Below are answers to some of the questions we frequently hear from parents and campers. If you have a question about Hi-Hills summer day camp that isn’t answered here, please call our office at 908.234.0067 or fill out the Ask Hi-Hills form to the right.
Day Camp Parents
What is Hi-Hills’ philosophy?
At Hi-Hills, the emphasis is on the overall development of the camper. Hi-Hills has been providing a quality camping experience for children since 1966. Campers are encouraged to explore a wide variety of activities within a relaxed atmosphere. Campers are involved in arts and crafts, athletics, swim instruction, and environmental programs meeting the needs of all youngsters. Instruction is provided with attention to each child as an individual. Creativity and expression are encouraged as well as self improvement in physical activities.
Where does Hi-Hills recruit their staff?
Hi-Hill’s staff whether returning or new this year undergo a one on one interview. All of our head counselors are over the age of 20 and all are either currently in education or are studying to be educators. All head counselors have experience with the children. All of our counselors are background checked and attend three days of orientation.
What is the counselor to camper ratio?
We have a minimum of 1 counselor to 6 campers. Kinder Camp has additional assistants that lower this ratio. ACA guidelines call for ratios of 1 counselor to 8 campers for campers ages 6-8, a ratio of 1 to 10 for campers ages 9-14 and a ratio of 1-12 for ages 15 -18.
Does the camp provide transportation?
Hi-Hills offers door to door transportation services. We have our own buses and vans, hire our own drivers and create the best possible routes to accommodate our camp families. Our vehicles are all in compliance with state regulations and our drivers are background checked and fully licensed. Every bus has a bus counselor to attend to the needs of your child in transit. Hi-Hills transportation sevice covers many areas of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren, Hunterdon and Essex Counties.
How will I identify a Hi-Hills bus?
All of our buses or vans are numbered and have a Hi-Hills sign on the side. Approximately a week before camp, all registered families are emailed their bus numbers and times of pick up and drop off.
Do you have a nurse on staff?
Yes, Hi-Hills Day Camp has a registered nurse on staff. Parents must return the health history forms with their registration so our nurse can prepare for any needs your child might have. Parents are always welcome to come speak with our nurse should there be any special needs.
Are you ACA accredited?
Yes, Hi-Hills Day Camp is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. We have met the more than 300 standards on health, safety, facilities, programs and staffing. Our staff attends the ACA Tri-State Conference as well other conferences during the off-season.
Who makes lunch and what time will it be?
Hi-Hills employs the same Independent Dining Services that is used throught the academic year at Gill St. Bernard’s School. There are two lunch seatings in our air-conditioned dinning room. The first lunch begins at 11:45 and ends at 12:25, the second runs from 12:30 – 1:10.
What will I do all day?
Your counselor is given a schedule filled with activities such as, swimming, arts and crafts, nature, athletics, dance, archery and martial arts. At the beginning of the week, in day camp, you can choose which club you would like to participate in for that week. Club choices are announced in morning assembly. Five mornings a week you are given swim lessons and every afternoon you have free swim or splash pad time.
What is a bunk?
A bunk is the group of campers you will be assigned to. Campers entering grades one through grade six all bunks are determined by age and gender. For Kinder Camp and Teen Travel they are grouped by age.
Can I be in the same bunk with my friend?
Providing they are of the same gender we like to keep friends together.
Can my child participate in an enrichment programs yet still be a part of Hi-Hills Traditional Day Camp?
Across eleven summer weeks, Hi-Hills Day Camp offers a wide variety of programs for children ages 3- 15. Whether you are looking for enrichment, academics, sports, fine arts of traditional camp programs there is something for everyone at Hi-Hills Day Camp. Hi-Hills Day Camp offers one of the most flexible summer programs in the area. Tailor your schedule to meet the needs of your child and your family. Combine academics and sports with traditional day camp activities. Participate in an art program one week, a math clinic the next, and back to the traditional day camp. We build our programs around the convenience of our camp famlies.