Parent Manual - Camp Awesome


CAMP AWESOME
BE AWESOME, HAVE FUN
Parent’s Awesome Survival Manual• June 8, 2015
WWW.CAMPAWESOME.COM
Table of Contents
Parent’s Awesome Survival Manual/Table of Contents
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Parent’s Welcome To Camp Awesome/Mission Statement/
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Camper’s Age, Camp Cost, and Capacity
Camp Dates and Hours of Operation/Camp Ratio/Registration, Cancellation,
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and Refunds/Camper Registration Form and Health History Form
Address For Camp, Arrival and Pick Up Procedures/Pick Up Policy/
Page 4
About Camp Awesome Staff
Camper Rules/Discipline
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Discipline Continued.../What Not To Pack
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What To Pack/Awesome Fridays
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Watch Your Awesome Child At Camp/Illness, Emergency Procedures
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and Medication/Mandated Reporters
What To Bring Everyday Check List/Map of Camp Location
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Camp Awesome Activities, Camp Awesome Sample Schedule
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Field Trip Information/Separated or Divorced Parents
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Consequence Form
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Parent or Guardian and Camper Agreement/Contact Information
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Welcome To
CAMP AWESOME
Mission Statement/Camper’s Age, Camp Cost, Capacity
WELCOME TO CAMP AWESOME
Dear Parents,
Welcome to Camp Awesome! All of us at Camp Awesome look forward to an exciting and
wonderful summer of laughter and memories that will last a lifetime. Please read through this
parent manual to get a better understanding of what to expect this summer. All the information
provided on this manual is important and we hope you will take the time to read it. If you have
any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.You can contact us by phone or
email; all questions are welcomed and will be responded to promptly.
MISSION STATEMENT
Camp Awesome is devoted to helping the youth achieve a high level of personal growth through
a safe, enriching and awesome summer beach experience.
CAMPERS AGES
Camp Awesome is for children ages 5.5-12.
*Note: Children under 6 years old may only come for regular camp hours. If you have a child
under 6 years old you will need to talk to the camp director prior to the first day of camp.
CAMP COST
Regular Hours: Per Week = $150.00
Extended Hours: Per Week = $170.00
Regular Hours: Per Day = $40.00
Extended Hours: Per Day = $45.00
*10% Discount on purchase over $500 with promo code.
*15% Discount on purchase over $1,000 with promo code.
CAPACITY
50 Campers.
Parents are encouraged to sign up as early as possible since spaces are limited.
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Camp Dates and Hours of Operation/Camp Ratio/Registration, Cancellation,
and Refunds/Camper Registration Form and Health History Form
CAMP DATES AND HOURS OF OPERATION
Camp Awesome will be open from June 8, 2015 to August 21, 2015.
Camp Awesome operates Monday - Friday.
Regular Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Extended Hours: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
CAMP RATIO
1 Staff: 10 Campers (out of water)
1 Staff: 7 Campers (in water)
1 Staff: 8 Campers (field trips)
REGISTRATION, CANCELLATION, AND REFUNDS
Registration has already begun and space is limited. Once space is full for the week, we will start
a waiting list and will let you know once a space is available. Full payment is due upon
registration. We accept cash, credit card, or check (if you pay with a check you would need to
provide us with your ID number).
All request for cancellations or changes must be made through written form by email to
[email protected] Cancellations made by June 8, 2015 will be refunded in full. If
you do not submit your cancellation in writing by June 8, 2015, you will be responsible for all
fees as space is limited. We will however, offer credit towards a future week if space is available.
CAMPER REGISTRATION FORM AND HEALTH HISTORY FORM
Parents will be asked to complete a Registration Form when you register through our Camp
Awesome Website www.campawesome.com.Please make sure you fill in all the necessary
information on the Registration Form. We must have your Registration Form filled out in order
for your child to attend camp. If you have any trouble with any of the forms, please feel free to
contact us at (424) 218-6419 or [email protected] and we would be more than
happy to assist you with the forms.
