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  HARGIS SUMMER DAY CAMP 2017
OPEN HOUSE DATES:
March 18, April 9, aNd April 30

 

 

REGISTER ONLINE

Download Registration Forms 
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Transportation is available from
multiple locations along the 280 corridor.  

NEW transportation location in Pelham/Alabaster area!

 

Letter from the director:

Thank you for considering sending your child to YMCA Hargis Retreat’s Summer Day Camp! Here at Hargis, you are participating in a camping program you can count on; we strive to partner with you as parents to provide not just good supervision and safety, but a place for campers to learn, grow, flourish, and, of course, have fun. We work hard to select leaders who are positive adult role models for your child and have demonstrated responsibility, maturity, and reliability. From the counselors and bus drivers that we hire, to the number of campers per group,  the activities that we offer, safety is always at the top of our list. At Hargis we not only promote the YMCA’s four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility we also strive to help them become more confident in themselves through the activities we do to the topics we discuss in chapel. Let Hargis help your child build a healthier, Spirit, Mind, and Body. All while making those forever lasting "summer camp" friendships along the way.

See you soon,

FireFly 

Christine Shores
Day Camp Director 
Mark 12:30-31

 

Hargis at a Glance:
Unlike other Day Camp programs, Summer Day Camp at Hargis is really camp! Located on 200+ wooded acres complete with swimming pool, hiking trails, fields for games, rock face for climbing, and our own private lake, it is the perfect backdrop for the traditional camp activities that we offer. Camp activities include:

Hiking
Fishing
Canoeing
Lake Swimming
Archery
Rock Climbing  
Field Games
Arts & Crafts
Color Wars (3 sessions during the summer)

This summer let YMCA Hargis help your child develop self-confidence, make lasting friendships, and learn life-long skills, all while having fun in the great outdoors!  Important things to know…   Camp begins at 8:15 and concludes at 4:45 each day. Morning drop-off at Hargis is from 8:00-8:15 and afternoon pick-up at Hargis is from 4:45-5:00. Lunch and two snacks are provided.  Extended Day program is available from 7:00-8:00 each morning & 5:00-6:00 each afternoon for a small fee.  Bus service is available for an additional fee. Drop-off & pick-up times vary according to bus site.  

iMPACT FOR LIFE  

OUR FOCUS IS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT:   Youth Development is the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical processes that all youth uniquely experience from birth to career. A successful development process fulfills children and teens’ innate need to be loved, spiritually grounded, educated, competent, and healthy.     

Trading stories and sharing a favorite book or song with a new friend. Being greeted with smiles and high-fives from staff and team-mates after scoring the winning point. Always fitting in, just for being you. This is what the Y's summer camp is all about—ensuring kids get more out of their summer break: more friendships, more accomplishments and more belonging.   

Friendship  

We demonstrate the role positive relationships play in the well-being of a child through:
• Staff-camper Relationships
• Camper Peer Friend-making
• Parent Engagement   


Achievement

We help children realize their passions, talents and potential through: 

• Achievement Passport
• Skill Variety & Mastery Charts Disguised learning activities through STEM, Reading and Writing

BELONGING

We are a place where kids feel safe, welcomed and can express their individuality through: 
• Autonomous Choices 
• Rituals and Traditions
• Daily Activity Framework 
• Inclusion   

Why Your Child Belongs at the Y: 
Our core values. We make our core values—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—part of everything we do.   

Our commitment. We plan our programs around with developing the whole child.  We will create a fun and engaging environment that is focuses on friendship, accomplishment and belonging.   

Our staff. We are caring, competent and experienced. Our training includes camp safety, activity planning, CPR, First Aid, and more, making your child’s experience both safe and fun.   

Low camp staff/child ratios.  1:10 entering grades K-3    1:12 entering grades 4 & up  

Our promise. No child is denied access due to inability to pay.   

Our pledge. We are dedicated to making you and your child’s experiences at the Y extraordinary. At the end of the day, your child will come home with stories of a fun-filled and fabulous day.    

          

WHAT WE VALUE AT SUMMER DAY CAMP 
Safety First 
Low staff to child ratios 
Campers are assigned a specific leader within camp Monitored sign in and sign out 
Rigorous staff training Safety standards 
Fun Engaging Activities 
C.A.T.C.H activities to keep campers moving 
Field trips 
STEM learning 
Swimming and other water activities 
KidzLit and KidzMath games 
Camp Readers 
Special Events 
Sports and Games 
Multitude of outdoor activities   

Parent Communication 
Parents receive weekly highlight sheets with activity schedule and special reminders. 
Parents can communicate with staff to help each child have a great experience. Our staff will let you know about your child’s successes and any problems. We conduct evaluations for feedback all summer long 
Leadership team available by phone or email to answer questions 
We keep your personal information confidential.

