What are you doing this summer?

What are you doing this summer?

Posted on May 07, 2018

Announcing Camden Enrollment's annual list of summer programs, updated for 2018! Many schools and community organizations throughout Camden offer great opportunities to keep your child learning and having fun all summer. Contact the programs directly for more information.

Check back over the next few months as we add more programs and opportunities!

Know of a program that should be on our list? Email info@camdenenrollment.org to let us know!

K-8 programs:

Adventure Aquarium Summer Camp Programs

  • Join the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium for one of our “shark-tastic” summer camp experiences! Children will have the opportunity to discover marine animals and the oceans, engage in STEM-based learning, and connect with other students who share their love of all things aquatic.
  • Grades PK-8
  • For additional information or to register, visit the website or call 856-361-1025.

Camden City School District

  • Free safe and fun summer programs including Bilingual and ESY.
  • Offered for rising 1st through 8th grade students attending any school in Camden.
  • Transportation provided.
  • Breakfast and lunch provided.
  • Program dates: July 9th through August 3rd. (Registration Deadline: June 4th)
  • Program location: Catto and H.B. Wilson
  • For additional information, contact: 856-966-2507 or talk to your Family Ops Coordinator at your school.

Camden Dream CDF Freedom School

  • Offering stem based activities designs to expose young scholars to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.
  • For Camden students in rising 1st through 7th grades.
  • Program dates: June 25th through August 4th.
  • Program location: Camden High (Hatch building) - 1875 Park Blvd.
  • For additional information, contact: Tamara Martin at 856-366-4361 or visit info@kflcamdendreamcenter.org


  • Summer Camp offering packed fun games and activities including drama, music, dance, bucket drums, STEM, swimming, sports and computers for children ages 6-15. Low cost with vouchers, scholarships and financial aid available.
  • Program dates: June 25 - August 17
  • Contact: Hillary Jones, (856)379-6900 or hillary.jones@use.salvationarmy.org or visit http://www.camdenkroccenter.org/camp.html

Camp Kumbaya (Summer Enrichment Program)

  • The Camp Kumbaya summer program combines academics, faith formation, athletics, arts, and just plain fun! The program’s goal is to ensure that the children are ready to be successful when entering their next grade level in September. Tuition fess are on a sliding scale based on income and vouchers also accepted.
  • Program location: The Neighborhood Center, 278 Kaighns Ave
  • Program dates: June 25th - August 24th; M - F; 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Contact: Dorothy Scott or Valerie Cooke at 856-365-5295

Career Exploration Camps at Camden County Technical Schools

  • The Summer Career Camps at CCTS will provide your child the opportunity to learn introductory skills, form new relationships with their peers, and learn more about themselves and their future goals by exploring different career pathways.
  • Grades 6-8
  • Cost: $150 per week
  • Apply online or call 856-663-1040 or 856-767-7000 for more information.
Catapult Learning Summer Program 2018
  • Summer program offering hands-on learning projects, small class sizes, character education and health activities, on-site playground and indoor gym and special event days for children and their families. Featuring Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds Curriculum.
  • All families interested must complete necessary registration with the Early Childhood Development Center's main office.
  • Program dates: July 2nd through August 10th. (Applications must be received by Friday, June 15th)
  • Program location: Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) 1602 Pine Street Camden, NJ 08103
  • For additional information, contact: Ms. Harper or Ms. Salcedo at 856-536-3553.

