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Mission Encouraging and promoting life-long wellness by providing a variety of high-quality recreational activities, learning opportunities, aquatics programs, and services to the broad Cambridge area community.

Organizational Overview The Cambridge CAP, a nonprofit organization, founded in 2003, is governed by an eleven member Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of the Cambridge Superintendent of Schools, a member of the Cambridge Board of Education and nine community members.

Staff In 2017, the Cambridge CAP had 5 full time staff and over 95 part time and seasonal employees. Our employees oversee the day to day operations of the many programs we offer and facilities we manage which include: The Cambridge Area Community Pool Ripley Park CAP CARE The Cambridge Community Fitness Center The Cambridge CAP Youth Center The Cambridge Food Pantry and Resource Center

Accomplishments Young Professional of the Year - Aquatics Section Kathryn Jenkins, CAP Director of Aquatics Operations, was awarded the Aquatics Section - Young Professional of the Year award from the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association in November. CAPtured! Recognizing good work and great employees throughout our organization!

Staff Certifications Certified Park and Recreational Professionals (CPRP) CPRP is a national standard in the Park & Recreation field and illustrates an ongoing commitment to quality, education, experience and expertise. Bridgette Hermanson, Lesli Rumpf, and Chad Holpfer all hold this certification. Food Safety Manager                                 Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional                                                Kristine Reich Chad Holpfer, Nancy Brattlie                   Aquatics Facility Operator (AFO)            Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Lesli Rumpf, Kathryn Jenkins                  Kathryn Jenkins                                                                    American Red Cross (ARC) Certifications For the safety of our participants we strive to have all staff CPR, AED and First Aid certified. Additionally, our lifeguards are all ARC certified.  Both Lesli Rumpf and Kathryn Jenkins are certified instructors.   

Staff Development Every year, the Cambridge CAP continues its commitment to helping staff attain certification, additional training, and educational advancements. Continuing education benefits our staff, programs, and most importantly our participants.

In 2017, the Cambridge CAP staff attended the following education opportunities, conferences, and meetings: * Wisconsin Park and Recreation meetings throughout our region * Second Harvest & Community Action Coalition meetings * All staff training at Madison College Elements Ropes Course * Wisconsin Early Childhood Association conference * Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association annual conference * Shaken Baby Course & instructor training * Jefferson County Healthy Community Coalition * National Recreation & Park Association annual conference * Continual staff & admin meetings * American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Review (hosted by CAP)

Community Partnerships

Cambridge Area Resource Team Cambridge Booster Club Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Cambridge Fire Department Cambridge Foundation Cambridge High School Athletic Teams Cambridge Library Cambridge School District Cambridge Wellness Collaborative Dane County Human Services Dane County Sheriff's Department Home Plate Club Hoops Club Jefferson County Healthy Communities Joining Forces for Families Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Lions Club United Way Village of Cambridge

Proud members of:

School District Facilities Coordination & Collaboration Working collaboratively with the district maintenance & custodial teams, CAP is jointly responsible for the ongoing upkeep, preparation, and/or cleaning of the following facilities:

* 5 baseball fields (seasonal) * 1 softball field (seasonal) * CES soccer fields / flag football fields * Ripley Park - all shelters, buildings, beach, landscaping * Youth Center * Food Pantry & Resource Center * Food Pantry Garden * CAP CARE rooms * Cambridge Community Fitness Center The Cambridge CAP office is responsible for coordinating district facilities * CAP offices and managing the online calendar. In 2017 the CAP office facilitated * Cambridge Area Community Pool - including office & 684 calendar requests, totaling 11,587 hours of facility usage.    locker rooms

Recreation Highlights Healthy Lifestyles The Cambridge CAP is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles for all ages through a variety of recreation programs and services. The benefits of physical activity are endless.   Providing affordable, local access to fitness classes has been proven to increase participation and decrease health concerns.  By the numbers... Adult Fitness: 4,061 Actively Aging Fitness Program: 1728 Actively Aging Luncheons:  365 Adult Enrichment Programs: 72 Lake Ripley Ride: 296 Try Cambridge Tri:  190 Youth Athletics: 926 Youth Enrichment Programs & Trips: 226 Try Cambridge Tri

Special Events, Services & Programming

Blue Fins Youth Swim Team

Preschool Programs The First Friends program has seen tremendous success over the past few years. This program provides 3 & 4 year olds with structured and open ended learning experiences twice per week.  It has also been a great feeder program for CAP CARE. 

