Youth Summer Program General Information
What is the Youth Summer Program?
The Youth Summer Program is a recreational program held during the summer at elementary and middle schools throughout Hanover County. Activities include arts & crafts, sports & games, field trips, special visitors (guest presenters) and more. The program is traditionally held Mondays-Thursdays 8am-4:30pm. Information for 2013 will be announced in early Spring.
Who is eligible to attend the Youth Summer Program?
Children who will have just completed Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades (in June) are eligible to attend the Youth Summer Program at our elementary sites.
Children who will have just completed 5th, 6th and 7th grades (in June) are eligible to attend the program at our middle school sites.
Additionally, unless assistance from staff is pre-arranged, children must be able to do the following independently: follow directions, exhibit age-appropriate social skills and function in a highly stimulating group environment.
Children with disabilities may apply for the help of a Therapeutic Recreation Aide to help them meet eligibility requirements listed above. All children expected to stay with his/her assigned group, respect others, and maintain self-control. To request any special assistance, including a Therapeutic Recreation Aide, please complete a 2013 Inclusion Profile application. These will be available beginning February 1, 2013. The number of TR Aides is limited, so please apply early.
What is the ratio of recreation aides to children?
Our ratio is to have 1 recreation aide for every 25 children enrolled in the program. Additionally, each site has a site supervisor as well as possibly high school student volunteers (Leaders in Training) and Therapeutic Recreation Aides.
What type of activities does this camp include?
Activities at the Youth Summer Program include sports, games, arts & crafts, small group activities and camp-wide activities.
Detailed information regarding the following will be provided to parents/guardians in the Parent Packet upon registration.
At least one field trip is planned for each site/session. (Fees for these field trips are included in the fee for the program). Please be advised that camp is closed while participants are on the field trip. Campers must be dropped off at camp location prior departure or following return.
Pre-scheduled educational/entertainment programs (“Special Visitors”) will also be brought to program sites.
Are meals provided for my child?
As no food service is provided, children are required to bring a lunch, drink and snacks to the program each day.
Does Parks and Recreation provide transportation?
Parents must transport their children to the program site at which they are enrolled, as no transportation is available. (Field trip transportation is provided)
Can my child bring a guest?
Registered children may bring a “guest participant” for a set fee per day (2013 rates: $15 per day). Guests are not permitted to attend camp on scheduled field trip days. Guests are limited to a total of 4 visits at one site per summer. All participants, including “guests”, must complete a registration form and the guest's parent or guardian must sign the registration form. Guests must meet the same camper eligibility requirements.