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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's

Q:How do I register for camp?
A:Go to www.amityacresdaycamp.com and click on camp on the green bar. Scroll down & click on 'Register'. Then you can create an account or log into your current account. If you do not have an account, click on 'Create an Account' and then follow the prompts through the registration process. If you have an account, log into your account and follow the prompts to register your camper.

If you have more than one child to register, you can register another child before proceeding to the payment page.

If you have come to camp before, simply login in to your account and make your reservations.

All registrations must be processed online. There are no paper registration forms.

Q:What are the themes this summer?
A:Week 1 (June 22-26: Lights, Camera, Action
Week 2 (June 29-July 2): Stars and Stripes (no camp July 3)
Week 3 (July 6-10): Lab Rats
Week 4 (July 13-17): Disney
Week 5 (July 20-24): Olympic Greatness
Week 6 (July 27-31): A Walk on the Moon
Week 7 (August 3-7): Frosty Fun
Week 8 (August 10-14): In The Jungle
Week 9 (Aug 17-21): Under the Big Top

Q:What are your Open House dates?
A:All open house events are held are Amity Acres Day Camp at 133 Jones Road, Barnegat, NJ 08005.

All open houses are on a Saturday from 1-4pm

January 25
February 9
March 7
April 4
April 25
May 30


Q:What forms do I need to complete before my child attends camp?
A:All forms must be completed online, with the exception of the Medical Authorization form, if applicable, which needs to be faxed, scanned or e-mailed or mailed to us.

The forms are:

Health History
Immunization Record
Code of Ethics
Policies & Reminders
Camper Information
T-Shirt Size

If your child is registered for the Equestrian Riding session, in addition to the above, she will also need:

Double K Ranch Horse Release
Double K Ranch Hold Harmless Agreement
Medical Authorization Form - downloadable from Document Center

Forms can be completed during registration or accessed later from the Document Center located within your account. To get to the Document Center, click on the Additional Options tab from the main page of your account and choose Document Center from the menu. Incomplete online forms will be listed in red.

All forms must be completed NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS prior to your camper's first day of camp.

Q:What is the cost of camp?
A:Visit our website, www.amityacresdaycamp.com, for a full listing of programs, add-ons, and prices.

Basic camp, boy unit and Fireflies are priced at $225 per week. A four day week fee is $205 and a three day week fee is $185.

During week 1& 2 you have the option of choosing one or two days and the fee is $80 per day.

Horse riding program fee is $395 per week.

Camp Program Aide fee is $425. CPA Specialization is $125.

Three Night Stay is $350

Specialty Camp is $255

For prices of our options, such as Bus transportation, extended care and evening activities, please visit our website.

Q:Where can I find the necessary forms for camp?
A:Forms can be completed during registration or accessed later from the Document Center located within your account. To get to the Document Center, click on the Additional Options tab from the main page of your account and choose Document Center from the menu.

Incomplete online forms will be listed in red on the Document Center page. To fill out the missing or incomplete forms, scroll down and locate the list of clickable forms on the left hand side. Downloadable info packets and forms will be listed on the right.

If your child is registered for the equestrian program the Medical Authorization Form can be downloaded from the list on the right hand side.



Q:Who must pay a registration fee to attend camp?
A:Girls who are not registered Girl Scouts for the 2019 - 2020 year must pay a $40 membership fee. Boys and Fireflies must pay a $40 camp registration fee.

Girls ages 5-18 will be registered with our national office, Girl Scouts of the USA, as official members. This membership is valid until September 30, 2020 and allows girls to participate in Girl Scout programs and activities from the time they pay this registration fee until the end of September 2020. (Ask us for more details!)

Q:Who sponsors this camp?
A:Camp Amity Acres is a camp for girls operated by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.

Q:Do you have busing?
A:Yes, the bus transportation fee is $80 per child per week. Camp staff assists the campers when arriving and departing each day.

We have designated bus stops and times for each route. For more info, please take a look at our Bus Schedule located in the Document Center.

Q:How can I add Campfire or any other option to my child's registration?
A:To add Campfire or any other option to your already existing weekly registration, please follow these quick and easy steps:

1. Go to the My Account page
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and look on the right side of the page for "Reservations"
3. Click on "Reservations"
4. Click on the binoculars for the week you would like to modify. This will take you to the Reservation Detail for that particular week. (on the Right)
5. Look for "Options" and click "Edit"
6. Add the option of your choice, click Proceed to Payment and make your payment.

Q:Is there a nurse on site?
A:Amity Acres Day Camp staffs a health supervisor who is CPR & First Aide certified, an EMT or a nurse. The health supervisor is responsible for informing staff of special needs, medication and managing any daily incidences that may occur. Many of our staff are first aid & CPR trained.

