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Early Start Imagination Camp (ESIC) Program

Camp is for everybody at Oasis in Madison in Morris County, NJ!

Designed to meet the social, emotional, and physical needs of our Early Start Campers ages 3-5.

For most children, camp means a set of "firsts," this is especially true for our youngest campers-the first time playing with others, the first time learning to swim, and the first time riding a bus.  

The Oasis Early Start Imagination Camp program strives to create a nurturing transition into the camp environment, working hard to make both our families and campers feel safe.  

The Early Start Imagination Camp:
  • For campers ages 3-5 who have not yet started Kindergarten and are fully potty trained.
  • Has reduced staff-to-camper ratios.
  • Has a flexible schedule that's modified to meet the needs and skill level of our youngest campers.
  • A larger program that has opportunities for campers to participate in special events and activities with the entire camp community.
  • Intentionally designed by Early Childhood educators with your child's needs in mind.
  • Includes participation in "Ready For September": Oasis' patented school-year readiness program that helps campers prepare for the social elements and routines associated with being in a large-group enrichment setting.
  • Offers a blended program combining active, passive, and enrichment-based activities, tailored specifically to the ages and stages of our ESIC campers.
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Lower Day Camp Program

Special attention is paid to ensure that activities and instruction are developmentally appropriate for the varied ages of our campers going into the 1st through 2nd grades.

Lower Camp:
  • Lower Camp is comprised of campers going into first and second grades.
  • What campers at this age need is structure and exposure to a variety of activities.
  • While variety is great, we still want Lower Campers to have choice in their programming, so periodically throughout the week they will select their own activities.
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Upper Day Camp Program

Special attention is paid to ensure that activities and instruction are developmentally appropriate for the varied ages of our campers going into the 3rd through 6th grades.

Upper Camp:
  • For campers going into the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades the Oasis Day Camp experience is tailored to meet their maturing tastes.
  • Age-appropriate programming includes Athletics, Performing Arts, Creative Arts, Outdoor Adventure, Enrichment, and Swim.
  • Campers will have the ability to self-select "Choice Time" activities: elective-based programming from a daily/weekly menu of options.
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Teen Travel Program

We pride ourselves on providing unique day trips and special overnights for campers going into the 7th, 8th and 9th grades.

Teen Travel:
  • Gives teens the opportunity to take unique trips while forming lifelong friendships.
  • Choose what interests YOU most! Trips are organized around a weekly theme, allowing teens to choose what interests them the most.
  • Extended day trips and even overnights are all part of the experience!
  • Teen Travelers embark on outbound trips each to a myriad of exciting locations: theme parks, interactive exhibits, Broadway shows, sporting events, and more!
  • View the trip schedule here!
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C.I.T Program

You are never too old for summer camp! 

Counselor-in-Training Program:
  • For energetic and motivated teenagers (ages 14 to 16; entering 9th grade through entering 11th grade) who want to learn and develop leadership skills working with children in a camp setting, while still getting to enjoy all the fun activities and friendships of summer camp.
  • Develop leadership skills through direct supervision, regular conferences with leadership staff, and a hands-on experience engaging with campers.
  • Open only to returning Oasis campers.
  • Download the CIT application here.

Facilities

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Drew University

Oasis in Madison takes full advantage of the wonderful resources of Drew University.

The scenic campus has over 100 wooded acres of land, beautiful athletic facilities including playing fields, tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool and gym along with other extensive air-conditioned indoor spaces.  

Performing arts activities are held in The Space and the end of camp show is held in Crawford Hall.  

Oasis also utilizes the nature trails, rock formations and ponds inside Drew’s Zuck Arboretum.  

Activities Never a dull moment!

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Academic Enrichment

Oasis “E-KIDS” Program

Become an Oasis “E”-Kid and continue to maximize your potential! Studies suggest that most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation and reading skills over the summer months. With our Oasis “E-Kids” program, campers will have the opportunity to recieve tutoring 3x a week, for 1 hour at a time. The sessions will be focused on math enrichment, ELA enrichment, and completing a summer book project. Academic enrichment is available for $125 a week, for campers entering the 1st through 6th grade.

Oasis has a long history of offering academic enrichment services and has been widely recognized for that work. We have won both Federal and State government awards and independent reviews of our work, completed by Johns Hopkins University, have confirmed that students who participate in our programs perform statistically better than non-participating peers.  With all of this experience under our belt, Oasis “E-Kids” is sure to be a success for every one our participating campers. 

