Ready for Summer? Wondering what your options are to make sure your kids have fun all summer long? Hoboken offers many great local options for camps. However, if you are looking to get out of the city, we are lucky enough to have a bunch of camps that offer bus service. See our listings below for local and out of town summer camps.
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A Grade Ahead summer camps will keep you children learning and having fun all summer long! With our hands-on activities, exciting games, and fascinating challenges, kids won't even realize that they are learning. Math Ventures (grades 2-4): Math can be magical! Matt the magician will guide students through adventures including money, time, measurement, geometry and fractions. Students will use critical thinking skills that require investigation, inquiry and collaboration to solve math puzzles and games.
Eco Ventures (grades 3-5): Hop in our jeep or submarine and explore with us! Students will examine different ecosystems and how animals behave and interact with one another. Through interactive activities and project based learning, our student centered curriculum will make biology fun and understandable.
Writers Workshop (grades 4-6): Become a junior author! Explore fictional genres like realistic fiction, fantasy and mystery through reading and writing exercises and games. By the end of the camp, each student will have a polished original work to share with the class and parents.
HMS Summer Programs feature hands on activities covering all developmental areas to keep learning fresh and exciting! The morning program is theme based offering a variety of activities both indoor and outdoor.
Montessori Afternoons will focus on academics and is taught by our certified teachers.
Weeks 1 & 2: 6/24 - 7/5 Let's Make Music! (no camp July 4th)
Weeks 3 & 4: 7/8 - 7/19 Space Travel and Beyond!
Weeks 5 & 6: 7/22 - 8/2 We're Going Camping!
Weeks 7 & 8: 8/5 - 8/16 Construction on Site!
Morning Program: Guided activities will encourage the children to explore the world around them. Activities include arts and crafts, building, imaginative play, science experiments and plenty of time outdoors. Special presenters each week will help round out the fun.
Montessori Afternoons: (Full Day and Afternoon only students) Your child can experience the benefit of a well prepared Montessori environment, with a full range of Montessori materials and certified teachers. Activities in the Practical Life, Sensorial, Cultural, Math and Language curriculum will help your child build skills in all developmental areas. Remember, our children don’t stop learning in the summer, so let’s continue to prepare them to make academic progress!
Enrollment: Themes run for a two-week session, however each week can also stand alone. A child can enroll in either the first week or second week of a session if needed.
Eligibility: This program is open to ALL currently enrolled HMS students. Incoming HMS students who are 2.5 years old by July 1, 2019 are also eligible.
Non-HMS families who have children who are 3 years old by July 1, 2019 may apply. We require a child visit prior to accepting this registration form. Please submit this form and we will contact you to arrange a visit. The deposit will be due upon acceptance.
Sibling discount is 5% off the lower summer tuition for a second child.
It’s time for Summer Camp Adventures at A Whole New World Academy of Hoboken. This year’s summer camp program will reflect the fun and exciting adventures found right in our own backyards. Summer Camp will begin on June 26, 2017 and end on August 25, 2017. In order to make summer fun for the children, and different from the regular school year, we have prepared an outrageously wild and exciting 9 weeks of fun.
Imagine Explore Create Celebrate
This studio based camp experience will include creating drawings, paintings and sculptures combining observation and imagination to help each student enhance their skills and to raise their artistic voice! The session will be split into demonstrations, drawing/painting studio time, snack/break and sculpture studio. Famous artists and their techniques will be introduced as well. Have fun with friends while exploring art materials and making artistic choices! Our program is open to students entering grades 1-7.
Science Technology Engineering Math
We’re excited to once again offer a unique modular camp program that offers participants with guided activities which explore robotics, circuits, coding, engineering, design 3-D printing and so much more! It will be a week of exploration, innovation and creativity. Each day campers will dive deeper into STEM topics indoors but also have ample time to go outside and enjoy the fresh summer air.Our program is designed for students entering grades 1 – 8. Camp will begin at 8:30 AM each morning, with an option to register for before care starting at 8:00AM. Aftercare is available for participating students and runs from 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM.
