CHATHAM, NJ – Registration for the Chatham Colony Pool Summer Camp opened on Saturday, March 9, on Community Pass. 

There was a slight delay in opening registration because during the Feb. 28 meeting of the Chatham Township Committee, committee member Curt Ritter questioned the fee structure proposed for the camp at the previous meeting. He suggested that fees for Colony Pool members be increased to $200 a week for Colony Pool members and $300 a week for non-members. He said since the Colony Pool Club has been a money-losing operation for years, this might be a way to encourage an increase in membership.

Committee member Tracy Ness said the proposed fees were actually lower per hour than those of surrounding towns and some of the private clubs.

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After some discussion, Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen proposed a compromise and committee members agreed to charge $175 a week for Colony Pool members and $225 a week for non-members.  

The camp needs a minimum of 30 campers for each of the six weeks the camp is slated to run. Campers must register for a minimum of two weeks, but may choose the weeks.

The camp will be offered to Chatham Township and Borough residents entering first through fifth grades. The camp will be held for six weeks, beginning the week of July 8, and will run through the week of August 19. There will be no camp the week of August 5. Camp will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Friday is the rain date for the week. It will be held at the Colony Pool Club at 55 School Ave.

Campers will start every morning with yoga and stretching, then depending on their age group, move to their first activity in a rotating schedule.  There will be 35 minutes each for: swimming, tennis lessons, and arts/crafts/activities. The campers will be supervised by camp counselors, CITs and directors.

The camp director will be Chloe Blanchard, an elementary school teacher and former International Ivy Camp site director. Chloe grew up and attended school in Chatham.

The co-director will be Frank Wulff, a security guard at Columbia Middle School, wrestling, baseball and softball coach and former police officer.

Still to be hired will be a head counselor, other counselors, tennis teachers, extra lifeguards and a swim instructor.  Current or alumni members of Colony have priority for those positions.

Questions? Email colonycamp@chathamtownship-nj.gov.