PrincetonScoop’s 2018 NJ 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

At Appel Farm Arts Camp we do things differently! 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. Our inclusive and nurturing community, with no auditions or competition, ignites creativity, kindness & confidence in campers! Combinable 2-week sessions offer families maximum flexibility. 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.

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: Into the Woods, La Louvre, Nat Geo, Mythologica, High Wire Art, Gilded, 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 from 9 am – 12:30 pm AND Extended Day/Art Lab option until 3:00 pm for most weeks.

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 or Shining Star Girls Lacrosse Camp! Who: Grades (going into) 3-12. All Skills Welcome! Where: The Hun School of Princeton. When: June 25th – June 29th (Princeton Boys Camp)and July 9th – July 12th (Shining Star Girls Camp). Blue Star looks forward to providing you with over 25 years of lacrosse camp expertise and an exciting learning environment for everyone!

ESF Summer Camps offers 60+ activities that are designed to appeal to every age and interest. ESF has along-standing tradition of excellence, including an all-adult staff, award-winning, character-building curriculum, world class campuses and an unwavering commitment to safety. Held at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ, ESF Camps for boys & girls include: Mini Camp (Pre-School), Day Camp (PreK-3rd Grade), Sports Camp (1st – 9th Grade), Senior Camp (4th- 10th Grade) and Specialty Major & Technology Camps (K -9th Grade).

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: 2/24, 3/24, 4/21, and 6/2

Give the gift of empowerment and leadership to your daughter this summer! Girls Take Charge is a national award-winning summer program that inspires girls to be strong self-advocates and team leaders. Girls engage in fun, hands on sessions focused on their age group. Girls can then practice the skills learned in an energized environment with supportive women mentors. Often referred to as the “hidden gem” of summer camp experiences this program is for girls currently in 6th – 8th grades. This year’s program will take place from Monday, July 30th – Friday, August 3rd at the Erdman Center conveniently located in Princeton, New Jersey. The day program begins at 9am and concludes at 3pm. We are looking forward to a fun and meaningful week. More information can be found at

At Hun Camp, we share our values of kindness, respect, and cooperation with each Hun Camper, and we inspire campers to have fun. We give campers the ability to gain new life skills through game design, swimmings lessons, dynamic themed weeks, and experiential education. The result is a lifelong Hun Camp community. Our Features Include: Adult counselors, Hot lunch every day, Swimming lessons every day, Game design themed weeks and Half days with the Hun: Summer School + Sports Camps.  Come experience Hun!

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.

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 11, March 4 & 25, and April 15 –  or call for a personal appointment. Enter to win 2 free weeks of camp. Visit

Summer Programs at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, NJ offers a variety of opportunities, including Academic Courses for credit, Enrichment Classes and Athletic Camps. Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, just across the river from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Notre Dame High School offers a wireless environment, new science labs, turf playing field with track, newly renovated basketball court and strength and conditioning facilities. For questions on any of the summer offerings at ND, please contact Sean Clancy at 609.882.7900, ext. 160 or email

Open House March 25! Everything we do at Oak Crest is an extension of our mission: to create a summer experience for our families so exceptional that it makes campers for life. The magic of camp happens when everything around our campers is designed to help them succeed. Everything we do to foster our camp culture, “The Oak Crest Way.”

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! Camps from June 25-July 20
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

Princeton Academy offers Summer Programs for boys and girls entering grades K-9. NEW this summer is an exciting partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame to offer Camp Invention and Invention Project. For a full list of dates and offerings including Athletic Camps, Boys in Nature, STEM, Art, Speech & Debate, and Secondary School Admissions Prep, visit

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.

Summer Programs at Princeton Day School – Discover Your Talents! With a wide range of half-day and full-day camps for students entering PreK through high school, there is something for everyone at Summer Programs at Princeton Day School. Programs run from June 11 through August 10. One-week and two-week camps are available. Please join us for a Summer Programs Open House on February 11 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Lisa McGraw ’44 Skating Rink to learn more.

SummerQuest at Princeton Montessori School is an exciting summer camp experience designed to provide children, from infant through 3rd grade, with an enriching summer – ripe with discovery, creativity and abundant fun both indoors and out. Our Infant, Toddler, Primary and Elementary programs offer age-appropriate fun in a safe and caring environment. Sessions begin June 20th and run through August 16th. 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 13, 2018 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 43rd 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

Girls and boys 2 to 17 can choose from 40+ camps on Stuart’s 55 wooded acres, including: Stuart Academic Academy for girls, STEM camps like robotics and coding, performing and visual arts, sports camps for girls (basketball, tennis, lacrosse, and field hockey), and more. Camp Stuart for ages 2-4 and popular Lavner Camps are back! All courses are taught by experienced and caring faculty and professionals. Before/after camp care and lunch are available. Weekly camps run June 12 – August 17, 2018.

Enjoy Theater, Dance, Music, Visual Arts, and Video in Tomato Patch Workshops, Central NJ’s longest-running, most successful multidisciplinary summer arts program.  Conveniently located on the W. Windsor Campus of MCCC, Tomato Patch, taught by Professional Artists is open to students going into grades 4-12 in the fall.  Session I-Grades 8-12-June 25-July 19 and Session II-Grades 4-7 July 23-Aug. 9.

Nourish your child’s inherent connection to nature and enliven their curiosity about the world around them! Waldorf Summer Camp is for children 4-12, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 or 4:00 p.m. Days are filled with singing, free play, handcrafts, and nature walks, yet there is still plenty of time to explore, create, and dream amidst 20 acres of fields, woods, and creek. Experiences include water play, bread baking, painting, singing, and cooperative games; all campers will enjoy harvesting and preparing snacks from our organic garden! Visit or contact Open House 4/21, 10-Noon.

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 our final open house on February 24 from 2-4 pm at the Watershed Center.

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!

The West Windsor Arts Council brings professional teaching artists and well-trained camp staff together to provide campers with a safe, nurturing community that encourages everyone to express themselves, no matter their medium. During camp, children get to practice art forms in a variety of ways, utilizing a wide variety of materials. We create a safe, supportive environment where each camper connects with their own imagination and is inspired to try new things and explore their artistic creativity. 

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