Recreation Summer Camp

Summer Camp – 2023 Registration Information

As the popularity of the Recreation Summer Camp continues to grow, our registration process continues to evolve. In an effort to make the process as equitable and fair as possible, this year’s camp registration will look much different than years past.

We have abandoned the process of lining up at the Community Center and securing spots on a first come, first serve basis. Instead, the new registration process will be a lottery. Registration to be placed into the Summer Camp lottery will take place over two days in January. At the conclusion of the second day, there will be a drawing to determine the 300 camp participants – totally by chance. 

Please note that being the first person to register for the lottery will not grant any higher chance of securing a spot in camp. You may register for the lottery at any time over the two days and have an equal chance. 

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Registration Days: Friday, January 6, 2023 from 8:30 AM until 9:00 PM and Saturday, January 7 from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Registration options:

  1. Register in person at the Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Ave, Summit, NJ
  2. Register online – please note that this link will be made available prior to registration. We are in the process of switching our registration software from Community Pass to Civic Rec (which will directly integrate into our website 
  3. Register over the phone by calling the Department of Community Programs at 908-277-2932.

Document requirement – please note that the new Civic Rec platform will have a Document Upload option. For any registration to be considered complete and to be placed into the lottery, both up to date immunization records and proof of grade must be uploaded. If these items are not in your registration, you will be disqualified from the lottery. 

Anyone on free and reduced lunch or looking for financial assistance must also have required paperwork. 

At approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, January 7 we will do a live drawing and announcement of all of the 300 individual who secure a spot in the camp. Once the 300 campers are selected, we will continue to do an additional drawing to determine the order of the waitlist. Spots on the waitlist will be given out as other campers drop out. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Department of Community Programs at 908-277-2932 or email David Guida at


2023 Summer Camp

CAMP SCHEDULE AND HOURS: Camp will run daily from Monday, June 26 through Friday, August 18. Camp hours are 8:00 AM until 3:30 PM (Monday-Thursday) and 8:00 AM until 12:30 PM on Fridays. Se below for information on our new wrap around program.

CAMP COST: Camp cost is $TBA for all eight weeks. In 2018, camp ran for six weeks and in 2019, camp ran for seven weeks. We strive to provide exceptional recreational programs for children all summer long, which is why we have added additional weeks (which also leads to increased cost). For the last four years, minimum wage has also increased by $1.00 per hour, also reflected in the price increase. 

This eight-week camp includes arts & crafts, special events & outings, sports & games. Campers can also look forward to both yoga and other classes, as well. Many special appearances are made by a variety of entertainers, including magicians, weathermen, and more! There is so much to offer.

Drop off and pick up are both at the Summit Community Center for the general camp. Pick up and drop off is likely to be at the Summit Family Aquatic Center for the CIT program.

Be aware when registering that there are three separate programs. There is the program for children entering first grade, the program for children entering second through sixth grade and the counselor in training program for children entering seventh through night grade.

 This general camp is open to Summit residents only. The TryCAN portion must be from a collaborating town and have participated in TryCAN programs previously. 

Returning for 2023: CAMP WRAP AROUND PROGRAM

Do you need childcare after 3:30? This year, we will be adding a wrap around program where children will be welcome to stay at the Community Center for a more relaxed, free structured “afterschool” type program. This program will run Monday through Thursday from 3:30 until 5:30 PM. You may add this program by the week for $35 per week.

Campers Entering First Grade 

Open to Children Entering Grade 1 (40 spots)

The Recreation Summer Camp is now open to children entering first grade. They will experience all the fun as the General Camp in a smaller group setting! Limited Spots Available!

General Summer Camp
Open to Children in Grades 2-6 (210 spots)

This six-week camp includes arts & crafts, special events & outings, sports & games, as well as afternoons spent swimming at Summit’s Family Aquatic Center. Campers can also look forward to both yoga and hip hop classes. Many special appearances are made by a variety of entertainers, including magicians, weathermen, and DJ Fusco! There is so much to offer.

Counselor In Training Program (UPDATED PROGRAM) 
Open to Children in Grades 7-9 (50 spots)

Assist Recreation Summer Camp Counselors in facilitating all programs and activities for Recreation Summer Campers. Counselors-in-training will still enjoy the full Recreation Summer Camp experience while learning the basics of what it takes to be a great summer counselor. This Counselor in Training Program will meet at the Summit Family Aquatic Center (or Community Center pending COVID guidelines) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

On Tuesdays, every other week the camp will travel to the beach for a day at the beach. Then on non-beach weeks (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8) a special trip will be scheduled to locations which may include a baseball game, bowling, SkyZone, Medieval Times, Top Golf, Twin Rivers Tubing, etc. A full schedule is to be announced. Trip admissions are covered as a part of registration. CIT program includes a $TBAper week transportation fee. If your child plans to attend camp on trip days, the camp fee will be $TBA. If your child will not attend trips, there will be no camp of Tuesdays and the fee remains $TBA. 

On Thursdays, the camp will meet at Cornog Field House and volunteer with the GRACE program. Following their volunteer project, they will perform camp activities at Memorial Field. Campers will then head down town for lunch. From there, they will head to the pool for the afternoon. 


This component of our program is open to ALL municipalities in the TryCAN Collaboration for children who require accommodations for their successful participation in camp. 

Your child will be placed into a group with a 1:3 ratio that will be a subsection of grade appropriate groups of our general summer camp program. This model allows for your child to have a little extra attention and receive supports they require, while also getting the full camp experience! All camp counselors will be students in Seton Hall's Elementary/Special Education Program. Please be sure to select the Inclusion Camp option when registering. If you have any specific questions about the inclusion program, please contact

Must provide documentation of special needs or have previous participation in TryCAN Programs. 

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