Germantown Academy Summer Programs
Summer Programs Office: Absentee Hotline: Summer Programs Fax
267.405.7321 267.405.7521 267.405.7184
TABLE OF CONTENTS GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL CAMPERS GETTING READY .................................................................................................................................... 4 GENERAL INFORMATION··························································································· 5 and 6 ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION·········································································· 7 PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF LOCATIONS ················································································· 8
SPECIFIC CAMP INFORMATION Note: Academic, Enrichment and Technology camps listed under ACADEMIC ACADEMIC-ENRICHMENT-TECHNOLOGY CAMPS ································································ 9 EXPLORER CAMP ············································································································ 10 ART QUEST····················································································································· 11 (CIT) COUNSELORS IN TRAINING ······················································································ 12 MINI CAMP ····················································································································· 13 DAY CAMP ······················································································································ 14 SCIENCE CAMP ··············································································································· 15 THEATRE CAMP-Junior Belfry & Belfry Mainstage··································································· 16 THEATRE WORKSHOPS ··································································································· 17
SPORTS CAMPS BASEBALL JR. & SR. ········································································································ 18 BASKETBALL (BOYS & GIRLS) ··························································································· 19 FIELD HOCKEY ················································································································ 20 FOOTBALL JR. & SR. ········································································································ 21 ICE HOCKEY ··················································································································· 22 LACROSSE (BOYS & GIRLS)······························································································ 23 SOCCER (BOYS & GIRLS) ································································································· 24 SOFTBALL ······················································································································ 25 TENNIS ··························································································································· 26 WRESTLING ···················································································································· 27
IMPORTANT! Car tags will be mailed to your home in June. To assure your childâ€™s safety, please hang a car tag in the car of anyone coming to pick up your child from camp. *additional car tags will be available in the Summer Programs office
GETTING READY Are you ready for the summer? First, you need to read the information in this booklet. It will answer many of your questions about what to expect and how to prepare for a successful experience at Germantown Academy Summer Programs. We find that children (and parents!) who come prepared for camp on the first day feel less anxious about their new adventure. We suggest you use a highlighter to mark the areas of this book that are relevant for your family. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (267) 405-7321 or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checklist for GETTING
READY FOR CAMP:
Make sure the health information in your camper’s online account is accurate. If your child is taking any medication at camp, download and return the “Physician Medication Form” found on the “Forms” page at www.gacamp.org. Check over the “what to bring” list and make sure you have everything you need, including: Water Bottle Sunscreen Backpack Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes Sneakers Special sports equipment, if applicable Label your child’s belongings. Review the drop-off and pick-up procedures for your child’s camp(s). Schedule a tour if desired. Turn to the Table of Contents and read the sections of this booklet that pertain to your child’s specific program(s). Don’t forget to look at the campus map for traffic patterns and camp locations!
Checklist for the FIRST
DAY OF CAMP:
Water bottle Sunscreen (sun hat) Lunch Car tag Swimming suit (for mini camp, day camp and sports camps only) Special items for your camp program
Emergencies How will I know if camp is unexpectedly closed for the day? In the event of an emergency school closing, we will send an email to all camp families and post information on the GA Summer Programs website home page. If the closing occurs after camp is in session for the day, we will contact all camper families by telephone to make necessary dismissal arrangements.
What if there is an emergency involving my child? We will use the emergency contact information you provided when you registered for camp to contact you. Please check your online account for accuracy and inform us of changes during the summer.
Camp Rules Campers are expected to demonstrate respect and good behavior. Failure to follow the rules may result in dismissal from camp without a refund. Please read and review the following rules with your child before camp starts: Listen to staff and follow directions. Respect others’ property. Stealing and vandalism is not tolerated. Use polite language. Profanity is not allowed. Respect others’ space. Hitting and pushing are not allowed. Also, please be aware of the following campus policies: Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the Germantown Academy campus. Firearms are not allowed. The speed limit on campus is 5 miles per hour. Cell phone use while driving is not allowed on our campus. Visitors must check in at the Summer Programs Office.
Clothing Please check the page for your child’s program for specific clothing and equipment needed. Every camper should wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for their program, including shoes that are comfortable and safe for walking. Flip-flops, sandals, and “crocs” are not recommended. Campers wearing this type of footwear are not allowed to participate in many of our outdoor activities. “Wheelies”, or shoes with wheels in the soles, are not allowed at camp.
Electronic devices at camp We believe friendship and interactive activities are important components of the camp experience. Therefore, campers are discouraged from bringing cell phones, iPods, and electronic games to camp, unless the parent believes it is necessary for the time period after camp is over. Campers are expected to keep all electronic devices turned off until camp is dismissed. Our staff are not responsible in the event personal electronic devices become lost or stolen at camp.
