Summer Camps / Activity Programs

When school ends in June, parents are often interested in helping their children find summer activities that will foster personal growth and happiness. For parents working outside of their homes, finding child care options that are affordable, safe and fun is even more essential. Camp, be it a day or residential program is one alternative to explore. Activity programs are often available through town recreational departments and local civic groups. Organizations such as the YWCA and YMCA, boys and girls clubs, scouting programs, the Police Athletic League (PAL) and even local libraries may offer viable options.

Research to learn what is available in your area should begin in the early spring for most of the camping programs. It is then that you will be able to participate in open house activities and apply for financial assistance if you are eligible.

Following is a list of options that are typically lower in cost than private camps and will offer summer fun just the same. Financial assistance is available at many of the locations listed below. Early registration offers the best opportunity for this kind of help. This list is by no means exhaustive. Activity programs abound in the summer months.

To find more camps, search our resource database by typing "summer camp" in the search bar at the top of this page. Many of the camps listed in our database are residential and are often located a distance away. Because of this, you will retrieve the best results if you do not limit your search geographically. If you are only interested in camps close to home, limit your search geographically to find the most appropriate resources in your local area.

Atlantic

Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and YMCA of Vineland offers day camp programs (for youth ages three through fifteen years) as well as counselor-in-training programs (for youth ages 16 and 17). Call 856-691-0030 for more information. 


Bergen

Bergen County YWCA offers programming for youth from 5 through 12 at several different locations in Bergen County as well as counselor-in-training positions for youth age 13 through 16. They offer one - week sessions or whole summer sessions. Saturday Open Houses & Job Fairs are scheduled on March 25 & April 29 from 12:00 to 3:00pm at Camp Ma-Kee-Ya in Darlington County Park, 600 Darlington Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430.

Garfield YMCA offers day camp experiences for children from 2 1/2 years of age through age 16 as well as counselor-in-training programs for youth ages 13 through 16; Call 973-772-7450 for further information. Learn about preschool summer camp;  summer day camp for school children; and specialty camps

Meadowlands Area YMCA offers assorted day camp programs including counselor-in-training programs located in Bergen and Passaic counties for youth from 3-15 years of age; visit their website or call 201.955.5300 for further information. Summer camps run from June 19th through September 1st. 

The Little Gym of Hasbrouck Heights day camp at the Little Gym gives your kid the summer camp experience without bug bites, poison ivy and week-long commitments. Combining fun physical activity, games, and arts & crafts. 


Burlington

YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties offers a wide variety of day camping in five different locations in Burlington and Camden counties. Youth ages 4 - 16 can pick from over 20 camp programs and spend the summer right in their own neighborhood. Visit the website for activity details and registration materials or call 856.231.9622 for more information. Open House Events 


Camden

YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties offers a wide variety of day camping in five different locations in Burlington and Camden counties. Youth ages 4 - 16 can pick from over 20 camp programs and spend the summer right in their own neighborhood. Visit the website for activity details and registration materials or call 856.231.9622 for more information. Open House Events 


Cape May

Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and YMCA of Vineland  offers day camp and counselor-in-training programs that start during the week of June 30 for youth ages 3 through 15; Call 856-691-0030 for more information.


Cumberland

Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and YMCA of Vineland  offers day camp and counselor-in-training programs that start during the week of June 30 for youth ages 3 through 15; Call 856-691-0030 for more information.


Essex

East Orange YMCA offers programs for youth age 3 through 13; They also have the counselor-in-training (CIT) for youth ages 14-15. East Orange YMCA Day Camps focus on building self - esteem, confidence, and social skills while increasing independence and health and wellness awareness. Find the camp brochure here

South Mountain YMCA offers day camp for kids for 2 1/2 through 14 as well as counselor-in-training programs for teens in grades 9-10. Before and aftercare is available for an additional fee. Summer Day Camps run from June 26th through August 25th unless otherwise noted. For more information call 973.762.4145.

Urban League of Essex County offers a summer enrichment day camp for children age 5-12. This program is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. The application is not yet available online, but it is expected to be shortly. Once it is, you will also be able to  pick it up at the Child Care Center, 504 Central Avenue in Newark. Call 973.624.9535 for further information.

West Essex YMCA offers day camp programs for youth from pre-K through grade 9 and counselor-in-training programs is only available for those entering into 9th and 10th grade; For more information call 973-758-9622. The summer programs offered at West Essex YMCA offer activities that are educational, exciting and fun, but most importantly, build self-esteem, lasting friendships and treasured memories. 

