Our staff is composed of professional caring adults and dedicated role models. We take great care in assuring that our staff will meet our guest’s expectations of fun, learning and safety through seasonal trainings and regular observations and evaluations. We are proudly Accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed by the state of New Jersey.
All YMCA Camp Bernie staff are thoroughly screened and well-trained. In our year-round programs, the majority of our staff are experienced educators and college graduates. Our summer camp counselors represent a diverse mix of former campers, enthusiastic college students and engaging International staff.
All of our staff are thoroughly trained and supervised by our committed full time YMCA professionals and certified outside professionals. A full-time Director is on-call and available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week year-round. Summer Camp counselors participate in a comprehensive week long training in June, covering topics such as bullying and child abuse prevention, child development and risk management. The majority of our school year program staff is certified in American Red Cross CPR and First Aid. In the summer, we provide an on-site medical professional and insist on health screenings for all campers upon arrival. Thorough check-out procedures are enforced including pick-up authorization and ID checks. Our emphasis in all our programs is safety first, with fun and learning outcomes as the ultimate objectives.
Activity areas and equipment are regularly maintained and replaced to ensure safety and quality. American Red Cross certifications are required for Lifeguards supervising the Pool, Pond, and Summer River Trips. USA Archery or National Field Archery Association certifications are required for all Archery Instructors. Climbing Tower, High Ropes, Giant Swing, Low Ropes, and Teambuilding courses are all inspected by The Adventure Network, an Accredited Professional Vendor Member (PVM) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), and seasonal trainings and skills assessments are required for program staff. Year-round staff attend seasonal trainings and conferences held by the association of Northeast YMCAs and the American Camping Association, and maintain ties with industry professionals.
Camp Bernie will be implementing new procedures into our camp program for summer 2020 to address COVID-19. These are in accordance with State, CDC, and YMCA/ACA guidelines and are available on our Day Camp web page.
Overnight Camp has, unfortunately, been canceled for the summer of 2020. Please see our Events page for info on our alternate programs this summer: Family Archery, Family Horseback Riding, Weekend Cabin Rentals, Community Swim Lessons, and Labor Day Family Camp!