Everyone is welcome!
Everyone is welcome to attend Summer Programs at Princeton Day School. Campers do not have to be PDS students and are admitted without regard to race, gender or ethnic background.
Pre-Camp and Extended Day Programs
We offer a Pre-Camp option beginning at 7:30 a.m. as well as an extended day recreational program for children wishing to stay at PDS from 3:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Health Services and Safety
Our medical team includes a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Athletic Trainer. There is a medical supervisor on campus at all times.
In the event of illness or injury, students will be escorted to the nurse by a staff member. Any prescription medications to be administered to campers during the day are to be left at the Health Office and will be administered solely by the camp nurse. Campers may not keep medications with them.
Parents will be notified by the nurse when:
- Camper has been taken to the Emergency Room.
- Camper has been injured, beyond minor cuts or bruises.
- A tick is removed from a camper.
- Other instances under the guidelines of the Princeton Day School School Exclusion Policy. Parents will be required to pick camper up.
- Nurse will call camper’s parent or guardian using number in Camp Site. If unable to reach them, a message will be left (if it is not an emergency).
- In emergency situations, if unable to reach parent, alternate numbers will be used. Staff will continue trying until someone is reached.
- If the nurse is going off duty and has left a message for a parent, the nurse will be sure to inform staff on duty of the nature of the call and what information should be given to parent.
- Written notices will be sent home in the event of the following: head injury, bone/joint injury, eye injury, insect bite or tick bite.
All camper visits to the Health Office will be documented by the Nurse. The EMT and Athletic Trainer(s) will document all care they have given.
In the event of Lice, camper must be picked up and treated before returning to camp. Camper must be examined by the nurse to rejoin activities.
Your child must have formal documentation from their doctor confirming the completion of their TB (Tuberculosis) Test. You must also provide our Registered Nurse with your child's immunization records.
Lunch and Snacks
Snacks and lunch are served in our air-conditioned student center.
Morning-only campers may stay for lunch and will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. for pick up. Afternoon campers may come in at 11:30 a.m. for lunch before their program. All indoor camps break for snack at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Campers may bring their lunch and snacks or purchase all or part of the menu. Participants in outdoor sports camps should bring their own snack and sign-up for the lunch option if they choose to stay for lunch. Campers may pre-purchase a lunch wrist band. These bands will be distributed to participants on the first day of each session.Lunch: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
- 1. Lunch may be purchased for campers on a one-week ($35.00) plan. A wristband will be placed on each camper purchasing lunch at the start of each session. This allows the campers to move freely through the cafeteria without having to wait on the checkout line. Please keep the wristband on your child for the duration of camp. If the wristband is lost, a $5.00 replacement fee will be charged.
- Lunch may also be purchased ala cart, $7.00 for a single day (includes 1 entree, 2 sides, and one beverage).
Snack will be offered two times per day* and purchased with cash. The morning snack will focus on breakfast food with such items as bagels, muffins, fruit, yogurt, and granola bars. The afternoon snack will have some of the morning offerings, but will also have such items as popcorn, soft pretzels, fruit and carrots. During snack time we will offer bottled water, juice, and milk as beverages. The cost of each snack item will be approximately $1.00, and there will be a complete price list available for the first day of camp
Snack: 10:00 am and1:30 pm
*Important Note: Outside sports camps do not return to the campus center for snack so students should bring a snack with them that can be eaten on the field or courts rather than purchasing a snack.
Hot Dogs or Vegan Burger
Grilled Cheese on Sourdough, Wheat or White Bread
Pasta Bar with Marinara
Beverages offered: Filtered water, infused water, low-fat regular and fat-free chocolate milk
A salad bar with assorted fresh toppings will be available every day
If you did not purchase a weekly lunch, it is sold as a daily complete meal for $7.00/day
Lunch includes an entree, 2 sides and a beverage
Besides the hot entree, we offer bagels and sandwiches daily
Sandwich options include; Jelly, Cheese, Tuna, Turkey, Ham & Cheese
Sandwiches will be offered on white or wheat bread
Side items include: Hand fruit, salad bar, applesauce, watermelon, oranges, carrot sticks, or pretzels
No items that are served will be deep fried
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-924-6700 ext. 1330
Food Services managed by FLIK Independent School Dining
**We do not use nuts in any of the recipes and we do not serve peanut butter. Ingredient labels for snack bar items and bread are available for parents to read. We are not a “Nut Free” cafeteria because this implies a 100% guarantee and there are some items that are out of our control.
