17236

Best described on their website: “Mercersburg Adventure Camp takes kids ages 8-15 on a wild ride they will talk about for years. Variety is the spice of life, and at Adventure Camp, variety is an understatement. There is never a dull moment with exciting Enrichments, excursions in the great outdoors, and adventures afar! Camp adventures include trips to Hersheypark, white water rafting and a professional sporting event. MAC’s unique structure provides just the right balance of enrichment challenges, sports, outdoor adventures, and fun trips to make every session wild, wonderful, and memorable.” Day camps are available in multiple themes along with Multi-Session Stay-Overs.

YMCA Camp Conrad Weiser

201 Cushion Peak Rd, Reinholds, PA 17569

With progressive, camper-centered programs designed to challenge every child in a safe, supportive, and fun environment, YMCA Camp Conrad Weiser believes that today’s campers are tomorrow’s leaders and their program options exemplify that conviction. This camp prides itself on creating a unique experience for all. From Athletics to Arts & Nature programs, Camp Conrad Weiser affords many opportunities for kids ages 5-18 to develop
new skills.

Vanguard Theater Company

31 Barry Watson Way, Lakewood, PA 18439

Vanguard Theater Company's sixteen-day, summer stock sleepaway experience is an intensive program for 60 serious musical theater performers between the ages of 12–18 who want to get a taste of what “the business” is really like. Vanguard’s Technical Theater program runs concurrently, giving 15 rising 8th - 12th grade students hands on experience with lighting, sound, set, prop and costume design, under the supervision of professional stage craft educators and technicians. Workshop classes are offered in Shakespeare, Finding your Mixed Voice, Learning Riffs and Runs, Musical Theater Dance Styles, Theater Puppetry, Stage Combat, and many more! Vanguard’s Summer Stock Sleepaway Camp also has all the bells and whistles of a traditional sleep away experience! Campers enjoy delicious meals, campfires, karaoke, dance parties, swimming, boating, tennis, soccer, hiking, fishing, archery and more.