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The Morris County Park Commission’s popular summer camps fill-up quickly, so now is an excellent time to register, so you can get the kids into the camps they most want to attend this summer.

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They can enjoy memorable, fun-filled days at some of Morris County’s most beautiful and unique facilities. The programs that are offered by the Park Commission allow campers to explore new areas of interest while improving existing skills. All camps are led by certified, professional counselors and are offered at affordable prices.

Morris County Parks: Register for Popular Summer Camps NowChoose from Adventures in Nature, and explore the rugged outdoors, go canoeing, learn about plants and animals, and develop wilderness survival skills. For action-packed days filled with swimming and boating, beach-side activities, arts and crafts and more, check out Camp Sunrise.

Morris County Parks: Register for Popular Summer Camps NowLove history? Check out programs using the county’s historic sites as a backdrop. Go back in time to the 1840s, 1880s or 1920s to solve the problems of survival and success at The Game Is On camp program, or explore the various facets of life on the farm through hands-on activities with the All About the Farm Camp.

If you are interested in a career in law enforcement, enroll in extremely popular Junior Police Academy. Learn about detective work, handcuffing techniques, motor vehicle stops, and take a tour of the county jail.

For young athletes, specialty athletic camps including, ice hockey, figure skating, and golf are offered throughout the summer. There’s Morris County Parks: Register for Popular Summer Camps Nownever been a more perfect time to learn a new sport, or advance in one that you already love.

For more information and registration, visit www.morrisparks.net. Camp enrollment is now open. Enjoy the experience.

Looking for a fun, unique experience for your child this summer? We offer a wide range of action-packed, memorable summer camps for kids with a variety of interests. These popular programs fill up FAST, so register today!


Adventures in Nature

For more information about any Adventures in Nature programs, please call the Great Swamp OEC at 973.635.6629.

Woodsy Walkers

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Introduce your kids to the nature camp experience. Little campers, accompanied by an adult, explore the trails and learn about a variety of natural history topics with stories, games, walks, and crafts!

Ages: 2 – 4 with an adult.

Dates: June 13 – 15 OR July 11 – 13 OR August 22 – 24
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.
June 6 – 8
Pyramid Mountain NHA, Montville Twp.

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $40/camper per week


Wild Things: Predators and Prey

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Learn how animals and plants compete for food and survival in nature. Meet LIVE animals, enjoy adventures on the trails, play games, make crafts, and more!

Ages: 5 – 7

Dates: July 2 – 6 (No camp 7/4) OR July 23 – 27 OR July 30–August 3
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.
July 9 – 13 OR August 13 – 17
Pyramid Mountain NHA, Montville Twp.

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $175/camper per week ($140 for week of July 3)


Art and Nature Camp

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Enjoy a week of drawing, journaling, painting, and crafts with the natural world as inspiration. Kids create masterpieces, and learn about wildlife and habitats at the same time.

Ages: 6 – 9

Dates: June 25 – 29 OR August 6 – 10 OR August 20 – 24
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.
July 16 – 20
Pyramid Mountain NHA, Montville Twp.

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $240/camper per week


SURVIVOR: Backpacker!

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The tremendously popular Survivor Camp has been revamped and expanded so that campers can have new experiences every year. Kids learn everything they need to know to camp and survive in nature. On the last day, campers travel to a new park for a mini backpacking adventure!

Ages: 8 – 10

Dates: June 25 – 29 OR July 23 – 27 OR July 30 – August 3
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.
July 2 – 6 (No camp July 4) OR August 6 – 10
Pyramid Mountain NHA, Montville Twp.

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $195/camper per week ($156 for week of July 3)


Wild Explorers

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Spend each day of camp on a different adventure around northern New Jersey. Swim in a lake, hike the trails, learn to canoe, and more. Finish the week with a campfire and s’mores!

Ages: 11 – 14

Dates: July 16 – 20
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.
August 13–17 AND/OR August 20–24
Pyramid Mountain NHA, Montville Twp.

Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $300/camper per week


Girls On The Trails

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A special week of Wild Explorers camp just for girls. All the same activities and adventures, but no boys allowed.

Ages: 11 – 14

Dates: July 9 – 13
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $300/camper


Counselors-in-Training (CIT)

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Teenagers who enjoy the outdoors and working with young children can gain resume-building experience and knowledge by becoming CITs! For two weeks, CITs work with campers and are mentored and trained by camp staff. Training topics include natural history, how to work with children, and a final leadership project. Interested teens must complete an application, and submit a letter of recommendation. Upon completion, CITs receive a certificate detailing their hours of service.

Ages: 14 – 17

Dates: July 23 – August 3, weekdays only
Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $200/CIT


“Branching Out!”

