A great place for campers to learn
about the world
Summer camp at Fernbrook Farm gives children the opportunity to explore the complex inter-connectedness of our natural world. The programs, for children from ages 6-11 and 12-14 explore and learn about agriculture and ecology. Fernbrook is located on Route 545 in Chesterfield Township, just three miles east of Bordentown
The program runs weekly from the last week of June through Labor Day weekend. Children in the younger group will be divided into two age levels and placed into groups of no more than ten per counselor. They will be offered their choice of a wide variety of activities and experiences each day, including learning about farming and gardening, land and aquatic insects, and barnyard animals. New and different experiences are available daily. The goal at Fernbrook is to help campers learn about and understand the connections which can be made between agriculture, the natural world and themselves.
A typical day at Fernbrook might find children exploring the ponds and creeks looking for insects and frogs, collecting vegetables in the Children’s Garden, building a shelter to learn about wilderness survival, or making a musical instrument from natural items found in the woods.
A new program this year is the Young Stewards Summer Enrichment program for 12 to 14 year olds. The group will meet at the farm each Monday and Tuesday, then head out for a three-day camping trip each Wednesday morning. Four different themes are planned throughout the summer including coastal ecology, forest ecology, Pinelands ecology, and freshwater and wetlands ecology. The campers will meet with professional conservationists and researchers and experience either a hiking or canoeing trip each week.
Fernbrook is a fabulous way for children to learn about the nature of the outdoors and about human nature. Each child leaves Fernbrook with a sixth sense: a sense of appreciation for the natural world, agriculture, and healthy lifestyles.
Campers may join the program for just one week, or the entire summer. Programs begin daily at 8:30 a.m. and run until 4 p.m., and extended care is available. Cost is $240.00 per child, per week, with a variety of discounts available including sibling and military. All are welcome to join us for our Open Houses on March 29th, April, 19th for an opportunity to meet our staff and see our beautiful grounds.
More information and registration forms can be found online at www.Fernbrookeducation.org. Parents can also call (609) 298-4028 or email Eric@Fernbrookfarms.com.
Fernbrook Farm. Route 545, Chesterfield Township. 609-298-4028. www.Fernbrookeducation.org
JCC Summer Camps: Celebrating a long tradition of great summer camps
Experience is the key to planning interesting summer camping experiences, says Sue Millstein-Wiener, of the Jewish Community Center. The center has had a camp program for over 40 years. “Summer camp is a great tradition at the JCC. Many of our staff attended summer camp with us as children. They enjoyed it so much they wanted to continue to work with us.”
A variety of programs are available for children age two to 15. Half-Day programs, of either two, three or five days are available for younger children. The Teen Travel Camp is available for children in sixth through tenth grade. Two “super trips” are also planned for the travel camp this year, Weiner said.
A new addition this year is Circus Camp. Trained professionals will teach students everything from juggling to trapeze to how to ride a unicycle. The camp will conclude with a performance that is open to the public.
This is the third year JCC has held its summer program on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville.
Access to Rider’s activity fields, Olympic-size pool, outdoor gazebos, State-of-the-art gymnasium, theater and basketball courts enhance the experience for campers, says Weiner. Kosher lunch is served daily, and Weiner stresses that all special dietary needs are considered. All camp food is peanut-free, she said.
A special Jewish identity and culture program is also included, staffed by experts from Israel. Activities include Israeli dancing as well as Hebrew-speaking games, songs and activities.
Daily transportation from community stops in West Windsor, Princeton, Lawrenceville and Bucks County in PA. Morning transportation is available for half-day campers. The camp also offers early and late hours, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the morning and from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the evening. Discounts are available for siblings and for those who register for camp by March 1st.
“One of the great things about summer camp at JCC is it continues all year long through all of the other great programs we have here,” adds Weiner. Family outings, such as a trip to see Trenton Thunder, help parents to share time with their children as well.
To learn more about a summer experience in an exciting, nurturing and safe environment, visit the JCC website at www.jcctoday.org, email JCCcamps@jcctoday.org, or call 609-219-9550.
JCC Summer Camps. 609-219-9550. Email: JCCcamps@jcctoday.org. www.jcctoday.org.
West Windsor Recreation Camp
Something for everyone, from pre-school to adults, at West WIndsor Recreation
It’s never been easier to register for summer fun in West Windsor Township. All it takes is a click on your computer to find all of the information you need for summer camps and recreation programs. “All of our program information is available online and you can register online with a credit card for most programs as well,” says Ken Jacobs, manager of Recreation and Parks for West Windsor Township.
While the department will still be sending flyers out through the schools, they will no longer be mailing the program directories to every resident in the township. “It is a lot more eco-friendly this way,” Jacobs explains. Information on summer programs can be found at www.wwindsorparks-recreation.com The recreation office will also be happy to answer questions over the phone at 609-799-6141.
West Windsor Recreation is planning programs to fit every interest and every age group this summer. A day camp at the Village School, for pre-K through fifth graders, includes a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, trips, sports, games and swimming.
The Intermediate Camp, for students in grades six and seven will be held at the High School South. Children enrolled in this camp will travel to local activities and events four days a week with one day of camp activities planned at the school each week.
A seven-week travel camp for children in grades eight to ten is also scheduled. The group will depart from WWP High School South each morning. A special feature of the Travel Camp this year is two overnight trips within the seven week program.
Sports are also a big part of summer fun in West Windsor. Youth sports camps being offered this summer include baseball, several different basketball camps, soccer, cheerleading, field hockey, football, lacrosse, golf and cricket. A tennis camp and tennis lessons will be available and several multi-sport camps are also planned for children who would like to experience a taste of several sports. A new program this year is the Outdoor Adventure camp for students in grades five through nine. This program will include activities such as rock climbing and mountain biking, according to Jacobs. “We also offer a performing arts camp and dance camp for those children who may not want to do only sports,” Jacobs added.
Adult programs that will be available include golf lessons, golf league, kick boxing, martial arts, and yoga.
There will also be classes in a new, and very popular fitness program, called Zumba, which fuses Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic workout system.
What would summer be without swimming? The township pool will also hold a full schedule of activities including swim lessons and swim and dive teams. Seasonal memberships are also available. Contact the Recreation Office for membership details.
For more information on summer programs in West Windsor Township check online at www.wwparks-recreation.com, or call 609-799-6141.
West Windsor Recreation Camp. 609-799-6141. www.wwparks-recreation.com.