Barista Kids Summer Camp Guide 2014: Big Kids

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Summer Camp Guide

Do you have a Tween or Teen? If you’re not shipping them off to sleepaway camp this summer, our 2014 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.

This list will continue to grow through the summer, because some camps haven’t released information yet and new options are offered every year. 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 Branch, YMCA of Montclair, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair
Who: 8–12 years
What: Explorers Camp offers a combination of fun filled activities and trips to local attractions. Campers participate in a daily schedule of games, recreational swim and activities based around weekly themes.
When: June 23–August 29 (10 one-week sessions, no camp July 4). Hours: 8:30 am –3:30 pm.
Cost: $260 per session (Session 2 $205)Before Camp Hours: 7:30 am –8:30 am : additional fee of $30 per session (Session 2, $24) After Camp Hours: 3:30 pm–6:30 pm: additional fee of $85 per session (Session 2, $68). For more information email Amy Costa or call 973-559-9286.

YMCA of Montclair Camp at the Lake
Where: YMCA of Montclair Outdoor Education facility in West Milford
Who: 5–13 years
What: 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 American Camp Association accredited camp provides children with exciting adventures, cooperative learning and tons of fun! Campers 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 and Clifton.
When: June 23– August 29 (10 one-week sessions, no camp July 4). Hours: 7:30 am –4:30 pm.

  • Traditional Camp for 5–13 years: $255–$285 per session
  • Sports Camps (Basketball, Soccer, Sports Fan Club, World Wide Sports) for 8–13 years: $255–$285 per session
  • Arts or Outdoor Education Camps (Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Dance, Science, Outdoor Living Skills) for 8–13 years: $265–$295 per session
  • Adventure Camp for 10–13 years: $300–$330 per session

After Camp Hours: camp dismissal–6:30 pm : additional fee of $90 per session. For more information email Kim Burrows or call 973-415-6118 or email James Goodger  or call 973-415-6116.

YMCA of Montclair Counselor in Training (CIT) Program
Where: YMCA of Montclair Outdoor Education Center in West Milford
Who: 14–15 years
What: Our CIT Program is a unique opportunity to develop skills necessary for working with children in a hands-on environment. CITs are involved in daily activities, assisting our staff with camp projects, camper activities, lesson plans and more. CITs develop communication and leadership skills through team-building exercises, hands-on training with senior counselors and experiences with camper groups and activities. A CIT Director facilitates this program and, along with all of our Camp at the Lake staff, mentors the CITs throughout this two week program. FREE transportation provided from bus stops in Montclair, Upper Montclair, Verona, Cedar Grove, Bloomfield and Clifton.
When: June 30–July 11, July 21–August 1 & August 11–August 22 (no camp July 4) Hours: 7:30 am –4:30 pm.
Cost: $495/$525 per 2 week session (June 30-July 11 Session $445/$495). For more information email Kim Burrows or call 973-415-6118.

South Mountain YMCA Pre-Teen and Teen Adventure Camp
Maplecrest Park, Maplewood & South Orange Community Pool, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Grades 5 – 6 and Grades 6 -9
What: Designed to strengthen decision-making skills, encourage social responsibility, and team work through challenging and fun character-building experiences.  The pre-teen and teenage years are an important time in a child’s life as they learn to make decisions on their own and come to understand some of the impact of their own actions. The Pre-Teen and TEEN Adventure Camps follow an extensive travel schedule with trips each week to places such as: Dorney Park, Mountain Creek, Camel Beach, Laser Tag, Dave and Busters, NY City, bowling, roller skating, museums and local beaches and lakes. Teen Campers  attend three overnights held , including a camp-out at our beautiful “sister” branch, Fairview Lake YMCA camp grounds.
When: June 30 – August 29 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: $349 per week, plus membership. This camp is now sold by individual weeks. See registration form here.

South Mountain YMCA Sports Galore Camp
South Mountain Annex Elementary School, 112 Glenview Rd, South Orange, NJ
Who: Kids entering grades k – 5.
What: Campers experience over 15 different sports plus team building experiences.
When: 3 mini 1 week sessions; Weeks of July 21, July 28 and August 4 from 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $295 per week.

South Mountain YMCA Golf Camp
Depending on weather, the camp will play at various local driving ranges and golf courses. The camp day starts and ends at the Y.
Who: Kids in grades k – 8
What: Golf Camp is tailored for ALL SKILL LEVELS; from those who have never played before to the more experienced player
looking to advance their game.
When: 2 mini one-week sessions during the weeks of:  July 7 and July 14 from 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $515 per week.

South Mountain YMCA Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program
At the Y Knots or SOMAPY Day Camps
Who: For teens entering 9th & 10th grades
What: Designed to give campers the training and experiences they need to develop in order to become tomorrow’s leaders.
When: June 30 – August 29.
Cost: $530 each 3-week session. No single week registrations.


Sports, Yoga and Dance Camps


YMCA of Montclair – Youth Basketball All Stars (YBA) Camp
Where: Gymnasium at Immaculate Conception High School, 33 Cottage Place, Montclair
Who: 8–13 years
What: Camp Youth Basketball All Stars (YBA) is the perfect place for your camper. YBA is an intense four week basketball program for players of varying abilities. YBA campers further develop their skills, learn game strategies and achieve goals on and off the court. Each day is spent improving fundamentals, performing interactive drills, building offensive and defensive skills, playing in house tournaments and getting in shape. Campers may register for one or all four weeks of the program.
When: July 7–August 1. Hours: 8:30 am – 3 pm
Cost: $220 per session. After Camp Hours: 3 pm –6 pm : additional fee of $45 per session. For more information email Kimberley Griffiths or call 973-415-6102.