Summer fun AND learning – two things campers love at Apple Camp! Our camps have been a childhood favorite for over 40 years. Not only is our camp schedule truly jam packed with summer fun, our uniquely designed program infuses exciting lessons into our exploration and activities. Children look forward to moving from one thrilling adventure to the next throughout the day on outdoor playgrounds and off-site attractions.
Our summer program curriculum is enhanced by FasTracKids and Montessori work time to beat the summer learning slump. With FasTracKids, children benefit from an advanced e-learning software program and hands-on lessons that reinforce learning. Children also work with the Montessori materials in reading, writing and or math. This curriculum can be individualized to the needs of your child.
10 Weeks with an Awesome Theme Each Week!
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Each group's schedule is a perfect mix of swimming, sports, creative and performing arts, outdoor adventure and special events. The splishing and splashing is spectacular in our 3 heated pools. Our comprehensive sports program combines skill development and game play while teaching sportsmanship and teamwork. Campers love our creative arts programs and treasure their projects! The endless fun continues at our fabulous outdoor adventure areas, including our rock wall, high and low elements, nature and explorers programs. All this combined with specialty activities such as boating, dance, archery, fishing, our spectacular playgrounds and loads of special events! Our creative and innovative programs grow with our campers and provide summers filled with awesome activities and memorable experiences!
BOLD Arts invites children to join in a week of dance and the arts which culminates in a high-energy, original performance. We build our show together using a thought-provoking theme, live music, and student-made scenery, costumes, and choreography. Expect to have fun, be challenged, and exposed to various styles of dance, storytelling, and incredible music.
Participants pack their lunches.
Looking for a fun outlet for young people during the summer that is safe, supervised and affordable? In addition to the afterschool programs for which Boys & Girls Clubs are known, we offer full-day camps during the summer at each of our Clubs. Young people are involved in a variety of engaging programs under the supervision of adult professionals, including field trips to baseball games, water parks, museums and other local attractions. Contact the Club or stop in to our Clubhouses in Jersey City or Hoboken to get registration information.
Rising STAR's (Science, Technology, Art and Reading)
A summer program specifically designed for children (Kindergarten - 3rd grade) to develop self-worth, communication skills, thinking skills, literacy, science and technology proficiency, and creativity as well as healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience. The program emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being.
Middle School Summer Camp
A summer program specifically designed for youth (grades 4-8) focusing on developing academic and social skills through field trips and daily educational activities. Two days each week members will be discovering new experiences by going on trips which are both educational and recreational. The remaining three days, members will be in the Clubhouse and participate in fun, academic enrichment, physical fitness, social recreation, and arts and cultural activities.
Best Buy Summer Teen Tech Camp
The Teen Tech Summer Camp is for teens ages 13-18. Each week will have a different theme from photography and graphic design to filmmaking to motion graphics to coding and apps to Google Maker Camp.
Bricks 4 Kidz - Kids have loads of fun (and learn a bunch!) as they use LEGO bricks to explore the world of engineering, architecture and science in an open, friendly and team-based environment. Bricks 4 Kidz camps keep the pace fast and varied with guided projects and challenges as well as time for free building and design, so the kids are always having fun. Camp activities are designed for kids entering first grade an up, and built around themes they love - Space/Star Wars, Clash of Bricks, Mining and Crafting/Minecraft, Pokemon, Ninjas, Jurassic Brick Park and more. Screened, trained Bricks 4 Kidz staff provide friendly, qualified supervision for your children so you rest assured they are safe and happy. Junior Builders Camp, Ages 4-5 - Designed for kids to discover, explore, invent and create using DUPLO and LEGO® bricks. Kids will learn interesting facts about real world objects and animals in these interactive lessons which reinforce counting, patterning, spatial awareness and fine motor skills. Projects are designed to encourage creativity and imagination while enforcing essential learning literacy, math and spatial skills. Throughout the course of the day, BRICKS 4 KIDZ® teachers provide the raw materials for the children's imaginations to create with model plans, games, and activities. The group setting is ideal for collaborative learning, the kids can build on one another's ideas and make discoveries together that they might not make alone. All children must be toilet trained and able to care for self in the restroom..
Yoga on the Pier, cooking, art, gardening, playground time and a Science Lab!
