Macaroni Kid Picks: Best Summer Camps Around Bergen County


By Angeline Sheridan April 14, 2019

It's not too late to make the most of the rest of summer with these great summer camp programs in August. Whether the kids are going to sleepaway camp for the first time, or you're trying to avoid the summer brain drain or just want a few hours of sanity a week, Macaroni Kid has got you covered with our Top Summer Camp Picks of 2019. Be sure to tell them you heard about the program through Macaroni Kid!


Campus Kids NJ

Kids just starting the sleepaway experience? Campus Kids New Jersey, aptly called the "weekday sleep-away camp", is perfect for families who want a Monday to Friday camp option, AND family time on weekends. Located on the beautiful campus of Blair Academy in Blairstown, Campus Kids NJ offers each camper the flexibility to choose his/her own activities every day. Activities include squash, tennis, golf, skateboarding, gymnastics, ceramics, ultimate Frisbee, theatre, drums, guitar, crafts, painting, photography, yoga, fitness, swimming, softball, soccer, lacrosse and more. Tuition is all-inclusive and transportation is included.  Camp dates are June 24-August 9, 2019. Choose sessions of 2 weeks or longer, an ideal way for your child to start the sleep-away camp experience.

Blairstown, NJ, 973-845-9260,

Deerkill Day Camp

Bergen families love Deerkill Day Camp! This third-generation family business, celebrating its 62nd season, is located on a wooded 15-acre site and brings a community feel to the summer camp experience for campers age 3 through 15.

Deerkill offers children a chance to pick up a new sport or hobby, learn to swim and form lifelong friendships this summer. The diverse program includes professional swim instruction in large heated pools, an array of athletics on fields sized for younger and older children, creative and performing arts such as arts and crafts, ceramics, woodworking, dance, theater, and digital photography, and specialties such as karate and nature, among other activities. A new 28-foot climbing tower and 250-foot zipline were also recently added to the program!

54 Wilder Road, Suffern, 845-354-1466,

DE360° Summer Connections 2019

Learn Boldly at Dwight-Englewood School. Summer Connections runs from June 24 – August 2, offers the youngest campers (preschool through grade 4): Keys - Keys: Opening Doorways to New Worlds. Campers in Preschool age 3 through Grade 4 in the Discoveries, Adventures, and Junior Summer Day Camp programs will  ‘open doorways’ to experience and explore different worlds. A unique modular program for Enrichment students in grades 5-9 build individual weekly schedules from a robust catalog; the Scholars program is for students in grades 9-12 who want academic advancement; and Immersive programs is an elevated option for those who want to pursue their passions. Sign up for one week or all six. 

315 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood, 201-227-3144,

The Goddard School of Norwood

The Goddard School of Norwood's summer camp includes 39 field trips for children 4 years old and up to 12 years old. Campers enjoy swimming, three times a week, at the Norwood Swim Club, as well as yoga, cooking , painting, science investigation, and Minute to Win It clubs in the afternoons. While the older campers are on their trips, younger campers are treated to 19 different visitors for an exciting, one-of-a-kind and fun experience for your child every day! Camp runs ALL SUMMER from June 24 through August 28, 2019. 

15 Brook Street, Norwood, 201-750-2200,

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC

The Performing Arts Musical Theater Camp, for ages 5-12, features theater games, dance lessons, music appreciation, singing, visual arts, and more. With a final showcase on the bergenPAC stage, every child will feel like a star! The program runs July 1-July 26 and August 5-August 23. Register and pay in full by May 1st to receive $100 off.

1 Depot Square, Englewood, 201-482-8194,, email

Princess Camp at Ballet Arts

Children are introduced to an exciting world of creativity, movement and fun through the world of a princess. Each week is designed to encourage individual creativity using movement, dance steps, music, arts, crafts and games. There will also be a small break in between activities for a lite snack. Camp meets Monday-Thursday 9:30-11:30 and the cost is $175 per week. Come join the fun with a different princess: Ariel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty and Mulan. Program starts June 24 and ends July 25.

207 Kinderkamack Road, Emerson, 201-970-7690,

School of Rock Cresskill Summer Music Camps

This summer, School Of Rock Cresskill has tons of camp options for your aspiring rockers aged 3.5-18! Our 4- or 5- day sessions (half and full day available) are perfect all summer or in between your other adventures. Join us for camps that ROCK! Camps run from June 24 to August 30.  Click HERE to read Macaroni Kid's review.  Be sure to check out their Open House on April 28 for free previews of camp programs as well as promotions!

50 Piermont Rd, Cresskill, 201-568-7625,, email

Apple Montessori Camps

Apple Montessori Camp has been loved by campers for over 45 years! With four locations in Bergen County, children ages 2-9 can look forward to a summer of jam-packed fun and tons of learning opportunities including child-inspired programs like Creative Kids, Junior Scientists, Tech Time, Young Chefs, Shining Stars and much more. Beat the summer learning slump with Apple Summer STEAM, FasTracKids and reading and math with hands-on Montessori materials. Plus most programs have daily swim lessons and indoor and outdoor activities, theme weeks, field trips, in-house events like the Reptile Man, ice cream truck visits and extras like crazy hat day. 

Multiple locations (Oakland, Mahwah, Edgewater, Cliffside Park and more), 201-337-0183 (Oakland),