Camp Zehnder 732-836-9177
Old Bridge Y Camp 732-727-0704 ext. 316
Red Bank Y Camp 732-741-2504 ext. 210
Freehold Y Camp 732-462-0464 ext. 260
Freehold My Y Preschool Camp 732-462-0464 ext. 109
Director of Camps, Tricia Kline, TKline@ymcanj.org, 732-836-9177 ext. 815
Vice President of Child Achievement & Camp, Stacey Lastella, SLastella@ymcanj.org, 732-462-0464 ext. 601
What Will Summer Camp Look Like?
Your camper will get to try new things, make new friends, and become a valuable member of our camp communities. Our plans include putting away those screens and enjoying our active camp day. We will offer opportunities for positive socialization, active involvement, and empathetic interactions with their peers, camp counselors, and nature.
We have created a plan to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the whole child: mind, body, and spirit. We will conduct trainings to teach staff how to recognize the stress caused by COVID-19, to teach children how to take care of themselves during these uncertain times. We will provide a supportive, nurturing environment for our staff, campers, and families.
• Selected camp sites will offer summer day camp for children who have completed kindergarten through 8th grade. Our My Y Summer Camp program for toilet-trained children ages 3-5 yrs. old will be offered at Freehold Family YMCA.
• The camp day has been extended to 8am to 5pm; reducing the need for pre and post care (extended care)
• Our weekly options will be:
o 5 full days per week
o 4 full days per week (Monday – Thursday ONLY)
• Max group size will be 20 campers
• Staff to camper ratio is 1:6 (preschool), 1:8 (K-2nd grade) & 1:10 (3rd – 8th grade)
Lunch & Snacks
• Campers will need to bring their own lunch each day. Lunch boxes will be kept by group in an air conditioned space or refrigeration (depending on the site)
• Trading posts and snack bars will not be open this season. Please pack additional snacks and ice packs for your camper.
• Parents will provide daily transportation; One limited bus will run from the Red Bank Y to Camp Zehnder
• Drop off and Pick up will be set up on a staggered schedule, (We recommend having the same person for drop off and pick up if possible)
• Travel camp will transition to a Teen Leader Adventure Camp – trip fees will be used to fund higher level activities and supplies, community service hours will still be earned for summer projects
• All staff will be trained in CPR, First Aid, & AED
• All staff will be trained in mental health first aid to help identify concerns and provide resources for staff, campers, and families
• All staff will be trained to recognize signs of and prevent child abuse, harassment, and bullying
• Increased opportunities for science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities (STEAM)
• Swimming pool, shade, misting stations, sprinklers, and water play to keep cool.
• Campers will participate in two recreational swims sessions each day in small groups (weather permitting). Water safety activities will be taught. Please send campers to camp with their bathing suits on. Many of our activities involve cooling off with water play, so bathing suits will be needed most of the day.
• Teen campers will have additional, age appropriate activities such as leadership and job training, pottery, wood working, jewelry making, photography, journalist activities, comic book creation, community service projects, and more as they develop their new curriculum
• Safe fishing & boating at Camp Zehnder
• Junior Chef healthy cooking class
• YMCA Scholarships will be allocated proportionate to enrollment
Space will be limited and we anticipate closing out many options and sessions, so register as soon as you know what you need. We will do our best to meet your needs, and we will keep safety as our top priority. Please view our virtual camp tours and stay tuned for live virtual information sessions. If you have more questions, please email email@example.com.
Thank you for camping with us!