ESF to build state-of-the-art pool at WAMS

Construction is scheduled to begin by Monday, May 1.

A new, state-of-the art pool is coming to Moorestown’s William Allen Middle School.

The approvals needed for ESF Camps to start construction of an outdoor pool on the grounds of the William Allen Middle School (WAMS) have been received. Construction is scheduled to begin by Monday, May 1 with an estimated completion date of Tuesday, May 30.

After 18 successful years serving the Moorestown area, ESF outgrew the space at Moorestown Friends School and will be calling WAMS “home” for its award-winning camps starting this summer.

“We couldn’t be happier and more excited about the opportunity to work with Moorestown Township Public Schools and to call WAMS our new home,” said ESF Co-founder and Executive Director Michael Rouse. “It’s very rewarding to know how many families are energized by our new site location. Moorestown should be very proud of the work that has been done by Board Superintendent Scott McCartney, Board President Kathy Goldenberg and their entire team for creating a pathway that will benefit the entire community.”

The pool, contracted to be built by world-class outdoor pool company Outer Spaces, Inc. (, is being totally funded by ESF.

“We’re excited about having a facilities user like ESF that will provide summer programs for our students and other students of Moorestown and surrounding areas,” Goldenberg said. “Like our other facilities users, we believe it will benefit our community.”

The state-of-the-art 32-foot by 60-foot pool will have four lanes, which is perfect for continuing the superior instruction provided through the company’s nationally recognized aquatics program. The perimeter will have a non-slip decking system, private fencing and landscaping. The pool will be ADA-compliant and have easy access to locker rooms and rest rooms.

“ESF and the Moorestown Township Public Schools share a long tradition of excellence,” McCartney said. “To that end, this partnership seemed a natural pathway in the creation of new traditions of excellence for our students and community.”

The school buildings at WAMS total more than 125,000 square feet and the campus includes 50 air conditioned classrooms, science labs, art studios and indoor and outdoor sporting facilities for basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, softball and football. The pool serves as an important addition to the campus.

“Aquatics have always been one of the crown jewels of the programming at ESF,” Rouse said. “Starting this June, our new pool will take us to even greater heights.”

ESF will continue to offer its best in class day camp experience at WAMS this summer for children ages 3 to 8 years old. A senior camp experience for children ages 9 to 15, as well as multi and single sports camps for ages 6 to 14, will also be offered. Specialty major camps will additionally offer one or two-week experiences in the creative and performing arts, science and technology worlds.

New for this summer, ESF will debut the Junior Business Academy powered by the Jack Welch Management Institute. The Academy will offer various programs to provide an immersive experience in business and entrepreneurship for children from fifth through eighth grades.

“The goal of these programs is to spark the entrepreneurial spirit of our campers by providing them with the tools to become better leaders, develop their ideas, learn how to build a great team, and help their organization win,” said Rouse.

With a 35-year tradition of excellence, ESF is more than just a day camp.

“ESF is in the business of developing good people,” said Rouse. “Our character‐building curriculum and traditions are expertly designed to explore and expand campers’ innate talents, curiosities, self‐esteem and social skills.”

This summer ESF at WAMS will offer 8 premier camp programs, with 1–8 week options, running from Monday, June 26 until Friday, August 18.