Top Flight Basketball Camp
Where: 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042 (Gym entrance on Midland Ave.)
Who: For Boys grades K thru entering 9th Grade
What: Instruction in all phases of the game from a dedicated staff at Montclair High School who have tremendous basketball knowledge and want to teach future High School and College basketball players.
When: Two weeks offered from July 21 – August 1. ( am – 2 pm
Cost: $150 1 week / $280 both weeks. Scholarships (based on financial need) are available at The Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp. (228 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair (973) 744-9094. For further information call:  (845) 661-9398 or e-mail:   [email protected]

Montclair United and the Montclair Rec Half-Day Summer Soccer Camp
Where: Fortunato Field (NW corner Chestnut Street & Essex Ave.)
Who: Kids in kindergarten through 8th Grade (5 – 14 yrs. old)
What: Coached by Rob McOmish (MHS Girls Varsity Head Coach) and Toure Weaver (MHS Boys Varsity Assitant Coach & Montclair United Director of Coaching) Read more here.
When:  Session 1 –  June 30 – July 4 / Session 2 –  July 7 – July 11. 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: One week   – $120 / Two weeks – $200

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 June 30– August 21 from 9:30 am – 1 pm
Cost: Varies depending on program. Check rates for here.

Evolution Lacrosse Academy
Where: Verona at Centennial Field
Who: Boys and girls ages 5-14
What: Evolution Lacrosse Academy, a premier lacrosse-training program in Northern New Jersey, exists to foster a love for lacrosse at all levels. By offering our unique skill-progression program, we reinforce the fundamentals in ways that build confidence, so that players grow and evolve into responsible, talented athletes. 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 7-11 and July 21 – 25
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: June 30 – August 8  divided into two 3-week sessions. Each session ends with a public performance.
Cost: Session I – $870 / Session II – $930. See registration form here.

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 14-18 and 21-25, 9am – 3pm
Cost: $240 per week or $410 for both weeks. Click here to register and for all details.

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 June – August
Cost: Range from $150 – $455 based on camp and length of day. Click here for details.

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: June 26-28, July 1-3
Cost: $350 Call (973) 655-2378 for more information.

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Baseball Camp
Where: 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ
Who: Ages 8 – 12.
What: The camp, designed for players to master the fundamentals and improve their skills, is conducted on the adjoining Montclair State University playing fields. Campers will have the opportunity to work with top collegiate players under the direction of Paul Reddick, a former professional scout and one of New Jersey’s leading baseball instructors.
When: August 4 – 8 from 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $350 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 30 – August 8.
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 23 – August 1 from 9 am – 2:30 pm. (half-day or full-day options.)
Cost: $169 per week for half-day option / $229 per week for full-day option. Register here.

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  offered half-day or full day.
Cost: Call 973. 256.0818 for more information

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: TBA
Cost: TBA

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

Sunburst Gymnastics Camp
Where: 565 Rahway Avenue, Union, NJ
Who: Kids ages 3 – 5 and 6 – 13
What: A variety of activities including gymnastics, dance and arts and crafts. Bowling and swimming are for full day campers only.
When: Five sessions from June  – August . Ages 3-5 half day only (8:30 am – 12:30 pm). Ages 6-13 half day or full day (8:30 am – 5:30 pm). 3 or 5 day option available.
Cost: Ranges  depending on program. Rates TBA

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 7 – July 25 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: TBA
Cost: TBA. Register online here.

Sum It Up For Girls Lacrosse Camp
Where: Sessions held in Summit, Short Hills, Chatham, Gilette, and Berkeley Heights
Who: Girls in grades k – 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: Week long sessions from June – August. Check details here
Cost: Sessions vary depending on dates.

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 from June 23 – August 29 in half-day from 9 am – 1 pm or full day from 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: Varies depending on day and session: from $150-$280 per week.

Write on Sports Summer Camp 
Who: current 6th and 7th grade students from Newark, The Oranges, Clifton and Hawthorne are eligible.
What: Two week writing camp that will give students the opportunity to interview athletes, sports writers and broadcasters, attend a sporting event (baseball or soccer game) and to write stories, produce videos and blogs. Transportation provided in participating towns. Lunch included
Where & When: Sessions are held at different dates and locations.
Cost: Tuition free for students accepted, limited space per session

Montclair Recreation Sports Camp
Where: Clary Anderson Arena, at 41 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Ages 8 – 14

  • Track (co-ed) June 30 – July 11 (no session July 4th) 9AM – Noon Monday -Friday Woodman Field
  • Boy’s Lacrosse June 30 – July 11 (no session July 4th) 9AM – Noon Monday -Friday Fortunato Field
  • Volleyball  (co-ed) July 14 – July 25  9AM – Noon Monday -Friday Annex Gym MHS
  • Basketball  (co-ed) July 14 – July 25  9AM – Noon Monday -Friday Annex Gym MHS

When: See above
Cost:  $100 a session. To register online go to:

Rutgers Dance Camp
Where: All camp activities are held on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University.  Nicholas Music Center and Marryott Music Building are where majority of camp activities are held.
Who: Ages 11-18
What: Mason Gross School of the Arts Summer Dance Camps are open to new and experienced dancers ages 11 to 18 who wish to expand their knowledge and experience of dance in a collegiate environment. Dancers develop skills through daily ballet and modern technique classes. A variety of other styles are explored in a series of special workshops and master classes with world class teaching artists. All students learn repertory, create their own choreography, and have the opportunity to perform in an end-of-session showcase.  Student learning needs are assessed during a series of placement classes held during the first day of camp.  Students may attend one or both sessions.
When: Session I: July 20–25, 2014, Session II: July 27–August 1, 2014
Cost: Residential rate (room, board, tuition and all activities): $1,075; Commuter rate (tuition only – includes lunch): $675

Rutgers Dance Conservatory – Junior and Senior Levels
Where: All camp activities are held on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University.  Nicholas Music Center and Marryott Music Building are where majority of camp activities are held.
Who: Ages 14 to 18
What: Rutgers Junior and Senior Dance Conservatories are intensive, precollege programs for experienced dancers who seek to build artistic acuity and technical endurance while learning about pursuing college study as they work toward a career in dance. Students attend ballet and modern technique classes and meet with staff on learning goals and career aspirations. Dancers work in intimate repertory groups with professional choreographers and create their own choreography, which is performed in two fully produced, end-of-session showcases. Prospective participants must complete an online application, an audition (video or live),and have their primary dance instructor complete an online recommendation form.
When: July 20–August 1, 2014

