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Harbor Hills Day Camp Teen Travel Program Handbook & Guidelines 2011


A Note from the Director Welcome to the HHDC Teen Adventure Program for 2011. We look forward to another great year for HHDC and our outstanding Teen Program. Whether you are a veteran HHDC family, or just joining us for the first time, the information that follows will assist your preparation for a successful summer. The following pages contain important information that will familiarize you with the procedures, expectations and facts about the program. Should you have any additional questions, before or during the camp season, please feel free to call Steve at the Camp Office (973-895-3200). Have a fabulous summer. Cordially, Herb -1-


Table of Contents Camp Dates …………………………………………………4 Important Dates……………………………………………..4 Late Return Dates…………………………………………..5 Important Phone Numbers…………………………………6 Guidelines……………………….…….…………….……….7 Accommodations……………………………………………8 Transportation……………….………………………………8 Trip Itineraries….……………………………………………8 Late Returns……….………………………………………..8 Rainy Days……..……………………………………………9 Medications………….………………………………………9 -2-


Teen Staff……………………………………………….…..9 What to Bring…………………………………….…….…..10 FAQ………………………………………………………….11 A Serious Note……………………………………..………12 Teen Adventure Calendar ……………………...……13-14 Directions……………………………………………….15-16 Check List………………………………………………….17

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Camp Dates JUNE 27-AUGUST 19 CAMP WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, JULY 4

Important Dates

WEEK 1 JUNE 27– JULY 1 WEEK 2 JULY 5 – JULY 8 WEEK 3 JULY 11 – JULY 15 WEEK 4 JULY 18 – JULY 22 WEEK 5 JULY 25 – JULY 29 WEEK 6 AUGUST 1 – AUGUST 5 WEEK 7 AUGUST 8 – AUGUST 12 WEEK 8 AUGUST 15 – AUGUST 19 -4-

June 23

Teen Barbecue

June 27

Opening Day Picture Day

June 28

Swim Test

July 22

End of 1st 4 Weeks

July 25

2nd 4-Week Session Begins

August 19

Last Day of Camp


LATE RETURNS (LR)

Teen Adventure July 5 July 27

August 10 August 18

LATE RETURN LOCATION @ LIVINGSTON MALL

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“Pick Up the Phone” If you have any questions about camp, give us a call. Communication is very important to us. We like hearing from you! 973-895-3200 – Camp Office 973-895-8847 – Teen Adventure Hotline

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Teen Travel Guidelines Welcome to Teen Travel 2011! The Teen Program at HHDC has been designed to provide an age appropriate, stimulating and exciting camp experience. It recognizes your age and maturity, and provides a program that is completely different from the traditional day camp experience. As a Teen Adventure camper, you will be spending your days, and several nights away from the regular day camp/home setting. To ensure the success of the program, you are required to be a responsible member of the camp community. Below are several important guidelines to ensure a safe and successful experience.

CAMPER RESPONSIBILITIES 1. 2. 3.

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Listen carefully to your counselor at all times and follow their instructions. Remember you will be off site in places you have not been before. When a counselor is speaking, be sure to listen. Campers need to behave appropriately with one another. This includes language, comments, or physical contact. Any public display of affection (PDA) by campers is prohibited. Your safety is our primary goal! You will be in public places where there will be other people around. There is to be no interacting with strangers or non-camp friends while in the program. Remember to stay with your fellow campers and your counselors HHDC campers have a reputation of being good citizens! We expect you to continue that tradition. Therefore, please be responsible for your own belongings and leave any site visited cleaner than when you first arrived. When visiting public places, it is vital to understand that you must behave appropriately. Therefore, follow and respect all local rules in public places, such as buses, vans, hotels, etc.. Teen Adventure Campers are permitted to use and carry cellular phones with them on trips for emergency use. However, each teen is responsible to safeguard their phone and monitor their own usage. Prior to camp, please take a moment to review with your teen appropriate use of their cell phone. Campers may not misuse their phones by texting and/or sending inappropriate or unwanted messages or photos. There is a zero tolerance for cyber-bullying. Any Camper who participates in cyber-bullying will be required to leave the program and there is no refund of tuition.

Please remember that these guidelines are designed to ensure that your summer will be safe, enjoyable and organized. We are confident that if you follow these rules you will have a terrific summer!

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Accommodations Accommodations are “A” rated with camper/staff rooms all on the same floor. Room assignments consist of 4 same sex campers per room. Room selection is decided by the Teen Director (with input by the campers), prior to each trip.

