Princeton Area Summer Camp Guide 2019

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

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, chalk pastels, oil pastels, printmaking, sculpture, photography, colored pencils, clay and much more. Themes this year include: Moonscape, Ultraviolet, Bewitched, Scales, Creatures Big & Small, A Hedgehog, Sloth, Narwhal & Cat Walk Into an Art Studio, Art of the Ancient, 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.

BE A PRO HOCKEY is a new and innovative training program designed to develop you as a more efficient player and one that meets the personal and professional expectations of your team. Services consist of game specific skills, player evaluation, leadership development, goal setting, strength and conditioning, nutritional plans, food preparation along with time management.  Camps range from Position Specific Battle Camps to the Elite Defensemen Academy and a new Skills/Player Development Camp.  Get the leadership and direction in the planning of your hockey career on and off the ice at BE A PRO HOCKEY.

With more than 60+ award-winning activities for ages 3–15, kids can grow up with ESF camp at The Lawrenceville School. Programs are uniquely designed to encourage exploration and growth while providing tools to promote creativity, develop leadership skills, build self-esteem and improve athletic ability. ESF’s premier collection of Camps include Day, Sports, and Senior Camps, and Specialty & Technology Camps. Extended Day available from 7:30am–6:00pm. Love Your Summer at ESF! Enroll online and RSVP for an Open House & Tour.

Farrington Music offers Summer MUSIC camp at the Montgomery Shopping Center, Skillman.  This year’s camp is all about music! Sing, learn how to play multiple instruments, listen, create and enjoy the results of a fun filled week.  Exciting events each week include learning how to play basic piano, guitar, recorder and more, music themed arts and crafts, musical games to reinforce theory.  Music goes hand in hand with Arts and Sciences so the camp incorporates those into the schedule for a wholesome camp experience. Full and half day options. CALL today to register! Multiple discounts available.

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: 2/23, 3/23, 4/13, and 6/1

Wands up! Fiddleheart Academy is a summer camp for young witches and wizards age 9-13! Inspired by the Harry Potter stories, Fiddleheart Academy’s classes include potions, wand work & charms, magical ecology & herboloby, history of magic, dark magic defense, and more. Set on the grounds of Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ, with a creek for swimming and forest for exploration, and staffed by professional theatre and teaching artists from Philadelphia and New York. Two sessions: “The Thinning of the Veil” (July 22- August 2), “The Dragon Egg Dilemma” (August 12-23).

Good Nick Squash provides half day, full day, and a sleep over camp experience for ages 9-17 at The Lawrenceville School, which boasts a world class squash facility. All sessions offer learning opportunities for the rank beginner to the elite player.  Co Directors Narelle and Rob Krizek have over twenty years of experience running camps at prestigious boarding schools and clubs in the Northeast. Your squash player will leave camp having worked on stroke development, progressive drill routines, match play strategy, fitness warm up and recovery literacy, and mental skills practice for competition. Night time activities include: bowling, laser tag, movies and more. Sessions: June 16-20, June 23-27

At Hunter Farms’ Children’s Riding Program, beginner through advanced riders will learn basic horsemanship and competitive riding at an elite equestrian facility. Students ride each day, and participate in a variety of activities like learning sessions with our a veterinarian, farrier and dentist, plus arts & crafts, and half-day sessions at our show jumping facility, Princeton Show Jumping, with Olympic Gold Medalists and International Stars riding competition horses. For questions or to take a tour, please contact (609) 924-2932.

iD Tech is a leader in summer STEM education, with 400,000 alumni since 1999. 150 campus locations, including programs held in Princeton, and at Rowan, Stanford, and NYU. Students ages 7-19 learn to code, design video games and Fortnite-inspired levels, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, work with AI, and more! Weeklong, day and overnight programs that instill in-demand skills. 5-10 students per instructor (max 10) so students can enjoy personalized learning at their pace.

Liberty Lake Day Camp is a transformative experience, teaching life skills to inspire young people to change the world. Campers try new things, forge friendships, and enjoy the greatest summer experience imaginable! On sixty magnificent shady acres, campers customize their days through the “Freedom of Choice” elective program – over 60 Athletics, Fine/Performing Arts, Swimming, Boating, Fishing and Adventure activities. “All-inclusive” includes transportation, catered lunches, and a flexible 2-10 week season. Open Houses Jan-May. Win 2 free weeks of camp: go to

Peddie Golf Camp has both half (9-12) and full day (9-3) camps Monday through Friday from the last week of June through July.  PGC examines all aspects of the swing, paying particular attention to the fundamentals that allow for a repeatable, life-long swing.  Campers learn course management, proper etiquette, and some strategies for lower golf scores.

Princeton Ballet School Summer Intensives: Summer Intensive Juniors is a program for dancers ages 9-11. Daily ballet technique classes will focus on correct alignment and use of épaulement. Additional class time in dance history, anatomy, performance skills and dance composition will make a varied and fun day for young dancers! Summer Intensive Intermediates offers an exciting summer program for dancers ages 11-14, modeled on our internationally acclaimed Summer Intensive. This program offers the same careful, personal training for which Princeton Ballet School is famous. Additional classes for children ages 5-9 are offered throughout the summer.