Adventure ropes (low ropes, high ropes, zip line), archery, arts and crafts, cooking, dance, drama, earthlore, ecology, gaga, gymnastics, martial arts, miniature golf, music, musical theater, off-roading, rink/hockey sports, swim instructions/free swim, tennis, wilderness, yoga/movement, Clubs and Clinics morning choice (for ages 6-13 years), CHOICE afternoons (for ages 7-13 years). Travel and overnight experience for older campers and CITs. Located on 25 sprawling acres in Warren, we pride ourselves on state-of-the-art amenities like our multimedia dining room and fully air-conditioned activities building, but also give the best outdoor traditional summer camp experience with things like our three heated, in-ground pools, 180 ft water-park quality water slide, adventure ropes course, wilderness trail and yurt, outdoor hockey rink and our 400 ft Zip Line!
Recreational sports, art workshops, group games, drama workshops, gardening and much more.
Daily swimming lessons and free swim, crafts (arts and crafts, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, lanyard), sports (baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, basketball, lacrosse, archery, volleyball, gaga), challenge course with climbing tower and zip line, cooking, canoeing, plus special days, carnivals, cookouts and lots more!
Day Camp (ages 18 months- 4th Grade) - Mix of sports, movement, Judaica, dance, nature, arts and crafts, cooking and science. Held at JCC site;
Travel Camp (4th-9th Grade) - Depending on Unit, travel ranges from daily trips to beaches, aquariums, ballparks and amusement parks to overnight trips to locations such as Toronto, New Orleans and Disney World; Sports Camp (1st-5th Grade) - Features professional instruction in multi-sports including soccer, basketball/softball, flag football, basketball, tennis and more. Held at Wardlaw-Hartridge School site;Performing Arts Camp (2nd-8th Grade) - Theater, music and dance with professional dance instructors, master workshops, skill building and electives. Held at Dancers Pointe
Studio on South Avenue in Scotch Plains
601 Park Avenue
This camp combines two of our most popular programs: Debate and Mock Trial.
Speech and Debate
The objective of this program is to prepare participants for the myriad situations that require formal and informal presentations. Participants will learn how to craft and present arguments, opinions and ideas. They will learn the fundamentals of rhetoric and will practice informing, persuading and motivating an audience in a variety of ways. The grading rubric was adapted with the permission of Neil Mercer, the Director of research and Head of Faculty at The University of Cambridge.
Students will learn to effectively present and defend a persuasive argument using the ARESR method developed by the English Speaking Union. Students will learn to outline, draft, develop and deliver effective arguments and counter arguments. They will learn to refute using the four steps of effective refutation. They will explore what is efficient-and inefficient-in arguments (and counter arguments) and the different methods that popular orators have used throughout the years to sway opinion. We will also address political framing techniques, speaker-audience and speaker-topic commonality, persuasive rhetoric, fallacies in reasoning, persuasive use of evidence and stylistic devices.
Mock trial is a hands on simulation of the American judicial system. The goal is to help participants acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, display leadership in a court of law, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society. Materials for this course are provided by The American Bar Association and The Constitutional Rights Foundation.
