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Free ASYMCA Summer Camp for Military Teens Ages 7 to 12
Dear Military Families, The San Diego Armed Services YMCA is proud to invite your child to Camp Hero. To confirm your child’s camp, registration forms and a refundable twenty dollar deposit (cash/or check only) must be submitted to the Armed Services YMCA at 3293 Santo Rd, San Diego, CA, 92124 before July 1, 2009. The refundable deposit will be available for return to the parent signing below on the final day of camp or last registered YES outing (whichever is later). Should the family fail to cancel their child’s camp at least two weeks prior to the first day of their scheduled camp or the child not attend camp, the deposit will be considered a donation to the non profit Armed Services YMCA. I have read the Camp Hero Parent Guidebook and understand the Camp Hero polices and program information. _______________________________________________ Parent Signature ________________ Date
Child Name: _______________________________ Gender: __________ Age: _______ Active Duty Sponsor Name:___________________ Branch: __________ Rank: _______ Please also register my child for the YES! trip to the Wild Animal Park on Aug. 27th: YES/NO OFFICE USE ONLY: COMPLETE UPON RETURN OF DEPOSIT __________________ Date Deposit Returned __________________________________________ Signature
Camp Hero Week of August 17th to August 21st
Drop off: 8:00 a.m. Pick up: 4:30 p.m. 3293 Santo Road San Diego 92124
The San Diego Armed Services YMCA is excited to expand Camp Hero to week long day camp. Military children will have an opportunity to share common experiences and receive academic enrichment within the classroom and through local field trips. www.militaryymca.org 858-751-5755
Youth and Community Outreach Department Release of Liability Form: Adults and Minors
Parent/Guardian Name(s) (print)______________________________________________________________________ Parents Date(s) of Birth (same order)__________________________________________________________________ Address________________________________City_________________Zip____________Military Housing? Yes/NO Email Address________________________________________Service Branch_____________________Rank______ Home Phone__________________________Work__________________________Cell__________________________ Emergency Contact________________________________________________________________________________ EC Home Phone_______________________EC Work_______________________EC Cell_______________________ Minor Children Participating: Name______________________________________________________________Date of Birth___________________ Name______________________________________________________________Date of Birth___________________ Name______________________________________________________________Date of Birth___________________ Activity or Group____________________________________________________Date(s)________________________ Location_________________________________________________________________________________________
I, the undersigned parent/person having legal custody/guardianship of the above said minor, give permission for the minor to participate in the San Diego Armed Services YMCA program described above. The minor is physically able and mentally prepared to participate in all activities as described in the announcement for the program. I hereby voluntarily and knowingly assume all risks and dangers inherent and incidental to the activities of the program. I will not hold the San Diego Armed Service YMCA liable for any injuries incurred during the program or while my child(ren) is/are in transit to and from the program whether caused by equipment or the act or omissions of others excepting damage or injury solely caused by the willful misconduct or negligence of the San Diego Armed Services YMCA, or its employees, volunteers, or agents. I do hereby authorize the San Diego Armed Services YMCA as agent for the undersigned, to consent with respect to the minors, to any x-ray examination, anesthetic, medical, dental, or surgical diagnosis or treatment, and hospital care which is deemed advisable by, and is to be rendered under general or special supervision of, any physician and surgeon licensed under the provisions of the California Medical Practice Act on the medical staff of any hospital, whether such diagnosis or treatment is rendered at the office of the physician or at the hospital. I understand that the San Diego Armed Services YMCA is not responsible for costs incurred for medical care. If I participate in the program, whether as coach, instructor, aide, spectator, or participant, I presently waive as to the San Diego Armed Services YMCA and staff, officers and directors thereof, any claim presently known or unknown for damage to property or personal injury whether caused by equipment or the acts or omissions of others including San Diego Armed Services YMCA personnel.
My Child(ren) will _____ Walk Home _____Be picked up. Person(s) who may pick up child(ren)____________________ _______YES My child(ren) can receive a healthy snack _______NO My child(ren) cannot receive a healthy snack
Food Allergies, if any:______________________________________________________________________________
I hereby grant full permission for my child and/or myself to be photographed by the San Diego Armed Services YMCA staff for any legitimate purpose without payment or compensation.
