NJ Summer Camp Fairs and Open Houses 2013
Don't faint--January is when parents start thinking and planning for (gulp) summer camp. Lanyards, hand games, swimming, s'mores... if you’re wondering where your kids are going to be doing these things in the hot, school-less weather, check out an upcoming Summer Camp Fair or Open House. Whether you want to stay in NJ, venture into NY or try a sleep-away camp out of state, a camp fair or open house will allow you to meet camp directors, chat, tour the facilities and make an educated decision. Considering that New Jersey has about a billion (only a slight exaggeration) camp options, hopefully this list will help you narrow it down. We will be updating our NJ Summer Camp Guide with 2013 dates/prices throughout January and February, so stay tuned!
American Camp Association-accredited® camps meet up to 300 standards for health, safety, and program quality. Their camp fairs run every weekend for the next few weeks in various locations throughout New Jersey, including Hackensack and East Hanover. Check our Events Calendar for Camp Fairs every weekend. The fairs are FREE with extra freebies of snacks, door prizes, giveaways and DVDs of camps.
Open Houses and Tour Days
Deerkill Day Camp (Suffern)
The very popular Suffern, New York camp that Jersey kids love has tour dates by appointment. Call 845-354-1466 to reserve a spot.
Spring Lake Day Camp (Ringwood)
A day camp with a lake and five pools, Ringwood's tours are available on Sunday, January 20 and Saturday, February 2 10am-1pm; RSVP to email@example.com. For more info, call 973-831-9000.
Check out one of the fun weekend tour dates for this uber-fun camp with arts and crafts, Legos and decorating (and eating) giant cookies. Saturdays, January 19th, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, and Sunday, Feb. 10. 845-354-2727.
Ramaquois Day Camp (Pomona)
This very parent-friendly camp will have its Winter Open House on Saturday, February 9th from 11am to 3pm with games, refreshments and sports. 845-947-3223.
Oasis Camps (Madison)
Oasis will have some information sessions on January 17, 20, and 27th. Click here for more details. (Scroll down to ''Upcoming Events.'') The NJ Oasis camp is located on the campus of Drew University. For more info, call 800-317-1392.
Riverbend (Warren Township)
Get a chance to sample Camp Riverbend in Winter Open Houses with tours, counselor meet-and-greets, crafts and games on Sunday, January 27, Sunday, February 10, and more. For more info, call 888-THE-CAMP.
Campus Kids (Blairstown)
Popular with the parents as well as the kids, the “Weekday Sleepaway” camp on Blair Academy campus will be hosting tours on January 19, 20, 26, 27. This is not an Open House; if interested, you must call 973-845-9260 to schedule a tour.
Spring Lake Day Camp (Ringwood)
Spring Lake is located just 25 miles from the GWB and is having Open Houses on Sunday, January 20; Monday, January 21 (MLK Day); and Saturday, February 2nd from 10:00-1:00 p.m. (1/21: 10:30am-2:30pm) Please call 973-831-9000 to RSVP or arrange a weekday tour.
Rambling Pines (Hopewell)
The 225-acre camp in the Sourland Mountains will have an Open House on Sunday, January 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Reserve your space at 609-466-1212 or enroll online.
Woodmont Day Camp (New City, NY)
Only a fifteen-minute drive from northern NJ, Woodmont's lovely 50-acre camp will give your child a healthy, fun and personal experience. Tour dates are Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, February 3. 845-638-0700.
The Nature Place Day Camp & Farm (Chestnut Ridge)
The Nature Place Open Houses are the best way to learn about The Nature Place Day Camp & Farm and Garden Days. The staffers take you on a tour of our camp grounds, you'll watch a slide show of images from summers past, and then the staffers will answer any and all questions about enrollment, programming, safety, transportation, staff, etc. All open houses run from 1-4 p.m., and take place at Green Meadow Waldorf School, Saturday, January 19th, Sunday, February 3rd, Saturday, February 16th, Saturday, March 2nd, Sunday, March 17th, Saturday, March 30th, Sunday, April 14th, Saturday, April 27th, Saturday, May 11th, Sunday, May 19th, Saturday, June 1st. 845-356-6477.
Dwight-Englewood School Summer Connections (Englewood, NJ)
Open houses will be held on Saturdays, April 20 and May 18, 1:00 -3:00 pm; email firstname.lastname@example.org.