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Aquatics

Our aquatics activities take place in the Drew University NCAA indoor pool.

Safety

With a strong emphasis on safety, these facilities provide campers with a great place to cool off, improve skills, and have fun.  We feature an American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program under the strict supervision of our own Aquatics Directors, Instructors and Life Guards.

Just The Right Mix of Learning & Recreation

Campers learn and improve upon their swimming skills one moment, and can be playing water vollyball or enjoying free swim the next!

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Athletics

The Oasis Way is never more evident than in our athletics program.  At Oasis we stress sportsmanship and fair play above anything else.  

Expert Coaching

That’s not to say that instruction and competition go by the wayside.  Far from it!  We have expert coaching and modern athletic facilities to give every child the chance to reach their individual potential.

Never played one of the sports?  No problem! 

Our coaches will show you how to pass, shoot, and score!  Our athletic program includes instruction and plenty of time to play games just for fun.  At Oasis winning is secondary to ensuring that sports are safe, inviting, and enjoyable for everyone, no matter what their level of ability.

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Creative & Performing Arts

Let Your Imagination Run Wild!

At Oasis campers are encouraged to let their creative energy shine.

Wide Variety

We offer a wide-range of creative programming.  The activities are designed to allow campers to use their imaginations and express themselves artistically. Theater arts, music, dance, arts & crafts and so much more are all part of the wide variety of creative fare offered at Oasis.

Learn From The Experts

Like in all of our activities, our arts instructors are experts in their field with years of instructional experience.

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Outdoor Adventure

The Great Outdoors Come to Life!

Adventure activities are designed to help campers develop confidence, leadership, and camaraderie. Moreover, campers learn an appreciation for nature.

The Oasis experience truly comes alive when our campers challenge themselves to try activities they have never done before.

Where Individuality and Teamwork go Hand-in-Hand!

Whether it’s hiking, orienteering, or exploring, campers have the opportunity to challenge themselves individually while also working together as a team with a common goal - all the while building friendships, self-esteem and confidence!

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Special Events

A great camp experience blends excitement and spontaneity with lots of tradition and camp spirit.

Whether it’s singing at lunch or cheering at morning rally, Oasis’s infectious camp spirit starts the moment campers arrive and keeps growing until the moment they depart.

Never a dull Moment.

Wonderful activities like talent shows, scavenger hunts and high-energy dance parties are all part of the fare at Oasis in Madison.

Weekly special events and themes, BBQs, and all of the other activities help create a unique, surprise filled environment that keep Oasis campers coming back year after year.

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Choice Time

Campers in Upper and Lower camp have the opportunity to choose from a variety of athletic, adventure-oriented, performing or creative arts electives.  It’s what we call Choice Time.

Sample activities include:

  • Gaga
  • Handball
  • Soccer Clinic
  • Basketball Clinic
  • Painting
  • Baseball/Softball Clinic
  • Flag Football
  • Lanyard
  • Volleyball

Transportation and Lunch

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Transportation

Oasis bus service features pick-up and drop-off stops at a number of convenient locations in select neighborhoods at an additional fee of $95 per week.

Door-To-Door Service Option

We also offer a Door-to-Door pick up option for $135 per week (availability is dependent on current bus routes).

Email madison@oasischildren.com for more information.

Safe & Comfortable

All transportation is done with air-conditioned yellow school buses, driven by professional drivers that have been fully vetted.  Oasis staff members are also present on every bus.

Click HERE to get a copy of our most recent bus routes!

Extended Day

For parents who chose not to patriciate in transportation services, Oasis also offers an extended day option. For $45 each a week/per child, parents can choose to sign up for our Early Drop-Off and/or Late Pick-Up services.

Available from 8am to 8:30am, and/or from 5:30pm-6pm, parents can either drop their camper off at camp early, have them take part of our late-stay program, or do both!

Lunch Service

Food at Camp

Camp spirit comes to life when our groups come together at lunchtime.  Whether it’s beneath a shady tree or in the cool air-conditioning inside, campers have the chance to mingle with campers from other groups and eat with their counselors. 

Options

Campers have the option to bring their lunch from home, packed in a soft non-disposable container or to sign up for hot lunch service.  Our lunches include a hot entree and side, fruit, bottled water and a fresh baked dessert.  