Teen Transportation Teen campers will be transported to and from camp on HHDC buses. Upon arrival at camp, our Teens will assemble and be assigned a camp bus for day trips, or will enjoy traveling in luxury coach buses for extended trips.

Trip Itineraries Trip itineraries are distributed prior to the start of camp. Teen itineraries offer general information on the types of activities for each specific trip, as well as provide suggestions on clothing needs and necessities particular to those trips.

Late Returns (LR) There are various trips scheduled throughout the summer when the Teens will arrive back to camp after the normal dismissal time (please see page 1). On late returns (LR), all campers need to arrange for parent pick-up at camp, or at the Livingston Mall parking lot (Macy’s side). Pick-up times will be noted in the weekly trip itinerary schedule. Call the Teen Hotline 973-895-8847 for updates of arrival times and please meet your Teen promptly at the scheduled times!

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Rainy Days Campers take part in a full program of scheduled activities everyday. Remember: Bring rain gear as well as a sweatshirt in your backpack just in case the weather becomes inclement. If an outdoor activity is interrupted by weather conditions, an alternate indoor program will be scheduled.

Medications Any camper requiring medication while participating in the camp program must contact the camp office and provide the medication prior to the start of camp. All medications must be properly labeled in their original containers with the camper’s name and full instructions and will be kept in the nurse’s office. Prior to leaving camp, the Teen Director will collect the medication from the nurse and bring it along on the activity and dispense it at the appropriate time.

Teen Staff At HHDC, we believe the key to the success of Teen Adventure begins with the quality of the outstanding and experienced staff. Our Teen counselors are mature, college graduates twenty-two years of age or older. Our Teen Director, Tom Anton, a seasoned veteran, and a full time member of the Leadership Team supervise the program.

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Packing List Day Trips    

PLEASE REMEMBER!

Backpack Towel/Bathing Suit/Sunscreen Rain slicker/sweatshirt/umbrella Extra shirt/shorts/sandals

Label all of your belongings

Overnight/Extended Trips          

Jacket – lightweight Shorts – 2 or 3 pair Slack/Jeans/sweats – 1 pair Shirts – camp tee shirt plus extra Underwear – 4 pair Casual Shoes – sneakers or sandals Socks – 4 pair Sleepwear – pajamas/tee shirt and boxers Hair Dryer – if you need one Swim suit/beach towel/sunscreen

 Toiletries – in non-breakable bottles  Bug repellent  Hat  2 plastic bags – 1 for wet clothes and 1 for dirty clothes  Water bottle – clear, pop up type to refill  Pillow – for the bus ride  Sleeping Bag – must have for camp overnights/optional for hotel stays Please, dress appropriately! *Please check weekly itineraries for additional required items.

Miscellaneous Medication – Must be given to the nurse upon camp arrival (Refer to Medication section page 9). - 10 -


Frequently Asked Questions...... Q. Who do I contact if I have any questions? A. An HHDC Executive Team member oversees the Teen Program and is based at HHDC all summer. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call camp at 973895-3200. Additionally, there is a Teen Hotline, which provides recorded information regarding daily return and basic logistical information on the individual trips. The Teen Hotline number is 973-895-8847. Q. Can the teens bring cameras with them? A. Teens are encouraged to take along inexpensive still cameras so that they can save the wonderful memories that they will create during the summer. The use of video cameras and the transmission of pictures by cell phone are prohibited. Q. Can the teens bring cellular phones and other electronic devices with them on the trip? A. Teen Adventure campers are permitted to use and carry cellular phones with them on the trips for emergency use. However, your teen is responsible to safeguard their phone and monitor their own usage. Prior to the trip, please take a moment to review with your teen appropriate use of their cell phone. Campers may not misuse their phones by texting and/or sending inappropriate or unwanted messages or photos. There is zero tolerance for cyber-bullying. Campers involved in such incidents, and their parents, will meet with the Director. In addition, behavior of this type could lead to suspension or dismissal from the program. There is no tuition refund if a camper is asked to leave the program.

