We’ve given you our Summer Camp Guide for Little Kids and Summer Camp Guide for Big Kids but if you’re looking for a real overnight camp experience for your school-aged kid, sleepaway camps are a great option.
I never went to sleepaway camp, but I know so many people who cherish their childhood sleepaway camp experience. Our own Brian Glaser is one of them and he offers his Old School Summer Camp Tips for newbies here.
Our Sleepaway Camp Guide contains mostly camps 3 hours away or less from our area.
Let us know of great camps that we should add to our list and we’ll update it throughout the registration period–email us here. The link will be available under Summer Camp Guide in the sidebar.
Where: 136 Cozy Lake Road, Oak Ridge, NJ.
Who: Girls in 2nd grade and up.
What: Nyoda Girls Camp was founded in 1917 by Lee and Grover Smith and was affiliated with the Camp Fire Girls. Originally a majority of the girls came from the Montclair, NJ. area. However, today our campers come from many different states, and even a few from overseas. Home to 90 campers and 25 staff members, Nyoda girls live together in fully enclosed bungalows. The Nyoda program includes: arts & crafts, boating and canoes, dramatics, dance, archery, hiking, tennis, horseback riding, swimming and more.
When: Offers six week session from June 29 – August 9.
Cost: $995- $5,150 depending on age and length of stay. Call 973.697.4382 for more details.
FROST VALLEY YMCA Mustang Village Overnight Horse Camp
Where: Located on our main campus in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York (2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY 12725)
Who: Girls ages 7-10
What: Perfect for riders with a range of experience (from first time riders to seasoned equestrians), Mustang Village is designed for young girls to experience a comprehensive equestrian camp as well as a traditional summer camp. Half of each day is spent with the horses (developing riding skills in groups based on level), while the other half is dedicated to all things camp: swimming, hiking, rock climbing, arts and crafts, sports, and more!
When: Four 2-week sessions from June 29 – August 22.
Cost: Varies with length of stay and financial ability – Call 845.985.2291 for more details or email [email protected]
Frost Valley YMCA Camp
Where: 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY.
Who: Children in grades 2 – 12.
What: Frost Valley’s summer camp program is a unique mix of cabin based programs and individual choice programs. Each day campers take part in five exciting activity periods: boat, canoe, kayak, free-swim or enjoy time on the water trampoline or ice-berg, participate in sports, enjoy speciality classes. Older campers are given wider choices, including extended overnights for backpacking, service projects, big brother/sister events and the excitement of adventure elements like high ropes and the zip line. Camp Wawayanda is a traditional overnight camp in two-week sessions for grades 2 – 7. Camp Henry Hird is for grades 8 – 10.
When: Check dates here.
Cost: Ranges vary depending on program and financial ability. Call 845.985.2291 for more details.
Frost Valley YMCA Farm Camp
Where: Located 12 miles away from Frost Valley’s main camp (2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY) in the Denning Valley along the East Branch of the Neversink River.
Who: Children in grades 2 – 10.
What: Campers will choose whether they learn in the garden, take classes about the animals, do arts and crafts, go hiking, or maybe learn about another culture from one of our international staff members. Campers sleep in a yurt with sleeping bags.
When: Four sessions from June 29 – August 22.
Cost: Ranges vary depending on program and financial ability. Call 845.985.2291 for more details.
Campus Kids Weekday Sleepaway Camp
Where: Two locations: Blairstown, NJ and Port Jervis, NY.
Who: Co-ed, ages 7 to 15.
What: The best of both worlds: sleep-away from Monday to Friday at camp, home with the family on the weekend! Campers choose their own activities daily from sports, aquatics, performing arts, fine arts, adventure. ACA-Accredited. Our 24th summer.
When: June 23 to August 15, choose 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks.
Cost: From $2,480 for two weeks up to $8,980 for eight (all-inclusive, no tipping).
Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp
Where: Stokes State Forest, Sussex County, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 8 – 16.
What: Traditional camp with a lake and cabins, fishing, hiking, archery and more. Campers will have the opportunity to register for three daily classes from any of our four course areas; Arts & Crafts, Environmental Education, Shooting Sports and Waterfront. Campers will also participate in a variety of traditional camp activities and they will bunk with their peers in one of eleven rustic cabins.
When: Six week-long session beginning on July 7.
Cost: The Base camp fee is $550 per week of camp. They offer many discounts that may apply to you and your family.
Where: 157 Game Farm Road, Schwenksville, PA.
Who: Kids ages 6 – 16.
What: A private, coed sleepaway camp. Enrollment at Camp Kweebec is limited to 150 boys and 150 girls. This keeps the camp large enough to provide a sufficient number of children for activities in every age group, but small enough to insure that each child receives lots of personal attention. Sports, Athletics, Art, Aquatics and Dance are especially strong at camp. In addition, activities such as tennis, golf, drama and ropes are given equal emphasis, especially for campers who express interest in them.
When: Full season from June 22 – August 10.
Cost: Grades 1- 5 $9,895 / Grades 6 – 10 $9,950.
YMCA Camp Mason
Where: 23 Birch Ridge Road, Hardwick, NJ.
Who: Kids in grades 2 – 6 and 7 – 9.
What: From wake-up at reveille to lights-out at taps, a day at Camp Mason is filled with opportunity. There are three kinds of activities at camp: cabin activities, afternoon activities, and evening activities. Afternoon activities are instructional; a camper chooses three activities for the week, and participates in that activity with other campers who also chose it. Evening activities are large group activities: the whole camp gathers for a campfire or talent show, individual villages play at games or events, or one village sometimes joins another for an even larger group activity. health lodge is staffed by professional medical personnel, prepared to handle the wellness needs of our campers 24 hours a day. Our staff members are rigorously screened and well-trained.
When: June 22 – August 16. One, two or 4 week session.
Cost: Varies depending on length of session. See rates here.
Summit Camp & Travel
Where: 168 Duck Harbor Road, Honesdale, PA-Poconos. Throughout the year (Parsippany, NJ and Washington, DC).
Who: Kids ages 8-19 with special needs, such as ADD and/or ADHD, Aspergers syndrome, awkward social skills, verbal or non-verbal learning disabilities (NVLD), and/or mild social or emotional concerns.
What: Summer program filled with fun activities including: go-karts, arts and crafts, science and discovery, wood-shop, home economics, athletics, adventure and so much more. Throughout the year, weekender and travel club programs.
When: 1 -3 week options or full 8 week options (June – August). Weekenders and Travel scheduled throughout the year.
Cost: Depends on age and session. Check details here.
Appel Farm Summer Arts Camp
Where: 457 Shirley Road, Elmer, NJ.
Who: Children ages 9 – 17.
What: Summer camp experience with a superior arts program. Campers choose a major and minor in the arts. Structured classes are balanced with workshops, performances, games and sports, group projects, trips, and all kinds of fun and outdoor activities. Campers enjoy food made from the organic garden is right next to the dining hall. With a balanced schedule of classes, free-time, workshops, trips, campfires, performances and special events, every session at Appel Farm is fun!
When: 2,4,6 or 8 week session from June 22 – August 15.
Cost: All-inclusive and depends on length of session. Check details here.
Kutsher’s Sports Academy
Where: Great Barrington, MA.
Who: Children ages 5 – 17.
What: Located on the shores of Lake Buel, Kutshers offers a unique program that encompasses professional sports instruction with all the other positive aspects of a camp experience. Sports programs are complemented with fun activities, such as cook-outs, regional trips, carnivals, Color War, Olympic Games and bunk skits. Dining halls offer kosher and non-kosher meals.
When: 1 – 9 week sessions running from June 15 – August 22.
