Summer Explorers Camps

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. . . take off for summer days filled with fun, friendship and discovery as they explore an exciting range of allnew world destinations with
+ Onsite & Online camps, and
+  Our Summer Assurance Early Registration Discount Program

Our Summer Explorers summer camp programs, for campers entering 1st-2nd grades, blend traditional summer day camp with STEM/STEAM-Inspired Discovery (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), providing programs where, each week, campers will have hands-on opportunities to explore a unique technology.

Your child can build & program robots, create & code interactive, animated games and stories, invent & launch digital gadgets. . . and more, with projects from beginner to advanced!

This year, Summer Explorers is offered at the following locations:

+ Online, Wherever You Are (@ AcademyOnline!)
+ Onsite, in the Rockland County/Pascack Valley Area (@ SJR Campus-Montvale)
+ Onsite, in the Ridgewood/Glen Rock Area (@ Camp LIA-Ridgewood)

You can learn more about our nine new & unique, one-week Summer Explorers adventures, including our Extended Day program with Onsite & Online options, below.

Summer 2021 Camp Schedule

North African Intrigue!

  • Dates/Location(s):
  • June 28-July 2@ Camp LIA, Ridgewood
  • June 28-July 2 @ AcademyOnline!
  • Aug 16-20 @ SJR, Montvale
  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Onsite)/ 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Online)

The game is afoot along the coast of North Africa as our “spies” encounter the habitat and folk traditions from Morocco to Egypt. Throughout the week, your camper and their campmates will discover what it takes to be a spy. They’ll work together to practice spy skills and create spy gadgets, which they will use to solve the mission ahead.

STEAM/STEM Discovery: Your camper will be creating their own spy gadgets using the littleBits digital invention system (onsite) or materials that can be found around your home (online). They’ll learn how to read fingerprints, develop their own secret spy code and more!


Survivor: Shipwreck Island!

  • Dates/Location(s):
  • June 28-July 2 @ SJR, Montvale
  • Aug, 16-20 @ Camp LIA, Ridgewood
  • Aug, 16-20 @ AcademyOnline!


  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Onsite)/ 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Online)

Uh, Oh! We’ve shipwrecked on a deserted island. It is now up to our crew of campers to use their imaginations and some cool technology to create our new home away from home.  While on the “island,” your child and their campmates will be able to build a full-sized fort outside, play in it and harness the summer sun to cook and make water with it!

STEAM/STEM Discovery:Your camper will be designing, building and decorating their own full-size castaway island-shelter, constructing & cooking in solar oven and pulling water out of the air!


We Are Inspiration Nation!

  • Dates/Location(s):


  • July 6-9 (No Camp 7/5) @ Camp LIA, Ridgewood
  • July 6-9 (No Camp 7/5) @ AcademyOnline!
  • July 26-30 @SJR, Montvale
  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Onsite)/ 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Online)

This is no limit to your child’s imagination!  They’ll spend this week creating awesome 21st-Century gadgets and incredible modern art. Each day your camper will discover both a different American Pop Artist and a different inspirational inventor, then try their hand at creating their own inventions and designs.

STEAM/STEM Discovery: Your camper will be creating their own inventions using the littleBits Electronic Invention System (onsite) and handy materials they can find around your house (online). When their inventions are complete, your camper will create posters and materials to “sell” their new invention to their fellow campers.


Explorin’ the Land Down Under!

  • Dates/Location(s):
  • July 6 -9 (No Camp 7/5) @ SJR, Montvale
  • July 26 -30 @ AcademyOnline!
  • July 26-30 @ Camp LIA, Ridgewood
  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 1p.m. (Onsite)/10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Online)

G’day! Welcome to the land down under. A world filled with strange creatures and new cultures waiting to be discovered. As we move through the Outback, campers will learn about Australia’s aboriginal people and how they used the resources around them to survive and thrive. They’ll also discover a range of the awesomely unique animals native only to Australia.

