Love this camp. My kid loves it and plans on becoming a junior counselor and then a counselor. The staff is caring and nurturing. The counselors are college students; many are former campers. My kid had a fear of swimming and several swims lessons at other places did not work. Winnewald helped her learn to swim and she is now an expert swimmer. The administrators are all teachers during the school year. To the parents placing negative posts about the camp all over the internet: why would you send your child to a camp that does not have experience or expertise in treating your child? I just don't get it.
Jersey City, New Jersey
I'm very sad to say that the owner of Winnewald Day Camp in Lebanon, NJ, kicked my son out of camp because he has diabetes. He said that the nurse was spending too much time with him because of his blood sugar "highs" and "lows" which were due to exercise and heat. He said that the nurse had other campers to tend to with allergies and other issues. When I spoke to the owner, Bob Jones in the spring, I explained that my son was newly diagnosed and he informed me that he had a registered nurse on site and that he would gladly accommodate my son's needs. The nurse loved my son and did not think she was spending too much time with him at all. She told me that the owner just doesn't understand the disease. She tried to explain everything to him, but he "just didn't get it." Meanwhile, as I am speaking to the clearly distraught nurse at pickup, (as she was crying) she was busy answering the phones, playing a receptionist for the entire camp. If the owner thought she was spending too much time with my son and too busy tending to the other kids' medical needs, then why would he transfer the phones to her office? The nurse, who is a school nurse, was a very warm and caring person. She told me that all the counselors and children in his group were very upset and sad that my son was dismissed from the camp. Discrimination is a horrible thing.
Lebanon, New Jersey
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