MADISON, NJ - The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Summer Camp Fair on Sunday, March 24 at the Madison Community Arts Center.  Other sponsors were the Madison Area YMCA and the Madison/Harding Soccer Club. Twenty-one organizations exhibited their summer programs as a resource for families in the area. The programs involved sports, education, performing arts and music, computer coding, tutoring and enrichment. As Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Giambra explained “The Summer Camp Fair is new to Madison. It is a wonderful resource as far as summer enrichment and camp opportunities go for kids of all ages.”

The exhibitors were the Madison Area YMCA, the Madison Soccer Club, A-Day Camp, Bits Bytes Code, Campus Kids, Creative Hands Art Studio & Atelier, Fashion First Workshops, Kumon of Madison, Madison Community House, Madison Mud Clay Studio, Madison Public Library, Morristown Beard Day School, New Horizons Day Camp, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Original Music School, School of Rock Chatham, Step Right up Studio, Think Tutoring, Twin Oaks Ice Rink, and Wharton Institute of Performing Arts.

The Madison Area YMCA offers camps for children in kindergarten through high school. Camp Wantago at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center is for children entering kindergarten through second grade and offers field trips twice a week, fun activities, games, STEM, swimming, and crafts. Camp KidsQuest at Drew University is for children entering grades 3 to fifth grade. The camp offers sports, science, arts and crafts, team building, LEGO blocks, swimming, and a weekly field trip. Camp SummerQuest is for campers entering sixth grade through tenth grade and is a teen travel camp. Each day the campers travel to a different destination including beaches, amusement parks, and lakes. There are three overnight camping trips. There is also a Leader in Training Program (L.I.T.) offered at Drew University that includes team building, service projects, volunteering, and job preparedness and interviewing skills. For information, see Madisonareaymca.org/camp.

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The Madison Area YMCA also offers a summer program with its School of Performing Arts. These programs are for children aged three to six and include clinics on musical theater, hip hop, ballet, tap, and show production. For information contact kbuccheri@madisonymca.org.

The Madison Soccer Club offers a new curriculum and camp format that “will allow players to maximize touches on the ball and encourage development in an engaging, fun, but challenging environment. Director Stuart Thomas explained that there are three full week camps and the campers are broken down into three age groups. The Little Footballers Camp is for children 3 to 5 and focuses on fundamentals, balance, and coordination. Campers from ages 6 to 16 are focused on conditioning, tactical skills, tournament training, and positioning. Campers older than 16 are taught based on their individual goals and abilities. For more information and to register visit madisonhardingsoccer.com.

A-Day Camp, located in Chatham, accepts children entering kindergarten through current fifth graders. The camp has three sessions, each two weeks long. The camp operates Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. Its camp director stated “Some camps offer gimmicks but we offer fun!” Activities include water fun, rock climbing, 8 to ten daily activities, and inflatables. For information, contact genealban@aol.com and see www.adaycamp.com.

Bits Bytes Code, located at 21 Kings Road in Madison, offers summer and spring-break camps teaching science, chromatography, coding, slime, and robotics. It also has a secret agent and detective camp teaching blood typing, fluid analysis, and solving crime. For more information, email info@bitsbytescode.com or see www.bitsbytescode.com.

Campus Kids is held at the Blair Academy in Blairstown. It is a co-ed program of two weeks up to seven weeks and is a sleep-away camp Monday through Friday for kids aged 7 through 15. Transportation is provided and the campers chose their activities every day from fine arts, athletics, performing arts, fitness, swimming and nature. It describes itself as the best of both worlds: “Campers spend weekdays at camp and weeks at home, allowing them to enjoy a quality sleep-away camp experience and still spend time during the summer with their families. For more information, contact either CampOffice@campuskids.com or www.campuskids.com.

Creative Hands Art Studio, located at 14 Kings Road in Madison offers weekly art camp for children ages four to 12. Classes include drawing, painting, clay, and the pottery wheel. The Studio also offers a full day summer camp for all ages. For information, see www.creativehandssignup.com.

Fashion First Workshops offers a four-week summer camp for children in grades 2 through 12. Each camp is theme-based and teach fabric choice, design and sketching, measuring, cutting patterns, pinning, sewing, and fitting. The camp is located at the Thursday Morning Club. Themes include the Jersey Shore, New Orleans, High Tea, and the Wild West. The camp is designed for beginning sewers and sewing machines are provided during camp.  For more information, contact Renee@fashionfirstworkshops.com or call 908-578-8561.

Kumon Math & Reading Center at 10 Elmer Street in Madison provides a three-month summer enrichment program that helps students maintain their reading and math abilities, reinforce learned concepts, and learn new skills. For information, call 973-937-7001 or 917-327-4373.

The Madison Community House, TMC, hosts BASCC Summer Camp at 25 Cook Avenue. There is a half-day program for campers in kindergarten through fifth grade and activities include sports and games, ventures in nature, cooking, STEM, science, sea studies, arts and crafts. The camp’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Community House also offers a full-day program for the same age group with similar activities. In addition, there is swimming at the Madison Community Pool. Those hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For information, call 973-377-3105.

