Kiddie Keep Well Camp began as a Fresh Air Focused Camp in 1924, dedicated to providing summertime fun and enjoyment to the less privileged children of Middlesex County. Kiddie Keep Well is the only camp of its kind in New Jersey and one of the oldest in the nation. Located in Roosevelt Park, the camp has room to accommodate 150 children at a time. There are two swimming pools, nine cabins, an administrative building, and a learning center. Each summer the camp accepts about six hundred children, ages 7-15, from an applicant pool of 800 to 1000 children for one of four 11-day sessions at no cost to the families.
The camp asks school nurses to recommend students to the camp, and also receives referrals from guidance counselors, principals and the New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services. We look for children who would not otherwise be able to attend a summer camp.
Children who attend the camp participate in activities like swimming, arts and crafts, sports, nature, campfires, dance and drama. We also hold fire-safety lessons, sessions on anger management, self-esteem and other character-building skills led by a social worker employed by the camp.
The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association, and licensed by the State Department of Health.1
The Senior Camp has been functioning since 1983. There are three weeks to choose from, one each in June, late August, and Early September. Each camping period is 5 days long, focuses on health and wellness, and supports socialization among the seniors as they engage in healthy and enjoyable activities.
We also have a weekend program throughout the Winter and Spring. This program is unique and offers a good respite away from home. The grounds and buildings at the Camp are safe for people with physical limitations.
How many campers are accommodated at Kiddie Keep Well Camp? The facilities are designed to maximize the experience of 150 campers.
Is Kiddie Keep Well Accredited? Kiddie Keep Well is an American Camp Association Accredited Camp. What is the background of the camp staff?
Senior counselors are recruited from colleges from geographically diverse locations. We have had over 30 different states and over a dozen countries represented in our staff population. Our waterfront staff is equipped with licensing consistent with state, Red Cross, and ACA requirements. Our nursing staff consists of licensed registered nurses.
What is the ratio of counselors to campers? The ratio for counselors to campers is one counselor for every eight campers age 8-9 years old; one counselor for every ten campers age 10-14.
What are the ages of the counselors? Among the counseling staff, 80% are 18 years of age or older. Our senior counselors are college students, and our junior counselors are at least 16 years old and usually high school seniors or graduating seniors. Any counselor under the age of 18 years old will be at least two years older than any camper they supervise.
What are the sleeping accommodations? Campers sleep in wood structure cabins equipped with electricity, bunk beds, and individual rooms for counselors. Cabin sizes accommodate anywhere from a minimum of 12 campers to a maximum of 20.
Where do campers come from? All campers, including senior citizens, are from Middlesex County, New Jersey.
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