The information below will outline what you need to know before camp begins, and if you still have any additional questions, feel free to call Sean Stratton at 732-675-9173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Camp takes place on the Sea Bright Municipal Beach. Closest entrance to the camp site is behind Borough Hall (1167 Ocean Ave.). You can park in the Borough Hall lot or on the side streets (parking regulations apply). When you enter the beach, look for the Jersey Shore Skim Camp tent. When you arrive at camp, you will receive a wristband that entitles you to free beach access ONLY DURING CAMP HOURS. If you plan to stay on the Sea Bright Beach after camp ends at 11 a.m. you will have to purchase a daily beach badge ($8). Children under 12 are free.
Please arrive at the beach by 8:50 a.m., and make sure campers have their sunscreen on and are ready to go. Because our camp runs for only two hours, we like to start promptly at 9 a.m.
During camp hours, you are welcome to either stay at the beach and watch, or leave and return for pickup at 11 a.m. If you choose to stay on the beach, please set up your beach chair in the designated area behind the camp site. We ask for your cooperation in staying out of the camp area while lessons are taking place. This also includes video and picture-taking.
What to Bring
Please pack a small bag with a towel, water or other type of drink, and light snack (granola bar, fruit, etc.). Make sure camper is wearing sunscreen.
If you did not print and mail your registration form/hold harmless agreement in advance, or submit it online, please make sure to bring a signed copy. We need one for each camper, no exceptions.
The decision to cancel or delay the start of camp due to bad weather is made by 8 a.m., and you will be notified by text, email, and/or phone call.
What if I Don’t Have a Skimboard?
No board? No problem! Jersey Shore Skim Camp has a variety of boards to lend in different weights and sizes to fit every new skimboarder. And when you’re ready, we can even help you buy your first board to make sure you make the right investment
Take a Break
Although this is a skimboarding camp, there are times when a break from skimboarding is warranted. We’ll do some beach games, tag, running activities, etc., and then return to skimboarding. These games are always optional, and campers who do not want to participate do not have to.
Practice makes Perfect
When a child does not have instant gratification when mastering a newly-tried skill, they often proclaim they don’t like to do it. “I’m no good at this” is only a short step away from “I’m no good at all” in a young child’s mind. The greatest moment in Skim Camp comes when a new camper rides a wave for the first time. The look on their face and newfound sense of achievement provides an instantaneous change of attitude toward the activity. It drives them to want to do better, practice more, and master it. While some children will pick up the sport quickly, for others it may take a day or two before they experience notable progress in their technique. But when it happens, it’s truly magical.
If your child expresses frustration in the first day or two of camp, the best thing to do is encourage them to stick with it and try their best. With your help, and the patience and skill of our instructors, your child can learn how to confront and overcome frustration and the feelings that go with it, which ultimately is a valuable skill that they’ll need throughout their whole life.
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By following these guidelines, you will help ensure that camp runs smoothly and successfully. We truly appreciate your cooperation, and thank you for participating in Jersey Shore Skim Camp. See you on the beach!
Sean Stratton, Camp Administrator
Jersey Shore Skim Camp