Camp 2018

Join us for up to nine weeks of themed activities focusing on nature, science, and the arts. Activities include visits to parks & library, educational field trips, outdoor fun, arts & crafts, games, projects, experiments and weekly swimming at Crystal Springs Waterpark.

This summer’s camp directors are Jewel “Ducky” Soroka and Julianna Klioze.

CAMPERS: Entering 3rd-6th grades. No exceptions can be made for younger children.
2018 Camp Cool Environment brochure and registration.

VOLUNTEENS: Entering 8th-12th grades.
2018 VolunTeen Application.

When: Camp hours 9am-4:30pm, before care 8-9am, aftercare 4:30-5:30pm
Location: The Cave youth facility in the lower level of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. 2nd Avenue.
Cost: Week #1 cancelled, Week #2 $225, Week #3 $200, Weeks #4-8 $225, Week #9 full day camp $200 or Week #9 morning only inclusion camp, 9am-12pm, Mon-Thurs, $50.
Limited financial assistance available upon completion of financial aid form.
Before care 8-9am $20 per week
After care 4:30-5:30pm $20 per week
Registration fee $25 (waived before June 1)
Campers bring lunch each day. Morning & afternoon snacks are provided daily.

You can pay camp tuition by check or online using the donate button below:


Week 1: 6/21-6/22 CANCELLED due to additional days of school calendar for snow days.

Week 2: 6/25-29 Bridges
Become an engineer for the week as we design, build, and test bridges.
Field trip: Roebling Museum

Week 3: 7/2-7/6 (closed 7/4) Industrial New Jersey
From the first telegraph to the manufacturing of iron, learn about NJ’s role in industrial history and today.
Field trip: Historic Speedwell

Week 4: 7/9-7/13 Theater
Script writing, song, dance, design and an original performance!
Theater Teacher: Stacy Greenblatt

Week 5: 7/16-7/20 The Art of Birds
Learn about birds, their habitats, features and behaviors. Then create a “superbird” using art. Field trip: Meadowlands Environment Center

Week 6: 7/23-7/27 Dinosaurs
Paleontology comes larger than life through the wonders of dinosaurs.
Field trip: Field Station Dinosaur

Week 7: 7/30-8/3 Biomimicry
Discover how biomimicry is shaping design and inspiring innovative solutions in today’s world. Field Trip: Somerset County Environmental Education Center

Week 8: 8/6-8/10 Lost and Found
Navigate your surroundings using maps, compasses, and other skills.
Field trip: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

Week 9: 8/13-8/17 Cooperative Play & Inclusion Week
Play games and solve challenges by working together to achieve success using every person’s unique skill sets and strengths. New this summer, we are working with VISTAS Education Partners ( to offer Week #9 as inclusion camp in the mornings between 9am-12pm, Monday-Thursday, welcoming campers with disabilities in 3rd-12th grades. Because of VISTA’s specialization in visual impairment, priority will be given to blind/vision impaired campers prior to May 1st. After that date, if space is still available, registration will open for campers with other special needs. Inclusion camp is an opportunity to build relationships between children who often are separated in academic and social settings. Full-day campers will spend the afternoons engaged in special activities and will go swimming on Friday to Crystal Springs Waterpark. Inclusion Camp Coordinator Monique Coleman will handle case-by-case registration, information, and financial assistance for campers with disabilities:

Check out previous summers! 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.