PrincetonScoop’s 2017 Summer Camp Guide

Hard to believe that summer is a mere 4 months away which means we are getting our ducks in a row to send our ducklings to some great local Summer camps. Whether your kiddo is a nature lover, an athlete, needs a little extra help with academics or just wants to play outside all day we have you covered. Read on for details on the area’s top camps and plan an unforgettable Summer for your children.
Cheers to summer!
-Team PrincetonScoop

 

NATURE & OUTDOOR EXPLORATION CAMPS

Fernbrook Farms is a premier NJ nature camp engaging campers by exploring our 230-acre farm. Through hands-on choice activities, campers are inspired to pursue their natural curiosities in our creek, meadow, pond, forest, and more!  At Fernbrook, your kids might get a little dirty; to be honest, they’re going to get dirty for sure, but that’s what happens when kids are truly active and experience nature personally!  We offer full-day (8:30-4) camp for ages 5-14 and partial day for 3-5. Extended care and transportation options are available. OPEN HOUSES: 2/26, 3/26, 4/23 & 6/4. fernbrookeducation.org/camps/


The Watershed Nature Camp is an outdoor, nature-based co-ed summer day camp for campers age 5-16 featuring exploration and play on our nature reserve. Cookouts, canoeing, kayaking, campouts, and trips; Before Care and After Care available! Do you want your kids to play outside all day, enjoying summer, getting dirty, and just being kids? Do you imagine a summer camp where they spend all day exploring and learning about the outdoor world? If so, look no further than the Watershed Nature Camp in Pennington, NJ! Meet Camp Director Tammy Love at one of our Open Houses held on January 28 from 1-3pm, February 28 from 6:30-8pm, and March 25 from 1-3pm at the Watershed Center. thewatershed.org/summer-camp

ARTS & THEATER CAMPS

McCarter Theatre Center’s summer camp programs give students entering grades 1-12 the chance to fully immerse themselves in the creative process. Our summer camps are taught by professional teaching artists who create a safe space and offer opportunities for campers to develop artistic technique, social skills, & imaginative thinking. McCarter camps challenge each student to find their own unique artistic voice, while working collaboratively within an ensemble—all in the joyful spirit of summer. https://goo.gl/kz8gfk


If your child is in High School or Middle School and interested in Theater, Dance, Vocal Music, Video or Visual Art then Tomato Patch Workshops is where they’ll want to be this summer. Tomato Patch, at MCCC is the longest-running, most successful multi-disciplinary summer arts program for Grades 5-12 in Central New Jersey. Taught by a highly qualified staff of teaching professional artists, Session I, 4 weeks, for grades 8-12 starts June 26th!  Session II 3 weeks, for grades 5-7 starts July 24th! kelseyatmccc.org/tomato_patch.shtml


Summer Camp at Art Sparks provides theme-based creative experiences during which children get to explore a variety of media such as acrylics, collage, watercolors, pastels, crayons, printmaking, sculpture, photography, colored pencils, clay and much more. Themes this year include: A Stroll Through the Countryside, Clouds & The Cosmos, Life in the Big City, Fantastic Beasts, That’s Ancient History, The Life Aquatic, and more! The summer culminates with an art show as the studio is transformed into a gallery of work produced by the campers throughout the summer…look for date and details of this “meet the artist”  happening during the first week of September. Weekly themed sessions for kids 4-11, with hours from 9 am – 12:30 pm. Please visit our website to view full camp schedule and download registration form. artsparksstudio.com


For over 55 summers, Appel Farm Arts Camp has sparked the imaginations of thousands of young people ages 7-17 as they interact with artists from around the world in a beautiful part of rural southern New Jersey. Our inclusive and nurturing community, with no auditions or competition, allows your child to thrive! Programs in music, theater, dance, visual arts, photography, video, robotics, recording arts, creative writing, sports, and swimming, along with traditional camp activities like campfires, dances, and carnivals make for an unforgettable summer. 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8-week overnight sessions give your family flexibility when planning your summer. appelfarmartscamp.org

