Summer Programs

The Co-op is excited to offer a wonderful selection of summer programming options. Below you will find our complete 2016 Summer Camp lineup along with information and registration details for each. If you have any questions regarding our summer programs, please contact us at or call us at 973-783-4955.

*NEW* Paper Inventions

Paper Inventions

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What is paper made from? Can we make paper ourselves? What can we build with paper? These and other intriguing questions about a material that we all see and use everyday will be investigated during our week of paper inventions. We’ll even make drawings that light up using paper circuits!


  • July 5 – 8, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Grades 1-3
  • July 5 – 8, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Grades 4-8

Group size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 10

Price: morning session – $250 plus $30 materials fee | afternoon session – $180 plus $30 materials

Location: Montclair Cooperative School classroom

Teacher: Nancy Bates is the Upper School science teacher at the Montclair Co-op. She has taught science to students from sixth grade through college. She loves to see the look on a student’s face at the “Aha!” moment!

Information: Email

*NEW* Biomimicry


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Designing With Nature for grades 4-8

In this camp we dive into the science and art of nature’s best ideas. Campers will get outside to observe, do some research on what they notice, and use these ideas to design original objects and create inventions.

Sessions (choose one):

  • July 11 – 15, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (includes break for lunch)
  • July 11 – 15, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Price: morning session – $300 plus $30 materials fee | afternoon session – $225 plus $30 materials

Location: Montclair Cooperative School classroom

Teachers: Meredith Kates is the Upper School math teacher at the Montclair Co-op. Dawne
Weaver has been an art teacher at the Co-op for 8 years. They are both excited to collaborate in
designing a camp that is in equal parts science and design.

Information: Email

*NEW* Machine Sewing & Handwork Camp

Machine Sewing & Handwork Camp

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Students will learn the basics of machine sewing, as well as hand sewing skills and other handcrafts. All machine sewing projects follow simple patterns. Possible machine projects include halter top, pillow case, tote bag, a-line dress, and capri pants.

Ages: For students entering grades 1-5

Group size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 6

Dates: June 27 – July 1, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Price: $275 plus $50 materials fee

Location: Montclair Cooperative School classroom

Teacher: Yasemin Esmek studied Fashion Design at F.I.T., Fine Arts at Montclair State University, and has owned her own knitwear business. In past years Yasemin has been a Co-op art teacher for grades preK-3, as well as Upper School Assistant teacher.

Information: Email

*NEW* Yoga and Art

Yoga and Art

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Children will be invited to recognize their inner hogis during this creativity-filled yoga camp. Each day, a new art project will be introduced, drawing upon imagery and ideas developed during the flow portion of every class. Projects include: Self-Portrait of a Yogi, Savasana Dreamcatchers, What Type of Tree (Pose) Am I, Make Your Own Mandala and PAint Your Own Pose. The chakras (energy points) and the principles of yoga will be discussed during the art projects. There will be breaks for snack and lunch.

Ages: For students entering 1st – 4th grade

Dates & Fees:

  • July 11- July 15 OR July 18 – July 22
  • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (includes break for lunch)
  • $300 plus $25 materials fee (minimum 5 students, maximum 10) for each week-long session

Location: Montclair Cooperative School

Bring your own yoga mat or one will be provided.
Art materials included.
Bring a water bottle and lunch. Healthy snacks will be provided.

Teacher: Both camps will be led by co-op parent Mary Blackstock. Mary is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. You can read her full bio at:

Information: For more information, email

Camp Co-op

Camp Co-op

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Camp Co-op at the Montclair Cooperative School is a 5-week summer program for children ages 3 to 6. In its thirteenth year, Camp Co-op offers themed weeks during which children explore and learn through art projects, puzzles, games, science, literature, songs, movement, and many other fun activities. Outside play is plentiful, including water, tennis, bikes, and games. Our counselor-to-camper ratio is a low 1:5 so we can get to know the children and keep them safe, happy, and engaged.

Camp Co-op is in session for 5 weeks beginning June 27th. It runs from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 5 days a week.

  • Week 1: June 27 – July 1 - Session full
  • Week 2: July 5 – July 8 (4 day week) - Session full
  • Week 3: July 11 – July 15 - Session full
  • Week 4: July 18 – July 22 - Session full
  • Week 5: July 25 – July 29 - Session full

The camp is situated on the grounds of the Montclair Cooperative School at 65 Chestnut Street, an independent, coeducational school enrolling children from nursery through eighth grade. MCS Kindergarten teacher Hilary Fandel will again be heading the program. Our inside activities are held in the school’s spacious Annex building, and our outside play in its back playground.

