WHAT PARENTS SAY.
Some of the written comments received from CK-NJ camp parents:
My daughter was a new camper this year. She was there for the first 2
weeks what a wonderful time she had. When she gets the camp newsletter her
whole face lights up. We look forward to sending her back this summer for
6 weeks and she's looking forward to the reunion.
an 11-year-old girl)
What I like best about Campus Kids is my daughter�s total and complete
comfort level and happiness. She tells everyone about what a fantastic,
wonderful, super, great camp she goes to in the summer. She is so very
happy there and she has grown in so many ways as a result of going to a
sleep-away camp. Everything from the food, activities, counselors,
campers, nurses, directors to the bus ride�it is all simply the best. I
think the bunk group meetings are very helpful to each of the campers. I
know at night when she would call home, it was so important for her to quickly
talk because she had to get to her meeting. She enjoyed them and
contributed her thoughts when asked. What I found fascinating was that
after the first two weeks when campers left and new campers started she was sad
that the new campers were shy and different from the ones that had just gone
home. I told her to give them time and to help them along because she had
been there for two weeks already�by the next night or so, they were all good
friends, talking and having fun. It is a wonderful experience and I would
recommend Campus Kids to any child or parent. It is beneficial for the
child and the parent�we both grow. Campus Kids is a secure, comfortable
and happy environment that any child would adapt nicely. On another note,
there is such a sense of camaraderie among the counselors, campers and camp
personnel. The bonding and respect which forms between the counselors and
campers is very special. You have done a fine job selecting each counselor
and my daughter speaks highly of all the counselors at camp. Great job, fabulous
camp and many thanks for making our children feel so special and secure at CK.
a 10-year-old girl)
Another wonderful summer is coming to a close for our son at CK. Over
the past two summers, _____ really blossomed and has become quite
self-confident. I know that his time at CK has contributed greatly to his
enhanced sense of self and I wish to thank you for providing not only a
wonderful place for our "little boy" to have fun, but a safe haven of
self-discovery. See you next year!!
a 13-year-old boy)
I just wanted
to take this moment to say Thank You for making _______'s summer so special.
He came off the campus kids bus on Friday and said "last night was the best
night of my life!". _____ has been on a high about his experience this
summer at camp ever since and he keeps remembering fun stories to share with me.
During one of the first phone calls that we had while he was at camp I asked him
how he liked the boys in his bunk. He said ,"They are all great!! They are
all nice and we all get along. Oh yeah, my counselors are AWESOME!".
As a mom, I can't imagine hearing anything better than that!
a 15-year-old boy)
I just want you to know a little bit about my daughter's camp experience this
summer. She absolutely didn't want to go to sleep away camp this summer.
Every time we brought up the subject she voiced her strong opinion about not
going. Well, fast forward to the present. She wants to go for 6
weeks next summer! She has met many great friends and says its one of the
best experiences of her life! Great Job!!
an 11-year-old girl)
The next week is going to be
very tough for ______ as he winds down his stay at Campus Kids. I can't tell
you what a special place it has been for him over the years. He will be feeling
the positive impact from his life at CK for years to come. (parent of
a 15-year-old boy)
wanted to send you our heartfelt thanks again for everything you & your staff
did to help _______. We cannot express to you how grateful we are. She was
beaming with pride when she came off the bus today - Everyone at Campus Kids has
truly made a difference in her life! (parent of
a 12-year-old girl)
The kids have thoroughly enjoyed
their experience and have created memories that will last for many years to
come! Thanks for all you and your staff do in running an amazing program!
three campers: 9 to 14 years old)
I wanted to thank you for yet
another wonderful summer. When I saw ______ get off the bus today, filled with
such emotion, I just had to write. There's really something special going on
there and I'm so pleased that my boys have been able to be a part of it for all
of these years. Thanks so much for all that you do! (parent of
a 15-year-old boy and a former camper)
I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the staff for making ______'s first
sleepaway camp experience so successful. Prior to camp he never had a
successful sleepover - even at a friend's house. This experience was great
for his self esteem. He also had a great time and enjoyed the many
activities - I think he tried everything (except yoga) ! I too was most
impressed with the way the camp is run, the responsiveness of the staff, the
quality of the activities and the facilities.
