Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the Junior Camp and the Senior Camp?
The Junior Camp is for children entering grades 1-5; and the Senior Camp is for children entering grades 6-8. The Junior Campers will have swim lessons every morning and free swim afternoon. The Junior Campers also go on a field trip every Wednesday. The Senior Campers will get free swim every afternoon - but no lessons! The Senior Campers also go to the beach at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch every Tuesday where they will be getting surf lessons every other Tuesday; and they will also go on a different trip every Thursday.
How old are the counselors?
The general counselors all must be 18 years or older. The majority of our general counselors are Education Majors and plan on working with children as a career. The Head Counselors are experienced adults who are teachers/coaches during the academic year; and are responsible for the daily operations of the day camp. All counselors are given a thorough background check and must be certified in Adult and Child CPR/First Aid.
How deep is the pool in Dillon?
The pool at Dillon is as shallow as 3 feet and as deep as 13 feet. All children are given a swim test on their first day of camp. If they pass this test, they will be given a wristband that they must wear all week that shows the guards they are allowed in the deep end of the pool. There is a bulk head that separates the deep end from the shallow end.
Are there lifeguards at the pool?
Yes, the pool has lifeguards on duty at all times. The counselors provide extra help watching the children while they are in the pool.
What is the counselor-to-child ratio?
Camps have different ratios depending on the children's age and the camp activities. Most of our camps have 1 counselor for every 8 children. The first graders will usually have a 1:7 or 1:6 ratio.
What if it gets too hot?
If the temperature gets too hot during camp, every effort is made to keep the children cool including less strenuous activties, indoor games, sprinkler time, and water relay games.
What if my child becomes sick?
We have an EMT on site for all medical emergencies. The Health Director's office is located in Dillon Gym. They are available to talk with parents concerning any questions you may have. We do not offer a refund if your child is sick and cannot attend camp.
What is a typical day like?
Every Monday, parents will be given a schedule of the week's activities and trips. The Junior Campers begin each day with swim lessons at some point in the morning (no lessons for senior camp). Junior and Senior Campers will be spending their days doing a variety of games and sports; arts & crafts; dance; and other camp activities. Every afternoon everyone will have a free swim session. The Junior Campers will go on field trips every Wednesday; while the Senior Campers will be going to the beach every Tuesday and a different field trip on Thursdays. Every Thursday is our Theme day where some sort of fun competition/special event is planned. Every Friday is our Pizza and Ice Cream lunch following our Dance Competition.
What are the trips/special events?
Check out our list of Field Trips and On-site Special Events by clicking HERE!