Bike/Walk to School Blue Jay Backpacks Breakfast with Santa Cambridge Wellness Collaborative Hero Dance Discount Ticket Program Dunkin' for Pumpkins Food Pantry Garden Fort HealthCare Railyard Open Gym Health & Wellness Expo Underwater Egg Hunt Holiday Lights in Ripley Park Lake Ripley Ride Little League Tournament Parent's Night Out Touch-A-Truck and Bike Rodeo Trips Try Cambridge Tri Underwater Egg Hunt Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

By the numbers... Art & Play: 57 First Friends: 703 Music Moves Me: 10 Sporties for Shorties: 11

Youth Enrichment

In 2017, CAP ran various youth enrichment programs including kids cooking classes, embroidery classes and babysitting safety training. Babysitting safety training provides youth ages 11-15 with the education and skills needed to care for children.  Twenty nine Cambridge youth became American Red Cross certified babysitters in 2017.

Rockin' Jump Trip

Breakfast with Santa

Babysitting Safety Training

Cambridge Area Community Pool The Cambridge Area Community Pool is managed by the Cambridge CAP. The pool offers year round memberships, swim lessons, water aerobics, swim team, numerous special events, themed birthday parties and rental opportunities for the Cambridge Area. In 2017, the Cambridge Blue Fins Youth Swim team saw steady growth. Coach Tim Young, former collegiate swimmer and resident of Cambridge has led the way.  Kathryn Jenkins, Director of Aquatics Operations stated "Going into the 2017 season, Coach Tim continued to share his passion for the sport and his positive energy with all of his athletes, fully strengthening our program. We are very lucky to have him on our team." The Blue Fins are setting records in and out of the pool with over 65 swimmers during the fall session. #bluefinnation

By the numbers... Swim lessons participants: 732 Swim Lesson University & Lifeguards certified by CAP: 25 Cambridge School District physical education class participants: 332 Total memberships: 190 Blue Fins swim team: 118 Masters swimmers: 60 Dunkin' for Pumpkins: 52 Underwater Egg Hunt: 65 Pool Rentals: 14

Kathryn Jenkins was awarded the Young Professional of the Year - Aquatics Section by the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association (WPRA) in 2017. This award is presented to a young professional who is active in the state’s association,  currently working full time in the field and who has less than seven years of service.  A committee of previous award winners chooses a candidate based on awards and honors, but also innovation in aquatic programming. In 2017, Kathryn also served on the WPRA Region 3, Aquatics Section Board where she was chair for their PR committee as well as committee member for conference planning.

Community Cafe

The Community Cafe has continued to be a hit with local residents. This free meal is sponsored by a different community organization, church or group each month.  These partnerships have made a lasting impact on our community.  In 2017, the Community Cafe served 2,520 community members!  2017 sponsors: * Cambridge Track Team                                                 * United Community Bank * Dip for Dozer                                                                   * Willerup Methodist Church * Rockdale/Cambridge Presbyterian Churches           * Cambridge Foundation * Cambridge FFA & Cambridge 4H                                * East Koshkonong Lutheran Church * Cambridge CAP Board of Directors & Staff               * Grace Lutheran Church * CART & Food Pantry Volunteers                                 * Cambridge School District

Fostering friendship, family and fellowship in the Cambridge area community.

Cambridge Community Fitness Center The Cambridge Community Fitness Center continues to be a great partnership with the Cambridge School District.  The Fitness Center is housed in the Cambridge High School and open to the community during public hours.  The Fitness Center offers high quality commercial grade equipment at a low cost to users.  Additionally, the Cambridge Community Activities Program is responsible for staffing the Fitness Center from 3 pm - 5 pm during designated athlete hours.  During this time students are offered guidance under the watchful eye of trained staff.  

By the numbers... Total Memberships: 84 Total Visits: 2,373 Open over 1,435 hours to the community.

Youth Center

The Cambridge CAP Youth Center is housed in the Nikolay Middle School and offers children in grades 5-8 a free, safe, and positive environment.    The Youth Center saw increased participation with community resources including traveling to the Severson Learning Center, Our House Senior Living Facility, and the Cambridge Library.

