We are very fortunate to live in a region that is so rich in history. With a Revolutionary War winter encampment site just minutes down the road, and a ton of early innovators from the area, we can easily introduce our kids to the past. I am also in awe of how diverse our area is. Though on the surface, diversity may not seem like Madison’s strong point, I take joy in hearing the various languages parents speak on our school playground while we wait to pick up the kids. This week’s summer camp list includes social studies (history, culture, government) and language camps to help your kids explore these interesting topics. As with my previous posts on Sports Camps, Arts Camps, STEM Camps, and Preschool and Special Needs Camps, I have turned to my friends and the parents on the Madison Area Facebook page for their suggestions for Social Studies and Language Camps.
SOCIAL STUDIES (History, Culture, and Government)
- Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main St, Madison
- Morris County Parks, multiple Morris County Locations
Eureka! Historic Technology Camp (Visit three different historic sites. For ages 7-10: July 11-14, Aug 7-11, or Aug 21-25; 9:30AM-1PM. For ages 11-14: July 25-28, 9:30AM-4PM) All About the Farm Camp (Ages 7-14, Aug 1-4, 9:30AM-1PM, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm). Junior Counselor Program (For ages 15 and up to volunteer at the above history camps). Junior Police Academy (For ages 11-14; July 10-14; Must apply April 1-30. Acceptance on a first come, first served basis.)
- Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown
Topics and dates still being finalized, but usually there are social studies and science camps and also drop-in events.
- Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Ave, Livingston
Model United Nations Institute, July 10-14, 1PM-4PM, grades 8-12 (Advanced Committees is July 17-21). Leadership in the 21st Century, June 26-30, 1PM-4PM, grades 8-12.
- The Goddard School, 190 Campus Dr, Florham Park
One facet of this camp is “Passport Around the World.” Ages 18 months-6 years.
- Food Tours of NJ, through Morristown-Beard Day Camp, 70 Whippany Rd., Morristown
One-week camp. 9AM-3PM. Travel to a new historical venue in and around NJ and NY along with a visit to a historical food shop.
- International Ivy, at Chatham Day School, 700 Shunpike, Chatham
In addition to science and art offerings, there are classes on Leadership Games (ages 5-10 and 10-14), Team-Building Games (Ages 5-7), Stock Market Games (ages 8-13), Pre-Law (ages 10-14), Public Speaking (ages 10-14), and Shark Tank Entrepreneur (ages 8-13).
- The Cottage School
Four-day Spanish and Art Immersion Camps. 9:30AM-12:30PM. June 6-9, June 13-16, June 20-23. For ages 2.5-12. Spanish Language Enrichment from 12:30PM-2PM, same dates.
- Kent Place School, 42 Norwood Ave. Summit
La Vida Espanol is offered July 10-14 ( 12:30PM-4PM) and July 31- Aug 4 (9AM-12:30PM) for students to learn basic Spanish vocabulary and be introduced to Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures. Ages 3-6.
- Parlez Vous Francais, locations in Morristown and Montclair
Summer camp offerings and location still being decided. Contact the school for details.
- Hudson Way Immersion School, 587 Springfield Ave, Summit
Weekly immersion camp, with music, dance, and cooking. 100% in Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. All language levels welcome. 9AM-3PM. Before and extended-care available. Ages 2.5-12.
- Murray Hill Chinese School, at Watchung Regional High School, 108 Stirling Rd, Warren
Teaches Chinese language and culture.
- Northern New Jersey Chinese Association Chinese School, 100 Horseneck Rd, Montville
Contact the school for summer camp details.