Cost: $1,500 – $12,500 depending on age and length of stay. Click here or call 888.874.5400 for more information.
Where: 700 Niles Pond Road, Honesdale, PA.
Who: Children in 1st grade and up.
What: Camp is a private, independent, coed, 7 week, traditional, sports and “all-around” camp featuring all land and water sports, the arts and outdoor adventure. They offer a professional athletic department, waterfront, extensive arts, drama and outdoor adventure programs, as well as creative evening activities and special events.
When: One 7-week session from June 28 – August 15. Although the program is a full season, they do allow those entering 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade to sign-up for the first four weeks, their first year only.
Lake Owego Camp
Where: 1687 Route 6, Greeley, PA.
Who: Boys in 2nd – 11th grade.
What: Wherever you go, Owego! Lake Owego Camp is a small traditional overnight camp for boys located in Northeastern, PA. Lake Owego Camp offers a well-rounded, overnight camp experience providing outstanding individualized instruction, experienced staff and dynamic programming for boys ages 7-17. Experience the adventure of traditional summer camp paired with the specialized instruction of a specialty sports camp, tennis camp, arts camp, theater camp, and adventure camp combined; there’s something for everyone!
When: Half, Full and Extended sessions available from June 28 – August 16. Check here for details.
Cost: Ranges from $3,350 – $10,550 depending on program. Call 267-639-2488 for more information.
Camp Timber Tops
Where: 1620 Route 6, Greeley, PA.
Who: Girls in 2nd – 11th grade.
What: Meet a new friend! Experience adventure! Sing your heart out! Shoot a three-pointer! Dance on stage! Cook a s’more! Practice your back handspring! Dress up for Timberween! Walk hand-in-hand with your bunkmates as they begin to feel more like sisters than friends. Camp Timber Tops, nestled in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, is proud to be one of the oldest girls overnight summer camps in the United States that is still owned and operated by its founding family.Camp Timber Tops is a sleepover with your best friends every night. It’s your home away from home. It’s your summer family.
When: Half and Full sessions available. Check here for details.
Cost: Half session – $6,620 / Full session – $10,550. Call 267-639-2488 for more information.
Pine Forest Camp
Where: 185 Pine Forest Camp Road, Greeley, PA.
Who: Boys and Girls in 2nd – 11th grade.
What: Pine Forest Camp has been owned and operated by the Black family since 1931, making it one of America’s oldest coed camps under continuous family ownership. Today, Barbara and Mickey Black, the grandchildren of the founders own and direct the camp. Pine Forest offers a well-rounded, coed sleepaway camp experience with an action-packed schedule. A sports camp, a tennis camp, a cooking camp, an arts camp, a theater camp, a riding camp, an adventure camp all rolled into one! With a fun-filled, action-packed activity program, Pine Forest has something here for all ages and every interest. Once you get to know Pine Forest, you’ll never forget it—just ask the four generations of camp families who have called Pine Forest their summer home!
When: June 28– August 16.
Cost: $10,550. Call 267-639-2488 for more information.
Stokes Forest Music Camp and Festival
Where: NJ School of Conservation, 1 Wapalanne Road, Branchville, NJ.
Who:Kids ages 10 – 17 who have a musical background.
What: A unique camping experience continues this summer in Stokes Forest fusing the best of two worlds: music and nature. Stokes Forest Music Camp continues to offer students sessions of intense music making, combined with environmental studies and recreational activities. The Stokes Forest Music Camp is run through the Preparatory Center for the Arts, a division within the John J. Cali School of Music in the College of the Arts at Montclair State University.
When: July 13 – July 26.
Cost: Call the Preparatory Center for the Arts office at 973.655.4443 for details or e-mail here.
Where: Pocono Mountains, 321 Niles Pond Road, Honesdale, PA.
Who: Kids ages 5 – 15.
