Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Adventures in Nature Camp / "Branching Out" / Roots and STEM / Camp Sunrise Lake / Historic Sites Camps / Ice Hockey Camp / Junior Golf Clinics / Ice Skating Camps / Junior Police Academy

Adventures in Nature Camp

Woodsy Walkers

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

Ages 2 - 4 with an adult. 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
$50/camper per week.

June 24 - 26 OR July 8 - 10
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.

June 17 - 19
Pyramid Mountain, Montville Twp.

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The Wild Things: Slime, Scales, Feathers, and Tails!

Discover the amazing animals of NJ by searching for them on the trails, and meeting live resident animals that call the nature center home. Take hikes, play games, and so much more!

Ages 5 - 7     9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
​$200/camper per week

July 6 - 10 OR July 27 - 31 OR August 3 - 7
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.

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August 10 - 14
Pyramid Mountain NHA, Montville Twp.

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Art and Nature Camp

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.

Ages 6 - 9     9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
​$250/camper per week ($200 for week of June 29)

June 29 - July 2 (No camp 7/3) OR August 17 - 21 OR  August 24 - 28
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.

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July 20 - 24
Pyramid Mountain NHA, Montville Twp.

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Theater in the Woods! 

Explore nature through theater and music performance. Campers are introduced to various means of storytelling followed by the creation of their own songs, set, costumes, and script as they write and produce their own nature-themed play. Kids also enjoy hikes and games. Campers can demonstrate their new theater skills at the performance of their masterpiece.

Ages 8 - 12     9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$250/camper

July 13 - 17
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.

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SURVIVOR: Wilderness!

Nature provides for our basic needs, and in this camp, kids learn orienteering, shelter-building, wild edible plants, animal tracking, and more. The last day features a mini backpacking experience and river exploration with a picnic.

Ages 8 - 10   9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$220/camper per week ($175 for week of June 29)

June 29 - July 2 (No camp 7/3) OR July 27-31 OR August 3 - 7
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.

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July 6 - 10 OR August 17 - 21
Pyramid Mountain NHA, Montville Twp.

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Wild Explorers

Spend each day of camp on a different adventure around northern NJ. Swim in a lake, take hikes, learn to canoe, and more! Complete the week with a campfire and roasted marshmallows! 

Ages 11 - 14   9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$320/camper per week

July 13 - 17 AND/OR  July 20 - 24
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.

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August 10 - 14 AND/OR August 24 - 28
Pyramid Mountain NHA, Montville Twp.

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Counselors-in-Training (CIT)

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, mentored by camp staff, and trained by the Manager of Education. Training topics, include natural history, how to work with children, and a final leadership project. Interested teens need to complete an application and submit a letter of recommendation.  Upon completion, CITs receive a certificate detailing their hours of service.

Ages 14 - 17  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$200/CIT

July 27 - August 7, weekdays only.
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.

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"Branching Out"

Ages 5 - 13           
Hands-on gardening at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township is the perfect way for kids to get outside and get growing. Guided by instructors, campers plant and tend to their own gardens, harvest an abundance of fresh produce and flowers, participate in crafts, cooking, and other activities related to their gardens. Kids learn to slow down, get muddy, and appreciate the rhythms of nature. Many weeks, children will bring home harvest bags with fresh produce for the family to share, and best of all, taste and prepare the fruits of their labors.

Session 1:  July 6 - July 24
Session 2:  July 27 - August 14

9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
$450/camper, per session. 

Roots and STEM

Roots and Stems

Ages 5 - 13
Spend the afternoon exploring all things plants from top to bottom throughout the gardens and collections of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Campers will experience all things STEAM and STEM (the plant kind) – cooking, botany, hiking, plant collecting, and more.  

Session 1: July 6 - July 24
Session 2: July 27 - August 14

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$275/camper per session.