Click here for registration form. For more information, please call 973.631.5004.

Grades K - 6: Hands-on gardening at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township is the perfect way for kids to get outside and get growing. Guided by instructors, campers plant their own gardens, tend to them, harvest an abundance of fresh produce and flowers, participate in crafts and activities related to their gardens, and best of all, taste and prepare the fruits of their labors. Register for spring, summer and/or fall sessions.

Dates:
Group A: Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 3 – August 14
Group B: Mondays & Wednesdays, July 2 – August 15
(No gardening July 4)

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Cost:
Group A (Grades 3 – 5) $330/camper
Group B (Grades K – 2) $310/camper

*NEW* Middle School Session! Grades 6-8: Middle school students who enjoy the outdoors, gardening, and working with young children can explore their inner green thumb in this new program. Over the course of the summer, gardeners collaboratively design, plan, and work in their own gardens, and then share that knowledge while working with younger “Branching Out!” gardeners. Campers are trained and instructed by horticulture staff in both horticultural knowledge and in working with younger children successfully.

Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, July 2 – August 15
(No gardening July 4)

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Cost: $320/camper.


“Branching Out!” - Special Summer Programs

Munchy Mondays

Junior cooks experience trowel-to-table with this seven–week vegetable prep and cooking workshop.

Ages: Grades K – 2

Date: Mondays, July 2 – August 13
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $95/camper


Tasty Tuesdays

Budding chefs meet gardeners in this tasty six–week garden-to-table, hands-on cooking workshop.

Ages: Grades 3 – 5

Dates: Tuesdays, July 10 – August 14
Time: 1 p.m.– 3 p.m.
Cost: $95/camper


Bug Brigade

Bees, worms, butterflies, and beetles! Discover there’s more growing in the garden than just plants.

Ages: Grades K – 2

Dates: Wednesdays, July 11 – August 15
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $85/camper


Camp Sunrise Lake

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If you are looking for an adventurous, fun-filled, outdoor camp, then look no further than Camp Sunrise Lake! New activities include outdoor skills, science, and ecology, as well as the traditional program of hiking, swimming, boating, arts and crafts, and much more. In the morning, campers experience days filled with new adventures and age-appropriate activities. Campers spend the afternoons at Sunrise Lake Beach Club zooming down inflatable water slides, swimming, boating, and enjoying the Wibit.

Ages: 5 –11 (Each week is limited to 50 campers.)

Dates: July 9 – 13, July 16 – 20 AND/OR July 23 – 27
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $250/camper per week (Multi-Week and Sibling Discounts Available)


Morning Explores

Camp Sunrise Lake now offers a new program allowing your camper to start camp as early as 8:15am. This program is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of parents and give Camp Sunrise Lake campers an extra boost of fun in the morning!

Ages: 5 – 11

Dates: July 9 – 13, July 16 – 20 AND/OR July 23 – 27
Time: 8:15 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: $15/camper per week


CIT Program

The CIT (Campers in Transition) Program provides the older campers a unique opportunity to enjoy camp while learning about helpfulness and responsibility. CITs will work closely with staff and counselors, learning how to become great leaders and role models beyond Camp Sunrise Lake.

This year, there are a few changes to the program that will entrust the CITs with more responsibility and more freedom. CITs will now instruct and lead activities throughout the day and partake in CIT-only training and activities.

Ages: 12 – 14 (Each week is limited to 16 CITs.)

Dates: July 9 – 13, July 16 – 20 AND/OR July 23 – 27
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $200/CIT per week


*NEW* Fairy Camp

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The fairies are coming to The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Can you help us get ready for them? Learn which flowers to plant in your garden to attract fairies, create beautiful crowns, wands, and toy fairies of your very own, go on nature walks to find signs of fairies, and even make a fairy house to help us welcome the summer fairies to the arboretum.

Ages: 5 – 8

Dates: June 25 – June 29
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $175/camper


Figure Skating Camp

Click here for registration form. For more information, please contact Mennen Sports Arena at 973.326.7651.

Register for an exciting nine-week summer Figure Skating Camp for intermediate thru advanced levels of skaters at William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township. Children through adults, have an opportunity to develop skills and have fun! This exceptional camp is flexible for all campers, and there are many options available. Skaters can choose the number of weeks and lunch options.

The on-ice portion of the camp allows skaters to develop their skills and progress to the next level. Sessions include: Power Stroking, Creative Footwork, Jumps, Spins, Moves, Ice Dancing, and Artistry in Motion. The off-ice sessions include: Ballet, Pilates, Strength, Core and Flexibility. Private lessons are encouraged and available upon request for both on and off-ice sessions. Mennen also offers specialized clinics taught by its elite coaching staff.