Lunch and Snacks Children expend a great deal of energy at camp, regardless of the program they are attending. Please be sure your child starts the day with a nutritious breakfast. Campers staying for a full day may bring their lunch, or you may order a sack lunch for your child by logging into your camper’s online account. Pizza is also available. Check with your child’s camp director for snack policies pertaining to his or her program. Most campers eat their lunch outside, picnic-style. Lunch time is always supervised. In order to assure that everyone stays hydrated and healthy, every camper should bring a labeled water bottle to camp every day. Water coolers are located throughout the campus. In the interest of conserving natural resources, we generally do not provide cups for water; campers are expected to use their water bottles.
Lost and Found Please label your child’s belongings. When we find misplaced items, we return them to the rightful owner if they are labeled. Check with your child’s camp director as soon as you discover something missing. We will hold lost and found items at the Summer Programs office. After the close of camp every Friday, we donate the lost and found items to a worthy cause.
Counselor Gratuities Our high school and college-age staff choose to work at summer programs for the joy of being with children and the love of sharing their skills with others. They perform this work because they enjoy the rewards inherent with developing relationships and fostering growth in children. We welcome you to express your appreciation for your child’s care givers by presenting them with gifts or monetary tips at the end of your child’s program.
Communication Our #1 priority is assuring a safe and enriching experience for children. If you need to speak to someone regarding your child, kindly leave a message in the summer programs office and someone will return your call. Sending an email to your child’s camp director is also a good way to communicate. Please keep in mind that counselors and coaches who are responsible for the direct care of children generally do not have time to speak with parents during the camp day. However, we will be happy to arrange a conversation with the appropriate administrator or make a phone appointment for a more convenient time. To assure our email messages are delivered properly to your inbox (not bulk or junk folders), add email@example.com to your Address Book or Safe List.
What happens on Rainy Days? If there is light rain, we often operate as usual, especially if the weather forecast is good. If there is heavy rain or other dangerous weather, we provide indoor locations for campers to continue their daily activity.
Remember: We often continue activities as scheduled if there is light rain and weather conditions that are not dangerous. Please be sure your child comes to camp dressed for the weather.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE What if my child will be absent or late? Please call our Absent/Tardy Hotline at (267) 405-7521 before 9:30 a.m. if your child will be absent or more than 15 minutes late to camp in the morning. If you know your child will be absent at least one day in advance, please notify us by sending a note to the child’s camp director or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your child typically arrives at camp in the afternoon, please call the Absent/ Tardy Hotline before 1:30 p.m.
What time is arrival? Staff will be ready to greet children 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for the camp, and continue to be available to greet children until 15 minutes past the scheduled start time.
What if I need to drop off my child early or pick up my child late? Extended hours occur from 7:00 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Advanced registration is available and we also accept drop-ins for an additional fee. If you need to drop off your child more than 15 minutes before the start of a morning program or pick up your child more than 15 minutes late at the end of an afternoon program, you must enroll your child in Extended Hours that day. Extended Hours is located at the playground behind McLean Hall.
What if I need to drop off my child late? If you arrive at camp to drop off your child after 9:15 a.m. for a morning camp, or after 1:15 p.m. for the start of an afternoon program, then you must take your child to the Welcome Center for security and attendance purposes. The staff will take your child to his or her camp location. The Welcome Center is located in the Bus Lane.
How do I know where to drop off and pick up my child? We have many simultaneous programs, and it’s important to drop off your child at the designated location. If you’ve never been to our campus before, our staff will be happy to give you a tour before your child’s first day. If your child is attending a different program in the afternoon, please be sure to take note of the pick-up location for the afternoon program.
What if I have more than one child? It is in your children’s best interest for you to drop off each child at his or her camp location. If this is not feasible for you, please call the summer programs office, and we will make special accommodations for you to drop off your children in one location.
What are Car Tags? Car tags are a identification which allows camp personal ensure the safety of each camper. Hang the tag on the rear-view mirror of the vehicle EVERY TIME you pick up your child. No camper will be released without the tag. Additional car tags are available by calling the camp office.
Pick- up and Drop- off Procedures and Locations
Aikido Art Quest
Pavilion Bus Lane
It is very important to maintain the flow of traffic during arrival and dismissal. Please remain in the driver seat and allow our staff to assist your child out of/into your vehicle. If you plan to exit your vehicle, please park in a parking lot and walk to the program location.
Day Camp & CITâ€™s
Enrichment Camps (Babysitting/ Outdoorsmanship)
Field Hockey X
Football Ice Hockey*
Mini Camp X
*Note: Ice Hockey Camp is located offsite.
Summer Jazz Summer Pops
Wissahickon Skating Club 550 W. Willow Grove Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19118
Video Game Programming and Design Wrestling
If you have any questions regarding the dropoff or pick-up locations for you campers please call the Summer Programs office at 267-4057321.
Strike up the Band!
If your child attends a combination of programs throughout the day, your pick-up location will be different from your morning drop-off location. (For example, Academics in the morning and Day Camp in the afternoon)
Lacrosse Lower Academics
ACADEMICS, ENRICHMENT, and TECHNOLOGY Dear Parents and Campers: We are pleased that your child will be joining us at Germantown Academy to experience an Academic, Enrichment or Technology course. We are certain that the weeks here will be both interesting and rewarding. Check below to see a list of classes and their related drop off areas.
