RANDOLPH, NJ- On a recent Saturday afternoon, on the grounds of Tamarack Summer Day camp, the campfire was crackling and the marshmallows were roasting. Kids were eating popcorn and Smore's, as they ran around laughing and playing, all while throwing… Snowballs?
At Tamarack’s winter open house on Saturday Feb. 8, families from Randolph and the surrounding area got to see what a summer day camp looks like covered in snow. Tamarack is a beautifully updated camp that sits on 37 acres of pristine, protected woodland property in the heart of Randolphm New Jersey.
Two years ago, Tamarack took over the already existing campgrounds, and spent a year upgrading, improving, and cleaning up every last one of those 37 acres. With brand-new and improved heated pools, turf fields, ropes course, creative arts studio, indoor air-conditioned space, and more, Tamarack provided the summer experience of a lifetime for children aged 3 to 15 during their first season in 2014.
Eight-year-old Ethan from Randolph, who attended last summer said, "My favorite activity at camp is the skateboard park."
Ten year-old EJ, also from Randolph, overheard and agreed, adding, "Yes the skateboarding is great, and also the GaGa pits, everyone at camp loves playing GaGa."
Tamarack built two additional GaGa pits for next summer, and announced that the International GaGa Association had sanctioned Tamarack to hold an “All Camp GaGa Tournament” this summer. Upon hearing that, EJ and Ethan channeled their inner Joe Namath, and all but guaranteed they would be champions.
Other new additions to the camp that were added this offseason include a Cage Ball Arena (Dodgeball in a box) and Deck Hockey, as well as a giant swing and new mini zip line additions to the ropes course.
When asked what the best thing about Tamarack was, EJ stated “We love our counselors. They are really nice and they support us.” Ethan chimed in, enthusiastically stating, "And we love the food here… especially the chicken patties."
"Part of Tamarack’s philosophy is to 'create a unique atmosphere to intentionally develop true life skills in campers, such as independence, confidence, teamwork, social skills, integrity, leadership, and more," said Terry Castro, Camp Director. "The magic of camp happens when children are in a caring supportive environment where everything around them is designed to help them succeed. It is our pledge that your child will feel uniquely special during their stay, because that is exactly what we train our staff to do every single day."
For more information on Tamarack and all their summer programs, click HERE.