A teen may bring an Ipod or MP3 player. DVD players can be brought on overnight trips. All content for DVDs, IPods and MP3 players must be age appropriate for teens and according to the discretion of the Teen Program Director. Also, these devices must remain on the bus upon arrival at the destination. It is the teen's responsibility to safeguard these items and camp is not responsible if items are lost, stolen or misplaced. There are no exceptions. Other electronic devices such as laptops and large electronic games (i.e. Play stations) are not permitted. Q. Do the campers need additional money? A. The Teen Travel program provides for all meals, admissions fees, hotel accommodations and snacks. Many of our teens like to bring their own money for incidental expenditures like souvenirs, film and other personal items. The teens are responsible for any additional money that is brought on a trip. Kindly use discretion when providing extra money for your teen. Q. Can I obtain a refund for any missed weeks? A. A seat has been reserved for your teen travelers and accordingly, no refunds are permitted for missed trips, no matter the reason. Q. Can I extend my teen's summer program? A. Yes, We would love to have your camper extend their HHDC travel experience on a space available basis, please call 973-895-3200 to inquire and speak to Nicky who oversees extensions.


A Serious Note Our Teen Adventure campers represent HHDC in the community. Campers are required to conduct themselves in a respectful, courteous and responsible manner. We are confident that the group will be considerate not only of our staff and each other, but also of the many people they will encounter throughout the summer. We also expect that campers will follow all safety rules and take care of themselves by eating well, resting and sleeping in order to maintain an approximate fitness level for the trip’s activities. Our Teen Director will review the guidelines with our Teens during orientation. Joining together and following all the guidelines will ensure a fun-filled, safe and rewarding summer. Campers unable to follow Harbor Hills’ Teen guidelines, who are in any way disruptive or jeopardize the safety of themselves or others will be asked to leave the program without refund. Since a place has been reserved for each camper in a specific week, if a camper is unable to participate in a designated week due to illness, injury or family emergency, the Teen Travel Program will try to accommodate the Teen by arranging travel during another week, if space is available. However, once you have reserved a spot for your Teen, no money is refundable.

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Directions: From Suburban Essex: Route 10 West. After the K-Mart Mall on your right, you will pass a Weichert Realtors (6.5 Miles from I-287). Soon after, you will see signs for Millbrook Avenue. Take Millbrook Avenue exit. Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Millbrook Avenue. Go through the lights crossing over Route 10. Follow Millbrook to the end and turn right at light onto Sussex Turnpike. You will see a golf range on the right. Make the next left onto Calais Road (0.7 Miles). Third left onto Combs Hollow Road (0.7 Miles) and the third right onto Doby Road (0.7 Miles). HHDC is 300 yards on the right. From Parsippany Area: Route 46 to Route 287 South. Exit at Route 10. Proceed as above. From Springfield-Union Area: Route 24 West to Exit 1A. Take Route 511 South towards Morristown. At first light make a right onto Hanover Avenue. Take Hanover Avenue 7.5 miles to the end. Turn right onto Sussex Turnpike. Turn left after Mt. Freedom Golf Range - onto Calais Road (0.9 Miles). Make the third left onto Combs Hollow Road (0.7 Miles). Take third right onto Doby Road (0.7 Miles). HHDC is 300 yards on the right. From Lake Hopatcong-Succasunna Area: Route 10 East. Bear right onto Sussex Turnpike by the golf range, continuing to the traffic light. Turn right onto Dover Chester Road. Proceed through next light and take first left onto South Road. Make first left onto Doby Road. HHDC is 1 mile on the left.

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From Chester Area: Route 24 to Route 513. Follow for a few miles until you pass the Pizza Pub, Ironia Shopping Center and the Fire Station. About 0.6 Miles after the Fire Station turn right onto South Road (if you reach the light you have gone too far). Make the first left onto Doby Road. HHDC is 1 mile on left. From Mendham Area: From the traffic light in the center of Mendham (by the Black Horse Inn), take Mountain Avenue. Cross over Mountainside Road onto Calais Road. Climb up the hillside, taking third left onto Combs Hollow Road. Follow this road across narrow bridge. Take 3rd left after bridge onto Doby Road. HHDC is a few hundred yards on your right. From New York City Area: Exit by the Lincoln Tunnel. Join Route 3 West and follow to the end to Route 46 West. Join Route 46 and follow for several miles until you see signs for I-80. Join Interstate 80 West and follow until signs for I-287. Take I-287 South towards Morristown. Follow I-287 to Route 10 West. Then follow “From Suburban Essex” directions.

IF YOU ARE USING A GPS, THE CAMP ADDRESS TO USE IS: 75 Doby Road, Mendham, NJ 07945

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Teen Adventure Checklist I have completed and/or mailed the following to HHDC. Medical Form Over The Counter Medication Form Teen Handbook Acknowledgement Form Late Return Form Recent Picture Did you RSVP the Teen BBQ? All forms are due by May 1st.

Any Questions? Contact Steve at the Camp Office 973-895-3200 or steve@hhdc.com

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