Special Interests Summer Camps

For parents working outside of their homes, finding child care options that are affordable, safe and fun is even more essential. Camp, be it a day or residential program is one alternative to explore. Activity programs are often available through town recreational departments and local civic groups. Research to learn what is available in your area should begin in the early spring for most of the camping programs. It is then that you will be able to participate in open house activities and apply for financial assistance if you are eligible. 

Following is a list of options that are speficially offered for those groups of individuals who are looking for a specific focus or type of camp. Financial assistance may be offered at most of the locations. Early registration offers the best opportunity for this kind of help. This list is by no means exhaustive. Activity programs abound in the summer months.

To find more camps, search our resource database by typing "summer camp" in the search bar at the top of this page. Many of the camps listed in our database are residential and are often located a distance away. Because of this, you will retrieve the best results if you do not limit your search geographically. If you are only interested in camps close to home, limit your search geographically to find the most appropriate resources in your local area.

Bergen County

The Performing Arts School Summer Programs offers more than 10 summer programs for all ages and levels. All classes and workshops are taught by master teaching artists with professional credits. 

Burlington County

Camp Ockanickon YMCA offers three camps (Ockanickon for Boys, Matollionequay for Girls, and Lake Stockwell Day Camp). Please visit our website and find the program that fits your needs, and of course, call us at 609-654-8225 or email at info@ycamp.org is we can assist you in anyway. 

Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey offers four amazing camp properties. Camp Oak Spring in Somerset County, Camp Kettle Run in Burlington County, Camp Inawendiwin in Burlington County, and Cap Sacajawea (Camp Sacy) in Gloucester County. For details on each program visit their website or call 800.582.7692. Read about Open House events for each camp and full details in the camp brochure.

Camden County

Guadalupe Family Services Summer Camp gives Camden City children, ages 8 to 12, and opportunity to explore St. Joseph's University as well as field trips to the Philadelphia Zoo, Franklin Institute, Millennium Skate World, Johnson's Farm (to pick peaches out of the tree and corn right from the stalk) and Ocean City. 

Gloucester County

Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey offers four amazing camp properties. Camp Oak Spring in Somerset County, Camp Kettle Run in Burlington County, Camp Inawendiwin in Burlington County, and Cap Sacajawea (Camp Sacy) in Gloucester County. For details on each program visit their website or call 800.582.7692. Read about Open House events for each camp and full details in the camp brochure.

Hudson County

Camp Liberty is located in Jersey City. Directed by the Educational Arts Team, a wide range of programs are offered for children ages 6 through 15. For further information, visit their website, call 201.432.1911 or email.

Monmouth County 

Collier Youth Services offers Kateri Day Camp for children ages 5-13. The camp insists of seven weeks of hiking, swimming, playing, crafting, reading, and making friends! Transportation, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are all included. 

Morris County

The Kubert School Summer Cartoon Camp offers a kids cartooning will be grouped by age and/or experience. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome. 

New Jersey 

Each summer, children between the ages of 8 and 18 are welcome to attend the Arthur C Luff Children's Burn Camp. The camp is located in Connecticut, and The Burn Center is able to send children to this camp at no cost to their families. It is a safe place where children can simply be children, depsite their injuries. 

Somerset County 

Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center has summer programming for youth. Find out more about their Summer Day Camp here

Sussex County 

Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp offers a jam-packed day from wake-up to sun-down. Camp is open to all youth ages 8-16. Campers enjoy spending a week at our beautiful facility living in the woods, trying new things and they depart with new friends, increased self-confidence, and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Camp NOVA  is a wonderful opportunity for children and young adults living with epilepsy and other developmental disabilities. Camp NOVA, which provides an exciting and independent camping experience in an environment filled with fun experiences and memories that last a lifetime, is a one-week overnight camp for young people ages 12 and up. Camp activities include acting, arts and crafts, boating, fishing, karate, swimming, and yoga. 

Union County

Bernie's Place Children's Program is an after-school and summer program for homeless and at-risk children. Bernie's Place provides these children a safe and supportive place to study, learn and placem and offers the families the benefits of the other programs and services offered. 

Trailside Nature & Science Center offers many unique and educational summer camps and family programs. Find out more by viewing their Summer Program brochure


Page last modified/reviewed on June 16, 2017

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