The school year may only be at its halfway point, but parents know that the search for summer camps begins early. This month, we’re presenting a substantial sample of the impressive camp options found across South Jersey. Kids of all ages and interests—and parents of all budgets—are sure to find the perfect match for a summer of enjoyment.
709 Park Ave., Hainesport, (856) 905-7181, AKKASoccer.com
At AKKA Soccer, don't just play the game, own the game. Offering year-round classes and private training, 5-a-side summer teams, 3-v-3 pickup games and summer boot camp for high school and college players.
BRIGHT BEGINNINGS ACADEMY
Sewell location: 315 Fries Mill Road, (856) 582-1144 Cherry Hill location: 1600 Chapel Ave. W., Suite 200, (856) 438-5321 Sicklerville location: 616 Sicklerville Road, (856) 875-7588, BBANJ.net
Bright Beginnings Academy offers a fun and exciting 10-week summer adventure that inspires campers to explore, create, interact and stay active. It offers a wide variety of activities in four, two-week themed units, including its famous cooking classes, STEM/science, field trips, arts and crafts and more.
EARLY CHILDHOOD CAMPS AT THE KATZ JCC
1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-4444 ext. 1242, KatzJCC.org/ECCCamps
An incredible summer awaits at Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC, an award-winning summer day camp for little campers. Two camp divisions, ToddlerCamp, specifically for toddlers aged 2, and KinderCamp, for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, ensure the perfect experience and provide facilities and activities that are just right for them.
THE GRAVITY VAULT
333 Preston Ave., Voorhees, (856) 888-2814, GravityVault.com
Take your summer to new heights and new depths with the Coliseum Summer Camp 2020. Each day will be filled with rock climbing, swimming, turf field sports and much more.
HAPPY HOOVES STABLE
329 Main St., Lumberton, (609) 451-5626, HappyHoovesStable.com
Happy Hooves Stable’s eight-week camp from June 22 to Aug. 14 has riding lessons twice a day with crafts and games on horseback like capture the ring and musical horses. Fun weekly themes include: pony painting and barnyard palooza, in a historic farm setting with child-friendly horses.
JCC CAMPS AT MEDFORD
400 Tuckerton Road, Medford, (856) 751-1666, JCCCampsAtMedford.org
Think outside, no box required. Kids will stand taller, explore their inner passions and build confidence at JCC Camps at Medford, an ACA-accredited and award-winning summer day camp. Camp is built on the fundamental values of family, love, respect, justice and charity, compassion and kindness.
4518 Church Road, Mount Laurel, (856) 373-4638, LightBridgeAcademy.com
Join Lightbridge for a fun-filled summer camp packed with opportunities to grow and explore. Children of all ages will enjoy themed weeks and guest entertainers like magicians, story tellers and veterinarian visits, plus local field trips for preschool/pre-K classes.
MAINSTAGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
27 S. Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, (856) 302-6485, Mainstage.org
Summer Stage is the oldest, and one of the most affordable, youth theater programs in South Jersey. For 32 summers, Mainstage has offered a series of creative theater programs specifically designed to allow children ages 5 to grade 12 to expand their skills and use their imaginations through musical productions, filmmaking and creative set construction.
MERION MERCY ACADEMY
511 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station, Pa., (610) 664-6655, Merion-Mercy.com
In addition to several co-ed options, many of Merion Mercy's summer offerings are just for girls. Prospective students get to know MMA’s beautiful campus, meet faculty and coaches and experience the school’s programs firsthand.
MICHELLE’S HEALTHY COOKING
126 S. Main St., Medford, (609) 760-4633, HealthyInstructor.com/Michelle-Kearns
Summer cooking camps from Michelle’s Healthy Cooking feature delicious dishes plus fun on the farm and gardens at the Burlington County Agricultural Center in Moorestown from Aug. 3 to 6 and 10 to 13. Camps feature nutrition-based recipes and activities that help kids learn about healthy choices.
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP
110 E. Main St., Moorestown, (856) 914-4493, Summer.MFriends.org
MFS summer programs offer weekly classes for children ages 3 to 15. Choose between coding/robotics, French storytelling, mosaics, engineering, MUN, cooking and more. As a Quaker Day school, MFS is proud to extend those core values into every summer day.
MULFORD DANCE STUDIO
245 S. Black Horse Pike, Mount Ephraim, (856) 931-1830, MulfordDance.com
The Mulford Dance Studio Summer Dance Camps are the perfect opportunity for your dancer to continue their dance education or try something new. Mulford has camps for all ages from 3 to 18, but space is limited so sign up early.
SHINING LIGHTS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
1720 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-4915, ShiningLightsOnline.org
Camp Rising Stars is for children 2 1/2 through kindergarten. The camp’s focus is nature exploration, with weekly themes such as insect investigations, ferocious felines, super solar system week and more. Bi-weekly field trips enhance learning.
211 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 354-8700, SugarplumStudio.com
Summers are the sweetest at Sugarplum Studio with “Five Dollar Fridays” with two-for-$5 DIY cupcake decorating, plus a full calendar of instructor-led, step-by-step cake and cupcake decorating and baking workshops for adults and children.
ST. JOSEPH’S PREPARATORY SCHOOL
1733 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, (215) 978-1950, SJPrep.org/PrepU
The “Prep U” Summer Program for rising seventh and eighth grade boys and girls offers a high school experience while also gaining the close-knit friendships and Philly experience that makes the Prep so special. From courses like English, math and science to media/technology, leadership, and comedic improv, PrepU students will learn a lot this summer.
XL SPORTS WORLD
Cherry Hill location: 650 Kresson Road, (856) 428-8588, XLCherryHill.com Mount Laurel location: 1 Hovtech Blvd., (856) 273-2828, XLMountLaurel.com
Celebrating 19 summers, offering field trips, swimming trips, swimming lessons, daily sports clinics, arts and crafts, electives, weekly special guests, indoor and outdoor fun, games and activities to keep your child happy and safe during the summer months. All camp staff are over 18 and CPR and first aid trained and go through an extensive orientation and background checks.
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 12 (February 2020).
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