Archive for July, 2016

What Does Hi-Hills Camp Accreditation Signify to Families? July 22, 2016

Hi-Hills has been an accredited member of the American Camp Association (ACA) for the past 30 years. An ACA accreditation signifies that the Hi-Hills camp directors, together with Gill St. Bernard’s School, are committed to providing and maintaining the best practices in camp operation. These guidelines for accreditation are set forth by a collaborative panel of experts from the ACA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross and other noted youth-serving agencies. During a re-accreditation process, a thorough review of over 300 health, safety and program operation procedures are evaluated and reviewed to ensure that a camp is meeting its nationally-recognized standards.

So, what kind of standards are there at ACA? There are guidelines for camper-to-staff ratios for every age group, goals for camper activities, food service guidelines, staff qualifications, safety regulations, requirements for emergency transportation, first-aid facilities, training for special programs and staff and many more!


Accreditation is not a requisite for running a camp; rather, it is a voluntary one. There is a financial investment as well as the ongoing commitment to stay current on camp trends and standardized practices. More importantly, an ACA accreditation is a visual industry benchmark and acknowledgement to campers and their families, the community at large, and to the state, that Hi-Hills provides a safe, nurturing and quality camp experience for children ages three to 16. ACA standards are recognized mandates by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp community.


Camps offered at Hi-Hills are all accredited as they each serve a distinct audience. Whether you are exploring Kinder Camp for your preschooler, a traditional day camp for a child in grades one through six, Teen Travel for middle schoolers, or lastly, our new Leaders of Tomorrow Camp for rising high school students seeking to foster leadership skills as well as develop their communication and decision making skills, our camps reflect a commitment to the growth and development of each and every child. Each program is recognized for its “intrinsic merit in enriching the lives through the camp experience,” the tagline of American Camp Association (ACA).


Camp prepares a child for life and provides opportunities to foster key life skills like responsibility, cooperation, courage and self-esteem. We at Hi-Hills certainly agree: we’ve been doing it for 50 years!

What’s Your Game This Summer? July 13, 2016

The summer sports season is in full swing. Is your child playing a summer sport or participating in off-season training? At Hi-Hills, we offer many options for summer exploration! This includes learning the basic fundamentals of a sport, strengthening a child’s athletic prowess, or fostering life skills with First Aid, CPR and lifeguard certification. Hi-Hills provides over a dozen sports specialty camps for children ages three to 16 to meet their personal goals in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.


Our camps take advantage of the impressive fields complex, basketball courts and Athletic Center located on site at the picturesque, 208-acre campus of Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ. Hi-Hills works with notable club coaches and GSB athletics staff who contribute to players’ understanding and respect for the game and assist in general skill development. Participants will receive in-depth fundamental and team training, in addition to building their leadership skills.


Upcoming camp programs being held at Hi-Hills include soccer camp, Club Soccer and High School Prep Camps, pre-school soccer camp, and tennis technique and skills camp. Previous camps include lifeguard training, First Aid, CPR certification and re-certification, mountain biking, softball and Leadership Academy.


Experience Hi-Hills sports camps in 2016, and set your adventure on the playing fields or the court! If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs, Nicole Spiotta, at 908-234-1611, ext. 251. Let’s go Hi-Hills!

What’s on Your Summer Agenda? July 7, 2016

Summer is the ideal time to swim, relax, travel and spend time with friends and family. Summer is also the perfect chance to explore a new interest, strengthen a particular skill or take an academic course for advancement. Whatever goal you may have in mind, Hi-Hills offers a diverse curriculum of summer enrichment and academic courses that will inspire your child. Our programs are open for children from preschool through grade 12. Cindy Wyatt, Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs at Gill St. Bernard’s School and Hi-Hills, is on hand and ready to help navigate your goals as well as offer a parent perspective to your summer mix!


Enrichment camps are a wonderful summer forum to captivate a child in addition to developing and preparing for the year ahead. Whether your child’s passion is in the creative and performing arts or science and technology, Hi-Hills offers numerous options to grow. The goal is not to become an expert, but rather to inspire future exploration. Some of the programs offered here at Hi-Hills include musical theater, sewing, STEM and STEAM camps, coding, gaming, cooking, gardening, and creative writing. Our schedule includes both morning and afternoon time slots allowing for a balanced day of learning and traditional summer camp.


Academic camps are a terrific avenue to pursue a love of learning, along with opportunities to participate in an accredited course for the upcoming school year. Course offerings include geometry, algebra, chemistry and biology as well as study skills, writing and Singapore math classes. Students can gain knowledge, confidence and advancement in a small class setting led by GSB faculty.


So what’s on your summer agenda? We have many options to explore all summer long! Let us fill your child’s summer with learning, engagement and fun. The door is open for you here at Hi-Hills! Contact us today to learn more.