City of Camden Summer Recreation Programs

  • The Department of Human Services/Bureau of Recreation is offering recreation programs at various community centers across the city.
  • Each site will offer fun activities inclusive of indoor/outdoor sports, games, field trips and arts & crafts.
  • Free of charge.
  • Breakfast and lunch served.
  • Children must be Camden residents between the ages of 6 and 14 to enroll.
  • Program dates: July 2nd through August 31st; Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.
  • Program locations: Ablett Village, Broadway Center, Centennial Village, North Camden Gym, Northgate 1, Branch Village, Chelton Terrace, Isabel Miller Center, Roosevelt Manor, Baldwin's Run, Cramer Hill Center, Eastside @ Ralph Williams Park, St. Johns Church, McGuire Gardens, Malandra Hall, Martin luther King Center, United Neighbors, and Water Tower.
  • For additional information, call: 856-757-7285 or email jagooden@ci.camden.nj.us

Kroc Arts

  • Offering piano, ballet, sacred dance, comic book arts, and private voice lessons for ages 5 and up.
  • Programs offered for 5 weeks. * No classes July 2nd - 6th.
  • Fees: $15 for Kroc Members and $25 for Non-Members
  • Contact: Shameka Grant, Arts Assistant at Shameka.grant@use.salvationarmy.org for more information.

Kroc Summer Dance Classes

  • Offering Intro to Dance for ages 4-6, Adult Afro Zumba for age 18 and up, and Hip Hop for ages 8 and up, and Ballet & Jazz for ages 7-10.
  • Program dates: June 4th - August 3rd. *No classes July 2nd - 6th.
  • Fees: Vary
  • Contact: Shameka Grant, Arts Assistant at Shameka.grant@use.salvationarmy.org for more information.

Life Assembly Youth Program

  • An action packed summer camp that last roughly around 7 weeks. We take numerous trips throughout the week.
  • Ages: 6 - 14 years old
  • Program dates: July 9th - August 24th; M-F, 7am - 6pm
  • Breakfast, lunch and snack provided.
  • $135 a week for one child; $$230 for two children; $270 for three children; four or more living within the home are free. Trip fees vary by age and T-shirt fee is $10 each
  • Registration: Forms can be found on our website at www.lifeassemblyyouthprogram.com
  • Program location: 7070 A Kaighn Ave Pennsauken, NJ 08109
  • For additional information, contact Nikki Massey at 609-509-5305/856-665-2370 or email lifeassemblyyouthprogram@gmail.com.

Mt. Calvary Performing Arts Camp

  • Theater is the primary focus of the camp; theater, music, and dance classes make up the morning session each day. An age appropriate musical is selected and rehearsed for a professional production at the end of the camp session. The 2018 production date is Saturday, September 1. Typical camp activities, including Crafts and Recreation are offered during the day; each day will also include an age appropriate academic hour that involves math and reading activities.
  • We are excited to offer a series of weekly Specialty classes that parents and children can select to participate in at a small additional cost each week. These classes include: Tennis, Basketball Techniques, Art, Music (Vocal and Instrumental), Dance - Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, and Karate.
  • Cost: $100 per week. Financial incentives for multiple children. Extended day services available at an extra cost. Meals and/or snacks provided. State Vouchers are accepted.
  • Ages 5-12
  • Program dates: July 9th - August 31st; M-F, 9am - 4pm
  • Program location: 1196 Penn Street Camden, NJ
  • For additional information, contact Denise Dunham at 856-966-9400 ext. 10

Respond, Inc. Summer Enrichment Program

  • Summer enrichment program that offer children ages 6-12 an array of various activities including trips. Low cost with vouchers and subsidy available.
  • Contact: 856-365-4403 or visit 532 State Street, Camden
  • Program location: 320 Vine Street (Firehouse location)

Settlement Music School

  • The Settlement Music School offers a summer experience of workshops, classes, ensembles and lessons for students interested in the arts. Located at Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy. Tuition-based program with financial aid available.
  • Program begins June 25
  • Contact: Valerie Clayton at 856-541-6375, Valerie.clayton@smsmusic.org, or visit http://www.settlementmusic.org/summer

Superior Arts Institute: Summer Series

  • It is with great pleasure to announce the 2018 Superior Arts Summer Series "Levels." This program will provide children theater, dance and performance classes that will not only develop your child's craft, but will also enhance education, positive behavior reinforcement and self-discipline.
  • Offering dance classes including ballet, modern, and hip hop. Also, offering acting classes for tv/film, stage, and public speaking.
  • For students in grades 3rd-8th.
  • Program runs July 9th - August 17th.
  • Program location: HB Wilson 2250 S. 8th Street Camden, NJ
  • Registration Fee: $15 (HB Wilson students registrations are waived.)
  • For additional information contact: Samir Nichols ( Producing Artist Director) 856-916-1728.

