While some summer camps were forced to close due to COVID-19, the Newtown Athletic Club’s summer camp program Camp NAC successfully provided a memorable summer experience for hundreds of children in the Lower Bucks County area.
Over the years, Camp NAC has become a home away from home for many. This summer, staff embraced the new challenges presented, and quickly implemented space and service updates required to continue to make summer better for their campers.
To maintain the top hygiene, safety and physical distancing practices, Camp NAC aligned its health and safety standards with guidance from the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization and local government. By doing so, it provided a safe, COVID-free environment for campers from early June through August. These protocols have been reviewed by wellness partner Capital Health and the U.S. Surgeon General.
“This summer, we found that a safe, social atmosphere was essential to help some children gain confidence to find their footing again. It was our mission to provide children with structured, extracurricular activities where they are engaged with their peers and have emotional support,” said Brianne Feinour, Camp NAC director.
As families transition into the fall season and adjust to the virtual learning options provided by local school districts, Camp NAC designed a new School Enrichment Program. The on-site program will supplement what the schools are offering through the rest of the year.
The enrichment program is for grade school students ages 6-18. Every weekday, enrichment coaches help implement virtual learning. Work spaces and daily activities take place through the NAC’s 26-acre campus and 250,000-square-foot facility to ensure maximum safety and a continuous practice of physical distancing.
Students enrolled are grouped with other students in their district, school and grade. As states and school districts continue to release their plans, Camp NAC programming will match the school’s model to create a seamless transition for all students adjusting to virtual learning. Full week or 2-3 day options are available.
The Newtown Athletic Club is not an educational provider as a public or private school. The Supplemental School Enrichment Program will support the calendar and curriculum of the local school districts.
Through Newtown Discovery Preschool, located on the NAC campus, full- and half-day preschool and kindergarten options are also available for children ages 2.5-6. Visit newtowndiscoverypreschool.com to learn more.