COVID-19: Oak Knoll’s Summer Programs will follow all of the hygiene, social distancing and mask-wearing rules and regulations set forth by the State of New Jersey, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the local Westfield Regional Health Department. Programs may be modified as deemed necessary at their scheduled time.
Summer Adventures Day Camp
There’s Something for Everyone at Summer Adventures
A Summer Camp with Options!
Summer Adventures at Oak Knoll is a great place for summer fun and adventure! We offer programs for preschoolers all the way through high school children. Our dedicated staff returns year after year to help campers develop skills in athletics, arts, swimming, and science, all while having fun, making new friends, and creating lifelong memories.
Come to Camp for 1-7 Weeks – Your Choice
We have structured our camp to better fit the needs of both campers and parents, allowing for campers to come to our camp for one week, seven weeks, or any time in between.
A Range of Activities Led by Certified Counselors
Day Camp offers a well-rounded experience allowing campers to discover and explore their interests, values and talents in a structured and nurturing environment. Through supportive encouragement offered by certified teachers and college-age counselors, campers have an opportunity to experience self-confidence, a sense of pride and accomplishment. Each fun-filled day, campers are taught by specialists in music, art, sports, including tennis and swimming. Students in grades 2-5 can also enjoy lacrosse and archery. Campers have the opportunity to acquire, practice and perfect valuable skills including problem solving, teamwork and making healthy and safe choices. Campers’ days are filled with playing, socializing, exploring and experimenting in the company of friends and counselors.
Swimming is offered to campers each day. First-grade campers receive their swim lessons in our on-campus pool. Swim lessons are conducted in our 20′ by 40′ above-ground pool that is four feet deep — no deep end. Our certified lifeguards provide the swim lessons with two guards in the water and one guard on deck. In addition, at least one group counselor remains at the pool to assist with group supervision. Second through fifth-graders will enjoy free swim as well.
Day Camp Schedule
- Campers attend full-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Each group has its own schedule, with the day divided into 40-minute periods.
- The counselor/camper ratios are 1:6 for first grade, 1:8 for second and third grades and 1:10 for fourth and fifth grades.
We provide a full lunch with choice of hot entree, sandwich, salad bar, and dessert in our air-conditioned dining hall.
For: Girls and Boys Ages 3-5
Dates: June 27 to August 12, 2022
Times: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (full day) or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (half day)
Cost: See our enrollment procedures and pricing
Our Nursery Camp is for children ages three and four, who have successfully mastered toilet training. Preschoolers can enjoy fun indoor and outdoor activities with certified teachers specializing in preschool education or equivalent experience. Nursery Camp will help your child learn to share, take turns, and get along with other children. Nursery campers will enjoy the activity-filled days offering music, sports and games, arts and crafts, dance, gymnastics, and water activities (sprinklers only). We recognize the importance of free play to develop socialization and group skills, as well as making friends, so part of every day allows for self-guided play. Our staff provides lots of individual attention to create a successful camp experience. The counselor-to-camper ratio is 1:5, with a maximum group size of 18. Nursery Camp is great for building a child’s sense of competence.
Kinder Camp is specifically for children entering kindergarten. Our Kinder Camp program provides opportunities for children to discover, investigate and explore through hands-on experiences. Head counselors are certified teachers and lead the campers through an action-packed day in music, dance, sports and games, arts and crafts, tennis, and swim lessons. Swim lessons are conducted on campus in our 20′ by 40′ above-ground pool that is four feet deep — no deep end. Our certified lifeguards provide the swim lessons with two guards in the water and one guard on deck. In addition, at least one group counselor remains at the pool to assist with group supervision.
Each day, campers have the opportunity for socialization through activities that foster sharing and cooperation. Our Kinder Camp program will help your child adjust to new environments and have a great sense of self. Our low staff-to-camper ratio of 1:6, with a maximum group size of 18, offers personal interaction and assistance to each camper. Adventures Kinder Camp helps children gain self-confidence and self-esteem by providing a supervised, positive environment.
Camp Activities & Schedule
Arts and crafts, science and nature, sports, dance, music, sprinkler (nursery), swimming (kindergarten), tennis (kindergarten).
Arrival Attendance/lunch order and supervised free play
11:20 Outdoor sports
12:40 Ice pops
1:00 Half-day campers dismissal (full-day campers: rest period)
1:20 Tennis (kindergarten)
2:00 Science and nature
3:30 Full-day dismissal
Extreme Sports Camp | Grades 3-9
The Extreme Sports Camp is dedicated to our growing athletes in grades 3 through 9.
This camp is designed for all levels of players — beginner, intermediate or advanced. Campers will have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports rather than one specific sport — providing campers with a fun-packed day. Each day, campers will receive instruction appropriate for their developmental level through drills, practice, and games, exposing campers to multiple sports and athletic experiences.
Campers will have an opportunity to improve their game in basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis and flag football. Campers spend time swimming and participating in other camp activities. The group may be divided as necessary into groups according to age and athletic ability. Group activities provide an environment that promotes teamwork, integrity and good sportsmanship. We hope to plant the seeds for a lifetime of sports passion, appreciation and, above all, participation.
Performing and Creative Arts Camp | Grades 4-9
This specialty camp is perfect for our older campers who want to nurture their creative side! Do you dream of standing in the spotlight and hearing the applause of an audience? Do you love to explore different art medias to tell your story? Imagine sharing your dreams with kids just like you who love the performing and creative arts. Our program is for children in grades 4 through 9 and provides an environment in which campers can develop life skills as they learn to use their imagination and creative energies. The camp day will be a fun balance of rehearsing selected pieces, engaging in various art projects, learning the tools of the trade (body, voice, imagination and emotions) through theater games, dance exercises, improvisation and short scripts — all in preparation for a production that is held during the last week of camp. Campers will also participate in our traditional camp activities such as art, music, dance, and swimming. The curtain is going up on a summer filled with excitement and the magic of theater and the arts!
For: Girls and Boys Grades 9-11
CIT Session 1: July 5-15, 2022
CIT Session 2: July 18-29, 2022
CIT Session 3: August 1-12, 2022
Times: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: See our enrollment procedures and pricing
Camp Counselors with Hands-on Experience
Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program offers opportunities for hands-on experience working with children in our general camp groups. CITs work closely with head counselors, who are certified teachers, to develop skills of leadership, organization, teaching and problem solving. Participants will take on expanded responsibilities and contribute their talents as they develop their leadership skills while working with camp groups. This program lays the foundation for becoming a counselor.
Please note: Completion of this program does not automatically ensure a staff position.
If you enjoy the outdoors and like to work with children, this is the camp for you! When you leave camp, you will take home with you new skills, lasting friendships and a lifetime of memories. This is a great stepping stone toward future endeavors.
Summer Adventures may alter themes as necessary.
Oak Knoll is ACA Accredited
The Summer Adventures program is accredited by American Camp Association (ACA). What does this mean to our families? It shows that we care enough to undergo a thorough review of our operation to maintain accreditation. ACA camps must meet up to 300 standards for health, safety, and program quality. These standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as standards of the camp community. Accreditation is voluntary; our continued accreditation reflects our commitment to maintaining industry standards.