The Cause Summer Program with the Center for Aquatic Sciences

  • If you attend Cooper's Poynt or live in Camden and are interested in Science, then Cause Camp is just for you! The Cause Summer Camp for The CAUSE Camp program is FREE and will focus on many of the mysterious wonders of our world. We will discuss topics about Earth's beginning, pirates and ships, strange creatures of the ocean, the impacts of marine debris in our ocean and fabulous sharks.
  • Free of charge, first-come, first-served
  • Program dates: July 2, 2018 - August 3, 2018
  • Program location: Cooper's Poynt Family School and off-site trips
  • Contact: Astrid Rodriguez at 856-361-1021 or e-mail arodriguez@aquaticsciences.org

Youth Career Entrepreneurship Program

  • Mentor program that offers positive youth development, promote self-sufficiency and healthy lifestyles. Rising Leaders mission is to build future leaders and young entrepreneurs by providing exposure to various careers.
  • Ages: 6yr - 21yr.
  • Contact: 856-535-6717; Registration available at www.risingleaders1.org
  • Rising Leaders meet every Wednesday from 6pm - 8pm.
  • Program location: Odessa Paulk-Jones Community Center (across from library) 813 Ferry Ave. Camden, Nj 08104
Dribble to Dream Basketball League
  • An awesome summer basketball program offering interested players training to enhance skill sets, learn new techniques and strategies while in a fun social setting.
  • Applicants must be Camden residents.
  • Ages 8-18
  • Registration begins June 9th and requires a $30 fee.
  • Program will run from June 9th through August 25th; Wednesdays - 6pm-8pm and Saturdays 9am.
  • To register: Sign up here or contact Ms. Sheils Davis at 856-655-6200 or Keith Stewart at 856-655-3550.

High School programs:

Anointed Journal

  • Anointed Journal is looking for four driven and motivated high school students looking for an opportunity to get hands on experience in the field of journalism. Students will learn social media, web marketing, journalism and have input on short editorials.
  • Must be a rising junior or senior in a Camden high school and have an interest in business and/or journalism. Unpaid internship.
  • Contact: submit resume and cover letter to tmason@camdenenrollment.org.

Camden City School District

  • Offering middle school advance courses and high school credit recovery.
  • Offered for students in grades 6th - 12th.
  • Transportation provided.
  • Breakfast and lunch provided.
  • Program dates: July 19th through August 3rd. (Registration Deadline: June 4th)
  • Program location: Woodrow Wilson
  • For additional information, contact: 856-966-2507 or talk to your Family Ops Coordinator at your school.

City of Camden Summer Youth Employment

  • Offering summer youth employment as recreation aides and pool aides. Applicants must be residents in Camden.
  • Ages 14-17
  • Applications are available now! Visit the Office of Youth Services at Charles "Poppy" Sharp Community Center to pick up an application. Address: 713 Broadway Camden, NJ 08103
  • Contact: 856-757-7644

Hopeworks 'N Camden

  • Offering youth, no longer in school, with web design training and job opportunities in a supportive setting. Curriculum includes progressive technical training in web development code, graphic design (Photoshop), and advanced HTML programs experience.
  • Students will 1.) Learn coding & web design, 2.) earn a paid internship, 3.) get academic support, 4.) earn progress stipends working through training modules.
  • Hours: Monday - Friday; 9am - 4pm.
  • Ages 16-25
  • Location: 543 State Street Camden, NJ 08102
  • Call today to 856-365-4673 or visit hopeworks.org/apply.

