"Thank you for another great week at Riverbend! Your in-camp and travel programs speak volumes for quality/fun camping. I can’t thank you enough for putting together so many great programs. Camp Riverbend has done more than entertain my child. She has gained so much more than new friends and great experiences. The emotional growth we see is truly amazing!"
- Beth M., Springfield NJ
Camp Riverbend is a family-owned and operated day camp in Somerset County NJ for boys and girls ages 3-14
Marianne and Harold Breene founded Camp Riverbend in 1962. Their four children—Roger, Jill, Paul and Robin—were Riverbend campers and then counselors. Now as adults they run Camp Riverbend along with their parents. Daughters-in-law Debbie and Miriam joined the team over the years. The Breene grandchildren were campers too, and some are still here each summer as camp counselors. The Breene family is at Camp Riverbend every day, supervising every aspect of the camp’s operations and making sure that each child has a wonderful camp experience!
Camp runs for 7 weeks from Monday June 30 - Friday August 15, 2014. Campers can attend any two consecutive weeks or more. Camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Camp will be closed Friday July 4, 2014. In 2015, Camp will be open Monday June 29 - Friday August 14 and closed Friday July 3.
Campers are grouped by the grade they enter in the fall.
The Camp Day
Every day at Camp Riverbend starts when the campers arrive for morning assembly at 9:30 a.m. There are 7 activity periods each day. Campers eat lunch mid-day. After lunch, 4 and 5 year old campers have a quiet rest time. Older campers can participate in clubs or unstructured playtime supervised by counselors. Following an ice cream snack at the end of the day, campers board their buses and leave camp at 4:15 p.m. We offer a half day program (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) for 3 and 4 year olds. Click here for more details.
The Camp Site
Camp Riverbend is located in Somerset County on a 30-acre site along the Passaic River in Warren Township. Shady woods, open fields, nature trails, a wetlands sanctuary, athletic facilities and the river bank provide a variety of environment to explore. Take our virtual Camp Tour and see our site.
“A camp is only as good as its counselors.” We are proud of our staff of enthusiastic, dedicated and creative teachers and college students. We do not have a CIT program and no high school students supervise campers. Our full-time registered nurse is on site daily.
Camp Riverbend provides a wide range of activities, including arts and crafts, sports, environmental learning and performing arts. Every camper gets individual attention from instructors and group counselors. Every day brings personalized opportunities for growth and achievement.
Swimming is an important skill to learn at camp. Each camper swims twice a day — a lesson every morning and a free swim every afternoon. Half day campers swim once a day. The waterfront has 4 crystal-clear heated pools, designed for teaching. Our pools range from 1 foot to 11 feet deep, to provide safety and challenge for children with various swimming abilities. About 20 Red Cross certified Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors supervise campers at the pools at all times.
Each camper brings his or her own lunch, which is refrigerated. We provide the drinks (milk, juice, punch, bottled water) for lunch. Pre-school campers have a mid-morning snack and all campers have an ice cream or ice pop snack at 4:00 p.m. Cold water is always available at water fountains and water coolers throughout camp. We provide the food for all cookout lunches. Camp families may purchase catered hot and cold lunches through Simply Gourmet Lunches. Click here for more information. Camp Riverbend is "allergy aware" and can provide snack and cooking projects for campers with allergies to dairy, eggs, soy, gluten and other foods/ingredients. We do not serve any food items that contain nuts. But because many campers bring their own lunches from home, we can not guarantee that Camp is nut free.
Bus transportation is included in camp tuition. Campers travel in 16, 20 or 24 passenger yellow school buses. Each bus driver has a Commercial Driver’s License with a Passenger and School Bus Endorsements. Each bus has a riding counselor to supervise campers during the bus route. All campers wear seat belts. Click here for a list of communities in Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, and Union counties where our buses go. For the 3 and 4-year-old half-day program, transportation to camp is included in tuition; a parent or guardian must pick up these campers at 12:30 pm.
For the convenience of working families, we offer an extended day program. Campers can be brought to camp as early as 8:00 a.m., and picked up as late as 6:00 p.m. Counselors supervise extended day campers in games, swimming, crafts, sports and quiet activities. There are a limited number of daily drop-in spaces. There is no additional fee for extended day if used instead of bus transportation. If your family uses both bus service and the extended day program, there is an additional fee per child of $300 for 6 or 7 weeks, $200 for 4 or 5 weeks, and $100 for 2 or 3 weeks.
We are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and have been since we started in 1963. Every 3 years, a team of visitors inspects every aspect of our operation including transportation, health and sanitation, staff, management and waterfront safety. ACA accreditation is voluntary; we choose to meet these standards as part of our commitment to make Camp Riverbend the best camp possible. We are also licensed by the State of New Jersey Health Department and by Warren Township, which make regular inspections of our program and facilities.