With snow on the ground, and the cold weather, now is the ideal time to make your children’s summer camp plans. The Ewing Recreation Department offers programs for students entering kindergarten through 9th grade, plus counselor in training programs for 9th and 10th graders. Camps run from June 26 through September 1. Registration is now open at communitypass.net, click on LOGIN, and enter Ewing to set up an account. Register by March 31 and save 5 percent. Programs are open to residents and non-residents of Ewing.

The Ewing Recreation Department is extremely flexible as far as which weeks students attend, if they attend full or partial weeks, or even only attend half days. With all camp activities taking place at the Ewing Senior & Community Center (the former JCC) at 999 Lower Ferry Road, with the exception of the field trips, camp programs happen every week public schools are not in session, including that last week before school starts.

With indoor and outdoor facilities on the site weather is not a problem! The camp has a full-time nurse and Red Cross certified life guards. All of their counselors are trained and certified in first aid. Financial assistance is available.

Camp is divided into two sections based on age. Day Camp is for children entering kindergarten through 5th grade. Campers will attend camp on site four days a week and travel off-site every Thursday. Their camp days include swimming twice a day (lessons in the mornings and free swim in the afternoons), arts and crafts, nature, cooking, special events, theme days, athletics, and dance and drama. Campers have the option of bringing lunch or purchasing lunch from the snack bar.

From July 3 to August 18, children entering 6th to 9th grades participate in Teen Travel. In this popular program they travel four days a week and have the run of the camp on Thursdays while the elementary school students travel. Each day offers a totally new experience. Teens may participate in regular day camp the other weeks. Once a week they have a beach or water day. Trips will include favorites like Arnold’s, Belmar, Pt. Pleasant, Beat Street, Mt. Creek Water Park, Sahara Sam’s, and other fun filled trips.

The Counselor in Training program is open to Ewing residents entering 9th and 10th grades. These junior counselors work with the younger campers and rotate age groups. CITs also have group meetings led by senior staff to discuss their experiences and grow as individuals and as a group.

Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Early hours (from 7:30 a.m.) and late hours (to 6 p.m.) are available for an additional fee.

Registration and fees are due by June 5 for the first five weeks (through July 28), by July 3 for weeks 6 through 8, and by August 7 for Post Camp weeks. Registration fees include field trips, swim lessons, and all other activities.

Weekly rates are $260/week for Ewing Residents, and $360 a week for non-residents. The teen travel is $325 a week for residents, and $410 a week for non-residents. Counselors in Training (CIT) is $50 a week and is only open to Ewing residents. Multi-child discounts are available. A $25 late fee per family will be added for late registrations. Financial assistance is available.

Ewing Recreation Department, 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Register at communitypass.net. For more information, call 609-883-1776×2 or email tforst@ewingnj.org.

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