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This article by Jamie Saxon was prepared for the June 18, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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. Web site only: www.pds.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
609-799-6141. Pre-K to 6th grade, June 23 to August 15. Offerings
include enrichment classes and specialty programs.
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.
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.
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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