Summer Camps 2019: Social Studies and Languages


We are very fortunate to live in a region that is so rich in history and culture. 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,  Preschool and Special Needs Camps and Day Camps, I have turned to my friends and the parents on the Madison Area Parents and Community (Original) Facebook page for their suggestions for Social Studies and Language Camps. All these blogs are newly updated for 2019!

SOCIAL STUDIES (History, Culture, and Government)

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

Five one- and two-day camps in August. 10AM-2PM. Entering grades 1-4: Sweet Treats (Aug 14 & 15).  Nature Art (Aug20). The Trades of METC (Aug 21). 1960s (Aug 27 & 28). For Grades 3+: Junior Archaeologist (Aug 22-23).

  • Morris County Parks, multiple Morris County Locations

The Apprentice Guild (ages 7-11 and ages 10-14, at  three different historic sites--Speedwell, Fosterfields, Cooper Gristmill); Critters and Crawlers Farm Camp (ages 7-11, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm); Homemade History Farm Camp (ages 7-11 and ages 10-14 at Fosterfields); Junior Police Academy (For ages 11-15)

  • 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

Multiple specialty workshops for grades 8-12, including Leadership in the 21st Century, Model United Nations Institute, Foundations for Success in US History: Examining the Founding Documents, Advanced Model UN, Spanish Boot Camp.

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

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


  • The Cottage School

Schedule for 2019 not up at time of posting. Contact school for information. For ages 2.5-12.

  • 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 2019 plans.

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

Check Web site for details.