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Choice Camps Recommendation of Appel Farm Summer Arts Camp

Since 1960, Appel Farms Summer Arts Camp has combined the best qualities of a traditional summer camp with superior arts programs in a supportive, community-centered environment. Appel Farms residential summer camp combines a dynamic program of arts classes with an active schedule of outdoor activities and community projects in a beautiful 176-acre setting in rural, southern New Jersey.

Whether arriving for two, four, or eight week sessions, campers are welcomed into a proactive, supportive artistic community in which skill levels from beginner through advanced are nurtured and the efforts of all are enthusiastically appreciated. Campers are encouraged to grow, to explore, to find their voices and gain new insights on the arts, the world and the contributions they can make as creative and caring individuals. For families looking for the perfect combination of arts and traditional summer camp activities, Appel Farms Summer Arts Camp may be the perfect choice.

Program Description

The Appel Farm program offers a balance of free-choice programming and structured scheduling. Before the start of camp, campers and their families select one Major and two Minors that will serve as their program focus. Majors meet each morning for 2.5 hours and Minors are held in 75-minute sessions each afternoon. Minors, which offer the same focused instruction in shorter time periods, are great for trying a new art form or continuing to study a familiar or advanced area of interest. Majors and Minors are open to beginners as well as advanced students small classes allow campers to learn and experiment with new ideas in a friendly, non-competitive and collaborative environment.

Majors include music, theater performance, theater tech, dance, visual arts, video, and photography. Recent special Minors offered have included Art for Social Change, the Mural Minor, Folk Dancing and Stage Combat.

Campers can also choose a Free Choice activity each day and fill their free time with an ever-changing schedule of dynamic artistic, educational, recreational and social activities.

Staff Overview

Appel Farm boasts a diverse staff of artists and professionals from throughout the world. All staff members are at least 20 years old, have studied their craft at the university level, and have prior experience working with children. Many staff members have advanced degrees in their program area.

Setting & Accommodations

Appel Farm campers live in dormitory-style bunks with electricity, indoor plumbing, hot water, and private bathrooms. Each bunk houses 8-12 campers and 2 counselors. Three of Appel Farms dormitory buildings were constructed in the last 9 years.

Meals are served buffet style in Appel Farms modern dining hall. The menu features many kid-friendly favorites complimented by a variety of extra options. With a full farm on site, fresh, organic ingredients are typically integrated into every menu.

Safety Standards

Appel Farm has an on-site medical facility staffed by two full-time RNs. The camp is affiliated with a local family practice and a physician visits camp once per day. In the event of a more serious illness or injury, a major hospital is located less than one mile from camp. Appel Farm is accredited by the American Camp Association and meets more than 300 safety standards set forth by the organization.

Appel Farm Summer Arts Camp Session Dates

Session Name Dates Ages Tuition Get Info
Full Session (8 weeks) 6/22/14 - 8/15/14 9 - 17 $8500 Request Info
First Session (4 weeks) 6/23/14 - 7/18/14 9 - 17 $5700 Request Info
Second Session (4 weeks) 7/20/14 - 8/15/14 9 - 17 $5700 Request Info
Six Week Session (6 weeks) 6/22/14 - 7/3/14 9 - 17 $7800 Request Info
Mini Session I (2 weeks) 6/27/14 - 7/11/14 9 - 17 $3100 Request Info
Mini Session II (2 weeks) 7/20/14 - 8/3/14 9 - 17 $3100 Request Info

Appel Farm Summer Arts Camp Overview

Program Overview

  • Type: Traditional, Arts
  • Specialty: Performing Arts, Dance, Music, Photography, General Arts
  • Religious Affiliation: none
  • Camp Gender: Co-ed
  • Campers per Session: 215
  • Camper-to-Counselor Ratio: 2.5:1

On-Site Activities

  • Aerobics
  • Baseball and Softball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Dance
  • Drama/Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Nature/Environmental Studies
  • Photography
  • Radio/TV/Video
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Hockey

Off-Site Activities and Trips


On-Site Facilities

  • Dining Hall
  • Tennis Courts (2)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Basketball Court
  • Athletic Fields (3)
  • Medical Center
  • Indoor Theater
  • Outdoor Stage
  • Practice Facilities
  • Art Gallery
  • Dark Room
  • Digital Recording Studio
  • Dance Studio

Special Accommodations

  • Peanut Allergies
  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • Vegan Friendly

Program Accreditations & Affiliations

  • American Camp Association (ACA)

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