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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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Day Camps Nature / Environment Camps
Camp Referral Services Gifted Camps Performing Arts Camps
Academic Camps Girls Camps Science / Technology / STEM
Animal Camps Health / Fitness / Weight Loss Sleepaway Camps
Arts / Craft / Film Camps History Camps Special Needs Camps
Computer Camps Horseback Riding Camps Sports Camps
Cooking Camps Language Camps Teen Camps / Travel
Culture Camps Music / Dance Camps Theater Camps

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

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.

    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 Riverbend
116 Hillcrest Rd., Warren, NJ 07059, 908-580-CAMP
    Daily swimming lessons, full range of sports, creative activities and environmental programs, with a non-competitive approach, well-trained, mature staff, and lots of fun. For boys and girls, ages 3 to 14.

Camp Yachad
JCC of Central New Jersey, 1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains
908-889-8800, x209
    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. 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).
    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.

Dapple Hill Farm
Minutes from I-78, Bedminster 201-725-0047.
         DHF's Pony Camp is a top rated introductory camp for children and young teens. Campers ride 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." Visit 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.

iD Tech Camps for Kids & Teens
Held at 150+ locations
        Students ages 7-18 kickstart their futures with courses in coding, Fortnite, Roblox, robotics engineering, AI, VR, 3D printing, photography, and more! Your child can explore a prestigious campus, make friends as they master new tech skills, and join a community of more than 400,000 alumni.
        Weeklong, 2-week, day, and overnight programs held at 150+ locations nationwide, including:
        • Princeton
        • Fairleigh Dickinson
        • Kean
        • Monmouth
        • Montclair State
        • Ramapo
        • Rowan
        • Seton Hall
        With world-class instructors and customized learning, our programs instill in-demand skills that embolden students to shape the future.

International Ivy Summer Enrichment Programs
908-899-1338 • Email:
• 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 online or come to an open house.

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
    Located on 14 acres with programs for campers ages 15 months through 9th grade. Busing included. Lunches available. Camp Ruach nine weeks of camp. 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 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 late Aug. for ages K-6 offers numerous options. Age appropriate post-camp program available for campers ages 3-5.

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:
    The Mason Gross Extension Division offers world-class arts education to the entire community. Artists of all ages and ability levels can 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.

Mountain Lakes Learn to Row Camps
Email: Robert Welsh,           
         Morning and evening sessions open to boys and girls from 7th-12th grades offer an opportunity to build team skills and learn a new sport while rowing on Lake Hopatcong.

Musical Theatre Conservatory
St. Mary's Church, 200 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston, 973-868-6259
     In just three weeks, kids 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 a Pool Party, then cap things off with the grand finale showcase in NYC (Broadway district).

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. Traditional Camp offers programs for children 1st to 6th grade, with sports, swim, performing arts, crafts, trips, and special events. Teen Travel program offers daily trips and team building.

Palermo Show Stable
1555 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-719-7500
         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
    A variety of summer camps are offered on Ramapo College campus.

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
         Summer community service trips for teens.

Rustic Pathways
         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
         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. Programs are designed to enhance campers' self-esteem and leadership skills through structured activities, trips and interactive themes. Kids Camp (ages 5-10), Travel Camp (ages 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; and Writers Circle locations
    Camp: Mon.-Fri. 9am-3:30pm. 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.

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