Thursday, May 15th, 2008

The Morris County Park Commission will offer an array of summer camp programs this summer with adventures in nature, sports, and history and enough activities to keep campers ages 5 to 16 busy throughout the summer.

Adventures in Nature Camp provides hands-on discoveries in some of New Jersey’s most beautiful settings for kids entering grades K through 7.

Campers will explore forests, streams, swamps, and meadows while learning about the resident wildlife. The program is divided into age groups that focus on specific nature themes involving hikes, games, crafts, stories and experiments. To ensure a most enriching experience, groups are kept small with up to only 16 campers.

A camp session is held for each age group at both the Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center in Chester Township, and Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Montville Township.

A Junior Golf Clinic for Player Development and Intermediate Junior Golf Clinics will also be held this summer.

The Junior Golf Clinic includes instruction in putting, chipping, driving, rules, score-keeping, and etiquette. The Intermediate Junior Golf Clinic is available for more experienced golfers who want to improve their game.

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They can experience different challenges of centuries past with Survivor Camp! This four-day interactive camp includes visits to three historic sites: Historic Speedwell in Morristown, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, and Cooper Mill in Chester Township.

Campers will work together in teams to learn the necessary skills to survive, all while having fun.

The Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township will hold its 33rd Annual Summer Hockey School this year for players ages six to 16. Taught by some of the most talented coaches in the area, on-ice instruction will focus on skating and fundamental hockey skills including balance, agility, acceleration, the use of edges, puck handling, passing, and shooting.

Camp Sunrise Lake is a one week camp at Sunrise Lake situated on over 1,000 acres of Lewis Morris County Park in Morristown that will be offered to kids ages five through 13.

Campers can take daily swim lessons, fun rides on paddle boats, and guided hikes through nearby trails. They will design and create their own crafts, and enjoy organized games including volleyball, softball, relay races, Frisbee, golf, soccer, and more!

For more information on these summer camps or to request a free brochure, please call the Morris County Park Commission 973-326-7600, or visit