  • Residential rate for one session (room, board, tuition and all activities): $1,125
  • Residential rate for two sessions (room, board, tuition and all activities): $2,250
  • Commuter rate (tuition only, lunch included): $700 per session.
  • All residential tuition fees include tuition, room, board, and concert tickets for students.
  • All commuter tuition fees include tuition, lunch, and concert tickets for students.

summer campUmoja Summer Dance Camp
Where: Umoja Dance Studio, 2120 Springfield Avenue, Vauxhall, NJ
Who: Kids ages 5 – 16
What: Campers will learn and perform Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, and African Dance, as well as do Arts & Crafts, Capoeira, and yoga.
When: July 7 – July 25, Monday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $400

Grounded Yoga Camp
Where: Yoga Montclair, 107 Forest St., Suite 3
Who: Ages 7-12
What: Week 1 —Chakras: Through movement, breath, games and art, Campers will learn about their Chakras, how to balance these energy centers to feel their best, and be their true selves. Week 2 — Oh’ the Places you’ll go: Dr. Seuss inspired Campers will discover their own inner strength to help overcome challenges they may face in the journey of life.
When: Two weeks —July 21 – 25 and July 28 – Aug 1 from 3-6 pm
Cost: Day: $40 / 1 Week: $175 / 2 Weeks: $330 Register online or call 973-233-9642

Coach Nick’s Basketball Intensive Camp
Where: Nishuane Park, Harrison Avenue and Cedar, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Kids ages 8 – 12
What: Instruction, drills, scrimmages, and competitions to help sharpen skills.
When: Monday through Friday from 9 am – 12 pm. July 21 – July 25.
Cost: $150. Email here to register and for more information.

Get it Dunne Summer Field Hockey Camps
Where: Kent Place school, Summit, NJ
Who: Kids in grades 1 – 8 of any skill level.
What: Experienced coaches will offer an introduction to field hockey, complete with skills, drills and thrills for the younger set; and awesome stick work drills, terrific tactics and great games for the older set.
When: Monday through Thursday, July 7 – 10 —Time: 9 -10:30 am (Gr. 1-3) / Time: 9 – noon (Gr. 4-8)
Cost: $170 per player (Gr. 1-3) /  $340 per player (Gr. 4-8)

Petite Equestrian Program
Maplewood Memorial Park.
Who: Ages 3 – 6
What: Participants will learn safety on and around the ponies, grooming techniques, basic riding skills, and other primary horsemanship skills. While this is not a Horseback Riding lesson per say, the program includes an exciting riding component whereas each child will get to ride about 20 minutes and learn how to properly mount, dismount, hold the reins and control the horse/pony at the walk and a few steps of trot. Sessions aim to help develop confidence and motor – coordination skills while providing a supportive, fun, non-threatening environment for the participants as well as social interaction between them. This is a participatory program for parents who so desire so one may be asked to occasionally lend a hand. Parents/guardians must stay on location during the program. The perfect preparation for private or semi-private lessons for eager young aspiring equestrians! Course materials are provided. 
When:  July 14 – 17, Monday – Thursday 3 pm to 4:15 pm 
Cost:  $190.  Go to the Maplewood Recreation Department to pick up a registration form

Pony Grooming Riding Program
Maplewood Memorial Park.
Who: Ages 7 – 13
What: This unique program provides an exciting and inexpensive hands-on introduction to the wonderful world of equines in a fun-filled, non-threatening atmosphere. PonyShare uses camp-trained ponies and cobs, smaller and easier to handle than their larger equine counterparts. Small groups of 4-5 children are formed according to age and prior experience – if any. After reviewing safety rules, materials previously covered and learning new subject matter, participants are assigned their size-related pony or cob and each small group works under the tutelage of a qualified and motivated Counselor. Some of the horsemanship matters covered include: Safety on and around the horses, Basic Anatomy, Equine Senses & Body Language, Grooming, The Tack and Harness, Driving the Miniature Horse, English & Western styles, Barn Management and Careers in the Industry. Participants also get to shortly ride or drive their charges for about 20 minutes during each session. This program enhances team work, self-esteem and camaraderie while helping develop a genuine appreciation and respect for the animals. Course materials are provided. 
When:  July 14 – 17, Monday – Thursday 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm 
Cost:  $230.  Go to the Maplewood Recreation Department to pick up a registration form

Sports Business Academy at Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
Where: 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ
Who: Teens
What: This three day event will educate students to the wide range of jobs that exist within the sports world. We provide students an opportunity to learn about the business from executives who have practical experience in the field. Through lectures, assignments and interactive Q&A sessions we will better prepare students for a career in sports.
When: August 11-13 from 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $299. Register online here.


Traditional Camp Experience


Willow Lake Day Camp
Where: 200 State Route 181, Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Who: Kids and teens ages 3 – 15.
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. New for 2014!: State of the Art Gymnastics Center, Lunch pavilion, a fire pit, dance studio, and a brand new frog pool!
When: Camp runs from June 30 – August 22. Enroll for either 4 week, 5, week, 6 week, 7 week or 8 week sessions.
Cost: Rates range from $3,850- $6,075 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 – 15
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: June 30 – August 22. 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 more than 50 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 9 from 12 pm – 2 pm
: June 30 – August 22. 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: Various rates. 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: 2/23 and 3/2 from 10 am – 1 pm 
When: Mini-Day to Full Sessions from June 30 – August 21. Click here for all details. Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm. Mini Day hours are Monday –  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. Click here for details or call 973.831.9000 for more information.

New Horizons Day Camp
Where: Campus of the Blessed Pope John Academy, 8 St. Cloud Place, West Orange, NJ
Who: Kids ages 5 – 14.
What: New Horizons Day Camp was established in 2012 by Seth Blender and Chris Purdue formerly of Camp Horizons. New Horizons offers children a camp experience that is safe, fun, innovative and close to home. We provide an all day camping experience with flexible scheduling that fits the needs of today’s family. Campers choose their own schedules from a menu of exciting activities, including sports & swim, arts & crafts, technology, performing arts, and academics, all delivered with a focus on our 8 core values.
When: Offered from June 30 – August 22.  New Horizons invites you to attend its OPEN HOUSE on June 7 from 1-3 pm.
Cost: For more information about availability call 973-850-6640

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: June 30  – August 22. The camp runs from 9 am to 4 pm with before and after care available.
Cost: Ranges from $2,795 – $6,695 depending on sessions and ages. Check here for details. For more information call the office at 908-876-3429. Open House on Sunday, February 23 from 11 am – 3 pm.

