Walk in the woods, dig in the dirt, and wade in the water during the week-long nature camps at Cedar Run’s Go Wild Summer Camp. Photo courtesy of the camp
Walk in the woods, dig in the dirt, and wade in the water during the week-long nature camps at Cedar Run’s Go Wild Summer Camp. Photo courtesy of the camp

Affordable Summer Camps for New Jersey Kids

After such an unpredictable school year, kids deserve a stress-free, Zoom-free summer adventure to look forward to. Now's the time to explore summer camp options. We've rounded up 15 New Jersey day camps that are easy on the wallet but heavy on summer fun. Many camps let you register by the week or even the day, so you don't have to commit to an entire summer. Other options, like three-day weeks and half-day camp, also keep costs down. Before- and after-care is available at some camps as well.

The following are some of the most affordable summer camps in New Jersey, and as a bonus, booking soon might help you score an early bird special. Explore more New Jersey summer camps in our Camp Guide and Camp Directory. You can also learn more about local and virtual summer camps with our upcoming Online Camp Fair where you can visit virtual booths and watch live camp demos.

Editor's note: Be sure to click through to each camp listed for current COVID protocols, as the situation is ever-changing. Most camps are limiting attendance, group size, and possibly field trips to mitigate risks. Some photos in this post were taken before the pandemic.

Places featured in this article:


YMCA of Greater Bergen County Summer Camps

Camp College at Mercer County Community College

Nature Center of Cape May

Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
EarthFest
Online - various times Pick
EarthFest Online
American Museum of Natural History Online - various times Pick
Holland Ridge Farms U-Pick Tulips 2021
Holland Ridge Farms - 9:00 AM
Refuge Mornings: You and Me Preschool
Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides