Summer Camp Tips: Top Things To Bring To Summer Camp

Summer Camp Tips: Top Things To Bring To Summer Camp

Parenting is controlled chaos. At least it is in my family. Getting everyone ready and out the door at the same time is no small task. After we’re finally out the door and leaving the house, it’s inevitable that I start worrying about what we forgot to bring. My secret weapon to combat this feeling is having a good list.

We want the GCA Super Star Summer Camp to be as stress-free as possible for our campers and their parents, so we put together this basic list of what you should bring to summer camp each day. Keep it handy when you are getting ready. Let’s go!

Summer Camp Check List

Here are the things that your kids should bring to our summer camp:

  • Athletic clothing for running, and jumping
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Goggles for swimming
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch (bring your own or get one from us)
  • Sunscreen
  • Shoes or sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • A Completed Health Form

Go through this list together with your child and work as a team to pack for camp. Talk about what their expectations are. What are they most excited about? What activity do they hope to do? What are they worried about?

Have everything on our list that applies to you? Great! Now you can relax knowing your child has everything they need while they focus on having fun at the Super Star Summer Camp!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 856-795-4599 or emailing

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6 Ways to Choose A Summer Camp

6 Ways to Choose A Summer Camp

1) Physical Education:

Teaching children the importance of health and wellness through physical movement at an early age can encourage them to live an active lifestyle as they grow. Summer is the ideal time of year for parents to take the opportunity to ensure their children attend a day camp in South Jersey where they can learn through physical and active play. Parents should make the most of this opportunity by choosing a summer camp that will help children learn physical discipline, improve coordination and balance, improve confidence and self-esteem, and further develop fine motor skills.

Physical education can be implemented in camp through structured lessons in swimming, gymnastics, parkour, tumbling, and cheerleading. The Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy of Cherry Hill offers flexible sports camp options where kids can engage in structured activities that encourage children to further develop their physical prowess. Our trained and experienced staff offers campers the opportunity to take swimming lessons, gymnastics and tumbling lessons, parkour and ninja training, cheerleading classes, and archery lessons in our 12,500 square foot air-condition indoor facility which sits on three acres of fenced in property, ensuring kids get plenty of time inside and out.

2) Extracurricular Activities:

In addition to lessons, parents want kids to have unstructured fun and playtime to further develop children’s social skills and interests. Super Star Summer Camp has plenty of activities for campers to play on including, our mini-golf course, arts and crafts area, 30 foot slip n’ slide, moon bounce, zip-line, laser-tag, playground and sandbox, gaga pit, and large sports field.

3) Session Length and Price:

Summers can be hectic, as parents not only need to plan around their work schedules but family vacations and summer events can interfere. Further, impromptu vacations from camps in South Jersey to nearby beaches mean that parents want a flexible attendance schedule and local access to highways. Accordingly, parents need to keep in mind session length, attendance, and price when comparing camps. Coupons are incredibly helpful to ease the cost of camp attendance and we encourage parents to contact camps to see if any special offers are available. Super Star Summer Camp offers 2, 3, 4 or 5 day full day camp options for weekly sessions. Further, our Junior Star Campers (ages 6 and under are offered half-day options to ease the introduction of little ones into school-day hours.

4) Meal Planning:

Parents know that it can be hard to pack temperature-safe lunches for picky eaters. It isn’t sanitary for refrigerated meals to sit in the warm sun all day and not all kids want sandwiches for lunch. Super Star Summer Camp makes lunch and snacks easy for parents. We have refrigerators for campers who choose to bring their lunch and microwaves to warm meals, if needed. This ensures that lunches are kept at proper, sanitary temperatures and gives parents the flexibility to send a variety of meals for lunches. Some camps offer meal plans and snacks, but variety can be limited and pricing can be expensive. Super Star Summer Camp offers affordable catered lunches for campers during the week and Pizza Friday for campers. Catered lunches cost between $3.00 to $5.00 dollars per meal and orders can be customized and placed in advance or upon arrival for the camp day.

5) Flexible Registration:

Some parents prefer have peace of mind and register for camp early, while others need to wait to determine their summer schedules. We officially opened enrollment March 1, 2016 for those who choose to reserve their place early. While we encourage parents to register early to hold their child’s place, we understand that not everyone is in this position. For those who are unable to determine their child’s camp attendance until early summer, or would only like to attend specific days and weeks, we offer the option of registering at any time throughout the duration of camp.