First Day Check-In:
We ask that you walk your child in on the first day of each session. We will no longer use registration passes. Upon check-in your child will receive a name tag with his/her name and the programs your camper is signed up for. Lunch wrist bands will also be given out during check-in. Please arrive between 8:10 - 8:25 am. Faculty and student staffers will be available to assist you throughout the process. Panther Mini-Campers must be escorted by parent or guardian, each day, to their classroom.
Most Sports camps will check in the first day at the PDS Skating Rink which serves as "home base" for all PDS Summer Sports Programs. Exceptions are Fencing, Sixers Basketball, and Nike Basketball. All of these programs will be dropped off and picked up from the school building. All families will receive email notification prior to opening day with detailed information about drop-off and pick-up. After the first day, the rink will continue to serve as the drop-off and pick-up location for all other sports camps.
Please refer to the below links for more specific information.
All equipment provided, wear comfortable athletic clothes and sneakers
Ice Hockey (Competitive Edge)
Helmet with mouth guard and face mask, shoulder pads, elbow guards, hockey gloves, hockey pants, hockey socks with either a garter belt or tape, athletic supporter and cup, hockey skates, stick, water bottle
Cleats, sneakers, shin guards, water bottle
Lacrosse (Competitive Edge)
Helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, arm guards, mouth guard, athletic cup/supporter, cleats, sneakers, stick and water bottle
Girls Basketball (Nike and Sixers)
Boys Basketball (Nike and Sixers)
Panther Pints, Sports Spectacular & Athletic Allstars
Athletic clothes and sneakers
Athletic clothes, sneakers, racquet encouraged but not mandatory, water bottle
Comfortable long sleeve shirt, layered with a sweatshirt and pants (sweat pants are a good choice), gloves, ice skates: figure or hockey (a limited number of skates are available for rental at $20 per child in advance with Summer Programs office)
All equipment provided, wear comfortable athletic clothes and sneakers - fencers will have an opportunity to break for snack at the campus center
Off Road Mountain Biking
Athletic clothes, sneakers, bicycle helmet, multi-speed mountain bike, water bottle that can be attached to bicycle frame
Drop-Off Please enter through the Main Entrance on The Great Road. The drop-off point this year is located after the Lower School Amphitheater at the entrance to the Campus Center. There will be signs marking the location as well as counselors available for assistance.
Pick-Up All morning and afternoon academic and arts programs will be at the Campus Center. All athletic camps will be picked up at the tent located on Baker Field and proceed out past the playing fields through the Stuart Road exit. (We are trying to relieve traffic congestion by utilizing this alternate exit.)
Please enter through the Main Entrance on The Great Road. You will need to park your car and walk your child in to the classroom assigned for pre-camp. The classroom is located in the first building on your right (Lower School). Our staff will escort campers who are participating in the pre-camp program to their morning camps.
Sports Programs (exceptions: Fencing, Nike & Sixers)
Please enter through the rink entrance off The Great Road West. Drop-off is at the tent located on Baker Field and proceed out past the playing fields through the Stuart Road exit. (We are trying to relieve traffic congestion by utilizing this alternate exit.)
Pick-up from all sports programs will be at the tent located on Baker Field and proceed out past the playing fields through the Stuart Road exit. (We are trying to relieve traffic congestion by utilizing this alternate exit.)
*In the instance of rain or inclement weather, outdoor camps will take place in one of our indoor gyms, however, this will not affect drop-off or pick-up procedure unless otherwise directed by Summer Programs staff.
Academic And Arts Programs (Plus Fencing, Sixers and Nike)
Please enter through the Main Entrance on The Great Road. The drop-off point this year is located after the Lower School ampitheater at the entrance to the Campus Center. There will be signs marking the location as well as counselors available for assistance.
Pick-up for all morning and afternoon academic and arts programs will be at the entrance to the Campus Center
Extended Day Program
Please enter through the Main Entrance on The Great Road. Park along the circle and pick-up your child in the Lower School area marked "Extended Day."
Drop off and Pick up will be in Upper Colross Parking Lot
Summer Programs at Princeton Day School does not directly provide transportation to and from camp. If you require transportation, we recommend contacting the below companies, who have assisted many of our families in the past.
First Student, Inc. -Transportation from Princeton, Montgomery, Hopewell, Hillsborough, Bridgewater, Manville, Somerville & Boundbrook. Call Joseph Crupi @ 908.359.6156 for more information.
Windsor Transport LLC -Transpotation from The Windsors, Plainsboro, East Windsor, Robbinsville & Hamilton Areas . Call Frank Verderese @ 609.448.9347 for more information.