Calling All Campers: Guide to Summer Camps and other Fun Stuff

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A “kiddie car wash” is just one of the cool activities your kids might enjoy at a YMCA themed summer camp.

A “kiddie car wash” is just one of the cool activities your kids might enjoy at a YMCA themed summer camp.

A Guide to Summer Camps and other Fun Stuff.

When school’s out for summer, camps offer variety, fun, and adventure—a real departure from the usual routine.

Summer camps give children the opportunity to learn while having fun. Summer camps provide a change of venue for education and structure. This is a departure from the school routine and gives children the opportunity to thrive in an environment that supports their individual interests. Locally, we are fortunate that so many organizations offer affordable, interesting, diverse and fun camps for our children. Makes you wish you were a kid again.

All Kids First at 1385 Magnolia Rd. Vineland

July 5-Aug. 18; 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For ages 3-6 years old; $160 per week

For more information call Carol A. Deola at 856-405-0711, or e-mail caroladeola@gmail.com or visit allkidsfirstnj.com. Registration is in person at the school.

For 18 years, this camp has provided children a time to engage in fun and educational, hands-on activities, including new programs and an opportunity to explore nature.

Boys & Girls Club Summer Enrichment Program at the Carl Arthur Center, 304 W. Plum Street, Vineland

July 10-Aug.18; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For ages 6-13; $95 per week.  Before and after care is available for additional cost.

For more information, call 856-896-0244, or e-mail jeldridge@vinelandbgc.org, or visit vinelandbgc.org

Call or come in to register (a down payment needed to hold spot).

There is also a program for teens at the Boys and Girls Club 560 Crystal Avenue site. Call for details.

For 10 years, the BGCV Summer Enrichment Camp has provided a fun and exciting camp for youth in grades K – 8. The camp offers a wide variety of activities ranging from educational to physical fitness. Throughout the course of the summer, youth will participate in high-yield learning activities to prevent summer learning loss, arts and crafts, computers and several other programs that promote healthy living and keep young minds active.

Indoor activities include computers, arts and crafts, movies, sports, a talent show, games, educational activities, programs for building healthy lifestyles, character, and leadership, and much more. Outdoor activities include a community garden, trips to the park, swimming, relay races, basketball, kickball and other games along with team building activities. Field trips may include trips to the local zoo, restaurants and retail stores (Camp Old Navy), and other fun and exciting trips.

Christ The Good Shepherd Preschool at 1655 Magnolia Road, Vineland

June 26–Aug. 25 (nine weeks); 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., offering all day and 1/2 day programs.

For ages 2 1/2. – 6

Full days $165 per week / the preschool offers full- time and part-time along with 1/2 day or full-day sessions. Call 856-696-0506 for additional pricing and discounts.

To register, call the preschool to pick up packets and forms. To ensure a spot for your child, all students should be registered by June 9.

For 28 years, the camp has provided children with a great fun-filled summer with hands-on activities in science, cooking, arts and crafts, and outdoor physical activities. This year there are nine new camp themes. The children love the small group sizes along with the hands-on activities and getting messy as well as the unique arts and crafts, ice cream truck visits and guest speakers.

Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA/YMCA of Vineland, at 1159 East Landis Avenue, Vineland; and Camp Merrywood at 1249 Jesse Bridge Road, Pittsgrove Township

June 19–Aug. 25, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Early bird and extended hours are available starting 6:30 a.m. before camp, and extended to 5:30 p.m. after camp for families who need them.

For ages 3 - 17

$150/week, typically; this includes breakfast and lunch; third party assistance can be available. Additional fees for extended for early bird hours.

For more information call 856-691-0030, e-mail aparent@ccaymca.org, or visit ccaymca.org

Call or visit the YMCA in Vineland to register. Early camp registration is May 6. Registration is available throughout the summer as space is available.

The camp has provided lasting summer memories of activities, learning, reading, aquatic skills, and making friends for more than 50 years.

The lasting value of this camp over the years is remarkable. It offers a way to build character, potential, and friendships. Campers most enjoy swimming and other sports, plus learning that is fun and related to varying themes. There are six camp themes that change weekly and some will be new this year.

Today, campers experience activities including swimming, canoeing, archery, mountain biking, zip line, and more activities. New this season is gaga pit and additional mountain bikes for the “Learn to Ride.” Children who come every day will leave tired, dirty and with huge smiles on their faces!

