GRIT SUMMER CAMP
Frequently Asked Questions
Making decisions about Summer Camp is challenging given COVID.
We understand your concerns. We are parents too and want to keep our kids safe and healthy while giving them a great outdoor summer camp experience.
That's why we are offering both In Person and Virtual Programs this summer, all designed to fit your level of comfort. We made the decision to hold in person summer day camp because of the outpouring of support and requests from local parents in our community.
We appreciate your trust and pledge that we will everything we can to provide a safe and fun summer camp experience for your children.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions from parents. We hope this helps to answer any questions you might have and encourage you to email, text or call us if you wish to speak in person. We are all in this together
Where is GRIT?
GRIT Summer Camp runs from July 6- Sept 4th from 8:30am-4:30pm. Drop-offs will be outside of GRIT located at 201 Marin Blvd from 8:30-9:00am.
No parents or guardians will be allowed into the facilities during camp hours.
If needed, we offer early drop off (8 am) and/ or After-Camp programs until 6pm.
To encourage social distancing, we will be asking parents to stagger the drop offs and pick-ups at camp with parents waiting outside and social distancing between groups.
Will my child be with others their age?
Following the NJ Dept of Health and CDC guidelines, our goal is to group the campers by age & ability and have them do fun activities as a team each week to minimize potential exposure. We will be grouping the campers with their friends as requested so if your child is coming with a friend, please let us know so we can make sure they are in the same group.
How much time will my child spend outdoors?
Summer camp is really meant to be outdoors. While we have a large and well-ventilated facility, we plan to use GRIT as a "base camp" for daily adventures to local parks and sports fields weather permitting.
Each trip will be a walking trip following our strict safety protocols.
At each outdoor park location, our pop-up gymnastic, parkour and obstacles, games and activities, first aid kit, etc. – just in case.
At the first day of camp, all campers will receive a GRIT Summer Camp T-Shirt.
We will be asking all campers to wear their GRIT Summer Camp t-shirts each day as well as appropriate attire based on the weather.
We will be offering pick up of T-Shirts at GRIT on Saturday July 4th and Sunday July 5th from 9-11am if you would like to pick them up early.
What happens if it rains?
Rain or shine we are here to stay! Light rain and drizzle will not stop us from having fun! For those occasional heavy downpours or heavy rain, we have a series of fun, indoor activities – grouped by age- planned in our large multi-room space.
We request that a rain poncho is added to your child’s backpack/ cubby in case of rain.
What types of snacks and lunch do you provide?
At GRIT we are all about healthy living and normally we would provide snacks and lunch. However, given the COVID guidelines for Summer Camp, we reduced the price of camp this summer accordingly and are requesting that parents pack snacks and lunch for their campers with disposable utensils per the CDC guidelines.
We are a nut free environment with some campers allergic, so please do not pack peanut butter or other nut-based snacks. We will provide water and ask that parents send their child with a refillable water container labeled with their names for them to use.
What type of educational programs are you offering?
We believe in a strong mind and a strong body. Our educational partner, JEI Learning of Jersey City, is a well-respected academic enrichment program with over 1000 locations globally. We love their personalized approach to learning focused on mastering concepts vs. rote learning. Campers will take a JEI diagnostic test to determine their English and Math strengths and weaknesses and a copy of the report will be sent home to parents.
Each day campers will spend an hour working on their academics focusing on a rotating selection including English, math, reading & writing and critical thinking. Weekly programs at GRIT include writing a story, competing in a mini Math Olympiad, practicing how to speak in public or competing in a chess tournament.
Does my child need to wear a mask?
Per the NJ Dept of Health and CDC guidelines, all campers and staff must wear a mask for all indoor activities. For GRIT, we are encouraging all campers to wear a mask, indoors and outdoors whenever possible. All of our staff will be wearing masks for both indoor and outdoor activities.
