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YES Parent Guidebook 11

YES Parent Guidebook 11

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Free Day Trips for Military Youth

YES!
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.
YES! (Youth Enrichment Summer) outings afford children in military families, the opportunity to explore a variety of Southern California attractions. The Armed Services YMCA is delighted to offer the YES! program for the third consecutive summer to San Diego military kids. YES! youth trips, for children ages 7 to 12, include a day at YMCA Camp Surf and the Horse back riding. We are proud to offer for the third summer, a YES! teen trip for kids ages 13 to 15 to a San Diego Padre game. It will be a great chance for military teens to meet and connect over the summer!

YES!
PARENT GUIDEBOOK This Parent Guidebook has useful information to prepare your child for YES! as well as an overview of YES! policies and procedures. Please take time to review this with your child and get excited about YES!

Contents:
Staff & Activities Preparing for YES! YES Policies 2 3 4

San Diego Armed Services YMCA
3293 Santo Road, San Diego, CA 92124

Visit our website www.militaryymca.org for more information on the over 40 free programs and services available to your family!

YES! Staff
YES! 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 staff members regularly work with school aged youth in informal educational settings and are certified in pediatric First Aid and CPR.

YES! Outings:
San Diego Padres Game
July 28th Teens 13-15 years:
Military teens enjoy a full day of fun at Petco Park to enjoy the Padres play the Diamondbacks! Teens will make new friends while cheering on the home team!

YMCA Camp Surf
August 4th & August 18th Kids 7-12 years:
Kids will have a blast learning fun new activities including archery, wall climbing, boogie boarding and surf lessons. Children will have a water training and safety course prior to water activities and will be closely supervised by both Camp Surf lifeguards and ASYMCA staff when they are in the water.

Horse back Riding
August 11th & August 25th Kids 7-12 years:
A once in a lifetime experience military children will have the opportunity to participate in a scenic horseback ride through east county trails. Children will receive instruction on riding etiquette and have the opportunity to learn about different breeds with a tour the over 150 boarded horses.

Preparing for YES!

YES! Clothes
YES! is fun. Occasionally fun can also mean messy! Dress your child in old clothes so they are ready to play hard and get dirty! Children are required to wear closed toed shoes and socks daily and should arrive to YES! with sunscreen already applied. Remember, YES! Is not a fashion show!

YES! Staff
Lyndsay Calhoun: Program Director
Her third 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 for working with children of all ages has made working at the ASYMCA an incredible experience. Lyndsay is eager to explore new San Diego adventures this summer with military children! Andrea Fields: Program Leader Andrea is more than ready to jumpstart her fourth summer at the Armed Services YMCA! A Southern California native, summer has always been her favorite season! Andrea is a graduate from San Diego State University, with a degree in Women’s Studies and Social Work. She looks forward to directing her passion for empowering youth and their families through ASY’s summer programs for military youth. Cathy Tann: Program Leader Cathy could not be more excited about kicking off her second summer with the ASYMCA! Cathy is a Texas native with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Elementary Teaching Credential from the University of North Texas. She is looking forward to using her background working with youth both in and out of the classroom to contribute to the summer experience this year! Donnabelle Buban Program Leader Donnabelle is thrilled for her first summer at the ASYMCA. Donnabelle is a graduate of Cuyamaca College with a degree in Child Development, and also holds a Child Development Teacher’s Permit from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She is looking forward to using her background working with young children to create a more meaningful summer this year!

What to Bring
It is recommended that you send your child with a backpack to keep all their belongings together. All belongings should be labeled with your child’s name before sending to YES! outings. Please also be sure your child has sunscreen and a sweatshirt.

What not to Bring
Children may not bring electronic devices (cell phones, digital cameras, iPods, video games), toys, jewelry, or money to YES!. The Armed Services YMCA is not responsible for any items that are lost or stolen.

YES!
YES! Eligibility
YES! 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 for Youth YES! and between thirteen and fifteen years by July 28th for Teen YES! There will be no age exceptions. Priority will be given to children who have not participated in 2010 YES! Outing.

Deposits
YES! registration forms and a ten dollar non-refundable deposit will be required to register. Should the family fail to cancel their child’s space at least two weeks prior to the outing or the child not attend, the family may be placed on the ineligible programs list for the Armed Services YMCA.

Emergency Procedures
Contacting YES! Kids If you should need to reach your child during YES! please call our front desk at 858-751-5755. They will take your message and get the information to your child. Children are not permitted to bring cell phones to YES!

Child Illness or Injury If your child becomes ill at YES! Financial Contributions our staff will contact you to pick The Armed Services YMCA is them up. Please have proud to provide over 40 free arrangements to do so in a timely programs to San Diego military manner. If you child is injured service members and their staff will take whatever steps are families each month. Should you necessary to obtain medical care. wish to make a contribution to If we are unable to reach you and the Armed Services YMCA in your child needs medical support of programs like YES! you attention they will be transported may do so by sending your to the hospital by an ambulance. donation to the Armed Services All expenses for emergency YMCA at 3293 Santo Road, San medical care are the Diego, CA 92124 or call 858-751 responsibility of the parent. -5755 for more information.

Field Trip Transportation
YES! participants will travel by Armed Services YMCA buses. 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 YES! and ready for the day’s activities. We appreciate your understanding that trips are subject to change as necessary for health or safety of the participants and staff.

YES! Policies
Drop Off
YES! opens for drop off at 8:00 a.m. each day. YES! buses begin to leave at 8:30 a.m. YES! participants 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.

Pick Up

Important Times
8:00 a.m. YES! opens for drop off 8:30 a.m. Buses begin leaving for YES! outings 4:00 p.m. Buses return from YES! 4:30 p.m. YES! Pick Up

All YES! participants must be picked up and signed out by an Behavior Guidelines: adult listed on the authorized pick- 1. We will care for ourselves and up list. Please show courtesy to for those around us. YES! staff by arriving promptly for 2. Honesty will be the basis for pick up. YES! participants not all relationships and picked up within 30 minutes of the interactions. schedule pick up time will be 3. People are responsible for supervised by ASYMCA staff and their actions. every attempt will be made to 4. We respect each other and the contact parents and emergency environment. contacts. If within an hour the parents are not reachable, Child Our staff is trained and is expected Protective Services will be called. to resolve behavior problems in a positive manner. In the event Attendance problems persist the child may be YES! is a full day experience. YES! suspended or dismissed from the participants that are late, or YES! program. Some acts may absent will be dismissed from result in immediate suspension or remaining YES! outings. Deposits dismissal including but not limited will not be refunded for those to: fighting, intentionally harming dismissed from YES! If you child is others, theft, and possession of for whatever reason not able to weapons or drugs. Deposits will attend please contact the Armed not be refunded for those Services YMCA as soon as possible dismissed from the program due so that a waitlist child can be to a behavior problem. invited.

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