Camp Riverbend—where tradition meets tomorrow! Fun, camp spirit and achievement through sports, crafts, swimming, nature and more!
During the COVID pandemic, children need camp more than ever! This past summer, we took many necessary steps to make it happen and as a result Summer 2020 was a success! Although it was different from any year in our history, our goal was to make it happen while operating within necessary safety constraints to minimize the risk of transmittal of the COVID-19 virus. We stayed safe and still had tons of fun!
We carefully reviewed the CDC’s guidelines, the American Camp Association’s Field Guide and the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Youth Summer Camp Standards for operating camps in the current environment. We also worked closely with health officials as well as private practice medical professionals. After a great deal of study we formulated a set of protocols to run camp for everything from facility cleaning and camper hygiene, to physical distancing and daily monitoring of camper and staff health. We are very proud of our staff, who took on new responsibilities for cleaning facilities, supervising camper hygiene, social distancing and masking requirements, on top of their normal functions of providing a fun, meaningful and safe experience for the children!
If COVID is still prevalent during summer 2021, we are prepared to operate Camp safely under these guidelines. Like everyone else, we hope the world, and Camp Riverbend, will be back to normal. We are building on what we learned about running “COVID During Camp” in 2020 so that, regardless of the COVID situation next summer, we will be ready to go. We will monitor the situation continually, and update our protocols as necessary, based on the most up-to-date guidance from the State, medical experts and others.
Your child's summer adventure is just around the Riverbend. For almost 60 years, Camp Riverbend has provided fun summers for children in Somerset, Union, Essex, Morris, Hudson and Middlesex counties, NJ. The camp philosophy of "participation, not competition" gives every camper the opportunity to learn, grow and excel. Camp Riverbend offers a wide range of activities, including arts & crafts of all sorts, performing arts, environmental awareness, team and individual sports and daily swimming lessons. Our counselor staff, made up of teachers and college students, teaches new skills and encourages all campers to do their best. We offer door-to-door transportation from many towns in our area. The Breene family supervises daily operations with an exceptional attention to detail.
Activities and Features
Religious Emphasis None
Outdoor Activities General Outdoors Ropes Course
Performing Arts General Performing Arts Dance Drama Music
Individual Sports General Individual Sports Archery Tennis
Team Sports General Team Sports Baseball Basketball Field Hockey Lacrosse Roller Hockey Soccer Softball Volleyball
Water Sports General Water Sports Instructional Swimming Recreational Swimming Canoeing Kayaking
Arts and Crafts General Arts and Crafts Ceramics Jewelry Design Woodworking