Youth Guidance Summer Camp Information!

Youth Guidance Summer Camp
“Board Games: Out of the Box!”
South Loop Elementary School 2018
 
Register by April 1st and receive $10 off each week of enrollment!
 
 
WHO: Students in grades Kindergarten through 8th. Grade level is reflective of grade entering in fall of 2018. Students from all schools are welcome.
 
WHEN: The 8-week camp begins Monday, June 25th and ends Friday, August 17th. Campers register by the week and can choose between two enrollment options: part-time from 8:00am-3:30pm or full-time from 8:00am-6:00pm There will be no camp on Wednesday, July 4th. Children can be dropped off no earlier 8:00am and picked up no later than 6:00pm. No child supervision is available before or after these times.
WHERE: South Loop Elementary School – 1212 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60605.
CAMP DESCRIPTION: The Youth Guidance program at South Loop is designed to meet the social, academic, physical, and emotional needs of students through a diverse collection of engaging and thought-provoking activities. The Youth Guidance Summer Camp provides a safe and supportive environment in which students are free to learn, create, share and grow along with their peers. Our staff members have extensive childcare experience and are committed to ensuring that each child has a positive, safe, and fun Summer Camp experience.
This year, the campers will enjoy a board game themed camp! Each week will focus on a different game that culminates in a giant, camp-wide version of the game every Friday. Each field trip will also relate to that week’s theme. See below for a tentative list of themed weeks and trips.
Board Games: Out of the Box! YG Summer Camp 2018
Week
Game & Theme
K-4th Grade
5th-8th Grade
Week 1 (6/25-6/29)
The YG Olympics!
Sky High
White Sox Game
Week 2 (7/2-7/6)
Clue: a YG Mystery!
Randy the Magician
Week 3 (7/11-7/15)
Where’s Waldo: a Week of Adventure!
Garfield Park Conservatory with Scavenger Hunt!
Week 4 (7/16-7/20)
Monopoly Chicago Style: Architecture and Our City
Maggie Daley Park
Money Museum & Food Truck Tour
Week 5 (7/23-7/27)
Hungry Hungry Hippos: All about Animals
Lincoln Park Zoo (morning)
The Reptile Guy (afternoon)
Week 6 (7/30-8/3)
Are you Smarter than a 5thGrader?: Trivia Week
Museum of Science and Industry
Week 7 (8/6-8/10)
Pictionary: Artistic Exploration
The Art Institute of Chicago
Week 8 (8/13-8/17)
Ticket to Ride: Traveling through Time
Naper Settlement
Please note that this is a tentative schedule subject to change.
STAFF: The Extended Day staff is comprised of dedicated, caring individuals who have had extensive training and experience in child-care and development. All of our staff members hold or are working towards a college degree, and are committed to providing a safe, constructive environment for their students to learn and grow.
KINDERGARTEN: The Kindergarten Summer Camp is a full day that is designed for the development and growth of young children, with an emphasis on social development. Activities include: music, dance, drama, phonics, science, team sports, story time, arts and crafts, rest time, games, field trips, and outdoor play. The Kindergarten class is kept at a 2:15 teacher to student ratio.
1st-4th GRADE: The 1st-4th grade Summer Camp focuses on “Character and Citizenship” through a variety of engaging and fun classes/activities such as: team sports, music, global volunteerism, yoga, creative writing, meditation, drama, dance, science, service learning and more. Campers will be grouped by grade level. In addition to their daily activities, campers will have the opportunity to go on weekly field trips, conduct service learning projects, and go swimming at an off-site pool each week.
5th-8th GRADE: The 5th-8th grade students partake in a Leadership Summer Camp that focuses on building social awareness skills that help to create confident adults who can contribute as active and informed members of society. The core Leadership curriculum revolves around community service projects, self-exploration exercises, team building activities, and reflective journaling. In addition to all the amazing Leadership activities, campers will have the opportunity to take part in the usual array of elective courses such as art, dance, yoga and drama, as well as participate in occasional walking field trips to the 12th Street Beach.
ELECTIVES: Students in grades 2nd-8th will have the opportunity to take two special elective classes taught by the very talented Summer Camp staff. Students will take the same class for 7 weeks on Monday and Wednesday mornings and a different class for 7 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Each class will target a certain age range.
Examples of electives from prior summers include: Gardening, Creative Writing, Fitness and Nutrition, Mural Arts, Poetry, Team Sports, Softball, Computer Programming, Civic Responsibility, Knitting, Spanish, Drama and Movement, Zumba, Book Club, Comic Books, Journalism, and Bio-Chemistry and American Sign Language.
Registration for electives will be sent out early June. Students/parents will be able to rank the top three classes they want to take in the morning and afternoon.
 