Camp Riverbend
Where: 116 Hillcrest Road, 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: June 30 – August 15. Campers can attend any two consecutive weeks or more. Camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm
Cost: Varies depending on age of camper and sessions chosen. Check here for details.

Morristown-Beard Day Camp
Where: 70 Whippany Road,Morristown, NJ
Who: Kids ages 6 – 13.
What: Astate-licensed facility, located on a beautiful 22-acre campus, is designed to help children develop skills in sports, arts and crafts, drama, swimming and science. Our counselors work to promote good sportsmanship and self-confidence. Our daily schedule is comprised of structured periods, with a flexible schedule on special events days. Also offer a number of specialty camps. These camps run for different sessions throughout the summer.
When: Monday, June 23 – Friday, August 8.
Cost: Depends on program and ages. Check details here.

Deer Mountain Day Camp
Where: 63 Call Hollow Rd, Pomona, NY
Who: Ages 3 – 15
What: Deer Mountain Day Camp is one of the first established and most respected day camps in the Tri-State area, located just minutes from the George Washington and Tappan Zee bridges.  Founded in 1956, Deer Mountain sits on 25 beautiful mountainside acres surrounding our spring-fed lake.  At Deer Mountain, age-appropriate programs for children 3-15 years old have been crafted by certified teachers and educational professionals to give your child the most enriching summer experience possible.  With swimming, sports, arts, outdoor adventure, lake and special event activities, campers rave that they have “the best summer ever”.  Deer Mountain Day Camp has been family owned since its inception and is now in its second generation of leadership.
When: June 30 – August 22.
Cost: Depends on ages and programs. Check details here.


Art and Crafty Camps


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. Children are grouped in age-specific classes (5 – 7, 8 and 9, and 10 – 12). Classes are limited to 12 – 15 children and projects are never repeated.
When: June 30 – August 22. 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 $350 – $890 per session, depending on age and length of day. Discount for museum members. Online registration opens on February 24 for Museum members; Opens March 3  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 June 30 – August 22. 9:30 am – 5 pm (depending on the age and program)
Cost: Ranges from $740 – $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 24 for Museum members; Opens March 3  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 June 30 – August 22. 9:30 am – 5 pm (depending on the age and program)
Cost: Ranges from $635 – $890 per session, depending on age and length of day. Online registration opens on February 24 for Museum members; Opens March 3  for non-members. See here for details.

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.

Bass Arts Studios – Summer Arts Camp
Where: 202 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042, (973) 509-7588.
Who: Children ages 7-12
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.
Cost: Call 973.509.7588 for more information.

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 23 – August 29. 9 am – 12 pm OR 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
Cost: $200 per week.

The Handywork Studio Camps
Where: Montclair State University, Little Falls / Montclair, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 5 – 12
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: August 4 – August 22 for morning, afternoon or full day
Cost: Afternoon camp – $175, Half-day – $300, Full-day – $425

Visual Arts Center of NJ Camps
Where: 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 5 – 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 an more.
When: Seven weekly sessions from July  – August.
Cost: TBA. Call  973-798-8BLU for more information.

SEW MONTCLAIR 130x130_MARCH_v1Camp 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:  July 7th through August 15th Monday -Friday  2 sessions per day 10AM-1PM or 2-5PM. Or come for the whole day!
Cost:  $265/ session or $495 for full day. Discounts for siblings & bring-a-friend referrals.

Geralyn’s Art Studio Camp
Where: 103 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ
Who: Kids ages 8+
What: Campers will do a variety of art, such as cartooning, painting, wooden sculpture, watercolor, and more.
When: June 23 – August 29 from 10 am – 12:30 pm or afternoon sessions from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Cost: Call 973.275.1966 for more information

GlassRoots Summer Programs
Where: 10 Bleeker Street, Newark, NJ
Who: Kids ages 12 – 18
What: GlassRoots’ Summer Programs are specifically designed to foster an appreciation of glass art. GlassRoots introduces you to a variety of materials to evoke curiosity and hone natural creativity. Experienced teaching artists emphasize exploration and a fun environment where you can express your creativity and gain new skills. Students will work with peers and instructors, be part of group decision-making processes, and explore their ingenuity and imagination.
When: Various programs offered from June – August. 9 am – 1 pm. Check details here.
Cost: depends on program.

320x100Digital Photography For Kids
Where: Throughout Montclair.
Who: Kids ages 13 – 18.
What: A unique, creative workshop while learning the art and technique of digital photography, taught by Montclair artist and Rowan University Photography Professor, Keith Adams. This Summer workshop series explores a range of approaches to photography that will strengthen your teenager’s picture making skills. Options include: beginning sessions for new photographers, advanced sessions for more experienced teens, and specialized sessions for those looking for something different. In all workshops, there will be instruction on how to use the camera, informal critiques of student photos, and discussions of the history of photography and how it relates to today. There will also be an option for evening workshops for the fun and excitement of night-time photography. A digital camera is required, preferably a DSLR.
When: Sessions  from June 30 – August 26.
Cost: 1 and 2 week sessions – based on length of program. For more information contact Professor Adams at 973.233.9495 or via email here.

