Barista Kids Summer Camp Guide 2013: Big Kids

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Barista Kids Summer Camp Guide 2013: Big Kids

Do you have a Tween or Teen? If you’re not shipping them off to sleepaway camp this summer, our 2013 Summer Camp Guide will help. If you are looking for a sleepaway camp, we have some great options for you in our guide coming soon.

If you also have younger children, be sure to check out our “Little Kids” summer camp guide here.

Not every camp is listed yet , but we are constantly searching for more options. We will continue to update. If you know of a great camp that’s not on our list, please send us an email.

We’re also putting up a Summer Camp Guide link on our sidebar so you will be able to check out our comprehensive list anytime:


YMCA Camps

YMCA of Montclair Explorers Camp
Where: Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair.
Who: 8-12 years old.
What: Explorers Camp offers a combination of fun filled activities as well as trips to local attraction destinations. Campers will participate in a daily schedule of games, recreational swim and a variety of activities based around weekly themes.
When: June 24th – August 30st, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Before and After Camp Hours available for an additional fee. (See the camp brochure available at for details.).
Cost: $255.00 per session. For more information contact Amy Costa at (973) 559-9286.

YMCA of Montclair Camp at The Lake
YMCA of Montclair Outdoor Education facility in West Milford.
Who: 5-13 years old (CIT Camp: 14 – 15 years old).
What: The American Camp Association accredited Camp at the Lake offers swim lessons, sports, crafts, nature, science, outdoor survival skills, hiking, archery, recreational swimming, low ropes challenge, drama, dance, boating and fishing. This camp provides children with exciting adventures, cooperative learning and tons of FUN! The campers will express their creativity, unleash their boundless energy, learn new skills and develop meaningful relationships. FREE Transportation provided from bus stops in Montclair, Upper Montclair, Verona, Cedar Grove, Bloomfield, Clifton.
When: June 24th – August 30th, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. . After Camp Hours available for an additional fee. (See the camp brochure available at for details.)

  • Traditional Camp for 5-13 year olds: $250.00-$280.00 per session.
  • Sports Camps (Basketball, Soccer, Sports Fan Club) for 8 – 13 year olds: $250-$280.00 per session.
  • Specialty Camps (Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Dance, Science and Outdoor Living Skills) for 8-13 year olds: $260.00-$290 per session.
  • Adventure Camp for 10-13 year olds: $295.00-$325.00 per session.
  • Counselor in Training for 14 – 15 year olds: $495.00-$525.00 (Two week session + free week to volunteer).

For more information contact Kim Burrows at (973) 415.6118 or James Goodger at (973) 415-6116.

YMCA of Montclair Teen Travel Camp
YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park Street, Montclair
Who: 13-15 years old.
What: It’s a great time to be a teen when you can spend your summer at the Y. The Teen Travel campers will have the opportunity to participate in leadership workshops, discuss social and cultural awareness and perform community service as well as go on thrilling excursions. Participation during in house days is required in order to participate in any field trips out of the building. Trained adult staff will maintain a high level of safety, fun and mentoring for all participants. Day trip opportunities may include but are not limited to Six Flags Amusement Park, Local College Tours, Statue of Liberty, SONY Wonder Lab, Ellis Island, Bowling and Movies.
When: July 1-August 23 (8 one-week sessions), from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or later, depending on trip destination. (See the camp brochure available at for details.)
Cost: $295.00 per session. For more information contact Kimberley Griffiths at (973) 415-6102.

YMCA of Montclair Youth Basketball All Stars (YBA) Camp
Where: Gymnasium at Immaculate Conception High School, 33 Cottage Place, Montclair
Who: 8-13 years old
What: Let the Y be a part of your level of everything basketball this summer. Whether you aspire to “be like Mike” or just improve your skills and make new friends, camp YBA is the perfect place for you. YBA is an intense four week basketball program for youth ages 8-13 of varying abilities. YBA campers will further develop their skills, learn game strategies and achieve goals on and off the court on a daily basis. Each day is spent learning and improving the fundamentals of the game, interactive drills, offensive and defensive skills building, in house tournaments and getting in shape. Campers may register for one or all four weeks of program and for one of two time frames.
When: July 8-August 2, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. After Camp Hours available for an additional fee. (See the camp brochure available at for details.).
Cost: $215.00 per session. For more information contact Kimberley Griffiths at (973) 415-6102.

South Mountain YMCA Pre-Teen Adventure Camp
Maplecrest Park, Maplewood & South Orange Community Pool, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Grades 5 – 6.
What: These camps follow an extensive travel schedule with trips each week to places such as: Dorney Park, Mountain Creek, Laser Tag, Dave and Busters, NY City, Great Adventure, bowling, ice skating, fishing and local beaches.
When: July 1 – August 30 from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Occasionally extended as late as 6 pm due to travel schedules. Before and aftercare available for an additional fee.
Cost: $996 each 3-week session. See registration form here.

South Mountain YMCA Teen Adventure Camp
Maplecrest Park, Maplewood & South Orange Community Pool, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Grades 7 – 8.
What: Teen Campers (7th-8th graders) can attend one overnight trip per session, including a camp-out at the beautiful Fairview Lake YMCA camp grounds. These camps will be divided by grades for groups, but may interact for activities such as team-building
exercises, games, sports, crafts, community service projects and swimming twice a week when not on trips. Staff are college-educated, fully trained and demonstrate a desire to develop positive values in youth.
When: July 1 – August 30 from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Occasionally extended as late as 6 pm due to travel schedules. Before and aftercare available for an additional fee.
Cost: $996 each three week camp. See registration form here.

South Mountain YMCA Sports Galore Camp
South Mountain Annex, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Kids entering grades k – 6.
What: This camp gives campers the opportunity to experience over 15 different sports from around the world in a week, plus group team building games and other fun activities. Campers will receive technical instruction in each sport and will then experience the sport in a realistic game situation.
When: 3 mini one-week sessions from July 22 – August 9
Cost: $290 per week. See registration form here.



Sports, Yoga and Dance Camps


Sports Domain Academy Montclair Summer Camp
Where: Held at Brookdale Park, Watchung Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Programs for kids ages 3 – 14.
What: Half-day weekly sessions that offer extra training to help children develop their soccer skills. Each student receives a soccer ball, t-shirt and water bottle!
When: 10 weekly session. Dates TBA
Cost: Call 973.746.6887 for more information.

Big 5 Soccer Camps
 Held at Fortunato Field, on the corner of Essex Avenue and Chestnut Street, Monclair, NJ, 07042
Who: All Montclair High Soccer Players who will be entering 9th -12th grade in September of 2013
What: Program will focus on all the basic skills to get the players ready for the future while having lots of fun.
When: July 8 -12
Cost: $175. See registration form here.

Big 5 Lax Camps
Where: Held at either Fortunato Field, on the corner of Essex Avenue and Chestnut Street or Renaissance field on North Fullerton Ave, both in Montclair. AND
Who: Boys k- 8th grade
What: Program will focus on all the basic skills to get the players ready for the future while having lots of fun.
When: Four 1-week sessions from June 24 – July 19 – 9 am – 12 pm.
Cost: $130 – $160 depending on session. See registration form here.

Big 5 Montclair High School Team Camp
Where: Held at Fortunato Field, on the corner of Essex Avenue and Chestnut Street in Montclair.
Who: Montclair High School players in grades 9th – 12th.
What: Program will focus on all the basic skills  to get the players ready for the future while having lots of fun.
When: COED Week: July 8-12. Camp will be held from 5 pm-6:15 pm.
Cost: $175 per week. See registration form here.