SAMPLE SCHEDULE: To see a prior summer schedule, please visit: https://goo.gl/YcxfLW. This year’s Summer Camp schedule will be available online early June.
FIELD TRIPS: All campers will go on weekly field trips. Students will be required to wear their camp T-shirt on field trip days. Field trips will be on Fridays, unless otherwise noted. Please see the table on the previous page for more details.
*Dates and locations of the field trips may be subject to change.
Field trip dates, times and other details will be emailed out to parents at the beginning of each week. No care is available at the school while campers are on their trips. If students miss the bus, they may not be dropped off at the field trip site.
SWIMMING:
K-8th Grade: Students in grades K-8th will have weekly swimming trips. Students must have a swim cap and proper swimming attire. If your child cannot or does not want to swim, they will have the option to sit out. There will be additional supervision at the school for students who cannot go swimming.
5th-8th Grade: 5th-8th grade students will have opportunities for additional swimming field trips scheduled throughout the summer. These will be walking field trips to the 12th Street Beach. Swimming trips will be earned throughout camp.
 
CAMP T-SHIRTS: Students will receive a camp T-shirt at the beginning of Summer Camp. Campers are required to wear their T-shirt on all field trip days (not including swimming trips).
 
 
DISMISSAL PROCEDURES AND POLICIES:
DROP-OFF: If students arrive between 8:00am and 8:30am, they can report to the Cafeteria for breakfast. Parents may bring their students back to the Cafeteria. Breakfast will not be offered after 8:30am. If students arrive after 8:30am, the front desk attendant will help them find the location of their class.
PICK-UP:
  • Students will be dismissed through our walkie talkie system. When picking up your student, please tell the front desk attendant your student’s name and grade.
  • Your child’s safety is paramount and therefore they will not be released to any non-­guardian unless their name is on the list of approved pickups. Anyone on that list must present a photo I.D. to the attendant at the front desk before they will be allowed to pick up your child. Approved pick-up lists are not transferred from previous school years/camps, so please make sure to include all approved pick-ups on your registration form.
  • Changes to student release information (i.e. adding additional approved pick-ups) must be emailed to the Resource Coordinators.
  • Students must be signed out of programming daily.
  • For safety reasons, parents are not allowed past the front desk during pick-up.
  • It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide copies of any relevant court documents regarding custody to the Youth Guidance program office.
Communication: E-­blasts are sent weekly to communicate with parents/guardians via the school’s e-blast systemIt is extremely important that each family receive these e­-blasts, as they will contain important information regarding policies, events and special programs throughout campShould your email address change, please inform the Resource Coordinator. We don’t want you to miss out on any important information!
 
LATE PICK-UP FEES:
  • A $15 fee will be added to your account if you are 6-15 minutes late to pick up your child (after 3:35pm if your student is part-time and after 6:05pm if your student is full-time).
  • If you are 16-30 minutes late to pick up your child, a $30 fee will be added to your account.
  • If you are 31-45 minutes late to pick up your child, a $45 fee will be added to your account.
  • If you are 46-60 minutes late to pick up your child, a $60 fee will be added to your account.
  • If you are more than 60 minutes late, you will be charged $15 for each additional 15 minutes that you are late to pick up, following the same structure as above.
  • After 3 excessively late pick-ups – 30 minutes or more – your child will be excluded from the program. Refunds will not be given for missed classes.
  • After late fees have been applied to your account, you will have one week to make your payment for the late fees.
 
