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2016 Summer Camps


Adventures in Nature: Woodsy Walkers
  • Ages 2–4 with an adultWoodsy Walkers
  • Cost: $40/camper per week
  • Dates
    1. June 15–17 OR July 6–8 OR August 24–26 from 10:00am–11:30am
      Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (Chatham Twp)
    2. June 22–24 from 10:00am–11:30am
      Pyramid Mtn NHA (Montville)
  • Contact information: 973-635-6629
  • Description

    Introduce your kids to the nature camp experience! Little campers, accompanied by an adult, explore the trails and a variety of natural history topics with stories, games, walks, and activities.

  • Register Now!: Registration Form

Adventures in Nature: Sense-ational Predators and Prey

Adventures in Nature: Art and Nature Camp
  • Art & Nature CampAges 6 - 9
  • Cost: $185/camper per week
  • Dates
    1. June 27–July 1 OR August 8–12 from 9:30am–2:00pm
      Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (Chatham Twp)
    2. July 18–22 from 9:30am–2:00pm
      Pyramid Mtn NHA (Montville)
  • Contact information: 973-635-6629
  • Description

    Enjoy a week of drawing, journaling, painting, and crafts with the natural world for inspiration. Kids create masterpieces and learn about wildlife and habitats at the same time.

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Adventures in Nature: Survivor Ranger! Survivor!
  • Ages 8 - 10
  • Cost: $195/camper per week (July 5 session only, $156/camper)
  • Dates
    1. June 27–July 1 OR July 25–29 OR August 1–5 from 9:00am–2:00pm
      Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (Chatham Twp)
    2. July 5–July 8 OR August 8–12 from 9:00am–2:00pm
      Pyramid Mtn NHA (Montville)
  • Contact information: 973-635-6629
  • Description

    The tremendously popular Survivor Camp has been revamped and expanded so that campers can have new experiences every year. Could you survive as a ranger patrolling the wilderness? Tracking wildlife, identifying useful plants, navigating with a GPS, and using wilderness first aid skills in emergencies?  Learn everything you need to know and finish the week with a backpacking adventure at a different park.

  • Register Now!: Registration Form

Adventures in Nature: Wild Explorers
  • Wild ExplorersAges 11 - 14
  • Cost: $300/camper per week
  • Dates
    1. July 18–July 22 from 9:00am–3:00pm
      Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (Chatham Twp)
    2. August 15–19 AND/OR August 22–26 from 9:00am–3:00pm
      Pyramid Mtn NHA (Montville)
  • Contact information: 973-635-6629
  • Description

    Spend each day of camp on a different adventure around northern New Jersey. Swim in a lake, hike the trails, learn to canoe, and more! Finish the week with a campfire and marshmallows!

  • Register Now!: Registration Form

Adventures in Nature: New! Girls on the Trail


Adventures in Nature: Counselors-in-Training (CIT)

  • Ages 14 - 17
  • Cost: $200/camper for both weeks
  • Dates
  • Contact information: 973-635-6629
  • Description

    Teenagers who enjoy the outdoors and working with young children can gain resume-building experience and knowledge by becoming CITs! For two weeks, CITs work with campers, are mentored by camp staff, and are trained by the Superintendent of Environmental Education. Training topics include natural history, how to work with children, and a final leadership project. Interested teens must complete an application and submit a letter of recommendation. Upon completion, CITs receive a certificate detailing their hours of service.

  • Register Now!: Registration Form

"Branching Out!"
  • Ages 5 - 13
  • Location

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Twp.

  • Branching OutCost: Fees of $175 - $380 vary by age group and by session.
  • Dates
    • Spring: Saturdays, April 2-June 25 (Closed Memorial Day weekend)
    • Summer: Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 5-August 18
  • Contact information: 973-631-5004
  • Description

    “Branching Out!” is a hands-on, gardening program for young people who are encouraged to play in the dirt. This is the 44rd gardening season for this fun, educational program that takes place on Saturdays in the spring, and two days a week in the summer, depending on age level. Gardeners may attend spring, summer, or both. The children learn that with a little work and much patience, the food you grow yourself is often better! Time to get dirty and get digging. Registration information is available on The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s website at www.arboretumfriends.org. Registrations begin in January. Gardeners are welcome to register for one or both sessions.

  • Register Now!: Registration Form

CAMP SUNRISE LAKE & Counselors-in-Transition
  • Ages
    • Campers: 5-11
      CIT's: 12-13
  • Camp Sunrise Lake and Counselors-in-TransitionLocation
  • Dates
    • July 11–15 & July 18–July 22 and/or July 25–29 from 9:00am–4:00 pm
  • Cost: Campers: $275/camper per week; Sibling or Multi-Week Discount: $250/camper per week; CIT: $200/camper per week
  • Info and Registration: recreation@morrisparks.net
  • Description

    Camp Sunrise Lake is an adventurous, fun-filled, outdoor recreation camp your kids will talk about for years! This one-week camp, now in its 8th year of operation, is situated within 1,000 acres of Lewis Morris County Park in Morris Township. Counselors strive to create new activities to enhance each camper’s experience year after year.

    For kids ages 5 through 11, Camp Sunrise Lake is packed with a variety of activities to enjoy. Campers play on the sandy beach of the beautiful Sunrise Lake or cool off after a morning of fun in the refreshing water. They have a blast running, jumping, and climbing across the Wibit, an inflatable obstacle course that sits on the lake, or slide down the new Zoom Floom.

    Campers enjoy daily craft sessions and a wide variety of activities, such as parachute activities, paddle boat rides, and relay races. Plus, there are special theme days that are designed around all the activities. Past themes include, Super Heroes, Safari, Olympics, Pirates, Sports, and many more! On Water Wars Day be prepared to have your child talk about all the fun they had.

