Meet the SPARK TEAM
OUR CAMP PHILOSOPHY
Our goal at SPARK is for all children to have fun in an emotionally safe, nurturing environment. We strive to empower our campers to feel positive about themselves, develop as confident individuals, further their skill development, and learn to be supportive members of an inclusive camp community. We do this by providing our campers with opportunities to express themselves creatively and emotionally and find success trying new challenges. Our staff are positive role models who works to assist children with problem-solving through patience, teamwork, and empowering them to make age-appropriate decisions.
MEET OUR DIRECTORS
Joe has held just about every position in camp, working his way up from counselor and group leader to director.
Janice brings decades of experience as both an educator and camping professional at several of New Jersey’s premier day camps.
Valerie is a lifetime resident of Middletown and currently lives there with her daughter Kristina, and dog Zeus, and cat Binx.
Care for yourself / Care for others / Care for the environment / Always be a positive role model. Fun at SPARK Day Camp is a given, but we strive for more. The main difference between camp and school is that at SPARK, our campers learn without knowing they’re being taught. Our program was developed with these core values in mind and throughout the summer, our campers and staff exhibit them daily.
LUNCH & SNACKS
We serve a healthy, kid-friendly lunch with a variety of options and a menu that rotates throughout the summer. Campers can choose from the main entrée of the day, pasta and salad bar, fresh fruit, bagels, or deli sandwiches. At the end of the camp day, we serve a snack of fresh fruit, ice cream, or ice pops.
HEALTH & SAFETY
At SPARK, the safety of our campers and staff is our top priority. All staff are background checked and participate in thorough training prior to the start of camp. During camp, all staff must wear an official SPARK shirt. The campgrounds are enclosed and all visitors must sign in and wear a visible security pass. Any campers being picked up early must be checked out from the camp office or the entrance to Middletown Sports Complex by an authorized adult. We have an on-site registered nurse and/or EMT. In addition, our lifeguards and leadership staff are American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certified. There are handwashing stations located throughout the camp as well as water stations where campers are encouraged to hydrate throughout the day.