Middlesex County Recreation Council Inc. Kiddie Keep Well Camp is a private, non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization providing residential camping to under-resourced children, teens and senior citizens from Middlesex County, New Jersey.
Its programs include 2 youth programs, a teen leadership program and a senior wellness program.
Our comprehensive programming combines educational, recreational, health and wellness-focused activities.
We are accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health.
All of our programming is provided at no cost to our campers and/or their families.
Located in Roosevelt Park, KKWC’s campgrounds can accommodate 150 campers at a time.
There are two swimming pools, nine cabins, a dining hall, a health building and learning center.
Each year the camp accepts over seven hundred campers across all of its programs.
History & Mission
Started in 1924, KKWC was developed as a “fresh air” focused camp. Dedicated to providing summertime enjoyment to under-resourced Middlesex County children who were suffering from tuberculosis. Ever since, its been our mission to develop and nurture physical health, responsible social expression, self-esteem, mental well-being and other sustainable life skills through a holistic approach and diverse programming.
Over our many years of service to the community, we are proud to say we have provided a fun, safe and health focused, away from home camping experience to over 50,000 county residents. Providing positive support to working parents, guardians and families.
We welcome approximately 600 children from an applicant pool of 800 to 1,000 children, between the ages of 7-13 to attend one of four 11-day sessions. There is no cost to attend the camp. The camp asks school nurses to recommend students to the camp and we also receive 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. 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.
Here are some of the activities we offer:
Arts & Crafts
Dance & Drama
Special Events such as Olympics & Holiday Celebrations
Gateway Senior Wellness Program
The Senior Wellness program focuses on health and wellness. Through the Gateway programs we offer “seniors only” camping weeks and opportunities for seniors and youth campers to come together. We aim to support social connections for seniors within their communities and improve their physical activity levels, as they engage in healthy and enjoyable activities. Activities include swimming and aqua aerobics, arts and crafts, exercise and health, cooking and baking, games, and health workshops. The grounds and buildings at the camp are safe and kept up to date for those with physical limitations.