A True Camp Experience
…the fun never stops
Free Choice allows campers to relax or try new things.
While campers appreciate their free time, many campers opt to attend one of the activities listed below during Free Choice, scheduled every afternoon from 5:15-6:15 pm.
The Visual Arts Department offers an arts activity every afternoon during Free Choice. Campers may paint, sew a guitar strap, tie-dye a T-shirt, string a beaded necklace, or throw a bowl while relaxing in the Art Barn out of the hot sun!
The pool is open for Free Swim every day during Free Choice.
The Sports & Swim Department offers sporting activities every afternoon during Free Choice. Campers may join in a non-competitive group game like soccer, ultimate frisbee, or touch football, play some tennis, or join a yoga or aerobics class.
Campers will also have Workshops to choose from each afternoon.
Workshops allow campers to try new activities
Workshops are scheduled during Free Choice, as an Evening Activity, and on Lazy Sundays, in one or two-hour periods. They provide our campers with a way to complement the focused study of their majors and minors, to explore new art forms, discover new perspectives, get some fresh air and exercise, and have loads of fun!
Many of our campers have a difficult time narrowing their interests down to choose their majors and minors, so workshops in our core programs offer a way for them to dabble. Other campers may be inspired to try new art forms outside of our programming, and others will be interested in workshops that are educational, athletic, or plain old fun.
Past workshops have included The History of Rock Music, Screen Printing, Papermaking, Capoeira, Haiku, Cooking and Baking, Jazz Improv, Rocket Making, Building a Campfire, World Events, Debating, Basic Spanish, Polaroid Transfer, and Video Animation.
Performances, campfires and special events make the evening activities a special time for all campers
After dinner each evening, the entire camp gets together for about an hour. We bond in small groups during Bunk Activities, enjoy Staff Concerts and performances by Guest Artists, relax at Campfires and on Movie Nights, expand your world at the World Fair, dine in style at the Dinner Dance, visit the Psyku Booth at the Carnival and continue a long-standing tradition with Friday Night Concerts!
At the end of our first and third weeks of each session, campers have the opportunity to share their talents with the rest of the camp community at the Friday Night Concert. Performing artists might sing, dance, perform a monologue or skit, or play their instrument, other campers may screen a video or read a poem, and visual artists and photographers will be able to display their work as well.
Trips to local museums, area attractions and the beach offer variety and fun
Campers enjoy an afternoon off on Beach Day, when campers and staff relax and swim at the beach in Avalon, NJ, just an hour drive from camp. They may also take a trip into town to go shopping or tackle the popular Shipwreck Sundae! During the third week of each session, our campers will set off on an all-day adventure to enjoy some of the best of New Jersey. Each bunk area will go somewhere different so campers will be able to experience different features of the community right outside of Appel Farm. Campers may also go on a great field trip tailored to their one of their majors.
Community Outreach trips allow campers to share their love of the arts with others
Outreach programs, scheduled throughout the summer, offer a very special opportunity for sharing a wealth of talent with children and adults in the region who often have very little access to the arts. Campers and staff organize programs ranging from concerts, skits and dance performances to hands-on arts workshops at community centers, assisted living facilities, special needs camps, and other venues. Many campers discover that arts outreach programs are one of their most meaningful experiences of the summer.
Counselor in Training Leadership Program available for campers ages 16-17
The Counselor In Training Leadership Program allows 4 or 8-week campers ages 16 and 17, or campers going into 11th or 12th grade, to develop leadership experience, give back to the community, and learn basic counseling and teaching skills. CITs are still campers. Like other campers, CITs will live in a bunk, participate in majors, minors and camp events, but will also assume additional responsibilities, and earn a few special privileges and benefits.