The table below will assist you in determining your child’s drop-off location.
Lower School Quad
Culinary Camp Design Technology Fun with Spanish Get Ready for Numbers & Letters Handwriting without Tears Hooked on Books Math Attack Multimedia Madness Read/Write/Compute Strike up the Band! Summer in Alphabetia Summer Pops Ensemble
Summer Jazz Ensemble Summer Strings Ensemble Video Arts Camp
Advanced Model Rocketry
Algebra I and II Babysitting Workshop Creative Writing Workshop
Geometry Introduction to Sewing Model Rocketry Outdoorsmanship and Survival Skills
Reading and Wri ng Workshop
Robotics Rocket Launch Camp Science Camp
Study Skills Video Game Programming and Design Course
Prentice Hall Mathematics
Pre- Calculus Graphs and Models, Fourth Edition
Bittinger, Beecher, Ellenbogen, and Penna
Camp employees are available for questions in all drop-off locations. If your child is also enrolled in Day Camp After Academic, Afternoon Art Quest, or a Sports Camp After Academics he/she will be met by a counselor at the appropriate time and escorted and driven to the appropriate Camp, Class or Field. (If your child is enrolled in Day Camp before an afternoon class, she/he will be escorted to class from Day Camp as well.) Best wishes for a productive summer! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions. Kristen Donches Grades 6-12 Coordinator 267.405.7491 email@example.com
Phy Chauveau Grades K-5 Coordinator 267.405.7413 firstname.lastname@example.org
EXPLORER CAMP Dear Parents and Campers, Thank you for choosing Germantown Academy’s Explorer Camp. At Explorer Camp, we will be going on field trips every day. On most days, campers should arrive at camp between 8:45-9:00 a.m. Typically, we will return by 4:30 p.m. for pick-up. There are some days we need to depart before 9:00 a.m. Please check the calendar to make sure your child arrives on time as we will not be able to accommodate late arrivals on those days, due to the distance and nature of the trip. Pick-up time can vary from the anticipated time due to traffic, speed of the river when applicable, and the time required for all campers to complete an activity. Should the pick-up time change, campers and their families will be notified.
The drop-off and pick-up location for Explorer Camp is in the Bus Lane. If you enter through the main Lafayette Avenue entrance, bear left at the fork in the driveway. Then turn left at the stop sign to park in the parking lot or continue driving straight at the stop sign to drop off a camper at the sidewalk. You should have received an Explorer Camp Welcome Letter and Packet of Waivers in the mail. Please sign and return all waivers to the Summer Programs Office before your child’s first week of camp. These waivers can also be found on the “Forms” section of our website. Campers will not be allowed to participate in certain activities without these completed release forms. It is our intention to stay with the schedule but in the event of inclement weather, we will shift activities to accommodate the weather. While each day’s activities are different, there is some generic information that will help you to prepare for the activities. Each camper should have with them: Sunscreen
Insect Repellent for outdoor activities
Lunch and Snacks
Two Water Bottles
Hat & Rain Gear
*Please see the website for the Explorer Camp weekly schedules. Closed Toed shoes with socks are required every day with the exception of trips to the beach and water parks. Campers should bring water shoes for rafting and tubing. Note: A cooler will be available to store lunches and drinks. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. We are looking forward to meeting your child! Kind Regards, Zachary Posnan Explorer Camp Director 267-280-2218 email@example.com
ART QUEST Dear Parents and Campers, Thank you for enrolling your child in ART QUEST 2012! We are looking forward to a wonderful summer filled with lots of art and creative projects. We have a terrific staff of experienced and dedicated teachers and energetic assistants who are busy planning the curriculum and who are looking forward to working with your children. We have an excellent ratio of staff to students to insure that each child will be well supervised and will receive all the assistance and guidance that is needed. In addition to our classroom work with hands on art, students will be working periodically on lessons that will enhance knowledge and appreciation of art through stories, videos, discussion, games, and other activities.
Morning sessions begin with drop off at 9:00AM in front of McLean Hall of the Lower School (opposite the GA Flagpole in the Lower School Quad), where Art Quest staff members will greet your child. Students will then go into the basement of McLean Hall where they will be directed to their art classrooms. Clay students, digital photo and students in advanced classes will wait in the Assembly room for everyone to arrive and then will walk with a teacher to their classrooms in the Middle School.
Reminder: All late arrivals and early dismissals must take place through the Welcome Center. Each morning we will have a supervised recess from10:30AM to 11:00AM. During this time, children can use the playground area, play games, or sketch in the garden. We will provide a light snack and drink. Children may also bring snacks from home if they prefer. At 11:00AM, the children will return to classrooms where they will continue working on their artwork until â€œcleanupâ€? at 11:45 AM. Dismissal is at 12:00PM at which time the children who go home will be escorted back to the Lower School Quad for pickup. Students who will be joining Day Camp for the afternoon will be escorted to the dining room for lunch and to the Grove to begin their afternoon activities. Those students who will be having lunch and staying for Art Quest Afternoon or another afternoon program will have a 45-minute supervised lunch period before we begin afternoon classes.