Maplewood Tennis Camp
Where: Tennis courts in Memorial Park, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Ages 6 – 14.
What: Fun tennis camp teaching all skills and tactics for a better game.
When: Weekly sessions from July 1 – August 22 from 9:30 am – 1 pm
Cost: Varies depending on program. Check rates here.

Evolution Lacrosse Academy
Where: Verona at Centennial Field and Watsessing Park in Bloomfield.
Who: Boys and girls ages 5-14
What: The camp provides safe, fun, competitive and age-appropriate instruction for boys and girls ages 5-14. Instruction will focus on basic to advanced lacrosse skills through individual, group and positional work. This exciting camp is the perfect environment for players of all ages and skill levels to play, have fun, and evolve their games. The camps will be led by Evolution Lacrosse Founder Matt Podwoski, an experienced educator and coach with more than 20 years of experience, and his trained staff of lacrosse player/coaches.
When: Verona at Centennial Field will run from July 8-12 / Watsessing Park in Bloomfield from July 15-19.
Cost: Varies depending on age and session. Check registration form for details.  Call 201-306-1124 or email for additional information.

Prime Time Summer Arts – Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts
Where: 87 Mount Hebron Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043.
Who: Children ages 6 – 14.
What: Full-day program offering daily classes in art, music, dance and drama. Each session ends in a free public performance.
When: July 1 – August 9 divided into two 3-week sessions. Each session ends with a public performance.
Cost: Session I – $870 / Session II – $930. See registration form here.

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Softball Camp
Where: 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ
Who: Girls ages 8 – 12.
What: Softball camp is designed for girls to learn, have fun and enhance their skills in all phases of softball.
Under the direction of Leslie Korkgy-Valenti and her staff, we provide the opportunity for young players to improve their ability level and develop into the best player possible with all out-door activities taking place at the beautiful Montclair State softball park. Refreshments, lunch and a camp T-shirt will be provided and there will also be some sports education activities inside the Museum, where the players will report each morning and be picked up after camp.
When: Dates TBA
Cost: Call (973) 655-2378 for more information.

New Jersey Jackals NIKE Baseball Camp
Where: 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ
Who: Boys ages 7 – 15.
What: At camp, campers are instructed by the New Jersey Jackal coaches and will be taught the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, base-running, team plays and more! Join the fun and get better at baseball this summer! Directing the NIKE Baseball Camp at Yogi Berra Stadium is Head Jackals Coach, Joe Calfapietra. The longest-tenured manager in the Can-Am League, 2013 marks Joe’s 11th season at the Jackals’ helm.
When: Half day sessions (9 am – 1 pm) running from June 24 – August 16.
Cost: Register here.

MVP Sports Camp
Where: Glen Ridge High School, 200 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
Who: Children ages 6 – 14.
What: All sports camp with a variety of games designed to improve athleticism, sportsmanship and putting the fun back into sports.
When: Six weekly sessions from June 24 – August 2 from 9 am – 2:30 pm. (half-day or full-day options.)
Cost: $159 per week for half-day option / $209 per week for full-day option. Register here.

Floyd Hall Arena Summer Performance Hockey Camps
Where: One Hall Drive, Little Falls, NJ.
Who: Advanced skaters of all ages and levels.
What: A variety of programs offered depending on level of skill. See details here.
When: Full and half day options available from July 1 – August 30
Cost: Range from $150 – $455 based on camp and length of day. Click here for details.

Newark Academy Summer Sports Camp
Where: Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Children ages 6 – 14.
What: Various sports camps for boys and girls: soccer, baseball, basketball, fencing and lacrosse. With state-of-the-art basketball courts, designated wrestling and fencing rooms, modern fitness center, six-lane swimming pool, and vast outdoor athletic fields, Newark Academy offers athletic facilities second to none.
When: Dates and times vary by sport. Details here.
Cost: $150 – $395 depending on camp. For more information, contact: Liz Bona Beach Director, Summer Sports Institute at 973.992.7000, ext. 212

Bill Wing’s Tennis Academy Camp
Where: Montclair Kimberley Academy courts, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Kids ages 7 – 18
What: Complete instruction including, game rules, etiquette, drills, tournaments and more.
When: Weekly sessions from June to August 27 offered half-day or full day.
Cost: Call 973. 256.0818 for more information

St. John’s Montclair Soccer Camps at MSU
Where: Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043.
Who: Kids ages 5-14.
What: At the Dave Masur Soccer Kid program, participants will improve their soccer skills in a friendly and fun filled environment. All the game skills such as dribbling, passing, control, shooting and heading are covered. Each day includes small sided games, practices and game tactics. The day schedule also includes water slip-n-slide, movies during lunch in air-conditioned lunch rooms. Lunch rooms are also used in case of extreme heat or bad weather.
When: July 15-19 and 22-26, 9am – 3pm
Cost: Click here to register and for all details.

Revolution Field Hockey Camp
Where: Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave Montclair, NJ
Who: Girls Ages 10 – 18
What: The Revolution Field Hockey Camp at Montclair State University is considered the finest in the country. Each camp provides female athletes, ages 10-18, with the opportunity to become better field hockey players in a fun, positive environment. Campers learn from the best coaches and teachers the sport has to offer. Each camp offers great skill training, scrimmaging, camper bonding and fun! Join us this summer at a Revolution Field Hockey Camp and OWN THE FIELD! For more information on this location and its director, Montclair State University Head Coach Beth Gottung, please visit online or call us at 800-944-7112
When: July 7 – 10
Cost: Overnight $545, Extended Day $445

Maplewood Karate and Kickboxing Camps 
Where: 97 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ
Who: Ages 4 – 6 AND 7+ Karate Camps / Ages 7+ Kickboxing Camps
What: The perfect fun fitness activity for the summer to keep your child’s focus on track, building confidence and enhancing self-esteem. Two days a week of quality martial arts training and two days a week Kid kickboxing training in a clean and welcoming environment, new students will be tested for their senior white belts at the end of each session, making the program challenging as well as fun.
When: Session one: Date: June 24 to July 25 /Session two: Date: July 29 to Aug 22.
Cost: Kid Kickboxing $200.00 a session $60.00 Registration for gear.
Karate Camp $200.00 per session $105.00 registration for gear and uniform.

New Heights-Rock Climbing Camp

Where: New Jersey Rock Gym, 373 Route 46 West, Fairfield, NJ
Who: Kids ages 7-14 years
What: Rock Climbing and Sports Camp. The climbing program focuses on proper equipment use, climbing techniques and safety while building strength, flexibility, concentration and problem solving. Campers will gain experience with top rope, bouldering, and rappelling utilizing the most innovative climbing structures in the Northeast. The program is highly instructional! The sports program is about having fun with sports like soccer, kickball, relay races and cooperative games which lead to building teamwork.
When: Dates TBA
Cost: For more information call 973-439-9860

Lydia Johnson Dance Camp
Where: The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, Nj
Who: Kids in grades 2 – 11.
What: Under the direction of choreographer Lydia Johnson, LJD company members and teaching artists will lead small groups through a varied day of creative dance including Dance Technique, Choreography, and Survey of Contemporary Dance, with guest artists teaching jazz and hip hop. The day includes a Choreography Workshop in which the campers create their own dances to show friends and families. An extended day is now offered in partnership with Geralyn’s Art Studio so campers can dance in the morning and create visual art work in the afternoons for a full day of the arts. (Scholarships and one and two-week sessions are available.) The program includes Pizza Fridays, dance games, snack on the patio, and special events.
When: July 8 – July 26 from 9 a.m-1 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Extended day offered)
Cost: $910 for three week session, sibling discount of $860

Knicks Basketball Camp
Where: The Sports Academy, 56 East Willow Street, Milburn, NJ
 Boys and girls ages 8-18
What: The New York Knicks Summer Basketball Camp presented by Chase returns for the 22nd summer in 2013, providing children with a structured basketball learning experience, focused on teamwork and personal development. Campers will sharpen their dribbling, shooting and defensive skills, learn new plays and make new friends, while meeting Knicks players, alumni and coaching staff. Each camper will receive a Knicks camp uniform and the opportunity to win trophies and Knicks prizes.
When: August 5 – 8 from 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $475. Register online here.

