NJ Summer Camp Fairs and Open Houses 2014
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 throughout January and February, so stay tuned!
Camp Fairs ACA-NJ Camp Fairs
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 February 9th and 23rd and March 2 from 10am-1pm; For more info, call 973-831-9000.
Deer Mountain Day Camp (Pomona)
Check out this uber-fun camp on Sunday, January 26 with arts and crafts, Legos and decorating (and eating) giant cookies. You can also schedule a personal tour by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 845-354-2727.
Ramaquois Day Camp (Pomona)
Located just north of Bergen County in New York State, Ramaquois serves Northern New Jersey campers from Tenafly, Closter, Demarest, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Woodcliff, Upper Saddle River and more. For a tour on any weekday between 10 a.m. and 4pm or all day on Sunday, January 26th or Saturday, February 8, call 845-354-1600.
Oasis Camps (Madison)
Oasis will have an information session on February 19. 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 26, Sunday, February 23, Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, April 13. Also, check out their Saturday Clubs on March 8 and March 22. 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 25, 26; February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16. This is not an Open House; if interested, you must call 973-845-9260 to schedule a tour.
Rambling Pines (Hopewell)
The 225-acre camp in the Sourland Mountains will have an Open House on January 26, February 9 and February 23 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 date is February 2. For more information, call 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. Click here for the large amount of open house dates. 845-356-6477.