GLEN ROCK, NJ – Summer is almost here and it feels like it's time for camp, but be prepared, camp will look much different this year.

This summer, the Glen Rock Community School will not offer any in-person camp programs, according to Alison De Meulder, the school’s director of communications.

“We are sticking with our original decision,” she said. “We are offering virtual camps that are filling up.”

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Though Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced youth day camps can open on or after July 6 – as long as New Jersey’s coronavirus case numbers continue to trend downward – many programs, including Glen Rock, say they will not be hosting in-person camps for Summer 2020.

According to the state, day camps may operate as long as they comply with certain guidelines, however it has yet to release the specifics on what those are. It’s unclear how many campers will be allowed at camp on any given day or if there will be a capacity for groups, for example. 

Keeping camp virtual, she said, was based on safety. “Parents seem happy with the decision,” De Meulder added.

Glen Rock Community School is part of a growing number of programs that have opted to reinvent themselves in order to offer kids an enjoyable – and safe – summer experience.

Summer virtual programs, which will run from July 6 through Aug. 14, include art camp, chess camp, study skills courses, music lessons, STEM camp, reading & writing camp, basketball camp, golf camp, tennis camp, fashion design and veterinarian in training camp.

Visit here to register for Glen Rock Community School Summer Camp.

For more information or to register, call 201-389-5011 or email grcs@glenrocknj.org.

During a typical summer, the community school offers more than two dozen choices, ranging from traditional to sports to specialty camps for kids ages three to 15. Programs include everything from soccer to performing arts to cooking to STEM.

The shift to digital camp comes as kids in New Jersey wrap up a school year upended by the pandemic. Since mid-March, students have been home, learning remote, after Murphy ordered a statewide shutdown of schools as part of an overall effort to curb the spread of the virus.