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Summer Camp

Ready, set, go! Take a peek at the 2021 Day and Virtual Summer Camp Guide for in-person day camps and Camp IOH Virtual Summer Camp. Registration for Camp DeWitt, The OVAL, and Camp In Our Hearts is open!

Looking for a little camp fun right at home? Camp In Our Hearts will open on July 12, 2021! Camp IOH is a mix of live, interactive virtual sessions, on-your-own activities, recorded materials, and extra fun the Girl Scout way—open to all girls entering Kindergarten-5th grade.

Camp Hoover Update: While it was our deep desire to reopen all three of our camps for this summer, Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey has made the difficult decision not to open Camp Lou Henry Hoover for resident camp. Families who carried over funds from 2020 will receive an additional e-mail with instructions.

Even though resident camp will not run this summer, there will still be the sounds of camp joy in Hoover’s hills. Reservations for Family POD (that’s People of your Own Designation!) overnight camping are being taken now. Visit GSHNJ’s Rent Our Camps page for more information and to get your adventure started. Also, keep your eyes on our Event Calendar for pop-up day programming for campers, families, and friends!

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Mark your calendars for GSHNJ Summer Camp 2021 (these dates are subject to change):

Camp DeWitt and The OVAL Day Camps  Camp In Our Hearts (Camp IOH) Virtual Camp
   
Season Opener: July 7-9 Session 1: July 13-15
Session 1: July 12-16 Session 2: July 20-22
Session 2: July 19-23 Session 3: July 27-29
Session 3: July 26-30 Session 4: August 3-5
Session 4: August 2-6  
Session 5: August 9-13  
Office Hours, Open Houses, + Tours

Never been to our camps before? Join us for an Open House or Tour! Register here for the dates below

Camp DeWitt

The OVAL

April 17, 1:00-4:00pm

May 15, 1:00-4:00pm

May 16, 1:00-4:00pm

June 6, 1:00-4:00pm

New this year! Have questions about in-person camp, virtual camp, renting our camps, or anything else camp-related? Drop into our virtual Camp Director Office Hours.  Register here for log-in credentials

Camp Director Office Hours

 

March 15

4:30pm-5:30pm

March 29

4:30pm-5:30pm

April 12

4:30pm-5:30pm

April 26

4:30pm-5:30pm

May 10

4:30pm-5:30pm

May 24

4:30pm-5:30pm

June 7

4:30pm-5:30pm
Group Size

Campers will be assigned to a cohort of up to 10 campers. The majority of activities, meals, etc. will take place within this cohort. In order to maintain the feeling of community in our camps, as well as maintaining Girl Scout traditions, we will, at times, come together for activities such as flag, campfires, or meals. All camp participants will maintain social distancing at these times and masks will be required if social distancing is not possible.

Mask Use

All person entering camp must properly wear a mask, covering their nose and mouth. At times there will be situations for campers and staff to take their masks off.

Masks must be worn whenever travelling through camp, interacting with another cohort, or in an indoor space. Masks may be taken off when outdoors and appropriately socially distanced, or when eating or drinking. Of course, if a camper wishes to keep her mask on at times when she is permitted to take her mask off, she is welcome to do so.

Health Paperwork + Procedures

All campers will be required to go through a daily temperature and symptom screening.

Cleaning Protocols

High touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly throughout the day. Increased cleaning of activity equipment will be done per recommended guidelines.

Handwashing Stations

Handwashing and/or sanitizing stations will be available throughout camp. Time will be built into each schedule for designated handwashing.

Food + Meal Procedures

All food will be individual, prepackaged or individually portioned by designated staff. Campers will receive a snack each day. Certain dietary restrictions can and will be accommodated by the camp. Day campers will bring their lunches with them to camp and will not be permitted to share food or drinks with anyone. Campers will wash their hands before and after eating their lunch and will eat appropriately socially distanced.

Drop-Off + Pick-Up Procedures

Drop-Off Procedures

Contactless temperature screening will take place for all campers upon arrival.  If a temperature is 100.4°F or higher, that camper will not be permitted to stay at camp and will need to follow return to camp policies.