Passaic Valley Summer for the Performing Arts
Where: Passaic Valley High School, 100 East Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424
Who: Students going into 4th grade through High School
What: Camp includes classes in Music, Theatre, Art, and Dance all located inside Passaic Valley’s air conditioned classrooms.
When: June 30th to July 25th
Mondays through Thursdays; 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $275  students who live in Little Falls, Totowa, or Woodland Park; $375 students outside of those towns
Any student taking an art class, there is a supply fee of $15

Brave Girls Art Camp
Where: 16 Enclosure Street, Nutley, NJ
Who: Girls ages 8 – 14
What: A five-day foray into art-making. Each day features a collection of creative activities and adventures and that will boost self-confidence and self-expression while building camaraderie and collaboration. Campers will spend time in the studio, but also head outside and use Mother Nature to inspire and inform  creations. On the final day, there will be an art show to share favorite pieces from the week. Don’t forget to bring your own lunch!
When: August 18 – 22 from 9 am – 3 pm
Cost: $300. Register here

Rutgers Design Camp – Level I & II
Where: All camp activities are held on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University.  Nicholas Music Center and Marryott Music Building are where majority of camp activities are held.
Who: Ages 14-18
What: Design Camp seeks to develop skills in graphic design for motivated high school artists. Created and supervised by Mason Gross faculty, the curriculum focuses on core principles of design while also introducing relevant software. The course includes focused studio work, technical demonstrations, group critiques and a field trip to New York City. Students will become familiar with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign while exploring creative visual problems and producing work suitable for a college admissions portfolio. The emphasis is on building visual awareness and on making the software serve the designer’s creative vision. Design Camp also features a Portfolio Workshop addressing how to present work effectively for college admissions. Design Camp uses traditional classroom space as well as top-notch computer lab facilities in the Department of Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts on the New Brunswick Campus of Rutgers University.
When: July 14–25, 2014
Cost: $725 (includes materials; trip to New York City; lunch not provided)


Specialty Camps


Steve and Kate’s Camp
Where: Lacordaire Academy, 155 Lorraine Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Who: Grades Pre-K through 7th.
What: Steve & Kate’s Camps conforms to kids, not the other way around. Instead of a rigid structure, they give campers choice. There are a gazillion ways for kids to design a day at camp. One camper might dive into bread-making and animation while another flies down a water slide and scores a goal in our inflatable soccer stadium. It’s up to them. You can buy any number of Day Passes, use them whenever you want, and get an automatic refund for unused Passes. If you need the whole summer, they’ve got a membership too. You don’t even need to tell them when you’re coming. Everything is included–lunch, all hours,  and materials. Need more camp? Day Passes and Memberships can be used at any location. Check out all other locations
When: June 23 – August 22 offered from 7:30 am – 6 pm
Cost: You can buy day passes or full memberships. Very flexible. Check out detail and costs here.

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

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: Five sessions from June 24 – July 25 from 9 am – 1 pm
Cost: Sessions 1 & 2 = $200, Sessions 3, 4, 5 = $250.  Registration will begin on February 15.

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: Weekly session running from July  – August. Various hours available depending on age group. Check here for all details.
Cost: Registration begins on February 24 for zoo members and March 10 for non-members.

The Oval Camp – Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey
Where: South Mountain Reservation, Maplewood, NJ.
Who: Girls in grades 1 – 7.
What: An outdoor camp providing fun and educational experiences designed to give girls opportunities to learn, grow and make friends.
When: Offered from June 30 through August 15 from 9 am-4 pm.
Cost: $210 – $270 depending on week. Check details here.

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: Various programs offered throughout the summer. Check details here.
Cost: 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 Children’s Summer Program is a fun and educational camp for children entering grades 1-12.  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.
When: June 30-July 25. 9 am to noon, in four one-week sessions
Cost: Fees vary based on course.

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.
Cost: From $395 – $750 per week. Check details here

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 23 – August 39. See details here.
Cost: From $425 -$725 per week depending on type of program.

iD Tech Camps in New Jersey
Held at Montclair State, Princeton, Seton Hall, Rider, and 80+ universities nationwide.
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. Small classes for ages 7-17 in a fun and challenging setting. Teen programs offer  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 from many 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.

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 7 – 11 from 9 am – 4 pm. Overnight accommodations available too.
Cost: $575 or $1199 for overnight. Check here for more details.

Montclair Cooperative School Chess Camp
Where: Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Students entering grades 2 through 7
What:  Campers will receive daily mini-lessons and hone their chess skills by playing practice games with their peers. In addition to playing chess, campers will play a variety of board games and puzzles, and participate in outdoor recreational activities.
When: Weekly session time slots (one and a half hour each, Monday to Friday) are: 9 to 10:30 a.m.10:30 a.m. to noon, and noon to 1:30 p.m.  through August 22.
Cost: For more information, contact [email protected] or go

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Summer Camps
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, NJ
Who: Kids ages 7 – 18
What: Many offerings from a performing arts camp, art camp, environmental science camp, hiking camp and more! See all the details here.
When: Programs offered form June – August half-day or full-day.
Cost: From $240 -$600

Trailside Summer Camps
Where: Trailside Nature and Science Center, Watchung Reservation
Who: Preschool to 9th grade
What: A fun interactive nature camp.
When: Various programs form June – August
Cost: Depends on programs. See brochure for details.

YMCA of Montclair Summer Sparks Camp
Where: Forest Avenue School, 118 Forest Avenue, Verona
Who: Students entering 1st–6th grade (ages 6–11)
What: This is a new hands-on enrichment camp to ignite talent. Campers choose an activity for the morning or afternoon or pick two and stay for the day. Activities include science, creative writing, drama, knitting, sports, comic art, dance, and more!
When: June 23-August 8 (7 one-week sessions). Hours: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; 1:00–5:00 p.m.; or 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Before Camp Hours: 8:00 -8:30 a.m. After Camp Hours: 5:00 –6:00 p.m.
Cost: $130 per morning or afternoon session, $260 for 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Before-camp and after-camp options are available for an additional fee of $25 per session each. For more information email Kimberly Griffiths or call 973-415-6102.

Police Academy Junior Police Academy Week Camp
Where: Essex County College Police Academy, 250 Grove Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ
Who: Teens ages 13 – 16
What: Participants will learn about the education and other requirements needed for a career in law enforcement. Topics to be covered include the juvenile justice system; fingerprinting and identification; K-9 demonstrations; gang awareness; drug awareness; Internet safety; fire safety; first aid, and crime scene investigations.
When:  July 14-18 from 8 am – 4  pm.
Cost: $110 per child. Registration information is available by calling 973-877-4350 or emailing Capt. Lori Apicelli.