We encourage families to sign up for two weeks or more so the children can establish relationships with one another and their counselors. Students enrolled for 4 or more weeks will receive a $100.00 discount for the season.

A typical day involves:

  • Table/rug work, art projects, activities
  • Meeting
  • Wash hands
  • Snack
  • Prepare for outdoors
  • Outside play (water, tennis, bikes, games)
  • Change clothes/wash hands
  • Lunch
  • Singing/music/dance
  • Story
  • Goodbye

Every Thursday (if the weather permits) we will be walking down to Rainbow Park to have a picnic lunch and play in the playground before pick-up. So if we are not at the Co-op Annex when you come to pick your child up, we will be arriving shortly from the park!

For more information, email or contact the school office at 973-783-4955.

Summer Chess Camp

ZumaChess with Steve Moctezuma

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With mixed board games and outdoor activities too.

Enrollment open to campers who will be in 2nd – 7th grade (any school) in September 2016.
Three sessions will be available daily:

  • Session 1: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Session 2: 10:30 am – 12 noon
  • Session 3: 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

All three sessions will be running Monday to Friday (except holidays) during the following weeks:

  • Week 1: June 27 – July 1
  • Week 2: July 5 – July 8 (4 day week)
  • Week 3: July 11 – July 15
  • Week 4: July 18 – July 22
  • Week 5: July 25 – July 29

Tuition: $90.00 per weekly single session or $180 per double weekly session. Week 2 is pro-rated (no camp on July 4th): 1 session, $72; 2 sessions, $144, and 3 sessions $216).

Chess is easy to learn and fun to play! The Montclair Cooperative School’s Summer Chess Camp is for both beginners and experienced players (from any school). Campers will receive daily “mini-lessons” and hone their chess skills by playing practice games with their peers. In addition to playing chess in a friendly setting, campers can play other enjoyable board games, puzzles, and outdoor activities.

Chess Camp Director Steve Moctezuma has conducted summer camps and chess enrichment classes for many years in public and private schools (including the Montclair Cooperative School).

For more camp information, contact Steve Moctezuma at

Reverse Engineering

Reverse Engineering

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Reverse engineering involves examining or taking apart existing objects in order to copy them or improve them. Throughout this week of camp we’ll look at everyday items and try to discover how they work with the goal of imitating their structures or functions with different materials.

Ages: For students entering 4th – 8th grade

Group size: Minimum of 6/Maximum of 12

Dates & Fees:

  • June 27 – July 1 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $225 plus $25 materials fee
  • July 18- July 22 | 9:00 am to 1:00 pm | $275 plus $25 materials fee

Location: Montclair Cooperative School classroom and grounds

Teacher: Nancy Bates is the Upper School science teacher at the Montclair Co-op.

Information: Email Nancy at

Forensic Science

Forensic Science

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Forensic scientists are true scientists—they make observations, gather evidence, perform experiments, and draw conclusions—and they do all of these things in order to help solve a crime. If you think you’d make a good detective Forensic Science is the camp for you!

Ages: For students entering 4th – 8th grade
Group size: Minimum of 6/Maximum of 10

Dates & Fees:

  • June 27 – July 1 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | $275 plus $30 materials fee for morning session
  • July 18 – July 22 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | $225 plus $30 materials fee for afternoon session

Location: Montclair Cooperative School classroom and grounds

Teacher: Nancy Bates is the Upper School science teacher at the Montclair Co-op.

Information: Email Nancy at

Girls Leadership

Girls Leadership

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Looking for a fun and educational camp experience for your rising 4th or 5th grade daughter? Girls Leadership’s Summer Day Camps are a week­long opportunity for your daughter to experience our transformative workshop content, build a supportive and rewarding community, and have some plain ol’ awesome vacation fun!

For over 10 years Girls Leadership, a national non­profit organization, has awakened thousands of girls to a new, bold definition of leadership. Co­founded by best­selling author, Rachel Simmons, GL believes that leadership is a way of life that begins in girlhood.

We define leadership as a girl’s ability to know how she feels, say what she needs, and respond courageously to her mistakes. Girls graduate from our programs more emotionally intelligent, resilient, and confident.

  • Ages: Rising 4th and 5th grade girls
  • Dates: July 25th – 29th, 2016
  • Camp Day 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Location: Montclair Cooperative School classrooms and grounds
  • Price: $425

For additional information, please refer to camp registration form (see link above)