Since 1924, the camp has been providing a residential camping experience for about 600 children between the ages of 6 and 13 who would not normally be able to go to a sleep-away camp each summer. Kiddie Keep Well Camp began as a Fresh Air Focused Camp in 1924, and was renamed after Senator John E. Toolan, who served the people of New Jersey from 1933-1948. Dedicated to providing summertime fun and enjoyment to the less privileged children of Middlesex County, Kiddie Keep Well is the only camp of its kind in New Jersey and one of the oldest in the nation. Located in Roosevelt Park, the Camp has room to accommodate 175 children at a time. There are two swimming pools, nine cabins, an administrative building, and a learning center. Each summer the camp accepts about 600 children from an applicant pool of 800 to 1000 children for one of four 12-day sessions at no cost to the families. The camp asks school nurses to recommend students to the camp, and also receives referrals from guidance counselors, principals and the New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services. We look for children who would not otherwise be able to attend a summer camp. In addition, many of our campers live with physical, emotional, drug or alcohol abuse, or special health problems. Children who attend the camp participate in activities like swimming, arts and crafts, sports, nature, campfires, dance and drama. We also hold fire-safety lessons, sessions on anger management, self-esteem and other character-building skills led by a social worker employed by the camp. The Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association, and licensed by the State Department of Health. We are also a member of both Camp America and Camp Counselors USA, which are two organizations that screen applicants from different countries. There is a 50/50 split between the number of American counselors vs. the number of overseas counselors.
The John E. Toolan Kiddie Keep Well Camp is proud to present: The Senior Citizens' Residential Camping Program! The Senior Camp has been functioning since 1983. There are three weeks to choose from, one each in June, late August, and Early September. Each camping period is 5 days long, focuses on health and wellness, and supports socialization among the seniors as they engage in healthy and enjoyable activities. We also have a weekend program throughout the Winter and Spring. This program is unique and offers a good respite away from home. The grounds and buildings at the Camp are safe for people with physical limitations. The Program consists of:
Arts and Crafts
Peace and Quiet
A transgenerational program with children
A professional nurse is also on hand to discuss personal health needs and to participate in focused group discussions on contemporary health problems.
The Nature and Environmental Center is a modern, 2100 square foot log cabin that features a multipurpose room that can accommodate up to 30 people - perfect for lectures, slide shows or discussions. Audio-visual equipment is available. Small groups can head to the cozy loft. Our main hall, with working fireplace and scenic views of Roosevelt Park, is the perfect place for your opening reception. In the winter, the fireplace will keep you toasty and warm, and in nice weather, you can relax on the large front porch. Catering services are available. The Nature and Environmental Center is located within the Kiddie Keep Well Camp, a beautiful 13-acre retreat that adjoins 217-acre Roosevelt Park, where you can walk, jog, or just enjoy the scenery. A small lake attracts ducks, geese and other wildlife. If one day in this relaxed setting isnÕt enough, you can arrange for overnight camping for your group, small or large. Our heated dorm can sleep up to 100. It's perfect for Schools, Youth Groups, Scouts, Clubs, and Church Groups
Where your dollars go:
In 1924, a group of area citizens started Kiddie Keep Well Camp to give disadvantaged children, some with minor health problems, an outdoor experience under the watchful eye of professional counselors. Each summer about 600 campers spend 2 weeks swimming, playing sports, doing arts and crafts and nature study, and eating nutritious meals, all at no cost to their families. We are proud of our many years of continuous service to these kids. Nature Center and Camp rentals help defray the costs of Kiddie Keep Well and let us serve more children.