The Mud Clay Studio, located at 6 Main Street in Madison, offers a hand building camp for children aged seven and above. The program may include hand-built teapots, a birdhouse and other ceramic ideas. The weekly programs are themed and include summer fun, on a safari, art around the world, under the sea, sci-fi fantasy, summer gardens, foodies unite, Harry Potter, Music week, and superheroes and comics. The Studio also hosts teen wheel workshops for ages 12 and above. This includes an intensive week of the basics of throwing cylinders, mugs, and bowls on a potter’s wheel plus hand building. For information and to register, see MudClayStudio.com.

The Madison Public Library hosts a summer reading program entitled a “Universe of Stories.” The kickoff is June 24. The program is a six-week program that runs from June 24 through August 5. It is open to all ages. Readers keep track of the minutes they read and are eligible for prizes. As Margie Ticknor of the Library explains, “Research shows how important it is for kids to continue reading in the summer…The Summer Reading club helps the summer slide. Children who read throughout the summer experience less summer learning loss.” For information, call 973-377 0722 or see www.MadisonNJLibrary.org.

Morristown-Bear hosts a day camp of weekly sessions from June 24 to August 9 and states it is a traditional day camp. The camp is for children aged three and ½ through 13. It promotes skills in athletics, art, dance, swimming, and science. For children aged 12 and 13 there are field trips. Morristown-Beard also offers specialty camps including boys’ lacrosse, CIT program, mountain bike camp, robotics camp, soccer camp, Hogwarts Camp, and a Teen Travel Camp. To learn more, log onto summer.mbs.net.

New Horizons Day Camp, located at the Brooklake Elementary School in Florham Park, is a traditional day camp that offers campers their choice of activities including computer science, sports, dance, theater, app design, guitar, robotics, archery, painting, animation, rocket launching, clothing and bracelet design, video game art, pottery, science, photography, movie making, 3-d printing, and cooking. The camp is for children entering kindergarten through ninth grade. It also has a travel component one day a week. It describes itself as “NJ’s premier inclusive day camp.” See www.newhorizonsdaycamp.com.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, NJPAC, hosts an acting, dance, and musical theater program for children ages 10 through 18. The program is described as “…a positive and nurturing learning environment for student to develop their inner artist.” NJPAC also offers an all-female jazz residency program for ages 14 to 26. In addition, NJPAC hosts a hip-hop intensive program for kids 10 to 18. Finally, NJPAC hosts Savion Glover’s Intensive for dancers, poets, actors and musicians who can audition to work with the Tony winner Savion Glover. This is for kids aged 12 to 18.  To register, call 973-353-7058 or see njpac.org/summer and artseducation@njpac.org.

The Original Music School in Morristown teaches song writing, music production, instrument lessons. The School has a Budding Artists Camp for children aged nine and above. This is a one-week program. The campers will be taught to write and record their own music and video tape within a professional recording studio. There is also a Mini Music Industry Boot Camp, a three-week program for anyone who plays an instrument or sings. In addition, there is also a Music Industry Boot Camp for six weeks where campers are treated like they have just singed a recording contact. Go to www.omscamp.com or call 973-998-8977.

School of Rock Chatham offers a performance-based music camp. It has camps for campers aged 3.5 to 18-years-old. For the youngest children, it teaches rhythm, socialization, and builds confidence with fun music activities and games. For the kids aged six and seven, the camp teaches basic versions of iconic songs together as a band and experimenting with various instruments. The older children are taught songwriting and performance. Call 973-635-2100 or contact Chatham.SchoolofRock.com.  

Step Right Up, located at 29 Main Street in Madison, is a creative arts studio offering classes in improv for social skills, musical theater, voiceovers, stand-up comedy, yoga and more for kids with special needs. Step Right Up states that its classes “allow children to succeed at their ow pace, in their own way, with proper support.” For more information, contact Jaime Conroy at jconroy@steprightupstudio.com or see www.StepRightUp.com.

ThinkTutoring in Florham Park offers summer learning programs, including “Stay in the Mix” Camp for grades 1 to 8, which provides a mix of reading, writing, and math tailored to the camper’s grade level, STEM Camp, for grades 3 to 5 which focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math, and classes in summer school work, persuasive writing strategies, study skills, algebra I and II, geometry, ACT and SAT, ISEE and SSAT Prep, college application, essay workshop. In addition, the program provides customized tutoring. Call 973-593-0050 or see www.ThinkTutoring.com.

The Twin Oaks Ice Rink has an ice hockey summer camp. The Twin Oaks Ice Rink is an official NJL size ice rink located in Morristown. The program is weekly and runs for five weeks from June 24-27, July 15-19, July 22-26, August 12-16, and August 19-23. There is a full-day camp, and morning or afternoon half-day camps. The camp is geared towards beginner and intermediate players up to and including travel level players aged 5 to 12. The focus is on teaching power skating, stick handling, passing and shooting fundamentals, as well as team concepts. The players are divided into groups based on ability and age. The campers must have basic hockey skills. Phone 973-292-5699 or contact dmarino@twinoaksicerink.com or twinoaksicerink.com.

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts offers a music camp for children aged 5 to 8, theater camp for children 7 to 13, hip-hop dance camp for 7 to 11, triple threat musical theater for children 7 to 11, summer musical theater company for children 10 to 15, drama for children 7 to 11, orchestral camp for kids entering grades 5 to 10, string camp for children 8 to 15, a jazz workshop for kids entering grades 7 to 12 or those entering 6th grade with at least one year of experience, winds camp for grades 4 to 10.See WhartonArts.org or call 908-790-0700.