June 26th Letter to Parents - Summer Camp 2020

Dear Parents:

Monmouth County Park System staff is eagerly anticipating welcoming your child to camp this summer! I am happy to provide this update on the measures in place to assure that your child has a healthy and enjoyable camp experience.

Important Reminders

  • Do not send your child to camp if he/she is ill.
  • Please send you child with a face covering. We will have extra coverings on hand if one is lost or soiled.
  • Face coverings will be required:
    • When social distancing cannot be reasonably maintained.
    • When arriving and departing from camp. 
    • When in the restrooms and or common areas inside buildings (hallways, lobbies, etc.).
    • Campers will not be asked to wear face coverings during snacks/meals, socially distanced activities, or strenuous activity.

Daily Health Screenings

Upon arrival every day, each child will have a brief health screening with the parent present. Please do not leave the premises until this process is complete.

The health screening process will occur as follows:

  • Your child’s temperature will be taken with a no-contact thermometer. If her/his temperature reads 100.4 degrees or above, he/she cannot remain at camp. A doctor’s written clearance will be required in order to return to camp.

The following screening questions will be asked of the parent, on behalf of the camper:

  • Are you currently experiencing any breathing difficulty, coughing, sore throat, fever or chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea?
    If answered yes, he/she cannot remain at camp.  
  • Are you currently taking any medication for any of these symptoms?
    If answered yes, he/she cannot stay at camp.   
  • Have you tested positive for covid-19? 
    If answered yes and he/she tested positive within the last 14 days, he/she cannot stay at camp. If it has been longer than 14 days and the he/she has two negative test results in a row at least 24 hours apart (proof required), and it’s been 3 days with no fever and respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and 10 days since symptoms first appeared,  he/she may attend camp.  
  • Have you come in direct contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19? 
    If answered yes and it has been within the last 14 days, he/she cannot stay at camp.  
  • Have you traveled within the last two weeks to one of the states currently listed in New Jersey’s travel advisory (the current list includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah)?  
    If answered yes, he/she should quarantine for 14 days and cannot attend camp.  

Clearance to Return to Camp   

A camper who tests positive for COVID-19 may return to camp after:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and,
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and,
  • Tested negative twice in a row for COVID-19 at least 24 hours apart. 

A camper without symptoms but who tested positive for COVID-19 can return to camp after:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test. If they develop symptoms, then the symptom-based or test-based strategy should be used and,
  • Tested negative twice in a row for COVID-19 at least 24 hours apart (proof required). 

If your child should become ill and has a positive test for COVID-19 within 14 days after attending camp, please notify us for contact tracing purposes.

If you have not already done so, please complete and return your camp forms. Here's the link to the form packet

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in the parks!


Patti Conroy
Superintendent of Recreation
732-842-4000, ext. 4247