RIDGEWOOD, NJ – Ten different summer day camps will be offered by Ridgewood Parks and Recreation this season starting June 28.
A general day camp program is underway as well as a tennis, camping, sports, golf, entertainment, skateboarding, lacrosse, science and computer camp. Most camps start in August, but the general summer day camp and tennis camp start in June and the skateboard camp starts in July.
“We try to offer a bit of everything,” said Nancy Bigos, director of parks and recreation. “It’s about trying to offer something that they can experience for the very first time.”
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The general day camp offers children the opportunity to play sports, do crafts and swim. Residents must register for the camp itself through the Community Pass. Campers must also have a Graydon pool membership.
Registration is currently open and will continue until June 15, after which time participants will be required to pay an additional late fee of $ 50. Registration is available for Ridgewood residents and for non-residents at an additional cost.
Bigos said the camps have received normal interest, a good sign for the future development of these camps as they emerge from a pandemic. Bigos also acknowledged how Covid-19 has affected people’s domestic and family lives; more and more parents are working from home, and people have adjusted to seeking child care more often than they previously needed.
“Children are still children and it is important for them to meet new friends. Play is very, very important for children, ”Bigos said.
Campers, administrators and counselors will still need to wear masks indoors, but Bigos also said guidelines and rules change and mask policy may change by the time camps start, especially for those subsequent sessions.