Parks and Recreation
561 Main Street South
Southbury, CT 06488
Maps and Directions
Monday - Thursday:
8:00am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Summer Camp 2020
This year, the Southbury Parks and Recreation will offer Summer Camp for children entering Grades 1 to 8 in two 4-hour sessions, 8:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-5:00PM. Campers may only register for one session, not both. Weekly sessions will commence on June 29 and will run until August 7.
Campers must bring food from home, as a lunch option will not be provided during camp. This includes all beverages, snacks and lunch. The AM session of camp will have lunch from 11:15AM-11:45AM. The PM session of camp will have lunch from 1:15PM-1:45PM.
Camp will be held at the Parks and Recreation facility at 561 Main Street South with daily activities scheduled at the adjacent Pomperaug Elementary School. There will still be water stations set up throughout the campus to ensure campers are staying hydrated at all times. Groups will eat lunch with their groups, and their counselors will ensure campers wash their hands prior to and after eating. The Parks and Recreation facility has air conditioning.
There is no camp scheduled for July 3.
Camp registration will begin on May 29 for online registrations and June 1 for in-person and over the phone registrations. Registration is limited to residents of the Region 15 school district.
Available 24/7. Pay with Visa or Mastercard.
Fill out Summer Camp Registration Form
and bring with your payment to
Parks and Recreation Department at 561 Main Street South.
Use the P&R drop box, which is located to the right of entrance to Parks and Recreation building
Checks payable to "Southbury Parks and Recreation"
FEES for Adventure Day Camp (June 29 - August 7)
||July 4th week
||8:00am-12:00pm OR 1:00pm-5:00pm
||8:00am-12:00pm OR 1:00pm-5:00pm
Teenscape camp will not be offered this year.
COVID-19 Precautions & Safety
The safety of our campers and staff has always been one of Southbury Parks & Recreation’s top priorities, and of course, will continue to be now more than ever before. Over the past few months as we have been developing this modified camp, we have been in constant contact with the Selectman’s office, Southbury’s Emergency Operations Center, and Pomperaug Health District, as well as working within the guidelines set down by the Office of Early Childhood, CDC and Governor’s Office. Not only will we be implementing their regulations this summer, but we will be also be implementing additional safety measures we feel are necessary for everyone’s safety. Some of those regulations include:
- Counselors and campers will have their temperatures taken upon arrival before entering the building. Counselors will also do a visual inspection of the camper for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
- Hand hygiene stations will be set up at the entrance of camp so that campers can clean their hands before they enter.
- All counselors and professional staff will be wearing face masks at ALL times throughout the camp day. Campers will not be required to wear masks, however parents may send masks with their children to camp if preferred.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be positioned at each area of the camp to ensure our campers and staff have access to practicing safety measures at all times. Counselors will also have hand sanitizer on them at all times. Hand washing breaks (along with water breaks) will be mandatory throughout the day – no exceptions.
- Campers and staff members must wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. Please help teach your child this before they come to camp!
- Each program area will be THOROUGHLY sprayed and wiped down after each group leaves the area.
- Each group will have their own set of camp supplies for just their group to use (gym supplies, outdoor supplies, supplies for the day's activities). These supplies will be sanitized daily.
- Each group will be placed in separate group meeting areas away from the other campers and will participate in activities only with members in their group. These rooms will serve as their home base. They will most likely spend more time in their home base than in previous years, depending on the daily schedule and activities.
- Groups will remain separate for all activities throughout the camp (this includes lunch) and will follow a rotating schedule to allow for a safe and smooth transition from one activity to the next.
- Upon arrival and pick-up of your child/children, the parent/guardian must remain in their car. Staff will adhere to social distancing recommendations when approaching your car, and will notify your child/children’s counselors using our communication system (walkie talkies).
- Upon arrival to camp, your child will be dropped off at one of the three marked building entrances depending on their group. There they will be met by their camp counselor. We will use safety markers to make sure the campers waiting for their counselors to arrive are 6ft apart from each other, and they will remain 6ft apart from other campers and staff when walking to and from their classroom.
- Upon pick up, your child/children will be walked from their classroom safely by their counselor to their designated entrance/exit and will remain in their designated group marking area until it is safe to enter your car.
- Only one group at a time will be allowed access to the bathrooms. Only multiple members of the same group may enter the bathroom at the same time, and members will always be supervised during this transition by a Counselor in their group to ensure the safety of each camper. If a member from another group needs to use the bathroom while it is being occupied by a member/members in another group, they will be sent to one of the other available bathrooms. All bathrooms will be sanitized heavily throughout the day.
- Campers will be in Groups of 10 this summer with a minimum of 2 camp counselors. This will be their group and their staff for the summer. We will notify you in advance of your child’s camp counselors! There will also be a Group Leader assigned to each group.
A few notes on groupings:
- Similar to how we traditionally run camp, we will do our best to group campers of like ages together. For example: campers entering first grade will be grouped together, middle schoolers will be grouped together, etc.
- Based on the number of campers we expect, we predict we will have some groups with mixed ages, however, we will continue to try our best to keep age ranges of campers similar.
- At this time, the guidance on siblings being grouped together is unclear, but we are hoping for some clarification. If we do not receive any updated information from OEC, we will make a decision on a case-by-case basis. For example: 6 and 7-year-old siblings will be grouped together, whereas a 6-year-old sibling and an 11-year-old sibling would most likely be separated.
Despite the limitations in place, one of our top priorities is for our campers to have FUN! While camp will look a little different this summer, campers will still see some of their old camp favorites! As this is a completely new planning process for our staff, we are still working on what this will look like exactly. In the meantime, here is what we can tell you:
- Each group’s home base area will be stocked with various board games, card games, simple art activities (friendship string, coloring sheets, etc), and plenty of planned activities to keep the campers in each group engaged and having a blast! Our counselors will also be prepared and ready to go with plenty of interactive games and icebreakers to keep the campers busy and active while in their classroom.
A schedule of activities will take place through an organized rotation schedule, just like we have done in previous summers. Once it is time to leave and rotate to a new area, each area will be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down for the next group before groups have transitioned to their new area. When rotating, groups will be in constant communication with each other, using our walkie talkie system, to ensure there is a smooth and organized transition from one area to the next- following the safe distance protocols at all times. Please note, as we will be cleaning each area after it has been used, campers should expect longer transition times between each activity/more classroom time.
Activity spaces this year will include the usage of the Games Room, art room, outdoor picnic area, PES Field, PES gymnasium, and our parks and recreation classrooms. Groups will rotate through these spaces, and each space will be cleaned and sanitized after each groups use.
Arts and Crafts: Campers will still visit the art room several times a week, if not daily. We also will bring art to them in their classroom areas.
Other SP&R Fun we are planning includes: Minute-to-Win It Challenges, Relay Races, Obstacle Courses, Team Building Activities, Field Games. While our groups cannot be in the same areas or interact throughout the day, there are still ways they can “compete” against each other. The great thing about the limited number of campers/small groups is that the campers will be able to help design their camp activities, as a group.
Weekly Themes: Due to the overall nature of this summer, we will not have themed weeks. However, we do plan on having themed days throughout the summer and will incorporate all of our usual camp favorites. We will release an updated schedule when camp gets a little closer.
Special Events/Field Trips: Currently, per regulations, there will be no field trips this summer. However, we are looking at ways that we can safely bring fun activities to camp while following the safety regulations and practicing proper social distancing. Should these regulations lift or change throughout the summer, we will re-approach this topic based on health/safety regulations.
For additional information, please read the Summer Camp 2020 Policies/Guidelines.