Are all Immunizations up to date?: YES NO Date of Last Tetanus Shot (if known): Asian/Pac Islander Native American Hispanic/Latino Other:____________________
(for statistical reporting only)
Black/Afr. American White/Caucasian
THIS SECTION TO BE COMPLETED IF CURRENTLY UNDER DOCTOR’S CARE, OR *ASTERISK-HEALTH CONDITION CHECKED ON FRONT OF THIS FORM
Note: A Doctor's written authorization is only required if the camper has a history of Asthma, Heart Defect/Disease, Seizures, Diabetes, has been recently hospitalized, or is currently under a Doctor's care. If so, complete this section.
Health Examination by Licensed Physician
Child's Name: Birthdate: Sex:
Parent's Name: Because of this camper's medical history, we have asked that your written authorization be provided prior to their attendance at YMCA Camp. Please realize that camp is held at either mountain (4300 feet elevation) or oceanfront settings. The programs are very active, with strenuous hiking, games, swimming and camp activities. Your careful consideration is appreciated. I have examined the child named on this form within the past two years. Date Examined:
After examination and my review of his/her health history, it is my opinion that this person is physically able to engage in camp activities, except as noted below. Height: Weight: Blood Pressure: o Yes o No Please explain:
Is the applicant under the care of a physician for any conditions?
Any specific activities to be encouraged or limited by physician's advice?:
Any medically prescribed meal plan or dietary restrictions:
Any treatment or medications to be continued at camp (please give specific dosages):
Any allergies? (Food, drugs, plants, insects, etc): Additional health information:
Licensed Physician Signature: Address: Date of Form Completion:
Date: Phone: By:
Free Day Camp for Military Youth
It is tough being a kid these days – particularly when dealing with the stress of belonging to a military family. Our Youth Development programs help kids cope while providing them with positive, fun opportunities to get to know themselves and each other. Camp Hero is a week long day camp that serves as an outlet for military youth to share their common experiences and receive academic enrichment all while making friends and having fun! The curriculum is designed to help children find practical ways to address the challenges of military life, provide tools to help them succeed in school, and improve social and communication skills. Kids learn more about themselves and their community with week of exploration and excitement. This Parent Guidebook has useful information to prepare your child for Camp Hero as well as an overview of camp policies and procedures. Please take time to review this with your child and get excited about Camp Hero!
Camp Staff & Activities 2 Preparing for Camp Camp Policies Camp Schedule 3 4 5
San Diego Armed Services YMCA
3293 Santo Road, San Diego, CA 92124
Visit our website www.militaryymca.com for more information on the over 40 free programs and services available to your family!
Camp Hero Staff
Camp Hero staff are full time Armed Services YMCA Youth and Community Outreach (YCO) staff members that want to host an awesome summer packed with fun, adventure, and exploration! Our staff is passionate about supporting military youth and take pleasure in maintaining a structured, educational program in an atmosphere of fun and excitement. The ASYMCA takes seriously the importance of child protection and safety. We have specific, tested policies and procedures for all staff that work with children. The following are some of our proven safety practices:
1. The ASYMCA has comprehensive pre-employment screening for staff members and program volunteers, including interviews, reference and nation-wide criminal history checks. 2. All camp counselors regularly work with school aged youth in informal educational settings and are certified in pediatric First Aid and CPR.
Frequent relocations often require military families to leave friends and extended family behind. Through a variety of activities, crafts, and challenging games, kids will tackle tough topics including making new friends, family separation, taking responsibility, and conflict resolution. Camp Hero is a chance for kids to build friendships and share common experiences while further developing their self esteem and resilience. These opportunities will take place in the classroom as well as in the community through two local field trips each week to San Diego scenic parks.
