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CAMP OLYMPIA KIWANIS

(Camp OK)

PURPOSE

Summer camps have proven to be one of the most valuable learning experiences a child can have.  This Kiwanis Sponsored camp is for first time campers having completed 5th or 6th grade that would not be able to attend a week-long camp otherwise and show advanced academic skills and talent in school.

GOALS OF THE CAMP

The camp will provide experiences with nature, water activities, leadership skills, science, and opportunities to share talents in different subjects.  Through camping, young people learn independence, responsibility, how to get along with others, and how to make the right decisions.

CAMPER QUALIFICATIONS

It is our intent to meet the needs of students having the following qualifications:

The student shows gifted or talented skills in school.

The student has completed 5th or 6th grade.

There is clearly a financial need.

The student has never attended a camp before and is not planning on attending any other camp this summer.

FACTS ABOUT THE CAMP

The camp is staffed by teachers, health care professional, Kiwanians, college students, high school juniors and seniors as well as YMCA camp personnel.

Campers stay in air-conditioned cabins with a staff member.  Each cabin has its own bathroom with a shower.   Bunk beds are in each cabin.  Campers are responsible for his/her own sleeping bag and pillow.

All meals are prepared and served by the YMCA staff.  There is an air-conditioned dining hall for meals and several activity halls for inclement weather activities.  Evening programs will also take place in a hall or outdoors.

On site are many hiking trails, a confidence course, and campfire rings.  Campers will have time for swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, and archery.  There will also be a service project for the campers to complete.

EVENTS AT CAMP

Camp starts at 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 4, and ends at Noon on Friday, June 9.  Sunday is packed full of get-to-know-you camp activities.

Monday through Thursday mornings will be mini workshops on worldly topics.  Some could include geography, travel, and art.  The afternoons will be filled with nature activities.  There will also be a cool down time with water activities like swimming, canoeing, and the water slide.  An important part of Kiwanis is service to the community, no matter what community you are in.  During the stay at camp each camper will participate in a service project.  Some of the past years projects included painting and scraping, dismantling an animal cage, camp grounds clean-up, and trail maintenance.

Area Kiwanians are always encouraged to attend and get to know the campers.  Kiwanis Clubs in the Boone are might want to be a part of the service project conducted in Boone.  Area Kiwanis clubs have also provided evening snacks such as watermelon, bananas, cookies, etc., for the campers.

Each evening there will be a program.  They could include dancing, singing, a motivational speaker, night hikes, and a talent show put on by the campers.

Friday morning concludes with camp cleanup and sorting out belongings in cabins.  Then a program will be held at 10:00 AM recognizing all campers before departing.

WHEN AND WHERE

Camp OK, June 4 – 9, 2017, YMCA Camp, Boone, Iowa

Introduction Letter for Club Leaders

Camp OK Description

Timeline Checklist

Club Commitment Form

Camper Application

Camp Ok Bus Information Form

Permission and Health Release Form

YMCA Camp Health Form

Bus Schedule