YMCA of Newark and Vicinity offers assorted day camp programs in two locations (Newark YMCA, 600 Broad Street, Newark; Belleville School #8, 183 Union Avenue, Belleville) for youth between the ages of 6-16; For further information visit their websiteor call the Youth Development Customer Service at 973-624-8900 or e-mail them at info@newarkymca.org

The Little Gym of Caldwell day camp gives your kid the summer camp experience without the bug bites, poison ivy, and week-long commitments. Combining fun physical activity, games, and arts & crafts. 


Gloucester

YMCA of Gloucester County offers a day camp program for youth from Pre K4 through 9th grade and counselor-in-training program for youth in 9th or 10th grade. Early-bird rates are available through April 30, 2017. Summer Camp runs from June 19th through August 25th. Download a camp brochure for complete information on camp programs and Open Houses. For more information call 856.845.0720.


Hudson

Camp Liberty is located in Jersey City. Directed by the Educational Arts Team, a wide range of programs are offered for children ages 6 through 15. For further information, visit their website, call 201.432.1911 or email.

The JCC of Bayonne offers day camp opportunities for children age 2 through ninth grade. Located at 1050 Kennedy Blvd in Bayonne and situated across from Hudson County Park, their program offers a full range of activities. Visit their website or call 201.436.6900 for more information. Download a camp brochure.


Hunterdon

Camp Tecumseh is directed by the Salvation Army and offers one-week sessions at this 400 acre sleep-away camp in rural Hunterdon County starting on June 24 and continuing through the summer. For more information visit their website, call 908.735.4136 or 908.851.9300 (during the off-season) or reach them by email.

Hunterdon County YMCA offers a variety of day camp programs for youth ages 4 through 14, and the counselor-in-training program for 13-14 year olds in three different locations. Camp activities vary with some focusing on sports and specialty activities and others offering a more traditional camp experience. For more information and registration materials, visit their website.


Mercer 

Hamilton Area YMCA offers day camp programs from June 19 through September 1 that are varied and appeal to a wide array of interests. For details call 609-581-9622 or visit their website.

Hopewell Valley YMCA  offers day camp programs Monday through Friday for youth from K through 9th grade; for more information call (609) 737-3048 or email their camp director, Daniel Williams.


Middlesex

YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy offers a wide variety of day camp programs in thirteen locations for youth from pre-kindergarten to ninth grade; for specific program information, contact details and online applications visit their website or call 732.516.9200. Go to an Open House.


Monmouth

YMCA of Western Monmouth County offers day camp programs for youth kindergarten through ninth grade in four locations; Visit their website for further information including contact information for each program or call them at 732.462.0464.

Monmouth County Park System offers a variety of summer camps for youth. Give your child the summer to remember; explore the camp brochure. For more information call 732-842-4000 ext.1 

Freehold Township offers a 7-week summer camp for both residents and non-residents who are entering into Pre-K through 8th grade. Busing is available from designated pickup and drop-off points. 


Morris 

Morristown YMCA offers a full variety of day camp programs for youth from K through sixth grade and Counselor in Training program for teens (grade 7-9); Visit the website, e-mail at  or call 973.267.0704 for more information. Download their camp brochure.

Madison Area YMCA Camp offers a full variety of day camp programs for youth from K through tenth grade and Counselor in Training program for those in 9th and 11th grade; Visit the website or call them at 973.822.9622 for further information. Download their brochure.  

Camp Lenape operates Monday to Friday from 7:15am to 6:30pm. Children may participate in activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, computers, sports, gameroom, field trips, special events and more. 

Collier Youth Servicesoffers Kateri Day Camp for children ages 5-13. The camp insists of seven weeks of hiking, swimming, playing, crafting, reading, and making friends! Transportation, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are all included. 

Community Development Corporation of Northern New Jersey offers YES Camp, for youth in grades K thru 10. It is a six-week, innovative summer experience designed to stimulate and facilitate fun, enrichment, leadership development, and wellness. 



Ocean

Ocean County YMCA offers assorted day camp programs for youth from K through eigth grade and offers extended day options; for more information call 732.341.9622. Download their flyer.