Fairy Camp

Ages 5 - 8 
The fairies are coming to The Frelinghuysen Arboretum - can you help us get ready for them? Learn which flowers to plant in your garden to attract fairies, create beautiful crowns, wands, and toy fairies, go on nature walks to find signs of fairies, and even make a fairy house to welcome the summer fairies to the Arboretum.

Session 1: June 22 - 26   

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$225/camper

Session 2: June 29 - July 2 (No camp on Friday, July 3)   

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$175/camper.

Arboretum Artists

Ages 9 - 13
Young artists step outside to explore the gardens of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum looking for inspiration to capture nature in unique and creative ways and become a true plein air artist. Back in the classroom studio, campers explore various media, from sculpture and print making to pastels and watercolor painting. 

June 29 - July 2    

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (No camp on Friday, July 3)
$280/camper.


Camp Sunrise Lake

Campers: Ages 5 - 11      Campers In Transition: Ages 12 - 14

July 6 - July 10, July 13 - July 17, July 20 - 24 & July 27 - July 31

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$260/camper per week

Sibling or Multi-Week Discount Available

Camp Sunrise Lake is an adventurous, fun-filled, outdoor camp your kids will talk about for years! Located within 2,200 acres of Lewis Morris County Park in Morris Township, Camp Sunrise Lake offers 4 week-long sessions. Activities, include outdoor skills, science, ecology, of hiking, swimming, boating, arts and crafts, and much more.

For kids ages 5 - 11, Camp Sunrise Lake is packed with activities offering new adventures, safe exploration, and fun obstacles. 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 sliding down the Zoom Floom. 

Campers enjoy daily craft sessions and a wide variety of activities, such as scavenger hunts, paddle boat rides, ga-ga ball, and relay races. Each week, campers participate in Color Wars, a friendly day of competition, plus two special theme days.

Morning Explorers

$25/camper per week

Camp Sunrise Lake offers Morning Explorers, which allows your camper to start camp as early as 8:15 a.m. Campers are completely supervised and led in fun games and activities each morning. This program is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of parents, and to give Camp Sunrise Lake campers an extra boost of fun in the morning! 

CIT Program

$215/CIT per week

The CIT (Camper in Transition) Program is designed for kids ages 12 - 14 and provides an opportunity for growing campers to take on a leadership role within camp. The CIT Program provides a safe opportunity to explore their developing need for independence and growing minds by providing new experiences and added privileges that they would not have as a general camper.

CITs are entrusted with more responsibility and more freedom, instruct and lead activities throughout the day, and take part in CIT-only training and activities.

CITs are given the unique opportunity to enjoy the fun of camp while learning about helpfulness and responsibility. CITs work closely with staff and counselors, and while it may seem that they are preparing to be counselors, they’re truly learning how to become great leaders and role models beyond Camp Sunrise Lake.

Each week is limited to 50 campers and 16 CIT’s.
For more information, please email recreation@morisparks.net.

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Historic Sites Camps

 

United States of Camp

Ages 7 - 11  

July 13 - 17 OR August 17 - August 21       

9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$175/camper per week.

Visits three historic sites, including a field trip to the Cooper Gristmill.

Ages 10 - 14     

July 27 - July 31

9:30 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m.
$250/camper per week.

Visits three historic sites, including a field trip to the Cooper Gristmill.

Vote, Vote, VOTE! This is a week of the campers, by the campers, and for the campers, with activities ranging from crafts, puzzles, and games to cooking and ice cream-making to gardening and animal care, and much more!

To celebrate the ratification of the 15th and 19th Amendments, which allowed people of all colors and genders to vote, this camp focuses on government. While camp staff serve as the Executive Branch, campers experience the processes of the Judiciary and Legislative Branches in a very practical way as they vote on each day’s activities!

Before and after care available on a weekly basis, per camper.