Afternoon sessions begin with drop off at 1:00PM in front of McLean Hall of the Lower School (opposite the GA Flagpole in the Lower School Quad), where Art Quest staff members will greet your child. Students will then go into the basement of McLean Hall where they will be directed to their art classrooms. Clay students, digital photo and students in advanced classes will wait in the Assembly room for everyone to arrive and then will walk with a teacher to their classrooms in the Middle School. Afternoon dismissal is at 4:00PM. Pick up will be at the Lower School Quad. On the final day of Art Quest, Friday August 3, we will have a special reception and Art Exhibit of the work created by students who have attended our program during the summer of 2012. Parents and friends will be invited to come to this exhibit/reception. An invitation will be sent home. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me directly. Our goal is make sure each child has a wonderful experience while attending ART QUEST 2012! We are looking forward to a great summer! Sincerely,
Sandy Frazier Art Quest AM Program Director 267.405.7305 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jess Grisafi Art Quest PM Program Director 267.405.7450 email@example.com
COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING Dear Parents and CITs, Summer is finally here and it’s time to begin our camp season! Welcome to the 2011 Counselor-in-Training program! You will have an exciting summer filled with a variety of learning experiences. You will be working with our Day Camp Staff and their younger campers to develop counselor skills and to gain a sense of responsibility. In addition to your hands-on training you will also take part in many team-building activities that will enhance your CIT experience. CITs should arrive promptly at 8:45AM each day and pick-up is at 4:00PM. All late arrivals and early dismissals must take place at the Welcome Center. A note from a parent is required if: Your child will be picked up early. Your child will be picked up by someone other than their regular ride home. Your child will be missing a day of camp These rules are for your child’s safety, so we appreciate your cooperation with this procedure. Most of our day will be spent outdoors so please dress appropriately and remember sunscreen and water bottles. Bring a swim suit and your lunch daily, unless you have ordered lunch through Summer Program’s lunch service. CITs are required to wear the supplied CIT camp shirt at all times. By wearing your shirt, you will be identified as someone who can assist campers and visitors. The shirts and all other necessary CIT materials will be given to you. I look forward to meeting you on June 20, and getting to know you over the camp season! Arrive with an enthusiastic smile, ready to learn and have some fun! Joanna Stahl CIT Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org 267.405.7321
MINI CAMP/ PRESCHOOL CAMP Dear Parents and Campers, Welcome to GA Mini Camp. We are very happy you will be joining us. We have an exciting and rewarding summer planned for your child. Our very talented teachers and counselors are ready to make your child’s summer experience fun and memorable. To help you get started on the right foot, we have included a list of items your child will need for the first day of camp. · · · · · · · · ·
Sneakers or sandals with a back (NO flip flops) Water shoes for the pool 2 FULL changes of clothes (to be left at camp) Towel for quiet time (will be sent home every Friday) Sunscreen (you may leave some at camp) A labeled water bottle 2 plastic grocery bags (to bring wet clothes/bathing suits home) Label ALL clothing Snack for the AM (we only supply a snack in the afternoons)
Please bring your child to camp every day wearing a bathing suit and a layer of sunscreen already applied. Your child should wear clothes over his or her swim suit. Please send in a bag with fresh underwear. The wet bathing suit will be put into the bag at the end of swim and sent home daily. Swim gear (goggles, swim shirt, etc.) may be brought to camp, but please label all items. Towel is provided in the pool. We will reapply the sunscreen throughout the day as needed. Here is a sample of our schedule for your reference:
Arrival/ Free Play/Circle Time
Activity Rotation’s: Swimming and Art/Science/PE Games/Snack (Three 30 minute rotations during this time)
Outside play/ Group Games/Organized themed activities
Snack/story/pack up to go home (We start pick-up at 3:45 and stay until 4:15)
Any changes from your child’s standard dismissal will require a note. Campers arriving late must be brought to the Welcome Center. We do not have a refrigerator available to store your child’s lunch if you pack one, and will not have a microwave available to heat up food. We suggest placing an icepack in his/her lunch box to keep items cool. If you have purchased a lunch from the camp, it will be delivered to our area. We are looking forward to meeting you and your child at your car door every morning. Please do not get out of your car while dropping off or picking up in the Quad. You are also welcome to park your car in the main parking lot and walk with your child to the Leas Hall entrance. Should you have any further questions please feel free to call or email. We are excited about the projects we will do and all the new friends we will make!