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Address for Camp, Arrival and Pick Up Procedures/Late Pick Up Policy/
Camp Awesome Staff / Special Needs or Disabilities
ADDRESS FOR CAMP, ARRIVAL AND PICK UP PROCEDURES
6677 Pacific Avenue, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Camp Awesome is a drop off only beach camp. Parents or authorized guardians listed on the
Registration Form must check-in and check-out their children from camp (children will not be
released from camp to someone who is not on the Registration Form as an Authorized
Guardian for safety purposes). If you would like your child to be released to someone who is
not on the Registration Form under Authorized Guardian, please call or email the Camp, so the
staff can be notified ahead of time. For their safety, children are not allowed to be dropped off,
or check themselves in or out.
LATE PICK UP POLICY
Camp Awesome ends at 6:00 PM. A late fee will be charged at 6:01pm. There will be a $10 late
fee for every ten minutes the child remains with Camp Awesome staff. For Example: If you pick
up your child between 6:01pm and 6:10pm the late fee would be $10.00. The late fee will be
charged per child. For Example: A child picked up at 6:16pm the late fee will be $20.00, if two
children are picked up at 6:09pm the late fee per child is $10.00, the total will be $20.00. If the
child is picked up at 6:30pm the late fee will be $30 dollars. If the child is not picked up by 6:30
the Police Department will be notified.
There will be a one time warning for a late pick up (this will be documented and a form will
have to be signed by the parent and staff that states that you have received your first warning).
After the one time warning, if the child is picked up late, the late pick up fee must be paid.
Payment of late fees must be paid through cash or check when the child is picked up late.
CAMP AWESOME STAFF
CAMP AWESOME staff have experience working with youth of all ages. The staff must pass a
fingerprint and background check, and are subject to random drug testing. All staff will go
through CPR and First Aid Training. CAMP AWESOME may have a Jr.Volunteer. The volunteer
will assist staff on leading, planning, and developing activities.Volunteers will also go through a
fingerprint and background checks, and are also subject to random drug testing.
SPECIAL NEEDS/DISABILITIES
All children are welcome to attend camp but if extra attention is needed parents are required
to provide this service with a certified practitioner, he/she will need to be with camper
throughout enrollment.
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Camper Rules/Discipline
CAMPER RULES
*Parents, please discuss the following Camp Rules with your child before the beginning of camp.
Campers must listen to directions from staff.
No physical fighting or causing harm to others.
Campers must keep their hands to themselves.
No use of profanity or inappropriate language or behavior.
Campers must respect camp property and other campers’ property (no stealing).
Campers must stay in assigned areas.
Campers must keep their hands and feet to themselves always.
Be respectful of other’s belongings. Do not take anything that is not yours.
Respect your environment by throwing out all trash, and returning equipment to its proper
place after use.
Always follow the rule of treating others as you wish to be treated.
*Remember you are at camp to have a fun, exciting, and safe time while making new friends,
trying new activities, and building positive self-esteem.
DISCIPLINE
CAMP AWESOME reserves the right to dismiss any camper for inappropriate or unsafe
behavior. The Camp Director will always make an effort to discuss and resolve any issues with a
camper with their parent(s) or guardian(s). If a problem persists and cannot be corrected, the
decision to dismiss a camper will be made by the Camp Director in consultation with staff. No
refunds will be given for children who are dismissed from camp due to disciplinary reasons.
Campers will be given a warning first depending on their behavior.
The second time, if behavior persists, camper(s) will be removed from awesome activities for
5-10 minutes.
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Discipline Continued.../What Not To Pack
If the behavior persists after multiple warnings, the camper will be given a consequence form
which will need to be taken home and signed by parent or guardian to return to camp.
