• All About Jeff Lake Day Camp in Sussex County {Because Summer is Coming}

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    Hudson County mamas and papas — it may only be February, but believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about summer camp. Jeff Lake is a summer camp program out of Stanhope, New Jersey specializing in providing nurturing and creative day camp programs for campers ages 3 to 15, and it might just be perfect for your child or children.
    Open for its 62nd {!!} summer and located in Sussex County, Jeff Lake Day Camp offers a creative summer day camp experience for kids. With 350 acres of space to play and explore, Jeff Lake features a 50-acre lake, complete with an inflatable lake playground, opportunities to fish, stand-up paddle board, sail, kayak, canoe, and paddle boat. Keep reading to find out if Jeff Lake is a good fit for your kids and to learn more about Jeff Lake’s summer day camp facilities. 
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    Jeff Lake Day Camp Facilities

    The facilities at Jeff Lake won’t just win your kids over; they’ll win you over, too. Aside from its lake-centric options, Jeff Lake Camp is complete with seemingly endless activities and programs such as:

    • Rope and climbing courses
    • Science programs
    • Archery range
    • Drama playhouse
    • Sports fields + tennis courts
    • Dance and gymnastics programs + equipment
    • Fine arts complex with art and pottery studios
    • Five {yes, five} heated pools.

    The 350-acre campus also features:

    • A 50-acre lake
    • Modern kitchen + cooking facility
    • Dining pavilion
    • Yoga studio
    • Mini golf course
    • Hockey rink
    • + more {believe it or not there is more}.

    Perhaps one of Jeff Lake’s most unique features is the nature pavilion, which offers campers the opportunity to engage with farm animals like sheep, goats, a pig, rabbits, chickens in a safe and controlled environment.

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    Of course, the day camp wouldn’t be complete without lake activities, which vary depending on age range. Younger campers may frolic in a shallow cove with beach toys, while older campers can challenge themselves by tackling the enormous, inflatable lake playground or learning to sail. More water-centric activities are offered as well — including kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, and more, making Jeff Lake Camp perfect for campers with a wide variety of interests. 

    One of the most unique aspects of Jeff Lake is that the camp has been privately owned by the same family for the past 62 years. With an expert team that demonstrates leadership and guidance — comprised of teachers, social workers, guidance counselors, and other professionals — employees altogether have accrued more than 700 years of Jeff Lake Camp experience. Some of the staff have been at Jeff Lake for over 40+ years!

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    Swim Program

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    {Photo courtesy of @jefflakecamp}

    With no shortage of pools, the swim program at Jeff Lake is one of the biggest draws to sending your child to camp. Don’t worry —swimming and water safety are big concentrations at the program and instruction is provided for swimmers of all levels. So if your child isn’t the strongest swimmer, never fear {but they just might be after a summer at Jeff Lake}. With a background of 60+ years in building competent and confident swimmers, the Jeff Lake swim program offers step-by-step skill development for all swimming campers. Pools are also depth-controlled so younger campers can always stand comfortably.

    Hoboken Pick-ups

    Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of sending your kiddos to Jeff Lake is its local pick-ups. Jeff Lake has several camper pick-up locations throughout Hoboken and all camp-sanctioned vehicles have seat belts, air conditioning, and are driven by professional school bus drivers. Multiple staff members are present on each vehicle and spearhead games, dress-up days, and other onboard activities.


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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance writer who specializes in sustainability and health and wellness content. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.