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Last Call for Summer Camp

For working parents, the panic sets in right about

the time daylight savings comes. It’s the summer nightmare sequel,

playing at a theater near you. Where’s Billy going to go to camp this


You might have put it off for as long as possible, and now all the

really cool camps seem to have been sold out since Groundhog Day.

And the ones with openings only run a half-day long or for only two

weeks, neither of which does a working parent any good. Sure, Billy

would love to go to Junior Laparoscopic Surgery Camp, but it’s only

from June 23 to 27. Tiny Tikes IMAX Film Director Camp? Oops —

that only runs from nine a.m. to noon. Nyet to that.

Or maybe you are in a bind because you did miraculously plan ahead

and registered Billy for swimming camp; then he tried to break the

Look-Ma-No-Hands record and broke his arm instead. Or maybe the boss

threw you a curve — like a new work assignment that changes your

daily commute.

Whatever the reason — whether it’s just normal procrastination

or circumstances beyond your control (aren’t they all?) — following

is a random listing of camps in the area that, as of press time, still

had availability, ranging from limited to wide open. All provide full-day

programs. Some have two or four-week minimums. Grades listed below

assume the child is entering that grade in the fall. Call for further


Abrams Day Camp/Teen Travel Day Camp. 999 Lower Ferry

Road (Jewish Community Center), Ewing. 609-883-9113. 3 years to 6th

grade, June 30 to August 22. The day camp offers a traditional program

with sports, arts and crafts, music, and more. Teen Travel includes

trips to area amusement parks, beaches, and other destinations.

Black Bear Lake Day Camp. 457 Stage Coach Road, Millstone

Township. 609-259-1777. Ages 4 to 14, June 25 to August 17. This premier

camp on a wooded 35-acre campus with a five-acre lake and two heated

Olympic-sized pools lets campers create their own schedule from a

variety of offerings like horseback riding, boating, sports, and performing

arts. Door-to-door bus service and hot lunches included.

Camp College of Mercer College. 1200 Old Trenton Road,

West Windsor. 609-890-6338. Ages 7 to 12, June 23 to August 14. Campers

tailor their day with their choice of morning and afternoon "courses,"

including art, cooking, music, swimming, sports, computers, and more.

Camp Discovery. 450 College Road East (Prodigy Child Development

Center), Princeton. 609-720-0045. Kindergarten graduate to age 12,

June 23 to August 31. Weekly themes form the umbrella for swimming,

arts and crafts, sports, field trips, games, cooking, and more.

Cedarville Country Day Camp. 148 Cedarville Road, East

Windsor. 609-448-3881. Ages 3 to 13, June 23-August 15. With a 10-acre

campus and two pools, Cedarville offers sports, Red Cross swim lessons,

arts and crafts, a video game room, and trips.

CYO Day Camp. 920 South Broad Street, Yardville. Ages

5 to 12, June 23 to August 22. Located on 23 wooded acres with an

Olympic-size pool, basketball courts, and a building for indoor activities,

this camp says its focus is on developing each camper’s body, mind,

and spirit, and values including respect for self and others, fair

play, sharing, and cooperation.

Hamilton Area YMCA. 185 Sawmill Road, Hamilton. 609-581-9622.

Kindergarten to 9th grade, June 23 to August 22. Offerings include

more than 20 traditional and specialty camps such as Drama Camp, Wilderness

Camp, Secret Agent Camp, Bugs and Beyond, Teen Camp, Science Camp,

Creative Writing, Teen Travel, and CIT Camp. Activities including

recreational sports and games, swimming, arts and crafts, and more.

Transportation provided from Steinert, Nottingham, and Hamilton High

School West.

Kaleidoscope Kids Summer Academy. New Jersey State Museum,

205 West State Street, Trenton. 609-292-6310. Ages 6 to 12, July 7

to August 8. Campers explore the museum to learn about different cultures

and participate in hands-on classes to learn about topics such as

air, mineral resources, food chains, insects, and plants. Fields trips

take campers to Howell Living History Farm, the Forest Resource Education

Center, and more.

Princeton Family YMCA. Paul Robeson Place, Princeton.

609-497-9622. Ages 4 to 15, June 16 to August 29. The YMCA offers

Discovery Camp for younger children, Explorer Camp for older children,

as well as sports camps and a teen camp. The programs offer swimming,

sports, arts and crafts, and trips.

Princeton Day School Summer Programs. The Great Road,

Princeton. Web site only: Kindergarten to 12th grade,

June 11-August 15. Offerings include sports camps and Adventure Camp

with activities ranging from exploring pond life to computers. There

are also limited openings in the arts and academics program.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association Environmental

Day Camp. 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington. 609-737-7592. 1st grade

to 4th grade, July 7 to August 15. The Watershed’s 785-acre nature

reserve — with field, forest, pond, and stream — becomes an

outdoor classroom where campers discover the teeming natural world

with activities like habitat explorations, field trips, nature games,

and crafts. Limited openings include: for children entering 1st and

2nd grade, July 21-25 and August 11-15; for children entering 3rd

and 4th grade, July 7-11 and August 4-8.

West-Windsor Plainsboro Community Education. Camp program

is held at area schools. 609-716-5030. K to 8th grade, June 23 to

August 15. Run by the Board of Education, this program offers enrichment

courses including sports, drama, magic, art, painting, crafts, calligraphy,

sculpture, music, and a CIT program.

West Windsor Recreation Summer Camp. Camp program is held

at the Village School, West Windsor. 609-799-2136. Run by the Township,

this program features arts and crafts, sports, games, trips, on-campus

entertainment, daily swim program at West-Windsor Plainsboro High

School South, and a one-to-eight staff-to-camper ratio.

Plainsboro Summer Recreation Program. 641 Plainsboro Road.

609-799-6141. Pre-K to 6th grade, June 23 to August 15. Offerings

include enrichment classes and specialty programs.

South Brunswick Community Education Adventure Camp. 195

Major Road, Monmouth Junction. 6th to 8th grade, June 23 to August

15. Daily themes and campers’ own ideas provide structure for the

program, which includes computers, arts, cooking, music, drama, nature,

sports, games, and community projects, as well as swimming and trips.

South Brunswick Family YMCA. Camp programs are held at

Brunswick Acres School, Monmouth Junction. Pre-K to 8th grade, June

23 to August 29. Several programs are offered, including Discover

Camp, Explorer Camp, Gymnastics Camp, Karate Clinic, Last Blast Camp,

Nature/Science Sensation, Preschool Camp, several sports camps, and

Teen Travel Camp.

Triangle — Your Creative Center. Route 1 and Darrah

Lane, Lawrenceville. 609-896-4100. Morning and afternoon creative

workshops — including painting, drawing, clay, wood models, cartooning,

and styles of the Masters — can be combined for a full-day program.

So, you see, all is not lost. There is hope that Billy will have a

terrific summer and you can get back to those all important work tasks

like checking movie times and E-mailing your best friend.

— Jamie Saxon

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