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STAFF

  • Camp Directors Sarah Crosby (Sr. Educator) and Anne Siebecker (Director), Head Counselor, adult counselors and trained Weis staff.
  • Certified by the State to meet all NJ Department of Health Youth Camp standards. Certificate #27106.
  • Counselors are CPR/AED and First Aid certified.
  • Low Counselor to Camper ratio 1:9 ratio provides a safe and attentive environment for all campers.


DETAILS

  • Ages 6-14 (2 age groups: 6-10 and 11-14). All campers will be together for morning drop-off, swimming at the Highlands Natural Pool (2-3x/wk),  lunch and prior to pick-up. Age groups will separate for the featured daily activities. Older campers (11-14) will have different or more in-depth activities.
  • July 6-Aug 21, 9:00am-3:00pm  Signup for individual weeks - or the whole summer!
  • ​​Enrollment is limited to 25 campers per week.
  • Partial week enrollment and pricing is available (3 or 4 days/wk).
  • Camp fee includes a New Weis Center t-shirt!
  • More questions? Check out our FAQs


2020 CAMP FEES

Price (per camper)
Full Week (5 days)
   $280​​ - Standard Rate
   $260 - Early Bird (register on or before March 31) / Siblings / Multiple Week Discounted Rate
   $240 - Current New Weis Center Members*

*Membership at the "Supporter" ($75) level or above is required to take advantage of camp and program 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!


Note: Partial week registration is available (3 or 4 days/week); deduct $30/day from the prices above.


Week 1: July 6-10

Week 2: July 13-17

Week 3: July 20-24

Week 4: July 27-31

Week 5: August 3-7

Week 6: August 10-14

Week 7: August 17-21


REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
Once we receive your online registration, we'll email an invoice with instructions for how to pay by mail or online by credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment in full is received!  

Upon receipt of payment, you'll receive a confirmation email, which will also contain a parent handbook, a health form, waiver and photo release form. The handbook explains what campers should bring, how to dress, directions for drop off and pick up, camp rules, and other useful information. All forms must be completed and returned one week prior to your child's first day at camp. If you are a returning camper from 2019, your confirmation will contain any previously submitted forms; we ask that you take the time to review the information and confirm that it is still up to date or make appropriate changes.


​CANCELLATION & REFUNDS

  • A $25 processing fee applies to all refunds.
  • Full refunds (minus the $25 processing fee) will be given for cancellations on or before June 1.
  • A 50% refund (minus the $25 processing fee) will be given for cancellations between June 2-June 30.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations after June 30.
  • Late registrations are subject to the refund schedule above.
  • ​In cases of cancellation due to major illness and/or family emergency, refunds will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


> 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

2020 Camp
Ages 6-14  |  7 Weeks: Jul 6-Aug 21  |  9:00am-3:00pm, Mon-Fri


​This year we are excited to expand the age range to include ages 13 & 14 for ALL 7 WEEKS!

The featured daily activities will be separated into 2 age groups: 6-10 and 11-14.

Individual and partial week signups are available, but we encourage you to sign your child up for multiple weeks to give them the best camp experience, and the time to grow and learn.​ ​


Facilities on our 152-acre property include a picnic grove, recreational field, covered pavilion, fire circle, hiking trails, raingarden, a brook, and swimming in the adjacent Highlands Natural Pool.


Our mission is 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!

"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

  • Hiking, search for blueberries, wild edibles, and invasive plants or wild mushrooms. Explore the Blue Mine brook and learn to 'Leave No Trace', prepare for adventure, trail markers and navigation.

Nature Makers

  • Wilderness cooking (i.e. garlic-mustard pesto, ice cream), paper making, forest jewelry, sundials, rope making, tie dye, rock and landscape painting, forest weaving.

Wilderness Survival Skills

  • Shelter building, fire making, wilderness first aid, camouflage, natural navigation, survival scenarios, wild edibles, water sourcing, forest movement and awareness

Highlands Ecology

  • Decomposers, aquaponics, butterfly garden & pollinators, stream study, plant and animal ID, lifecycles and metamorphosis, and a NEW camper garden (herbs, native plants and vegetable gardening)

Special Guests!

  • NJ Search & Rescue (and K-9 dog Zippy), Totes Goats and their farm animals, Improv games from Iron Mountain Stage Company, Joe Blevis from Earth Living Skills, Temple Qinesis (natural obstacle course), Doc Baynes (former naturalist and ranger from Sterling Forest), Flow Arts with Lauren and more!

Note: Campers will participate in separate activities based on their age group (6-10 and 11-14)


Swimming

2-3 times per week campers will swim in the Highlands Natural Pool. The pool is adjacent to our property, and is Olympic sized, chemical-free, and mountain stream fed, with experienced, certified lifeguards.

Note: All ages will swim at the same time, supervised by our Counselors and the Pool's certified lifeguards. 



Sample Daily Schedule (9:00am - 3:00pm) See below for extended care options

9:00 am - Camper drop off at The New Weis Center's main gate

9:30 am - Daily welcome, review of the day ahead, camper garden
10:00 am - Featured daily activity (separated by age group)

12:00 pm - Lunch - campers will eat at various locations around the property
12:30 pm - Open rec time - field activities, arts & crafts, individual learning and education
1:00-2:30 pm -

     Pool days: (2-3 times/wk): swimming and games at the adjacent Highlands Natural Pool
     Non-pool days: Adventure challenge games, nature-based art and science projects
 (separated by age group)
2:30 pm - Daily recap and sharing, journaling, cleanup and prep for the next day
3:00 pm - Camper pickup

Note: the schedule above may be rearranged or updated to accommodate the weather, site conditions and special guests



Extended Care

Before care: 8:00-9:00am, $10/day or $45/week

After care: 3:00-5:30pm, $20/day or $90/week

Learn more at one of our Camp Open Houses!
  Feb 10, 5:15-7pm: at West Milford Library

  Feb 27, 5-7pm: at Wanaque Library

  Mar 7, 10am-12pm: at New Weis Center

  Mar 25, 5:15-7pm: at Ringwood Library

Still have questions? Be sure to check our the FAQs


Can't wait till Summer? Be sure to check out our Spring Break Camp!