First Time Campers
Welcome prospective camp families! You’ve come to the right place – One Happy Camper NJ is a free resource to guide families of Greater MetroWest New Jersey on finding the right camp. Request a consultation today or call Tracy Levine at 973.929.2970.
A great way to explore sleepaway camp is through rookie days or short intro stays from one night to one week. Here’s a selection of 25+ Rookie Days and Short Introductory Stays for summer 2020 – check with the camps directly for availability and details or contact us and we’ll do the legwork for you!
Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp – Rookie Camp: August 19-23
Camp Harlam – Rookie Days: July 12 and Aug. 2, Fall Taste of Camp weekend: Oct. 24-25
Camp Havaya – Rookie Days: July 5 and July 19
Camp Kinder Ring – Rookie Days: July 5 and 12, KRJR Weekend: July 31-Aug. 2
Camp Moshava – Mini-Mosh short stay: Aug. 3-6
Camp Nah-Jee-Wah – First Step weekend: Aug. 14-16 ($50) or week: Aug. 23-28 ($300), Free Family Fun Day at Camp: Aug. 30
Camp Poyntelle – Pioneer Adventure: Aug. 1-2
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires – Prospective Family Day: (date TBA), 1-week Ta’am (Taste of) Ramah – various date options
Camp Ramah in the Poconos – Prospective Camper Days: June 28 and Aug. 2
Camp Shoshanim – 5-day Taste of Shoshanim: Aug. 3-7
Camp Zeke – 1-week Taste of Zeke: June 29-July 5 and July 19-26
Eden Village Camp – 3-day Taste of Eden: Aug. 7-9 and Aug. 14-16
Habonim Dror Camp Galil – Taste of Galil: Aug. 5-9
Perlman Camp – Taste of Perlman Rookie Camp: July 24-26
Pinemere Camp – SPARK 3-day Weekend: July 17-19
Surprise Lake Camp – Rookie Days: July 19 and August 9, Get Your Feet Wet: August 26-30
All camps offer summer tours. Many camps also offer 12- to 14-day options – contact Tracy for options to meet your exact needs. First-time campers at 150+ overnight camps and teen programs may be eligible for a gift of up to $1,000 One Happy Camper grants and additional financial resources.
Here are our top 5 tips for finding the right camp:
- Take time to do research – ideally start more than a year in advance (though we can help you find a camp on short notice as well!)
- Involve your child, so that they have a vested interest
- Talk with the Director, staff and other families
- Ideally visit camps during the summer while in session; alternatively, consider off-season visits, home visits by Director or camp events
- Evolve as you proceed through the process – and trust your gut feeling!
It is never too early or too late to begin camp – including many program options for teens of all ages!