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New Jersey Jewish Day Camps & Overnight Camps

Jewish Camp

S’mores, campfires, celebrating Shabbat with friends, and color war are probably just a few of the memories you may want your kids to make at Jewish summer camp. But how do you pick the right one? Co-ed? Single gender? Specialty? Day camp or sleepaway? The choices can be positively dizzying!

Help is just a click away. Tracy Levine at One Happy Camper NJ of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest is available to help families in Essex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Union counties find the camp that is the perfect fit for your child and your family. Interfaith families are welcome.

Thinking about the cost of camp? One Happy Camper NJ also provides information about grants and needs-based scholarships available for eligible families. Visit OneHappyCamperNJ.org or contact Tracy by email or at (973) 929-2970.

To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of day camps and overnight camps that serve families in the area.


 

 Day Camps

Camp Deeny Riback
208 Flanders-Netcong Rd
Flanders, NJ 07836
Main office:  (973) 929-2901
camps@jccmetrowest.org
Ages Served: Pre-K – 10th grade
Affiliation: Non-denominational
Kosher
Co-ed

JCC MetroWest Summer Camps
760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052
Affiliation: Non-Denominational
Early Childhood Camp
(973) 530-3479
smartin@jccmetrowest.org
Ages Served: 2 – 5 years
Exploration Camp
(973) 530-3993
dlucas@jccmetrowest.org
Ages Served: Grades K – 6
Triple Threat Theater Camp
(973) 530-3410
sgrossman@jccmetrowest.org
Ages Served: Grades K – 12
TEKI Camp
(973) 530-3915
hweinrib@theteki.com
Ages Served: Grades 2 – 8
Kosher
Co-ed

JCC of Central New Jersey – Camp Yachad
1391 Martine Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
(908) 889-8800
campyachad@jccnj.org
Affiliation: Non-Denominational
Day Camp
Ages Served:
18 mos. – 4th grade
Performing Arts Camp
Ages Served:
Grades 2 – 8
Maccabi Sports Camp
Ages Served: 
Grades 1 – 5
Travel Camp
Ages Served: 
Grades 4 – 9
Kosher
Co-ed

YM-YHWA of Union County Camps
501 Green Lane
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 289-8112|
sandin@uniony.org
Camp Ahava
Ages Served:
2.5 – 4.5
Affiliation: Non-denominational—optional Israeli track
Kosher
Co-ed
Camp Chaverim
Ages Served:
Grades K – 6
Affiliation: Orthodox
Kosher
Separate divisions for boys & girls
Camp Kinneret
Ages Served: 5 – 12
Affiliation: Israeli-infused—open to all
Kosher
Co-ed
Y-HO-CA
Ages Served: 
Grades K – 6
Kosher
Co-ed

Camp Gan Israel
146 Dover Chester Rd
Randolph, NJ 07869
(973) 521-0674
Affiliation: Non-denominational
Ages Served: 2 – 10
Kosher
Co-ed

Camp Gan Israel Summer Learning Experience
226 Sussex Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 521-0674
Affiliation: Orthodox
Ages Served: 3 – 12
Kosher
Separate divisions for boys & girls

Moshava Ba’ir NJ
120 W Century Rd
Paramus, NJ 07652
Main Office: (212) 465-9536
Summer: (201) 261-3200
moshavabair@bneiakiva.org
Affiliation: Modern Orthodox/Religious Zionist
Ages Served: Grades K – 7
Kosher
Co-ed

Ramah Day Camp in Nyack
P.O. Box 907
Nyack, NY 10960
Main Office: (212) 678-8884
Summer: (845) 358-6240
info@ramahnyack.org
Affiliation: Conservative
Ages Served: Grades K – 9
Kosher
Co-ed

Many area synagogue preschools also run summer camp programs. Check out our New Jersey Preschools page to learn more.


Sleepaway Camps

While the majority of these camps are not actually located in New Jersey, they all serve families in Essex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties. For additional camp listings, visit the One Happy Camper website.

New Jersey Y Camps
Main Office: (973) 575-3333
Camp Nah-Jee-Wah

Milford, PA
Summer: (570) 296-8596
njw@njycamps.org
Affiliation: Non-Denominational
Ages Served: Grades 1 – 6
Description:
Nah-Jee-Wah concentrates on providing a nurturing, caring, and supportive environment. Programming is created to ensure a child’s individual skill development, and specialty camp options are available for sports, arts, and STEM. The camper to staff ratio in each bunk is 3:1, ensuring each camper close supervision and assistance with daily living as needed. Intro to camp program available for grades 1 – 5.
Kosher
Co-ed

Cedar Lake Camp
Milford, PA
Summer Phone: (570) 296-8596
clc@njycamps.org
Affiliation: Non-Denominational
Ages Served: Grades 7 – 9
Description: Cedar Lake Camp allows campers to choose from over 75 different age-appropriate activities, and specialty camps are available in sport, arts, and STEM, allowing campers to pursue their individual interests.
Kosher
Co-ed