Sum It Up For Girls Lacrosse Camp
Where: Sessions held in Summit, Short Hills, Chatham and Gilette, NJ
Who: Girls in grades k – 1st and 2nd – 8th
What: Guest-coach visits from the area’s elite teams give our campers the chance to learn about playing opportunities at the next level.Creative crafts and journal-making provide girls the opportunity to cool off and relax. A Certified Athletic Trainer at every camp trained to handle medical emergencies, including allergic reactions and asthma-related incidents.
When: Seven week long sessions form June 10 – August 12
Cost: Sessions vary depending on dates, but costs range form $285 – $410

Diamond Gymnastics
Where: 182 Route 10 W, East Hanover, NJ
Who: Kids ages 5 – 14
What: Camp activities include gymnastics instruction, rock climbing, outdoor play, arts and crafts, swimming and more.  A great staff mixes instruction with fun…making for a great summer! Teen campers will get to enjoy all that is offered to the full day camp, plus take one or two day-trips per week to local fun spots (bowling, golf, parks, etc) with senior counselors.
When: 10 week sessions in half-day form 9 am – 1 pm or full day from 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: Varies depending on day and session: from $150-$275 per week


Traditional Camp Experience


Willow Lake Day Camp
Where: 200 State Route 181, Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Who: Ages 3 – 8th grade, with a CIT program for 9th and 10th graders.
What: Willow Lake has developed age appropriate programs which ensures each child has a healthy, safe and fun experience. Campers thrive in our dynamic program which continues to grow with them each summer as they get older. Our activities and equipment are specifically designed to fit the needs of campers of all ages and skill levels. Willow Lake’s modern fleet of air-conditioned 16 and 25 seat school buses (they do not use big buses) is carefully routed to ensure the shortest ride to and from camp each day. Each bus is driven by a professional New Jersey CDL certified driver who has also undergone an intensive Willow Lake orientation as well. Tour Day on February 24 available by appointment. Call us at 973.663.2732 to learn more about Willow Lake and reserve your Tour Day space.
When: Camp runs from July 1 – August 23. Enroll for either 4 week, 5, week, 6 week, 7 week or 8 week sessions.
Cost: Rates range from $3,200- $5,850 depending on age and length of program. Click here for more information. Please call 973.663.2732 for more information.

Deerkill Day Camp
Where: 54 Wilder Road, Suffern, NY. (845) 354-1466
Who: Kids ages 3 – 14
What: Deerkill Day Camp is a 3rd-generation family-owned day camp for boys and girls age 3 to 15 in Rockland County, New York. Owned and directed by the Rhodes Family since 1958, Deerkill has been the summer home for campers from throughout Manhattan, Rockland, Bergen, Orange, Hoboken and Montclair for over half a century. Deerkill Day Camp is a smaller ACA-accredited day camp that offers a warm and supportive environment on a beautiful 15 acre campus. Deerkill offers a superb swimming program, team sports and a dozen specialty programs in the creative and performing arts. Transportation is by air-conditioned minibus. Hot lunches, towels, supplies, trips and a weekend pool club are included. No tipping allowed.
When: July 1 – August 23. New campers may enroll for 2 weeks or more. All other may enroll from 4 – 8 weeks.
Cost: Varies by age group. Check here for details. Cost includes all activities (except horseback riding) family weekend swimming, door-to-door transportation, hot lunches, field trips and supplies, group photo, camp shirts, gym bag and DVD yearbook.

Jeff Lake Camp
: Jeff Lake is located on a beautiful 50 acre lake in Stanhope, New Jersey.
: Jeff Lake offers a wide variety of age appropriate programs for children in pre- school through 10th grade.
: Family owned for 54 years, Jeff Lake Camp is a place where kids have fun. Our energy and spirit is contagious. Children grow in a culture that has campers coming back again and again. Our facilities include: 50 acre lake for boating and fishing, 5 heated swimming pools (we are known as the camp “where kids learn to swim”), athletic fields, New Gymnastics Pavillion, Dance and Fine Art Studios, high and low ropes course, Cooking Studio and more! Freshman Campus is home to our youngest campers and includes athletic fields as well as a new air conditioned Freshman Clubhouse for indoor play. Open House on Sunday, February 10 from 12 pm – 2 pm
: July – August . 4, 6 and 8 week sessions available.
: Please call the office at 973-376-1962 to speak to one of the directors.

JCC Metrowest Camp Deeny Riback
Where: 208 Flanders-Netcong Road Flanders, NJ.
Who: Ages 3 1/2 – grade 10.
What: Camp Deeny Riback combines the magic & excitement of camp on a beautiful 35-acre facility. The philosophy of “A Summer of Fun—A Lifetime of Memories” lies in the belief that everyone will leave each summer learning life skills, making new friends, and having fun, all in a safe and quality camping environment. Transportation provided.
When: Offered for 4,6,7,8 or 9 weeks. Programs vary by exact dates. Check here for details.
Cost: Call 973.929.2901 for more details.

Spring Lake Day Camp
Where: Conklintown Road, Ringwood, NJ.
Who: Kids in Pre-K – 10th grade.
What: 26 acre campus includes a 40,000 square foot heated pool complex divided into 5 awesome pools, a 5 acre lake for boating and fishing, water slides, manicured baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, 4 basketball courts, 2 hockey rinks, climbing towers, 500 foot zip-line, ropes course, 4 person bungee, beach volleyball, indoor dance studio, gymnastics pavilion, arts & crafts and fine art pavilions, cooking class rooms, computer centers, wood working, ceramics, science, nature, archery, wiffle ball, music and more. Air-conditioned door-to-door transportation is provided using only Department of Transportation approved mini-buses. Tour Dates: Sunday, Feb. 10; Mon. Feb. 18; Sunday, Feb. 24 from 10 am – 1 pm (2/18: 10:30 am -2:30 pm)
When: Mini-Day to Full Sessions from June 25 – August 16. Click here for all details. Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm. Mini Day hours are Monday thru Friday 9 am to 1:20 pm. Mini Day is available only for campers entering Nursery or Pre-K. Campers entering Kindergarten thru 10th grade are full day campers.
Cost: Prices range from $2,295 – $6,395 depending on age, program and length of stay. Call 973.831.9000 for more information.

Camp Horizons
Where: Campus of Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 5 – 14.
What: Traditional camp experience with over 100 activities to choose from daily.
When: Offered from 4 – 8 weeks with many options to choose. Click here for details.
Cost: For more information about availability call 973.992.7767.

Stonybrook Day Camp
Where: 42 Park Avenue, Randolph, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 3 – 15.
What: 40 acre campus includes 2 heated pool complex, a lake for boating and fishing, manicured baseball and soccer fields, ATV’s, tennis courts, basketball courts, hockey rinks, climbing towers, 600 foot zip-line over our lake, ropes course, volleyball, arts & crafts and fine art studios, cooking center, ceramics, Super science, archery, music and more. Air-conditioned door-to-door transportation is provided using only Department of Transportation approved mini-buses.
When: June 25 – August 17. Multi-week programs, multi-day programs, and half day option are also available. See website for more information.
Cost: Prices start at $2600 and vary depending on age and session length. Call 973.584.0078 for more information.