STEAM/STEM Discovery: Your camper will build & code their own LEGO robotic car, installing sensors so their car can “see” objects along the way(onsite) or create and code their own outback adventure stories using MIT’s Scratch Jr. programming language (online).


The Sounds of New Orleans!

  • Dates/Location(s):
  • July 12–16 @ Camp LIA, Ridgewood
  • July 12-16 @ AcademyOnline!
  • Aug. 2-6 @ SJR, Montvale
  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Onsite)/ 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Online)

It’s time for Mardi Gras! Baubles, beads and jazz music form the backdrop as we set off to explore the City of New Orleans! We’ll top the week off with our own Mardi Gras celebration, complete with costumes and a parade!

STEAM/STEM Discovery: Your camper will be able to create their own digital musical instruments & computer controllers out of a variety of components. They’ll also get a chance to build a model of the Lake Pontchartrain Bridge, discover what makes a boat float and more!


Living on the Moon!

  • Dates/Location(s):
  • July 12-16 @ SJR, Montvale
  • Aug, 9-13@ Camp LIA, Ridgewood
  • Aug. 9-13 @ AcademyOnline!
  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Onsite)/ 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Online)

It’s T-minus 10 seconds to fun as we take-off to colonize the moon! Your camper will get a taste of what it would be like to live on the Moon, with opportunities to create & inhabit their own Moon colony, try their hand at some NASA-inspired Astronaut training exercises,  build & code their own LEGO robotic lunar rover or a 3D space shuttle mockup, too!

STEAM/STEM Discovery: Your camper will build & program LEGO robots that will help in their moon mission (onsite) or use MIT’s Scratch Jr. coding language to create and animated “Captains Log” (online). Both groups will work to design a new spaceship and a 3D model of their new Moon colony.


Searchin’ the Mayan Ruins!

  • Dates/Location(s):
  • July 19–23 @ Camp LIA, Ridgewood
  • July 19–23 @ Camp LIA, AcademyOnline!
  • Aug. 9-13 @ SJR, Montvale
  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 1p.m. (Onsite)/10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Online)

Here we go. . . off to the sites of the ancient ruins where we’ll discover the culture of the people who lived in them as we explore Guatemala. Throughout the week, our campers will encounter Mayan art, folk tales and even construct their own pyramids!

STEAM/STEM Discovery: Your camper can create, code & animate their own travel diary, using MIT’s Scratch Jr. programming language.


Journey Through India!

  • Dates/Location(s):
  • July 19–23 @ SJR, Montvale
  • Aug. 2-6 @ CampLIA, Ridgewood
  • Aug. 2-6 @ AcademyOnline!
  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 1p.m. (Onsite)/10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Online)

All aboard, as we set out on the rails and trails across the many regions of India! Campers will explore folk tales, learn the customs, play the games local children play and discover the unique wildlife of this amazing country.

STEAM/STEM Discovery: Your camper will be creating, coding & animating their own traditional folk tale, using MIT’s Scratch Jr. programming language.


Ready to Register. . .

Registration for all of our Summer Camp 2021 programs can be found below including discounts and extended care too! All programs are broken down by age group, then by location.

To register, find the week for your child’s age group and chosen location; click register, and a registration form will open! This registration form will allow you to select additional programs as well as add multiple children.

Payment can be made with all major credit cards. Please note, all discounts will be applied after your registration but before your card is charged.

If you have any questions, or need help registering, please contact us at, or by phone at 201-444-8400.

Your Camps, Discounts & Extended Day Info, Too!

Details for BOTH our Onsite & AcademyOnline! camp programs can be found here.

Extended Day
We understand that your day doesn’t start or end when camp does, that’s why we offer our Extended Day options for BOTH our Online & Onsite camps. Please contact us at or by calling 201-444-8400 to add an optional Extended Day.

Current Registration Discounts
(Effective June 2)
+ 5% Discount for enrolling your child in 4 or more weeks; or
+ 5% Discount for each additional sibling who also enrolls.

Please note, all discounts will be applied after your registration but before your card is charged.