Scholarship: The YMCA believes in serving the needs of everyone in our community.  Scholarship applications are located here Apply Now

Important Registration and Payment Information:   All camper registrations must be recorded at Hargis by noon on the Friday before the session begins. If a session fills, there will be a waiting list. Open spaces will be filled on a first come-first served basis. No child will be allowed on the bus if he/she is not registered and paid in full for the session.

1. Registration Fee: $25 (one time)

2. Deposits: $35 each week of Traditional Camp and $50 each week of Navigator Camp.  Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable after May 26, 2017.

3.  Fees: All fees are paid via Electronic Funds Transfer the week prior to your child’s session.

4. Refund Policy: If the YMCA cancels the camp, a full refund will be given. To cancel a camp session you must complete a cancellation/ refund request form two weeks prior to the start date of the session in order to receive a refund minus the non-refundable deposit.

5. Transfer Policy: If space allows, we will gladly transfer your camper to another session prior to May 27th. After May 26th, while you may still register for additional sessions, all deposits are non-transferable.

Pick your program/2017 SCHEDULE

Traditional Track:  Weekly Sessions Beginning May 29 and ending August 4

The Traditional track focuses on traditional camp activities which include swimming, canoeing, archery, fishing, hiking, field games, chapel, arts and crafts, team building, and more. Campers are divided into small groups based on their grade the following fall (see below) and assigned a counselor at the beginning of each session. Each group follows a schedule that allows campers to swim in the pool and attend chapel every day while participating in the other activities 2-3 times each session. Lunch & two snacks are provided.  Campers entering kindergarten through third grade are automatically put on the Traditional Track since Navigator camps are only available to older campers. 


Explorers – Campers entering kindergarten & 1st grade –must be at least five years old (1:10 staff to camper ratio) Explorers participate in the traditional camp activities, but do so at a slower pace and with rest periods throughout the day. Explorers weekly activities include alternative activities such as STEM experiments, stories and reading, and a large group activity of their choice. 


Trailblazers – Campers entering 2nd & 3rd grade (1:10 staff to camper ratio) Trailblazers are a step up in their level of adventure and responsibility. They participate in our low-ropes course, learning the YMCA core values by working together as a team, while still enjoying the traditional day camp activities. Trailblazers weekly activities include alternative activities such as STEM experiments, stories and reading, and a large group activity of their choice. 


Adventurers – Campers entering 4th & 5th grade (1:12 staff to camper ratio) Adventurers enjoy all the traditional camp activities listed above, but their activities have a greater emphasis on teambuilding & leadership development. In addition, Adventurers participate in more advanced and exciting activities such as climbing on Hargis’ outdoor climbing wall. Adventurers also have the exciting opportunity to participate in many of the Navigator Track camps!


Scouts – Campers entering 6th to 8th grade (1:12 staff to camper ratio) Scouts enjoy all the traditional camp activities and will continue to have a greater emphasis on teambuilding and leadership development. They will be introduced to Rock Climbing on the real Hargis rock face, as opposed to the climbing wall.  Scouts are also able to participate in all of the Navigator Track camps. 


Challengers – Campers entering 8th to 9th grade (14/15 years of age)  The Challenger group is designed to help campers step into the world of responsibility while also having some traditional camp fun. The Challenger group will have the opportunity throughout the week to rock climb, canoe, fish, and more. They will be given specific project and activity options to help improve their leadership skills. Campers will have the opportunity to lead activities, plan and execute Color Wars games for all campers and participate in service projects around camp.


color wars:  -  color wars is an exciting event that happens during three camp sessions and involves all campers.  June 12-16, July 3-7 and July 24-28 (Sessions 3,6 and 9).  During the week, campers will participate in modified versions of traditional camp activities, as well as  camp wide competitions between small groups.  Our staff will collaborate to pick fun themes and organize all the games around the theme.  Age appropriate competitions range from creative to artistic to intellectual to super silly, spirit based ... something for everyone!  *Campers participating in Navigator Camps, may not participate in all the color wars games*

Navigator TracK:  Different camps are offered throughout the summer

The specialty camps offered through the “Navigator Track” give older campers a chance to discover a new talent or hobby or to develop and improve skills of an existing interest. This track has an entirely out-of-doors focus and is intended to instill a life-long appreciation of the great outdoors, as well as develop useful skills and a sense of confidence and independence. Campers involved in these specialty camps will spend three hours each day focusing on their specialty and the remainder of the day with their camp counselors participating in traditional day camp activities. Campers that participate in all of the camps on the Navigator Track (may take place over multiple summers) will be true “Navigators”.  A patch is received for each camp and a certificate is received for completing them all. 

New for 2017:

TOP SHOT Jr.  JuNE 19 -23 (session 4) and July 17-21 (session 8) TRAilblazers (age 7 and 8) will have the oportunity to pariticipate in a TOP SHOT camp designed for this age group.  They will focus on archer in a fun format including foam shooter guns and pint size sling shots along with traditional archery erquipment.  Campers will enjoy target shooting, challenge courses and team sompetitions.  safety is also a focus for equipment use and general knowledge.