6) Camp Tours and Open Houses:

With so many options for day camp in South Jersey, it can be hard to choose which is the right fit, especially if families have never been to the camp location. To ensure that the camp you select is the right fit for your child, we encourage families to call their top choices and see what the possibilities are for private tours and open houses. Super Star Summer Camp offers private tours, on appointment, and currently has scheduled three open houses for families to learn more about us. Our Open Houses are scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open Houses are the perfect time to come and meet our staff, tour our indoor and outdoor facilities (and check out our swimming pools, ninja warrior obstacle course, mini-golf course, archery field, sports field, playground, outdoor trampolines and tumbling area, and more!), ask questions about the camp day, and learn more about what we offer. Parents can call or check out our website to learn more about when our open houses are scheduled.

About Us:
The Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy’s Super Star Summer Camp is a staple in the South Jersey and we are considered the premier summer day camp for the area. Our New Jersey State Approved Youth Camp runs from June 20th through August 26th for boys and girls ages 3 through 13. We offer a variety of attendance options, including half and full day options in addition to a 5, 4, 3, or 2 day camp week. Our 12,500 square foot indoor facility is fully air-conditioned offers laser-tag, zip-lines, in-ground trampolines, in-ground foam pit, large spring floor, climbing ropes, and more to ensure kids can stay dry on rainy days and cool during the summer heat. Our fenced-in outdoor area has canopied areas to ensure children do not spend all day in the sun and features two in-ground swimming pools, in-ground trampolines, playground and sandbox, ninja obstacle course, archery field, 30 foot slip n’slide, arts and crafts area, gaga pit, and a large sports field. Registration is now open, call today to schedule a tour or R.S.V.P. to our Camp Open House!

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USAG Team Updates

  • Congratulations to Julianna and Kaylin for their performance at Regionals.
  • Level 6 USAG GirlsAwesome job to all of our level 6s , what a way to end an amazing season !! We have a new state vault champion, Tia! Rylee and Kaydence went 3rd and 5th place on bars! Rylee also placed on vault, 5th on beam, and 2nd in the all around with a 37.425 !!! Time for summer training ladies !! 🍒
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    GCA Holiday Gift Guide

    Gymnastics and Ninja Warrior Holiday Gift List for Kids

    Not sure what to get your aspiring ninja warrior or gymnast this holiday season? We’re here to help.
    The GCA often gets questions from parents about what types of equipment we use and what we can recommend. Below is your Gymnastic Holiday Gift List!

    For Ages 2-6:

    $50 and under:

    1) Sky-walker Trampoline – $29.97

    2) Tunnel with Play Tent and Ball Pit – $34.99 and extra balls (to replace all the ones that get magically disappear) – $29.99

    3) Colorful Starter Beam – $47.78

    4) Pure Fun Trampoline – $49.97

    5) Get your own PIT BLOCKS! – $49.99 for 20

    Splurge Gifts for Kids Ages 2-6:

    1) Climb me Stairs and Cheese Mat – $90.00

    2) Octagon Barrel – $153.89

    3) 5 piece climber play-set with cheese mat – $185.00

    4) Foamnasium Gymnasium Playset – with cheese mat – $255.59

    For All Ages – $50 and under:

    1) Core Strength Roller – $22.99

    2) Balance Disc – $17.99

    3) Bar Grips – $36.89>

    4) Gymnastics Folding Mat – $39.99

    5) Cartwheel Mat – $47.88

    6) Balance Ball – $49.99

    For All Ages – $50 to 100.00

    2) Four Foot Floor Beam – $64.99>

    3) Four Section Tumbling Mat -$74.99>

    4) Cheese Mat – $84.95

    5) Folding Panel/Tumbling Mats – $79.95 and up

    Splurge for All Ages:

    1) Tumble Trak Handstand Homework Mat – $159.00

    2) Octagon Barrel – $165 – $372 (depending on size)

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    Check us out on Morning Coffee!

    This week, Owners and Managing Directors, Debbie and Rich Tobin, were guests on the online radio show, Morning Coffee. Host, Charlene Chamberlain, interviewed the Tobins to learn more about the GCA story and how a vision became reality.

    The GCA has been in business since 1975. Rich and Debbie had a vision of an elite gymnastics facility that would provide local children with the opportunity to expand their physical and mental wellness through active play. Since then, we have been providing South Jersey families with gymnastics, cheerleading, and parkour lessons; competitive team options; and day camp at our Super Star Summer Camp.

    You can learn more about the GCA and our story and check out Rich and Debbie on Morning Coffee.

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