GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The township has entered into an agreement with Egg Harbor Township’s Police Athletic League to run Galloway's summer camp this year, giving campers the chance to experience activities in both townships.
“We’re not doing it ourselves anymore because we don’t have the expertise to do it,” Galloway Township Manager Chris Johansen said. “We’re really lucky to be able to partner with them.”
Township Council passed a resolution at its Feb. 27 meeting authorizing Mayor Anthony J. Coppola Jr. to execute an agreement between the township and the PAL, Johansen said. The four-year agreement will allow PAL to use the camp, located behind Veteran’s Park. PAL will also provide insurance, reducing the township’s liability, while the township will be responsible for making improvements to the property.
The township will add a camera system, fencing and some additional air conditioned areas before camps begin, Johansen said.
Hector Tavarez, executive director of the Egg Harbor Township PAL, said he’s excited to take on the additional summer camp.
“We have a great staff, and we’ll get it going, and it’ll be as smooth as the one we run here,” he said.
The camp has been running for a decade in Egg Harbor Township across three campuses: the Ready to Ride Off-Highway Vehicle Park on Ridge Avenue, Little PALs Preschool on Tilton Road and The Horse Sanctuary and Community Farm on Leap Street, Tavarez said.
With the programs combined, campers will be able to participate in a range of activities across the campuses, including laser tag, paint ball and go carts at the Ridge Avenue location and the pool at the Galloway camp.
“I expect there’s going to be a lot of coordination to get all the kids to experience all the camps,” he said, which will work with the PAL’s bus and three vans.
In addition to the expanded activities for campers, Galloway parents will be seeing a break on the tuition from last year.
“Pricing is going to be way cheaper than it was last year,” Tavarez said. “Parents that were there last year will see a savings.”
Currently, Galloway’s Police Athletic League doesn’t have the staffing or expertise to take over the camp, Johansen said.
“I know EHT PAL will have no problem training the Galloway PAL if and when Galloway PAL wants to try,” he said. “They just don’t have any experience with summer camps.”
Brian Walters, president of Galloway PAL, said in a phone interview that they don’t have the staff available to take on the summer camp, but they’re still offering track this summer.
“We never did (a camp) before, so it’s a big undertaking that we couldn’t handle right now,” Walters said.
The camp will run from June 18 through Aug. 31, and parents can sign up their kids for all summer, by week or by day.
More information about the camp is available on the Egg Harbor Township’s Police Athletic League website, ehtpal.org.