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Patch Asks: What Are the Best Summer Camps?

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So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today with a question from your very own Patch Moms Council: What kinds of summer camps are available for children of all ages, and what kinds of activities can they participate in during those months?

Thionil March 24, 2011 at 06:09 PM
I agree my kids have gone and they love it everytime!!!!!!!!!!
Kristina Smith January 17, 2013 at 03:45 PM
We are moving to Bridgewater in June. Both my husband and I work, so we need a full day (before and after care) camp for the whole summer. Our son is in 2nd grade. Does anyone have any suggestions? Since we are new to the area, I really wanted my son in a camp in Bridgewater where he could meet some kids who may go to his school. Thanks!
Manasee May 06, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I have the same situation as Kristina's. We will be moving there in June. My daughter will be in 3rd Grade. Me and my husband both work, so we need a full day camp. We would love to have more suggestions. Thanks!
Jacqueline Zeiman May 06, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Both my son (5) and daughter (13) attend Camp Ruach at the JCC in Bridgewater.Every year they can't wait for camp to start - they're already counting the days! 3rd grade is a great age for this camp. (visit www.ssbjjc.org, click on camp - there are videos). They swim every day with instruction every other. They're outside all day, with plenty of shelter. They keep the kids very busy and active - they come home pooped! My daughter has been going there for about ten years now and she won't consider anyplace else. We've been very happy with it and the staff is fantastic. It's ideal for people who need full time care because: 1. they offer both early drop-off and late stay options and 2. they provide transportaiton that picks up the kids right at your driveway. It's not cheap but less expensive than many other "full time" day camps in the area. My kids both love it and have made many great, long-standing friendships. Other options to consider; Camp Riverbend (Warren), Camp Hamony (Warren) , and Jeff Lakes ((too far away for my taste - it's a very long comute) - but I have friends who've sent their kids to these places and were pleased. If your child is very "outdoorsy" and wants activities like canoeing and hiking look at Riverbend or Jeff Lakes. For most girls especially, I'd go with the JCC - it's the best value - and don't feel that you have to be Jewish --many of my daughter's friends who attend aren't Jewish (minimal emphashis on religion). Good luck!
Michele Griffin June 15, 2013 at 02:24 PM
You did not mention the name of the camp?

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