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp
Where: 73 East Valley Brook Road, Long Valley, NJ
Who: Kids ages 3 – Grade 9
What: Meadowbrook is an ACA accredited camp with a beautiful 50 acre campus filled with exciting activities including a 9,000 square foot pool complex featuring 3 heated pools and special events each and every week. Door-to-door transportation available from many locations on air-conditioned mini-buses and mini-vans. Teen Travel programs available. “We believe camp is a place where children have the opportunity to try new activities, take on new challenges, increase their self-esteem and grow in a safe, nurturing, fun environment.”
When: Begins Monday, June 25th and ends Friday, August 17th. The camp runs from 9 AM to 4 PM with before and after care available.
Cost: TBA For more information call the office at 908-876-3429. Open House on Sunday, March 11 from 11 am – 3 pm.

Camp Riverbend
Where: 116 Hillcrest Raod, Warren Township, NJ
Who: Kids ages 3 – 14.
What: Camp Riverbend is located in Somerset County on a 30-acre site along the Passaic River in Warren Township. Shady woods, open fields, nature trails, a wetlands sanctuary, athletic facilities and the river bank provide a variety of environment to explore. Camp Riverbend provides a wide range of activities, including arts and crafts, sports, environmental learning and performing arts. Every camper gets individual attention from instructors and group counselors.
When: 7 weeks from July 1 – August 16, 2013. Campers can attend any two consecutive weeks or more. Camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Cost: Varies depending on age of camper and sessions chosen. Check here for details.


Art and Crafty Camps


The Art Garage Summer Camp
Where: 211 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Children ages 6– 12.
What: Each week is different theme, such as Outdoor Art and Sculpture, Design the City of the Future, Comics and Manga, Animation and Claymation, En Plein Air painting and Drawing and Digital Photography.
When: Three options: Day camp from 9am-2pm, Afternoon Art Academy: 2pm-5pm or the All Day Program: 9 am-5 pm.
Cost: Click here for all details.

The Art Garage Teen Summer Arts League
Where: Separate Studio space across the street from 211 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Teens- ages 12-17
What: Each week is different theme, such as Jewelry, Drawing,Sculpture, Painting, Urban Art Explorers, Illustration and Mixed Media and more!
When: Each week- 2p-6p.
Cost:  Click here for all details. 20% discount if you bring a friend (notify us when you make payment).

Bass Arts Studios – Summer Arts Camp
Where: 202 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042, (973) 509-7588.
Who: Children ages 7-13
What: Children’s Art Camp, Five Weeks, June – July, from 9 am-2 pm (you may sign up for any number of weeks). Young Designers Fashion Camp, two weeks in July, 10 am-4 pm.
When: Several dates for each program. Check here for details.
Cost: Call 973.509.7588 for more information.

The Handywork Studio Camps
Where: Montclair State University, Little Falls / Montclair, NJ.
Who: Kids in kindergarten – 10th grade.
What: The Handwork Studio is a kids’ needle arts and fashion camp. Its purpose is to pass down the tradition of teaching practical arts such as knitting, crocheting, hand and machine sewing, embroidery, quilting, fashion and crafts in a fun and relaxed environment. Several camp options available: half-day, full-day, afternoon program and machine sewing for older kids.
When: All camps offered in August for week long sessions. check here for details.
Cost: Afternoon camp – $160, Half-day – $280, Full-day – $399, Machine Sewing – $465.

Montclair Art Museum — SummerART
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Kids ages 5 to teens.
What: The theme-based SUMMERART Camp provides four two-week sessions during which children will work in mediums such as drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, collage, and printmaking. Visits to the Museum’s galleries are included to enrich the child’s knowledge of fine arts. In addition to making art every day, children are encouraged to interact, talk, and learn about the history of art, its role in society, and how it affects our daily lives. Each session concludes with a student exhibit in MAM’s Leir Hall and the Yard School of Art Arcade. Light refreshments are serves, and family and friends are encouraged to attend. Art projects are taken home at this time.
When: July 2 – August 24. Children are grouped into ages groups: 5-7, 8 and 9, and 10-12. Ages 5-7 can choose either morning session (9:30 am – 1:45 pm) or afternoon session (3 pm – 5 pm). Ages 8-12 can choose any option.
Cost: Ranges from $330 – $890 per session, depending on age and length of day. Discount for museum members. Online registration opens on February 27 for Museum members; Opens March 5, 2010 for non-members. See here for details.

Montclair Art Museum Pottery Camp
Where: 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Kids ages 6 – 12.
What: The Yard School of Art is excited to offer four two-week sessions of Pottery Camp in our Ceramics Studio. This camp is for children and teenagers who are interested specifically in working with clay to create pottery, sculpture, and more. Campers are grouped in age-specific classes (6 – 8, and 9 – 12) Campers will have the opportunity to use the Museum’s diverse collection of Native American pottery as inspiration. Much of the work created in Pottery Camp will be kiln fired; some will be functional, some will be decorative, and all of it will be treasured for years to come. Much of this artwork will be displayed at the receptions in Leir Hall at the end of each session.
When: Four session offered from July 2 – August 24. 9:30 am – 5 pm (depending on the age and program)
Cost: Ranges from $700 – $995 per session, depending on age and length of day. Please note that the cost of Pottery Camp includes the additional expenses for materials, glazing, and kiln firing. Online registration opens on February 27 for Museum members; Opens March 5, 2010 for non-members. See here for details.

Montclair Art Museum Digital Media Camp
Where: 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Kids ages 8 – 12.
What: This camp exposes students to working collaboratively while using new technology as a tool for creative expression and communication in our increasingly connected and digital world. Camp is open to all levels and no prior knowledge of software is required; however, basic comfort using a computer is recommended. Students will be provided with a USB drive to take home their projects.
When: Four session offered from July 2 – August 24. 9:30 am – 5 pm (depending on the age and program)
Cost: Ranges from $595 – $890 per session, depending on age and length of day. Online registration opens on February 27 for Museum members; Opens March 5, 2010 for non-members. See here for details.

Express Yourself Studios Summer Art Camp
Where: 1877 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Artists ages 5 – 12.
What: Offers children the opportunity to experiment with a variety of media in a fun and supportive environment. Children will be encouraged to use their imagination freely. Participants will create 10-15 art projects per week. The projects are inspired by different Master Artists. Children will learn about the Artists through discussions, examples, and art-making. Projects include painting, drawing, mixed media collage, sculpture, printmaking and paper mache (relative to the artists). An exhibition and reception featuring students’ artwork will be held at the conclusion of each workshop week.
When: Weekly sessions from June 25 – August 24. 9 am – 12 pm OR 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
Cost: $175 per week.

Visual Arts Center of NJ Camps
Where: 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 6 – 12.
What: Various Art Camps available offering exploration of a variety of mediums, including: such as drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and three-dimensional work under the guidance of highly qualified instructors. Teens have an option of a Portfolio Development Intensive camp.
When: Offered for several weeks throughout the summer. Saturday Summer Camp available too.
Cost: Click here for more details.

