Frequently Asked Questions?
Where are your camp locations?
Our camps are located at the Athelite Sport and Family Fitness Center at 180 Centennial Ave, Piscataway NJ 08854.
What are the camp hours?
Camp goes from 9:00 – 4:00, and free-extended care (7am-6pm) is available before and after camp.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
It depends on the camp program. Click here for more information on what to bring to camp. Don’t forget to clearly label all of your child’s belongings with their full name as we have a camp-wide goal of no lost items each day
Do you separate children by age and grade?
We do. All BEST campers are appropriately separated into groups by age and grade. For sports camps we take into consideration physical strength and ability. Occasionally BEST will move a camper up/down an age group in sport related camps. Please understand and respect that this move will be decided upon by the Site Director and Program Director of the camp and not by the parents.
How do I register for a BEST Summer Camp?
It’s easy to register online. All programs are one-week sessions and must be paid for in full upon enrollment. There is a $50 registration fee; only the camp tuition is due when you enroll. Since the majority of our summer programs have limited enrollment, we encourage you to register early.
Should my camper enroll in multiple weeks of camp?
Yes! BEST has a wide variety of camps for every interest and our average camper enrolls in 4-5 one-week sessions per summer. Many of our Day Campers enroll for 7-8 one-week sessions giving them the chance to build long-lasting friendships and strengthen new skills including swimming. We offer one-week sessions to allow BEST families to cater their summer camp experience to their own schedule and interest.
Do you offer discounts?
We offer Early Bird discounts, sibling discounts, and group/team discounts. Check our Discounts Page for more information.
Do you accept “walk up” registrations?
We do. Always check the website or call the camp office for availability as camp programs do sell out. Parents are encouraged to register weeks in advance, but we understand that for unforeseen reasons, parents sometimes need to register at the last minute. If you find yourself in this situation, we encourage you to enroll online up until the 8:30 am on the Monday before camp begins. If you enroll at the camp location, a walk-up fee may be charged in addition to the regular camp tuition.
Do I receive a confirmation when I register?
Once you register and pay for your camp program(s), you will receive a camp confirmation email for your own records. You will not receive a confirmation telephone call or any USPS correspondence. However, you will receive an informational email on the Wednesday morning prior to the upcoming camp week. This email will provide you with all necessary information including: carpool, what to bring to camp, directions, and more.
Do I need to complete any health forms for my child to participate?
All first-time attending campers will have to complete the necessary camp forms in order to participate in BEST Camps. These forms are required by both the County and the State in some of our camp locations.
Can we request that my camper be placed in a group with another camper (buddy requests)?
Yes. Buddy requests can be made during the registration process until five days of child attending camp. We always do our very best to accommodate buddy requests as we know how important this can be to our campers.
What is the swimming test procedure?
For new campers we administer two tests on Monday.
Swim vest test: This test determines whether your camper needs to wear a vest during free swim. The test involves swimming from one end of the pool to the other (typically 25 yards) without touching the pool wall or lap lane.
Aquatics level test: This test determines the aquatics level of your camper. This test involves measuring some level-specific skills.
What is the counselor to camper ratio at BEST Summer Camps?
In each BEST Camp we aim to “over-staff” our programs to provide a unique environment where campers are able to benefit from individual and small group learning and instruction. Each individual program is supervised and run by a leadership team member (Program Director) to ensure consistency and proper supervision. For our campers, we aim to maintain a counselor to camper ratio of approximately 8:1. For older campers, the approximate ratio is 7:1.
How do you handle inclement weather?
Safety is our number one priority at all times, and we are extremely mindful of the weather. If we see lightning or hear even the slightest sound of thunder, outdoor camp programs are immediately brought inside as we take extreme precaution to ensure that all outdoor camp programs are safe.
What precautions do you take to handle the summer heat?
BEST is well aware that the summer heat can drain a camper throughout the day and week. Water is always available for each camp program and campers are encouraged to take water breaks approximately every 15-20 minutes. We take the heat, the humidity index, and the air quality index seriously. Daily, the Executive Director of BEST Camps communicates with the Site Directors at each camp location to discuss the heat and air index. On extremely hot days (Code Red) and for those campers spending the majority of their time playing outdoors, participants will take mandatory and extended breaks throughout the day, an extended lunch break (indoors in air conditioning), plenty of water and misting fan breaks, and lower impact activities during the day.
In addition, we ensure that sunscreen is re-applied on your camper multiple times throughout the day. We typically plan to re-apply sunscreen at 9:30 am, 11 am and 1 pm. We always have sunscreen on-site if your camper forgets or loses their sunscreen. All sunscreen applications are logged in our Sunscreen Log Book so that we can easily monitor all campers.
Can BEST accommodate children with peanut or life-threatening allergies?
Yes. Families with children who have peanut or nut allergies can feel safe and comfortable at BEST Camps. We are well aware of the dangers and concerns with all children allergies and take our allergy procedures and systems seriously. Upon registration (and in the morning of each camp day), BEST directors take special note of the children with allergies by placing a mandatory, but inconspicuous, colored paper bracelet around the child’s wrist marked with the child’s name for identification purposes (in case of EpiPen use, etc). During both lunch and snack breaks, we have a separate “nut free” area, taking special care not to make the campers with allergies feel alienated during our eating breaks. At the end of each eating period, we demand all campers wash their hands with soap and warm water to ensure they thoroughly clean their hands. If you have any questions about our policies, please feel free to contact the camp office at anytime or see the Site-Director on location. If your child requires an EpiPen at camp, please be sure to place the EpiPen in a clear plastic bag along with a head shot photo of the child and with the name of the camper on the bag. This bag (and any necessary instructions) should be presented to the location Site-Director upon check-in on Monday morning. The EpiPen should stay on location throughout the week and then picked up on Friday. All counselors in charge of campers with life-threatening allergies wear a first aid fanny pack at all times containing EpiPens.