By the numbers... Days open: 222 Total number of different youth who attended: 124 Percentage of eligible youth who attended:48% Students involved in volunteering: 35 Total monies received through grants, donations, and fundraising: $18,119 The Youth Center relies heavily on donations, fundraising efforts, and grants. This year the Youth Center hosted their first Scoopie Night at Culver's in Fort Atkinson. This single night event raised nearly $500! Thank you to the United Way & Dane County for their continued support!

Cap Care Cap Care is a state licensed group child care facility that provides enrichment & play based, wrap around care and programming for children in grades 4K – 4th grade. Cap Care is located in the Cambridge Elementary School.

Volunteers in Action! Cap Care focused on volunteer recruitment in 2017. Cap Care has been  lucky to have Miss Donna volunteer every Tuesday focusing on STEM projects with the kids.  She is an extremely valuable asset to Cap Care.  Additionally, over the summer many high school students volunteered their time at Day Camp.  This proved to be a great partnership as volunteers received Silver Cord hours for their time and Day Camp was able to have an extra set of hands in the room working with the children.   In 2017, Cap Care volunteers logged 368 hours!  Thank you volunteers!

By the numbers... 2017 attendance of children in safe, enriching summer and after school care: 979

Registry Levels of Cap Care staff: Lesli Rumpf: Level 14 Mandy Hollis: Level 13 Nate Karraker: Level 14 Falan Conrad: Level 14

In November of 2017, Cap Care saw a restructuring of the program. Mandy Hollis was named the Cap Care Coordinator.  Mandy has been with the program since 2010 and has built amazing relationships with families and children over the years.  Congratulations Mandy!

Day Camp The Day Camp program in 2017 had an extremely successful summer. A daily rate option was added to assist those families that didn't need care for the entire week.  This greatly increased the program numbers.  Day Camp participants kept busy this summer on weekly fields trips that included the Cambridge Library, Camrock & Korth Park, biking on Camrock trails, swimming at the Cambridge Pool and many other activities!

Cap Care continues to be rated at a 5 star level for Youngstar - Wisconsin's Child Care Quality Rating & Improvement System. A 5 star rating is the highest a child care center can receive!

Fun for the entire family! Cap Care provides family outreach activities multiple times through out the year. In 2017, families participated in the Cap Care bake sale, Lake Ripley Ride, and Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Ripley Park The Cambridge CAP continues to partner with the Cambridge Foundation to manage the operations of Ripley Park. The Park, located on the west shore of Lake Ripley, is an 18 acre beach front park privately owned by the Cambridge Foundation. 

Ripley Park is the home to several special events including the Try Cambridge Tri, Lake Ripley Ride, Dip for Dozer and the Community Cafe annually.

Food Pantry & Resource Center The Cambridge Food Pantry, housed in the Nikolay Middle School, is managed by the Cambridge CAP with the assistance of many generous volunteers, churches and community organizations. Number of clients served monthly in 2017

By the numbers... Average number of households served each Monday: 27 Number of different families served at the Pantry in 2017: 172 Total number of volunteers:  300+ Total number of volunteers hours logged: 2,114 Number of lbs of produce harvested from the pantry garden: 1450 Number of Blue Jay backpacks delivered: 600 Holiday Baskets:         Easter ham baskets: 76         Thanksgiving baskets: 84         Christmas baskets: 84

2,510 lbs of food was collected during the 2017 postal drive

Greetings from the Director This past year proved to be another year of transformation for the Cambridge Community Activities Program. The leader of the organization since its inception, Bridgette Hermanson accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  CAP's success is due to her vision, dedication and drive over the years. This change gave me time to reflect on the things I honor and value within this organization.  I honor the leadership including the CAP Board and the Directors that guide us. Mary Behling, founding Chairperson of the Cambridge Community Activities Program, concluded her 14 year journey with CAP this fall.  Mary was integral in the development of this organization and we certainly can't thank her enough for the time, knowledge and dedication over the years.  I honor the volunteers and the thousands of hours they put in to make our program successful.  I honor the employees as they dedicate their time and skills to shape not only the youth of Cambridge but the entire community. I am lucky to live and work in a community that holds these values so high.  As this organization continues to move forward, we will focus on our mission of providing high quality recreational based programming to the entire Cambridge community.  We will be diligent in continuing to be innovative with programming and fiscally minded with the goal of exceeding the expectations of our participants and community.  We are so very grateful for your continued support of the Cambridge Community Activities Program and are looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for us! Lesli Rumpf, CPRP, AFO Executive Director

CAP 2017 Annual Report  
CAP 2017 Annual Report