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Frequently Asked Questions

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Parent Resources THE BENEFITS OF CAMP

Camp offers a unique opportunity for children to try new experiences, make lifelong friendships, and develop resiliency and confidence. With so much screen time these days, camp gives children an unplugged environment where they can get physical activity and connect with nature. Camp also fosters social-emotional skills, encourages teamwork and creativity, and makes time for play. At SPARK, we understand the power of camp and bring that magic to our campers each day.

Parent FAQs

SPARK is located at the Middletown Sports Complex in Middletown, New Jersey. The Complex also boasts a skating arena, ice hockey, a pool club, sports training, and various additional amenities.

For the 2021 season, SPARK will serve campers ages 6 to 12 (1st - 6th Grades).

SPARK Day Camp 2021 will run from Monday, June 28th through Friday, August 20th. Camp will be closed on Monday, July 5th. From August 23rd through September 3rd, we will offer Enrichment programs before schools open.

Campers can enroll for a minimum of two weeks up to our eight week full summer.

A typical camp day runs from 9am to 4pm. We also offer Before care from 8am to 9am and Aftercare from 4pm to 6pm.

You can click here to register online. If you require any assistance, please contact our camp office or email Janice@sparkdaycamp.com.

Yes! If you need skates, SPARK Day Camp will supply them for you. Learning to skate, figure skating, and ice hockey are included in the camp program. Your camper should bring clothing they are comfortable skating in. Keep in mind, while it will be summer, we do keep the rinks on the cooler side. Protective wear (Headgear, elbow and/or knee pads) are optional and would be items provided by each family.

  • T-SHIRT
  • SHORTS
  • SOCKS
  • SNEAKERS
  • CLOTHES FOR SKATING
  • HAT/CAP
  • TWO TOWELS
  • TWO BATHING SUITS
  • SHOWER SHOES/FLIP FLOPS (When we go to the pool)
  • RAIN SLICKER
  • RAIN BOOTS
  • WATER BOTTLE
  • SUNSCREEN
  • Ice Skates (Optional)
  • A SMILE (Not Optional)

Campers should not wear open toed shoes to camp.  These should be reserved for the pool area. Campers should come ready to participate in shorts, shirt, socks & sneakers. Campers should eat a full breakfast prior to arrival and be ready for a full, active day.

An extra set of clothes (shirt, shorts, socks, underwear & sneakers) should be sent with campers on their first day and every Monday.  Please place them in a bag marked with your child’s name.  If unused, these will be returned on Friday each week.   

All articles of clothing and any items campers bring should be labeled with the camper’s name.

We will have a supply of sunscreen approved for children.  We ask you to apply sunscreen prior to your child leaving for camp.  We will re-apply as needed and/or instructed by parents.

What not to bring…  No electronics of any kind. This includes cell phones and all portable video games.  We ask you to not put us in the position of having to collect these devices or spend time looking for them if lost or misplaced.    

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CAMPER PACKING LIST

  • T-Shirt
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Sneakers
  • Clothes For Skating
  • Hat/Cap
  • Two Towels
  • Two Bathing Suits
  • Goggles (optional)
  • Shower Shoes/Flip Flops (When we go to the pool)
  • Rain Slicker
  • Rain Boots
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Ice Skates (Optional)
  • A Smile (Not Optional)

Staff Resources FAQs

As a camp counselor or specialist, you’ll have the opportunity to teach and experience all the different facets of camp and work in your hired area of expertise: Athletics, Performing Arts, Creative Arts, Outdoor Adventure Activities, STEAM, etc.

Staff gain hands-on experience and countless opportunities to learn best practices in working with children 6-12 years old. Work alongside experienced camp professionals to assist in developing and delivering summer programming designed to not only continue the educational process in a more creative setting but also provide valuable life skills in learning how to work with others while cultivating one’s own voice and learning to problem-solving. We are a camp that believes in the benefits of partnering with our campers and not powering over them.

We’re looking for high school seniors, college students, graduates, and teaching professionals who are passionate, confident, creative, and driven with a zany playfulness and boundless support who believe the world would be a better place with more “Camp People” in it.

SPARK offers a variety of positions:

Group counselors supervise the same group of campers each day. They ensure that campers are safe while having fun following their daily schedule.

Counselors actively participate in all areas including swim twice a day.

Specialists are assigned an activity at which they instruct campers each day.

Lifeguards are certified to teach swim instruction and guard the pools.

A typical camp day runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Staff arrives by 8:30 am and leaves after campers depart at 4 pm. The activity schedule runs from 9:30 to 3:30 and includes 2 swim periods, lunch (provided), athletics, arts, and ropes.

We will provide you with staff shirts to be worn each day of the camp. Sneakers and a watch are required. The only time flip flops can be worn is walking to and from the swim. All counselors must wear a bathing suit (one-piece or sport style) while in the pool. Athletic or casual shorts are recommended.

Our campers range in age from 6 to 12. The age group that you work with will be determined partly based on your preference as well as what positions are open and where we feel you would be best suited.

Camp runs from June 28th to August 20th and is closed July 5th. Prior to the start of camp, the staff is required to attend orientation training sessions. Staff must commit to work the entire camp season and attend all pre-camp training.

JOB OPENINGS

We are currently hiring for the following positions for summer 2021:

  • Athletic Specialists
  • Creative Specialists
  • Lifeguards
  • Ropes Course Specialists

Responsibilities Include:

  • Organize and engage campers in age-appropriate activities.
  • Create a safe, fun, and nurturing environment and inclusive camp community.
  • Be the positive role model campers come to respect and rely on.
  • Inspire and support the efforts of others.
  • Ensure the camp schedule is adhered to.
  • Teach campers to care for themselves, care for others, care for their environment, and become positive role models themselves. These are our core values.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • The ability to remain calm in all situations.
  • Recognize teachable moments and take advantage of them.
  • Possess an excellent work ethic and ability to self-motivate.
  • Work within the group and teach others how to collaborate.
  • Allow for all voices to be heard.
  • SPARK the interests of our campers in your field(s) of expertise.

This is a summer program. All staff is expected to be available for our eight weeks of camp, June 28 – August 20, and pre-camp orientation. 

Application Process:
All candidates should email a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should include the position for which you are applying, the activities you are able to lead and/or are interested to assist. Please confirm availability to be at camp during the specified dates and why you would be an excellent fit for the desired position.

Application Dates:
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.