GRIT Summer Camp Checklist
GRIT is about having fun and enjoying the outdoors. To ensure your child has the best experience possible, we ask that you pack the following items below. Each camper will have a cubby at GRIT for their stuff. If it gets hot out, we will introduce water games and other fun activities to keep them cool. We also don’t mind a mild rain shower, hence the need for a rain poncho! Please label everything! We will send wet or soiled cloths home and ask that you send fresh cloths back.
An extra pair/ change of clothes
Cloths for water fun (Water gun Friday!)
Indoor Gym Shoes
Packed lunch – to be placed in our refrigerator until lunch
Backpack that can be work on 2 shoulders (please not tote, messenger or roller bags)
Reusable Water Bottle
Snacks (no nuts)
Sun protection (sunscreen, hats, visors, etc.)
Please apply sun screen at home prior to camp! Our coaches will do our best to keep them lathered along throughout the day and out of the sun when possible.
Though campers will sometimes have free time, please refrain from packing an inappropriate number of toys from home!
All of our coach’s travel with:
A first aid kit
A water cooler and extra water bottles
Sunblock and bug spray
Coach Kit: Jenga blocks, playing cards, extra masks, bandannas, chalk, etc.)
Hand sanitizer and wipes
Medical Forms & Waivers
The following medical forms and waivers must be uploaded to your GRIT account and signed prior to start of camp:
1. Updated Medical history information demonstrating up to date vaccinations from your pediatrician. You can either use this form or use the one sent to you by your doctor,
3. GRIT Standard Waiver, Field Trip Waiver, and COVID Waiver
GRIT COVID- 19 Health Safety Policy:
(We will update/amend these as the CDC and State of New Jersey Health Department provide further guidance)
Parents will be asked to certify each morning that their camper and extended family who live with the child are healthy and no fever or COVID symptoms are present at home.
Each child will be temp checked each morning upon arriving at GRIT Summer Camp.
Campers will be asked to bring their own mask and to wear the mask during all indoor activities. Gloves are also recommended for indoor activities (parents to provide).
Snack, lunch and water is to be provided by the parent with no sharing of food or utensils by the campers.
Arrival and departure times will be staggered to reduce traffic flow in the lobby.
All parents will be asked to drop off campers at the front door.
All campers will be taught and reminded of safe hygiene including safe distancing, hand washing each morning and frequent breaks throughout the day will be taken for hand washing and/or sanitizer application.
Campers will be local residents and will be grouped into small pods of six or less by age and remain with the same small pod when possible during the camp week.
Staff will certify each morning that they and their extended family (that they live with are healthy and have no fever or COVID symptoms present at home.
Each staffer will be temp checked each morning and randomly during the day.
Each staff member will be asked to wear their own mask and gloves during all activities.
Staffers, in addition to background checks and CPR certification, will be trained on COVID health safety and symptoms.
Extra staff have been hired specifically to clean and disinfect surfaces during camp.
GRIT will be deep cleaned each evening and common surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly during the day.
Hand washing/ Sanitizer stations will be set up around the facility with regularly programmed times throughout the day to remind staffers and campers to wash before the next activity.
GRIT is a large, well ventilated facility with 5 double doors and brand new air systems to bring fresh air rapidly into the space. For Summer Camp we are adding large fans to further improve air circulation.
Activities on common surfaces ( e.g. tables etc) will be disinfected between use.
All programs will be done outside whenever possible using local parks and fields for both sports and enrichment activities.
COVID- 19 Guarantee
We will provide a FULL REFUND* for any canceled camp days due to federal, state or local restrictions.
Terms & Conditions
Please note that all sales are final, and there are no refunds or credits, full or partial, or holds, both consumer or business related. We cannot transfer credits between seasonal programs or between clients that are not direct family members.
We reduced our camp prices this year- despite the added cost of running camp during an ongoing global pandemic. It is more costly to implement all of the added and stricter safety protocols, developing engaging content to meet these new conditions and running at a much lower coach to camper ratio than the state allows- all designed to do our best to keep everyone safe.
A waiver must be on file for any adult or minor participating in our programs.
GRIT reserves the right to refuse participation in activities without a signed waiver.