The goal of Project WILD is to assist learners of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behavior and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment upon which all life depends. Project WILD activities and lessons will be presented as part of the Camp Hero curriculum to enhance campers understanding of the world around them. Campers will have opportunities to further explore the Project WILD lessons through half day trips to Cabrillo National Monument and Santee Lakes Park. The trips are a chance to increase campers’ understanding and awareness of the diversity of San Diego’s ecosystems, wildlife, and history.
YES! (Youth Enrichment Summer) outings afford children in military families, ages 7 to 12, the opportunity to explore a variety of San Diego area attractions. YES! outings take place the Thursday of camp and will include a visit to either the San Diego Wild Animal Park or YMCA Camp Surf. Camp Hero campers will have priority registration to the YES! outing not offered during their week of camp.
Camp Hero Awards
Families are encouraged to attend the Camp Hero Award Ceremony on the Friday afternoon of camp. This ceremony is an opportunity to congratulate campers and recognize their accomplishments from throughout the week.
Preparing for Camp
Camp Hero is fun. Occasionally fun can also mean messy! Dress your campers in old clothes so they are ready to play hard and get dirty! Campers are required to wear closed toed shoes and socks daily and should arrive to Camp with sunscreen already applied.
Camp Hero Staff
Karena Vigliotti: Program Director
Beginning her third summer at the Armed Services YMCA, Karena comes to us from Massachusetts and is a graduate of St. Lawrence University with a degree in Psychology. Her energy, enthusiasm, and love for working with children of all ages has made her time at the Armed Services YMCA a tremendous thrill. Karena discovered a love for camp her first week at the Armed Services YMCA and is excited to see Camp Hero grow to a full week program this summer!
What to Bring
It is recommended that you send your camper with a backpack to keep all their belongings together. All belongings should be labeled with your camper’s name before sending to camp. Camp Hero campers must bring their own lunch and water bottle to camp daily (except when noted in the camp schedule). Please send only nonperishable foods as refrigeration is not available. Please also be sure your camper has sunscreen and a sweatshirt.
What not to Bring
Campers may not bring electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, video games), toys, jewelry, or money to Camp Hero. The Armed Services YMCA is not responsible for any items that are lost or stolen. a twenty dollar refundable deposit will be required to register for camp. Deposits will be available for return to parents the final day of camp or the last registered YES! outing, whichever is later. Should the family fail to cancel their child’s camp at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp or the child not attend camp, the deposit will be considered a donation to the non profit Armed Services YMCA.
Camp Hero Eligibility
Camp Hero is open to children of military service members from all service branches. The military service member must be rank E6 or below and assigned to a San Diego military installation or San Diego based ship. Children must be between seven and twelve years old by August 1st to be eligible. There will be no age exceptions. Priority will be given to children who have not participated in either the after school Operation Hero program or 2009 Operation Outdoors.
Contacting Campers If you should need to reach your child during camp please call our front desk at 858-751-5755. They will take your message and get the information to your child.
Andrea Fields: Program Leader Andrea joined the YCO staff last summer for YES! and is excited to begin her second summer at the Armed Services YMCA. A Southern California native, summer has always been her favorite season! Andrea is a senior at San Diego State University, pursuing a degree in Women’s Studies and Social Work. She looks forward to directing her passion for empowering youth and their families into meaningful summer programs for military youth. Lyndsay Calhoun: Program Leader Starting her first summer at the Armed Services YMCA, Lyndsay is a San Diego native and graduate of University of California, San Diego with a degree in Sociology. Her passion to reach children of all ages through education and recreation, has brought her to the ASYMCA from Vilseck, Germany where she worked with military youth and their families. She is eager and ready to embark on the fun exploration of Camp Hero!
The Armed Services YMCA is proud to provide over 40 free programs to San Diego military service members and their families each month. Should you wish to make a contribution to the Armed Services YMCA in support of programs such as Camp Hero you may do so by sending your donation to the Armed Services YMCA at 3293 Santo Road, San Diego, CA 92124 or call 858-7515755 for more information.
