Answers to the most commonly asked questions about the camp.
Q: What does my child need to have for camp?
A: Your camper should bring: Baseball mitt Baseball hat Cleats or sneakers Lunch Sunblock (recommended) Water cooler/thermos to have water readily available with you at each workout station/game field. ****Please put your name on everything*****
Q: Does my child need to bring a baseball bat?
A: Campers do NOT need to bring a bat to camp. We have bats for the boys to use, and inevitably the boys become friendly with one another and often share their bat with other boys in their age group. However, we encourage you to bring your own bat, so you get extensive repetitions with the bat you use in your town baseball games.
Q: What time is the latest/earliest I can pick up/drop off my child/children?
A: Camp runs from 9am to 3pm. Coaches typically arrive by 8:30 – 8:40 in the morning and are there until 3:10 – 3:15. Please try to stay within these time frames. If there is enough interest in “Before and After Camp Care”, we will provide it this year. Please call for more information.
Q: #1 question campers ask is: “What if it rains”?
A: Rarely over the years have we been affected by rain. In the case of rain, we move into the Ridgefield Park High School Gymnasium and conduct the camp inside. We cannot accomplish as much as we do outside, but we make it work. It also ensures our camp parents that they do not have to worry about child care in case of rain. When the rain ceases, we go back outside.
Q: Can parents stay and watch the camp?
A: Of course! Occasionally, we do have parents/grandparents come to watch the boys play. The afternoon game play is designed for just that. We do ask that if you are going to stay for the morning that you watch from the steps or from the bleachers of the 4 fields so that the boys interact with their peers and the coaches rather than spending their time with their parents/grandparents and miss out on some stuff.
Q: What should I bring for lunch?
A: Campers should bring a school style lunch featuring a sandwich, snack, and drink. The camp has a concession stand that sells Gatorade, water bottles and snacks. Campers should at least bring a main lunch (i.e sandwich) and a few dollars if they wish to make a purchase from the stand. Additionally, we will be ordering pizzas each day, slices will be available for purchase by the campers.
Q: What time is lunch every day?
A: We break for lunch at approximately 11:45 or 12:00.
Q: If it is extremely hot do the children get water breaks?
A: Hot or not, we give the boys plenty of water breaks every day. We do give more in the extreme heat.
Q: How do the bathroom breaks work?
A: As the boys inform us they need to use the bathroom, we will ask the whole group who needs to use the bathroom and then a coach will take the whole group. The same goes for lunchtime. If boys in the 11-12 year old group wish to go as a group to the bathroom, a coach does not necessarily go with them.
Q: The camp is for 5-12 year olds. Can a 5 or 6 year old handle it?
A: The answer is: every child is different. You know your son better than me. If your son likes baseball and interacts well with other kids than he will be fine. Most of the boys that age who attended camp loved it. But a few were not ready to be away from their parents for the duration of camp.
Q: I have a 13 year old who just turned 13. Even though the camp is for up to 12 year olds can, he still come?
A: The answer to this is the same as the 5-6 year old question. You know your son. If he is a real talented, top notch baseball player then he shouldn’t be with 11-12 year olds. But if he is still honing his skills or relatively new to the sport, or a 13 year old on the smallish size and not ready for the 60-90 foot field than he will get a lot out of his experience at the camp.
Q: How are the children grouped at camp?
A: The boys are initially divided into 4 groups: 1. 5-6 year olds 2. 7-8 year olds 3. 9-10 year olds 4. 11-12 year olds Above is the generic groupings of the boys on day 1. By day 2 or 3, we will move the boys to their appropriate group, based on skill level. –Example: If a boy is an advanced 8 year old he will be moved to the 9-10 year old group. Or if we have a 7 year old who really needs more basic instruction, he may be moved with the 5-6 year olds (for safety reasons).
Q: Can a girl attend the camp?
A: The girls are welcome at the camp. We have had numerous very talented girls over the years at the Boys of Summer Baseball Camp.
Q: Does the camp fill up quickly?
A: The camp typically fills up pretty quick so you should register as soon as you decide to come.
Q: My child has summer school or some other activity in the morning can he come late everyday after he has completed that?
Q: Should boys who catch bring their catcher's gear?
Q: My son is on town All-Stars. Should he come to camp?
A: Absolutely! We love having the All-Stars at camp. The other campers are always asking them how they did in their All-Star games the next day at camp. I also make sure that the boys who have All-Star games that night limit their throwing. Many of them usually tell how the extra hitting during the day helped their game at night.
Q: How do I register?
A: Get our Registration Form by clicking on REGISTER on the menu bar. Print out the form Fill out the form Mail with your check to the address on the form. You can also call 201-523-1447, to register by phone. Mail registration is preferred.