Activities at Riverbend
Camp Riverbend is located along the gentle Passaic River in Warren Township New Jersey. With approximately 30 acres, Camp Riverbend has shady woods, open fields, nature trails, a wetlands sanctuary and a variety of athletic fields. Take a look at all the activities and amenities Camp Riverbend has to offer!
We are very proud of our exceptional swim program.
Swimming is one of the most important skills to be learned at camp. Our four heated, crystal-clear pools are designed for teaching campers at all levels. The pools go from a depth of 1 foot to 11 feet so everyone feels comfortable.
Campers enjoy swimming twice a day, in the morning for instruction and in the afternoon for “free swim”. Our experienced staff of lifeguards and water safety instructors supervises the waterfront. Watch the video to learn more!
At Camp Riverbend our campers enjoy a complete sports program that emphasizes learning new skills, sportsmanship and team cooperation. Our sports programs help campers discover new abilities and gain a sense of achievement and success in whatever they try. Coaches oversee and instruct sports activities in camp. Watch the video to learn more!
Adventure Course & High Ropes
Our high ropes challenge course is a very popular way to teach and build trust, strong self-esteem and empower campers.
Our High Ropes course features a 30-foot tower with three different climbing challenges. A wire bridge high in the trees and a zip line provide physical challenges and exciting thrills. We also have a circuit up in the trees with a number of different elements. In addition, there is a zip line, climbing wall and burma bridge just for our 3-5 year old campers
The newest addition is mid-level elements, too! Watch the video to learn more!
Campers ranging in age from pre-school through 8th grade can challenge themselves on our paved pedal kart track or can go “off-road” on our outdoor track through the woods. We have pedal karts of all designs and sizes that look like go karts but are pedaled like a bike.
Campers just love our water spray park! The unique water structures are designed for creative fun with elements that pour, dump and spray water. The Spray Park is a fun way for campers to cool off on hot summer days!
Arts & Crafts
Camp Riverbend has a Ninja Warrior training course for all campers, large and small, with these challenging elements:
Stepping Stones, The Tunnel, The Terrace, Monkey Bars/Tumbling Dice, Rubble Over and Under, Box Jump, Curved Wall, Wooden Balance Beam, Tire Run, Tight Wire, Apex Ladder
The Nature program at Camp Riverbend introduces campers to the wonders of the world around us. We explore birds, animals, insects and plants in the various habitats throughout our camp site. Campers do basic science experiments to learn about wind, the sun, water and soil. Our Nature program encourages campers to treasure the natural world and take care of it through conservation, recycling and smart energy use.
Whether at the Chef’s Kitchen or Clubhouse Cooking, each week campers get to learn the basics of cooking by creating some delicious treats. Yum! The fun can continue at home, as Camp Riverbend provides Recipes of the Week such as: Apple Pie Bites, Golden Graham S’mores Bars, Pizza Rolls, Watermelon Salsa and Cinnamon Tortilla Chips & Berry Frozen Yogurt just to name a few…
(Recipes are adjusted to accommodate campers’ dietary restrictions.)
Performing & Circus Arts
Camp is a great place for children of all ages to explore performing arts. Our Performance program introduces campers to many techniques of performance, including improv, mime, puppetry, movement, directing, and working with props and costumes. Our Circus program introduces campers to the magic of the Big Top with juggling and clown skills. Both take place in our air-conditioned Studio.
As campers get older they have the opportunity to choose more of the activities they like best. Our Club program for campers 1st – 8th grades, before or after lunch Monday – Thursday, is very flexible, and campers can switch choice every day. In Tracking, rising 4th & 5th grade campers choose activities to explore in depth twice a week; in Superchoice, rising 6th – 8th grade campers pick their own individualized schedule of activities three times a week. With this type of flexibility campers can explore all the activities Camp Riverbend has to offer!
In case of rainy days, campers have plenty of indoor spaces to choose from, including the Studio, the Big Barn, Auditorium, Roller Rink, Dining Pavilion & Game Pavilion. Most of our indoor locations, including all Clubhouse cabins, are air-conditioned. Others program areas are sheltered by tents or awnings.
Our Game Pavilion, continually supervised, is the place where campers play ping pong, foosball, air hockey, bumper pool, knock hockey, billiards and other table games. Campers may go to the Game Pavilion instead of free swim in the afternoon if they choose.
Each group has a locker room, where campers change into and out of their swimsuits, and can also shelter from inclement weather.