Joanna Rominger Mini Camp Director 267.405.7436 email@example.com
DAY CAMP Dear Parents and Campers, Welcome to another exciting summer at Germantown Academy Day Camp! Our dedicated and caring staff is committed to making sure your child has an enjoyable and safe summer of fun at GA Day Camp. Our staff will be ready to greet your child at the Field House every morning beginning at 8:45 a.m. If your camper will be dropped off at a different location in the morning, to join us later at Day Camp, make sure he/she knows you will be at the Field House at the end of the day. The counselors will explain the pick-up procedures to the campers, but it also helps for them to hear it from you. Important Information for safe arrival and departure: When dropping off please stay in your car. Staff will assist your camper out of the car. Any morning you would like to walk your camper to their counselors, please park in a parking lot. When picking up your child in the afternoon, please stay in your car and our staff will bring your child to you. It is important that you do this for security and safety reasons. Again, if you want to speak to someone at the end of the day, please park in a parking lot and walk over to the waiting area.
All early pick-ups and late drop-offs take place through a Welcome Center. Please send a note with your child to inform the counselor of any change. Please call the summer programs office at 267.405.7321 for verification. We will escort your child to the Welcome Center.
If you do not purchase a lunch for your child, please be sure to pack your child’s lunch in a labeled plastic container or lunch kit. Please send a labeled water bottle to camp with your child. This will enable him or her to have continual access to a cold drink at any time during the day. No paper or plastic bags, please.
Please be sure that all clothing is labeled with your child’s name (and troop letter if known), especially swimsuits, goggles, and water shoes. Please have your child leave his/her cell phone at home, or turned off and in his or her backpack during the day. Also, please ask that your son or daughter to leave any other electronic devices at home, or in their bag for use after or before Day Camp. Day Camp is not an environment friendly to electronic devices and we do not want anyone to experience loss or damage to expensive electronic equipment. Our day is very busy, and we believe campers do not need these distractions to keep them happy.
We are looking forward to a great camp season, with lots of fun and exciting experiences. It is our goal to provide your child with a safe and caring environment where they can make new friends, learn to enjoy new experiences, and make some really great memories. We thank you for entrusting their care to our capable and caring staff. Please call me if you have any questions or concerns. Rollin D. Wakeman Director of GA Day Camp 267.405.7321 firstname.lastname@example.org
SCIENCE CAMP Dear Parents and Campers: Welcome to Science Camp! We are excited to have your child spend time with us this summer. Here is some information to get you started thinking about the program... The sooner everyone arrives, the sooner we can begin experimenting, so we appreciate it when everyone arrives by 9:00 a.m. Staff will greet the campers and assist them as they exit the cars. The experimental activities take place in the GA Middle and Upper School. The students will be placed in age appropriate groups and escorted to the laboratories from their drop-off location at the Pavilion. Your child’s efforts produce a project daily. Many of these projects can be brought home so campers can continue the experiment and share their scientific work with parents and siblings. For those children departing after Science Camp, the projects will be sent home following the activity. Please send a backpack daily if your child is staying for an afternoon program such as Day Camp, so we can send the projects home in his or her backpack. Occasionally the project is of a delicate or perishable nature and we may need to make arrangements for you to pick it up the following morning. Notes from the parent will be needed for the following reasons: your child will be picked up early from Science Camp your child will not go on to their scheduled Day Camp after Science Camp your child will be picked up by a neighbor or the parent of another camper your child will not be at camp The notes should be given to the teacher, whenever possible. He/she will coordinate the change. All late arrivals and early dismissals must take place through the Welcome Center. Late arrivals will be escorted to the appropriate lab. There may be times when the teachers will ask that certain easily acquired items be brought from home. Although some extra items will be available to use, we hope you will be able to accommodate our request. We will attempt to give you as much lead-time as possible. I am confident your child will have an enjoyable and rewarding time in Science Camp this summer. Feel free to contact me with any information that will help us to ensure that you child has the best camping experience possible. Sincerely, Jamie Anderson Science Camp Director 267-405-7406 James.Anderson@gacamp.org
THEATRE CAMP Dear Parents and Campers, It’s almost time for Belfry Theater Camp 2012. The Music Man is a family favorite. I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am! Please try to arrive on time so we can get your camper checked in and settled with fellow campers in time to begin. Scheduled programming starts every day at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive in time for your camper to put their things away, check-in and be ready to begin promptly at 9:00. This year there will be four performances of The Music Man They are Thursday, July 26th at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Friday July 27th at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars for these important dates and remember to encourage all of our actors and actresses to get plenty of rest that week. Tickets may be purchased now online on the Belfry Theatre section of our Home Page at www.gacamp.org. They may also be purchased at the door. Keep an eye out for a letter from the costumers in the first few weeks of camp, asking our campers to bring in simple items from home to augment their costumes. Each day, we take a break for a snack. In preparing your child’s snack, please be mindful of the fact that there are often children present with serious peanut allergies. Please bring healthy snacks (fruit, vegetables, cold-cuts, etc). Campers who eat junk food for snack, often do not have the energy and concentration they need to keep up with our demanding schedule. Theater Camp is an active pursuit. Please make sure your camper wears clothes and shoes that enable them to dance and move comfortably. Sandals and flip-flops are great for the beach, but dangerous for dance. Your camper may not be allowed to participate in the day’s rehearsals if they are not wearing appropriate footwear. On a final note, we will be taking most of the first few days of the Mainstage camp to evaluate where best to use everyone’s talents. While some campers will be asked to formally ‘audition,’ many more will be placed through more casual workshop- type formats. Experience has shown that most children are more comfortable and perform better in these settings. Rest assured, every child is seen by our staff. This can be a stressful time for campers, and we do everything we can to make it easier. At home, you can help by accepting our decisions and letting your camper know you are proud of them whatever role they receive. All of us on the Belfry Theater Camp staff look forward to working with your camper. Here’s to another fun and productive summer!