Teen Camp
Milford, PA
Summer Phone: (570) 296-8596
tac@njycamps.org
Affiliation: Non-Denominational
Ages Served: Grades 10 – 11
Description: Teen Camp is designed to give high school-age campers a voice, offering them ownership, responsibility, and the opportunity to grow through teen travel, service learning, and leadership training. Specialty camps are available in sports, arts, and STEM.
Kosher
Co-ed
 

Round Lake
Milford, PA
Summer Phone: (570) 296-8596
RLC@njycamps.org
Affiliation: Non-denominational
Ages Served: 7 – 18
Description: Round Lake Camp is an inclusion program for children with learning differences, social communication disorders, and ADHD. Each camper follows a schedule that fits their needs, and bunk living offers campers opportunities for social skill development. Occupational therapy is also available. Teen Village campers participate in internship programming, and specialty camp options are available in sports, arts, and STEM.
Kosher
Co-ed


Camp Nesher
Lakewood, PA
Main Office: (973) 575-3333
Summer Phone: (570) 798 -2373
nesher@njycamps.org
Affiliation: Modern Orthodox
Ages Served: Grades 3 – 11
Kosher
Co-ed
Description:
Camp Nesher provides a diverse recreational program in an enriched Torah atmosphere. New this summer are specialty camp options including the Susie Fishbein and Friends Culinary Institute held in our new state-of-the art culinary arts facility.

Camp Shoshanim
Lakewood, PA
Main Office: (973) 575-3333
Summer Phone: (570) 798-2551
Shoshanim@njycamps.org
Affiliation: Orthodox
Ages Served: Grades 3 – 10
Description: Camp Shoshanim offers an exceptional summer experience for Orthodox girls with programs in sports, arts, sciences, swimming (heated pool), aquatics, ropes challenge courses, chesed opportunities, and daily chinuch. New this summer are specialty camp options including the Susie Fishbein and Friends Culinary Institute held in our new state-of-the art culinary arts facility. The menu is peanut-free.
Kosher
Female Only

Camp Harlam – A URJ Camp
Kunkletown, PA
Main Office: (610) 668-0423
Summer: (570) 629-1390
campharlam@urj.org
Affiliation: Reform
Ages Served: Grades 3 – 10
Description: Established in 1958, Camp Harlam has developed a strong tradition of success and excellence based on a highly skilled staff dedicated to the spiritual, physical, social, and emotional well-being of each child, while building lifelong relationships between friends. Camp Harlam is affiliated with the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism).
Kosher-style
Coed

Camp JRF
South Sterling, PA
Main Office: (877) 226-7573
info@campjrf.org
Affiliation: Reconstructionist
Ages Served: Grades 2- 12
Description: Camp JRF is committed to diversity and aims to set the standard for creating a Jewish camp culture that is open and inclusive of the full spectrum of the Jewish community. Campers swim and play sports, learn from visiting artists-in-residence, fly on the zip line across the lake, cook food grown in our garden, participate in innovative experiential educational programming, and build friendships and values that last a lifetime.
Kosher
Co-ed

Camp Louemma
Sussex, NJ
Main Office: (973) 287-7264
Summer: (973) 875-4403
joe@camplouemma.com
Affiliation: Non-denominational
Ages Served: Grades 2- 10
Description:  Camp Louemma takes pride in their beautiful facility and fun, dynamic and well-rounded program. Located on 152 scenic acres along the Appalachian Trail, with a warm and caring family atmosphere where each child is an integral part of the camp community. Campers can unplug, explore their Jewish heritage, try exciting new activities, make great new friends and gain self-esteem, all while having “the best summer ever!” The exceptional staff is dedicated to helping campers develop new skills, appreciate nature and thrive in their summer home away from home.
Kosher
Co-ed

Camp Moshava
Honesdale, PA
Main Office: (212) 465-9021
Summer Phone #: (570) 253 -4271
office@moshava.org
Affiliation: B’nai Akiva/Religious Zionist
Ages Served: Grades 3 – 10
Description: Camp Moshava is a religious summer camp sponsored by Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada. Moshava supports and inspires the social, emotional, intellectual, and religious growth of 1,500 annual campers and staff who come from across North America and Israel. A full range of athletic and sports activities are complemented by a special focus on the outdoors and nature. Our expanded aquatics program includes a new olympic-size swimming pool and newly upgraded lake waterfront. Moshava runs creative educational programs that bring Israel and Jewish history alive in a truly engaging and exciting way.
Kosher
Co-ed

Camp Ramah in the Berkshires
Wingdale, NY
Main Office:  (201) 871-7262
Summer Phone #: (845) 832-6622
info@ramahberkshires.org
Affiliation: Conservative
Ages Served: Grades 3 – 11
Description: Ramah, the camping arm of the Conservative Movement, is at the forefront of combining the best of athletics, the arts, outdoor education, and aquatics with state of the art facilities and inspirational experiences in Jewish living, Hebrew language, Israeli culture and strengthening Jewish identity and community. More than 700 children and teens call Camp Ramah in the Berkshires their home away from home.
Kosher
Co-ed

Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake
Verbank, NY
Main Office: (917) 595-1500
Summer Phone #: (845) 677-3411
talia.horanblock@youngjudaea.org
Affiliation: Young Judaea
Ages Served: Grades 2-8
Description: CYJ Sprout Lake offers an elective-based program featuring horse-back riding, basketball, cooking, soccer, ceramics, music, softball, swimming, archery, nature, drama, field trips, tennis, video production, a climbing tower, petting zoo, high ropes course, and so much more. We welcome campers from a wide spectrum of Jewish backgrounds in a shomer Shabbat, kosher environment. Our programming aims to strengthen Jewish identity, foster a connection to Israel, create lasting friendships, encourage individual achievement, and heighten self-esteem and leadership skills.
Kosher
Co-ed

Tel Yehudah
Barryville, NY
Main Office: (800) 970-2267
Summer Phone #: (845) 557-8311
telyehudah@youngjudaea.org
Affiliation:
Young Judaea
Ages Served: Grades 9 – 12
Description: Tel Yehudah is Young Judaea’s national teen leadership camp. Our teens deepen their Jewish identity, activism and leadership skills, and love for Israel while building meaningful, lifelong friendships and having a ton of fun in our inclusive, teen-only community.  Tel Yehudah brings together teens and staff from all over the U.S., U.K., Israel and the world from a wide array of Jewish backgrounds to create a vibrant, pluralistic community. Located on 150 beautiful wooded acres, our facility provides for a range of programs including athletics, aquatics, the arts, outdoor education, group challenge and teambuilding, and more. Special programs include daily electives, overnight camping, day trips, color war, and four-day trip options.
Kosher
Co-ed

Havurah at  Tel Yehudah
Barryville, NY
Main Office: (877-HAVURAH)
Summer Phone #: (845) 557-8311
info@havurahcamp.org
Affiliation: Young Judaea
Ages Served: Grades 9 – 12
Description: Havurah is a unique summer program designed specifically for teens from the Russian-speaking Jewish community, hosted at Camp Tel Yehudah, the national teen camp of Young Judaea.   Through a variety of innovative informal educational and recreational experiences, Havurah participants explore and deepen their relationships with Israel, Jewish culture and traditions, and their unique Jewish identity. A dynamic schedule including travel throughout the Northeastern United States, camping, and rafting is balanced by beautiful and eclectic Shabbat celebrations. With a commitment to Jewish pluralism as one of its core values, Tel Yehudah is a comfortable setting for Russian Jewish teens from a wide array of backgrounds. Teens and staff come from all over the U.S., U.K., and Israel, with a wide range of Jewish practice, education, and commitment. Sharing some of the activities and free time with the teens of Tel Yehudah’s leadership program, Havurah teens develop new friendships and enjoy unforgettable experiences!
Kosher
Co-ed

Specialty Overnight Camps

 

Camp Zeke
Lakewood, PA
Main Office: (212) 913-9783
isaac@campzeke.org
Affiliation: Non-denominational
Ages Served: Grades 2 – 12
Description: Campers celebrate healthy, active living through organic food, athletics, and culinary arts. Campers can throw on an apron and cook with a professional chef and choose from numerous electives like krav maga, dance, yoga, weight lifting, running, soccer, tennis, and so much more!
Kosher
Co-ed

Eden Village Camp
Putnam Valley, NY
Phone: (877) 397-3336
welcome@edenvillagecamp.org
Affiliation: Non-denominational
Ages Served: Grades 3 – 11
Description: Eden Village brings an innovative focus on farming, food, and wilderness to the best of traditional camp. Our campers and apprentices enjoy organic farming, outstanding organic Kosher food, animal care, wilderness adventure, natural science, a pool and lake, music, arts, sports, service projects, exceptional staff in a 3:1 staff to camper ratio… all in a vibrant, kind Jewish community!
Kosher
Co-ed

Total Specialty Camps
Milford, PA
Summer Phone #: (570) 296-8596
tsc@njycamps.org
Affiliation: Non-Denominational
Ages Served:
Grades 2 – 10
Description: Campers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sports, arts, or STEM specialty of their choice for a week, a month, or the whole summer. Campers receive instruction and coaching for 4 hours a day/6 days a week, while experiencing the traditional aspects of camp in the balance of their time.
Kosher
Co-ed
 

URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy
Byfield, MA
Phone: (857) 246-8677
gkellner@urj.org or scitech@urj.org
Affiliation: Reform
Ages Served: Grades 5 – 10
Description: At URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, scientific inquiry meets fun! Girls and boys entering grades 5 – 10 develop hypotheses, perform experiments, and test out new technologies in a supportive, vibrant Jewish community. Our campers ask big questions and discover real answers. Located just outside of Boston’s science and technology corridor, 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy offers a top-quality educational program along with access to the best and brightest minds in the Jewish science and technology community.
Kosher-style
Co-ed

Have you pulled out the duffel bag yet and started packing? If not, click here to search over 150 Jewish overnight camps, including 40 camps within three hours of driving distance from the Greater MetroWest NJ area—or set up a camp concierge appointment to help you find the right fit.

One Happy Camper NJ is brought to you by The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, the Jewish identity-building organization of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, in conjunction with Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ and Foundation for the Jewish Camp. Together, we are dedicated to increasing Jewish camp awareness and enrollment from our area.

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