If a camper receives more than three consequence forms; or fewer depending on the severity of
infractions, they may be suspended from camp. The length of the suspension is based on the
severity of the offense. If this occurs, the camper’s parents or guardians will be notified of the
issue. If the camper is allowed to return to the program, the camper will be placed on probation
for the remainder of the summer. If there are any further incidents with the camper, he/she may
be expelled from CAMP AWESOME.
*Note: All consequences depend on the severity of the offense. A camper can be immediately
suspended or permanently expelled from CAMP AWESOME upon their first offense. Physical
assault, threats, fighting, possession of any item that may injure or harm anyone, theft, and
vandalism will not be tolerated.
*Note: Refunds will not be given for suspensions or expulsions.
WHAT NOT TO PACK
No sodas, energy drinks, or caffeinated drinks allowed. Water, sports drinks, juice, and milk are
acceptable.
No personal electronics such as gameboys, cellphones, iPods, etc. If brought to camp, they are
the camper’s responsibility and CAMP AWESOME is not responsible for theft or damage. If
parents want their child to carry a cellphone, it must remain in his/her backpack and CAMP
AWESOME is not responsible for it being stolen or damaged.
Campers are not allowed to share food due to safety purposes (some campers might be allergic
to some food products such as peanuts, milk, and seafood).
No expensive jewelry or items with sentimental value that could be damaged or lost.
No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, or shoes with wheels (Heelys).
No weapons, fake weapons, or objects that may cause bodily or emotional harm.
No snacks that require cooking since there will be no place to heat it up at the beach.
No card games such as Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh, since these often get lost or damaged.
*Remember CAMP AWESOME is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
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What To Pack & Awesome Friday’s
WHAT TO PACK
CAMPERS SHOULD BRING BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND SNACKS. Food should be kept in a
lunch bag to keep seagulls out. It is mandatory for campers to bring their camp awesome shirt.
Please bring plenty of water since campers will be outdoors in the sun; water will be needed to
keep hydrated. CAMP AWESOME will have water available to provide to campers, but campers
should still bring their own. Sneakers are preferred. Sandals are optional but campers need to
bring an extra closed toe pair of shoes for an active schedule.
Please pack an extra set of clothes since there will be days where campers may go into the
water. Campers should also have an extra set of clothes everyday since schedule is subject
change.
Campers should bring a beach towel since they will be sitting on the sand and because they
might need one to dry off when they go in the water.
SUN BLOCK is crucial and should be brought to camp everyday. Please note: staff may help
campers put on sun block if needed; if you do not want us to put sun block on your child please
inform the camp director; if this is the case your child will be responsible for putting on his/her
own sun block. CAMP AWESOME is not responsible for a child getting sun burn. CAMP
AWESOME will have the campers put on sun block continuously throughout the day. If a camper
refuses to put on sun block, it will be documented and the parent(s) or guardian(s) will be
notified (Rash guard is mandatory if child is going in the water).
Campers should bring a backpack where they can store all their belongings. Campers are
responsible for all their belongings. CAMP AWESOME is not responsible for anything that is
damaged, lost, or stolen. It is the camper’s responsibility to take care of their belongings.
*Note: Campers should pack a hat/cap, camp awesome shirt, water bottle, sunscreen (spray
preferred), swimsuit, rash guard, towel, closed toed shoes, extra clothes, breakfast, lunch, and
snacks.
AWESOME FRIDAYS
On Fridays CAMP AWESOME will have awesome parties. Campers will have to bring $5.00 on
Friday for lunch that will be ordered by CAMP AWESOME staff. The lunch will consist of CAMP
AWESOME staff buying food from a fast food or restaurant location.The location where lunch
will be ordered for the upcoming Friday will be announced a couple days before by camp staff.
This is optional, if a camper doesn’t want to participate he/she will have to bring their own
lunch to camp.