Q:My camper came home sick - can I bring her to camp the next day?
A:For the health and safety of all our campers and staff, we ask that if your child is sent home sick or is displaying symptoms such as fever or vomiting, that you please keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours.

Q:What age does a camper need to be to attend camp?
A:We welcome girls ages 3 to 15 and sibling boys ages 3 to 12.

Fireflies are our unit for girls and boys ages 3 and 4.

Our all-boy unit, is for sibling boys ages 5-12. Depending on the number of boys registered each week they are broken into 2 groups: ages 5-8 and ages 9-12.

Q:What does ACA accreditation mean?
A:The ACA (American Camp Association) is an independent organization of camping professionals which includes camps that have met or exceeded the highest nationally recognized standards for health, operational management, staff training and program quality in camp. Being accredited by the ACA is voluntary.

Q:What is the staff to camper ratio?
A:The average ratio is 1 staff : 10 campers in a unit. A unit consists of approximately 36 campers. It is staffed with a unit counselor, junior counselors and CIT's. Camp Aides may also be in the unit. When a unit goes to a program area such as archery or boating, the staff ratio increases.

Q:When is camp in session and what are the hours of camp?
A:Day Camp is in session for 9 weeks, starting on Monday, June 22 and ending Friday, August 21. You may sign up for as many weeks as you wish!

The camp day begins at 9am & ends at 4pm.

Camp is CLOSED on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.



Q:Who can attend camp?
A:Camp is open to all girls, ages 3 through 15, and sibling boys ages 3-12.

Girls do not need to be registered Girl Scouts. However, for girls who are not registered Girl Scouts, the $40 membership fee must be paid at the time of registration. Boys will need to pay a $40 registration fee as well.

Girls ages 5-18 will be registered with our national office, Girl Scouts of the USA, as official members. This membership is valid until September 30, 2019 and allows girls to participate in Girl Scout programs and activities from the time they pay this registration fee until the end of September 2019. (Ask us for more details!)





Q:Do you have financial assistance available? How can I apply?
A:Yes, we do!

A request for financial assistance may be submitted for each girl attending camp for the summer. Financial Assistance is not available for our Firefly or boy campers. The maximum award is one week of camp per girl.

First, you will need to create an account with us if you do not already have one. To create an account, please visit www.amityacresdaycamp.com and click on Register Online. Follow the prompts to create your account. Please be sure to add your child(ren) to the account as members. Do not register for a week of camp, create an account only.

Once the account is created, please submit a letter of request to the Director of Outdoor Program & Facility, outlining any extenuating circumstances you feel are important to your application. In your letter, please include the name of the program, the dates/week #, extras desired (bus, extended care,etc) and the total cost requested.

You MUST include a copy of your 2019 IRS tax form (1040, 1040A, etc.) along with any related schedules. Be sure to black out all social security numbers. Without proof of income, your application cannot be reviewed.

If a girl receives free or reduced lunches you can provide a copy of the letter that grants the lunch. If a girl & her family are in the SNAP program you can provide a copy of that letter.

If you do not file taxes, please include financial documentation from an alternate source such as a social service agency, school or house of worship. A letter stating your camper receives free or reduced lunches is acceptable.

The maximum award is one week of camp per girl, however individual awards will vary based on the information you provide. The committee will review your request and notify you of their decision in a timely manner.

Q:What are the camp hours?
A:Camp is in session from 9am - 4pm.

We do have before and after care available. Before Care runs from 7-9am and After Care runs from 4-6pm. The cost is $15 per session, or $125 for a full week of both before and aftercare.

Q:What if a unit is full & closed to registration?
A:Once you have your account set up, you are able to register for any or all weeks of camp that are level appropriate for your child. When you attempt to register for a session that is filled to capacity, you will not see that session on the registration page when it opens. However, if you scroll down to the very bottom of the page, which is not immediately visible on many computers screens, you will see all of the level-appropriate programs that are closed to registration. Just click the appropriate box to add your camper to the waiting list.

Please note there are no waiting lists for Basic Camp.

Q:What are some of the activities at camp?
A:Activities at camp may include crafts, boating, nature, archery, swimming, challenge course activities (zip line, climbing wall & team building activities), camp-wide events, Thursday night Campfire and Overnight (for campers grades 4+), and more!

Q:What are the options for Camper's Choice?
A:Campers can choose to go to art, nature, climbing wall, boating, zipline, girls' club or other special activities we may have available certain days. They make three choices in either the morning or the afternoon depending on their unit.

Q:What is a typical day like?
A:Campers arrive in the morning and go to the flag ceremony area. Staff will be available to direct the campers to their counselors. Your camper will gather with her/his counselors and the other campers in her/his unit. After the flag ceremony, attendance is taken, campers go to their sites and put away their belongings in tents, and lunches are collected. Lunches are stored in coolers with ice. Then campers begin their day with either making choices for their activities or going to their assigned activities. Everyone at camp eats lunch at 12pm. After lunch, campers have three afternoon assigned activities or choices. At the end of the day, everyone meets back at the flag area for a closing flag ceremony and then dismissal.