Edgarton Christian Academy at 212 Catawba Avenue, Newfield

June 19–Aug. 18.  6:30 a.m. to-5:30 p.m. 

For pre-school through grade 7.

For more information, call Melissa Knapp at 856-697-7300, ext. 304, or visit eca-pk8.org.

Specialized weekly themes are tailored to the interests of the different grade levels of the campers. An added bonus to the ECA Summer Camp is that breakfast and lunch are provided to all campers. They also offer assorted snacks and ice cream for sale each day. In order to meet the needs of busy families, ECA offers flexible scheduling where you decide how many days per week you want your child to attend. You can change your child’s schedule weekly to accommodate your needs.

In addition to the full activities of the camp program, children participate in water activities every day, weather permitting. Students in grades 1 through 7 take a short walk to the Newfield Swim Club each afternoon and use the pool under close supervision of the counselors and lifeguards. Children in Pre-School (PK) and Kindergarten play in a small wading pool or run in sprinklers daily.

ECA is adding some special activities this summer that can be summer camp add-ons or may be attended separately. They are offering the Black Rocket Program, a popular computer science program with classes in video game design, app building, and Mind-Craft design and animation. These classes will be conducted Monday through Thursday throughout the nine weeks of camp. Additional classes are being offered in baton twirling and on-camera acting.

Ellison School Explorers Camp at 1017 South Spring Road, Vineland

June 19–Aug. 25; 7 a.m.–6 p.m., flexible times for full day and half day; select the dates to fit your schedule.

For ages 18 months through middle school.

$195 a full week, lower prices for modified schedule.

For more information, call 856-691-1734, e-mail etrinidad@ellsionschool.org or visit ellisonschool.org or on Facebook.  Registration is open now and enrollment is limited.

Now in its 59th year, the camp uses the same model as the Ellison School mission. As a private, independent school, they offer students to the ability to learn by doing in a safe and nurturing environment. The school doesn’t teach children what to think, but rather how to think by providing a wide-range of resources for campers to create, discover, remain engaged and retain their curiosity about the world around them. The camp staff is composed of Ellison's own NJ Certified Teachers and highly qualified professional educators.

Children have loved specialty seminars, so Ellison has expanded them in response to popular demand.  Each week the camp now offers a thematic two-hour seminar, including organic gardening, science labs, robotics, baking, art classes and cultural investigations.

This season, The Ellison School has expanded to include a new Discovery Center where children will develop pre-engineering skills and problem-solving strategies during open play. It features nationally acclaimed construction and building materials that are developmentally appropriate for a variety of ages and stages of growth. The Discovery Center is climate-controlled and is a great place to play, particularly in the heat of summer and during rainy days.

Campers have enjoyed using the various areas of the school including the Technology Center, iPad Lab, full gymnasium, art studio and an enormous back campus. They have also enjoyed "Water Wednesdays" and visitors from everywhere—petting zoos to race cars.

Golden Learning Summer Camp, held at Ramoth Church, 2725 North Delsea Drive at Forest Grove Road, Vineland 

June 19–Sept. 1; 6:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

For ages 3–13. Campers are divided into four age groups:  3-4, 5-7, 8-10, and 11-13.

$160 for five full days, which includes before and after care. Multiple child discounts are available. Other options such as half days, two days, three days, or four days a week are also available. The camp is very flexible and they try to accommodate family schedules. They also accept Rutgers Child Care Resource and Referral (formerly Quality Care).

For more information, call 856-457-4468, e-mail nancy.glsc@gmail.com, or visit goldenlearningsummercamp.com

Registration and payment can be done on the website. Registration can also be done at the open houses, which are April 29 and May 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Golden Learning Summer Camp is a place where learning and fun meet. The staff is composed of certified teachers and professionals who work with children daily in a school environment.

This is the third year for Golden Learning Summer Camp. Nancy Pollard has directed multiple summer camps during her 25-year career in education. She was previously the director at Little Acres Learning Center as well as the director of Summer Academy for Kids at Cumberland County College.

Campers have said their favorite parts of the camp are cooking, golfing, crafts, painting, and playing outside in the playground, just to name a few. They have also said that the teachers are super nice and they love making new friends.