Campers can take full advantage of the unique opportunity to participate in Mennen’s 14th Annual Summer Extravaganza: Friday, July 13th. This is an ice show with a collaboration of Learn-to-Skate participants, Soloists, Pairs, Dance, and professional staff. Camp costs and times vary.

Ages: Intermediate thru Elite, Children – Adults

Dates: June 25 – August 24


*NEW* Garden Adventurers

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Garden meets adventure in this camp that focuses on plants, both inside and outside the vegetable garden. Discover who shares the garden with people, and how to invite some critters and keep away others. Create art for your garden, learn the science of how plants grow, and use all five senses to explore the plant world.

Ages: 8 – 12

Dates: August 20 – 24
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $195/camper


History Camps

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The Game is On!

Does your camper have what it takes? Using the historic sites as a backdrop, campers are challenged to work as a team to solve the problems of survival and success as they go back in time to the 1920s, the 1880s, and 1840s. On Monday and Tuesday, campers start their week in the 1920s at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm ensuring crops and animals are ready for the coming harvest. On Wednesday, campers travel to the 1880s, and visit the Cooper Grist Mill, endeavoring to keep the equipment and millers safe from injury and learn about first aid. Campers round out the week in the 1840s on Thursday and Friday at Historic Speedwell, where it’s up to them to test their mettle and solve problems of shelter and production.

Ages: 7 – 11

Dates: July 9 – 13 OR August 13 – 17
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $175/camper per week


Ages: 10 – 14

Dates: July 23 – 27
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $250/camper per week

Camps Visit All Three Locations: Historic Speedwell, Morristown, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris Twp. and Cooper Gristmill, Chester Twp.


All About the Farm Camp

This interactive camp explores the various facets of life on this estate farm a hundred years ago through hands-on activities and games. Help the farmers and staff care for the farm animals, plant, tend, and harvest crops that are ready, and prepare something tasty to eat.

Ages: 7 – 11

Dates: July 16 – 20 OR August 20 – 24
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $175/camper per week


Ages: 10 – 14

Dates: July 30 – August 3
Time: 9:30 a.m – 4 p.m.
Cost: $250/camper per week

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris Twp.


Junior Counselor Program

Former campers, 15 years of age and older, are invited to participate in the Junior Counselor Program. Volunteers work with the campers and adult staff to help make the camp experience rewarding for everyone.

Scholarships are available for all Historic Sites’ camps. For more information and/or to register, please contact Katie Humphreys at khumphreys@morrisparks.net or call 973.631.5077.


Ice Hockey Camp

Click here for registration form. For more information, please contact Mennen Sports Arena at 973.326.7651.

William G. Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township presents its 41st Annual Summer Hockey School. This camp focuses on skating and fundamental hockey skills including balance, agility, and acceleration, the use of edges, puck handling, passing, and shooting. The goal of this camp is to lift the player to a more competitive level so they can have a lifetime of fun enjoying the great game of ice hockey.

What makes this Hockey Camp so special is that the coaching staff is comprised of some of the top high school and prep programs in the east. Staff includes, Rich McLaughlin, Head Coach Randolph High School; Brendon Herr, Head Coach Chatham High School, Jennifer Perry, Power Skating Instructor; and Mike Valvano, Goalie Coach.

Ages: 6 – 13

Date: July 17 – 21
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $400/camper, $195/goaltender


Junior Golf

For more information on dates and fees, and/or to register, please visit morriscountygolfcourses.com in the spring.

With the Junior Golf Clinic for Player Development and the Intermediate Junior Golf Clinic, campers put themselves to the test with hands-on development and course play. Campers receive instructions in putting, chipping, driving, rules, score-keeping, etiquette, and on-course playing instruction.

Ages: 9 – 17

Dates: One-week sessions beginning June 25th through August 16th.
Cost: $295/camper per week
$565/Two Students per family per week


Junior Police Academy

Registration for this camp begins in late spring. For information and/or to register, visit morrisparkpolice.org.

The annual Junior Police Academy is an extremely popular summer camp that provides boys and girls lessons in police practices and the training involved in becoming a police officer. During this five-day program, activities include physical training, detective work, handcuffing techniques, motor vehicle stops, and a tour of the county jail. Special guests have included the Mounted Unit, Sheriff’s Office, and other State and Federal Law enforcement agencies. Each recruit receives a hat, t-shirt, gym shorts, and bag. Upon completion of the Academy, recruits participate in a graduation ceremony, and earn an honorary Junior Police Academy certificate. Class size is limited to 50 participants.

Ages: 11 – 15

Date: July 9 – 13
Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $150/camper

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