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Watch Your Awesome Child At Camp/Illness, Emergency Procedures, and
Medication/Mandated Reporters
WATCH YOUR AWESOME CHILD AT CAMP
As a parent/guardian of a CAMP AWESOME child, you will be able to follow up on your child’s
activities at the camp by going online through our social media sites.
www.facebook.com/CampAwesome.info
www.instagram.com/campawesome
ILLNESS AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
If your child is ill, please keep him/her at home for the day. We ask for your consideration for
the health of all of our campers and staff. If a child is injured or becomes ill during the camp day,
parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified. If the illness or injury is significant to the extent that
your child can no longer participate in camp activities, you will be notified immediately and
asked to pick up your child.
In the unlikely event that an injury or illness requires emergency care, you will be notified
immediately. The director will contact 911, and paramedics will transport your child with
accompanying staff member to an emergency care facility. Parents or the designated guardian
will be responsible for any medical fees incurred.
If your child receives a minor injury, such as a scraped elbow, staff will administer basic First Aid
and will inform you of the incident when you pick up your child.
We strongly encourage you to administer any regular medication your child takes at home. Staff
will NOT administer any medication. The child, parent/guardian, or caregiver designated by the
parent/guardian will be responsible for administering any medications at the appropriate time.
Staff will try to remind the child of scheduled medication, but staff or CAMP AWESOME are
NOT responsible for ensuring medication is taken. Staff will not carry medication that will be
the responsibility of the child, parent/guardian, or caregiver.
In the case of severe weather, CAMP AWESOME reserves the right to cancel any activities that
may endanger our campers.
MANDATED REPORTERS
CAMP AWESOME staff are mandated reporters by law. If there are any suspected cases of child
abuse or neglect, the staff will report directly to the appropriate authorities for investigation.
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What To Bring Everyday Check List/Map of Camp Location
Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks in bag or lunch box.
Sunscreen (Spray Preferred)
Camp Awesome Shirt (Mandatory)
Hat/Cap
Towel
Reusable Water Bottle
Change of Clothes
Closed - Toe Shoes
Swim Wear (Swimsuit, Swim Trunks)
Rash Guard (Mandatory if child is going in the water)
Beach Umbrella (Optional)
Boogie Board (Optional)
REMEMBER: Each child is responsible for his/her own things. Labeling can assist with identifying
your child's items.
MAP OF CAMP LOCATION
Location:
Dockweiler Beach
Between Tower 41 & 42
6677 Pacific Avenue.
Playa del Rey, CA. 90293
Cross Streets of Camp:
Culver Blvd. and Pacific Avenue
Del Rey Lagoon Park
Is across the street from the Camp Awesome
location.
REMINDER:
Camp Awesome is a drop off only summer program.
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Camp Awesome Activities
ULTIMATE VOLLEY BALL
CAPTURE THE FLAG
CHALLENGE THE LEADER
PING PONG
DRAWING CONTEST
AWESOME CRAFTS
TRIANGLE TAG
PICTURE COLLAGES
NINJA AWESOMENESS
DANCE PARTY
AWESOME WATER GAMES
LET’S PLAY WITH BOXES
FOLLOW THE LEADER
JEDI MASTER
SAND CRAFTS
FUZE
MUSHROOM TAG
CAPTURE THE FLAG
THE AWESOME GAMES
TRACK AND FIELD
WACKY DAY
AWESOME SOCCER
CRAZY FOOTBALL
DRAWING CONTEST
NATURE HIKES
THE ULTIMATE GAMES
GLADIATOR
DODGEBALL
TRIANGLE TAG
DANCE PARTY
Camp Awesome Sample Schedule
TIME
ACTIVITY
8:00AM
CAMP AWESOME OPENS
8:00AM-9:00AM
EARLY BIRD GAMES
9:00M-10:00AM
BREAKFAST AND WARM UPS
10:00AM-10:30AM
AWESOME GAME TIME
10:30AM-11:00AM
GETTING READY FOR WATER
11:00AM-NOON
WATER TIME!!!!!
