Guide to Traditional Day Camps 2022
Hooray for Summer Day Camps who are opening and providing great experiences and long-lasting, happy memories for our kids. Camp is where children gain confidence, responsibility and independence, not to mention great new friends that can last a lifetime. Camp offers a safe and appropriate environment where they can learn new skills, experience decision making, and relish in the joys of summer!
In and around New Jersey, we have many great options for general day camps or traditional day camps, many of which provide a broad general camp experience with an excellent array of activities. Many of these camps are located outside in the wooded mountains or among acres of recreational fields and nature grounds; many are equipped with water sports, maybe even a lake, full athletics capabilities as well as arts and stem programs. Others may be located in a school or college campus, and still provide a wide range of activities, including a nice mix of academics intermingled within a fun setting. You'll find a full staff ready to provide a safe and nurturing environment.
Here are some of the best general day camp options for 2022. Many are coming to the camp fairs. Don't miss out. Check out their directory listing to find out which fair they will be attending.
30 Mountain Rd, Pomona, NY 10970
A Traditional Day Camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 15 located on a gorgeous, 44-acre property with a lake, 9 heated swimming pools, and state-of-the-art facilities, in Pomona, NY. Activities include: adventures, arts & crafts, sports, fashion, gymnastics, horseback riding, leadership training, music, nature, performing arts, science, travel, STEM and more. The Ramaquois program is designed to be age appropriate for every camper. Each year, new activities and options are added. This camp is a blend of athletic and non-athletic activities. As campers get older, they have more opportunities to customize their camp experience by choosing one elective period per day. Adventure, Athletics, Crafts & Culture, Lake & Water, etc.
116 Hillcrest Road, Warren, NJ 07059
Where “tradition meets tomorrow”, this camps boasts a huge selection of daily activities including: high ropes, yoga, pedal carts, cooking, technology, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, arts & crafts, multiple sports, challenge and ninja courses, performing arts, games, nature trails, a wetland sanctuary, along with a variety of indoor and outdoor athletic facilities.
225 Pompton Road, Haledon, NJ, 07508
Located on a 60+ acre property in Haledon, NJ campers ages 4-15 enjoy the outdoors, while participating in a large variety of sports, including a fabulous ropes and challenge course, as well as a comprehensive Red Cross swim program that is taught daily along with a free swim period every afternoon. In addition campers will experience go-carts, theater, various arts and crafts activities, archery, sports, cooking, nature, ropes/challenge course, Fun Days! Tuition includes daily transportation, catered hot lunch, snacks, trips (4th-10th grades) and more. For kids Pre-K through 10th grade, this ACA accredited summer day camp provides outstanding activities and staff dedicated to campers’ safety and development. Campers turning 4 by October 15 are eligible to enter into the Yeladim (Pre-K) program, while campers entering Kinneret (K-1) thru El Al (2-3) enjoy special activities in camp while Negev (4-5) thru Galil (6-7) campers will have the opportunities to travel out of camp during the summer. Older campers entering 8th through 10th grade can be part of Premier Masada/CIT Trip and Travel program.
315 East Palisade Ave, Englewood, NJ
DE 360's upcoming Summer Connections 2022 Season will run from June 27-August 5 serving learners of all ages from preschool through high school. They will be exploring the Hero's Journey as the major theme for the summer and have built exciting Discoveries, Adventures, and Immersive offerings in the performing and visual arts, STEM leadership, cooking, coding, chess, sports, dance as well as traditional credit-bearing academic areas such as writing, math and lab sciences. Registration for camp programs opens January 15, with an early-bird special that runs through March 15.
FAR BROOK DAY CAMP
52 Great Hills Road, Short Hills, NJ 07078
Summer at Far Brook offers participants high quality, meaningful experiences that are consistent with Far Brook School’s values, extending the school’s mission beyond the academic year. These values inspire participants to fuel their passions and awaken their curiosity by creating a supportive and caring camp community that cherishes love of learning, movement, creativity, diversity, and individuality.