Outdoor Survivor I and II will be combined for 2017- 4th grade and up. Offered MAY 30 -JUNE 2 (session 1) and July 3-7 (Session 6). Campers learn all of the camping basics as well as fire building, water survival skills, and more. Campers participate in an overnight camp out at an offsite location on THURSDAY NIGHT to practice their skills.

Adventure Sports –  4th grade and up Offered: June 5-9 (session 2) and June 26-30 (Session 5) Campers will have the chance to "sample" various sports that are “off the beaten path”. Campers will participate in Mt. Biking, Sailing, Rock Climbing, and Paddle Boarding. This camp will give campers the opportunity to discover a love for one of these widely popular outdoor sports. Contact the Day Camp Director for more specific information regarding the Mt. Biking portion. This camp includes an overnight trip to logan martin lake for sailing.

Beginner Rock Climbing – 6th grade and up ONLY Offered: June 12-16 (Session 3) and  July 10-14 (Session 7) Learn the basics of rock climbing, including equipment training, safety, and methods. Campers will be introduced to basic knots, learn how to belay a climber and climbing skills. Beginner Rock Climbers will participate in two field trips. Field trip options include the “Alpine Tower” at YMCA Camp Cosby and a bouldering trip locally. 


Advanced Rock Climbing – 6th grade and up ONLY Offered:  July 24-26 (Session 9) Prerequisite: Beginner Rock Climbing.  It’s time to put all those climbing skills to use for a week full of challenges and fun. During this week Campers will use their knowledge of knots and technique and test their courage. In addition to “face time” on the rocks at Hargis, Advanced Rock Climbers participate in an overnight field trip: Climbing & rappelling at Palisades Park in Oneonta, bouldering and camping at Horse Pens 40 in Steel, and a Caving trip. 


Fishing - 4th grade and up. Offered: Offered:  June 5-9 (Session 2) and July 3-7 (Session 6) Campers will spend time learning the basics of fishing from tying the hook and baiting the line to how to reel in the “Big One”. Throughout the week campers will enjoy fishing in our lake, and various ponds. The week will be filled with individual and team challenges, as well as the chance to fish with a Professional.  A few local fishing Pros will stop by to share some secrets and tips. Campers are encouraged to bring their own rods and tackle (but not required), clearly marked with their name. 


Beginner Mountain Biking - 4th grade and up. Offered: June 12-16 (Session 3) Hit the trails! Mountain Biking camp will teach campers general biking safety and proper mountain biking techniques over obstacles and trails at Hargis. Campers are encouraged to bring their own bike (capable of riding on trails, NO bmx/road bikes) which will stay secured at Hargis for the week. Contact the Day Camp Director if your camper does not have a bike but has shown an interest in mountain biking and needs to use a bike for the week. Helmets are REQUIRED for all participants and are not provided. Coaching and support is offered by Cahaba Cycles and Alabama High School Mountain Biking League.


Advanced Mountain Biking - 4th grade and up Offered: July 10-14 (Session 7) Prerequisite: Beginner Mountain Biking. Taking skills to the next level, Advanced Mt. Biking will focus on more challenging trails, have a guest speaker, and take an offsite field trip to hit the trails at one of the local parks. Campers are encouraged to bring their own bike (capable of riding on trails, NO bmx/road bikes) which will stay secured at Hargis for the week. Helmets are REQUIRED for all participants and are not provided. Coaching and support is offered by Cahaba Cycles and Alabama High School Mountain Biking League.


Top Shot - 4th grade and up Offered: June 19-23 (Session 4) and July 17-21 (Session 8) Campers will spend the week learning and focusing on archery, slingshots, and BB guns. Campers will participate in target shooting, challenge courses, and team competitions. In addition, they will learn bow safety, skills, and technique. A representative of Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spends time with campers focusing on the importance of safety related to firearms.  Campers may bring their own bows or slingshot ONLY with prior approval from the DC Director. Arrows and/or BB guns may NOT be brought from home.   

color wars:  -  color wars is an exciting event that happens during three camp sessions and involves all campers.  June 12-16, July 3-7 and July 24-28 (Sessions 3,6 and 9).  During the week, campers will participate in modified versions of traditional camp activities, as well as  camp wide competitions between small groups.  Our staff will collaborate to pick fun themes and organize all the games around the theme.  Age appropriate competitions range from creative to artistic to intellectual to super silly, spirit based ... something for everyone!  *Campers participating in Navigator Camps, may not participate in all the color wars games*

YMCA THIngamajig invention convention:  July 21, 2017 campers will embark on a YMCA Field trip adventure!  The event is held at the Crossplex in Birmingham.  It is a super Fun day filled with music, dancing, crafts, experiments, and games.  Campers will have the opportunity to enter projects in different categories to be judged.  Winners may have the chance to travel to Washingtion DC for the YMCA of the USA thingamajig event.  Entrance forms will be made available prior to the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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