What: Cayuga’s action-packed program features 60 activities everyday including: horseback riding (no extra fee), flying trapeze & circus, paintball, bungee trampoline jumping, in-line skating & skateboarding, performing arts, ceramics, rock climbing, zip line, ATVs, scuba diving, swim meets, horse shows, intercamp tournaments and more.Cayuga’s property is divided into 2 campuses. With two separate campuses, we can provide two separate programs that are geared to the different age groups on each campus.
When: Offers 2 week – full sessions running from June 22 – August 21.
Cost: Varies depending on length of stay. Check here for details.
Where: Pocono Mountains, 343 Wallerville Road, Lake Como, PA.
Who: Kids ages 6 – 15.
What: Heated swimming pool, private lake with 50+ boats, on-premises stables with 30 horses and 7 miles of trails, over 40,000 square feet of indoor activity facilities, 11 tennis courts equipped with lights, 6 basketball courts, 4 regulation sports fields, extensive adventure program and ropes course, indoor & outdoor theaters (fully equipped), 14 arts & crafts workshops, awesome skate park, circus arts center, modern cabins with showers… Lohikan has it all! Over 65 activities available for campers.
When: Many options to choose from: Mini-camp, 13 day session, half session or full season. June 29 – August 21. Check here for details.
Cost: Prices range from $850 – $8,500 depending on length of stay.
Camp Lake Greeley
Where: 222 Greeley Lake Rd, Greeley, PA.
Who: Kids ages 6 – 15.
What: Lake Greeley Camp specializes in first-time campers! The daily program consists of over 60 different daily activities.
Campers entering the 5th grade and older participate in an elective program in which they choose their activities each day. Junior campers, children entering the 4th grade and younger, participate in a cabin-structured program under the direct supervision of a cabin counselor.
When: Offers 2, 4, 6 and 8-week sessions from June 29 – August 21.
Cost: Prices range from $2,200 – $8,200 depending on length of stay.
Where: Lake Road, Canadensis, PA.
Who: Kids ages 7 – 16.
What: Well-rounded daily program combines a structured activity schedule that encourages bunk / age-group unity and the experience of trying new things with an elective schedule that allows campers time for individual opportunities and personal skill development.
When: Traditional 7 week program running from June 28 – August 16.
Skyland Camp For Girls
Where: Western North Carolina, just east of the Great Smokey Mountains.
Who: Girls ages 6 – 15.
What:For 95 years, it has been owned and operated by a single family and is currently being run by Michael Brown of Glen Ridge and his sister, both descendants of the original owner. The camp was founded near Asheville, North Carolina in 1917 in a Victorian hotel building. Some of the activities offered at the camp are classic camp activities such as swimming, theater/dance, horseback riding, tennis, archery, arts and crafts, and games, and field trips to Pisgah National Forest. The camp also offers a number of electives to give girls freedom of choice. Limited to just 75 girls per session.
When: First session runs from June 22 – July 12 / Second session runs from July 13 – August 29 / Full Skyland Summer from June 22 – July 29.
Cost: 1st session $3,950 / 2nd session $3,550 / Both session $6,850.
Independent Lake Camp
Where: Orson, Pennsylvania and is set in the Endless Mountain region of the Pocono Mountains. Pick-up and drop-off points in Newark-Airport (NJ-NY)
Who: Kids ages 6 – 17.
What: Sleepaway camp dedicated to celebrating diversity. Offering fun and unique programs, such as: circus camp, dance, performing arts, skateboard camp, rock music camp, arts, computers and go-kart camp all rolled into one summer experience.
When: Offers 4 two-week sessions from June 22 – August 17.
Cost: Each sessions is $2,595
Camp Pocono Trails Weight Loss Camp
Where:Located just 90 minutes from New York City and Philadelphia in the Poconoc.
Who: Kids ages 10 – 17.
What: Camp Pocono Trails will provide an environment where weight loss is an integral part of the summer camp experience; promote health, wellness, integrity and learning; Build self-esteem and lasting friendships; Ensure individualized attention that yields results.