Q:What is the optional Thursday extended day?
A:Campers may choose to add Campfire to their camp experience. Campfire is $45, and may include after camp snack, extra camp activities,swimming dinner and campfire.

For girls entering 4th grade and up, we have our Thursday Night campfire with overnight available. This program is available for weeks 3-8 and is priced at $60. Overnight includes all the fun of our campfire program plus breakfast and lunch on Friday.

This year we are offering two family nights at our campfire. The weeks are two & nine. The fee is $10 per person. More information is on our website.


Q:Are there any extra fees?
A:If you want to make a change to your campers reservation(s), there will be a $15 administrative fee after June 19, 2020.

If your campers paperwork has not been completed on line (& submitted) no later than two weeks prior to their first week of camp, there will be a $25 late fee.

If your camp week balance is not paid two weeks before the respective camp week, your account will be charged a $25 late fee.

Campers who are not registered as Girl Scouts for 2018-2019 will need to pay the $40 registration fee during checkout.


Q:Can a camper attend more than one week?
A:Absolutely!

We offer 9 weeks of camp - you can register for as many as you wish!

Q:Do I need the Medical Authorization form signed by a licensed medical professional?
A:If your camper is signed up for the Horse Riding program you will need to have the Medical Authorization form signed by a licensed medical professional. This form is not needed for any other programs.

The form will be attached to your confirmation packet email. It can also be downloaded from the Document Center located in your account.

The form cannot be completed online. It must be printed, signed by a licensed medical professional, then mailed/faxed/scanned or emailed back to us no later than 2 weeks prior to your camper's week of horse camp. Please retain a copy for yourself.

If this form is not received by two weeks prior to your campers first day of horse camp, a $25 late fee will be automatically charged to your payment account.

Q:Where can I find the Medical Authorization Form?
A:The form will be attached to your confirmation packet email. It can also be downloaded from the Document Center located in your account.

To locate the document center, click on the Additional Options tab from the top toolbar on the main page of your account to open a menu. Choose Document Center from this menu.

Downloadable forms and information documents will be listed on the right hand side. Forms to be completed online will be listed on the left.

Q:Do you have before & after care?
A:Yes, we do.

Before care is from 7am-9am and after care is from 4pm-6pm at camp.

We also have morning care at the Ocean Service Center on Old Freehold Road in Toms River. The hours are from 7:00am - 8:30am and your camper will be transported to camp on the bus. The fee for extended care with busing from Bus 1D is $145 a week. There is no afternoon care at the Ocean Service Center but your camper will be taken here at the end of the day.

The fee is $15 per session. If you need both before care and after care, for all 5 camp days, we have a $125 full week option (a savings of $25!)

Q:Is lunch provided in camp?
A:No, lunch is not provided. Campers need to bring their lunch every day. The lunches will be stored in coolers with ice blocks.


Q:How old do I have to be to work in camp?
A:We hire staff starting at 15 years old.

Our 15 year olds must have successfully completed a Camp Program Aide Leadership program we offer, or an equivalent program approved by the camp administrator, and may be hired to work for 3 weeks. There area limited number of these positions available.

Anyone 16 years old or older, may apply to work by applying on line at: https://www.amityacresdaycamp.com/new-staff-application

Q:Do you have a multiple-night sleepover at camp?
A:Yes, we have a 3 Night Stay program available this summer, for girls in grades 4 and up!

This will run during week 4 (July 13-17) & week 6 (July 27-31).

Girls will have a regular 9-4pm day on Monday. The girls return to camp Tuesday & stay over until Friday at 4pm. Meals during the stay will be prepared by/provided for all campers beginning with the Tuesday evening they are in camp. Lunch should be sent with campers on Monday and Tuesday.

Three Night Stay is its own program and must be registered for by itself - it is NOT an add-on like campfire or one-night overnight. A girl can not register for any other program such as horse, cooking or tech camp if she registers for Three Night Stay.

Q:How old do you have to be to participate in the equestrian ogram?
A:Girls can participate in our equestrian program if they are entering kindergarten and up.

We are offering two weeks of horse:

Week 3 - July 6-10
Week 6 - July 27-31


Q:Can boys come to camp?
A:Yes! Sibling brothers ages 3-12 are welcome to sign up for Amity Acres Day Camp!

Boys ages 5-8 will be in our 'just-the-boys' Shark Bait unit. Boys ages 9-12 will be in our 'just-the-boys' Rooster Den unit. Activities are separate from the girls, except for free swim. Units may be combined if number of registered boy campers is low.