Programming will include fun and engaging multidisciplinary day camp programs, sports skill instruction, outdoor exploration, leadership development for the oldest campers and unique week-long Master Classes taught by highly credentialed and knowledgeable camp staff, including Far Brook faculty. Hands-on, inquiry driven programming provides participants the opportunity to question, problem solve, investigate, and find creative solutions. Through their custom Master Classes they offer the time and space for participants to become “subject matter experts” in the classes they choose.
142 Bordentown Georgetown Rd, Chesterfield, NJ 08515
Time to unplug and explore the outside world at the farm. Fernbrook Farms offers a premiere nature camp allowing campers to explore the complex interconnectedness of the natural world on a 230-acre farm. With many hands-on choice activities, campers can pursue their natural curiosities in the creek, meadow, pond, forest, and more! At Fernbrook, your kids might get a little dirty; to be honest, they are going to get dirty for sure, but that’s what happens when kids are truly active and experience nature personally! Fernbrook offers a day camp for 3-14 year olds and overnight camping for 12-14 year olds. A typical day is 8:30am-4pm with extended care and transportation available. Full and partial day options. For a true farm experience, this is a great summer option!
JCC CAMP RUACH
775 Talamini Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
High-caliber, inclusive and welcoming day camp for campers Pre-K through 9th grade. Diverse programming includes: swimming, art, cooking, music, sports, archery, ropes, STEM, dance, karate, entertainment, and more. Full and half day programs are available as well as overnight enriching activities for students in 7th-9th grade.
JCC PRINCETON MERCER BUCK & ABRAMS CAMP
148 Cedarville Rd, East Windsor, NJ 08520
JCC Abrams Camps is more than just a camp, it's an EXPERIENCE! Youths and teens go on a magical journey of self-discovery in a place where they can feel safe, respected and loved. Camp traditions are created and life-long friendships are made. JCC Abrams is a premier camp program for Pre-K - 10th grades at an incredible campus with plenty of shade, surrounded by farmland with three outdoor pools, Mega 30' rock wall, athletic fields, sports courts, Ninja Warrior Adventure Track, organic gardens and indoor facilities.
450 West Nyack Rd, West Nyack, NY 10994
JCC Rockland Camps offers an exciting and fun day camp experience for children ages 18 months to 15 years. Campers enjoy a busy schedule that includes swim, sports, art, nature, science, cooking, lanyard, beading/jewelry and so much more! Each Wednesday is a dress up day which highlights the weekly camp theme. Special events and creative programming enhance the already awesome daily schedule. Morning and afternoon snack and lunch are all included. Early care and late care available. Campers will explore their interests, try new things and build self-confidence!
LIBERTY LAKE DAY CAMP
1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505
Liberty Lake is a magical day camp for hundreds of children, ages 4 to 15, (and staff ages 16+) to expand their talents, make new friends, and develop the life skills needed to be successful in the 21st century. From the Preschool Turtles Program, up through the dynamic Teen Leadership Program, Liberty Lake is a wonderful community of love and friendship, that children return to year after year - many as counselors! A focus on youth development is evident in areas of independence, integrity, teamwork, aspiration and friendship. Campers can choose from over 60 elective activities, enabling them to customize and enjoy their weekly schedules by participating in activities they enjoy, surrounded by 60 acres of natural beauty, boundless activities and loads of fun.
NEW HORIZONS DAY CAMP
235 Brooklake Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932
Let your Kindergarten through 9th grade camper choose their perfect summer camp experience as they select from over 100 possible activities offered at this camp. From athletics to coding, from art to archery, and cooking to podcasting, these unique activities are sure to inspire and excite your student this summer.
RAMBLING PINES DAY CAMP
174 Lambertville Hopewell Rd., Hopewell, NJ 08525
To help create memorable experiences and help your child develop new skills, Rambling Pines offer time tested programs for preschool, grade school, and teen campers. The sprawling campus is on 225 acres and includes 2 lakes, 4 swimming pools, 4 tennis courts, 4 Ga Ga courts, sports fields, a gymnasium, extensive indoor facilities including creative and performing arts studios, an 18 hole mini-golf course, a low ropes challenge course, a golf driving range, mountain biking trails and much more! Our mature, experienced staff will provide your child with instruction in swimming, arts & crafts, computers, dancing, drama, fishing, gymnastics, golf, music, nature study, soccer, softball, tennis, street hockey, mountain biking, basketball, volleyball, boating, ceramics... and more. Club and Elective activities let our campers get more of what they like. Horseback riding is also available. Tuition includes door-to-door bus service. Daily lunch (including a fantastic cookout on Fridays) and a daily afternoon snack are also included. Two nurses are on duty during regular camp hours.