    CIT Program: the ‘Campers In Transition’ or CIT program is designed for kids ages 12 and 13, this program provides a safe opportunity to explore their developing need for independence and growing maturity by giving them new experiences and added privileges that they would not have as a general camper. This program provides them additional opportunities to develop and expand their leadership skills, to become a role model for younger children, assist in motivating others, and become part of a high-performing team, all while having fun!

    Each week is limited to 50 campers and 10 CIT’s.

  • Register Now!: Registration Form

FIGURE SKATING CAMP
Figure Skating Camp
  • Location
  • Dates
    • June 20–August 26
  • Ages: Beginner through Elite; Children & Adults
  • Cost: Costs and times vary
  • Info and Registration: 973-326-7651
  • Description

    Beginners, who can skate unassisted, through elite, as well as children through adults have an opportunity to develop skills and have fun! This exceptional camp is flexible for all campers, and there are many options available. Skaters can choose the number of weeks, a full-day or half-day camp, and lunch options.

    The on-ice portion of the camp allows skaters to develop their skills and progress to the next level. Sessions include; Power Stroking, Creative Footwork, Jumps, Spins, Moves, Ice Dancing, and Artistry in Motion. The off-ice sessions include: Ballet, Jazz, Leaps n’ Turns, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Circuit Training, Stretching, Conditioning, and Plyometrics. Private lessons are available upon request for both on and off-ice sessions.

    Beginner skaters are encouraged to take a private lesson for an assessment prior to the start of camp to ensure proper placement. Instruction for these classes is offered by Mennen’s elite coaching staff and special clinics are incorporated into Camp Mennen that is listed as Mennen’s Summer Seminar Series.

    Campers can take full advantage of the unique opportunity to take part in Mennen’s 11th Annual Summer Extravaganza. This is an ice show with a collaboration of Learn-to-Skate participants, Men and Ladies soloists, Pairs, Dance and professional staff. Costs and times vary.

    Registration coming soon.


ICE HOCKEY CAMP
  • Ice Hockey CampLocation
  • Dates
    • July 11–July 15
  • Ages
    • 6–9 (Group 1) at 8:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m.
    • 10–15 (Group 2) at 10:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
  • Cost: $400/camper, $195/goaltender
  • Contact information: 973-326-7651
  • Description

    William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township presents its 40th Annual Summer Hockey School. This camp focuses on skating and fundamental hockey skills including balance, agility, and acceleration, the use of edges, puck handling, passing, and shooting. The goal of this camp is to lift the player to a more competitive level so they can have a lifetime of fun enjoying the great game of ice hockey.

    What makes this Hockey Camp so special is that the coaching staff is comprised of some of the top high school and prep coaches in the east. Staff includes, Pete Herms, Head Coach Seton Hall Prep; Rich McLaughlin, Head Coach Randolph High School; Brian Day, Head Coach Noble and Greenough School (MA); Jamie Plunkett, Head Coach Meadville High School (PA); Jennifer Perry, Power Skating Instructor; and Mike Valvano, Goalie Coach.

  • Registration coming soon.

Junior Golf Clinics
  • Junior Golf ClinicsLocation
  • Ages: 10-17
  • Info and registration: For more information on dates and fees, please visit morriscountygolfcourses.com in the spring.
  • Description

    With the Junior Golf Clinic for Player Development and the Intermediate Junior Golf Clinic, campers can put themselves to the test on the green. Campers receive instructions in putting, chipping, driving, rules, score-keeping, etiquette, and more.

    Registration coming soon.



JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY Camp
  • Junior Police AcademyLocation
  • Dates
    • July 11-15 from 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
  • Cost: $125 per camper
  • Ages: 11–15
  • Info and registration: Registration for this camp will be posted at a later date.
  • Description

    The annual Junior Police Academy is an extremely popular summer camp that provides boys and girls lessons in police practices and the training involved in becoming a police officer. During this five-day program, activities include physical training, detective work, handcuffing techniques, motor vehicle stops, and tours of the county jail. Special guests have included the Mounted Unit, Sheriff’s Office, and other State and Federal Law enforcement agencies. Each recruit receives a hat, t-shirt, gym shorts, and bag. Upon completion of the Academy, recruits participate in a graduation ceremony and earn an honorary Junior Police Academy certificate. Class size is limited to 50 participants.


Travels in Time Camp: "Recipes for Adventure!"
  • Travels in Time CampLocation:
  • Dates
    1. Ages 7-10
      July 12–15 (4 days) from 9:30am–1:00pm
      $125/camper per week
    2. Ages 7-10
      August 8–12 (5 days) or August 22-26 (5 days) from 9:30am–1:00pm
      $175/camper per week
    3. Ages 11-14
      July 26–29 (4 days) from 9:30am–4:00pm
      $175/camper per week
  • Contact information: Katie Humphreys at khumphreys@morrisparks.net or 973-631-5077.
  • Description

    Budding chefs discover the recipe for adventure while cooking in three different time periods. Campers ‘travel through time’ to the 1840s, 1880s, and 1920s to discover the ways their food is inked to farming, milling, science, nutrition, and society, as well as they food preparation involved in the simplest meals.

    Campers visit Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township, and Historic Speedwell in Morristown, while discovering a historic farm, gristmill, and homestead, kids learn about life and food on the farm. In the 1920s, experience how grain is made into flour for food, and learn s about nutrition and early Victorian manners, as well as open hearth cooking techniques. The week ends, with a picnic of foods prepared by the campers, for the campers.

    Junior Counselor Program: Graduates, 15 years of age and older, of ‘Travels in Time’ are invited to participate in the Junior Counselor Program. Volunteers work with the campers and adult staff to help make the camp experience rewarding for everyone. 

  • Register Now!: Registration Form