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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:

  1. 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!)
  2. israeli-spiritInvolve your child, so that they have a vested interest
  3. Talk with the Director, staff and other families
  4. Ideally visit camps during the summer while in session; alternatively, consider off-season visits, home visits by Director or camp events
  5. 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!