When: Ten sessions offered from June – August.
Cost: Rates vary by dates and length of stay. Check here for information.
Surprise Lake Camp
Where: 382 Lake Surprise Road, Cold Spring, NY
Who: Kids in grade 2 through 15 years old.
What: Located only 60 miles from New York City, our camp sits on 500 beautiful wooded acres surrounded by an enormous expanse of undeveloped state parkland. Our sparkling, 30-acre lake is nestled between two rugged mountain ridges. Camp is a supportive, caring community with an upbeat Jewish flavor. We sing a lot and we cheer a lot, and we make the most of the unique opportunity camp affords to create a model of the world as it should be—joyous and at peace, achieving the human potential for successful group living.
When: From 2 week sessions to a full summer of 8 weeks. June 27 – August 24.
Cost: Rates range from $1,750 – $7,250. Check here for details.
Who: Girls and boys ages 6 – 16.
Where: 1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996
What: Pok-O-MacCready Camps is a co-ed summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-16, and is located on a beautiful lake in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. It offers over 35 activities each summer including: hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, sailing, swimming, creative arts, and much more. Facilities available to every camper include an early 19th Century working farm, and brand new state-of-the-art indoor rock climbing center, tennis and basketball courts, a street hockey complex, modern horse stables, ball fields, swimming and boating docks, and over 50 cabins.
When: Offers 2, 3, 4 and a full session from June 29 – August 16.
Cost: Ranges from $2,025 – $7,500 depending on length of stay. Click here for details.
Journey’s End Farm Camp
Where: 364 Sterling Road, Sterling PA 18463
Who: 34 boys and girls, ages 7 – 12
What: A 210-acre family farm in its third generation of hosting a summer camp. Campers help with the daily care of the Curtis family’s cows and calves, alpacas, goats, hens, donkeys, rabbits, and chicks; harvest their food from the gardens; play in the fields, woods and creeks. Lots of emphasis on nature appreciation, cooperation and inclusion, making music, simple farm living. Director Tim Curtis, grandson of Journey’s End’s founders, and his late brother’s wife Kristin, work with a caring hired staff to bring children to experience a balanced way of life, with creative play, necessary work, friendship, activity, reflection, and closeness to the natural world.
When: Three 2 -week sessions June 29 – August 9; Family Camp August 11 – 17.
Cost: 2 weeks sessions are $1,900 / Family Camp under 12 $840, over 12 $910. Call (570) 689-3911 or email for more information.
Weaving Cultures Family Camp
Where: On the shores of Lake Erie at Camp Luther in Conneaut, Ohio.
Who: Families with transracially adopted children of the African diaspora.
What: Families will stay in either private or semi-private 2-bedroom cabins. Families will enjoy adoption-related programming for kids and adults in the morning (we will also provide childcare for children 4 and under) and outdoor programming in afternoons, with plenty of free time for swimming, relaxing, sports, and other outdoor fun. Families will gather together for provided meals and evening campfires. The camp welcomes all families regardless of race and ethnicity, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion and spirituality, national origin, social/economic class and life experience.
When: Thursday, August 14 to Sunday, August 17, 2014
Cost: Adults (first two): $260 per person / Additional adults: $180 / Youth (ages 10 and over*): $260 / Children (ages 5–9*): $140 / Preschoolers (ages 2–4*): $85 / Infants/Toddlers (under 2*): Free
Camp Common Ground
Where: 473 Tatro Road, Starksboro, Vermont
Who: An inter-generational family camp going into its 20th year. We welcome people of all ages, ethnicities, lifestyles, abilities and economic backgrounds.This week long family vacation program focuses on creative expression, fun, great food and community. Campers have the opportunity to explore the many options available in one week or to immerse themselves more deeply in one particular activity. New and old friendships are cemented at Camp Common Ground. Read Barista Kids’ review here.
When: July 19 – August 15.
