Time to Pick a Summer Camp

There's a lot to choose from when it comes to summer camps. Here are a few.

It's the season to start thinking about how your kids will spend the next one.

The camp offers activities for children and families beginning mid-June through Labor Day. The facility is divided into Junior Camp (preschool and kindergarten), Main Camp (first through sixth grade) and Teen Camp (seventh through ninth grade). Activities include day trips, swimming, sports and performing arts. 

: Located at the Country Swim Club on Dutch Road, the Y Country Day Camp caters to children ages 3 through those in sixth grade. Activities include daily instructional and recreational swimming, sports instruction, arts and crafts and field trips. Camp season normally lasts from late June to mid-August. Camp is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily. It is handicap accessible.

Mercer County Community College: Registration is underway for this summer’s options, which include academics, sports and theater. Camp begins June 20.

Middlesex County College:  Registration is under way for this summer’s options, which include cooking cartooning, theater and more. Camp runs June 27 to Aug. 19 and is open to children who are 6 to 18.

The East Brunswick Recreation Camp: The camp offers several programs for campers of different ages. Full day programs run June 27 to Aug. 12, and half-day programs run June 27 to Aug. 5. Campers get weekly trips to Crystal Springs, as well as field trips to the beach, amusement parks, and the movies almost weekly. The camp serves children in grades first through ninth and is accredited with the American Camp Association, recognition usually only received by private camps. It also offers a half-day Theater Camp for interested families.

The Camp Yomeca Experience: The Raritan Valley YMCA camp provides children ages 5-13 with an opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, develop their character, build their self-esteem, and feel safe and accepted. Camp teaches children how to appreciate the accomplishments of others, how to make others feel valued, and fosters responsibility. By watching and emulating their role models children learn to display good manners, conduct themselves positively and challenge themselves to be better people. The weeklong sessions run from June until the end of August.

Westminster Conservatory Summer Music Camps: Held in various Princeton locations and taught by Westminster Conservatory staff, the Westminster Conservatory Summer Music Camps are a great way to introduce your child to music or to enrich his or her music knowledge. Children as young as 2 can enroll, and will be introduced to singing, movement and dance and percussion instruments. Older children can get voice instruction and play choir chimes and Orff instruments. Many of the camp sessions include craft sessions and outside playtime. Committed students can enroll in instructional camps for strings, winds, brass and percussion, while children in grades 1 to 12 can enroll in musical theater camps.



Leon Pogach March 11, 2011 at 02:03 AM
Not to insult any of the camps listed above in the article, who all work so hard to change the lives of children throughout NJ, but as an American Camp Association Accreditation Visitor I have to clarify the point made above that the ACA generally only accredits private camps and that to give accreditation to a municipal or not for profit camps is rare. This is just not true! In fact, we accredit as many if not more not for profit camps. Girl Scouts, Rec Programs, YMCAs, Easter Seals, Make a Wish Foundation, and many more great non profits, many in East Brunswick and vicinity have achieved ACA Accreditation. The ACA sets a high standard for all aspects of the camping experience to ensure the safest most rewarding summer camps. ACA accreditation is the symbol of excellence in camping. There are a lot of great camps providing exceptional summer programs that have worked hard to achieve ACA Accreditation, and MOST are not private. A great camp is a great camp. Look around East Brunswick and you will find many great accredited camps both private and not for profit.
Alison Klebe March 15, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Cheley Colorado Camps is a great summer camp for girls and boys 9-17. It has been run by the same family for the past 90 years and offers mountain and traditional camp activities for girls and boys 9-17. I highly recommend it.
Viktoriya January 30, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Can anyone recommend a great camp for a 5 year old who will be starting 1st grade in september 2013.
Councilwoman Denise Contrino January 30, 2013 at 03:33 PM
EB Rec Camps are great! My kids have gone for years and they enjoy it more and more each year! The counselors are awesome and the trips are alot of fun!


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