Hello Camp Families,
We are writing with the disappointing news that we are not able to run any of our in person camps for the summer of 2020.
After reviewing the newly released guidelines from the state regarding day camps and thinking carefully about the types of camps we offer and the available options to modify our programs in order to meet the expected critical public health safety guidelines from the State, we have come to the conclusion that we aren’t able to operate our summer day camps this summer.
This cancellation is for all of Newton’s Parks, Recreation and Culture camps including Acres in the Falls, Albemarle Acres, Auburndale Station, Centre Acres, all CIT programs, Kids Korner, Outdoor Adventure, Specialty Camps, The Next Stop, Thundercat Sports, T-ville Trails, and Wilderness Survival as well as Golf lessons. We announced earlier the cancellation of Camp Echo Bridge, Camp Extreme and our Summer Vacation Camps.
We know this is bad news for so many families who rely on our programs to provide safe and stimulating activities for your children which is especially needed at this time. For many, our camps also allow parents to work.
We have some resources for you to consider for this summer:
Babysitters Hundreds of camp staff are now available for babysitting this summer. If you are looking for a babysitter feel free to connect with other families and staff on:
Newton Babysitting Group on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewtonBabysitting/
Newton Parents Group on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewtonMAParents/
Indeed.com – www.indeed.com
Care.com - https://www.care.com This site requires a fee for services
Sittercity.com - https://www.sittercity.com this site requires a fee for services
Camps/Programs Later in the Summer We are hoping to be able to offer some in person programming this summer as the guidelines evolve. These programs might include short hour long classes or activities, or half-day or longer day programs depending on what is safe as the summer progresses. Any future programs that we are able to offer will be listed online for registration at www.newtonmarec.com
We will be doing the paperwork related to the cancellations and refund requests for all of our summer camps over the next few weeks. With the number of refunds we will be processing, please expect an extended turn around time to receive your refund.
Below are the emails and contact numbers if you would like to contact the manager in charge of your child’s camp program.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate through these difficult times. Please know that this was a very difficult decision and we share your disappointment. We hope you have a safe and healthy summer and we hope to see you a year from now.
Newton Parks, Recreation and Culture Staff
Channon Ames DiCiurcio firstname.lastname@example.org 617-796-1529
Acres in the Falls, Albemarle Acres, Specialty Camps at Peirce, Summer Vacation at Newton Centre Hut
Judy Dore email@example.com 617-796-1525
Camp Extreme, Golf, Outdoor Adventure
Camp Echo Bridge
Stephanie Lapham firstname.lastname@example.org 617-796-1528
Kids Korner, Thundercats Sports, Summer Vacation at Burr Park, Wilderness Survival
Ricky Paglia email@example.com 617-796-1523
Centre Acres, T-ville Trails, Summer Vacation at Emerson
Alissa Whitten firstname.lastname@example.org 617-796-1522
Auburndale Station, The Next Stop
A person may request a scholarship by filling out the scholarship application form. A copy of your most recent tax returns, or other appropriate paperwork, must be included with this form. If you have not yet filed your tax returns, you can attach a copy of your previous years returns until your current returns are complete. A tax return, or other appropriate documentation, must be submitted in order to receive a scholarship.
The Camp Fair will be held on Sunday January 26, 2020 at Newton North High School from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Registration will open AFTER the Camp Fair, Wednesday January 29th. Non residents may register for a program starting on March 1st. www.newtonmarec.com
Snow Date February 2, 2020
The Newton Parks and Recreation Department works closely with the Newton Public Schools to provide inclusive summer programs. The Newton School Department is responsible for all summer placements. Please check with your school facilitator or special education team about this process.
People canceling a program on or before May 15th will be given a refund of the program cost minus the $30.00 non refundable deposit per week. There will be no refunds issued for programs after May 15th.