Blueprint: The Art of Fashion and Design Camp
Where: Maplewood / South Orange area
Who: Kids ages 6 – 12
What: Campers will learn the art of photography, fashion design, and style accessories with classes, hands -on projects, trips and more.
When: Seven weekly sessions from July 9 – August 30.
Cost: $350 per week. 973-798-8BLU (973-798-8258)

Camp Style: Tweens & Teens Sewing & Fashion Camp
Where: Sew Montclair, 41 Glenridge Ave. Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Creative kids ages 9-15
What:  At CAMP STYLE you’ll learn a variety of sewing of skills — there’s no previous sewing experience is necessary. All weeks start with beginner projects and increase in complexity as more skills are learned. We provide all the sewing machines, tools and supplies you’ll need to sew and design your own unique creations. Weekly themes include stuffed animals, clothes & accessories or cool things for your room. Most projects can be completed in one or two days, so you’ll have lots of wonderful handmade creations and the skills needed to make more on your own.
When: 6 weekly sessions, July 8 – August 16—2 sessions per day 10 AM-1 pm or 2 pm-5 PM or Stay-all-day
Cost: $265 for half-day session per week. $495 for full-day. Discounts given for multiple weeks, siblings or “bring a friend” referrals. For more information and to register email or call 973-979-4624

Montclair Cooperative School Darkroom Photography Class
Where: Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Students entering grades 5-8
What: Students learn how to expose, process, and print negatives using black-and-white film. They make pin-hole cameras and experiment with photograms, blue-printing, hand-tinting photographs, and learn other darkroom tricks of the trade. Cameras provided.
When: July 8-12, July 15-19 from 9 am – 1 pm
Cost: $300 per week Click here for details.

Montclair Cooperative School Crafters Summer Camp
Where: Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Ages 6 – 10
What:  Children will learn new crafting techniques and practice some of old ones as they work with printmaking, weaving, embroidery, paper, nature, and yarn crafts.
When:  June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19 from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Cost: $300 per week. Click here for details.

Montclair Cooperative School Sewing Workshop
Where: Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Students entering grades 3 through 8
What: In each one week session, students will learn the basics of hand and machine sewing, cutting patterns, ironing and fitting their creation.
When: June 24-28 from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm / July 1-5 from 9.00 am – 2.00 pm (day extended to 2.00 pm as no class July 4)
Cost: $300 per week. Click here for details.

Geralyn’s Art Studio Camp
Where: 103 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ
Who: Kids ages 4 – 7 and 8+
What: Campers will do a variety of art, such as cartooning, painting, wooden sculpture, watercolor, and more.
When: July and August in morning sessions from 10 am – 12:30 pm or afternoon sessions from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Cost: $35 per child per session.

Mud and Soul  Summer Camp
Where: 6 Audrey Place, Unit #2, Fairfield, NJ
Who: Kids ages 6 – 13
What: Children will find a fun and supportive environment where skill building serves as the basis for self expression… and imagination takes flight. A great opportunity to discover what working with clay is all about.
When: Six sessions which run Monday through Friday from 2-4:30 pm. Each week, a different theme is introduced.
Cost: The fee for each weekly session is $165

Brave Girls Art Camp
Where: 16 Enclosure Street, Nutley, NJ
Who: Girls ages 7 – 12 AND 13 – 17
What: Brave Girls Art is a place where girls will discover more about themselves–what they like, what they don’t like, who they want to become in this world, and what it takes to find happiness through the arts.
When: Ages 7 – 13 July 29 – August 1 / Ages 13 – 17 August 5 – 8. See details here
Cost: $275 per week. Register here

Specialty Camps

Magic for Muggles Summer Program
Where: Magic for Muggles, St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall, 55 Montclair Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
Who: Harry Potter fans ages 8 – 13.
What: Program, led by two Montclair teachers, that brings the magic of Hogswarts school alive: playing quidditch, wand making, HP Jeopardy, discovering magical creatures, and making House banners.
When: Four sessions form July 1 – July 26 from 9 am – 1 pm
Cost: The cost per week is $245. Week one, due to the July 4th Holiday, will be $195. Registration will begin on February 15.

Montclair Mud Fun Camp
Where: Kaveny Field-behind the fences of the baseball field, enter near the corner of Walnut and Christopher Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages 6- 12.
What: A youth led festive summer event with live drums, food, barefoot mud stomp dancing and mud building/sculpting activities! The building of Adobe [sun baked mud] shelters is a tradition that stretches back thousands of years in all climates around the world. Campers will help design and make earthen structures that will remain in Kaveny Field for public viewing.
When: July 9 – August 3. Monday through Friday, 9:30 am-12 pm. Each Friday afternoon from 6 pm-8 pm there will be a community celebration and demonstration featuring food, drumming, and more!
Cost: $100 for each week, individual days are available at $25 a day.

Zoo Camps
Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
Who: Various programs for kids entering kindergarten through 8th grade.
What: Campers will be introduced to the extraordinary world of animals, nature, and science for our week long camps that run in June, July and August. Kids will enjoy age-appropriate themed camps that include games, teacher-led lessons, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science, and fun crafts.
When: Six weekly session running from June 24 – August 23. Various hours available depending on age group. Check here for all details.
Cost: Registration begins on February 25 for zoo members and March 11 for non-members.

The Oval Camp – Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey
Where: South Mountain Reservation, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Girls in grades 1 – 9.
What: An outdoor camp providing fun and educational experiences designed to give girls opportunities to learn, grow and make friends.
When: Offered from July 8 through August 16 from 9 am-4 pm.
Cost: All session fees are $250 per girl per week (5 days)

Gesher Summer Camp
Where: 110 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Kids in Pre-K – 10th grade.
What: The only Jewish ACA-accredited camp in Essex County. Gesher is a nurturing environment that welcomes all Jewish children, providing a safe, unique and fun-filled experience. The camp is equipped with two swimming pools, separate girls and boys changing rooms, indoor and outdoor tennis and basketball courts, a team challenge ropes course, a brand new waterslide, tevah (nature), a unique Israeli Culture program, a Kosher indoor cafeteria, a soccer field, a 600-seat auditorium, two gaga pits and a kings wall, plus many other areas to facilitate all of our special activities.
When: Offered for 4 – 8 weeks from July 1 – August 23.
Cost: Various prices based on age and length of program. Check application for details.

Apple Camp
Where: Local Apple stores (Willowbrook Mall, Short Hills Mall and Garden State Mall)
Who: Kids ages 8 -12.
What: Learn the ins and outs of iMovie and how to make a film in about the time it takes to watch one. From storyboarding to shooting footage to editing, kids will create their own film from start to finish. The workshop, held at the Apple Retail Store, spans three days and leads up to an Apple Camp Film Festival where campers debut their masterpieces.
When: 8 three-day workshops available throughout the summer.
Cost: Free. Check here for details.

Children’s Summer Program at The Adult School
South Orange Middle School, South Orange, NJ.
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 12.
What: The program offers more than 100 classes in academic enrichment, creative arts and sports. The range of choices includes creative classes, academic enrichment, games, sports, and more. There’s something for every child, including: Acting, Art, Math, Printmaking, Mosaics, Karate, Knitting, Hip Hop, Comics, First Aid, Computers and Science. The sports camps are for children and teens entering grades 1-12. They run in mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, in four one-week sessions and include co-ed baseball, fencing, soccer, gymnastics and track & field; boys lacrosse and basketball; and girls lacrosse.
When: July 1 – July 26
Cost: Fees vary based on course. Check here for details.

