Sleepaway Camps

Looking for a real camp experience for your school-aged kid? Sleepaway camps are an option.

I never went to sleepaway camp, but people I know who did have such great memories from their summers at camp. My husband spent most of his childhood summers at Kutsher’s Sports Academy (on our list) back when it was in the Catskills. He still has close friends from those days.

Our list is of sleepaway camps 3 hours away or less from Baristaville.

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.

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 running from July 4 – August 27.
Cost: The Base camp fee is $450 per week of camp. They offer many discounts that may apply to you and your family.

Camp Kweebec
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 25 – August 13.
Cost: Grades 1- 5 $7,695 / Grades 6 – 10 $7,795.

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 26 – August 20. One, two or 4 week session.
Cost: $750 – $2600 depending on length of session.

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 24 – August 24). Weekenders and Travel scheduled throughout the year.
Cost: Depending on age and session: $3750-$12,755

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.
When: 2,4,6 or 8 week session from June 26 – August 19.
Cost: $3,000 ($800 Deposit) – $8,300 ($800 Deposit) all-inclusive and depending on length of session.

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 –  August.
Cost:Click here or call 888.874.5400 for more information.

Camp Towanda
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 25 – August 12. 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.
Cost: $9750.

Frost Valley YMCA Camp
Where: 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NJ.
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.
When: Special 1 week session camp from June 26 – July 1. Four sessions from July 3 – August 26.
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, NJ) 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: Special 1 week session camp from June 26 – July 1. Four sessions from July 3 – August 26.
Cost: Ranges vary depending on program and financial ability. Call 845.985.2291 for more details.

Camp Nyoda
Where: 136 Cozy Lake Road, Oak Ridge, NJ.
Who: Girls in 2nd grade and up.
What: 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 July 4 – August 14.
Cost: Call 973.697.4382 for more details.

Lake Owego Camp
1687 Route 6, Greeley, PA.
Who: Boys in 2nd – 11th grade.
What: We want our campers to do the things they love and try something new. Each camper has the option to pursue personal interests or a new sport or activity. Here, each day is different, and each camper’s world expands a little bit more through what he does and who he meets. Activities include: sports, outdoor adventure (mountain climbing, hiking, zip line, etc.), boating, swimming, creative arts and much more.
When: Offered in 2 week session for 2nd – 4th graders and Half or Full session from June – August.
Cost: Two week session – $2,950 / Half session – $6,100 / Extended half session – $7,950 / Full session – $9,700. Call 215.887.9700 for more information.

Stokes Forest Music Camp and Festival
 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 10 – July 23.
Cost: Call the Preparatory Center for the Arts office at 973.655.4443 for details or e-mail here.

Camp Cayuga
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 26 – August 18.
Cost: Prices range from $2,400 – $7,800 depending on length of stay.

Camp Lohikan
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.
Cost: Prices range from $800 – $8,000 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 – August.
Cost: Prices range from $2,200 – $7,400 depending on length of stay.

Camp Canadensis
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 25 – August 13.
Cost: $9,150.

Skyland Camp For Girls
Where: Western North Carolina, just east of the Great Smokey Mountains.
Who: Girls ages 6 – 15.
What:For 94 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 25 – July 12 / Second session runs from July 14 – July 30. OPEN HOUSE on March 13 from 1 pm to
3 pm at a private residence. Contact Tracey Burnette at 973.337.2862 or Jennifer Agarwal at 973.566.0686 for more information about the party.
Cost: 1st session $2,350 / 2nd session $2,350 / Both session $4,700.

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 from 2- 9 week sessions from June 26 – September 4.
Cost: Firstsession $2,395 / Second session $2,395 / Third session $3,225 / Fourth session 2,195 / Elite week (performances) $850. SPECIAL OFFER GOING ON NOW: Half-Price for new campers ages 8 and under.

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 15 – August 18.
Cost: Rates vary by dates adn length of stay. Check here for information.

(Photo: Flickr/Gary Lerude)

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