Best Wishes, K Richardson Belfry Camp Director 267.405.7235 email@example.com
Dear Parents and Actors/Actresses, Thank you for joining us for the Theatre Workshop Series. We look forward to unleashing your theatrical talents. Scheduled programming starts everyday at 1:00 p.m. Please arrive in time to put your things away, check-in and be ready to begin promptly. Drop-off and Pick-up is at the rear of the Arts Center. Each day, we take a break for a snack. Please bring healthy snacks (fruit, vegetables, etc.) Actors who eat junk food for snack, often do not have the energy and concentration they need to keep up with our demanding schedule. Theatre is an active pursuit. Please make sure you wear clothes and shoes that enable you to dance and move comfortably. Sandals and flip-flops are great for the beach, but dangerous for dance and other movement. You may not be allowed to participate in the dayâ€™s rehearsals if you are not wearing appropriate footwear. All of us on the Belfry staff look forward to working with you. Hereâ€™s to a fun and productive summer! Best Wishes, K Richardson Belfry Camp Director 267.405.7235 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Parents and Campers, Thank you for signing up for Germantown Academy’s Baseball Camp. The coaching staff and I are excited to have the chance to work with you this summer. You will be joined by other players from the area eager to learn and play. You can count on learning a lot, becoming a better baseball player and, most importantly, having a great time. Over the course of the week you will:
Learn proper mechanics and fundamentals Learn and practice position-specific skills and drills Have plenty of opportunities to play and compete in games
All late arrivals and early dismissals must take place through a Welcome Center. In terms of equipment, in addition to wearing shorts and a T-shirt, you will need to bring with you each day to camp:
Sneakers & cleats (we will be both inside and outside) Bathing suit (towel is provided) Sunscreen Gym bag (to hold it all) Water bottle If you do not choose to purchase lunch, be sure that you bring one in a cooler if it contains perishables. Glove Hat Bat (optional) – If you do not have your own bat, you can borrow one from a fellow camper.
Again, thank you for signing up for what I know will be a great week. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. See you soon! Sincerely, Tyler Stampone Head Baseball Coach Camp Director tyler..email@example.com 267.405.7321
Dear Parents and Campers, We are excited to have your child participate in our summer basketball camp at Germantown Academy. The camp is directed by our varsity coaches and staffed by many of the varsity athletes. There are a few logistics that may answer any questions you may have before arrival on the first day.
Campers are grouped by gender, age and ability.
The day begins at 9:00 AM and dismissal is at 3:30 PM.
Drop off and pick up is in the Lower School Quad.
All late arrivals and early dismissals must take place through the Welcome Center.
Swimming is optional. Interested campers should bring a swim suit; a towel is provided.
If you do not choose to purchase lunch, be sure that you bring one in an insulated lunch bag or cooler.
Campers should bring a water bottle/cooler to daily hydrate in the heat.
A sample daily schedule 9:00 attendance 9:15 camp meeting 9:30 fundamental stations 10:30 team practice/situations 11:00 guest speaker 11:45 games/drills 12:15 lunch 12:45 swimming 1:45 competitions 2:30 games 3:15 camp wrap-up/awards We look forward to the opportunity to work with your child. If you have any further questions, we can be reached at school.
Sincerely, Jim Fenerty Head Coach/Boys’ Basketball Director 267.405.7217 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherri Retif Head Coach/Girls’ Basketball Camp Director 267.405.7321 email@example.com
FIELD HOCKEY Dear Parents and Campers, Thank you for signing up for the Germantown Academy Field Hockey Camp. We are excited about having you participate in this year’s camp. Here is some information that should help with the first day of camp and the rest of the week. The program starts at 9:00AM and ends at 3:30PM. All late arrivals and early dismissals are handled through the Welcome Center. Drop-off and pick-up are at the Field House. Swimming is offered everyday. Campers should bring a bathing suit. Towels are provided. Bring sunscreen. Each camper will receive a reversible jersey on the first day of camp. They should bring it to camp every day. Bring sneakers or turf shoes. ( No cleats) Bring a water bottle. Additional water is provided. If you do not choose to purchase lunch, please bring a lunch in an insulated lunch bag or cooler. Equipment: All players should have their own field hockey stick, shin guards, and a mouth guard.