We Care About Healthy Eating

All of our food is baked, never fried, and we always make sure to use only fresh ingredients.  Moreover our caterer prepares our meals fresh every morning in their state-of-the-art kitchen.  It is delievered to camp piping hot or chilled perfectly and ready to go!

Variety

Menus vary daily.  Everything from meatballs and pasta to baked chicken fingers is part of the fare at Oasis.  Of course every meal comes with a healthy dose of vegetables and fruit as well!  Don't like something?  No worries, campers are able to choose substitutions for specific meals.  Maybe you just want a bagel and cream cheese or a turkey sandwich.  Thanks fine with us...we'll make it right on the spot just for you!

On the Go

If you are signed up for the lunch program a cold lunch will be provided on trips days– so whether you're in camp or on the go...either way, you’re covered!  

H2O!

All of our lunches come with plenty of cool bottled water.  We also provide water is provided throughout the day to keep our campers hydrated and happy!

Click HERE to see our menu!

Dates & Rates Forms & other FAQs

Dates & Rates

Oasis in Madison is open Summer 2018 from June 25 through August 17, 2018.  

Families are welcome to drop their children off directly at the site.  

Morning drop-off starts at 8:30am and afternoon pick-up is by 5:30pm.  For an additional fee, you may sign up for Early Drop Off Service (8:00am-8:30am) or Late Pick Up Service (5:30pm-6:00pm).  

Busing is also available. 

2018 Camp Pricing

Tall Day (9-5)
# of Weeks2018 CampESIC CampTeen Travel      Lunch    
2 weeks$1,190.00$1,230.00$1,355.00$96.30
3 weeks$1,735.00$1,800.00$1,930.00$144.45
4 weeks$2,250.00$2,340.00$2,505.00$192.60
5 weeks$2,760.00$2,865.00$3,080.00$240.75
6 weeks$3,240.00$3,360.00$3,655.00$288.90
7 weeks$3,700.00$3,850.00$4,230.00$337.05
8 weeks$4,140.00$4,300.00$4,805.00$385.20
Early Drop Off  (8:00-8:30 am) - $45/weekLate Stay (5:30-6:00 pm) - $45/week

 

Short Day (9-3)   
# of Weeks2018 ESIC CampBus Service (AM Only)   Lunch  
2 weeks$1,050.00$95.00$96.18
3 weeks$1,540.00$142.50$144.27
4 weeks$2,000.00$190.00$192.36
5 weeks$2,450.00$237.50$240.45
6 weeks$2,870.00$285.00$288.54
7 weeks$3,290.00$332.50$336.63
8 weeks$3,675.00$380.00$384.72
Early Drop Off  (8:00-8:30 am) - $45/week
  • Returning Families save $20 per week per child.

  • Early Start Imagination Camp (ESIC) is for campers who haven't completed Kindergarten by the start of camp. Teen Travel is for campers who are entering the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade.

  • Lunch Service is $45/week plus 7% NJ sales tax.

  • Bus service is available for $135 per week, per child. Centralized, local bus service is available for $95 per week, per child.

  • Tutoring services are available for $125 per week, per child (available for campers entering the 1st through 6th grade).

  • Oasis is flexible around your summer schedule! Campers can enroll for a minimum of two consecutive weeks, a maximum of 8, or any combination in between.

Forms

Day Camp

Download the brochure.

Download the registration packet.

Download the health form.

Download the bus routes.

Download the lunch menu.

Download the buddy buck$.

Download the CIT application here.

Please email us at madison@oasischildren.com to get a copy of our most recent bus routes!


Teen Travel Camp

Download the brochure.

Download the registration packet.

Download the trip schedule.

Download the bus routes.

Download the health form.

Download the buddy buck$.

F.A.Q.s

Where is camp located?

 Oasis Madison is located at the scenic campus of Drew University in Madison, NJ and has all the facilities you could possibly want in a summer experience.

 

Location

Drew University

36 Madison Ave

Madison, NJ

What time does camp start and end?

Drop-off is between 8:30am and 9am. 

Pickup is between 4:30pm and 5:30pm.

*Early drop-off (8am-8:30am) and late pickup (5:30pm-6pm) is available for an additional fee.

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

Campers are dropped off and picked up at Simon Forum on the Drew University campus.

What if I need to pick up my child early?

