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Summer Camps for New Jersey Teens

Whether you are looking for a local, national or international program for the summer, the experienced providers of Teen Camps and Teen Summer Programs below offer unique and exciting opportunities for New Jersey teens.You are invited to visit their websites (use the convenient links included with each listing), call for info and brochures, plan a visit or attend an upcoming open house.

Teen Travel, Study Abroad
Information about summer travel and gap year opportunities for teens can be obtained from many websites, including Go Abroad, Studies Abroad, Walking Tree and Global Leadership Adventures.

Volunteer Community Service
In addition to some of the listings below, see listings under Volunteer for local summer volunteer positions and consider Museums, Historic Sites and Outdoor Education Centers for additional volunteer, community service and internship opportunities.

College / University Summer Programs
Many colleges and universities offer summer programs for high achieving middle and high school students. Consult schools directly, visit Academic Summer Programs for local pre-college opportunities, or visit this website for a free pre-college summer program directory.

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Animal Camps Health / Fitness / Weight Loss Sleepaway Camps
Arts / Craft / Film Camps History Camps Special Needs Camps
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Oak Knoll Summer Adventures
44 Blackburn Rd., Summit, 908-522-8186
    Ready for a summer adventure? From June 25–August 10, 2018, Summer Adventures at Oak Knoll offers excitement and fun for ­children ages 3-16. We offer a variety of activities including swimming, fencing, cooking, sports, arts, and more! Age-appropriate divisions offer enriching and creative opportunities for playful learning. Head counselors are certified teachers, and a registered nurse is in attendance every day. All campers receive a nutritious lunch and snack. We create an environment where your child can make new friends while creating lasting memories. Summer Adventures is a great place for children to spend all or part of their summer.

Pulse Premier Sports Camps
The Ultimate Coaching Experience
732-563-2526
    Pulse Premier Sports Camps deliver best-in-class sports education to dedicated young athletes of all skill levels at outstanding facilities. Program highlights: • daily swim and lunch included • indoor/outdoor facilities • extended day options • high profile professional sports coaches • low coach to player ratio • ages 5-14 • programs grouped by age and ability • multiple weeks available • soccer, tennis, basketball and multi-sports camps. Visit our website or call for more information, special offers and to find your closest venue. SAVE 10% and use code PSKG2018 at checkout.


Abbey Road Programs

8266 Fountain Ave., Suite B, West Hollywood, CA 90046, 888-462-2239

The Acting Space
Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne St., Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-275-2699
      The Acting Space holds classes out of the Barrow Mansion in the historic district of Jersey City. We are a boutique premier performing arts acting school providing the highest quality theater education to kids, teens and adults in a fun, safe, and creative environment. During our summer camps, we produce and perform a variety of Disney's and other musical plays, improv acting and Broadway singing. Students will master musical theater and acting techniques while building self-confidence in a collaborative learning environment. We also offer in-school, after-school and other summertime programs and accept everyone at any level. Our expert faculty has vast professional experience in acting, singing, and dancing for theater, musical theater, film, and TV, with advanced degrees from the top schools.

Adventures Cross Country
242 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA, 800-767-2722
    Adventure travel programs for teenagers 13-18 range from 15 to 40 days in length.

AFS
800-AFS-INFO
    3-7 week summer programs depart June-July and provide opportunities to live with a host family, take language classes or perform community service abroad.

Apogee Adventures
40 Bowker St., Brunswick, Maine, 207-725-7025
    One, two and three week goal-oriented bicycle touring, hiking, rafting, sea-kayaking, and community service adventure trips for students ages 12-18.

Appalachian Mountain Club
P.O. Box 298, 361 Rt. 16, Gorham, NH 03581, 603-466-2721
• Teen Volunteer Trail Crews
603-466-2721 x8156. Ages 14-19 hike, camp, and learn to maintain trails in beautiful locations from Maine to New Jersey.
• Teen Wilderness Adventures
Five to 20-night trips in the northeast provide an outdoor experience for youth ages 12-18.

