Summer Camps and Programs

Link seeks to present opportunities to students that enable them to expand their horizons, build new skills and acquire knowledge over the summer months.

Over the years, Link has developed strong relationships with a number of wonderful camps and summer programs that greatly contribute to student growth and provide life time memories for students. In the late winter, representatives from the camps and programs visit to introduce Link students to their programs. Link staff then helps students and their families apply for spots in the camps, taking advantage of full or partial scholarships our partner organizations offer.

For more information, please contact Mr. Greg Silverdirector of admissions and high school placement
Tel: (973) 642-0529 | Send him an email here.

Alvin Ailey Dance Camp – Newark
Ailey Camp in Newark is a six week summer day camp for students aged 11 through 14 who are given the opportunity to explore their creativity, master basic dance techniques, and learn confidence, self awareness,  and self-esteem within a supportive framework. Click here for the application.

Brantwood CampPeterborough, New Hampshire
Brantwood Camp’s sixteen day residential program is centered on the Five Ideals (Honesty, Loyalty, Unselfishness, Cooperation, and Good Sportsmanship), enabling campers to live, think, and act responsibly, with greater independence, self-reliance, and self-esteem. Campers will experience traditional camp activities and have the opportunity to play many sports, including soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, swimming and track.

Bricks 4 Kidz- Newark, NJ
This is summer camp program for children aged 5 through 13 focusing on engineering and architecture using Legos. Campers will “discover, explore, invent, and create,” using popular children’s movies, games, and videos as the theme. Camps generally run half day for five days.

Camp Agawam — Raymond, Maine
Camp Agawam is a traditional seven week boys’ camp offering waterfront activities, land sports, creative arts and outdoor survival skills. The camp promotes independence, respect for others, sportsmanship and leadership among other good character traits.

Camp Tecumseh – Pittstown, NJ
The Salvation Army’s Camp Tecumseh offers several week long residential camping sessions “encourage individual physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.” Campers will experience swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, crafts, music, drama, archery, disc golf and more. Some sessions are specific to certain interests: Music and Arts Camp, Film and Theater Camp, and Sports and Fitness Camp.

Carolyn Dorfman Summer Dance Camp – Newark
A one week intensive dance program for students aged 14 and up. Daily classes will include modern/contemporary technique, repertory, Pilates, mentoring discussions with Carolyn, workshops with guest artists and more

Essex County Summer Youth Program – Essex County , NJ
The County of Essex, NJ offers number of interesting spring and summer camps and programs for children of all ages, including:

  • Nature Explorer’s Spring Camp – A three day program for children in grades 1 through 5. April 3 through 5 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland, NJ. Campers will be immersed in nature, using stories, hikes, crafts, exploration and hands-on discovery.
  • Wilderness Skills Summer Camp – A two 3 day sessions (9:30 am – 2:30 pm) in June and July for those in grades 5 through 8 at the Environmental Center in Roseland, NJ. Campers will learn tipi and shelter building, rope making, campfire building and safety, fishing, first aid, fishing, water purification and much more.
  • Learn to Skate Camps at the Essex County Codey Arena – A variety of programs including basic ice skating, figure skating, and ice hockey.
  • Essex County Turtle Back Zoo Camps – Several week-long camp adventures that will introduce children to the extraordinary world of animals, nature and science for students aged 5 through 14 at the zoo in West Orange, NJ.

Frost Valley YMCA Camp — Frost Valley, NY
Frost Valley YMCA Camp offers three different camping opportunities for young people. Camp Henry Hird is a traditional camp with water sports, hiking, athletics, archery, arts and crafts and more. The Farm Camp, on a 250 acre working farm, teaches children to care for animals, garden and do farm related chores. Water sports, crafts and other traditional camp activities are also included. The Adventure Camp includes traditional activities but with an emphasis on more adventure: rock climbing, ropes courses, skateboarding, mountain boarding and mountain biking as well and canoeing and backpacking.

Greater Newark Life Camp –Pottersville, NJ
Life Camp is a day camp that offers students ages 6 through 13 a variety of enriching activities – balanced between academic, athletic, and the arts. Campers have the chance to participate in aquatics, bike riding, drama, music, chess/strategy games, nature activities, reading, ropes course challenges and much more. Sessions are each a week long, but campers may sign up for more than one week.

Hands In 4 Youth – West Milford, NJ
Previously known as Camp Vacamas, HI4Y provides both sleep away and day camp programs for campers ages 8-13. Sleep Away camp sessions are12 to 19 days long, and Day Camp sessions, a weeklong each. Campers will participate in boating, arts and crafts, ropes courses, hiking, nature studies, and more. Along with traditional camping activities, campers are guided by staff in the practice of setting goals, living responsibly, reflecting on achievements and disappointments, and “taking action toward their dreams.”

NJPAC Summer Arts Camps and Programs – Newark, NJ
This premiere arts center offers a variety of performing arts experiences, from 2 to 5 weeks, for students of all ages, giving them an opportunity to learn, express themselves, and create. Classes are available in, dance, voice, devised theater, vocal and instrumental jazz, hip hop, jazz R&B, and film making.

Passaic Basin ECO Explorers – Montclair, NJ
The Passaic Basin Eco-Explorers Summer Program in Environmental Science, ecology, and Computer Technology is a 2 week, full day  day program at Montclair State University for 6th through 8th graders. Students will study topics such as watershed protection, biodiversity, wildlife habitat and management, erosion and sedimentation, hydrology, ecosystems and much more. They will visit natural sites related to the Passaic River and area, including the Great Falls National Historical Park, the Pequannock Water Treatment Plant, and the Alfonso Bonsal Preserve, and more.

Project U.S.E. – Throughout New Jersey and Tri State Region
This organization offers a seven day climbing and backpack expedition which could take place at a location from Vermont to Virginia for a small group of middle school students.  They will go backpacking and camping a wilderness area, generally along the Appalachian Trail.

The S.M.A.R.T. Program,  Rutgers NJ Medical School — Newark, NJ
This program is for students with an interest in a health or health research related career. During a five week summer session, students will practice and develop competencies necessary for academic and workplace success. The program includes a set of pre-college activities, including leadership training, problem solving, math and computer classes, college tours and oral and written presentations. Rising 7th through 12th graders are welcome to apply. Click here for a brochure about the program.

Trail Blazers — Montague, NJ
Campers spend two weeks living in the outdoors in tents/teepees. Each day they will have new adventures with hiking and nature study. Campers plan their schedules and at the end of the day come together at a campfire to talk about their adventures. reflect on their accomplishments and look forward to the next day. The camp program is based on core values that teach students stewardship of the land, friendship, the importance of self-growth, health, how to learn and survival.

Write on Sports – Newark, NJ
This program teaches middle school students how to write about sports. During the two week session, students will learn to write and post a blog, write feature stories, and produce videos. Guest athletes and journalists visit with the students, providing materials for the students to write about.

YMCA of Greater Bergen County – Hackensack, NJ/Harriman, NY
The Y’s summer camp is located in Harriman State Park and serves children of all ages allowing them to discover and explore their interest, values,  and talents in a structured and nurturing environment.  At  Day Camp Oratam campers are led in arts & crafts, sports & games, nature activities, and water sports.  Camp Michikamau is the Y’s sleep away camp which provides a balance of structured, group and choice activities. Campers are encourage to try all that the camp has to offer.