WAYNE, NJ – For 50 years, the Wayne PAL has been running their summer camp program, but, as with just about everything in 2020, their camp will be doing things a little different this year. Safety is at the forefront of this camp, which kicked off last week.
“We will strive to make this summer camp the best experience for our campers, but we must first follow all the state guidelines to ensure the safety of all of our campers and staff,” said Bill Percey, the Director of the camp and also a special education teacher at High Point Regional High School in Sussex.
“We do temperature and wellness checks every morning with each parent and camper, and all camp staff,” Percey added, and then went on to explain the other regulations their camp is following this year.
According to the Director, children are placed in small groups according to the number of campers and Summer Camp Counselors. They will remain in these group with their counselor as they rotate with other groups into different activities that are engaging and safe and allow for social distancing. No equipment will be passed from person to person and there will be no large group play.
“While campers will remain with groups and counselors, activities will be more individually focused,” said Percey. “Campers will be outdoors or in open, well-ventilated areas. Unfortunately, due to state and local directives, we will not offer field trips or transportation.”
Camp Counselors will be required to wear masks while inside, and while outside if social distancing cannot be maintained, but they will not require campers to wear masks; however, a mask will be required if they choose to participate in a group where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Campers will wash hands upon arriving at camp, before and after lunch, before and after going outside and at other times during the day. Frequent disinfection of high-touch, high-traffic areas and daily, overnight enhanced cleaning. Activity areas will be cleaned in between groups.
Despite all of these new regulations, Percey says that this will still be a fun summer for their campers. “All of our planned activities will be fun and creative,” he said with a smile.
“Our camp features a beautiful inground pool, a large air-conditioned facility, and outdoor activities on our own 3 ½ acres of beautiful green grass and ball fields,” Percey added with pride.
The Wayne PAL camp is offering a range of activities to keep the kids moving and having fun all day. Soccer, wiffle ball, fishing at the North Cove, capture the flag, arts & crafts, board games, basketball skills and drills, corn hole, swimming and swim lessons and GAGA in the outdoor GAGA pit. GAGA is a game similar to dodge ball but played in a small circular ‘pit’ and the ball can only be thrown low, beneath the knees.
The PAL has been a staple in Wayne for decades, and they have persevered through difficult times in the past. A global pandemic won’t stop them from providing a safe and fun summer camp experience for the kids in Wayne.