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Little Falls Summer Camp Looks Towards Expanding Program

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The Little Falls Summer Camp program is looking to add more activities for next summer. Pictured are some campers getting temporary tatoos. Credits: Tina Pappas
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Pictured are campers at the Little Falls Summer Camp program enjoying the water slide during the recently held carnival day. Credits: Tina Pappas
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The Little Falls Summer Camp program offers campers some cooling off in the dunk tank during the recent carnival day. Credits: Tina Pappas
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Indoor activities are always going on at the Little Falls Summer Camp program. Pictured are campers taking part in basketball. Credits: Tina Pappas
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Pictured are campers taking part in indoor activities to cool off at the Little Falls Summer Camp program. Credits: Tina Pappas
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Campers of the Little Falls Summer Camp program take part in a game of table hockey. Credits: Tina Pappas
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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Soon to finish off another fun-filled summer, the Little Falls Summer Camp program is looking to further expand its programs for next year. 

The program, run by the township's recreation department, is held at the Little Falls Recreation Center and has been a summer haven for local children for more than 30 years.  It was previously run out of Wilmore Park years back.

John Pace, director, said the camp offers a variety of activities during the summer months.

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"We've got a variety of activities and events for the kids and we've added a few things this year," he said. "We're hoping to include many more items next summer with some added up-to-date programs."

According to Pace, besides the opening day and closing day carnivals, tournaments, magic show, petting zoo, science exploration and balloon twisting, this year's program featured a ventriloquist and rolling video game truck.

"These are new to the camp program and they're a big hit," Pace explained. "Kids were entertained and loved playing inside the gaming truck, which is air-conditioned as well."

A trip to a Jackals baseball game at Yogi Berra Stadium is another highlight of the program.

"It's a short ride nearby and the kids look forward to it," he added.

Additionally, there are daily activities held inside the recreation center. Kids can take part in basketball, physical relays or some table hockey. There is also an air-conditioned game and television room, water days, and ice pops. Snacks are also available as well as hot lunch available from $3 and up.

There are currently a mix of paid and volunteer counselors.

"The volunteer counselors are evaluated at the end of the summer and if they are recommended by their leaders, they can come back and apply for a paid position," he said. "We run a tight ship, most of the leaders are college students or going into college. They are CPR trained as well."

Pace said he enjoys running the camp program every summer. Formally a baseball and football coach for about 12 years in the township, he came back in 2007 and worked part-time with the camp, eventually becoming the director in 2010.

"I've been here ever since," he noted. "I've worked with children all my life and I love it."

One of the camp's kids named Mike said he loves attending the program each year.

"I love it because there's a lot to do," he said. "Mr. Pace is really nice and everything is kept very clean. There are so many great activities here."

The camp program, held at 160 Paterson Avenue, started June 29 and ends July 28. The morning session runs from 9 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. and is for children in Pre-K to third grade. The afternoon session runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and is offered for fourth to eighth graders. There is an all day option for campers entering third grade and up.

For more information, contact Nadine at (973) 256-3884.

 

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