We look forward to working with you and anticipate a great week of lacrosse. Sincerely, Brooke Watson Field Hockey Director 267.405.7264 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonja Magerman Field Hockey Director 267.405.7321 email@example.com
FOOTBALL JR. & SR. Dear Parents and Campers, Thank you for signing up for Germantown Academy’s Football Camp. The coaching staff and I are excited to have the chance to work with you this summer. You will be joined by other players from the area eager to learn and play. You can count on learning a lot, becoming a better football player, and most importantly having a great time. Over the course of the week you will: learn and practice strength & speed training skills & drills that will benefit you in every sport learn and practice position-specific skills & drills for offense, defense and special teams. learn strategies, schemes & rules of the game – the more you know the more effective you are as a player, and have plenty of opportunities to play and compete in games. We will begin each morning at 9:00AM and finish up at 3:30PM. Drop-off and pick-up will take place at the Stadium. All late arrivals and early dismissals must take place through the Welcome Center. Senior Camp: terms of equipment, since many of the drills we will do involve some contact, in addition to shorts and a T-shirt you will need a helmet and shoulder pads and your own mouth guard. If you do not have your own helmet and/or shoulder pads, we can rent them to you for a fee of $20 for a helmet and $15 for shoulder pads. A rental form is located in the “Forms” section of our website at www.gacamp.org. Please contact me further information on equipment rental. Junior Camp: Since we will be focusing on the fundamentals and running a non-contact camp, all you will need in terms of gear, will be the basics – shorts, T-shirt, and sneakers/cleats.
In addition, campers in both Junior and Senior camps must bring each day to camp: sneakers & cleats (we will be both indoors and outside) a bathing suit (towel provided by camp) sunscreen a gym bag (to hold it all) a water bottle if you do not purchase a lunch, please bring one in an insulated lunch bag or cooler Please label all of your personal items! Again, thanks for signing up for what I know you will find to be a great week. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. See you at camp! Sincerely, Matthew Dence Head Football Coach Camp Director 267.405.7321 firstname.lastname@example.org
ICE HOCKEY Dear Parents and Campers, Thank you for signing up for Germantown Academy’s Ice Hockey Camp. The camp is located at the Wissahickon Skating Club: Wissahickon Skating Club 550 W. Willow Grove Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19118 The coaching staff and I are excited to have the chance to work with you and your child this summer. Other players who enjoy the game of ice hockey will accompany your child throughout the camp. Over the course of the week, you will learn and practice specific skills and drills to help improve your game. More importantly, the children will all be having fun as they put their new skills in action. The following information will assist you as you begin planning for our camp:
Campers are grouped by age and ability. The Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Counselors will meet campers at the front entrance of the rink. Campers can be dropped off as early as 8:00AM; supervision will be provided.
For equipment questions please contact me at 267.405.7454 or email@example.com Campers are responsible for providing their own equipment. Please bring the following to camp each day: Water Bottle Lunch Hockey Skates Hockey Stick Helmet with Facemask Gloves Elbow Pads Shin Pads · Hockey Pants
The coaching staff is looking forward to the opportunity to work with you. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Matthew Rominger Head Coach 267.405.7454 firstname.lastname@example.org
LACROSSE BOYS/GIRLS Dear Parents and Campers, Thank you for signing up for the Germantown Academy Lacrosse Camp. We are excited about having you participate in this year’s camp. Here is some information that should help with the first day of camp and the rest of the week. The program starts at 9:00AM and ends at 3:30PM. All late arrivals and early dismissals are handled through the Welcome Center. Drop-off and pick-up are at the Stadium. Swimming is offered everyday. Campers should bring a bathing suit. Towels are provided. Bring sunscreen. Each camper will receive a reversible jersey on the first day of camp. They should bring it to camp every day. Bring sneakers or turf shoes. ( No cleats) Bring a water bottle. Additional water is provided. If you do not choose to purchase lunch, please bring a lunch in an insulated lunch bag or cooler. Girls’ Lacrosse Campers: All players should have their own women’s lacrosse stick, US Lacrosse approved eyewear, and mouthpiece on the first day of camp. Boys’ Lacrosse Campers: All players need to have their own stick sized to position. Helmets, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads and mouthpieces are required. If you need to borrow equipment, please contact the director.
We look forward to working with you and anticipate a great week of lacrosse. Sincerely, Brooke Watson Girls Lacrosse Director 267.405.7264 email@example.com
David Martin Boys Lacrosse Director 267.405.7258 firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCCER BOYS/GIRLS Dear Parents and Campers, Summer is approaching quickly, and we look forward to coaching your child during the 2012 Soccer Camp at Germantown Academy. Our coaching staff is comprised of qualified and responsible individuals, all hired by the directors, with an excellent knowledge of the game along with experience in youth training. A trainer and nurse are on site during camp hours. The overall player-coach ratio is seven to one. Players should be dropped off at the Field House between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m., where coaches will greet them. Players will be picked up from the same location. All late arrivals and early dismissals must take place through the Welcome Center, located in the Bus Lane. Each player will receive a soccer ball and a camp shirt the first day of camp. Bring your soccer ball every day. You do not have to wear your shirt every day.