Branchburg Sports Complex
47 Readington Rd., Branchburg, 908-203-1600.
         New Jersey's premiere sports and family entertainment center features 78,000 square feet of action-packed activities. Lacrosse, soccer, baseball, tennis, basketball and NFL flag football programs. Don't miss out on our School's Out and summer day camp programs.

Camp Yachad
JCC of Central New Jersey, 1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains
908-889-8800, Cathy Pizzella, x209
Email: campyachad@jccnj.org
    Ages 18 mos. to 9th grade. Traditional day camp, travel camp, a performing arts specialty camp, counselor training program and sports day camp are offered. Flexible week options available. Lunch is included with all day (non-travel) programs and door-to-door round-trip transportation is provided for all camps.

Classic Thyme Kids Cooking Camps
710 South Ave. West., Westfield, 908-232-5445.
         Cooking fun for ages 4 and up. Multiple, weekly day camps. Camps are held in the summer AND during school vacations througout the year. New Edible Schoolyard. Students will plant, cultivate and harvest ingredients they will use for cooking and eating. A farm to table experience. Register online or call 908-232-5445.

Cleared for Take-Off Aviation Camp
Alexandria Field, 63 Airport Rd., Pittstown, 908-735-0870
    Camp: 9am-1pm (separate flight option 1-5pm). Camp: $225 (flight option at current price).
    The experiential curriculum takes students (4th grade–9th grade) on a quest for new learning to see what they can find looking at science, technology, engineering, and math through the lens of aviation.
Jul 9-13, 2018

Dapple Hill Farm
Minutes from I-78, Bedminster 201-725-0047.
         Dapple Hill Farm's annual Pony Camp proudly features a truly unique experience with the addition of our Foal Program. Campers will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with three foals alongside our professionals. No other area camp has this opportunity. DHF's Pony Camp is a top rated introductory camp for children and young teens. Campers will enjoy riding 5 days a week, while learning about horses, horse care and having fun! Traditional camp activities can be expected paired with DHF's exclusive camper/pony teams bobbing for apples race, scavenger hunts and culminating at "The Wedding." Campers can do a full week session for $500, a Monday-Wednesday-Friday for $375. Please visit our website for further details about Pony Camp and other opportunities at DHF.

Drew University SummerTerm
Rt. 24, Madison, 973-408-3400
    Summer courses on campus and in New York City are open to academically motivated high school juniors and seniors and for transferable academic credit to Drew and visiting college students. Non-credit Studio Art Portfolio Preparation course in Painting and Drawing is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

International Ivy Summer Enrichment Programs
908-899-1338 • Email: info@iisummer.com
• Burlington: Doane Academy, 350 Riverbank
• Chatham: Chatham Day School, 700 Shunpike Rd.
• Jersey City: French American Academy, 209 3rd St.
• Livingston: Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, 110 S. Orange Ave.
• New Milford: French American Academy, 1092 Carnation Dr.
• Oakland: Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School, 45 Spruce St.
• Paramus: Ridgewood Montessori School, 70 Eisenhower Dr.
• Princeton: Chapin School, 4101 Princeton Pike
• Scotch Plains: Language and Enrichment Center, 551 Park Ave.
• Short Hills: The Pingry School, 50 Country Day Dr.
• Somerset: Rutgers Preparatory School, 1345 Easton Ave.
• Summit: Kent Place School, 42 Norwood Ave.
• Wayne: Pioneer Academy, 164 Totowa Rd.
    Mon.-Fri.: Full day 9-5; half-day 9-12:30 or 1:30-5pm. $780 per week for full day; $390 per week for half day.
    International Ivy is about hands-on learning and having fun. We have over 50 classes to select from, including video game creation, robotics, computer programming, arts, math, business, science and engineering. Learn more at online or come to an open house. Use code KDG18 for $50 off each child. Expires 1/31/2018.