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 from June 30 – August 8. Runs from 9 – 4 pm with after-care available.
Cost:  $175 for each two-week session. After care: $30 per week. To register online go to:

PicMonkey CollageKierson Farm Summer Riding Camps
Where: 107 W. Woodschurch Road, Flemington, NJ
Who: All ages and skills levels.
What: Kierson Campers will experience horses in a safe, clean and professional atmosphere with fun at the forefront of all activities.
When: Several sessions throughout the summer.
Cost: Depends on sessions and length of day. Check details here.

Bloomfield Recreation Station Summer Camp
Where: Demarest School, Bloomfield, NJ
Who:  Kids in grades k – 7
What: Full day camp . Each session will feature one off site field trip, special events at camp, and so much more.
When: Families can choose from three sessions (two weeks each) starting on June 30. Monday through Friday from 9 am-4 pm, with early drop off option at 8 am.
Cost: For more information about summer camp dates, pricing, and discounts for families with more than one child, call the Recreation Department at 973-743-9074.

Etiquette Camp
Where: Private Room of Grid Iron Waffle, 12 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ
Ages 5 – 12
What: During the week long camp, budding manner mavens will master how to give great first impressions with proper greetings and introductionsEuropean and American style dining and last but not least, learn the art of public speaking and how to give presentations.
When: Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1 (10 am class for 5-8 years olds /11 am class for 9-12 years olds.
Cost: $100 per camper

Montclair Bread Company Baking Camp 
Where: Montclair Bread Company, 113 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Who: Kids in grades K-4 and grades 5-9
What: Kids will bake lots of take home treats! Topics include, but are not limited to: Quick Breads, Homemade Pizza, Tea Time Treats, Danishes, Doughnuts (of course) and Cookie & Cake Decorating.
August 4- 8,  K-4: 1:30-3:30 pm / Grades 5-9: 3:30-5:30pm
Cost: $195

Microspark Youth Spark Computer Camps
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, 1 Garden State Plaza, Suite #2303, Paramus, NJ 07652
Who: Kids ages 8 and up
What: Learn game coding and design, film making and photography, and more! The summer camps are part of YouthSpark, a Microsoft global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth over three years in local communities by helping educate future young leaders in the science, technology and engineering industries.
When: 1 week sessions through August 29. Check schedule here.
Cost: Free


Theater and Acting Camps


The Second City Workshop
Where: NJPAC/Center for Arts Education, 24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ
Who: Ages 15-18; Also a course for adults
What: The Second City and NJPAC will present a comedy improvisation workshop facilitated by Second City Teaching artists. Students will be able to learn skill in script writing and comedy improvisation.  There will also be a concurrent workshop for adults.
When: August 4 – 15 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $750 / extended day $150. Email here or call 973.353.7058 for more information.

Young Artist Summer Intensive
Where: NJPAC/Center for Arts Education, 24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ
Who: Ages 13 – 19.
What: Young artists can immerse themselves in five weeks of intensive study through daily workshops in acting, modern dance, musical theater, and voice with our leading teaching artists. Students showcase their skills on NJPAC’s Victoria Stage at the end of the workshop.
When: June 30 – August 1 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Check details here. Email here or call 973.353.7058 for more information.

Broadway Performing Arts Triple Threat Musical Theater Summer Camp
Where: 357 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 6 – 14
What: For the first half of the day each 2 week camp will include a variety of classes: Theatre Dance, Audition class, Acting, Improv, Ballet, Tap, Jazz/Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acro and Vocal class.The 2nd half of the day the campers will be rehearsing a musical theatre number that will be performed at the “Little Theatre” in Bloomfield on the last Friday of each camp!
When: Two two-week sessions form July 7 – August 1 from 9 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: Only $525 per 2 week camp (price includes 2 tickets for the performance at the end of each camp)!

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 PlayersGas Lamp Players Teen Summer Camp
Where: Ridgewood Avenue School, 235 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ
Who: Children in grades 8 – 12
What: Cast members will hone their skills in acting and performance classes during the morning hours and will get to work using those skills in afternoon music and blocking rehearsals. The five weeks will culminate in a production of The Drowsy Chaperone on the Ridgewood Avenue Theatre stage! Each week will also include a special guest artist who will share real-world knowledge and experience with the teen performer.
When:  Monday through Friday, 10 am-5 pm from July 7 – August 8.
Cost: $925. Second registration or more (sibling tuition): $875

Musical Theatre Conservatory
Where: Livingston and West Orange locations.
Who: Broadway Kids- Ages 5-7, Glee Goes Broadway – (Ages 7-10) and Broadway Bootcamp (Ages 8-17)
What: Musical Theatre Conservatory offers exciting classes in Singing, Dancing, Acting T.V. Acting/Commercials, Comedy, voice overs, stage combat and auditioning! Meet and Study with T.V. and Broadway personalities! Students will perform their final showcase in N.Y.C at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.
When: Various sessions. See here and here
Cost: For more information or questions about any of our programs, contact Randy – 973.868.6259. Partial Scholarships are available.

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 June 30– August 15. 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 – Improv, Audition and the New York Experience
Where: Unitarian Church of Montclair, 67 Church St. Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Kids ages 6 -17
What: Participants are immersed in a dynamic week of improvisation, theatre games and audition techniques.  Participants gain audition skills, comprise a theatrical resume and take a trip to New York city to see a production.
When: Two and 1 week options available / morning, afternoon or full day options.
Cost: Varies on programs. Check here for details. Call 973.746.8686 for more information.