Locations:
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris Township
Cooper Gristmill, Chester Township
Historic Speedwell, Morristown 

Charms on the Farm *NEW*

Ages 7 - 12

July 20  - July 24

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$175/camper

Calling all witches and wizards, come to a magical camp week! Work with plants and herbs in the gardens for herbology lessons, mix up slime and fun elixirs in potions class, and study the stars in astrology. Transform craft supplies into crystals through our transfiguration sessions, and take care of the magical farm creatures throughout the week. Each camper receives a personalized acceptance letter upon registration, and crafts their own wand - it will be useful throughout the week!

Before and after care available on a weekly basis, per camper.

Location: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris Township.

Homemade History Farm Camp

Ages 10 - 14

August 3 - August 7

9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$250/camper per week

Ages 7 - 11   

August 24 - 28

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$175/Camper per week

Spend the week at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm and learn how things were done the old- fashioned way! Roll-up your sleeves and get ready for the daily life on the farm. Side by side, help the farmers take care of the farm animals, such as the horses, cows, sheep, and pigs! Plant vegetables and tend to the gardens. Create yummy snacks using fresh ingredients, and build a wood working project to take home. Get your fishing pole ready and go fish on the farm’s own pond. Want ice cream? Make your own by  hand-churning ice cream for a tasty treat!

Before and after care available on a weekly basis, per camper.

Location: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris Township.

 

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For information and registration, please contact Alexsandra Gizzi at agizzi@morrisparks.net or 973.631.5022.


Ice Hockey Camp

Ages 6 - 13

July 20 - 24

9:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
$400/camper   $195/goaltender 

William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township presents its 45th 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 programs in the east. Staff includes, Rich McLaughlin, Head Coach Randolph High School; Brendon Herr, Head Coach Chatham High School, Jennifer Perry, Power Skating Instructor; and Mike Valvano, Goalie Coach. 

For more information, please call the Mennen Sports Arena at 973.326.7651.


Junior Golf Clinics

Ages 9 - 17

One-week sessions
​Beginning June 21 - August 19

Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $330/camper per week     $620/two students/per family per week.

With the Junior Golf Camps for Player Development, campers put themselves to the test with hands-on development and course play. Campers receive instructions in putting, chipping, driving, rules, score-keeping, etiquette, and on-course playing instruction. There will be an early bird sign up period for a discounted rate, along with a multi-session registration discount. 

Location: Flanders Valley Golf Course

For more information, please visit flandersvalleygc.com/junior-programs.


Ice Skating Camps

Learn-To-Skate Camp

Beginner Skaters through Basic 6
Ages 4 - 12

July 13th - 17th and August 3rd - 7th   

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$230/skater per 3 day session   $295/skater per 5 day session  

No prior skating experience necessary.

Register for the Learn-To-Skate camp at William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township. Children, ages 4 to 12, have an opportunity to develop skating skills and have fun! Skaters can choose between 3 and 5 day options.

The on-ice portion of the camp allows skaters to develop their skills and progress to the next level. Every day, skaters receive 2 hours of ice time, 30 minutes of group instruction, and 15 minutes of private instruction from one of the professional instructors. They also participate in daily off-ice training for Strength, Core, and Flexibility. Skate rentals are available for $3 per day. Optional before and after care is available for any camper who needs to be dropped off early or picked up later. visit morrisparks.net.

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Figure Skating Camp

Pre-Freeskate through Elite Skaters

July - August   

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Register for an exciting summer Figure Skating Camp for skaters Pre-Freeskate level through Junior levels, at William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township. Children of all ages have an opportunity to develop skills and have fun! Skaters can choose the number of weeks 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, Pilates, Strength, Core, and Flexibility. Private lessons are encouraged and available upon request. Mennen offers specialized clinics throughout the camp taught by its elite coaching staff.

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For information and/or to register, please visit morrisparks.net. or call 973.326.7651.


Junior Police Academy

Grades 5 - 8

July 6 - 10     

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$150/camper

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 a tour 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.

Registration for this camp begins in late spring. For information and/or to register, please visit morrisparkpolice.org.