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Sleepaway camps in NJ

Appel Farm Arts Camp

  • Price band: 3/4

Celebrating the artist in every child, Appel Farm offers a full range of arts, including theater, music, dance, visual arts, photography, recording arts and creative writing. Campers also take part in traditional camp activities like sports and swimming. Camp runs June 22–Aug 15; eight-week session $8,500, six-week session (June 22–Aug 3) $7,800, four-week session (June 22–July 18 or July 20–Aug 15) $5,700, two-week session (June 22–July 6 or July 20–Aug 3) #3,100, one-week session (Jul 6–July 13 or Aug 3–Aug 10) $1,500. Ages 7 and up.

  1. 457 Shirley Rd, 08318
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Camp Louemma

  • Price band: 2/4

Kids old enough to say so-long to their parents for a few weeks can hop over the Hudson to this 152-acre, co-ed sleepaway camp, where they’ll spend their days boating on a private lake, ziplining, diving into a new Olympic-sized pool or playing sports like beach volleyball, roller hockey or handball. They’ll also be introduced to the arts through courses in ceramics, theater, dance and pottery, plus have the chance to work on the camp’s resident radio station. Twice-weekly special events might include an Olympics, color war or special field trip to a nearby water park or Renaissance Festival. Camp runs June 29–Aug 10. Six-week session $7,100, three-week session $3,950. Ages 7 to 15.

  1. 43 Louemma Lane, 07461
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Trail Blazers Sleep Away Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

If your kid pines for the ultimate sleepaway camp, this 125-year-old summer program maintains all its traditions through experiential outdoor programming: hiking, fishing and nightly powwows around a crackling campfire. The programs at Trail Blazers are based on the camp’s six core values—being a friend, being healthy, learning to learn, self-growth, being a steward and learning to survive—and they’re still fun! Small groups of eight to 10 campers vote on activities like archery, hiking, mountain biking and canoeing, so no two sessions are ever the same. City kids get tons of fresh air living in teepees with their fellow campers and cooking their meals alfresco. 210 Deckertown Tpke, Montague, NJ (973-875-4116, trailblazers.org). Four two-week sessions June 28–Aug 22; $1,500 plus $100 registration fee, scholarships available. Ages 7–17 (some programs 12 and up).

  1. 210 Deckertown Tpke, 07827
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