STEVE AND KATE'S CAMP
Montclair, NJ at Lacordaire Academy
At Steve & Kate’s summer camp, they believe that when you trust kids, they develop the confidence needed to trust themselves. Campers choose minute to minute from a variety of activities including, sewing, stop-motion animation, music, performing arts, makers crafts, bread making, and more. They'll decide what they want to do, developing confidence and learning to trust their judgment along the way.
SUMMER EXPLORATIONS AT ELISABETH MORROW SCHOOL
435 Lydecker St. Englewood, NJ, 07631
Summer Explorations at The Elisabeth Morrow School is a unique blend of camp and school, providing enrichment activities and experiences for students ages 2 - grade 9. Camp takes place in an 14 acre beautiful outdoor setting with state of the art facilities. Experienced, dedicated teachers and specialized program vendors design age appropriate activities for weekly sessions offered June 27-August 5, 2022. Students ages 2-grade 1 engage in creative hands-on activities including art, music, movement and outdoor play. Students in grades 2-6 choose from a variety of workshops including sports, art, STEM, technology, animation, nature, Minecraft, app design, literature and much more! Leaders in Training program offered for students in grades 7-9. Choose between full and half day options.
SURF AND TURF SUMMER CAMP
Surf and Turf Camp offers a day camp for boys and girls ages 9-15. Edgemont School in Montclair, NJ is their starting point each day heading out on a different adventure, from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania to as far as Canada and California (for their overnight camps). They hike, bike, swim, tour, and boat everywhere at an adventurous speed. Guided by the best and most experienced teachers, who are certified lifeguards, EMT's, and First Aid Trained leaders.
WALDORF SCHOOL OF PRINCETON SUMMER CAMP
1062 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton, NJ 18465
The Waldorf School of Princeton warmly welcomes campers ages 4 - 12 to enjoy our unique campus, complete with creek, adventure forest, neighboring biodynamic farm, play structures, air-conditioned shelter, and beautifully landscaped gardens. The best way to enjoy our summer program is through attending one (or both!) of two three-week sessions, Festival! and Feast!, that build to a community celebration at the end. Single-week registration is also available. Our summer camp experience will provide children with the sense of community and connectedness that they long for, in a safe, outdoor setting. Children will spend their days in age-banded groups, taking in all that nature has to offer, as well as benefiting from expert instruction in hard-to-access skills taught by specialist teaching artists.
YMCA CAMP RALPH MASON
23 Birch Ridge Rd, Hardwick Township, NJ 07825
YMCA Camp Mason is located on 460 wooded acres in Northwestern NJ only 1.5 hours from NYC and 2 hours from PA, bordering the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap, a pristine national recreation area that provides the perfect backdrop for our premier summer camp programs. Forests, trails, lakes, professionally built challenge courses, a nature center, sport courts, craft centers and dedicated program areas enable us to provide safe and age-appropriate activities that aim to foster new relationships, build self-confidence and teach new skills. Our small size enables us to give your child the individual attention. Everyone is sure to feel at home!
YWCA CAMPS OF NORTHERN NJ
Mahwah and Dumont Locations
YWCA camps are unique in that they provide families with a high-quality summer day camp experience at an intentionally affordable price. Their summer camps in Dumont or Mahwah offer a summer of fun, friendships, and adventure for kids of all ages throughout Bergen and Rockland County. Camp hours: 9am-5pm with pre- and post camp options available.
YWCAMP@ Mahwah: June 27 - August 26 - $380 per week
YWCAMP@Dumont: June 27 - August 12 - $300 per week **lower price this year
YWCA Girls Empowerment Camp
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