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Harbor Haven
West Orange, New Jersey

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Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, New Jersey 07052

470 Prospect Avenue, Suite 203B
West Orange, NJ 07052


TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. 9-3:40 Monday through Friday; Before and After Care Available; Door-Door transporation can be provided in most cases

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Harbor Haven offers comprehensive, dynamic, fun programming for children with mild special needs. This unique 7-week summer camp provides children with a social, learning based summer adventure that bridges the gap between school years and helps prevent regression and promote improvement. In a nurturing, camp environment children engage in a variety of traditional summer activities combined with support for the academic, therapeutic and social needs. Spaces fill fast so call today or visit our website for more information.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Harbor Haven is designed for children with mild special needs including Attention Deficit Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, mild ASD and other types of learning, communication, sensory and social challenges. We include sibling, cousin and staff children with no IEP's and place them age appropriately in camper groups. This component creates the perfect blend...special needs children learning and having fun beside and interacting with typical peers carefully selected to enhance the experience for everyone's benefit.

Dance, Theater, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Gymnastics, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Martial Arts, Team Sports, Computers, Math, Science, Academics, Travel, and more.

Yoga, Zumba, GaGa, Bicycle Riding, Four Square
Language Arts/Reading Reinforcement
2- Week Travel Camp (day Travel Only) For 16-18 Year Olds

CAMP LOCATION: Located in Essex County on a beautiful private school campus with 8 park like acres, Harbor Haven is about 35 minutes from Manhattan. Our transportation system can provide door-door pick up and drop off within an hour radius in most cases.

CAMP FACILITIES: Our state-of-the-art facility boasts an outdoor, heated swimming pool, athletic fields, tennis courts, a cutting edge central air-conditioned school building including a huge gym, cafeteria, numerous classrooms/activity rooms and more.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Harbor Haven is ACA (American Camp Association) accredited, and a state and town approved youth camp. Since 1997 parents, children, professionals and service providers have recognized and praised the excellent results of our program.

Our staff is professional, experienced and highly trained. Each senior staff member holds a degree in special education or a related field with experience in both educational and therapeutic settings working with children with special needs. Counselors are carefully selected for their ability to facilitate growth for our children and their motivation to work in our setting.

We provide a safe, secure, fun and motivating environment. A registered nurse is on site. Staff undergo thorough background checks. Staff to child ratio is 1:3 or better. Safety and security are carefully monitored.

Ease your child's transition back to school in the fall and help prevent academic and skill regression at Harbor Haven. Give your child a summer experience that will help build skills and confidence!

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Harbor Haven has a two week volunteer program for 17 and 18 year olds. There are very limited spots available. An interview is required along with completing an application and getting 3 letters of recommendation.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Some campers receive funding through their school district. Check with your case manager to see if this is an option for your child.

You can submit limited portions of the Harbor Haven program to your insurance company for reimbursement. We can provide you with a codified bill after you have paid in full.

We are approved by Perform Care (formerly known as DDD.) Your child must be eligible for funding from this agency.

Other agencies such as Catholic Charities, Kiwanis and Knights of Pythias and Columbus have provided scholarships in the past.

All of the above must be pursued by the parents/guardians. Harbor Haven will be happy to complete any paperwork required of them.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Open Houses are conducted in the winter and spring for interested families. Please call us at 908-964-5411 or visit our website for more information about our upcoming open houses.


Age appropriate programs for 3-18 year olds

Bright Beginnings: ages 3-5
Juniors: ages 6-7
Intermediates: ages 8-9
Seniors: ages 10-11
Tweens: ages 12-13
Teens: ages 14-15
LIFE Program: ages 16-18
TravelQuest: ages 16-18

Please visit our website Our Camp Website Link: for complete information about dates and fees. To find fees on the website click on "Enrollment Application" or "Enroll Now." Please call 908-964-5411 for more information. We are here all year long!

Pool Director
Physical Education Teacher
Special Education Teachers
Group Counselors (College/graduate students with related majors)
School Psychologists and Social Workers

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