This year’s camp will include STEM Robotics, Carmie’s Pottery Paint Works, Golfing at Eastlyn Golf Course, and Farm to Table Cooking. The camp will also offer a basketball clinic directed by Jack Martine, VHS Varsity Basketball Coach as well as the Get Moving class, which will feature daily time with the personal trainer, Heidi DeBartolomeis. Other offerings include Cookies, Cakes, and More; Lego World; Art Party with Juliana Jost; and much more. For the 11-13-year-old group, they are offering Camp Counselor in Training, Make Your Own Meme, Bring Your Own Device, Shark Tank, and much more.

Every Friday is Pizza Friday. Golden Learning Summer Camp provides pizza for every camper. On Wednesdays, Pete’s Sweets & Treats visits the camp. Ice cream prices range from $1 to $3. The facility includes a gymnasium, fully fenced playground with playground equipment and a full kitchen.

Let Me Learn ( LML) Compass Camp: Six Weeks of Wow! at Compass Academy Charter School, 23 West Chestnut Avenue, Vineland

July 10–Aug. 18; 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

For ages 4-10 (PK4- grade 5)

$135/week (sibling discount available), plus a $25 registration fee.

For more information, call 856-553-6281, e-mail info@lmlcompasscare.org, or visit lmlcompasscare.org

To register download packet from the website or pick up at Compass Academy Charter School. Register by early July at lmlcompasscare.org.

This is a camp that mixes active learning and active playing to keep children’s minds and bodies in shape.

For five years, children attending have loved being engaged in activities. School may be out, but they never stop wanting to learn. Campers come to LML Compass Camp, especially for science. The fee includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. They accept Rutgers/Quality Care.

Little Lamb Preschool-Keener Kids Camp at 1005 E. Wheat Road, Vineland 

June 28–Aug. 18.  Parents may drop off children between 7:15 and 9:15 a.m. and pick up between 3 and 4:45 p.m.

Three active camp programs: “Little Lambs” ages 3-4-year-olds, “Keener Kids Club” ages 5-6-year-olds, and the “Keener Campers” ages 7 -10-year-olds.

Located on a three-plus acreage property. Parents can choose one to five camp days per week depending on their family needs. Full time/ Five days cost $152/wk. Call 856-692-5390 (ask for either Lisa DiNunzio or Nancy Dixon) or visit littlelambpreschoolkeenerkids.com or e-mail littlelambps@aol.com. Register on or before May 30.  

Have your child “Be Active With Us” this summer. The camp directors are Michael and Ruth Piatt who supervise educational degreed camp counselors who have federal and state background clearances and are First Aid/CPR certified. They have been the serving our community for over 32 years. Mission statement/purpose: “Together Building Up a Keener Generation.” They strive to develop sharp minded children in the areas of physical, social, and intellectual development.

They know children need a safe, loving, fun, active environment filled with friends, and eventful activities (water park, bouncy houses, ice cream parties, water days, dance, magic show, crafts, games, skits and bike/trike days). Their goal is to build up confident children by recognizing their talents through various fun, creative, playful, and active events.

Children love the water days—sliding down the wet slides and going on local field trips. Also, they develop summer friendships and truly look forward to seeing their camp friends again. Children high five each other and give welcome back hugs, this is so rewarding to the camp staff.

The camp has a summer partnership with dance instructor Nancy Dixon, owner of Dixon Dance Academy. Children learn fun expressive choreographed dances. Also, they provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack, which is included in the tuition price.

The air-conditioned facilities, two fenced in playgrounds, curriculum, and staff received a 5-star rating from Grow NJ Kids. This rating is the highest possible rating from three NJ department agencies. What we love best about our camp is that Children thrive in the active environment and know they are special.

Summer Safari at Cumberland Christian School, 1100 W. Sherman Avenue, Vineland

June 19–Aug. 18; 7: a.m.–5:30 p.m. with the main activities happening between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For age 4–11 (must be potty trained).

The cost of camp depends on the number of days attending per week. A one-time registration fee of $325.

9-Week Sale Price

  • 5 days  $1300/ $1250
  • 4 days  $1100/ $1060
  • 3 days $900/ $870
  • 2 days $700/ $680
  • 1 day $500/ $490

If you have any questions about sending your child for only one or two weeks, call the Business Office at 856-696-1600.

You can also contact Camp Director Deanna Cavallo at dcavallo@cccrusader.org.

Registration is due June 9 and can be done online at cccrusader.org, or in person.

For more than six years, the camp has provided parents who work during the summer a safe and caring place for their child to stay.

