As one of the premier daycamps in Central New Jersey, we’re proud to have numerous team members, and former students willing to share their stories and experiences. This month, we’re proud to put the spotlight on a distinguished parent: Dr. Lisa Polvere, division leader of our Pre-K and kindergartners at the daycamp and the director of the Tadpole Village Preschool. For 11 years, she has served as the director of the school and has provided a warm, safe, nurturing environment for each of her students. Her two children, Jack and Lexi, have both gone from Tadpoles to veteran campers.
Meet “Tadpole” Lisa!
It’s hard to imagine my life without Frogbridge. It all began eleven years ago, when the incredible opportunity to work here was presented to me. Not only would I become the Director at our amazing preschool, but I was going to experience camp life once again! I would be a division leader for our camp babies … the Tadpoles! My nickname was coined “Tadpole Lisa” and my life would be enriched in ways you could never imagine. It was a dream come true. I grew up going to camp, both day camp and sleep away, and worked at a camp as soon as I was old enough. Camp life was something I had always cherished and I knew my two incredible children Jack and Alexis had to experience.
Why I Chose Frogbridge for my Children
Jack and Lexi have truly “grown up Frogbridge.” Camp life has really shaped who they have become. They exude self-confidence and the leadership skills they possess are astonishing. These were the things that were fostered at Frogbridge. They began coming here at age three and are now almost eleven and fifteen. From the time camp ends in August, the countdown to the next summer begins in our house. At the end of EVERY summer they proclaim that it was “the best summer ever!!” Just when you think it can’t get better, it does! Every age group has new things to look forward to and the friendships they have made will be treasured for the rest of their lives. Frogbridge is a second home to all of us.
Finding Camp Memories Every Year
When I clean out their closets each year I find the most random things that I am not allowed to dispose of! A bandana, a piece of shredded tissue, confetti. Each is a memory to them. We are so thankful for these memories and I have been doubly blessed because I am here to share in a lot of them. I am so fortunate to be able to catch an occasional glimpse of them walking with friends, laughing, cheering someone on or trying a new activity. I can’t believe this coming summer Jack is going to be a counselor in training! He can’t wait! Not only have I watched my own children grow up Frogbridge, I have watched hundreds of others! It’s amazing to see the young adults that they have grown into.
Frogbridge is an extended family and more than that. It’s a feeling you won’t get anywhere else. I am so appreciative to Frank and JR for these years. My family and I couldn’t have been luckier. We love it here and look forward to many more summers together!