12:00PM-1:00PM
LUNCH
1:00PM-2:30PM
LET’S GO TO THE PARK
2:30PM-4:00PM
WATER TIME!!!!!
4:00PM-5:00PM
LET'S GO TO THE STORE
5:00PM-5:40PM
ENJOY SNACKS AND GAME TIME
5:40PM-6:00PM
COOL DOWN
6:00PM
CAMP AWESOME CLOSED
*Note: All activities are subject to change.
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Field Trip Information
CAMP AWESOME will also offer optional field trips throughout the summer. Field Trip
registration and payment are not included in the weekly/daily rates. Field trips will be listed on
the website and parents will be notified in advance of field trips as well. Please be sure to show
up at the designated time. Campers are required to wear their camp T-shirts. The amount of
spots on each field trip may vary, so be sure to sign up in advance. Once all spots are filled for
field trips, a waiting list will be created in the event campers who are signed up cannot attend.
Refunds will be granted if notice is received 3 full days prior to the field trip. Specific details
regarding arrival time, lunch, and transportation will be provided for each field trip a week in
advance. Parent or Guardian authorizes Camp Awesome to transport their child and administer
treatment to campers in the event of an accident, injury or illness while not holding Camp
Awesome responsible or liable while acting in the best interest of their child if signed up for any
of camp awesome field trips.
Camp will remain open for campers who do not attend the field trip.
FIELD TRIP RULES
Always stay with your group leader and the rest of the group
Listen to your group leader
Wear your camp T-shirt
Follow the rules of the place we are visiting
Separated or Divorced Parents/
Parent/Guardian Camper Agreement Form
SEPARATED OR DIVORCED PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Parents/guardians that are separated or divorced will need to provide copies of a signed court
order if there are any restrictions regarding their child(ren). Without a signed court order, staff
will be required to release the child(ren) to either parent/guardian or authorized adult(s) to
pick up the child(ren). Camp Awesome staff are not allowed to give out copies of documents
and any related issues will be discussed with whomever picks up the participant that day. Any
written material from Camp Awesome will be provided to the individual that paid for the
child(ren)’s registration. Camp Awesome staff will immediately contact the Police Department
for any violations of custody agreements on record.
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Consequence Form
Dear Parent/Guardian, The purpose of this form is to inform you of an incident involving your child,
whose behavior may have jeopardized the safety and well-being of other children.
Camper’s Name:______________________________Location:___________________
Cause for Consequence Form:
Unsafe Behavior
Disrespecting other campers or staffFighting
Destruction of Property
Refusing to follow directions
Throwing Objects
Disruptive Behavior
Other:______________________________________________________________
Incident Number:
First Offense
Second Offense
Third Offense
Parent/Guardian Meeting Needed
Suspension:_______Days________Weeks
Expulsion From Program
Description of consequence:
______________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
We reserve the right to evaluate the cause of each consequence in cause of its severity and content.
*Refunds will not be given for suspensions or expulsions.
Camper’s Signature:__________________________________Date:_______________
Staff Signature:______________________________________Date:_______________
Parent/Guardian Signature:____________________________Date:_______________
Camp Director Signature:______________________________Date:_______________
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Parent/Guardian and Camper Agreement
By filling out the registration form online you acknowledge that you have read the PARENT’S
AWESOME SURVIVAL MANUAL and that you agree to the terms and conditions stated above.
In addition you agree that you have gone over the rules of the camp with your child and that
he/she understands the rules of the camp.
CONTACT INFORMATION
James Kirlin
Program Director
Jessica Mcavinue
Executive Secretary
1 (424) 218-6419
Email: [email protected]
Zach Stiffel
Adela Cornejo
Email: [email protected]
Associate Director
Graphic Designer and Executive Assistant
Kevin Gerami
Bobby Gerami
Email: [email protected]
Website Designer
Email: [email protected]
Volunteer Coordinator
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