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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 childcare 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 Club, 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.

The 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. In the "Related Pages" listing on this page, you will also find links to Special Interest Summer Camps (this page includes camps for specific populations like children who are Girl Scouts as well as camps that have a targeted activity focus like performing arts) and Summer Camps for Individuals with Disabilities.

Find more summer camps through our database. 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.

Statewide Summer Camp Listings

NJ Kids on the Go! has created a New Jersey Summer Camp Directory which includes kids camps of all sorts, from day camps, sleepaway/residential camps and specialty camps like sports camps, art camps, teen camps, gymnastics camps, travel camps, academic camps and more. 

New Jersey Family provides information about resources throughout NJ. Their New Jersey Camps for Kids and Summer Camps list includes kids day camps, sleepaway camps, sports camps, music camps, camps for kids, teen camps, traveling camps and more. 

Atlantic County

Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and YMCA of Vineland offers various day camp programs (for youth ages 3 through 15 years) as well as counselor-in-training programs (for youth ages 15 through 17). Free transportation is offered to children from the YMCA. Before and After Care options are available. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Free swim instruction daily is offered for children over 5, and weekly for children under 5. Third party assistance and state subsidies are accepted. Call 856.691.0030 for more information. 

Bergen County

YWCA Northern New Jersey offers summer camp programs for youth ages 5 to 12 years old, and a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program for teens ages 13 to 16 years old. Day camp options are offered at multiple locations throughout Bergen County. 

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 more information. Learn about preschool summer camp; summer day camp for school children; and specialty camps

Meadowlands Area YMCA offers assorted day camp programs for children of various ages (from 3 - 15 years of age) including specialty camps like musical theater, sports, and the counselor-in-training programs. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Visit their website or call 201.955.5300 for more information. 

Burlington County

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

YMCA of the Pines offers three camps (Ockanickon for boys, Matollionequay for girls, and Lake Stockwell co-ed day camp), among other day trip options. Please visit their website to find the program that fits your needs or call 609.654.8225 or email them at info@ycamp.org to learn more.

Camden County

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

Cape May County

Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and YMCA of Vineland offer various day camp programs (for youth ages 3 through 15 years) as well as counselor-in-training programs (for youth ages 15 through 17). Free transportation is offered to children from the YMCA. Before and After Care options are available. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Free swim instruction is offered daily for children over 5, and weekly for children under 5. Third party assistance and state subsidies are accepted. Call 856.691.0030 for more information. 

Cumberland County

Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and YMCA of Vineland offers various day camp programs (for youth ages 3 through 15 years) as well as counselor-in-training programs (for youth ages 15 through 17). Free transportation is offered to children from the YMCA. Before and After Care options are available. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Free swim instruction is offered daily for children over 5, and weekly for children under 5. Third party assistance and state subsidies are accepted. Call 856.691.0030 for more information. 

Essex County

East Orange YMCA offers a variety of day camp programs for youth ages 3 through 13. They also have the counselor-in-training (CIT) for youth ages 14-15. Camp fees include: before- and after-care, field trips, breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Please visit their website or call 973.673.5588 for more information.  

South Mountain YMCA offers a day camp for kids 2 1/2 through 14 years old as well as counselor-in-training programs for teens in grades 9-10. Before and aftercare is available for an additional fee. Call 973.762.4145 for more information. 

West Essex YMCA offers day camp programs for youth from pre-K through grade 9. Counselor-in-training programs are also available for those entering the 9th and 10th grade. For more information call 973.992.7500. 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 for youth between the ages of 5 and 16. Please visit their website or call the Youth Development Customer Service Center at 973.624.8900 for more information. 

Gloucester County

YMCA of Gloucester County offers a day camp program for youth from Pre K4 through 9th grade and counselor-in-training programs for youth in 9th or 10th grade. Early bird rates are available. Call 856.845.0720 for more information. 

Hudson County

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 or call 201.432.1911. 

The JCC of Bayonne offers day camp opportunities for children age 2 1/2 through 9th grade. Located across from Hudson County Park, their programs offer a wide range of activities. Visit their website or call 201.436.6900 for more information. 

The Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County is hosting a socially-distant summer camp from June 21 through August 27. They offer a variety of programs for grades K-12 with activities such as Media Arts, Healthy Habits, Computer Games and Coding, and more. Summer school 12:30 pickups are also available. Learn more here

Hunterdon County

Camp Tecumseh is directed by the Salvation Army and offers one-week sessions at this 400 acre sleep-away camp. Visit their website or call 908.851.9300 for more information. 

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

Mercer County

Hamilton Area YMCA offers day camp programs that are varied and appeal to a wide array of interests for ages 5 through 15. Visit their website or call 609.581.9622 for more information. 

Hopewell Valley YMCA offers day camp programs for youth from K through 9th grade. Visit their website or call 609.737.3048 for more information. 

Middlesex County

YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, and South Amboy offers a wide variety of day camp programs in thirteen locations for youth from age 3 to ninth grade. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information, visit their website or call 732.516.9200. 

YMCA Camp Yomeca offers a variety of day camp programs for youth ages 3 - 15, including a Counselor-In-Training program for campers ages 14 and 15.  For more information, visit their website or call 732.257.4114. 

Monmouth County

YMCA of Western Monmouth County offers day camp programs for age 2 1/2 through 15 in four locations. Visit their website for more details including contact information for each program or call 732.462.0464. 

Monmouth County Park System offers a variety of summer camps for youth at multiple locations. Inclusion services and accommodations for individuals with disabilities who meet minimum eligibility requirements are available. For more information on the inclusion services and supports, contact the Therapeutic Recreation Division at 732.460.1167. Call 732.842.4000 (ext. 1) for more information or visit their website. 

Morris County

Morristown YMCA offers a full variety of day camp programs for youth in preschool through sixth grade and counselor-in-training programs for teens (grades 7-9). Visit their website or call 973.267.0704 for more information. 

Madison Area YMCA Camp offers a full variety of day camp programs for youth in preschool through 11th grade and counselor-in-training programs for those in 9th and 11th grade. Visit their website or call 973.822.9622 for more information. 

The Morris School District Community School provides summer day camp opportunities for children entering kindergarten through 7th grade. Please visit their website and click on the "Summer Programs" tab at the top of the page or call 973.292.2063 for more information. 

Ocean County

Ocean County YMCA offers assorted day camp programs for youth in kindergarten through eighth grade. Extended day options are available. Call 732.341.9622 for more information. 

Passaic County

The Boys and Girls Club of Clifton provides day camp opportunities throughout the summer. To learn more, visit their website or call 973.773.2697.

The Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic provide day camp opportunities for children from the age of five and onward. The Club also offers a summer tutoring program. For more information, visit their website or call 973.279.3055. 

The Boys & Girls Club of Northwest NJ offers a summer day camp for children going into kindergarten through 8th grade. They also offer an Early Education Summer Camp for children ages 6 weeks - 5 years old. Please visit their website or call 973.956.0033 for more information. 

Meadowlands Area YMCA offers assorted day camp programs including counselor-in-training programs located in Bergen and Passaic Counties for youth from ages 3-15. Visit their website or call 201.955.5300 for more information. 

Wayne YMCA offers programs for youth ages 2-14, and a counselor-in-training program for ages 14-15. Visit their website or call 973.595.0100 for more information. 

Salem County

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

Somerset County

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). 

Sussex County

Sussex County YMCA offers a variety of day camp programs for youth from pre-school through 8th grade. Half-day and full-day sessions are available. For more information, visit their website or call 973.209.9622. 

Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp offers a jam-packed day from wake-up to sun-down. Camp is open to youth ages 8-16. For more information, visit their website or call 973.948.3550.

Union County

Bernice's Place Children's Program is an after-school and summer program for homeless and at-risk children in Elizabeth. Bernice's Place provides children with a safe and supportive place to study and learn, while offering their families the benefits of the other programs and services. For more information, visit the website or call 908.355.2060.

YMCA of Eastern Union County offers day camp programs in Elizabeth, Union, and Rahway. Visit their website for contact information and specific details for 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 their website. All camp registrations must be done in person at the main facility located at 1340 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains. Reach them by phone at 908.889.8880.

Warren County

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

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