OTHER CAMP NOTES:
  • A cold breakfast and lunch is provided each day. South Loop is a nut, candy, and gum free school.
  • Students may bring their own lunch.
  • Students must bring their own afternoon snack.
  • It is suggested that students bring a labeled water bottle and sunscreen each day
  • Students who require a personal aid during the school day are also required to have an aid (provided by the student’s family) during Summer Camp.
  • It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide information on any relevant medical conditions to the Youth Guidance program office, if accommodations are needed.
  • Youth Guidance is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
ALLERGIES OR MEDICAL CONCERNS: Please inform the Resource Coordinators of any allergies or medical concerns your child may have via email. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide the Resource Coordinators with medication and your child’s emergency medical plan.
PROGRAM FEES: The cost of Summer Camp is indicated in the tables below. Cost is dependent on how many weeks are selected, and which enrollment option is selected. Grade level is reflective of grade entering in fall of 2017. A sibling discount is offered for each additional child at 25% off the weekly price.
*Please note that the chart below may not apply to families who do not enroll in the 2nd week which is shorter because of the holiday. For example, if you choose the Full Time enrollment for the 1st, 3rdand 5th weeks, your total would be $1,095 and not $1,025. If you were to choose the 1st, 2nd and 5thweeks your total will be $1,025 to account for the shorter week from the July 4 holiday*
 
 
 

Full-Time Enrollment (8:00-6:00) K-8 

TH Camp Fees
Weeks of Camp
 
Full Time Camp Fee by Week
# of Weeks Enrolled
Total Cost Per # of Weeks Enrolled
Auto Draft Date
1st Week
$365
1 Week
$365
June 21, 2018
2nd Week
$295
2 Weeks
$660
June 28, 2018
3rd Week
$365
3 Weeks
$1,025
July 5, 2018
4th Week
$365
4 Weeks
$1,390
July 12, 2018
5th Week
$365
5 Weeks
$1,755
July 19, 2018
6th Week
$365
6 Weeks
$2,120
July 26, 2018
7th Week
$365
7 Weeks
$2,485
August 2, 2018
8th Week
$365
8 Weeks
$2,850
August 9, 2018
 
 
  
 

Part-Time Enrollment (8:00-3:30) K-8 

TH Camp Fees
Weeks of Camp
Part Time Camp Fee Per Week
# of Weeks Enrolled
Total Cost Per # of Weeks Enrolled
Auto Draft Date
1st Week
$290
1 Week
$290
June 21, 2018
2nd Week
$235
2 Weeks
$525
June 28, 2018
3rd Week
$290
3 Weeks
$815
July 5, 2018
4th Week
$290
4 Weeks
$1,105
July 12, 2018
5th Week
$290
5 Weeks
$1,395
July 19, 2018
6th Week
$290
6 Weeks
$1,685
July 26, 2018
7th Week
$290
7 Weeks
$1,975
August 2, 2018
8th Week
$290
8 Weeks
$2,265
August 9, 2018
 
