• About

  • The Life Camp movement began in 1887, when the original editor of Life Magazine founded the Life Fresh Air Fund to aid underprivileged children by sending them to the country for fresh air and sunshine.

    The Life Farm in Pottersville was first opened 93 years ago in 1923, and we continue to provide children from Newark with an enriching summer program out in the country, which they would otherwise not be able to experience.

    Today, LifeCamp provides an enriching summer day camp experience for ~300 Newark area youths per day for six weeks during the months of July and August. Campers are between the ages of 6 and 13, and come from the greater Newark public school system as well as from Newark Charter School Programs (KIPP, Philip’s, North Star, Link, Newark Legacy and New Horizon).

    The mission of LifeCamp, Inc. is to empower youth to succeed and excel in life by developing life skills, character and leadership through a summer enrichment program outside of an urban environment.

    The overall program offered on our rural campus provides a unique opportunity for children to stretch their talent and imagination in a way few other summer camp programs can match.

    The LifeCamp campus is located on 90 acres of open fields, rolling hills, woodlands and the Lamington River.  The campus is an effective teaching environment that makes learning enjoyable by providing experiential and contextual learning linked to the camp’s curriculum.

    Our Nature/Science program makes use of and takes place in and around the Lamington River.

    LifeCamp is where many of our campers first learn how to both swim and ride a bike.

    Our programming is diverse and stimulating and emphasizes significant positive attention.

    We have incorporated a graphic design element into computer time for the older campers as well as a simple engineering program focused on the basics of boat building.

    Campers can hone their critical thinking skills through chess and other mind-stimulation games that require use of strategy, problem-solving and judgment.

    A typical day at LifeCamp begins with breakfast (juice, milk, cereal and fruit) and is followed by a morning meeting and small group activities in the following programs: Arts and Crafts, Aquatics, Biking, Chess/Strategy Games, Computer Education, Dance, Drama, Nature/Science, Physical Education, Percussion Orchestra, Publishing, Reading, Recording Studio, Ropes Course, and Values.

    For all age groups, the schedule is balanced among academic, artistic, and athletic activities to keep campers engaged and active. The schedule is organized so that campers do not have back-to-back physical or academic classes.

    The curriculum provides all campers with the opportunities to gain self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment as we continue to add and improve challenging and enriching opportunities.

    The LifeCamp learning environment is not only motivational and fun, but also offers campers the camaraderie of peer and staff interaction through our low camper to staff ratio (6:1).

    Former campers are hired as staff, indirectly allowing us to track historical success of former campers as they move through high school, college, and then into the workforce. Roughly 25% of the 2015 summer staff were former LifeCamp campers. This culture of strengthening the LifeCamp legacy between former and current campers has consistently reinforced values such as respect and responsibility.

    Camp Director, Eddie Franz, just completed his 30th year with LifeCamp. Eddie teaches a Values Class to our older campers in which they discuss solutions to hypothetical yet very real challenges that they may face including gangs, pregnancy, drugs and drug dealing, healthy nutrition, stress reduction and conflict resolution.

    The overall LifeCamp program balances the arts, athletics and academic enrichment as well as personal growth and development which is designed to help Newark’s youth become more confident in their abilities, improve their self-esteem, and develop greater autonomy and leadership qualities.