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Our Summer Camps

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Camp Zehnder Y
Freehold Y Age 6-12
Freehold My Y Preschool
Old Bridge Y
Red Bank Y

Camp Contacts:
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

Camp Supervisors:
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

Camp Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

• Our campers start at age 3 (fully toilet trained) and go up to age 15. The ages are dependent on the camp. Camp Zehnder’s campers are aged from 5-15, Old Bridge & Red Bank campers are 6-12, and Freehold campers range from ages 3-12.
• We base our groups on the grade your child will complete in June (not by age).
• All campers must be fully toilet trained and able to change into and out of their bathing suits. Practicing this at home can help.

• Yes, all our groups are coed
• We hire male and female camp counselors and lifeguards

• We don’t accept Child Care Resources or Children’s Home Society at this time
• We do accept direct payment from DCP&P

Yes, applications are available on our website and are reviewed in the order they are received. Assistance is available based on qualifications and availability of funding. You will need to submit the application, applicable documents and worksheet by May 1, 2022

Not at this time.  There is no membership or registration fee to attend YMCA camp.

Not for the 2022 season. The camp day has been extended to 8am to 5pm, reducing the need for pre and post care (extended care).

Yes, in most cases. We ask that you come into the office with your ID no later than 3:15pm to pick up. If you call the office prior, we can have the camper ready for you.

• Yes, however the earlier you register the earlier you can start making payments. Camp enrollment is on a first come first serve basis. If we have an opening we will accept enrollment throughout the camp season. We have been filling quickly with our limited space due to Covid restrictions, so register as soon as you can.
• Registration is available online and must complete additional paperwork by June 1st, 2022 in order for your child to attend camp.

• Campers will need to bring their own lunch each day. Lunch boxes will be kept by group in an air conditioned space. A lunch program is available for purchase at Camp Zehnder only.
• Lunch areas will be spaced out to provide for social distancing between groups
• Practicing how to open and close containers and packages will help younger campers have a pleasant lunch experience. Remind campers to eat their “main course” before eating any of their desserts.

Only the Freehold camp sites are peanut free. All other camp locations are peanut aware. We do allow campers to bring foods that contain peanuts for lunch and if the camper doesn’t have a severe allergy, we allow the campers to sit at the end of the table with their friends.

Please pack additional snacks and ice packs for your camper. Trading post will be open at Camp Zehnder only.

We ask to please refrain from sending children with treats for their groups, due to allergies and parental dietary preferences. We suggest a pack of water balloons for the group to share.

• We have an aggressive, professional spraying program, done off-hours on a regular basis.
• We teach campers to ID ticks and do tick checks each day at Camp Zehnder.
• We use cleared and treated trails at Camp Zehnder
• Most days the heat keeps bugs away but packing bug spray can help on those cooler, rainy days. Remind campers to move away from others when applying bug spray.

• Yes, we have a Registered Nurse on duty during regular camp hours.
• All staff are CPR and First Aid certified.
• Medication is administered by and stored with Camp Nurse or Camp Coordinators.
• First aid supplies are carried with all groups and in kits throughout camp.

• Our camps have indoor and covered space to accommodate campers on rainy days. If there is NO thunder and lightning, they can still swim if it is raining lightly.
• In excessive heat we modify the schedule to give more time with water activities and shade, and we limit high exertion activities.

• A refund may be issued for an illness resulting in 3 consecutive days’ absence from camp. A doctor’s note is required.
• There are no refunds or credits for vacations. Please choose your weeks carefully. We will make every effort to switch your camper to a different week if necessary.
• In the rare instance a child is expelled from camp, there will be no refund or credit issued.

• Campers will participate in two recreational swims sessions each day in small groups (weather permitting). Water safety activities will be taught. Our instructors are trained to encourage your child to participate in both.
• All campers are swim tested and swimmers are marked with a colored band, non-swimmers are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket or “puddle jumper” provided by the camp. Do not send arm swimmies or other devices with your camper.
• All lifeguards are American Red Cross certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR. Swim instructors are trained in the YMCA of the USA swim curriculum, first aid and CPR.

• Many of the staff are teachers and/or individuals who work with children year round.
• Our camp counselors are a minimum of 18 years old while our junior camp counselors are a minimum of 16 years old before the summer starts. Each group is supervised by a unit leader trained in behavior management supervision and has experience with children.
• All staff complete a background check, drug screening, national sex offender registry check and attend extensive training prior to start of camp.

• Ratios are 1 staff to 6 campers for Pre-K (3-5 yrs. old); Grade K-2 are 1 to 8 and Grades 3 to 9 are 1 to 10.
• Our specialty areas may have an additional staff person who is involved with each group during those activities, along with the group’s regular counselors.

• There is a limited bus service this season. The bus travels from The Red Bank Y to Camp Zehnder. It leaves Red Bank by 8am and returns by 4:45pm.
• It is a $70 additional fee each week for each camper.
• All the drivers are specially licensed and complete a background check, drug screen and national sex offender registry check.

Throughout the summer we have special programming such as Theme Days, Carnival, Open Swim, and Family Nights

• 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
• Trips may be offered pending staffing and transportation. Trips will be optional and provided at an additional fee. This is still to be determined for 2022.

The Role Model in Training (RMIT) program will be offered this summer at Camp Zehnder. Campers must be 15 years old by June 1st, 2022. The program requires an application process and is $100 per week. Please email Summerfun@ymcanj.org for an application. Registration is completed in house after being accepted into the program.

YMCA of Greater Monmouth County believes that all children should have the opportunity to attend camp. We work to include all campers in our programs. Please speak with the Camp Director to see if we can meet your camper’s needs.

• A sturdy backpack with lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunblock, bathing suit, towel, hand sanitizer.
• Dress for the weather and wear sneakers and socks.
• LABEL EVERYTHING

• Our camp staff is trained in group management and will work to redirect behavior.
• Campers who have recurring issue will be spoken to and, if necessary, parents will be notified.
• In extreme cases campers may be suspended or expelled from camp. Please read our parent handbook for more details on acceptable behavior at camp.

• You will receive weekly email/newsletter
• Download the Remind App and join:

ZHYCamp (Camp Zehnder)
OBYCamp (Old Bridge Y Camp)
Slastel (Freehold Y Camp)
RBYCamp (Red Bank Y Camp)

• Website- www.ymcanj.org
• Y App- YMCA of Greater Monmouth County
• Daily reports “tree mail” sent home” for preschool, kindergarten and first grade campers. Others if requested.
• Like and Follow your camp on Facebook:

@YMCACamp Zehnder
@FHYMCA
@OBYMCA
@RedBankYMCA

• Click on this link and scroll down to the Registration area
• LOG IN to your account
• Click MY ACCOUNT
• Click VIEW ACCOUNT
• Scroll down to TAX STATEMENT and click the link next to it for the current Tax Form

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.

Schedule

• 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)

Camper Groups

• 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.

Transportation

• 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

Staff Training

• 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

Programming

• 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 summerfun@ymcanj.org.

Thank you for camping with us!