Princeton Day School Summer Programs runs June 10 – August 8, with non-stop academics and adventure! Join us for Chess, Math, Language Arts, Cooking, Archery, Ceramics, Gardening and so much more! Our programs encourage children to hone their talents as they explore our academic and day camps.  Our talented instructors, many of whom are year-round Princeton Day School faculty, will ensure your child’s exciting journey of discovery and exploration occurs in a safe and nurturing environment.

SummerQuest at Princeton Montessori School is an exciting summer camp experience designed to provide children, from Toddler through 3rd grade, with an enriching summer – ripe with discovery, creativity and abundant fun both indoors and out. Our Toddler, Primary and Elementary programs offer age-appropriate fun in a safe and caring environment. Sessions begin June 19th and run through August 15th. 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 by April 15, 2019 to save 5%. (Savings applied to program session fees).See our website for program specific schedules.

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.

Rambling Pines Day Camp in Hopewell begins our 44th season of fun! Door-to-door bus service, daily lunch, and snack for campers are included in tuition. Two nurses are on duty during regular camp hours. We have activities to suit every child’s likes and abilities – from aquatics to athletics, performing arts, creative arts, outdoor education, adventure, horseback riding and so much more. At Rambling Pines, we are dedicated to the success of each child. We offer age-appropriate programs for preschoolers, grade schoolers and teenagers. Learn more at

Do you want to learn how to play in a band or learn to write songs? School of Rock Princeton offers a wide variety of music camps to musicians of any skill level between the ages of 7-18 who want to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard or vocals. Campers will learn the music stylings of rock icons during the 60s-90s era as well as learn about rock history and the stagecraft needed to perform live.

At Solebury School, we offer summer programs for everyone!  Day Camp offers six weeks of fun activities that engage and delight kids.  StarCatchers Theater Camp is for the thespians that want to be part of a full play production.  And for those that like to be behind the scenes, there is Theater Tech camp. Teens can try out our enrichment classes or get ahead in core high school requirements.  Families can relax by the pool at our Swim Club and novice swimmers can take swim lessons. 6832 Phillips Mill Road New Hope, PA. 215.862.5261

Girls and boys 2 to 17 can choose from 40+ camps on Stuart’s 55 wooded acres! #LEADLIKEAGIRL Summer Camps for Girls include Academic Academies for Pre-K to Grade 4, STEM and Sports Camps. Co-ed camps include Middle School Performing Arts, Camp Stuart for ages 2-4, popular Lavner Camps, and more! Stuart camps are taught by Stuart faculty and coaches. Before/after camp care and lunch are available. Weekly camps run June 11 – August 23, 2019. For Early Bird Discount, register by March 1.

At the Hun Summer Programs, we inspire every child to have fun! From our innovative games, themed weeks, and dining hall lunches, to our culminating Hun Camp talent show, we provide a safe environment for campers to build lasting friendships. In our Hun Summer Session, we allow students to advance and sharpen their skills in our more than thirty credit and enrichment courses. Through personalized attention, we meet every child they are and help them find joy along the way. Contact us for details and discounts!

The Summer Program at The Laurel School of Princeton is designed to prevent academic “summer slide” while allowing students to be creative, engaged, and to enjoy themselves. Mornings will be dedicated to literacy, language arts, and math, taught by teachers trained in multisensory methods. Afternoons will be a choice of STEAM offerings including visual/performing arts, robotics, environmental science, and forensics.  July 1- Aug 2, 8:30-3:30 daily. Email for details.

The Watershed Nature Camp is an outdoor, nature-based co-ed summer day camp for campers age 5-18 featuring exploration and play on our nature reserve. Cookouts, canoeing, kayaking, campouts, and trips; Before Care and After Care available! Let your kids play outside and enjoy getting dirty! Our campers spend all day exploring and learning about the outdoor world. Discover the joys of Watershed Nature Camp in Pennington, NJ! We also offer Counselor-In-Training opportunities for high-school students as well as Watershed Academy’s immersive, weeklong courses in environmental science.

Get ready for some friendly creative fun here at the West Windsor Arts Council Summer Camp! Led by experienced artist educators, camp themes include fashion design, comics, sculpting, STEAM, and theater arts as well as drawing and painting. We create a safe, supportive environment where all campers connect with their own imaginations and are inspired to try new things and explore their artistic creativity. WWAC arts camps run select weeks only; check the summer camps page for dates and themes!

Westminster Conservatory offers a wide range of music camps for toddlers to teens with or without previous musical experience. Students can enjoy early childhood, choral, instrumental, & chamber music camps as well as music theater & jazz camps. Your child will explore the world of music with other kids who share the same excitement! Visit our website to register!

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