Summer Programs 2018-01-05T12:47:58+00:00

Summer Programs

Summer programs have concluded for 2017. Thank you to all of the families and children that participated. If you have any questions regarding our summer programs, please contact us at or call us at 973-783-4955.

Scientific Kids

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Science and Engineering camp for 1st-6th graders.

Themes change weekly: lab girls; chem lab; buildorama; creepy crawly critters; make it move; electricity city.

Location: Montclair Cooperative School

Contact: or 917-324-5531.

Lego Fun with Shelley Bedik

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Come build with Lego and other small and large building materials. We will have daily challenges, as well as open-ended time to design, collaborate, and play!

Ages: For Lego enthusiasts of all ages

Dates: July 3,5,6,7
Camp Day: 9:oo a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (bring lunch and a bathing suit for water play!)

Price: $220 per week

Location: Montclair Cooperative School classroom and grounds

Teacher: Shelley Bedik is the librarian and all-around-crafty person at the Montclair Cooperative School. She has been knitting and sewing since she was in middle school. In the interim, she paused to become a teacher, and earned her master’s degree at Bank Street College. Shelley has helped many Co- op students learn to knit, sew, embroider, and share her love of all things creative!

Information: Email Shelley at

Co-op Coders

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Ages: For students entering grades 1-4

Dates: June 26 – 30

Price: $300

Information: Email us at

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: July 10-14 * Session Full – please contact Dawne Weaver at if you would like to be placed on the wait list.

Price: $275 plus $50 materials fee

Location: Montclair Cooperative School Art Room

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

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 26th. It runs from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 5 days a week.

  • Week 1 (Pirates): June 26 – June 30
  • Week 2 (America): July 3 – July 7 (4 day week)
  • Week 3 (Machines): July 10 – July 14 * Session Full
  • Week 4 (Space): July 17 – July 21 * Session Full
  • Week 5 (Dinosaurs): July 24 – July 28

* Contact to be placed on the waiting list for sessions that are full

Fee is $275 per week. Fourth of July – prorated week $220. Two-week minimum sign-up suggested. Children enrolled for four or more weeks will receive a $100 discount for the season.

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.

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 2017.
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 26 – June 30
  • Week 2: July 3 – July 7 (4 day week)
  • Week 3: July 10 – July 14
  • Week 4: July 17 – July 21
  • Week 5: July 24 – July 28
  • Week 6: July 31 – Aug 4


  • $90.00 per weekly single session or $180 per double weekly session or $270 per triple 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

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 24th – 28th, 2017
  • Camp Day 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Location: Montclair Cooperative School classrooms and grounds
  • Price: $440

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

Forensic Science

Forensic Science Camp

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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 – 6th grade
Group size: Minimum of 4/Maximum of 10

Dates: July 17 – 21
Camp Day: 9:oo a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (bring lunch)

Price: $275 per week plus $30 materials

Location: Montclair Cooperative School classroom and grounds

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 Nancy at