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Deerkill Day Camp

Deerkill Day Camp

Summer is right around the corner, and now is the time for parents to find their summer camp!  #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino spoke with the owners of Deerkill Day Camp, Todd and Rebecca Rothman, about summer camps and what you can find at Deerkill Day Camp.

“Parents better start their search now and come on weekend tours to visit the camp before slots get filled,” explains Todd. Todd also mentions how the number one thing parents should look for in a camp is if it’s  ACA- Accredited. This means that your child’s summer camp cares enough to undergo a thorough peer review of its operation- from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.

Deerkill Day Camp is more than buildings, equipment, and scenery – it is a community, a vibrant space where each boy and girl contributes to the cooperative spirit that makes day camp such a magical place. When Rebecca’s grandparents Irwin and Mildred Rhodes founded Deerkill (Dutch for “deer stream”) in 1958, they wanted to create a community where children would be happy to explore their curiosity, develop new skills, form lifelong friendships, and, of course, have fun.

Now, 6 decades and 3 generations later, Deerkill Day Camp is still owned and directed by the Rhodes family and it is still that special place. Rebecca shares that their program is a really nice mix of both traditional and modern twists. They still have all sports that people would play at camp 20 years ago with an addition of new programs like movie-making, cooking programs and yoga. There is never a dull moment, you always have something exciting to do!

“Deerkill Day Camp is a nice mix of sports, arts and nature, an amazing opportunity to be totally unplugged, get away from all devices and be physically active getting in touch with outdoors.” – shares Rebecca.

To learn more about why so many families have turned to Deerkill Day Camp for their summer fun, visit them on their website. There you can find there virtual tours, videos and dates and rates. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sue Rynar on Jeff Lake Summer Camp

Sue Rynar, Director at Jeff Lake Camp, sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment” to discuss how her camp offers kids an opportunity to disconnect from their cell phones and busy schedules.  

Jeff Lake Camp offers activities ranging from swimming, kayaking and sailing to cooking and pottery. “We are trying to give a nice and balanced opportunity to try a lot of different activities,” Rynar states.

In her older campers, Rynar describes seeing an authentic self, rather than a “social persona.” At the camp, there are no bad hair days and no outfits that aren’t right. “Our hair is in ponytails and none of my staff have makeup on,” she says. “We are role models for our girls.”

Jeff Lake Day Camp has provided a fun and loving environment for campers to have the summer day camp experience of a lifetime, ever since the first group of children arrived in 1958.

To learn more, click here.

#HipNJ Visits Kidville

Are you looking for a fun and enriching program for your child to be a part of? Well look no further because Kidville is the number one option!

Kidville is rapidly becoming a fixture in the New Jersey family scene, with locations in Denville, Englewood, Hoboken, Summit, and Westfield.  Not only does Kidville offer a wide range of classes, but they also have a full retail store, open play space for members, pre school alternative programs and more!

Parents love the positive, stimulating environment Kidville has created, and appreciate the attention to detail employees pay to each child’s needs.   Their children love the bright, vibrant colors, fun activities, and the awesome gym facility Kidville offers as part of their membership package. Once the kids are in, it’s hard convincing them to leave!

Kidville is credited for their quality customer service, cleanliness, safety, and most importantly, FUN! So don’t wait another second and go get your kids enrolled for the most enriching experience of their childhood.

For more information on enrolling your children and franchise opportunities, visit their website.