Kroc Krew

  • Develop leadership and job skills and have a little fun while getting hands-on experience working with children at our summer camps. Students will receive training in child development and safety, concussion management, food service and general job skills. Breakfast, lunch and a snack will be provided during the program.
  • Contact: Hilary Jones at Hillary.jones@use.salvation.org or (856)379-6900

Rowan University Steam Academy

  • Offering high achieving students the opportunity to experience college life while preparing them for their futures.
  • For students entering grades 9th - 12th.
  • Applications deadline: April 30th
  • Program Dates: July 8th - July 27th
  • For additional information contact: Danielle Fischer at 856-256-5241.

Volunteer at the Camden Kroc Center

  • Looking for volunteer opportunities for your high school student? The Kroc Center is seeking individuals 15 and up to volunteer in a variety of ways including Beautification Project, Walking Bus, Concession Stand, Ambassadors, Library/Computer Lab Monitors, Sport Coaches/Referees, Swim Lesson Aide, Service Projects, and Summer Feeding Camps.
  • Ages 14 and up
  • Apply online at www.camdenKroccenter.org
  • For more information contact: Dawn Garlic at 856-379-4861 or visit www.camdenkroccenter.org

Respond, Inc. Job Readiness Program

  • Summer employment for Camden students ages 13-15.
  • Students will receive stipends.
  • For application, contact Ms. Scott at 856-365-4403 or visit 532 State Street

Teen Farmer Summer Job

  • Teens interested in learning more about the world of agriculture while also gaining business, leadership, nutrition and overall job skills should complete interest form.
  • Age 14 and up. Teens can earn up to $12/hour.
  • Program location: Neighborhood Center, 278 Kaighns Ave., Camden, NJ 08103
  • To apply, complete interest form. For more information, contact Taylor Bailey at 856-365-5295.

Teen Community Leadership Academy

  • A great opportunity for teens aspiring to become a leader within the community. The program fosters empowerment and community involvement while building skill sets such as resume building, conflict resolution, marketing and promoting, communication skills and more!
  • Ages 14 - 18 years.
  • Cost: Free
  • Program dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting in July.
  • Program location: 500 Pine Street, Camden, NJ 08103
  • Application are now available! Applications must be submitted by noon on July 5th.
  • For applications and additional information reach out to Elsica Gonzalez at elsica.gonzalez@centerffs.org, Al' Wassim Thomas at 856-831-5813 or Nina Sheppard at 856-831-5643.

18 and up:

BB&T Pavilion Summer Concert Employment

City of Camden Adult Summer Employment

  • Offering summer recreation and food service positions for Camden residents 18 and older.
  • Applications are available now! Visit the Bureau of Recreation at North Camden Community Center to pick up an application. Address: 1000 N. 6th Street Camden, NJ 08102.
  • Contact: 856-968-6444

Urban Promise Internship Program

  • UrbanPromise’s internship program provides college-aged adults with year-round or summertime training in urban youth development and ministry. Interns work in our after-school and summer camps and live in community in the Camden neighborhood in which they work. Their role at UrbanPromise is essential to our organization’s operational and programmatic success as they work on a volunteer basis and act as positive role models to the children and teens in their camps.
  • Program dates: June 21st - August 14th
  • To apply, complete interest form
  • Contact: Geneva McDowell, 856-382-1871 or gmcdowell@urbanpromiseusa.org

Power Corps Camden

  • Offering young leaders in Camden an opportunity with the Americorps program to revitalize public land in the city of Camden.
  • Recruiting young adults ages 18 - 26.
  • Must be a Camden resident and have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (GED & HiSET)
  • Be available to serve on a full time basis (40 hours per week) for six consecutive months
  • Program Benefits: a living allowance of $500 biweekly, health insurance, child care, forbearance on current student loans during the term of service and many more!
  • Program Location: 2516 Morgan Blvd. Camden, NJ
  • On the spot interviews every Thursday from 9:00 am - 12 noon.
  • For more information: Email or call 609-682-2604.