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Local Summer Camps for Kids

Many summer day camp programs are still accepting registrations – check out what's happening locally

School ends this week, ushering in a few months of warm-weather fun for kids. If you're looking for some structured summer adventures for your school-aged children, check out these day camp options, from municipal recreation department activities to nonprofit educational programs.

Camp Funtime, Barnegat

  • Seven-week day camp program run by the Barnegat Recreation Department for first- through sixth-grade students.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (before care and after care are available as well), July 5 through Aug. 19.
  • Campers are divided by age group and will participate in games, activities and field trips to destinations like water parks and skating rinks.
  • Rates are $700 for the entire summer, $100 per week, $20 per day and $3.33 per hour.
  • For details, visit the Barnegat Recreation Department homepage.

Adventure Camp, Barnegat

  • Twice-weekly trips for older kids organized by the Barnegat Recreation Department.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 12 through Aug. 18.
  • This twice-weekly destination day camp is for sixth- through ninth-grade graduates. Kids will take trips to water parks and amusement parks, go kayaking and more.
  • Rates are $350 for all six weeks (12 trips total) and $65 for individual weeks.
  • For details, visit the Barnegat Recreation Department homepage.

Ocean Township Day Camp, Waretown

  • Morning camp for kids entering kindergarten through sixth grade.
  • 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 29 to Aug. 11 at the Waretown Elementary School.
  • Children may attend for a day, a week or the entire time.  Several special events will be included, such as trips to local parks and a hockey clinic.
  • Rates are $60 for a two-week session and $30 for one week.
  • Details and registration information are on the Ocean Township Recreation website.

Stafford Day/Trip Camp, Manahawkin

  • Day camp with activities and lots of trips for youngsters. Registration is now passed, but there is still limited availability. For more details, call Jason Hazelton at 609-597-1000, ext. 8578 
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Ocean Acres Community Center.
  • A detailed camp schedule is available on the Stafford Township website.

Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences Summer Camps, Loveladies

  • Arts and crafts and nature day camps for elementary, middle and high-school aged kids on Long Beach Island.
  • 9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday at the LBIF, 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies.
  • The LBIF, a nonprofit center with a free gallery, art and craft classes, science discussions and more, offers a variety of summer day camp classes for kids ages 3 to 16. Children ages 6 to 11 get to choose from a wide selection of daily programs including photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, fibers, sculpture, theatre, and more. Nature Studies lets kids ages 7 to 9 learn about the beach and bay through field trips, while Marine Biology camp gives those ages 10 to 12 a more detailed look at local ecosystems. A Teen Arts Apprenticeship program gives older art students the chance to work alongside artists in the studio.
  • Rates range from $165 per week for LBIF members ($225 for non-members) to $185 per week. An LBIF family membership is $180 and offers a year’s worth of class discounts.
  • Signup information and a schedule of all camps offered is available on the LBIF website.

Barnegat Bay Coast Camp, Harvey Cedars

  • Science day camp on Long Beach Island for kids entering grades 5 through 8 run by the American Littoral Society.
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18-22 at the Maris Stella Retreat and Conference Center, 7201 Long Beach Boulevard, Harvey Cedars.
  • Kids will spend a week learning about coastal ecology through marsh exploration, birding, shell collecting, seining and more.
  • Rate is $225 for the week.
  • Call the American Littoral Society at 732-291-0055 for more details and to register.

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