Camp Funplex
Where: 182, Rt. 10 W, East Hanover, NJ
Who: Kids 4 – 13
What: At Camp Funplex children have access to all of the thrills and amenities they love about the Funplex including indoor and outdoor amusements, swimming, arts and crafts, Fun Fridays, summer field trips and sports that cater to everyone’s strengths and abilities. Kids will also love all that’s new for 2012: The Splashplex – a brand new water playground featuring slides, water blasters, a Hydro Storm Tower and 5 foot deep pool, an inflatable obstacle course, remodeled Lazer Arena, upgraded 5D Theatre, new Super Twister ride and more! It’s all right here guided by experience, watchful counselors.
When: TBA.
Cost: TBA

Seaton Hackney Stables Summer Equestrian Camp
Where: 440 South Street, Morristown, NJ
Who: Ages 5 – 17
What: Campers learn basic safety, grooming, tacking and barn management skills. They ride 2-3 times daily, either in lessons, on trail rides, lungeing session and Equisthenics. In addition, campers receive daily Badges in many different topics including harness driving, equine breeds, colors and markings, equine health and First Aid, braiding and Show grooming, careers in the industry (demonstrations by vet and farrier) and other exciting horsemanship matters.
When: Weekly camps run all summer until Labor Day. Half-day and full-day sessions for riders of every ability (ages 5 to 17) are available. See forms page for all details.
Cost: From $395 – $750 per week.

Essex Equestrian Center Summer Camp
Where: 12-22 Woodland Avenue, West Orange, NJ
Who: Kids ages 6 – 13.
What: A riding camp for both the beginner and advanced rider.
When: Ten week sessions for Half day (9 am – 1 pm) and Full day (9 am – 4 pm) from June 24 – August 30. See details here.
Cost: From $425 -$695 per week depending on type of program.

iD Tech Summer Camps in New Jersey
Held at Princeton, Seton Hall, and 60+ universities in 27 states.
Kids and Teens ages 7-17.
Take hobbies further and gain a competitive edge! Create iPhone apps, video games, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs held at Princeton, Seton Hall, Stanford, and others. Small classes for ages 7-17 in a fun and challenging setting. Also 2-week, Teen-only programs held at Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and other universities: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking & photography).
June – August.
Please check website for details.

Montclair Summer Camps/ Work-Family Connection 
Where: On site in Montclair Public Schools
Who: Kids in grades k – 8th.
What: Choose frommany different specialty camps including Icamp, Metal Arts, Rock & Ropes Climbing, Science Fun, Basketball Camp, All Sports Camp, Art O Rama, Creative Crafts, And Traditional Day Camp experiences!
When: TBA
Cost: Visit online or call 908.534.5935 ext. 10 for more information.

Camp Invention INNOVATE Summer Science Camp
Where: Ridgewood Avenue School, Glen Ridge, NJ
Who: Kids ages 5 – 18
What: Created in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, this exciting, weeklong adventure in creativity immerses students in imaginative play that reinforces and supplements school-year learning in the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
When: June 24 – 28, 2013 / 8:30 am – 3 pm
Cost: Register on or before March 28, 2013 to receive $20 OFF the base price of $275.00. Every registration includes a free Camp Invention t-shirt. Sibling discounts also available.

Gesher Summer Camp
Where: 110 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Kids in Pre-K – 10th grade.
What: The only Jewish ACA-accredited camp in Essex County. Gesher is a nurturing environment that welcomes all Jewish children, providing a safe, unique and fun-filled experience. The camp is equipped with two swimming pools, separate girls and boys changing rooms, indoor and outdoor tennis and basketball courts, a team challenge ropes course, a brand new waterslide, tevah (nature), a unique Israeli Culture program, a Kosher indoor cafeteria, a soccer field, a 600-seat auditorium, two gaga pits and a kings wall, plus many other areas to facilitate all of our special activities.
When: Offered for 4 – 8 weeks from July 1 – August 23.
Cost: Various prices based on age and length of program. Check application for details.

Play By Play Sports Broadcasting Camp
Where: Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ
Who: Kids ages 10 – 18
What: Campers will learn all about sportscasting from professional local and national sportscasters, top athletes and coaches.
When: July 8 – 12 from 9 am – 4 pm. Overnight accommodations available too.
Cost: $550 or $1175 for overnight. Check here for more details.

Montclair Recreation Day Camp
Where: Clary Anderson Arena, at 41 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Ages 5 – 12
What: Campers will enjoy arts & crafts, sports, drama, games, swimming and weekly trips.
When: Three two-week camp sessions available: July 8-19; July 22 to Aug. 2; and Aug. 5-16. Runs form 9 – 4 pm with after-care available.
Cost:  $170 for each two-week session. After care: $30 per week. To register online go to:

Montclair Cooperative School Chess Camp
Where: Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Students entering grades 1 through 6
What:  Chess for beginners and experienced players. Campers will receive daily “mini-lessons”, hone their skills playing practice games against their peers, and be introduced to other enjoyable board games.
When:  Weekly from June 24 – August 23.  Session I: 9.00 am-10.30 am and/or Session II:10.30 am-12 noon.
Cost: $80.00 per weekly single session or $160.00 per double weekly session Click here for details.

Nature Discovery Summer Camp
Where: Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills, NJ
Who: Kids ages 3 -11
What: The beautiful Stone House education facility, live animal displays and 16 acres of woodlands provide a perfect environment for children to learn to appreciate the natural world around them. Children’s innate curiosity and joy in learning will be sparked by hands-on discovery led by our staff of experienced teachers. A variety of creative activities are planned for each week, incorporating art, science and imagination. The camp nurtures children by promoting a positive interest in nature and encouraging a protective attitude toward living things.
When: Eight weeks from  July 1 – August 23. Either 9 am – 12:30 pm or 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $150 – $350 depending on sessions and age groups. Check here for more details.


Theater and Acting Camps


Broadway Performing Arts Summer Programs
Where: 357 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 6 – 17.
What: Do your kids like to sing, dance, act and have fun? Then this Theatre camp is for you! We sing, dance, act & tumble the first half of the day and the 2nd half is dedicated to rehearsing a musical theatre number that will be performed on the Friday of each week. Come for one, two or all three weeks! We will also take a group to see our very own Sarah Solie (BPA’s voice teacher) in “Annie” on Broadway! (Price to be determined.) Don’t wait!
When: 7/22 – 7/26 9-4 pm (offering before and after care for $12/hr) 7/29 – 8/2 9-4 pm (offering before and after care for $12/hr) 8/5 – 8/9 9-4 pm (offering before and after care for $12/hr)
Cost: One week – $249.00 Each subsequent week is an additional 5% off! Discounts for siblings too!

JCC Metrowest Triple Threat Theater Camps
Where: 360 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
Who: Programs for kids in kindergarten to 3rd grade and grades 4 – 10.
What: Acting, Dance, Song—All Summer Long! Your camper will have hands-on experience they won’t get at other camps—studying acting, voice, and dance with working professionals. Grades K–3 campers will have weekly Master Teacher workshops and see a Broadway matinee twice per session. Grades 4–10 campers will have a Master Class with a working Broadway professional and see a Broadway matinee each week. Each session will culminate in a showcase performance that the campers help create.
When: Offered in 3, 4 or 7 week sessions. Programs vary by exact dates. Check here for details.
Cost: Call 973.530.3421 for more details.

Gas Lamp Players Lights Broadway Summer Camp
Where: 37 Clinton Road, Glen Ridge, NJ.
Who: Children in grades k – 7.
What: This summer, we will be performing the show Just So. Based on the immortal short stories of Rudyard Kipling, Just So takes you on a fantastic journey along the banks of Africa’s great, grey-green, greasy Limpopo River to meet an amazing collection of strange and wonderful creatures.  Set at the beginning of time, the musical introduces the Eldest Magician who has created a world of beasts and birds and fish.  Everything was just so, until Pau Amma the Crab began playing with the ocean, causing a flood that threatened the other animals.
When: The program will run Monday – Thursday from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, beginning Monday, July 9 with performances on August 10 & 11.
Cost: Tuition is $725 and includes free tickets to all performances.

