SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Camp Ricochet Summer Camp kicked off on July 6 and runs through Friday, Aug. 28 for students entering kindergarten through eighth grade.
“We are so excited and have been working hard to ensure a safe and entertaining environment for your children,” stated Steven Ng, general manager on the camp’s Facebook page. “Camp will be a little different this summer but we hope that we will be able to offer a comfortable option for all families who need our services.”
Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with early drop off (7 a.m.) and late pick up (6p.m.) options also available. To abide with social distance guidelines and other safety protocols set forth by the state, camp groups will be restricted to no more than eight children and campers and staff will be required to wear masks throughout the day, with the exception of certain times and during any outdoor activity.
Although no off-site trips can take place this year, a variety of special events and activities are planned at the Club throughout the summer, including Eyes of the Wild, a visit from the South Plainfield Fire Department, a magician, a karate demonstration, yoga, and more. Additionally, each day, campers will participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities with the least contact and that adhere to social distancing guidelines. Some activities offered include but aren’t limited to laser tag, kickball, Four Square, swimming, theme days, water fun, movie day, arts and crafts, and more.
“Besides getting the kids out for some summer fun, we have put into place numerous safety measures and our groups are much smaller with no more than eight kids each,” said Renee Eggert, assistant director of the Camp Ricochet Summer Camp. “Right now, with the club itself still closed, we have the facility to ourselves. No one else is coming in.”
In order to minimize foot traffic into the building and limit the amount of people in the building to keep campers and staff healthy and safe, parents will not be allowed inside for drop off or pick up. A ‘kiss and go’ drop off procedure is in place with parents driving up to front entrance to drop off their camper. Parents may also park and walk their child to the front door but masks must be worn. Staff will be outside to greet parents and campers. At pick up, a staff member will dismiss campers to a parent from the front door. Additionally, specific traffic patterns have also been set up through the parking lot to ensure cars enter and exit safely and efficiently both for drop off and pick up.
All campers will be tested each morning with a no contact thermometer; any camper with a temperature over 99 degrees will not be allowed to attend camp that day. Additionally, a six-feet apart policy is in place throughout the club to help maintain social distancing; gloves will be worn by all key staff contacting any high-touch areas (children are not to wear gloves); there will be hand sanitizer and campers will wash/sanitizer their hands between activities, which is every 25- to 45-minutes.
“We want parents to feel comfortable in the fact that we are taking extreme precautionary measurers to keep campers and staff safe and healthy,” said Eggert.
For more information about the Camp Ricochet Summer Camp, call (908) 753-2300 or visit https://www.facebook.com/CampRicochetRocks/.
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