an 11-year-old boy)
We just want to offer our thanks for making this another memorable year for
_____. As you know this was his fourth summer at Campus Kids and maybe
his best yet. He has always matured dramatically at camp (emotionally and
socially), probably even more so than during his 10 months in school. This year
was no different. . . . He came home on weekends full of stories and
excitement. He loved the opportunities that camp offered to showcase his
talents. It's as if Campus Kids has a secret potion for self-esteem. He has
become confident and comfortable with his own individuality.
a 14-year-old boy)
I wanted to drop a note to say Thank You for another great summer. ______ has
never felt more comfortable, or happy anywhere else...She has made great
friends, probably learned a lot of good life lessons and will have a lifetime of
memories from camp. I remember meeting you the first time and being "nervous"
about sending her to "sleep away." You put my fears at ease and it was the best
thing I had ever been talked into.. Your staff has been wonderful throughout the
years, which adds to the fantastic experience _____ had..I'm sure you get many
of these letters from parents, but I am very thankful, that ______ had a "2nd
Home" to look forward to going to every summer.
a 15-year-old girl)
Thank you for giving _____ the opportunity to have a fantastic time at CK. He
came home with the "I can't believe camp is over" blues. Some of his specific
comments were how great the kids were, he loved the activities, he loved the
Weekend Adventures, he loved the staff. I think you get the theme. He
continues to comment on how much his swim instructor helped him. He had so much
more confidence in the water when we were at our cousin's lake house this past
week. . . .
I think you run an excellent camp.
When we feel _____ is happy and safe, we're happy. So thank you from all of us.
a 13-year-old boy)
I just wanted you to know what a
wonderful experience (my daughter) had at camp. As a parent, I am grateful for
your friendly, encouraging staff and how well the camp is run. It is extremely
organized and easy to communicate with. Thank you.
a 12-year-old girl)
_____ had a wonderful summer! I thank you for keeping him busy and engaged
in something other than video games!
a 13-year-old boy)
Hard to believe
the summer is almost over. My girls are having a great summer (I think!) They
stopped calling me at night�and I am only taking that as a great sign. Of
course, I haven't heard a word about _______'s weekend adventure�(3 nights in a
tent and no complaints - that's pretty good) .. and how did anyone every get
_____ to be in a play (even if only for 1 minute as she tells me)�.is pretty
13-year-old and 15-year-old girls)
My girls are
both enjoying your camp. Our little _____ is excited about Campstock, she is
into dance, and _____ likes the older girl activity time. Both girls like
yoga, tie dye, jewelry making, gymnastics, guitar, the food, canteen, etc, and
most important, they are happy personally and socially, and feeling good.
12-year-old and 14-year-old girls)
will be graduating from college in a few months and we still look back on Campus
Kids as one of the major highlights and turning points in her development.
a former camper)
for a wonderful summer- what a difference I see in _____- he is so independent,
caring and listens when I say " Lights out" I no longer have the struggle with
him at bed time and I attribute that to Campus Kids!! Thank you, we are all
looking forward to next year!
Just got off the phone with my
boys and I have NEVER heard them so excited!!! They talked and talked and
talked some more and their excitement was infectious. Thank you from the
bottom of my heart. _____ and _____ love their friends, love their counselors
and are having a great time. You and your staff are amazing. You have
perfected the art of camping!!! With heartfelt gratitude,
13 and 14-year-old boys)
Just a note to let you know how
thrilled we are that _______has settled in and how very happy he is at camp.
Speaking with him for the past two evenings made us feel that not only do we
love Campus Kids, but he truly does too. He can't wait to return on Monday!