Musical Theatre Conservatory
Where: Livingston and West Orange locations.
Who: Kids ages 7 – 17.
What: Musical Theatre Conservatory is a performing arts school offering exciting classes and camps. Summer choices are: Stage Door Kids and Glee Goes Broadway.
When: Stage Door Kids runs from 9 am – 12 pm July 1 – 20. Glee Goes Broadway runs from 9 am – 2 pm.
Cost: For more information or questions about any of our programs, contact Randy – 973.868.6259

Performers Theatre Workshop Broadway Showcase and Training Program Camp
Where: 1 Pierson Road, Maplewood, NJ
Who: Kids ages 10 – 18.
What: PTW’s Summer Broadway Theater Showcase and Training Camp features two exciting sessions of classes in acting, singing, dance, comedy, TV commercials, stage makeup and more! Also, visits from talent agents and managers, and fun trips to a Broadway show and to Six Flags Great Adventure. Both training sessions culminate with a final performance at a NYC Cabaret in the heart of the Broadway Theatre District!
When: Two sessions from July 1– August 16. 9:30 am – 3:15 pm.
Cost: $2650. Transportation and early drop off is available both sessions-please call 973.327.2250 for details.

The Summer Theatre Camp of Montclair – The Main Stage
Where: Unitarian Church of Montclair, 67 Church St. Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages  8 – 12 and 12 – 16
What: Learn how to unleash your expressive power onstage and build natural confidence and leadership offstage by participating in dynamic personalized acting training, theatre games and rehearsal culminating in a professionally staged and beautifully costumed final performance!
When: Four weeks / full day from 9 am – 4:15. Before and after care available at no charge.
Cost:  $1,495. Call 973.746.8686 for more information.

The Summer Theatre Camp of Montclair – Acting Boot Camp
Where: Unitarian Church of Montclair, 67 Church St. Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Teens ages 13 – 18
What: An intensive immersion into acting process. Participants will be introduced to Meisner, Method and Other Acting Techniques while developing their skill through monologue and scene work. Intensive and Demanding, this is a week designed for the serious young actor. Excellent preparation for college auditions.
When: August 5  – August 9 from 9 am – 4 pm
Cost:   $495 . Call 973.746.8686 for more information.

New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts
Where: 593 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ
Who: Camps for kids ages 6 – 12
What: Spend your summer in the spotlight! This summer’s show for Kids On Stage will be the Broadway play, SHREK-The Musical. Our five week Musical Theater Intensive will give campers the chance to perform in a Musical Show (SHREK) while immersing themselves in the rehearsal and production process. No audition is required for entrance into this program. Enrollment is limited to 25 performers. Tweens and Teens can take weekly specialty camps.
When: Sessions form July 1 – August 2
Cost: Varies on camp and ages. Check here for details.

Paper Mill Players Camp
Where:  Millburn Library, second floor rehearsal room, 200 Glen Avenue, Millburn, Nj
Who: Ages 6 – 8 and 9 – 12
What: The summer camp is a non-competitive, summer musical theater workshop in which students can have fun while honing their acting, singing and dancing skills.
When:  Runs from July 2 – July 25 three times a week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There is a morning session available from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm for children ages 6-8, and an afternoon session for children ages 9-11 from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: $625

Acting Production Workshop Camp: Charlotte’s Web
 Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Who: Kids in grades 3 – 8
What: A camp where kids will be givenbasic tools and then get the chance to really explore a favorite character in depth, over an extended period of time, under the guidance of professional teachers. At the end of the session, kids will  perform  for an audience.
When: Monday – Friday, July 8-19 from 9 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $400 for 2 weeks plus performance (UCC Members $390 discount)* $5 discount to siblings who sign up together.

Rising Stars Theatre Games Summer Camp
Where: 14 South Park Street (in SMAPA studios), Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Kids ages 7 – 10
What: Looking for theater classes, but don’t want an all day camp? Rising Stars will get your kids playing tons of theatre games which enhance children’s self-esteem,make it easier for them to step into new situations,strengthens listening skills and expands their imaginations.
When: Five weeks in July from 4 pm – 5 pm
Cost: $75 for summer session. To reserve a spot please email Heather here or call 917 495 3026.


School Camps


MKA S.T.A.R Camp
Where: Two locations based on age group: 6 Lloyd Road and 224 Orange Road, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Who: Children in Pre-K – 8.
What: Campers entering grades Pre-K-8 choose from dozens of different course offerings led by our highly qualified staff of professional teachers and coaches. This personalized schedule guarantees that your child will spend the day involved in activities that he/she enjoys! Two age-appropriate locations allow campers to benefit from MKA’s first-rate facilities while staying close to home.
When: June 24 – August 2 offering six one-week sessions from 8:30 am – 3 pm.
Cost: The fee is $550 per week, $440 for the week of July 1 (closed July 4th) is due with registration. For more information, contact Ralph Pacifico at 973.233.3001 or email.

South Orange – Maplewood Adult School Children’s Summer Program
Where: South Orange Middle School, 70 North Ridgewood Road, South Orange, NJ.
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 12.
What: The Children’s Summer Program is a fun and educational camp. The program offers more than 100 classes in academic enrichment, creative arts and sports. The range of choices includes creative classes, academic enrichment, games, sports, and more. There’s something for every child, including: Acting, Art, Math, Printmaking, Mosaics, Karate, Knitting, Hip Hop, Comics, First Aid, Computers and Science.The sports camps run in mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, in four one-week sessions and include co-ed baseball, fencing, soccer, gymnastics and track & field; boys lacrosse and basketball; and girls lacrosse.
When: Four sessions from July 1 – July 26.
Cost: Please call 973.378.7620 or email for more information.

Newark Academy Summer Session
Where: 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ.
Who: Children entering grades 1 – 12.
What: Offers courses for advanced credit, enrichment and skill development, as well as preview courses in core subjects. Jump Start program for kids in grades 1 – 3. The classes, taught by a talented faculty, are small, providing an excellent academic experience. All summer session classrooms are air-conditioned.
When: Offered Courses run daily Monday – Friday. Dates and times vary by course. Details here.
Cost: Contact Robert Mallalieu, Director of Summer Session, 973.992.7000, ext. 217.


Academic Camps


Montclair State University’s Academically Gifted & Talented Summer Programs
Where: Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043. (973) 655-4104.
Who: Children in kindergarten – 11th grade.
What: Families can personalize their schedules by selecting from over 300 courses in science, mathematics, technology, sports, visual and performing arts and the humanities. Anticipated courses include robotics, SAT Prep, algebra, Chinese, fencing, anatomy, and physics.
When: Two three-week sessions are available: July 1 – August 9. Half-day or Full-day
Cost: Half Day: $1,525.00 (8 am – 12:30 pm- no lunch provided) / Full Day: $1,825.00 (3:30 pm or 5:30 pm. pick-up -lunch provided) Call 973.655-4104 for more information or click here.

Montclair Learning Center Summer Camp 
Where: 73 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Children in grades 1 – 7.
What: Program offers four different areas of study: Science Camp, Chess Camp , Media camp, Mindscapes Camp and Video Game Maker. All are offered either half-day or full-day.
When: 6 sessions: in session for 3 weeks from July 8 to 26; closed for the week of July 29; and then in session for the 3 weeks from August 5 to 23.
Cost: Depends on programs. Check here for details. For more information call (973) 744-7464.

