Summer Recreation 2020

Camp Box Sticker

Camp in a Box Description

For all of our registered campers, the Recreation Department has designed 9 weeks of fun and adventure. We call it Camp in a Box, because you receive all the instructions and materials right in one box at the start of the season. The box can be done at each family’s own pace. The department will also be providing virtual components each week - Live events and demonstrations, photo/video challenges, and the filmed adventures with Russell the Duck. See below to see what we’ve been up to so far.

How to Play Along

Almost all of our engagement is done through our Facebook Group: facebook.com/middletownrec. We also welcome emails with updates, pictures, and questions to recreation@middletownnj.org.

How to Sign Up

Late to the party? If we still have boxes available, then we’d love to have you still join. Sign up is done online (pick the season "Summer Camp," credit cards only) or in person at our offices located at Poricy Park (Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm, check or credit card). Boxes are picked up at the same location. Call us at 732-615-2260 with any questions or for more information.

​Week 9: STEM Building Challenge

August 24 - 28

  • This week we invite Campers to make a kazoo and and send us a video of their best rendition of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." 
Videos can be posted here: Kazoo - Row, Row, Row Your Boat Don't miss out on your chance in being a part of our big camp kazoo-a-long!

  • We also gave you a few craft stick challenges. How tall can you go? How strong can you build? Email us at recreation@middletownnj.org.
Tower of Craft Sticks

Week 8: Science of Water
August 17 - 21

  • This week campers tested water for chlorine and pH (acidity). They were also challenged to see how many drops of water they could fit on a penny.

If you have pictures/videos of getting drops of water on a penny to share, follow this link to upload to our Google Drive folder: Penny Drop Results.

​Week 7: Lets Get Physical

August 10 - 14
  • This week was all about movement. Movement is anything that makes you move: dance, walk, run, swim, bike, jump, etc. 
  • On Monday, Campers joined Miss Amanda in a fun demonstration of the Playing Card Workout.
  • Russell and Miss Amanda made a video to help you master your pushup!
  • Friday was the Campers' time to shine - in a live Playing Card Workout!
 

Week 6: Art For Everyone

August 3 - 7

  • This week Campers joined the Middletown Arts Center in 2 step-by-step tutorials, using watercolor, permanent marker, and pencil. 
Russell's Rainy Day Art

​Week 5: Nature BioBlitz

July 27 - 31
  • This week Campers are encouraged to get outdoors and explore! Follow your instructions included in the dossier and use this brochure for additional assistance: iNaturalist Guide.
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    eel free to reach out with any questions!

Week 4: Traveling Duck

July 20 - 24
  • This week Russell traveled all around Middletown! Were you able to find him?? 
    #FindRussell #MtownDuck
See all the uploaded pictures from Campers who visited Russell this week:
Where's Russell? - Day 1 (7/20/2020)
Where's Russell? - Day 2 (7/21/2020)
Where's Russell? - Day 3 (7/22/2020)
Where's Russell? - Day 4 (7/23/2020)
Where's Russell? - Day 5 (7/24/2020)

Week 3: Essential Camp Skills


​July 13 - 17
  • This week Campers joined Miss Amanda in a live chat about how to make a lanyard key chain. 
  • Russell filmed a fun video teaching Campers how to play the card game SPIT! 

​Week 2:  Fossil Hunting

July 6 - 10
  • This week campers made a Shark Tooth Necklace and went hunting for fossils!
  • Campers joined Miss Danielle in a live chat to discuss where fossils come from, what fossils are native to our area, and to identify some of the fossils that the campers found during their trip to the fossil beds. 

​Week 1:  Patriotism


​June 29 - July 3
  • This week campers worked on making DIY pinwheels and Hand-print Patriotic Eagles!
  • Campers sent in photos of their artwork and shared their 4th-of-July spirit by entering in patriotic photos and videos of their spirit wear.