What to Bring to Camp Soccer shoes* & sneakers Shin guards Sunscreen Light color shirt on hot days Bathing suit. (towels provided) Water Bottle Lunch (if you do not purchase one) in an insulated lunch bag or cooler
*HINT: If you need to buy new cleats, buy them now so they can be broken in by the first day of camp!!! Friday morning is dedicated to small competitions: juggling, soccer obstacle course, world cup, soccer golf, hit the frame, penalty kick, wall ball, etc… There are several prizes per group awarded each Friday. Be a good sport, and have fun! Christopher Nelson Christopher Fehrle Girls Soccer Director Boys Soccer Director 267.405.7321 267.405.7321 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Kurt Wetzel Goalie Camp Director 267.405.7567 email@example.com
NOTE: Participants in the Goalkeeper Camp for Boys and Girls will receive additional information from the director.
SOFTBALL Dear Parents and Campers, Thank you for signing up for Germantown Academy’s Softball Camp. We are excited to have the chance to work with you this summer. You will be joined by other area players eager to learn and play. You can count on learning a lot, becoming a better softball player and, most importantly, having a great time. Over the course of the week you will:
Learn proper mechanics and fundamentals Learn and practice position-specific skills and drills Have opportunities to play and compete in games
We will begin each morning at 9:00 a.m. and finish up at 3:30 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up will take place at the Stadium. All late arrivals and early dismissals must take place through the Welcome Center. In terms of equipment, in addition to wearing shorts and a T-shirt, you will need to bring with you each day to camp:
Sneakers & cleats (optional) (we will be both inside and outside) Bathing suit (towel is provided) Sunscreen Gym bag (to hold it all) Water bottle Glove Hat Bat (optional) Midmorning snack If you do not choose to purchase lunch, please bring one in an insulated lunch bag or cooler Please label all of your personal items!
Again, thank you for signing up for what I know will be a great week. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. See you soon! Sincerely, Tonja Magerman Head Softball Coach Camp Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Parents and Campers, We are looking forward to having your child participate in our summer Tennis Camp at Germantown Academy. The following is some helpful information prior to your first day of camp. Drop off and pick up will be at the Stadium. All late arrivals and early dismissals will take place through the Welcome Center. Bring the following with you to camp each day: Tennis racquet (we do not provide equipment) Sneakers Bathing suit, towels are provided Snack Sunscreen and hat Water If you do not choose to purchase lunch, please bring one in an insulated lunch bag or cooler
Half-Day Program Campers: Your dismissal time is at 12:00 from the Welcome Center. The camp is designed for the beginner to intermediate player. Campers are grouped by age and ability. An experienced counselor will oversee 6-10 players per court. The day is divided into two tennis sessions, one in the morning and one after lunch and free swim. Each session will be divided into tennis units of 15-30 minutes in length. Each unit is designed to teach a specific skill. There will be instruction for forehands, backhands, serves, volleys and specialty shots, (e.g. lobs and drop shots). Every Friday there is a small tournament (primarily for the intermediate level) as well as the tennis Olympics for everyone. In the event of rain, we will follow a modified schedule of activities indoors. Again, thank you for your interest in the Tennis Camp at Germantown Academy Summer Programs. I look forward to teaching your child about the game of tennis. Feel free to contact me. Sincerely Dan Sullivan Tennis Camp Director 267.405.7265 email@example.com
WRESTLING Dear Parents and Campers, We are excited to have your child participate in our summer wrestling camp at Germantown Academy. The camp is directed by our varsity coaches, along with guest clinicians and several of our varsity athletes. There are a few logistics that may answer any questions you may have before arrival on the first day:
Campers are grouped together by age, weight and ability.
The day begins at 9:00 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:30 p.m.
Drop-off and pick-up is in the Lower School Quad.
All late arrival and early dismissals are handled through the Welcome Center.
Swimming is optional. Interested campers should bring a swim suit (towels are provided).
If you do not choose to purchase lunch, a sack lunch can be brought from home.
Campers are encouraged to bring a water bottle or some other sort of refreshment to keep hydrated throughout the day.
Running shoes are recommended as we will be going outside for a jog at the start of each day. Wrestling shoes and Head Gear are required. Shorts and T-shirt (some campers bring more than one) are all that is necessary.
A sample daily schedule:
Attendance, Camp meeting, Stretch
Ropes Course/ Outside Run
Technique/ “Live” wrestling
I look forward to working with your child this summer. If you have any further questions, I can be reached at school. Sincerely, Steve Hill Camp Director/Varsity Wrestling Coach 267.405.7352 firstname.lastname@example.org