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:  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: One week session in August from 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: TBA. 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 June 30 – August 1
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 8 – 13
What: Enrolled students will have an opportunity to work on their performance skills in four fun-filled weeks of acting, dance, and musical theatre workshops.
When: Classes will meet three days a week: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 1st to July 24th.
Cost: $625

Passaic Valley Summer for the Performing Arts
Where: Passaic Valley High School, 100 East Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424
Who: Students going into 4th grade through High School
What: Camp includes classes in Music, Theatre, Art, and Dance all located inside Passaic Valley’s air conditioned classrooms.
When: June 30th to July 25th
Mondays through Thursdays; 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $250 students who live in Little Falls, Totowa, or Woodland Park; $350 students outside of those towns
Any student taking an art class, there is a supply fee of $15

Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory
Where: All camp activities are held on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University.  Nicholas Music Center and Marryott Music Building are where majority of camp activities are held.
Who: Ages 14 -18
What: Unparalleled conservatory training for young people serious about acting! RSAC is a highly selective, four-week conservatory acting program that accepts only 38 high school students from across the country. All conservatory faculty are working theater professionals dedicated to providing students with a challenging, inspiring learning environment that allows each student to develop as a young theater artist. Musical Theater track available!
When: June 29–July 27, 2014
Cost: Room, board, tuition and all activities: $4,950 | Commuter rate: $3,950

Essex Youth Theater Summer Camp
Where: Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair, NJ, 07043 and Montclair Operetta Club, 494 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043.
Who: Children ages 6 – 12.
What: Imagine the thrill of starring in your own show!  Musicals and comedies, one and two-week programs.  A specialized program that uses custom-written scripts to guarantee equal roles for every child.  Class size is small, with lots of individual attention in a fun, friendly atmosphere that fosters self-esteem, creativity and confidence.  Plus theater games and improvisation.  Every week culminates in a full production.  Choice of 12 different shows to choose from.
When: July 7 – August 15, from 9 am – 2 pm.
Cost: $249 per week.  Call 973.746.3303 for more information.

Drama Llama Studio Theater Camps
Where: Midtown West, NYC
Who: Ages 6– 12
What: A variety of drama classes – playwrighting, performing, acting basics, Broadway Bootcamp, voice lessons, etc – taught by teachers who are, or have, performed on Broadway, National TV, and film.
When: Various sessions and classes running from June 23 – August 8. Check here for details.
Cost: Varies depending on sessions and classes. Check here for details.


School Camps


STAR-Camp-logoMKA S.T.A.R Camps
Where: 201 Orange Road, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Who: Jr Star Camp ( grades Pre-k – 2) STAR Camp (grades 3 – 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 23 – August 8 offering six one-week sessions from 8:30 am – 3 pm.
Cost: 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 June 30 1 – July 25.
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: One or two, three-week sessions from June 30 – August 8. 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: TBA
Cost: Depends on programs. Check here for details. For more information call (973) 744-7464.

International Ivy Summer Program
Where: Caldwell, Chatham and Short Hills locations
Who: Programs for kids ages 5 – 14.
What: Classes based on what kids would love to learn like video game creation, robotics, minecraft, performing arts, weird science. We design the classes to be hands-on where kids learn by doing. There are plenty of choices across many disciplines so kids explore what they are interested in. Our ultimate goal is to help our students find their passion. Once they find it, they are self-motivated to learn and explore further.
When: June – August. 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 7 – August 7 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: $1200 (Includes Academic Materials) For more information call 973.596.3550 or email here.

Glen Ridge First: STEM/Science Summer Camp
Ridgewood Avenue School, 235 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ
Who: Kids in 1st – 6th grade.
What: Children will explore the dynamic realm of the five senses on a bionic adventure, build morphing vehicles, take apart electronics to build an epic, insect-themed pinball machine, and invent/tinker with circuits & design solutions.
When:  June 23 – 27 from 8:30 – 3 pm daily.
Cost: $285

Summer-Skills-Logo-300x221MKA Summer Skills Camps
Where: MKA’s Middle School campus
Who: Students entering grades 5 – 10
What: MKA’s Summer Skills for Success program offers courses in reading, writing, and mathematics for students entering grades 5 – 10 looking for advanced credit, enrichment and skill development in those areas.  Students meet in small groups taught by outstanding faculty in air-conditioned classrooms at MKA’s Middle School campus.
When: Classes in algebra (I and II), geometry and pre-algebra meet from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for six weeks from June 30 to August 8 (no classes on Friday, July 4). Enrichment and skill development courses in reading, writing and math meet from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in three, two-week sessions from June 30 to August 8 (except July 4). Students must attend two courses from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., so parents need to choose two of the options from the enrichment and skill development courses.  Single course sign up is not available.
Cost: For more information, contact the SUMMER SKILLS for Success office by phone at 973-509-4529 or by email.

Destination Science Day Camp
Where: Several locations in Bergen County, NJ
Who: Kids between kindergarten and sixth grade.
What: At Destination Science, kids can design and build robo-chameleons, make scabs and pus, grow a life-size model of their brains, and create soccer cyborgs using CSI. Kids also will find out how sound waves and electricity become music as they build their own portable digital music system. The summer camp is committed to creating a spirit of teamwork, as kids are rewarded for helping their peers throughout the day, learning the power of community, collaboration and character development.
When: Four-week camp sessions in July.
Cost: Depends on length of session and program. Check here for details.


Travel and Adventure Camps


Surf and Turf CampSurf and Turf Adventures Camp 
Where: Two locations: Pickup in Montclair or Summit
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 June 30 through August 8 from 8:30 am – 5:30 / 6 pm
Cost: $425  – $600 depending on week.  See registration form here

YMCA of Montclair Teen Travel Camp
Where: Park Street Branch, YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park Street, Montclair
Who: 13–15 years
What: Teen Travel Camp is the place where teens can participate in leadership workshops, discuss social and cultural awareness, perform community service projects and go on thrilling excursions. Participation during in house days is required in order to participate in field trips. Trained adult staff 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, the Statue of Liberty, SONY Wonder Lab, Ellis Island, bowling and movies.
When: July 7–August 29 (8 one-week sessions). Hours: 8:30 am–6 pm or later, depending on trip destination
Cost: $300 per session. For more information email Kimberley Griffiths or call 973-415-6102.

Where: Home base is on our main camp in Claryville, NY in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, but campers choose from options all over the east coast for their trips (see below)
Who: Campers entering grades 7-12 (min. age 12)
What: Backpacking and canoeing in the Adirondacks, white water rafting in West Virginia, sailing in Vermont, exploring Acadia National Park in Maine, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity or maintaining trails in Acadia, kayaking and rock climbing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire – campers choose their trip based on interest, age, and readiness for adventure!
When: Trips start June 29 and continue through August 22
Cost: Varies depending on trip and financial ability – Call (845) 985-2291 for more details or email [email protected]


Music Camps


Middle School Hip-Hop Institute
Where: NJPAC/Center for Arts Education, 24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ
Who: Ages 11 – 14.
What: This two week intensive hip-hop program for middle school students will allow them to immerse themselves in all aspects of hip-hop culture including History of Hip-Hop, Popping and Locking: West Coast Hip-Hop Techniques, Breakdancing, Hip-Hop Musical Form and Style and much more!
When: August 4 – 15 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Check details here. Email here or call 973.353.7058 for more information.

