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Camp Frosty Parent Handbook


TABLE OF CONTENTS What to Bring to Camp Items to Leave at Home Drop-off and Pick-up Policies Late Pick-Up Policy Before and After Camp Health Care Policies Dispensing Medication Behavior Expectations Parent Conferences Specific Needs

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION Goldberg Center 3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor 708-957-0300 Monday – Friday:

8:00am – 5:00pm

Irons Oaks 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields 708-481-2330 Monday – Friday:

8:00am – 5:00pm

Irwin Community Center: 708-957-7275 Monday – Thursday: Friday: Saturday:

8:00am – 7:30pm 8:00am – 6:00pm 9:00am – 12:00pm Page 2


OUR GOAL To create a safe and nurturing environment, where children can build friendships, grow, recreate, and have fun. H-F Park District Mission: To improve the quality of life for the residents of the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District community through exceptional recreational opportunities, facilities and parks while practicing environmental stewardship. CAMP DATES AND THEMES Week One: Dec 26: Dec 27: Dec 28: Dec 29: Dec 30:

Arctic Adventure Skidoos, Sleds, and Skis Frosty Factory Carnival of Cold Glacier Games

Week Two: Jan 2: Jan 3: Jan 4: Jan 5: Jan 6:

Penguin Party Snow-a-bration Hibernation Hideaway NSI: Winter (Nature Scene Investigation) January Jubilee

CAMP TIMES Before Camp: Day Camp: After Camp:

7:00-9:00am 9:00-3:30pm 3:30-6:00pm

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WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP At Camp Frosty, children are often outside if the weather permits. We ask that children refrain from wearing “good clothes” or “good shoes” to camp because it may hinder their participation in several activities. Children will not be outside in severe weather. What to Bring:    

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Healthy mid-morning snack Clearly labeled sack lunch or lunch bag Reusable, non-breakable water bottle Small backpack to carry lunch, projects, supplies, and belongings Snow boots Hat, gloves, scarf, snow pants Extra socks An extra pair of comfortable shoes to wear inside

ITEMS TO LEAVE AT HOME  

Toys from home Electronic equipment such as mp3 players, gameboys, and cell phones Extra money, unless specified by Site Director for a special activity Anything that has not been labeled with your child’s name

If staff are aware that these items are brought to camp, they will be collected and returned to the parent at the end of the day.

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DROP-OFF POLICIES Each child must be walked into camp and checked in with the Site Director. Campers are checked in and out at the Irons Oaks office (20000 Western Ave.). Please refer to page three for information on camp start times. No camper may be dropped off prior to camp start time. Im-

portant: The Park District must have a completed emergency form for each child before they can attend camp. Children cannot be dropped off or picked up at field trips by parents. PICK-UP POLICIES All children must be signed out at the end of the day. Children will only be released to parents/ guardians or individuals listed on the Camp Registration Form. If you wish to authorize additional people to pick up your child, their contact information must be provided on the completed registration form. Any additions must be made in writing. Please be aware and inform anyone, including parents, who pick up your child that they will be asked to show photo identification every time. While we will always attempt to follow parental wishes, the Park District cannot stop a parent from picking up their child unless there is a restraining order in place. Please provide the Recreation Supervisor or Site Director with any custody information so that we are aware of any problems that may arise. Page 5


LATE PICK-UP POLICY If you are late, please call the Goldberg Center or Irons Oaks and they will contact your child’s Site Director. The H-F Park District late fee is $10 beginning 10 minutes after dismissal time and $1 for each additional minute. This fee must be paid within 24 hours at the Goldberg Center or Irons Oaks. After four late pick-ups of 15 minutes or more, the Recreation Supervisor may dismiss the camper from the program. This policy is enforced for the entire duration of the camp.

BEFORE CAMP AND AFTER CAMP Designed for campers who just can’t get enough of camp and for children with working parent. This camp includes an opportunity to get an early start or a continuation of each day’s themed activities. Before Camp takes place from 7:00-9:00 am. After Camp takes place from 3:30-6:00pm.

Before Camp After Camp

Daily Rate

Weekly Rate

$8 R / $12 NR

$36 R / $54 NR

$10 R / $15 NR

$45 R / $67.50 NR

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HEALTH CARE POLICIES

The Park District is not licensed for the care of sick children. Staff will determine if a child can remain at camp using the following guidelines: A child who is ill may not be at camp with a fever, Temperature of 100° even if controlled by medicine. Vomiting

A child who vomits will be sent home immediately.

Strep Throat

A child must take antibiotics for 24 hrs before returning.

Diarrhea

A child who has diarrhea twice in one day will be sent home.

Chicken Pox

A child must remain home until all blisters have dried and formed scabs. This usually is 7-10 days after the pox began.

Ringworm

Child may return 24 hours after starting treatment.

Pink Eye

A child with pink eye or conjunctivitis will be sent home. Child may return after 24 hours of antibiotic eye drops.

Head Lice

A child must remain at home until the first treatment is completed with no further active lice or nits seen.

A doctor’s note will be required for readmitting after the following illnesses: Strep Throat, Ring Worm and Pink Eye. A physician should diagnose any child who experiences symptoms of a contagious disease. If you have any questions regarding an illness, please call in advance before dropping your child off at camp. Make sure you have a plan in place in the event that your child gets sick while at camp. If you are unable to leave work yourself, please have someone available who is able to care for your child. This is for the well being and comfort of your child as well as all of the other campers. Page 7


DISPENSING MEDICATION If your child requires medication during the time they are in our care, please notify the Park District. Before any medication (prescription and non-prescription) may be given to the camp staff, a medication dispensing form must be completed. These forms are available through your child’s Site Director. Both prescription and non-prescription medicines must include specific directions, be in the original container, and be clearly marked with the child’s first and last name. All medications will be kept in a secure place determined by your child’s Site Director. Our staff is not authorized to handle any medications. If needed, a staff member will verbally assist your child with taking his or her medication. BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS AND AGREEMENT Our hope is to provide great summer fun for everyone. Sometimes inappropriate behavior can complicate this process. We administer a consistently fair system of discipline that is outlined in the Rules and Guidelines agreement. Please review the rules and policies with your child. The H-F Park District appreciates your cooperation and understanding of our behavior expectations. Please direct any questions to your child’s Site Director or the Recreation Supervisor.

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PARENT CONFERENCES If a camper consistently displays unacceptable behavior during camp, parents may be asked to attend a conference with the Site Director and/or the Recreation Supervisor. Parents may also request a conference to discuss any concerns. Please feel free to ask questions at any time. We believe that open communication between parents and staff is essential to your child's success and happiness. SPECIFIC NEEDS If your child has any specific needs, check the appropriate box on the registration form. Depending on the specific details, special arrangements may be made to best serve the needs of your child. Our goal is that everyone fully enjoys their Camp Frosty experience.

We Are Here For You! Questions and comments are always welcome. Additional information will be distributed to parents at each campsite as the need arises. The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District looks forward to a great Camp Frosty!

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Join in the winter fun with the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District! Discovery Days: Winter Birds Dec 17, Noon—3:00pm

Movie Magic: The Polar Express Dec 17, 6:30—8:30pm

Skate with Santa: Dec 18, 1—2:30pm

Holiday Tree Recycling: Jan 7 & 14, 9am—Noon

Celebration of Winter: Jan 7, 11am—3pm

National Popcorn Day: Jan 19, 8am—5pm

Museum Discovery Day: Animal Adaptations Jan 21, Noon—3pm

Daddy Daughter Dance: Feb 3, 6:30—8pm & 8-10pm Call 708-957-0300 or 708-481-2330 for more information regarding our winter events. Page 10


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