Bayonne’s summer day camps to see changes due to COVID-19

There will be a limit of 100 campers in each camp

Two Bayonne children at a day camp, photo courtesy of Bayonne Recreation.
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Two Bayonne children at a day camp, photo courtesy of Bayonne Recreation.

Bayonne will go forward with their city-run summer camp despite COVID-19, unlike some municipalities that have cancelled their summer camp programs. However, with the new normal comes new restrictions and changes.

The Recreation Division will offer day camps for children in the 1st through 8th grade. Children entering 1st grade in September are eligible for camp. Children entering 9th grade in September are eligible for camp.

“Come join us for a summer of fun and excitement!” according to a press release from Bayonne Recreation. “Our summer camp experience will empower campers to develop independence, self-esteem, and life-long friendships.”

Day Camps operating with restrictions

Day Camps include 16th Street Park Day Camp, 1st Street Park Day Camp/Mary J. Donohoe Day Camp, Ultimate Sports Camp at Veterans Stadium, Stephen R. Gregg Park Day Camp/Horace Mann Day Camp, and Henry Harris/Washington School Camp.

There will also be an Outdoor Arts and Crafts Camp at the 56th Street Senior Center, Skate Camp, Grassroots Basketball Camp, Ability Day Program and Special Needs Sports Camp.

The day camps being held at Stephen Gregg Park are not run by Hudson County but the City of Bayonne Recreation Division.

Camps will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Skate Camp, Grassroots Basketball Camp and Special Needs Sports Camp times may differ.

Each camp will have a schedule of various outdoor activities, such as Pool Days. However, there will not be field trips. According to Bayonne Recreation, more details are to follow.

There will not be transportation to and from camp. There will not be early drop off or after-care. Drop-off and pickup locations may be staggered.

All camps will be outdoors and in case of inclement weather, camp will be closed for that day.

Recreation day camps will follow the New Jersey COVID-19 Youth Day Camp Standards Guide. Detailed information to be distributed to each camper and family.

Lottery system in place

With restrictions and guidelines in place for the summer of 2020, there will be a limit of the number of campers and counselors at each camp and it will not be a first come-first serve basis. Bayonne Recreation will institute a lottery system to attend.

The maximum number of campers at each camp will be 100. Once at camp, those 100 will then be separated into smaller groups of 20.

To give as many children as possible an opportunity to attend day camp, camps will be broken into two, three-week sessions, Bayonne Recreation said. In total, there will be 100 campers each session per camp.

The number of campers permitted for the Outdoor Arts and Crafts camp will be limited to 50. Those 50 will then be separated into groups of 10.

The number of campers permitted for the Grassroots Basketball Camp per session will be 24. However, the location is yet to be determined.

The number of campers for the Skate Camp will be 20 per session. Those 20 skaters will then be broken into groups of 5. Camp will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and sessions will be one hour long.

Sessions will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday sessions will be held from 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

As more information and data is gathered on COVID-19 each day and week, the Division of Recreation said guidelines and format of each camp are subject to change.

Camp schedules

The camp registration fee is $100 per camper. For the Grassroots Basketball Camp and Skate Camp, the fee is $50 per camper.

The first session of camps will run from Monday, July 20 until Friday, August 7. The second session will run from Monday, August 10 until Friday, August 28.

The Grassroots Basketball Camp will run from July 20 until August 14 and will consist of drills only, according to Bayonne Recreation. There will be no contact, no games.

All participants must bring their own basketball and will not be shared. Residents are advised that camp may be cancelled or postponed due to park restrictions and or state restrictions on the matter.

The Special Needs Sports Camp will run on August 3 and 4 as well as August 6 and 7. There is no camp on Wednesday, August. The camps will run from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Stadium.

Registration information

A Summer Camp Expo for resident registration will be held at Veterans Stadium on Saturday, June 20. Registration will be organized by last name.

From 9 to 10:00 a.m., anyone with the last name beginning A through H should head to Veterans Stadium to register, followed by last name beginning I through Q from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m.

Last up are the last names beginning with R through Z from noon until 1 p.m. For those who cannot attend on June 20, residents can also register at Veterans Stadium on June 22 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Camp registration on any other date, according to Bayonne Recreation.
Residents are advised not to arrive earlier than the designated times. Safety measures will be taken at all times.

Bayonne Recreation announced that letters notifying acceptance to be mailed Monday, June 29. Registration fees will be collected on July 6. More information regarding registration fees will be announced.

For more information, residents are advised to contact Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email BAYONNEREC@AOL.COM.

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