Frequently Asked Questions

What Your Child Needs To Bring To Camp

Click here to view our list of what your child needs to bring to camp.

What ages does our camp accommodate?

Our campers range in age from Toddlers (2 ½) through teens entering 9th grade. Our campers are grouped based on the grade they are entering in the upcoming Fall. The groups are co-ed.

What does a camp day consist of?

We follow a 40 minute rotating schedule at camp. Every 40 minutes each group will move to a different area in our facility for a new activity. Our activities directors are constantly coming up with new activities so our campers are not doing the same thing every day. Our facility offers both air-conditioned indoor areas and outdoor areas for our campers to enjoy.

What if my child does not want to participate in a particular activity?

We encourage every camper to try each activity. If the camper still does not want to participate after trying an activity, they have the option to do a separate activity. Every activity played will always be accompanied by an alternate option.

What are they camp hours?

Our daily camp hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm. We do offer Before Care from 7:00am-9:00am and After Care from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

What does the camp cost?

The camp pricing varies based on when you sign up and how many days your child will be attending. See our rates page for pricing. For best pricing register by March 24th for our Early Bird Rates!

What is your scheduling policy?

We offer very flexible scheduling making us different from most camps! Here at ACDC you get to choose your camp days. You do not need to lock in to 4 or 8 weeks like most camps. You get to make a schedule that fits your family’s needs! Do you need 4 days 1 week and 3 the following week? Are you going away for a week in July? No problem! You pick your days! Your schedule must be submitted no later than May 1st. See the Schedule Page of the registration packet for more details.

What towns do our campers come from?

Our camp accommodates families throughout Monmouth County and Ocean County. We have campers from Howell, Wall, Brick, Neptune, Tinton Falls, Ocean, Jackson, Toms River, Manasquan, Point Pleasant, Spring Lake, Freehold, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Farmingdale, Long Branch, Colts Neck, Sea Girt, Brielle, Oceanport, Lincroft, Rumson, Little Silver, Avon, Deal, Middletown, Manalapan, Beachwood, Shark River, Asbury Park, Red Bank, Ocean Grove, and more!

Where are we located?

We are conveniently located on Highway 138 East in Wall Township. Our location is right off exit 98 on the Garden State Parkway and Exit 6B off Route 18. You can also get to us from Route 34 and Route 35. Our prime location is great for commuting parents!

Do we offer transportation?

We do not offer transportation to and from camp at ACDC.

Who do we have on our staff?

Our summer camp staff is hand selected by the directors to ensure we have the best, qualified staff in the area. Our staff consists of certified teachers, college students, and high school students who have an interest in working with children.

Are criminal background checks conducted on our staff?

In addition to reference checks, we conduct criminal background checks and sex offender registry checks on ALL staff over the age of 18. The safety of your child is our primary concern.

What is your staff to camper ratio?

Our staff to camper ratio is better than state standards!

  • Toddlers and PreK – 1:4
  • Kindergarten and 1st grade – 1:6
  • 2nd and 3rd grade – 1:8
  • 4th through 9th grade – 1:10
Are my children with the same staff every day?

We like our counselors to be consistent as we feel it is imperative for the staff and campers to get to know each other. Our staff is broken down as follows:

  • Directors/Supervisors: Oversee different aspects of the camp as a whole
  • Head Counselors: 2-3 Teachers/College students who are assigned to a specific grade for the entire summer. They handle the group administratively and oversee the day-to-day activities.
  • Assistant Counselors: College/High School Students who assist the head counselors in organizing activities and getting the campers involved. These counselors can be assigned different groups as needed.
Does my child need to be potty trained?

All campers must be potty trained. The Toddler group does have a short quiet/rest time built in to their schedule. The Pre-K and Kindergarten children do not take naps.

Do campers go off-site?

We offer field trips such as baseball games, bouncy houses, waterparks, IMAX movies, Pirates on the Manasquan, indoor trampoline facilities, and many more. These trips are optional and an additional fee to camp. Spots are reserved on a first come first serve basis. If your child is NOT attending a field trip they participate in a normal, fun day of camp! Majority of the campers remain on-site while a small group attends a field trip. In order to sign up for a field trip you must be registered for the day of camp as most trips are only 2-4 hours during the camp day. See our Special Event page under Calendars.

Do we offer snacks/lunch?

Snacks/Lunch can be packed in an insulated bag or they are available for purchase. We have a snack bar filled with chips, cookies, pudding, soft pretzels, granola bars, ice cream, and more. Snacks range from $1.00 to $2.00. Our lunches are provided by Red Wagon meals. Lunch is $6.00 a day and includes an entrée, side, and drink. Lunches must be pre-ordered every Friday for the upcoming week. We also offer an alternate lunch option every day, provided by the ACDC Snack Bar. These lunches must be pre-order every Wednesday for the upcoming week. Lunch is $5.50 a day and includes an entrée, chips and a drink.

Are we peanut/tree nut free?

We are not a peanut/tree nut free facility. We do take many precautions to accommodate campers with food allergies. Our directors, nurse, and staff have a list of all campers with food allergies. If we have campers with severe food allergies we will set up a peanut free table for them to sit at. (They will not be excluded from the group. Counselors will make sure campers sitting with them have peanut/tree nut free food items.) All of our staff is familiarized with the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction and how to administer an epi-pen if needed. Tables are cleaned between every snack and lunch period.

Are there any items campers cannot bring to camp?

Campers are not allowed to bring any electronics to camp. Cell phones, ipods, ipads, gaming systems, etc. are prohibited. If you feel your child needs to have their phone for emergencies it must stay in their bag. If a staff member sees them on ANY electronic device it will be confiscated and can be picked up by the parent at the end of the day. Toys from home should also stay at home unless there is a designated day to bring them in for a special occasion. Allaire Country Day Camp is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

What is our discipline policy?

We want our campers to have a fun, safe summer with us. In order to provide a good atmosphere, campers must follow basic rules of safety and respect. We have a no bullying policy. Our staff follows a step procedure.

  1. Head Counselors are trained to address any basic behavior issue with camper(s)
  2. Supervisors will intervene when necessary and an incident report will be filled out and signed by a parent/guardian.
  3. For any serious offense or persistent poor behavior we will do our best to work together with the camper and parent/guardian to come up with a solution.
  4. As a last resort in extreme circumstances we will expel a child from camp. This is not a decision made lightly and we do everything we can to avoid this.
Do we offer swim lessons at camp?

Swim lessons are not a part of camp. Swim lessons are offered at our location through GoodSports USA and can coincide with camp. There is an afternoon lesson. Please see our GoodSports swim lessons page here.