Summer Camps 2018: STEM, Animals, and Nature


STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is a hot topic these days. Whether your kids are already heavy into the sciences, or they just wants to dabble in them, summer camps are a great way to explore all aspects of STEM. As with my previous weeks' posts, Summer Camps 2018: Sports, and Summer Camps 2018: The Arts, I turned to friends and the members of the Madison Area Parents Facebook page for their recommendations of STEM summer camps, and recently updated them for 2018. I am also in the process of updating my camp listings for Preschool & Special Needs, and Social Studies & Languages.

  • STEM Summer Camp, held at Imagine That!!! 4 Vreeland Rd, Florham Park (973) 966-8000

Information posted on Web site in early spring. 2-hour, 4-day (Tues-Fri) camp. Ages 6-8.

  • Madison STEAM Academy, held at STEM Lab at Madison Junior School, 160 Main St., Madison

Students work collaboratively on real-world challenges in the fields of computer programming, robotics, graphic design, 3D modeling, and more! Taught by Madison School District staff. Weekly camps, July 9-August 3 (choose 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks). Ages 8-16. More details to be sent home with students or on district Web site soon.

  • Camp Invention, held at Central Avenue School, 50 Central Ave, Madison

 June 18-22. 8:30am-3pm. Run by local educators (including CAS teachers). Kids work on science-based challenges that encourage creative problem-solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Students entering grades K-6.

  • Incrediflix, held at Madison Community House (also camps in Livingston, New Providence, and Summit)

Check Web site for camp offerings, after mid-March. In 2017, they offered half-day and full-day camps, including Star Wars Live Action Flix (kids do filming, directing, acting, make costumes, make story, etc.), and Lego Flix (stop motion). Ages 7-13.

  • Mad Science, held at Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave, Madison

Various one-week camps (either 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm) throughout the summer. Topics include Slimy Potions, Spy Academy, Mad vs. Wild, Invention-ation, NASA Academy for Future Space Explorers, Fairly Odd Forces, Are You Smarter Than a Mad Scientist?, and Brixology. Ages 5-11.

  • Jersey STEM, held in a few locations in Chatham and Summit

Weekly summer camps from July 9-Aug 17. Details posted soon. Last year, there were morning and afternoon sessions on robotics, coding, Rube Goldberg creations, bugs, and other topics. Parents are expected to donate some time to help the JerseySTEM programs running.

  • Morris County Parks, held at various parks across Morris County, including Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township

Various one-week camps for ages 2-4 (with adult) and ages 5-17. Camps include Wild Things: Predators and Prey, Art and Nature, Survivor: Backpacker, Wild Explorers, Girls on the Trail, Counselors-in-Training, Garden Adventure, Fairy Camp, and All About the Farm Camp.

  • Nature Nuts, held at Memorial Park on Rosedale Ave by the pool, Madison  (scroll down to Nature Nuts)

Information will be on Web site in late spring. In previous years, camps ran Mon-Thurs late June-late July for 1 hour 15 minutes (time of day depends on grade). $25 for all 5 weeks. Nature-themed camp with games, crafts, walks, talks, and presentation. For Madison children who have completed grades 1-6.

  • Boy Scout of America, various locations

Various day camps for boys (and a few for girls!). They don't need to be Boy Scout to do the camp. Some camps have bus pick up/drop off at Madison Station. Most have one session dedicated to STEM, though they do some STEM activities in all sessions.

  • The Peck School, 247 South St, Morristown

Week-long camps. Morning (9am-12pm), afternoon (12:30pm-3:30pm) and full day (9am-3:30pm) sessions. Early care and after care available. Topics include Coding, Laser Cutting, Geocache Hunters, and Digital Painting. For grades 1-8, depending on class.

  • Morristown Beard School, 70 Whippany Rd, Morristown

Specialty robotics camp. July 9-13. 8:30am-3pm. Ages 10-13.

  • Delbarton, 230 Mendham Road, Morristown

Extensive information on the website. Programs include, but are not limited to Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Math Clinic, Physics, Coding and Robotics.

  • Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Ave, Livingston

Various academic classes for elementary through high school students, including Technology Education and Marine Ecosystems.

  • Trailside Nature Center, 452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside

Various weekly nature-themed camps. For grades 1-9, full and half-day. Four day half-day for ages 4-5. Union County residents have priority.

  • Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City

Weekly camps with various themes for kids entering grades 1-8. 9am-4pm. Topics include robots, dinosaurs, animals, and Legos.

  • International Ivy Summer Enrichment Programs, Chatham Day School, 700 Shunpike, Chatham

Various week-long morning (9am-12:30pm) and afternoon (1:30pm-5pm) classes for ages 5-14. Supervised lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Topics include Minecraft Math, Pre-Architecture, Film-Making, Stop-Action Animation, Scratch, Robotics, entrepreneurship, Math of Fantasy Sports, 3D Printing, and Surgical Techniques.

  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills

Nature Discover Summer Camp. Weekly themes. Half-day camps for ages 3-5. Full-day camps (9am-3pm) for grades 1-3 and grades 4-6.

  • Apple Camp, held at Apple Stores, including Short Hills, Willowbrook, and Rockaway

Scroll to the bottom, and click "Apple Camp" under. Sign up to be notified when Apple Camp registration opens. For ages 8-12. Free.

  • YouthSpark Camps, Microsoft Store, Bridgewater Commons store, 400 Commons Way, Bridgewater

No details online as of posting date, but in the past, the store has had some summer camps for ages 8-11, and ages 13 and up.

  • Critter Camp, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, 575 Woodland Ave, Madison

Week-long camp. 9am-2pm. Dates depend on grades (grades 2-4 or grades 4-6). Students entering grades 2-6. Volunteer camp counselor positions for ages 15-18.

  • Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange

Week-long camps for kids entering grades K-8. Open House at the zoo Saturday, March 4 from 12pm-3pm.

  • NJ Audubon Nature Camps, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd, Bernardsville (and other NJ locations)

Different nature theme each week. Nine one-week camps for grades 1-6, 9am-3:30pm (post-care until 5pm available). Four-day pre-K and kindergarten camp, 9am-12pm. Overnight camps at Barnegat Bay and Delaware Water Gap for grades 6-12.