If you wish to pick up your child early, please notify our site office on the day prior by email at madison@oasischildren.com or via phone at 646-519-5059. Early pick up times are scheduled around your child’s activity schedule (1:00pm, 3:00pm), so please be aware that these are the only two early pick up times available. 

*Please note - Early pick up is not possible on days your child is on a field trip.

How old are your campers?

Our campers range from 3 years old to 15 years old.

Our Early Start Program is for campers ages 3, 4, and 5 who have yet to enter Kindergarten.

Lower Camp is set up for our campers who are going into 1st & 2nd grade.

Upper Camp is set up for our campers who are going into 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.

Teen Travel is for campers who are going into 7th, 8th, and 9th grade.

How can I get in touch with you?

Camp Director: James Falstrom
Site contact info: 646-519-5059 
Site Email: drew@oasischildren.com

Can I visit my child at camp?

YES!!  Starting your camper’s second week we highly encourage you to visit us.  We do not allow parent visits during the first week of camp in order to allow your campers time to acclimate to their new surroundings.  So come ready to have fun and join in.  Call the office to make set up a time to visit.  We ask that you give us 24 hours notice.  When you arrive for your visit please come to the main office.  We will outfit you in your own Oasis t-shirt.  Make sure you come dressed ready to fully participate in all aspects of the program.  Yes, if you are coming during your camper’s swim period bring your suit and be ready to jump in the pool!

What do campers wear at camp?

All campers must wear their Oasis t-shirt, shorts, socks, and sneakers. 

For the pool, please send your camper with a bathing suit (either on them or in a plastic bag), a towel, and flipflops/Crocs (you may also want to send goggles and a swim cap). 

We highly encourage sending your camper with a hat and sunglasses to protect our scalp and eyes. 

For our younger campers, parents may send an extra change of clothes in their bookbag.

What should my child bring to camp?

LABEL EVERYTHING!

Campers should bring everything that they need for camp in the Oasis backpacks. Campers should bring:

  • swim gear
  • water bottle (not the metal ones, they get hot too fast)
  • lunch
  • sunscreen
  • spare change of clothes 

What medical staff do you have on site?

Oasis in Madison has a full time RN or EMT on site at all times.  In addition to this all leadership staff and several group leaders are Red Cross CPR, First Aid and Epi-Pen Administration certified.  Please know that our staff IS NOT allowed to administer medicine to your child.  The only exception to this Department of Health guide line is epi-pens.  A member of our medical staff or your Division Leader will call you if your child receives medical attention of any kind.

If your child should require an epi-pen or an asthma pump, please feel free to send one to the camp's summer office in a labeled ziploc bag. Staff will have the medication ready in case of an emergency.

My child has severe allergies and needs to bring an Epi-pen, what should I do?

Please make sure that you indicate any and all important medical information that we need to know about your camper on his/her medical form.  Please alert your Division Leader that your child will be bringing epi-pens to camp.  Please bring 2 pens, both of which need to have a copy of the original prescription taped to them and be clearly labeled with your campers name.  One epi-pen will be kept locked in the medical office safe.  The other will go out into camp with your camper’s Division Leader every day.

What do children eat for lunch at camp?

You can send your child to camp with a packed lunch in a insulated, non-disposable lunch bag that will be kept in coolers during the day. You can also sign up for our catered hot lunch service for an additional fee. 

What is required to enroll for camp?

Parents will have to fill out a registration form to enroll for camp, or use our online system to do so. Before your child begins their stay at camp with us, they will need a completed health form. The health form cannot be over a year old, and is REQUIRED for your child to attend camp.

Staff

Your Child's Happiness Comes First

Everyone at Oasis shares one common goal: to put the interest and happiness of our campers first.  

Our staff is nurturing and encouraging in everything they do.  We are involved in all aspects of camp and believe that participation and supervision are one in the same.

Amazing staff that receive the best training in the industry - it’s another aspect that makes Oasis a premium camp!

It’s about the people.

It’s not about the grounds, facilities, or even the activities.  It’s about the people.  At Oasis we deliver excellence through our commitment to recruiting, training and motivating the best staff in the summer camp industry.

We attract the most qualified teachers, coaches, program specialists and college students, and continuously instruct, coach and reward them to bring out their highest level of performance.  

Most importantly, our staff loves what they do, which makes a difference every day in your child’s camping experience.

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