JCC Camp Ruach
Road Rulz Teen Travel, Sababa & LIT

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
775 Talamini Rd. (conveniently located off Rt. 202-206) Bridgewater, 908-443-9018, Fax: 908-725-9753
Email: LPaniccia@ssbjcc.org
    Camp Season: June 25–Aug. 24. Located on 14 acres with programs for campers ages 15 months through 9th grade. Busing included. Lunches available. Camp Ruach ­nine weeks of camp. Our traditional day camp offers sports, swim (indoor and outdoor pools), low and high ropes course, karate, theater, art, cooking, dance, tennis, nature, game room, zip line, mini-golf, music, musical theatre, cooking, archery, weekly ­entertainment and so much more! Pre-school and Kindergarten campers have half and full-day ­options. 4th-6th grade programs consist of three days onsite and two days of offsite trips per week. Road Rulz Teen Travel for grades 7-9 offers day trips and two week-long trips. Sababa for 7th–9th grade campers offering two day trips/week and three days at camp. LIT (Leadership in Training) for Grade 8 and 9. Programs for campers with special needs (call for intake process). Specialty camps offered throughout the summer. Post-Camp week Aug. 20-24 for ages K-6 offering numerous options. Age appropriate post-camp program available for campers ages 3-5 August 20-24. Save $150 on new camp registrations (offer good through Jan. 7, 2017, some restrictions apply).
Upcoming JCC Events
May 18
Jan 7
         Open House Sunday: Party Showcase, JCC Camp Ruach and Blaustein Early Childhood Center Open House.
Jan 28
         The Big Meltdown.
Feb 1
         Designer Handbag Bingo.
Feb 21
         Camp Ruach Open House.
Feb 25
         Family Carnival.
Mar 18
         Mah Jongg Tournament.
Apr 22
         Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) Community Celebration.
Apr 28
         Beer Festival.
Apr 29
         5K Run & 1 Mile Family Walk.
Jun 4
         Golf & Tennis Tournament.
Jun 25
         Camp Ruach begins.

Kent Place Summer Camp
42 Norwood Ave., Summit, 908-273-0900 x297
    Coeducational program for ages 3-15 offering traditional day camps, sports camps, special camps for middle school students, a summer academy, CIT program and extended hours. Our 26-acre campus offers regulation turf playing fields, tennis courts, an arts center, air conditioned classrooms, dining hall and modern computer labs. Visit our website for more information, "like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.

Madison Area Y Camp SummerQuest
111 King's Road., Madison, 973-822-9622, x2265
         Themed weeks for campers entering grades 6-10.

Mason Gross School of the Arts
Extension Division, Rutgers University

Rehearsal Hall, Room 101, 85 George St., New Brunswick
848-932-8618 • Email: summercamp@mgsa.rutgers.edu
    The Mason Gross Extension Division offers world-class arts education to the entire community, right here in Central Jersey. Our innovative programming allows artists of all ages and ability levels to interact and learn from some of New Jersey's most distinguished teaching artists at the state's premier arts conservatory. Courses of study are available for beginners, enthusiastic amateurs and those with professional training.
    Summer camps and intensives for teens include choir, symphonic band, jazz, chamber music, dance conservatories, graphic design, drawing and painting and theater. Summer camps for children include Kids Create (music, dance, theatre and visual arts day camp for kids ages 5-12).

Montclair Art Museum SummerArt Camp
3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair, 973-259-5139
    Extensive selection of art camps for teens.

Morris County Junior Police Academy
Morris County Park Police Headquarters, 300 Mendham Rd., Morris Twp., 973-326-7632.
         Week-long camp for girls and boys 11-15 gives campers a hands-on experience in the training and practice of a police officer.

Morristown-Beard Day Camp
70 Whippany Rd., Morristown, 973-539-3032 x569
    State licensed facility, located on a beautiful 22-acre campus, offers a traditional day camp as well as specialty camps including arts and crafts, mountain biking, world languages, history adventures, math skills, writing workshop, teen­xtreme, college essay, graphic design, digital film editing, strength and conditioning, musical theatre boot camp and sports clinics.

