Summer Camps 2018: Social Studies and Languages


We are very fortunate to live in a region that is so rich in history. With a Revolutionary War winter encampment site just minutes down the road, and a ton of early innovators from the area, we can easily introduce our kids to the past. I am also in awe of how diverse our area is. Though on the surface, diversity may not seem like Madison's strong point, I take joy in hearing the various languages parents speak on our school playground while we wait to pick up the kids. This week's summer camp list includes social studies (history, culture, government) and language camps to help your kids explore these interesting topics. As with my previous posts on Sports Camps, Arts Camps, STEM Camps, and Preschool and Special Needs Camps, I have turned to my friends and the parents on the Madison Area Facebook page for their suggestions for Social Studies and Language Camps.

SOCIAL STUDIES (History, Culture, and Government)

  • Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main St, Madison

Five one-day camps in August. 10AM-2PM. Entering grades 1-4. American Revolution Home Front

 (Wed, Aug 1).  Art of Eric Carle

 (Wed, Aug 8). Mythical Creatures (Wed, Aug 22). Are We There Yet? (two-day camp: Tues & Wed, Aug 28-29). For Grades 3+, Clay! (Wed, Aug 15).

  • Morris County Parks, multiple Morris County Locations

The Game is On! (Do challenges at  three different historic sites--Speedwell, Foster Fields, Cooper Gristmill. For ages 7-10: July 9-13 or Aug 13-17; 9:30AM-1PM. For ages 10-14: July 23-27, 9:30AM-4PM). All About the Farm Camp (Ages 7-11, July 16-20 or Aug 20-24, 9:30AM-1PM; Ages 10-14, July 30-Aug 3. 9:30-4pm, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm). Junior Counselor Program (For ages 15 and up to volunteer at the above history camps). Junior Police Academy (For ages 11-15; July 9-13; Registration in late spring. Acceptance on a first come, first served basis.)

  • Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown

Topics and dates still being finalized, but usually there are social studies and science camps and also drop-in events.

  • Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Ave, Livingston

Model United Nations Institute, July 9-13, 1PM-4PM, grades 8-12 (Advanced Committees is July 16-20). Leadership in the 21st Century, June 25-29, 1PM-4PM, grades 8-12.

  • International Ivy, at Chatham Day School, 700 Shunpike, Chatham

In addition to science and art offerings, there are classes on Leadership Games (ages 5-10), Stock Market Games (ages 8-13),  Pre-Law (ages 10-14), Public Speaking (ages 10-14), Lemonade Stand Entrepreneur (ages 8-10), and Shark Tank Entrepreneur (ages 8-13).


  • The Cottage School

Schedule for 2018 not up at time of posting. In 2017, had four-day Spanish and Art Immersion Camps. 9:30AM-12:30PM. Spanish Language Enrichment from 12:30PM-2PM. Weekly in June only. For ages 2.5-12.

  • Kent Place School, 42 Norwood Ave. Summit

Fun Fiesta Spanish Camp is offered two separate weeks in July (morning or afternoon depending on grade. Learn basic Spanish vocabulary and be introduced to Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures. Grades K-2 and  3-5.

  • Parlez Vous Francais, locations in Morristown and Montclair

Summer camp offerings and location still being decided. Contact the school for details.

  • Hudson Way Immersion School, 587 Springfield Ave, Summit

Weekly immersion camp, with science, art, literature, music, dance, and cooking. 100% in Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. All language levels welcome.  9AM-3PM. Before and extended-care available.  Ages 2.5-12.

  • Murray Hill Chinese School, at Watchung Regional High School, 108 Stirling Rd, Warren

Teaches Chinese language and culture. Summer sessions in previous years. Contact the school for 2018 plans.

  • Northern New Jersey Chinese Association Chinese School, summer camp takes place at Chinese Christian Church of NJ, 232 S. Beverwyck Rd, Parsippany

Aug 13-17. 9am-4pm. After care until 6pm M-Th.