PrincetonScoop’s Summer Camp Guide 2020


We’re counting down the days to summer, and spending them by making our family summer plans–it’s camp season! Whether your kiddo is an artist, an athlete, 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

Splash into art with the Arts Council of Princeton’s Summer Camp program! In week-long sessions, 5-9 year olds will explore a mixture of drawing, painting, ceramics, and mixed media throughout the week, while Teens and Tweens choose specific media to study – options include intensives in ceramics, watercolor, digital media, fiber arts, and more! All sessions are led by professional teaching artists and campers will be guided along the way to achieve individual creative goals while fostering group collaborations in a supportive environment.​

Igniting creativity, kindness, and confidence! Appel Farm Arts Camp, for creative kids aged 7-17, is a creative haven with programs in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, photography, creative writing, and more! Our focus on camper choice, personal attention, and love of learning helps your child become their best self.

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: 2/29, 3/28, 4/25, and 5/30

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 skipping stones and forest for exploration, and staffed by professional theatre and teaching artists from Philadelphia and New York. Two sessions: July 20-31and August 3-14. Where magic is real!


Liberty Lake Day Camp is a truly transformative experience, teaching life skills to inspire young people to change the world. Campers forge friendships and enjoy the greatest summer experience imaginable – OUTDOORS & ELECTRONIC FREE! On 60 magnificent shady acres, campers customize their days through “Freedom of Choice” elective program, with 60+ Athletics, Fine/Performing Arts, Swimming, Boating, Fishing and Adventure activities. Liberty Lake offers transportation, catered lunches, and a flexible season. Open Houses Feb. 9, March 1 & 22, April 5 & 26, May 17- or call for a personal tour!

McCarter’s Summer Camp gives students entering grades 1st – 12th the chance to fully immerse themselves in a creative process. As with all of McCarter’s education programs, our Summer Camps are taught by professional teaching artists who create safe learning spaces and offer opportunities for all campers to develop artistic techniques, social skills, and imaginative thinking. Our classes challenge each student to find their unique artistic voice while working collaboratively within an ensemble—all in the joyful spirit of summer! Spots are still available for all grade levels. Space is limited so reserve your spot now!

Princeton Ballet School June 29-July 31, 2020. Students can register for 1-5 week sessions. Summer Intensive Juniors is an exciting program for dancers ages 9-11. Students will progress technically, build strength and flexibility, and increase their coordination – while having fun! Summer Intensive Intermediate for dancers 11 and up is modeled after the school’s acclaimed Summer Intensive Program. To learn more, visit or call 609.921.7758

Princeton Day School 1/2-day, full-day, 1 and 2-week academics, sports, art and adventure programs at Princeton Day School! Built-in scheduling flexibility allows parents to create summer camp experiences ‘a la carte.’ Open to any PreK-Grade 8 participants! Share your talents, learn from each other and explore your potential in fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities on our 106-acre campus. Talented academic and athletic instructors and camp counselors create a safe, nurturing and fun environment. NJ licensed and accredited by American Camp Association. Call 609-924-6700 x1342.

SummerQuest at Princeton Montessori School is a wholesome, stimulating, nurturing experience for your child. The summer program, although implemented with a Montessori approach and seasoned teachers, is unique and separate from the school year, in that the novel experiences we design for your children evolve around: outdoors, crafts, special field trips and visitors, theater, friendships, and favorite traditions like gardening, building teepees and forts in the woods, and time for daydreaming and unstructured time with familiar and new friends. For children infant through age 5, our Infant, Toddler, and Primary programs offer age-appropriate fun in a safe and caring environment. Sessions begin mid to late June and end in late August. Full-Day and Part-Day options are available. Care options are available from 7:30 AM through 6:00 PM.

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 from various dining halls around campus. Each camp is directed by varsity coaches from Princeton University with assistance from college coaches and players from around the country.

Families today are looking for convenience and engaging activities for the kids during the summer.  At Solebury School, we offer a variety of programs for kids of every age, and for the parents, as well!  Our flagship 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 from beginning to end.  And for those that like to be behind the scenes, they can take advantage of our Theater Scenic Arts Camp. Teens can try out a variety of one and two-week enrichment classes (and try boarding life, too!). Families can relax by the pool at our Swim Club and novice swimmers can take advantage of our small group swim lessons.  Instead of driving all over Bucks County, spend your summer at Solebury School. 6832 Phillips Mill Road New Hope, PA. 215.862.5261

Discover the possibilities this summer at Stuart! Registration for Summer Camp is now open – with discounts for Stuart and Lavner Camps! We are pleased to offer enriching programs to children entering preschool through grade 10 from June 8-August 21. Our campers will explore Stuart’s 55-acre wooded campus, develop new athletic skills on our playing fields, tap into their creativity in our art studios and science labs, and find their voice on the stage. Summer programs are taught by Stuart faculty and experienced professionals from our camp partners Lavner Camp and SIG (Summer Institute for the Gifted). Together with Lavner Camps and Programs, we are able to greatly expand our summer camp offerings to include: Robotics, Spy Technology, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Minecraft, Jewelry, Hand Sewing, Sports Analytics, Roller Coaster Camp, and more! Take advantage of discounts offered for Stuart and Lavner Camps. Register online at 

Are you looking for a summer program that will keep your child on track with reading and math while also providing opportunities for discovery and fun? The Laurel School Summer Program will dedicate the morning to structured literacy instruction, language arts, and math, taught by expertly trained and certified teachers. Afternoons will be a choice of multiple STEAM offerings such as; visual and performing arts, robotics, remote control car building, forensics, and environmental studies. Laurel’s program gives students a chance to maintain the academic skills they worked hard all year to learn and to prevent any “summer slide” and also allows them to use their creativity and to enjoy themselves in a rich educational environment. Full-day students will also enjoy Art, Active Games, Tech/Robots, Gardening, and Maker Activities! Students may register for the full 4-week program or choose between morning and afternoon sessions on a weekly basis.

The Watershed Academy for High School Students are week-long environmental investigations that tackle real-world issues. Explore environmental careers alongside professors and professionals through hands-on activities while they engage in scientific techniques and actual conservation projects. Offerings for this year include Environmental Advocacy, Field Science, Climate Change, Clean Water, Stream Science, and Green Architecture. Students in the academies have an opportunity to connect with the Watershed and its partners for relevant independent studies, internships, and service-learning credits. Scholarships are available for qualified individuals.

Creativity stARTs Here! West Windsor Arts Center‘s Arts Camps are designed to give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in arts training and develop their skill sets at an accelerated rate, all while having fun! We offer an array of subjects based on artistic media such as drawing, painting, photography, theater, music, and more. All camps are taught by our highly regarded teaching artists who are accomplished in their respective fields and supported by our incredible camp counselors. Each week of camp ends with our Friday Finale where parents and family members are invited to join us for student exhibitions and performances.


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