Musical Theatre Conservatory
St. Mary's Church, 200 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston, 973-868-6259
     Kids love to perform on stage, under the bright lights, and at MTC, their dreams come true! In just three weeks, they'll travel from classes to rehearsals culminating in a costumed, Broadway cabaret. Students meet and study with agents and Broadway/TV actors. They'll celebrate with a splash at our Pool Party, then cap things off with the grand finale—a one-of-a-kind showcase in NYC (Broadway district).
Jul 2-21
         Broadway Boot Camp, for ages 7-18 meets Mon.-Fri. 9:30am-3:30pm for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

Oasis Summer Day Camp
Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 800-317-1392
    Oasis is for boys and girls ages 3-11, and teens ages 12-14. Early Start Imagination Camp for preschoolers with modified sports, arts and a "Ready for September" enrichment. Our Traditional Camp offers fun, exciting programs for children 1st to 6th grade, with sports, swim, performing arts, crafts, trips, and special events. Our Teen Travel program offers daily trips and team building.

Palermo Show Stable
1555 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-719-7500
Info@palermoshowstable.com.
         Tues.-Sun. 8am-1pm, 3-6pm, after hours by appointment only. Horseback riding lessons, ages 5 to 65, beginner to advanced. Summer day camps, ages 6 to 16 and youth camp ages 3-5. Winter and Holiday Camps also available. Boarding, training, showing, horse sales and leases, and monthly horse shows. Please contact us to sign up for your FREE introductory lesson, as well as information on Summer, Winter and Holiday Camps!

Ramapo College Summer Camps
505 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, 201-684-7370
    STEM camp for entering 7th and 8th graders and life skills camps for high school students include music, computer, financial literacy, game design, SAT prep and more.

Raritan Valley Community College
Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd., North Branch, 908-526-1200, x8404
         Visual and performing arts, computer, languages, science, gifted and talented and sports camps for ages 6-17.

The Road Less Traveled
800-939-9839.
         Summer community service trips for teens.

Rustic Pathways
800-321-4353
         Provider of one to nine-week international experiential education programs for high school students.

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Junior and Senior Corps
36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-845-6742
    The Junior and Senior Corps is a dynamic alternative to the typical summer performing arts camp for ages 11-18. Professional-caliber classes from a leading Shakespeare theater. 2-3 week sessions June-Aug.

Somerset County Parks Xtreme Adventure
Somerset County Outdoor Education Center
190 Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-2489 x328
    Day and overnight trips for teens ages 13-16. No experience necessary. Register for one trip or all.

South Orange Maplewood Community Summer Program
973-378-7620.
         Creative and performing arts, academic enrichment, sports for grades 1-12.

Spruce Street Community Center
1040 Spruce St., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, 609-695-6060
         Hours: 7:30am-6:30pm. Our programs are designed to enhance our camper's self-esteem and leadership skills through structured activities, trips and interactive themes. We offer Kids Camp (5-10), Travel Camp (11-15), and specialty camps. Affordable pricing with flexible enrollment and extended hours included.

Student Conservation Association
P.O. Box 550, Charlestown, NH 03603, 603-543-1700.
         Service opportunities for high school and college students in National Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges and other public and private agencies.

Visions Service Adventures
541 E. Babcock St., Bozeman, MT, 406-551-4423.
         A mini-Peace Corps experience for middle school and high school students blends service projects and cultural immersion at international and U.S. sites.

Westfield Area Y
220 Clark St.; 422 E. Broad St.; 170 Elm St., Westfield, 908-301-YMCA (9622)
500 East St., Garwood, 908-301-1616 and various offsite locations
    Our ACA-accredited camp features traditional, sports, S.T.E.A.M., leadership, and travel programs. Weekly full-day, half-day and extended day programs are for campers ages 3-15. The camp curriculum promotes teamwork, enhances self-esteem and builds skills while incorporating the Y core values. Camp staff receive over 20 hours of pre-camp training.

William Paterson University Pre-College Youth Programs
1600 Valley Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2354
    A university summer experience; stay in residence halls or commute.

The Writers Circle Summer Creative Writing Intensives
Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-900-0415
    Camp: Mon.-Fri. 9am-3:30pm; three weeks July 23-Aug. 10. At The Writers Circle, teens hone their literary craft in a generous, creative environment, working with professional authors as instructors. Students develop their writing, study different literary genres, get personalized editorial feedback, and take part in inspiring writing events.

YEA (Youth Empowered Action) Camp
        Week-long sleepaway summer leadership program for youth 12-17. Campers choose an issue of importance to them and learn how to take action on the issue once they get home. 2018 locations in Massachusetts and California.


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