Boys ages 3 and 4 can join our unit for Fireflies, which is a unit specifically designed for campers ages 3 & 4.

Q:Do you have swim lessons?
A:No, swim lessons are not being offered during the 2020 camp season.

Q:What do you do if it rains?
A:Camp goes on, so be sure to pack a poncho!

When necessary, we adapt our activities to the weather. We have procedures for weather-related situations. We have shelters in camp as well as a lodge with a basement.

Q:How old do I have to be to be part of the mentoring program as a teen?
A:To mentor, you must have successfully completed our Camp Program Aide Leadership Experience.

Camp Program Aide Leadership Experience is for campers entering 8th grade (or above) in September 2020. After you successfully complete this program, you may be invited to participate in the mentoring program for 2 weeks. Successful completion includes attending each day of the 2 week program.

If you completed a Teen Leadership program in previous years, you may be invited to mentor for 3 weeks, depending upon your evaluation from previous years. You can request your mentorship weeks via our website, www.amityacresdaycamp.com.

While the mentorship program is free, other fees may apply such as bus or campfire.

Q:What Teen Leadership programs do you offer?
A:Camp Program Aide (CPA) Leadership Experience runs for two weeks, from June 29-July 2. Both weeks must be attended for successful completion of the program. Please note that there is NO camp on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

To participate in this camp, you must be entering the 8th grade in September 2020.

Girls who complete the Camp Program Aide Leadership Experience and would like to become trained in ropes, archery, or boating programs should register for the CPA Specialization camp. This camp is running Week 5, July 20-24, and the price is $125 for the week.

Q:Can my daughter go to camp with her friends?
A:Our camp units are separated by the grade level the camper is entering in September 2020. Our units are divided as follows (for girls):
3 & 4 years old
K -1st graders
2nd-3rd graders
4th-5th graders
6th graders
7th grade and up

Boy units in camp are separated into two units, one for ages 5-8 and one for ages 9-12. Boy units may be combined if the number of registered boys is low.

All girls and boys within the Firefly program will be together.

There is only one unit per grade level for Basic Camp, so campers within the same grade level will automatically be together.

Campers participating in our equestrian programs will be in the same camp unit, but may be divided within the unit during the specialty portion of the day, depending on ability and skill.

Girls may request to move down to a younger unit but may not move to an older unit. Such requests must be made in writing by the parent making this request.. All of our activities are grade/age appropriately designed.


Q:Do you have sibling discount?
A:Yes, we do! This discount is for full week Basic Camp, Boy Units and Fireflies only and cannot be combined with any other offer.

The 1st discount is $10 off your first camper's sibling (the 2nd child registered).

The 2nd discount is $15 off your first camper's second sibling (the 3rd child registered).

Please note that if you have two children registered, only ONE may take advantage of this offer. The first child registered does not qualify for any sibling discount - only additional children. Sibling Discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts, such as Open House or Camper Reunion.


Q:What other promotions/discounts are there?
A:Please note that promotions/discounts can not be combined with any other offer or discount. One discount per child per week only.

All campers that register by April 23, 2020 will receive a back pack with our new logo.

Open House Promotion/Discount: $10 off per week of full week Basic Camp, Boy Units and Fireflies (only) when registered within 48 hours of an open house. You must put at least a $25 deposit per week of camp. Please choose this promotion/discount during checkout, it is NOT automatically applied.

Camper Reunion Discount: If you attended camp in 2018 and/or 2019, you are invited to the Camper Reunion January 11 from 11am-3pm. Register within 48 hours (January 13 at midnight) with a $25 deposit per week and save up to $225 for the summer on ALL CAMP PROGRAMS except equestrian programs. All campers who attend the camper reunion receive a lunch bag with our new logo on it. Please choose this promotion/discount during checkout, it is NOT automatically applied.

Girl Scout Leader Discount: Save $15 per any week of camp if you lead a troop, excluding equestrian. This does not apply to boys or siblings - only the child that is in the troop you lead.

Some restrictions apply to all discounts

Q:How many promotions/discounts can I use? What weeks can I apply them to?
A:Only ONE promotion/discount per child per week may be used. You may not combine two or more discounts on one week of camp. For example, a Sibling Discount and an Open House discount cannot be used together on one camp week registration.

All discounts apply to full week Basic Camp, Boy Units and Fireflies only. The exception is the Camper Reunion discount, which applies to all programs except horse. Discounts cannot be used on shortened 3- or 4- day reservations.

Please be sure to check off your desired discount during registration - no discounts automatically apply. Our data team will approve or deny all requested discounts.

Q:Do you give refunds?
A:Cancellations to your account can be made until May 1, 2020. Starting May 2, 2020, a non-refundable cancellation fee of $25 for each cancelled week will be applied to your account. All payments made to camp are non-refundable after after June 1, 2020, excluding medical exceptions.

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