International Ivy Summer Program
Where: Caldwell College, 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ
Who: Programs for kids ages 8 – 13.
What: The International Ivy Summer Program at Caldwell College is dedicated to providing fun and intellectually-stimulating classes to fuel young people’s interest and creativity.
When: July 1 – August 9. Full-day 9 am – 5 pm / Half-day 9 am – 12:30 pm / Half-day 1:30 pm – 5 pm
Cost: Call 855.678.6335 or email here for more information.

NJIT Early College Prep Summer Program
Where: NJIT, University Heights, Newark, NJ.
Who: Academically talented students from post-fourth to post-eleventh grades.
What: The Center for Pre-College Programs offers a series of summer programs for high achieving students from post-fourth to post-eleventh grades. The programs are designed to encourage and prepare students to succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
When: July 8 – August 8 from 9 am to 3:30 pm (Monday – Thursday) Dates depend on the grade and course. See offerings here.
Cost: Application Fee: $60 (Non-Refundable) / Tuition: $1150 (Includes Academic Materials)For more information call 973.596.3550 or email here.


Travel and Adventure Camps


Surf and Turf Adventures Camp
Where: Kids travel to various hiking, paintball, tubing, and rock climbing locations.
Who: Children ages 10 – 15.
What: Pick up at Edgemont Park in Montclair. Then they take the adventure on the road to various hiking and swimming spots in the NY/NJ Metropolitan area and beyond. They’ve gone as far as Old Rag Mountain, VA and as close as Mills Reservation in Cedar Grove. Check out the Schedule for this years itinerary.
When: 6 weeks from July 1 through August 9 from 8:30 am – 5:30 / 6 pm
Cost: $425 per week.


Music Camps


School of Rock Montclair Rock Boot Camp
Where: 125 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Children ages 7-18
What: Themed week sessions. Students participate in group lessons and rehearsals, learn music theory, and take a crash course on how to ROCK on stage, stay in tune, keep a groove, and have FUN doing it! Special concert at the end of the session at a real music venue. Unique Songwriting and Recording Camp this summer! Campers will write and record their own original music using state-of-the-art digital studio equipment in this two week session!
When: Seven week sessions. Check here for all details. Camp runs from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Cost:$525 – $595 a week, depending on week. Songwriting and Recording Camp ($1,190)

Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop Camp
Where: 14 South Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Young musicians ages 8-20
What: The Jazz House Summer Workshop, (JHSW) provides the ingredients for students to become well-rounded musicians and the keys to the art of jazz performance. The Big Bands group spend a day rehearsing and perform in the evening at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York. Artistic chair Christian McBride hosts. There is also a sleepover at the Salvation Army Citadel to prepare The camp culminates into the Montclair Jazz Festival where every student performs.
When: Two weeks in August.
Cost: Get more info on the website or call the office at 973-744-2273.

Summer Jazz Jam at MKA
Where: MKA Middle School campus, 224 Orange Road, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Who: Kids in grades 5 – 8.
What: Instruction will cover the rudiments of playing jazz, music theory and improvisation, and will culminate with a public performance. Summer Jazz Jam’s accomplished faculty include Matt Patuto, (drums/keyboard), performer with many New York bands, including Dr. Nerve, the Walter Thompson Orchestra and Diane Moser’s Composer’s Big Band, Rob Henke (brass), international recording artist and New School faculty member Andy McKee (bass/guitar) and MKA Middle School Band and Jazz Band Director, Linda Larkin (woodwind).
When:  Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1.
Cost: For more information, contact Linda Larkin at [email protected] or call 973-842-2788.


Special Needs Camps


JCC Metrowest Teen Travel Camp
Where: Cooperman JCC, West Orange, NJ
Who: Ages 13 – 22.
What: Campers take part in weekly activities and day trips. Teen Tracks Travel includes community volunteer services and social & communication skill development activities. * Enrollment is limited. * Interview required.
When: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Programs vary by exact dates. Check here for details.
Cost: For more information call Rebecca Gallanter at 973-530-3478

Harbor Haven Day Camp
Where: 1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ.
Who: Children ages 3 – 15 with mild special needs.
What: 8-acre private school setting provides an opportunity to experience typical summer activities such as sports, swim, nature, outdoor adventure, drama, dance, music, cooking, bikes, photography, computers, art, gymnastics yoga and more in an environment where success and positive self-esteem are fostered. In addition, social skills group, daily academics and speech and occupational therapy groups are provided within the schedule.
When: The day is 9 am – 3:40 pm for children ages 5-15. Bright Beginnings Children, ages 3 & 4 attend from 10 am – 2 pm.
Cost: For more information contact 908.964.5411. Transportation is provided at an additional cost when possible.

JCC Metrowest Club JCC Camp
Where: Camp DeenyRiback, 208 Flanders-Netcong Road Flanders, NJ.
Who: Ages Pre- K – 6th grade.
What: Children with delays or special needs are able to enjoy outdoor summer camp. Integrated within camp, a “shadow” counselor helps each child fully maximize his or her experience. Door-to-door transportation from both JCC’s available.
When: Offered for 1,2,4 or 8 weeks. Programs vary by exact dates. Check here for details.
Cost: For more information call Rebecca Gallanter at 973-530-3478

Camp Pal 2013
Where: Mount Pleasant Elementary school, Livingston, NJ
Who: Ages 3 and older
What: At Camp PAL your child will participate in an innovative, creative, and therapeutic camp run by the highly-talented and knowledgeable team of therapists at Creative Speech Solutions, LLC. During the 2 ½ to 3 hour camp, children will have a great time as they participate in these enriching group sessions: Chat & Play with Friends, Sing Your Heart Out, From Jumping to Drawing, Fun with Food, Loving Literacy (for ages 4 & up)
When: Six week sessions offered. Check here for details.
Cost: $450 per week / $400 if registering for 3 or more weeks. See registration form here.

iCan Bike Camp
Who: Children with special needs.
What: A fun camp to teach children with special needs to ride a two-wheel bicycle.
Where: Hoboken High School, 801 Clinton Avenue, Hoboken, NJ
When: July 8– July 112
Cost: Contact Theresa Howard here for more information and to register.

Camp Ramapo
Where: Rhinebeck, NY
Who: Kids ages 6-16
What: Camp Ramapo is a traditional summer camp experience for children with social, emotional, or learning challenges, including children affected by autism spectrum disorders. Camp Ramapo’s 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.
When: Four sessions from 6/23/13-8/16/13. Click here for details.
Cost: Cost varies depending on length of stay and family income and need. Click here for details. Call 845.876.8403 for more information.


  1. POSTED BY montclairtheatrecamp  |  May 02, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    We would love to add The Summer Theatre Camp of Montclair, NJ! A Midsummer’s Dreaming Theatre Company’s summer camp, The Summer Theatre Copmany of Montclair is offering programs for young people ages 5-18. Campers will be introduced to all aspects of the performing arts including acting, singing, dancing,improvisation, and rehearsal. Each program will suit various ages and levels in a high caliber and peronalized setting,
    allowing for the development of campers’ confidence, creativity, and communication skills. Upon enrollement, each child is entered to win a free ticket to the Broadway production of Wicked. (this may only as part of our MAY ACTING CAMP SPECIAL!)
    Working with young performing artists for more than 22 years, all instructors are certified, mature, and experienced trained people who have worked within the summer project for years. Programs for younger campers offer free Before and AfterCare suited for parents who want their children to have a summer full of fun, friends, and appropriate challenges designed to build skill and confidence all happening in a safe and beautiful environment.
    We hope this will help some to find the acting camps they are looking for this summer
    Contact us!

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