Camper Illness or Injury If your camper becomes ill at camp our staff will contact you to pick them up. Please have arrangements to do so in a timely manner. If you child is injured camp staff will take whatever steps are necessary to obtain medical care. If we are unable to reach you and your child needs medical attention they will be transported to the hospital by an ambulance. All expenses for emergency Deposits medical care are the responsibility Camp Hero registration forms and of the parent.
Field Trip Transportation
Camp Hero will travel by Armed Services YMCA buses for half day trips to local San Diego parks and for a full day trip to either the San Diego Wild Animal Park or YMCA Camp Surf. The following are some of our transportation safety practices:
1. Each bus driver is a Armed Services YMCA staff member who has completed comprehensive pre-employment screening including interviews, drug and alcohol testing, and reference and nation-wide criminal history checks. 2. Each driver is required to perform a pre-trip inspection for their bus before transporting passengers. 3. Each Armed Services YMCA bus is outfitted with seat belts and routinely inspected by the California Highway Patrol.
We do our best to maintain a reliable schedule of departure and arrival times and accomplish all planned activities. Please do your part to help by arriving on time to camp and ready for the day’s activities. We appreciate your understanding that field trips are subject to change as necessary for health or safety of the campers and staff.
Camp Hero opens for drop off at 8:00 a.m. each day. Camp activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and may include scheduled field trips. If you expect to be late or your child will be absent from camp please call the Armed Services YMCA by 8:15 a.m. at 858-7515755. Campers that arrive after field trip transportation has departed can not be accommodated.
Behavior Management Guidelines
It is the Armed Services YMCA’s goal to provide a healthy, safe, and secure environment for all day camp participants. Children who attend the program are expected to follow the behavior guidelines based on the four core values and to interact appropriately in a group setting.
Camp Hero opens for drop off
Camp Hero starts camp activities (Buses begin leaving for field trips)
Buses return from field trips
Camp Hero Pick Up
Behavior Guidelines: 1. We will care for ourselves and for those around us. 2. Honesty will be the basis for Pick Up all relationships and Camp Hero pick up is at 4:30 p.m. interactions. Campers must be picked up and 3. People are responsible for signed out by an authorized picktheir actions. up list. Please show courtesy to 4. We respect each other and the Camp Hero staffers by arriving environment. promptly for pick up. Campers not picked up by 5:00 p.m. will be Our camp staff is trained and is supervised by ASYMCA staff and expected to resolve behavior every attempt will be made to problems in a positive manner. In contact parents and emergency the event problems persist the contacts. If by 6:00 p.m. the child may be suspended or parents are not reachable Child dismissed from the Camp Hero. Protective Services will be called. Some acts may result in immediate suspension or dismissal including Attendance but not limited to: fighting, Camp Hero is a full day, weekintentionally harming others, theft, long experience. Campers and possession of weapons or routinely late to camp, picked up drugs. Deposits will not be early or late, or absent will be refunded for those dismissed from dismissed from Camp Hero. the program due to a behavior Deposits will not be refunded for those dismissed from Camp Hero. problem.
Camp Hero Weekly Schedule
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00 a.m. Camp Games Buses leave for YES! Outing
Camp Hero Opens for Drop Off
Camp Crafts Buses leave for local field trip Camp Hero begins specific camp activities Camp Hero Arts & Crafts Lunch Buses leave for local field trip Camp Hero local field trip Outdoor Camp Games Lunch Camp Hero Arts & Crafts Camp Hero begins specific camp activities
Camp Hero begins specific camp activities
Camp Hero Arts & Crafts
Wild Animal Park
Camp Hero local field trip with picnic August 6: August 13:
YMCA Camp Surf YMCA Camp Surf
Outdoor Camp Games
Santee Lakes Santee August 20: Buses Return August 27:
Wild Animal Park
Project WILD Activities and Experiments Cabrillo Monument Point Loma Buses Return
Project WILD Activities and Experiments Camp Hero Arts & Crafts Camp Games
(lunch is provided)
Camp Hero Arts & Crafts
Camp Awards Buses Return
Families encouraged to attend!
Camp Hero Pick Up
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