Masks must be worn properly, fully covering the mouth and nose, by all parties upon entering camp. Staff will ask COVID-19 screening questions at each camper’s car before directing the camper to their cohort.  All parents and non-campers will remain in their vehicles at all times.

Pick-Up Procedures

Masks must be worn properly, fully covering the mouth and nose, by all parties upon entering camp. Staff will check parent/guardian ID at their car and staff will sign off for the camper to be picked up.

Refund Policy

We understand the need for flexibility with our families. We will offer refunds, cancellations, and transfers as we always have, which are outlined on page 15 and 16 of the 2021 Day and Virtual Summer Camp Guide.

If, however, camp is unable to open due a greater concern for the safety of our families or due to government regulations we will communicate that with you as soon as possible and will outline your options for any paid funds, just as we did in 2020. If you register for camp and decide to cancel after our deadline of June 11, 2021, our normal cancellation policies will apply.

If one of our camps makes the decision to dismiss a camper early due to COVID-19 related concerns, we will communicate with the family and make appropriate prorated refunds, which may include expenses related to, among other things, the purchase of supplies or staffing. No refund will be made for other late entrance or early withdrawal. The directors reserve the right to dismiss any camper who violates the camp rules or is judged detrimental to the general welfare of the camp, including safety and wellness protocols. No refund will be made in the case of dismissal.

Return to Camp Policy

If a camper shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19, she will be sent home pending the results of a COVID-19 test. Camper’s families are responsible for obtaining a COVID-19 test for their camper. A camper who tests negative for COVID-19 may return to camp after being symptom and fever free for 24-hours, without fever reducing medication. However, a camper who tests positive will only be able to return to camp after 10 days of isolation and their symptoms have resolved. Staff showing symptoms will be isolated from the general camp population and have the same requirements as campers for return.

We're Working With Experts

Please understand that our plans and procedures are a work in progress. We will remain agile in our planning to ensure the best practices for the safety of our families and the success of our girls. We are working in partnership with Girl Scouts USA, the American Camp Association, the Association of Camp Nurses, and many other thought partners and colleagues. We are also following the lead of all local, state, and national governing organizations. We will remain nimble and responsive to ever-evolving state and local standards and protocols, and plan to be able to adapt our summer program accordingly.

A healthy camp starts at home and we need you to help keep our camps safe.  We highly recommend that campers should not travel to areas recognized by the state of New Jersey as high-risk states and follow other state and local recommendations for at least two weeks prior to arriving at camp. GSHNJ thanks you for being diligent and for your understanding as we work through this together to provide a safe and in-person camp season for our Girl Scouts!

Why Camp Is Important

Why Camp Is Important

The American Camp Association, of which GSHNJ is an accredited member, finds that summer camp is a catalyst for child development, preparing campers to assume roles a successful adults. At summer camp, kids learn how to be with people who are different from them, learn that “I can” is more powerful than “I can’t,” and gain a sense of both independence and community. Spending time outdoors in nature is different from playing or learning inside.

They move more. The outdoors offers open space where children can move in more physically intense ways. This allows them to development their movement capability and confidence—both of which create foundations for active lifestyles and general health.

They pay attention better. Spending time in nature has been shown to improve concentration and creative reasoning among children and adults, including those with attention deficits.

Nature is novel. Outdoor experiences often place children in new physical, psychological, and social situations that motivate curiosity and foster a sense of discovery. Authentic challenges in nature require girls to become more self-aware and to cooperate, communicate, and problem-solve more effectively.


A Note About Safety

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey is committing to allowing our girls to return to camp this summer as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize the profound impact the pandemic has had on our families and the many changes it has caused in our lives. However, the need for us to engage as a camp community has not changed – it has increased. Never has the need for camp been greater, for bringing face to face relationships, freedom from screens, and tons of growth opportunities in the fresh air.

These policies and procedures are subject to change based on best practices. 

Last Update: 3/3/2021

 

Camp Life is the Best Life!

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Questions? Need help?
Reach out to us at summercamp@gshnj.org or 908-518-4400.