High School Singer/Songwriter Workshop
Where: NJPAC/Center for Arts Education, 24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ
Who: Ages 15 – 18.
What: A unique camp experience for high-school singer-songrwiters offering instruction in lyric writing, music theory, instrumental lessons in ukulele, guitar or piano, collaborative songwriting, master classes with special guest artists and more.
When: August 4 – 15 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Check details here. Email here or call 973.353.7058 for more information.

All-Girls Jazz Camp at Montclair State University
Where: NJPAC/Center for Arts Education, 24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ
Who: Girls in grades 6 – 12.
What: NJPAC is partnering with Montclair State University to host a one-week, all-girls jazz camp. The camp will provide young women the opportunity to experience jazz training in supportive environment. Students will receive instruction in improvisation, musicianship, jazz theory and more. Student will stay on campus at Montclair State and will have a culminating performance at the end of camp
When: July
Cost: Check details here. Email here or call 973.353.7058 for more information.

school of rock montclairSchool of Rock Montclair Rock Camps
Where: 125 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
Who: Various camps for kids ages 6 – teens
What: Various themed rock and roll camp for all ages and abilities. There’s also a songwriting and recording camp for kids ages 10 and up
When:  Check here for all details. Camp runs from July 7 – August 29 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.

Rutgers Band and Orchestra Camp
Where:  All camp activities are held on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University.  Nicholas Music Center and Marryott Music Building are where majority of camp activities are held.
Who: Ages 13-18
What: Experience a week of intense orchestra and band training with Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty members, renowned professional musicians, and leading music educators from the New York-New Jersey area. Students participate in daily large-ensemble and chamber-ensemble rehearsals, group lessons, clinics, master classes, electives, and recreational activities. Students share newly developed performance skills during the final Gala Concert, open to the public at the 740-seat Nicholas Music Center.
When: July 13–18, 2014
Cost: Residential rate: $750 (room, board and all activities); Commuter rate: $450 (tuition only – includes lunch)

Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute
Where:  All camp activities are held on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University.  Nicholas Music Center and Marryott Music Building are where majority of camp activities are held.
Who: Ages 13-18
What: This dynamic week-long workshop features music of the great jazz masters taught by the world-class faculty of the Jazz Department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Students will learn and perform the music of Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and many more in a comprehensive workshop environment on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University. The 2014 Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute is ideal for young musicians, ages 13-18, interested in improving their jazz improvisation, small group, and large ensemble skills. Students will work intensively in daily rehearsals with the internationally renowned, award-winning jazz faculty of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.
When: July 20-25, 2014
Cost: Residential rate (room, board, tuition and all activities): $875; Commuter rate (tuition only, lunch included): $550

The ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute
Where: All camp activities are held on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University.  Nicholas Music Center and Marryott Music Building are where majority of camp activities are held.
Who: Ages 12–23
What: Now in its 10th year, the American String Teacher’s Association of New Jersey (ASTA/NJ) Chamber Music Institute provides participants with the opportunity to perform in small chamber ensembles under the guidance of renowned faculty. Students participate in daily rehearsals, master classes, elective courses, special presentations, and a variety of social activities. Each session features a concert and master class with a professional, visiting artist ensemble and concludes with a performance featuring student ensembles. Students may audition to be placed in specially formed advanced ensembles; preformed ensembles are welcome.
When: Session I: July 27–August 1, 2014, Session II: August 3–8, 2014

  • Residential rate for one session (room, board, tuition and all activities): $900
  • Residential rate for two sessions (room, board, tuition and all activities): $1,650
  • Commuter rate (tuition only, lunch included): $675 per session.
  • All residential tuition fees include tuition, room, board, and concert tickets for students.
  • All commuter tuition fees include tuition, lunch, and concert tickets for students.
  • Private lessons with faculty by arrangement and at an additional fee of $80 per hour.
  • All payments non-refundable
  • Language Camps


Bilingual Buds Summer Immersion Camp: Mandarin or Spanish
 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.
Who: Kids ages 2.5 – 12 are divided by age and language proficiency (beginners welcome).
What: Bilingual Buds’ immersion camp is taught by our inspired, native-speaking teachers who turn summer fun into language learning. All instruction takes place in Mandarin or Spanish, with high-energy themes that incorporate language arts, science, art, cooking, music, and outdoor play. Campers are grouped by age and target language proficiency. All levels are welcome.  Snack is provided daily. Full-day campers bring their own lunch.
When: Seven weekly sessions from June 23 – August 8.
Cost: Ranges from $350 – $600 per week depending on program. See details here.


Special Needs Camps


From the Inside Out
Where: NJPAC/Center for Arts Education, 24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ
Who: Ages 14-19
What: This groundbreaking program offers a class in improvisation for the teens ages 14-29 diagnosed with Aspergers’ Syndrome and/or Autism.  Classes will focus on ensemble or team building that will help with the explorations of different relationships and social cues.  Improvisation is a great tool to use to break through several barriers which stand in the way of creativity and socialization.
When: August 4 – 8 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $750.  Email here or call 973.353.7058 for more information.

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: Full day is 9 am – 3:40 pm for children ages 5-15. Bright Beginnings Children, ages 3 and 4 may  attend from 9 am – 1:30 pm or full-day.
Cost: For more information contact 908.964.5411. Transportation is provided at an additional cost when possible.

JCC Metrowest Club JCC Camp
Where: Camp Deeny Riback, 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 2014
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. TBA
Cost: TBA

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 7– July 11
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 June 22 – August 15. 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.

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And we can get this project completed in time for Montclair's sesquicentennial when we can stick a fork into historic preservation as a public policy.

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