Traditional Arts & Crafts

Our camp takes pride in our extensive arts program. Our diverse program draws on artistic traditions from around the world. 

Art department

Offers drawing, painting, batik, printmaking, weaving, collage, paper maché, tie-dye and beyond. 

Stitchery and Beading department

Offers basic sewing projects for beginners and then more intricate work of shoulder bags, stuffed animals, and knitting. Campers can design their own projects and choose their own fabrics. Each year we purchase boxes and boxes of beautiful beads from New York City’s Garment District. Campers can create handsome pieces of jewelry with these nice quality beads.  

Woodworking department

Each project begins with “What would you like to make?” The campers rummage through the wood bin, choosing the material for their car, plane, walky-talky, computer, doll house, etc. With saws, hammers, vises, and lots of glue, the projects abound. 


Red Cross certified lifeguards give daily swim lessons and water orientation to each camper ages 4–9, in two pools. Beginners start with water orientation in the 2-foot deep pool. Ages 5–9 have a morning lesson in the big pool: the 3-foot shallow end or 8-foot deep end, based on ability. Free-swim time is offered all afternoon.


All ages come together in our kitchen to make and bake yummy snacks for everyone on campus: salsas, fruits, veggies, dips, smoothies, juices, iced teas, snow cones, cookies, pizzas, etc. The best part is when snacks are served. All our chefs serve the camp, snack-bar style. 



Lindgren has year-round resident farm animals: goats, a donkey, a horse, and chickens. In the summer our nature cabin and aviary expand the menagerie to include fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects, birds, and pet rodents. The children can hold and pet most of the animals. Our camp naturalist also conducts daily explorations at the adjacent Closter Nature Center. These explorations include hikes, stream walking, and capturing live specimens to observe.

Organic Gardening

Children sow, plant, transplant, fertilize and harvest a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Tea parties in the garden and eating are the best part.


The Lindgren campus is a unique and expansive natural setting with sand areas, lawns, fields, shady oaks and pines. The children can move freely about the playground choosing to dig in the sand, play with trucks, buckets, and shovels, ride on the tricycle highway, climb trees, and play on climbers, swings, and slides. Geologically, we are situated on acres of sand. In summer, we run water through the sand to create rivers, lakes, dams, and bridges for good old mud play.


Our counselors organize field sports of kickball, soccer, basketball, T-ball, capture the flag, etc. Each game is informally chosen by the campers each day, the teams are formed and the game begins. For special occasions, we hold foot races, relay races, and scooter and tricycle races.


A professional instructor offers yoga in our large studio weekly. These popular classes increase muscle strength and coordination, while teaching self-discipline, awareness and relaxation.

Theater and Dance

A local performance artist leads weekly performances of stories, skits and choreographed dances. Children learn to improvise, rehearse and design props and costumes.


Our guitarist-teacher leads campers in songs and movement daily. Campers can also experiment in our drum circle with a variety of percussion instruments accompanied by guitar or ukulele. 

Evening Camp-Out
(7–11 year-olds)

One evening each summer campers, ages 7 and up, are invited to stay until 9 pm for activities from canoeing and relay races to a bonfire with ghost stories.

(for 10–11 year-olds; additional cost)

This program features daily trips to hiking trails, nature preserves, kayaking and canoeing, science museums, ballgames and more. It’s meant to foster a lifelong love of the outdoors and nature, while promoting self-esteem, teamwork and a sense of community. 


In Campers’ Own Words

The Mud Pit

Signed by Eric Schulman
Age 9

I like Lindgren Camp because there is mud there. I’m one of the best mudball makers there. Strong and really round (my mudball recipe). First take a glob of mud. Step 2 — roll the mud in the sand. Step 3 — coat it with foam (foam is the yellow substance that flows in the water). Step 4 — coat dark and light sand and then smooth it or rub till it gets round. The only thing bad about it is you get really dirty. Speaking of dirty, there is someone called mudman. His identities are David, San, and Sam. If you want to sell a mudball or buy one use rocks. If you are foam catcher then there are a few ways to get it. Make water into a hole or make a castle. Make a castle with a sieve which supports a bridge. Make a filter with a sieve stuck in the water. There are some things like dams which block water which are bad. But the great dam which keeps the sports field from flooding is good. So now, you know about the mud pit and how mud works.



Dear Lindgren Camp,

Thank you for a great summer. My mom still cannot believe that I ran around barefoot and played in the mud, but certainly my clothes proved it.

Thank you for setting me free, I never knew how much fun camp could be. I can't wait for next summer!!!



SIGNED BY Ryan Jordan
AGE 12

All those times at Lindgren
going into the pool
the sound of the pool, splash

the sports field
my favorite place
the kids running and laughing
and having a great time

the game center
chess, ping-pong and slap hockey
the tournaments there...tremendous

the mud pit
the river of water
the dams, bridges
and fights made there
the best place for kids

the zoo
the memories of holding snakes
ducks, hamsters and lizards there
so much fun

Lindgren was the bright spot
of my childhood
every day I love it
and stil do