Caring: Ourselves, Our Community, Our World
Summer Camp 2014
June 30 – August 8, except July 4
Celebrating 50 years serving Poughkeepsie’s 6 - 11 year olds in a non-sectarian, safe, affordable, fun and friendly learning environment that promotes self-esteem and builds confidence with every new experience.
Camper Application Form Now Available Below!
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In 2014 the Summer Camp theme will be Caring: Ourselves, Our Community, Our World. In the course of all our program activities we will strive to keep ourselves safe, to be kind to others and to have an abundance of fun as we learn new things with our camp friends.
The camp day runs from 8:30am to 4pm. Breakfast, lunch, and snack are included. Campers and staff enjoy the use of four bright air-conditioned rooms in Christ Church. The Walley urban park on the Christ Church campus is their playground.
The program at camp will emphasize helping others. Each of the 4 age groups will choose and complete a neighborhood service project. In past years they have started a camp garden, planted flowers at the Mathew-Warner home, pulled weeds at the Locust Grove gardens, made flower boxes for homes in the neighborhood, raised money for SPCA, helped harvest at the Vassar Cooperative Farm Project and raised the sail on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Field trips and performers brought to the camp will provide inspiration for the work they do in the arts under the guidance of a professional artist. Within walking distance of camp, children can learn more about protecting plants and small animal habitats in a small forest. For the past several years the campers have learned to use many media in their art groups. In 2014 the older campers will work with photography to produce animation with a message under the guidance of Children’s Media Project.
Campers will also learn more about their Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County homeland through visits to the library, Vassar Institute, walking tours of the City and hiking the Walkway. During quiet time there will be ample opportunity to curl up with a good book or to write or draw about the day’s adventure in one’s journal.
Recreation is a big part of daily camp life. Twice weekly swim instruction and opportunities for a structured free swim at the Jewish Community Center pool will be offered that teach an important life-long skill. Land sports such as soccer, kickball, volleyball and basketball will provide good exercise on a daily basis. We expect music, drama and dance to be a part of the curriculum as well and look for specialists in those fields.
Our goal is to provide a safe environment and to introduce children to activities they otherwise might not have the opportunity to do. We plan a program in which children work together. We want our campers to grow in self-confidence and to feel good about themselves. We want them to learn to be caring to one another and to the world we all live in.
Tuition is $500 for the six weeks and families may apply for a limited amount of tuition reduction. After-Camp Care from 4 to 5:30 p.m. is an option for an additional fee of $180 for the six weeks, as is before camp care for an additional $60. Tuition payments should be completed by June 20. Depending upon income level, some working parents may qualify for a tuition subsidy administered by the Department of Social Services.
In addition to the tuition paid by camp families, Summer Camp at Christ Church is grateful for additional funding from individuals in the church and community, small businesses, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York, Christ Episcopal Church, Kirk Rumble Summer Camp Memorial Fund, IBM, the Community Foundation of Dutchess County and from individuals and other friends. The camp is registered with the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam Counties and annually qualifies for a permit to operate that is issued by the Dutchess County Department of Health.
What do campers need for a full day of camp? A swimsuit and towel on swim days, sturdy shoes for walking, running and field trips, and comfortable play clothes
The Camper Application is now available. To download the application and other camp forms, please click here.
Staff at the Summer Camp will be trained in CPR Pro and First Aid if they do not already have those updated certifications during a Staff Orientation Week that runs from June 23 through June 27, the week before campers arrive. Additionally, Staff will also return to camp on August 9 after the last day to help pack up camp for another year.
Follow the links below to obtain a Job Description for each of the positions that are open for the 2014 Summer Camp, as well as a Job Application. Prospective staff members are urged to read carefully the job description(s) for the job(s) for which they are applying. Applications are due by April 15 and interviews will scheduled in April after references have been checked.
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15, 2014!
Poughkeepsie Summer Camp Counselor
Poughkeepsie Summer Jo
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