Campers said they enjoy the variety of activities each day and making new friends. Summer Safari offers a caring and structured atmosphere that keeps children active as they play, learn, and grow all summer. This year, the camp offers swimming at a life-guarded pool twice a week and weekly field trips.

Summer Trips during the following weeks:

  • Week 1: June 19–23 to Marine Mammal Stranding Center
  • Week 2: June 26–30 to Cold Spring Village
  • Week 3: July 5–7 to Chick-fil-A (no camp on July 3-4)
  • Week 4: July 10–14 to Wilmington & Western R.R.
  • Week 5:  July 17–21 to Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion
  • Week 6: July 24–28 to Cape May County Zoo
  • Week 7: July 31–Aug. 4 to Cedar Run Animal Refuge
  • Week 8: Aug. 7–11 to Indian Trail Farm
  • Week 9: Aug. 14–18 to DiDonato Bowling & Mini-golf


THEATER CAMPS

Who knows, the next Meryl Streep or Denzel Washington may be attending one of these summer camps in our region.

Broadway Bound Summer Theatre Camp at the Landis Theatre, 830 E Landis Ave, Vineland

CHS Theatrical

July 10–Aug. 5; 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

For grades 7-10

  • $275 if you register and pay in full before June 1
  • $300 if you register and pay in full before July 1
  • $225 for each sibling
  • $50 additional for early drop-off at 8:00 a.m.

For more information, call 856-362-4784, or e-mail chstheatrical@gmail.com

Registration information can be found at chstheatrical.com

Each student will have a schedule of classes that includes acting, vocal, and dance instruction, in addition to rehearsals. Guest artists will also be brought in to provide special master classes for the students. The emphasis of the program is on developing strong performance technique. As a part of that goal, each student will be featured in the final performance of High School Musical Jr. on Friday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug 5, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Broadway Bound JUNIOR Summer Theatre Camp at the Landis Theatre, 830 E Landis Ave, Vineland

CHS Theatrical

July 10–July 29; 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

For grades 3-6

  • $175 if you register and pay in full before June 1
  • $200 if you register and pay in full before July 1
  • $125 for each sibling

For more information call 856-362-4784, or e-mail chstheatrical@gmail.com

Registration information can be found at www.chstheatrical.com

Each student will have a schedule of classes that includes acting, vocal, and dance instruction in addition to rehearsals. Guest artists will also be brought in to provide special master classes for the students. The emphasis of the program is on developing strong performance technique. As a part of that goal, each student will be featured in the final performance of Winne The Pooh Kids on Friday, July 28, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 29, at 2 p.m.

The Levoy Theatre Summer Camp at The Levoy Theatre, 126-130 N. High Street, Millville

June 29–July 22, closed July 3 and 4.; 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

For ages 7-18 years.

  • $325 (Family, Referral, and Scholarship Discounts available)

For more information, call 856-327-6400, ext. 108, or e-mail education@levoy.net

Registration form online at website levoy.net/camp, or available for pick-up at the box office.

Since 2012 the camp has provided an educational, cultural catalyst for the youth of greater South Jersey, who have an opportunity to grow and enhance their appreciation of the performing arts.

This summer Levoy campers will collaborate and let their imaginations soar as they learn all the steps of the creative process of the production and performance of a musical. This state-of-the-art facility and professional certified staff provides training in stage presence, voice, dance, acting and technical aspects of live theater. The camp will culminate in a performance of Seussical Jr. on July 21 at 7 p.m. and July 22 at 2 p.m.

Space is limited so register early. Those registering late will not be able to audition for camp and will be placed in the ensemble for the camp production. Auditions are June 19, 20 and 21.

Eagle Theatre Conservatory at 208 Vine St., Hammonton

July 10–Aug. 9; 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Here comes Godspell Jr. This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world; now your child can join in the celebration as Eagle Theatre Conservatory presents a troupe of eccentric stars of tomorrow ready to rock you out of your seat. Chock full of hit rock songs, and topical humor, Godspell Jr., modernizes a series of parables by using a wide variety of games, and exciting storytelling techniques. Performances are on Aug. 9, 10, 11,12 and 13.

$725 and limited space. Monthly payment plans available.

To learn more, visit the theatre, or to sign up, call 609-704-5012, e-mail info@theeagletheatre.com; or visit  theeagletheatre.com


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