"The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school."
Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist & founder of Active Parenting
Examples of Featured Daily Activities
Adventure & Exploration
Wilderness Survival Skills
Sample Daily Schedule (9:00am - 3:00pm)
9:00am - Camper drop off and health check at The New Weis Center's main gate
9:30am - Daily welcome, review of the day ahead, camper garden
10:00am - Featured daily activity
12:00pm - Lunch - campers will eat at various outdoor locations around the property, and social distancing will be maintained when possible
12:30pm - Open rec time - field activities, arts & crafts, individual learning and education
1:00-2:30pm - Adventure challenge games, nature-based art and science projects (separated by age group)
2:30pm - Daily recap, sharing, nature journaling
3:00pm - Camper pickup (we cannot accommodate late pickups)
Note: the schedule above may be rearranged or updated to accommodate the weather, site conditions and special guests
Is our camp right for your child this summer?
Please review the questions below to ensure your camper is a good fit for this year's modified camp program, including a smaller camp size (max 10 campers) and added safety and social distancing rules to follow:
We are following guidelines from the American Camp Association, NJ Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control to help keep our campers and their families safe. We are also implementing specific measures tailored to our site, which will be followed at camp all day, every day:
Registration is CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who registered and we look forward to seeing you soon!
2020 CAMP FEES & DATES
Price (per camper). No individual day signups accepted.
3-Day Week (Mon, Wed, Fri)
$245 - Standard Rate
$225 - Current New Weis Center "Supporter" & up Members*
*Membership at the "Supporter" ($75) level or above is required to take advantage of camp discounts. Membership is a tax-deductible donation with year-round benefits, and is non-refundable. Not sure if you're a member? Contact Us or Join/Renew NOW!
Week 1: July 13-17 FULL
Week 2: July 20-24 FULL
Week 3: July 27-31 FULL
Week 4: August 3-7 FULL
Week 5: August 10-14 FULL
Week 6: August 17-21 FULL
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
Once we receive your registration, we'll send an email within 1 week with the following:
All forms must be completed and returned by July 6th.
CANCELLATION & REFUNDS (tentative, may be adjusted)
> We reserve the right to remove any child without refund due to unacceptable behavior, and to reschedule or change programs as needed.
2020 SummerNature Camp
Looking for something for older kids?
Check out our NEW "Highlands Jr. Naturalist" summer program for teens/tweens!
2020 Camp - Revised Schedule
6 Weeks: Jul 13-Aug 21 | 3 days/week: Mon/Wed/Fri
9:00am - 3:00pm | Ages 7-12
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've modified summer nature camp this year so we can provide a safe and enjoyable experience for a limited number of campers.
We are consulting and will follow all guidelines and procedures recommended by the American Camp Association, NJ Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, and we are confident that the small group size combined with additional safety and sanitation procedures will allow us to safely provide a wonderful camp experience.
Each 3-day week will have just 10 campers, plus at least 2 adult counselors. Due to the small number of campers we can accommodate each week, only 3-day/week signups will be accepted (no individual day signups), but you may signup for multiple weeks. Camp will be held outdoors on our beautiful 152 acre property, and activities will be structured to maintain social distancing when possible. Our outdoor facilities include a picnic grove, recreation field, covered pavilion, fire circle, hiking trails, raingarden, butterfly garden and a brook. Swimming will not be included this year.
Our mission continues to be to create a safe and supportive space for our campers to express themselves, build confidence and social skills, grow friendships - and learn some cool science along the way. By engaging campers in outdoor learning, we strive to provide them with an unforgettable summer camp experience and a lifelong connection to the world around them.
Each day incorporates fun and immersive experiences and a variety of nature-focused activities. The featured daily activity, nature-based arts & crafts projects, and field and forest games will incorporate STEM concepts, and the local ecology, watershed and flora & fauna. Observation hikes and special guests enhance the camper experience, and are always a big hit!