Cost: Adults $675 -$975 / Teens $550 – $800 / Kids (3-12) $450 -$600 / Toddlers $150 / Babies $50
Interlochen Summer Arts Programs
Who: Kids in grades 3 – 12.
What: Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Each summer, 2,500 students come to Interlochen to train intensively with renowned instructors, producing more than 400 presentations in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, creative writing and motion picture arts. Located on 1,200 wooded acres between two lakes, the campus includes 120 cabins, three dining halls, two waterfronts, dozens of rehearsal and performance venues and a variety of outdoor recreational activities.
When: One, two, three, four and six weeks long. Most programs happen between June 20 and August 4, although the one-week “Institute” programs run June 13 – June 19. To find the dates of a specific program, start here.
Cost: Depends on program.
Monserrat College of Art Pre-College Summer Program
Where: Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Who: High school students age 16 and over
What: The three week summer residential Pre-College Program is designed for high school students 16 years and older, and provides an intensive introduction to the life and expectations at an art college. Students receive rigorous visual art instruction and time to cultivate their foundation drawing skills, as well as discover new subjects and mediums through our elective offerings.
When: July 13 – August 3
Cost: $3,500. Limited partial tuition scholarships are available for the Pre-College Program and are based on financial need.
Fairview Lake YMCA Camps
Where: 1035 Fairview Lake Road, Newton, NJ
Who: Programs for kids in grades 2 – 11
What: Fairview Lake YMCA Camps offer many options for campers. Choose from traditional, one week specialty, ranch and more. There are fun options of rall ages.
When: June – August with various programs and times. Check here for details.
Cost: Depends on program.
Kierson Farm Summer Riding Camps
Where: 107 W. Woodschurch Road, Flemington, NJ
Who: Ages 9 – 15.
What: Sleep Away Camp at Kierson give young riders the chance to spend one week submerged in all things horse! Campers will stay in our “ kid friendly bunk house”, take part in horse activates from sun up to sun down. Each day campers will take riding lessons as well as go for trail rides through the Deer Path Park Trail system. Each day will also include a “ games on horse back “ session. Campers will be responsible for their own horse each day, learning how to properly feed and care for their animal.
When: August 3 – 10. Drop off Sunday 3 pm – Pick up Saturday 10 am * Sat 10 am Mini Horse Show for Parents
Cost: $925. Check details here.
Guru Travel Camp to Sri Lanka
Where: Village of Wasgamuwa, Sri Lanka with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS)
Who: Teens ages 14 and up
What: The campers/volunteers are expected to help draft and deliver the curriculum to teach the local children English — volunteer initiative and leadership will be key aspects of the program’s success. Each volunteer will complete his/her own project and, with a volunteer / staff ratio of 2-3 to 1, the opportunity exists for a truly personalized experience. Campers are expected to work hard serving others, and work hard becoming their “highest selves.”
When: 23 days, from June 28 to July 21
Cost: $5,000 (Airfare from NYC included) – Tax deductible charitable contribution. More details at (917) 783-5862 or here.
Special Needs Camps
Ramapo For Children Summer Camp
Where: Hudson Valley region of New York State, Rhinebeck, NY
Who: Children with a range of social, emotional, and learning challenges ages 6 – 16.
What: Camp Ramapo provides a traditional summer camp experience for children who have difficulty building and maintaining healthy relationships with peers and adults and who would struggle in a less supportive setting. The program is carefully structured to help children with special needs learn to live within a group, form healthy friendships, make good choices, develop self-confidence, and experience success. It provides educational and recreational experiences which promote social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Campers swim, hike, play sports, enjoy playgrounds, work together to climb ropes courses, camp out, reinforce literacy and science related skills, and participate in activities such as music, drama, arts and crafts, and ceramics.
When: Offered for 8 weekly sessions from June 22 – August 15.
Cost: Ranges from $2,925 – $12,500 depending on how many sessions.