WALL TOWNSHIP — After much anticipation, the Wall Township Recreation Department announced that it will host its annual summer camp beginning this July after having to cancel the popular program last year.
The summer camp runs on weekdays for six weeks from July 6 to Aug. 13. Wall Township Recreation offers a full-day camp program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is open to children entering kindergarten through eighth grade in the fall of 2021.
Wall Township Recreation Director Mike Thompson made the announcement in an email blast to parents on Friday, and said the response has already been great, which is “no surprise.” He said the department was hoping to make the announcement sooner but wanted to ensure it could safely host all of the children even as COVID restrictions are lightening up.
Still, Mr. Thompson said that the program will not be able to accommodate the same number of children as in the past.
“We will not be able to take as large a number of kids as we had in the past. We have the room outside. The problem is when you have bad weather you need to bring them inside. We need to be within the correct numbers so they can fit in our rooms downstairs at the municipal building,” Mr. Thompson said, joking he could probably have 10,000 kids if it was only outdoors.
The summer camp will also be a little bit different this year, featuring fewer trips and keeping activities closer to home.
“There will be a lot more on-site activities. We’re not going to really be doing any trips unless things open up over time. We may do some quick day trips outdoors — anywhere that if the numbers change in our favor, we’ll be able to do that,” he said.
The camp will instead host lots of “theme-days” and will bring activities on campus like blow-up playgrounds.
“The municipal site is so fantastic, too. We have soccer areas, hockey rinks, a turf field, basketball courts, just tons of space where we can do stuff on our own. It’s going to be a great year for the kids, I think,” Mr. Thompson said.
The department is excited to announce the program Mr. Thompson said, and has been getting concerned calls from families for weeks asking about the program.
“Right up until we put it out there on Friday we’ve fielded a lot of calls and emails. We’ve had lots of conversations with parents — They’re eager to get their kids out there and we were eager to make the announcement. We just wanted to have all our ducks in a row and we were accurate with our numbers and our plans for weather occasions.”
“Parents are really happy and we’re ecstatic to be able to provide this service. We didn’t have it last year, unfortunately, but we’re going to come back strong. The support of the community is really amazing. It’s nice to see.”
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