Where is GRIT?
GRIT Adventure Summer Camp is a local Day Camp serving Downtown Jersey City. Our Main Campus is Located at 201 Marin Blvd across from Morris Square Park just across from the Boys & Girls Club and serves our GRIT Explorer Campers who are ages 3-6 yrs old. Our older campers 6+ will be using our new "pop-up" location this summer at Hamilton Park Montessori's Upper School ( the old St. Anthony's HS). This location is just 2 blocks from Hamilton Park. See our website for more details.
Is it true your opening a new space?
This year GRIT is opening a second campus for its Adventure Summer Camp just two blocks from Hamilton Park at the Upper School of Hamilton Park Montessori ( also known as the former St. Anthonys High School). The address is 175 8th Street just behind the firehouse on Marin Blvd.
This new "pop-up" summer camp location provides over 7,500 square feet across two floors of indoor air conditioned space including two large gym type spaces along with 2 large outdoor spaces including a private shaded area for snacks & lunch, a basketball court and skatepark.
GRIT was so popular last year that we decided to expand to better serve our community with the summer day camp that campers love.
This new partnership with Hamilton Montessori provides GRIT with ample space to provide the sports, STEAM/STEM enrichment and Creative Arts programs that GRIT is know for.
When is GRIT Adventure Camp?
GRIT Adventure Camp will run from June 12th to September 8th, 2023. We provide the flexibility that parents need. Choose by the day or week or stay for the whole summer! No minimum weeks or days are required. GRIT offers the flexibility of Full- Day Camp or Half-Day Camp as well.
Will my child be with others their age?
GRIT Adventure Camp focuses on providing kids with an awesome, safe summer day camp experience where they can make lifelong friends ships.
At GRIT we group our campers by age into "Teams" of the same age and ability. If your child is coming with a friend, please let us know so we can make sure they are in the same team.
How will the new campus be used?
GRIT is splitting its popular summer camp into two camps:
Explorer Camp: for ages 3-6 years old and their main base camp will be GRIT's Marin Blvd location. The Explorers will enjoy a newly rebuilt gym with monkey bars, an expanded rock wall, and a ninja course, as well as field trips to Liberty State Park, soccer games, and more!
Adventure Camp: for ages 6+ and will use the new pop-up location as their main base camp. GRIT will build out an obstacle course, skateboard park, and basketball court at our new pop-up camp plus campers will use our Marin Campus Gym during the week for parkour/ ninja classes. Campers can expect field trips to the Jones Park Skate Park, Soccer Games at local fields, and of course Fabulously Fun Fridays! Adventure Campers will also travel to the Marin Campus for activities throughout the week.
How much time will my child spend outdoors?
Summer camp is really meant to be outdoors. While GRIT will be operating 2 large and well-ventilated facilities, GRIT will use both as a used as a "base camp" for daily adventures to local parks and sports fields weather permitting.
On the first day of camp, all campers will receive a GRIT Summer Camp T-Shirt (you can buy extras if you wish). All campers are asked to wear their GRIT Summer Camp t-shirts each day as well as appropriate attire based on the weather.
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 gym.
We request that a rain poncho is added to your child’s backpack/ cubby in case of rain.
Does my child need to wear a mask?
While the guidelines from the NJ Dept of Health and CDC are changing, we still suggest that a mask is worn for all indoor activities. For GRIT, we are encouraging all campers to wear a mask whenever possible. All of our staff will be wearing masks indoors to keep kids safe and remember all GRIT Staff are also fully vaccinated and boosted.
What types 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 week campers will spend time as part of their organized activities 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.
What types of snacks and lunch do you provide?
At GRIT we are all about healthy living. We encourage parents to pack healthy snacks and lunch for their campers.
For Snacks & Lunch you have two options. You can either pack your own healthy snacks & lunch or you can order them through our vendor Simply Gourmet (www.simplygourmet.com) They have a wide variety of food choices and are an excellent option for busy parents. Each campers food is individually wrapped in a ecologically friendly container and delivered right before lunch time to both of our locations.
We are a nut-free environment with some campers allergic, so please do not pack peanut butter or other nut-based snacks. We have plenty of water on site and ask that parents send their children with a refillable water container labeled with their names for them to use.
Can I pay by check or cash?
Our provider charges a processing fee for all credit card processing. If you want to purchase camp by check or cash, just let us know by emailing us at email@example.com and we will help you register your campers!
How many coaches do you have? What is the ratio of Coaches to Campers?
Did you know that every camp must adhere to the NJ Dept of Health guidelines (N.J.A.C 8:25:3.2) which can be viewed on the NJ Dept of Health website?
GRIT follows and EXCEEDS the NJ Dept of Health Guidelines We employ college athletes as coaches and local high school kids ( and former GRIT athletes) as Coaches in Training (CITs) and always have more than the required number on hand given our focus on providing a safe and fun camp experience.
Typical team sizes are 10 to 12 campers with 2 coaches with more coaches assigned to younger teams.
In addition, GRIT is the only American Camp Association (ACA) Member in Hudson County. The ACA is the standard for professionally run camps and has a rigorous accreditation program that GRIT is currently on track to complete this summer.
This Accreditation process focuses on the administration of key aspects of camp operation, particularly those related to program quality and the health and safety of campers and staff including policies, procedures, and practices and focus on health, safety, and risk-management.
Do I have to sign up for the whole summer?
Unlike other camps, GRIT offers a flexible program where you choose the days/ weeks which fit your schedule! Come for the day, stay for the week or the entire summer! Its up to you!
Does my child get a GRIT Camp Shirt?
GRIT Camp shirts are treasured by our young campers. We provide one t-shirt per camper who is booked for a week or more of camp. Campers who are drop-ins or signed up for single days here and there are provided GRIT Pinnys to wear on our adventures. Parents can of course purchase GRIT Camp Shirts from GRIT or visit our GRIT Gear Store for all types of GRIT merchandise.
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SUMMER CAMP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Looking for a fantastic LOCAL summer camp experience... right in downtown Jersey City?
We are parents too and want to keep our kids safe and healthy while giving them a great outdoor but local summer camp experience! One thats super fun and also provides them with the mental enrichment that kids need.
That's why we are offering an ACTIVE, OUTDOOR, FUN, and LOCAL Day Camp, all designed to fit your level of comfort!
We appreciate your trust and pledge that we will do everything we can to provide a safe and fun summer camp experience for your children.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions. Did we miss encourage you to email, text or call us if you wish to speak in person? We are all in this together!
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