  • There is no separate registration fee. The registration fee is built into camp tuition fees. Register by April1st and receive $10 off each week of enrollment!
  • A $20 non-transferable, non-refundable deposit is due for each week of enrollment at the time of registration. This deposit is applied to your weekly tuition.
  • Camp fees are due weekly and will be auto drafted every Thursday the week prior to attending (see due dates in the charts above).
  • Invoices will be automatically generated to your ASAP account on their respective dates. See “Payments” below on how to pay.
CANCELLATIONS
  • Any cancellations from camp will result in a loss of the $20 deposit.
  • Cancellations are due at least 30 days before participation without penalty.  For example, if you would like to cancel camp for the week of July 30th, written notice is due to your Resource Coordinator by June 30th.
  • Refunds or credits will not be given for weeks cancelled after tuition has been auto drafted.
  • Cancellations received within 30 days will receive a $25 cancellation fee.
PAYMENTS: Payments can be made online or sent to the downtown Youth Guidance office. Payments will not be accepted at the school.
  • Pay by Mail: Youth Guidance, ATTN: Tuition Department, 1 N. La Salle Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60602. Please include your child’s name and South Loop Summer Camp in the memo section of each check.
  • Pay Online:www.youthguidance.asapconnected.com
    • Log into your ASAP account
    • Select “My Billing Info”
If you have any questions regarding payments or balances please contact Krystle Strange atkstrange@youthguidance.org or Sarah Gourevitch at sgourevitch@youthguidance.org.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
Financial assistance can be arranged through Illinois Action for Children, a state funded assistance program. Once you are approved for Child Care Action (CCA) your monthly payments will only be a fraction of the cost of the full tuition. Should you qualify for assistance, you will still be responsible for paying co-payment and completing the regular registration to be eligible for Summer Camp.
CCA Applications specific for South Loop Youth Guidance can be found online at https://goo.gl/DmMM2k. For more general information on CCA, please visit theIllinois Action for Children website. To see if you are eligible to apply based on financial need, please visit the Paying for Child Care section of the website.

All CCA applications must be signed by the Resource Coordinator and sent in by May 25 

th. Proof of submission must be given to the Resource Coordinator.
 
CAMP BEHAVIORAL POLICIES AND EXPECTATIONS:Students are expected to follow South Loop School’s behavioral expectations at all times. This includes being safe, responsible and respectful to all students, staff, and administrators.
Students must uphold the following expectations:
1) Students are NOT permitted to use electronic devices during programming, including but not limited to: portable music players, smart watches, cell phones, hand-held gaming devices, personal computers, iPads, etc. Cell phones must remain off during programming hours. Calls must be made to/from the program office line.
2) Unauthorized items that are out during program hours will be confiscated by program staff and returned only to a parent/guardian. More than one violation will result in a write-up and a conference with parents/guardians.
3) At no point should students be wandering the hallways unsupervised.
4) Students may not leave the school building for any reason while in attendance at SummerCamp, except when accompanied by an instructor on a field trip. If a student leaves the school grounds and returns to Summer Camp -without proper permissions, they will receive an automatic two-day suspension from Summer Camp.
5) Students may not leave the school building to buy lunch or order lunch to be delivered.
6) Students may not refrigerate or microwave food.
7) If a student is signed out of Summer Camp, they may only return with parent/guardian permission.
8) For safety reasons, once a student leaves the school building they cannot remain on school grounds (playground, outside building) without adult supervision.
9) Students must wait inside the school building to be picked up.
For a more comprehensive list of expected behaviors, please refer to the CPS student code of conduct available on the CPS website: http://cps.edu/Pages/StudentCodeofConduct.aspx.
Should students not follow through with the set expectations, they will receive a write-up. Once a student receives four write-ups they will be suspended from the Summer Camp program for two days. A fifth write-up will result in expulsion from the Summer Camp program for the remainder of the summer. Physical violence is not tolerated and will result in an immediate three-day suspension from Summer Camp. Please note that tuition is non-refundable.
 
HOW TO REGISTER:
  • Read over the Youth Guidance Program Registration and Consents Packet before registering your child found online at https://goo.gl/WSu4LE. You will acknowledge the waivers and consents on your ASAP account.
  • If you have not previously registered on the ASAP portal, please be sure to read the following document: https://goo.gl/MwcVXE
  • Complete registration form online at youthguidance.asapconnected.com.
  • No student will be allowed to attend until they are registered online.
  • If you currently have an outstanding balance with Youth Guidance, your child may not attend Summer Camp until the balance is resolved. Email Krystle Strange at kstrange@youthguidance.org to inquire about your account balance.