Brick P.A.L. Summer Camp offers a variety of different types of scheduling for working and non - working parents. Camp is held 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. The children are grouped by the grade they will be entering into in September. PAL campers take trips anywhere from 2 to 4 days per week. They spend a summer visiting beaches, parks, laser tag, museums, and tourist attractions throughout New Jersey. These trips vary according to grade and age level. Find out more information and download the registration packet here


Passaic County

Meadowlands Area YMCA offers assorted day camp programs including counselor-in-training programs located in Bergen and Passaic counties for youth from 3-15 years of age; visit their website or call 201.955.5300 for further information. Summer camps run from June 19th through September 1st. 

Wayne YMCA offers programs for youth ages 2-14, counselor-in-training program for ages 14-15. Download their brochure.  For more information, visit their website or call 973.595.0100 extension 280.

Camp Clifton offers a safe, fun, and positive environment for children. Well-trained and caring staff provides a place where children can learn and grow, explore new interests, make new friends, and have loads of fun. 

Camp Sandy Hill is a place where kids are involved in a variety of engaging programs-including a chance to cool off at one of our two indoor pools-under the supervision of adult professionals including field trips to baseball games, water parks, museums, and other local attractions. The Club also runs a summer tutoring program to make sure campers stay sharp and are prepared for school once it resumes. Camp Sandy Hill is open to children five-years-old and up. 

Boys & Girls Club of Wayne offers summer camps for children ages 6 weeks through 8th grade. Pre-Kindergartners will learn through many age-appropriate activities including computers, art, science, math, phonics, water play, dramatic play, indoor & outdoor play. Children in the Regular Summer Camp will participate in activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, computers, sports, game room, trips, special events, and more. 


Salem

We are currently searching for camping resources in Salem County. If you know of something we can add, please send it to info@nj211.org.


Somerset

Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey offers four amazing camp properties. Camp Oak Spring in Somerset County, Camp Kettle Run in Burlington County, Camp Inawendiwin in Burlington County, and Cap Sacajawea (Camp Sacy) in Gloucester County. For details on each program visit their website or call 800.582.7692. Read about Open House events for each camp and full details in the camp brochure.

Somerset County YMCA offers a wide variety of day camp programs throughout the summer. Many of them are focused on a particular activity or interest. To access a brochure, registration packet or further information visit their website or call 908-766.7898 ext. 507.

Catholic Charities Summer Programs offers full-day recreation camp incorporating weekly swimming, field trips, and enrichment activities based on themes. Programs serve children ages three to thirteen years old, depending on location. Subsidy accepted. 


Sussex County

K.E.E.P. Kids offers day camp programs for youth ages 3-12. It is located in Sparta. For further information call 973.383.2213.

Sussex County YMCA offers a variety of day camp programs for youth ages 3 through 10th grade. View the camp brochure here. 

Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp offers a jam-packed day from wake-up to sun-down. Camp is open to all youth ages 8-16. Campers enjoy spending a week at our beautiful facility living in the woods, trying new things and they depart with new friends, increased self-confidence, and memories that will last a lifetime. 


Union

Bernie's Place Children's Program is an after-school and summer program for homeless and at-risk children. Bernie's Place provides these children a safe and supportive place to study, learn and placem and offers the families the benefits of the other programs and services offered. 

YMCA of Eastern Union County offers day camp programs is Elizabeth, Union and Rahway; visit their website for contact information and details and on each program. 

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Summer Camp has a variety of camp options for children ages 2-14. For specific camp information, please refer to the Summer Day Camp 2017 Brochure. All camp registrations must be done in person at our main facility located at 1340 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains. 

The Arc of Union County Camp Star is offered 4 weeks in August. This is a safe, structured environment for children and teens ages 3 to 21 years old with special needs, and their siblings. Camp is designed to enhance personal and social development, language and communication skills, learning, and motor and muscle coordination. Camp Star also provides children and teens the opportunity to participate in planned programs in inclusive settings, such as day trips (museums, sporting events, performances), swimming, arts and crafts, adaptive physical education, nature exploration, hiking, karate, games, and music appreciation. 


Warren

Camp Mason is a YMCA overnight camp for youth from grades 2-9; Visit the website or call 908.362.8217 for further information.

Day Camp Shannon offers day camp programs for children from Blairstown, Hardwick and Knowlton in grades K-6; camp is from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM with extended hours available; Visit the website or call 908.362.8217 for further information.

YWCA Central New Jersey Offers programming from 8:00 am-6:00 pm for youth up to age 12; Parents/Guardians must work / train 30 hours or more per week to be eligible for sliding scale fees. For more information call 908-756-3500


Read our related pages listed on the right side of this page to find other summer recreational opportunities.



Page last modified/reviewed on May 03, 2017

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