Top 4 Summer Camps in Both New York and New Jersey
It’s been a tough 24+ months for everyone, but our kids have been cooped up indoors for way too long. Now that things are opening up again, here are some great summer camps in New York and New Jersey.
There are hundreds -- if not thousands -- of summer camps in the U.S., so choosing the perfect one for your kids can be daunting. Here’s a checklist of things to keep in mind.
Your child’s interests and personality should always be the No. 1 priority. There is no point in sending an artistic child to a sports-themed camp unless they are also really good at sports.
Likewise, sending an athlete to an art camp could be a waste of money. An introverted child may be too overwhelmed by a “sleep away” camp that doesn’t have any safe, familiar spots, whereas an extrovert will come home with a ton of new friends.
Chronological age is also a consideration, but emotional age is probably a better thing to keep in mind. Here are some things to consider as you think about which camp is best:
- Sleep away or day camp
- How long? There are three- or four-day camps and camps that last a week, a month or all summer.
- Traditional or specialized: What activities is your child interested in, or do they want a bit of everything?
- Co-ed or same-sex?
- Do you need cultural, culinary or religious accommodations for your kids?
Located in Adirondack Park in upstate New York, the Long Lake Camp for the Arts offers theatre, performing arts, fine arts, film, and circus programs.
- Co-ed (ages 8 to 16)
- Staff ratio to students 1:2 or better
- Fees are $6,450 for three weeks, $12,300 for six weeks
- June to August, three or six weeks duration
Raquette Lake Boys Camp/Raquette Lake Girls Camp
392 Antlers Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
Founded in 1916, Raquette Lake boys-only and girls-only camps offer various traditional camp experiences in the Adirondacks in upstate New York.
- Boys only/girls only (ages 6 to 15). Separate facilities that operate simultaneously. Joint socials and special events occur, and siblings can lunch together weekly.
- Staff ratio to students 1:2
- Fees are $14,350 + canteen & transportation (all prospective new families are interviewed to ensure a good fit)
- June to August, seven weeks duration
- Day camp
- Staff ratio to students 1:4
- Co-ed (ages 7 to 14)
- Fees: Quaker one week = $825; Non-Quaker one week = $875; Quaker 2 weeks = $1,465; non-Quaker two weeks = $1,515
- June to August, one- or two-week sessions
- Co-ed (ages 6 to 16)
- Day camp and overnight
- Overnight fees are $535 per session and each session is one week
- Day camp is $295 per week (field trip fees for campers ages 10 to 14 is extra, canteen fees extra); multiweek discounts available
- June to August
- Co-ed (ages 8-16)
- Staff ratio to students 1:4
- Fees are minimum $1,960 per session. One-week starter camp for newbies only $1,100.
- July, August, two to four-week duration
Summer camps give kids a chance to build resilience, confidence, social skills and independence. The good news is that there are lots of options available to fit any budget.