SPORTS CAMPS

Building the Foundation for Princeton Area Lacrosse: For the last eight years, TigerBlue has offered kids a fun and unique opportunity to become better athletes and better lacrosse players.  The Princeton High School Boys Lacrosse staff and varsity players offer experienced instruction while incorporating Old-School fun and games.  All players, from beginners to advanced, will be challenged.  As a participant in the new US Lacrosse Development Model, TigerBlue will continue to teach and develop the “whole athlete,” leading to more successful and capable players, and not just in lacrosse, but in any sport. TBLsummercamp.weebly.com


Based out of Princeton, NJ, Blue Star Lacrosse Camps are leaders in the lacrosse industry focused on developing lacrosse players from youth through high school! Join us at the Blue Star Princeton Camp! Who: Grades (going into) 3-12
All Skills Welcome! Located at The Hun School of Princeton, this camp runs from June 26th – June 31st. Blue Star looks forward to providing you with over 25 years of lacrosse camp expertise and an exciting learning environment for everyone! Visit our website to register! www.bluestarlacrosse.com ​


Princeton University Sports Camps offers over 70 sports camps and clinics annually for young athletes.  All camps are held on the beautiful and historic campus, located in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey.  Overnight campers reside in the University dormitories and enjoy meals in various dining facilities around campus. Each camp is directed by the Princeton University Varsity Coaches, with assistance from college coaches and players from around the country. www.princetonsportscamps.com


It’s never too young to start! Peddie Golf Camp offers programs for kids ages 6-14. Whether your child is new to the game and looking to learn more about the game of golf, or a more accomplished player who wants to someday play high school golf, Peddie Golf Camp has a program for them!
PGC Half Day: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., M-F, snack break provided, Cost: $350
PGC Full Day: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., M-F, snack break and lunch provided, Cost: $595
Find out more information about PGC and all the other great summer offerings at Peddie by visiting www.peddie.org/pgc

CAMPS WITH A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING

Waldorf School of Princeton announces its 2017 Summer Camp season! Parents of children ages 4-13 may enroll online starting February 15, for one or both of our two-week sessions July 10 through August 4. All campers explore, create, and dream amidst 20 acres of fields, forests, gardens, and creek; activities include water play, food preparation, painting, and cooperative games with their groups. Each session is led by trained Waldorf educators; hours available from 8:30am to 5:30pm. princetonwaldorf.org/our-community/summer-camp


Stuart will be bursting this summer with a full program of new and exciting summer camps to complement our returning favorites. Boys and girls, ages 2 to 17 can choose from more than 40 summer camps on Stuart’s 55 acre wooded campus, including the Stuart Academic Academy for girls, STEM campslike robotics and coding, performing and visual arts, sports camps for girls (basketball, tennis, lacrosse, and field hockey), and more. Camp Stuart is for preschoolers ages 2+.  Courses are taught by experienced and caring Stuart faculty and professionals. Before and after camp care and lunch are available.   Stuart summer camps run weekly from June 13 – August 24, 2017.  Sign up at www.stuartschool.org/summer


Princeton Academy offers exciting additions to the 2017 Summer Programs lineup, as well as camp favorites. Programs are mostly structured as one-week offerings with co-ed camps and new Signature Boy Adventures (SBA), which combine scientific and self-discovery with daily exploration and Friday excursions. Offerings range in age for campers entering Kindergarten through Grade 9. The always popular Athletic Camps and Academy Prep are joined by new weekly offerings in the arts, technology and SBA. princetonacademy.org/summerprograms


Camp K offers an exciting summer literacy program for children entering Pre- Kindergarten through second grade. Our three-week summer literacy program immerses children in an enriching and fun literacy environment. Camp K is held at St. Matthews Church in Pennington, NJ, and is run by highly trained and experienced literacy teachers. No matter the level of your child’s reading, our promise is to get to know your child and build a literacy program that allows him/her to feel success while continuing forward on the literacy learning journey. www.literacyedgenj.com