Exploration and explanation of basic legal concepts, court etiquette and vocabulary
-Criminal vs. civil trial
-Bench vs jury trial
-Prosecution vs defense
-Lay witness vs expert witness
-Presumption of innocence
-Burden of proof
-Rules of Evidence
-Use of exhibits
-Direct vs circumstantial evidence
-Objections and objectionable material
-Analysis of statement of charges
-Breakdown of the elements of each charge
-Analyzing the burden of proof
-Outlining the evidence for and against each charge, including: Forensic evidence, eyewitness testimony and statements
-Determining motive or lack of motive
-Determining the opportunity or lack of opportunity to commit the crime
-Analysis of corroboration and/or inconsistencies between witnesses
-Analysis of exhibits
Assignment and analysis of roles in the mock trial
-Pairing witnesses with testimony
-Preparing students for the duties of each role
-Explanation and exploration of the trial process as it relates to each role
Writing and practicing Direct examinations
-Purpose, scope and expectations for each role
-Analysis of proper examination
-Further analysis of witness statements
-Outline of direct examination
-Draft of direct examination
-Analysis and removal of objectionable or extraneous material
-Adjustment based on witness preparation
-Timing of direct examinations and further editing if needed
-Responding to objections
Writing and practicing cross examinations
-Purpose, scope and expectation for each role
-Analysis of proper cross examination
-Analysis of anticipated direct examination
-Further analysis of witness statements
-Outline of cross examination
-Draft of cross examination
-Analysis and removal of objectionable, leading or extraneous material
-Adjustment based on witness preparation
-Timing of cross examinations and further editing if needed
-Responding to objections
Writing and practicing re-direct examinations
-Purpose, scope and expectation for each role
-Analysis of proper re-direct examination
-Analysis of cross examination as it pertains to re-direct examination
-Determining what needs clarification and/or dismissal
-Analysis of objectionable and/or extraneous material
-Timing of re-direct examination and further editing if necessary
Writing and practicing openings (Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense)
-Purpose, scope, structure and expectations for openings
-Persuasive rhetoric and opening arguments
-Analysis of jury instructions and jury
-Developing and delivering the 'theme' of a case
-Analysis of extraneous or unhelpful information
-Further contemplation of burden of proof and how it pertains to the openings
-Contrasting analysis of defense's opening to the prosecution's opening
-Outline of the opening
-Draft of the opening
-Timing of openings and further editing if necessary
Writing and practicing closings (Prosecution/Plaintiff and defense)
-Purpose, scope, structure and expectations for closings
-Analysis of the charges, evidence, testimony and adjustments that the case may have brought
-Analysis of reasonable doubt
-Persuasive weighing of each argument
-Analysis of what may and may not be referenced in the closing
-Discussion of adaptability and last moment adjustments
-Outline of closings
-Draft of closings
-Timing of closings and additional editing if necessary
Mock trial performance
• Students must bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided. Parents must email camp director with any allergies in advance. This class requires a minimum of five students to run.
601 Park Ave
Hoboken NY 07030
Students will learn and practice essential Leadership skills such as Negotiation, Delegation, Initiative, Conflict Resolution and more. This class includes:
Improvisation and other Theatre games, building with Kinex, Legos and other materials, balloon relay races, sack races and obstacle courses, STEM activities with gumdrops, marshmallows and spaghetti, making DIY catapults, fencing (with inflatable lightsabers), dodgeball (foam balls), volleyball and other physical activities, building a life-sized house out of recyclable materials, and more
The objective of this program is to prepare participants for the myriad situations that require formal and informal presentations. Participants will learn how to craft and present arguments, opinions, and ideas. They will learn the fundamentals of rhetoric and will practice informing, persuading and motivating an audience in a variety of ways. The grading rubric was adapted with the permission of Neil Mercer, the Director of research and Head of Faculty at The University of Cambridge. This class will include:
-Debate (Instructor is trained by the English Speaking Union and a coach for the New York Debate League)
-Creating a commercial and learning how to market a product
-Pitches (Make and pitch your own movie, book, legislation or product)
Mock trial is a hands-on simulation of the American judicial system. The goal is to help participants acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society. Materials for this course are provided by The American Bar Association and The Constitutional Rights Foundation.
With 25 acres, a lake, 6 pools, 7 tennis courts, a 7,000 square foot dining hall, a 1,000 square foot performing arts center, courts, fields and cabins for sports and fine arts, Deer Mountain offers a setting both well-appointed and beautifully transformative. Activities include: Sports (baseball, soccer, etc.), Arts and Crafts, Swimming, Lakes (fishing, canoeing, etc.) and Outdoor Adventures (rock climbing, zip lining, etc.). Smart, authentic leadership and experienced staff create an environment where Kids ages 3-15 years feel comfortable to be who they are. Expert instructors create engaging, high quality programs so kids develop real skills. Parents choose Deer Mountain because of our experience; Kids love us because of theirs.
Professional swim instruction in large, heated pools, an array of athletic fields sized for younger and older children, creative and performing arts such as: arts and crafts, ceramics, woodworking, dance, theater, digital photography and movie making, and specialties such as: archery, music, gymnastics, nature, edible gardening and yoga, among other activities. The camp also has a 38 foot climbing tower, tandem 250 foot zip lines and spider web net climber. Ample indoor space for rainy days.
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