When (the division leader) called us the first day, we felt so comfortable that
the camp was committed to making this experience for ______ the very best. I
thank his counselors for working so hard to accomplish this goal. Every
parent wants the best for their child. I believe Campus Kids was the best
choice for our son! Thank you for directing a terrific program.
tell you how thrilled my husband and I are with _______'s camp
experience this summer at CK. Her counselors are amazing and she is
having her best summer ever.
You have no idea how much it means to us to have a camp like CK to send
our daughter to. It is such a wonderful experience to have your child
away, learning to be independent yet in such a warm loving environment.
You are ALWAYS
100% there for your campers and their parents as well.
I want to tell you how much my son _____ is enjoying your camp. He had
many years of day camp and last year he was not too happy 3 weeks away
at ________ Camp. He is so happy at Campus Kids. Every night like
clockwork, he calls at 9:55 and at first I thought that was not a good
idea, but he just "checks in", tells me about his day, and then says he
is busy and has to go! Fantastic. On the weekends, he shows all
his relatives at our house, all the pictures of camp on the website and
points out all the ones of himself. He is having a wonderful time.
Thank you. (parent of
Just a quick email to tell
you how much _____is enjoying her camp adventure! I am delighted to hear
her speak so enthusiastically about the activities, the staff and
her fellow campers. Thank you for providing such a wonderful experience
for her--full of fun and accomplishment and kindness. The camp
theme of "respect" has resonated most profoundly. We are so happy and
grateful that ______ could be part of the Campus kids NJ family this
summer. (parent of
Looks like you are enjoying yourself
at Campus Kids already -- love all the website pictures! We wanted to
say "thank you" to you and the other Directors , the activity
coordinators, and to our kids' counselors for an amazing first week of
_______(Grade 6 Boys) had a terrific
first week (and first sleep away experience) . We could not have asked
for it to go better - so a HUGE thank you to his counselors and everyone
for that. He adjusted well, has made lots of friends, loves it, and
wants to come back next year : )
________ (Grade 9 Girls) -- being as
shy as she is--(ha!) seems to officially know every person in the camp.
She will probably be looking to take over your job in a couple of
years! She LOVES her counselors this year, the girls in her group are
all very close and do everything together, and she thinks all the CK
staff are "awesome". She is having an amazing time this summer.
Thank You for taking care of our
children and for this great growing experience for them. We appreciate
it so much. (parent of
11-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl)
Let me take the time now to thank
you for having such an excellent program. As you know this is our girls'
first year and they had so much fun and made a whole lot of new friends.
They had a wonderful experience and your staff is top notch. I was very
impressed with everything you guys do there. You are organized and I felt
very safe with my children there.
8 and 11-year-old girls)
want to thank you all for the terrific summer that our son is having so
far. He has been having a truly wonderful camp experience and is happy
and even told me that he's sorry he didn't go to sleep away camp sooner.
He and his room-mate are getting along famously and he just doesn't have
enough good things to say about his camp experience. I want to thank you
all for the great job that you're doing in providing our son with, as he
said to me this morning on the way to the bus, "this is my best summer so
far in my life!" For our son, who does not often say much, you can only
imagine how thrilled we feel. Thank you all so much. (parents of
believe camp has come to an end - not just for this year but for good for
_____. It's really been a great experience for her and I thank you for
providing such an outstanding summer experience for these kids. She's made
some great life long friends as well. I know CK will be around for a long
time (since I recommend it to everyone who wants their kid to have a sleep
away experience) and I wish you continued success.
(parent of 15-year-old girl)
I wanted to
say thank you for the wonderful experience you have given both my
girls. The passage of time is mind boggling! They have incredible
memories and have made lasting friendships. You run your camp as if the
kids were your own and I always felt like the Campus Kids environment was
like visiting a relative! (one that you like!!!)
(parent of alumni campers)
Read more Parent Comments on Page 2.
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