At Hun Camp, we focus on sharing our values of kindness, respect, cooperation and fun with each and every Hun Camper. From our innovative games, themed weeks, dining hall lunches, to our culminating talent show and sleepover, we provide a safe environment for campers to unleash their imagination, build lasting friendships, and capture memories that will last a lifetime. Our veteran staff of Hun faculty are assisted by aspiring educators, many of whom were campers themselves. Together, they give campers the ability to push their limits and gain new life skills through swimmings lessons, organized athletics, and exposure to 21st century education through the Hun Summer School. The result is a lifelong lasting Hun Camp community. Save 10% with the Early Bird Discount! summer.hunschool.org/page/hun-camp


Liberty Lake Day Camp teaches life skills to inspire young people to change the world. Campers expand their talents, make new friends, and create lasting summer memories! On sixty magnificent shady acres, campers customize their weekly schedules through the “Freedom of Choice” elective program, with over sixty(60) Athletics, Fine/Performing Arts, Swimming, STEM, Boating, Fishing and Adventure activities. Visit camp during our upcoming Open House Events: Feb. 12, March 5 & 26, April 9 or call for a personal appointment. To find out about camper discounts, visit our website/ New Campers. Promo code: WELOVE-SCOOP317. www.libertylakedaycamp.com


This is the 33rd anniversary of Camp College taking over the grounds at MCCC with fun and engaging programs for children ages 6 – 16. Camp College offers everything from swimming and juggling to science and computers; from arts and crafts to archaeology; from fishing and rock climbing to culinary arts. Looking to give your child a boost through academic summer camps? They have that too. Over nine fun weeks, from 6/19 – 8/18. For more information visit campcollege.mccc.edu 609-570-3311.


SummerQuest at Princeton Montessori School is an exciting summer camp experience designed to provide children from infant through 4th grade with an enriching summer – ripe with discovery, creativity and abundant fun both indoors and out. For children aged eight weeks through entering fourth grade, our Infant, Toddler, Primary and Elementary programs offer age-appropriate fun in a safe and caring environment. Sessions begin June 21st and run through August 17th. Full-Day and Part-Day options available. Care options available from 7:30 AM through 6:00 PM.  Early Bird Savings! Register for full summer (four sessions) by April 15, 2017 to save 5%. (Savings applied to program session fees). See our website for program specific schedules. princetonmontessori.org/summerquest


Princeton Day School Summer Programs offer a wide array of enrichment programs for campers PreK -12, from programs in Creative and Culinary Arts to STEM Camps to outdoor Adventures to a host of Athletics Camps! 2017 Highlights: A math skills growth mindset program grades 1-4. A language arts program using The Magic Tree House series grades 1-4.  An American History class grades 5-8, plus many new programs for all grade levels. Open House: 2/26 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the PDS Lisa McGraw ’44 Skating Rink pds.org/summer-programs 609 279-2700


The Princeton Family YMCA is committed to the healthy development of children through a broad range of programs that capture their imaginations, instill positive values, build self-esteem and teach fundamental skills. Our diverse and nurturing team of Y counselors brings enthusiasm, responsibility, knowledge and a genuine love for children to their jobs. Choose from a variety of programs such as Discovery, MVP and Specialty Camps. Daily activities run from 7:30am to 6:00pm and weekly sessions start as low as $260 with before and aftercare included. The Princeton YMCA’s Camps meet the standards set by the American Camping Association. princetonymca.org/programs/daycamp/


Voted best in Bucks County, George School Day Camp will run 6/19 to 8/1. Open to boys and girls aged 4-14, parents can sign up for any combination of weeks with a minimum of four.  Campers participate in activities from swimming to equestrian, archery and the arts. We focus on age-appropriate activities to promote friendship and fun. We offer a variety of team sports with emphasis placed on mastery of skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun. For information call 215-579-6689 www.gsdaycamp.org