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Wildcat Summer Camp July 1st – August 9th, 2013

Taking place at Alcott College Prep, East Campus!

Applications due by Friday, June 7th, 2012


Wildcat Summer Camp 2013 Fast Facts: • We offer camps for students entering Kindergarten to 8th grade in the fall of 2013 • This year, due to calendar changes, we are offering a 6 week camp beginning Monday, July 1st and going through Friday, August 9th. Camp runs daily from 7:30am-5:30pm • Camp is held at Alcott College Prep, East Campus at 2625 N. Orchard Street • Campers will have weekly swimming trips • Campers will have walking field trips to local sites as well as bus trips to new and exciting Chicago locations • There will be no camp on July 4th in observance of the Holiday. (the weekly fee is reduced) • Tuition includes all trips, swimming, camp t-shirt, and all camp activities, classes, and supplies • This year’s schedule has a new curriculum for engaging academic activities balanced with athletics, social emotional learning, and classic camp FUN! Contact Information Alcott Elementary School 2625 N. Orchard Chicago, IL 60614 773.534.5460 www.wildcatclub.blogspot.com

Joel Baughn Community Resource Coordinator jbaughn@youth-guidance.org 312.404.3201

Caroline Duda Assistant Resource Coordinator cduda@youth-guidance.org 312.927.8117

Email completed forms or camp related questions to Alcott@youth-guidance.org Tuition Payments are to be made to Youth Guidance ATTN: Tuition Department 1N. LaSalle Street, Suite 900 Chicago, IL, 60602 312-994-8110 Tuition@youth-guidance.org or made online at http://interact.youth-guidance.org/afterschool/

Alcott Elementary School/Youth Guidance Wildcat Club General Info Alcott Elementary School is a public neighborhood school located in northern Lincoln Park. Alcott’s mission: We seek to provide a cohesive curriculum with an extensive focus on literature and writing that meets the needs of all students (including English language learners, multiple intelligences and individual learning styles, special needs and gifted students) while honoring cultural diversity. We will provide hands on engaged learning, innovative approaches, fine arts, foreign language integration, and reduced class sizes with parental involvement. Youth Guidance, a school-based non-profit social service agency, helps students use their talents to create positive futures by providing programs that guide them academically, socially and emotionally. Youth Guidance has served Chicago’s youth since 1924. The key to our effectiveness is our ability to deal with the rapid changes of inner-city communities on a neighborhood level. Youth Guidance became a leader in the social service sector in 1969 when we established full-time outposts in the Chicago Public Schools. Youth Guidance still works in the schools today. Working with the children and youth on their turf gives our workers the insight and sensitivity needed to develop innovative programs to help meet the varied needs of students, schools, families and communities. Summer Camp Staff is comprised of committed, caring individuals dedicated to ensuring that each child has a positive, safe, and fun camp experience. All have experience in childcare and activity supervision, and activity instructors are trained in their specialties. All staff members undergo a thorough background check with DCFS. The Wildcat Summer Camp, located at Alcott Elementary School, uses its facilities including the gym, outdoor playground and field, auditorium, cafeteria, library, and classrooms within the building during the summer.


Important program information, please read carefully! Dear Families, The Youth Guidance Wildcat Club is proud to partner with Alcott College Prep to offer the Wildcat Summer Camp! Our Summer st th Camp is for students entering Kindergarten (5yrs. by September 1 ) through 8 grade in the fall of 2013. This Summer Camp is not a Chicago Public Schools’ program and is not subsidized by the Chicago Public Schools. It is a tuition based program. The st th th Summer Camp will operate for the weeks of July 1 through August 9 . Camp will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. The weekly fee is adjusted in the payment schedule.

Grade levels are reflective of the grade your child will be entering in the Fall of 2013. Register your student by April 26th and receive our early bird discount. This discount is reflected on the tuition information page.

Summer Program Info Campers who join the Wildcat Summer Camp will participate on a variety of activities such as arts (both performing and fine), sports and outdoor recreation, swimming, field trips (both local and by bus), and will be divided into groups that are built around their own ages. The hours of operation are from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please note childcare is NOT available before or after these times, so it is imperative that students are dropped off NO EARLIER than 7:30 am and picked up NO LATER than 6:00 pm, but you may choose to pick up your student earlier in the day if needed. The morning and late afternoon activities allow for a more flexible pick-up and drop-off time as to not interfere with our most involved activities. Summer camp costs $275 per week, but a discount is available for *Early Bird registration or by registering for the whole summer. See the Tuition Information page for discounts. We ask that you pack your student an appropriate lunch. We will provide the afternoon snack but you may also pack any additional snacks (especially if your student has particular dietary needs) and any weather-appropriate items (i.e., water bottle, sunblock). Students entering Kindergarten will participate in a schedule similar to what they are used to during the school year and it will include a short mid-day siesta/nap after lunch for about 1 hour. Students in grades 5-8 will have the opportunity to participate in a leadership camp and also participate in a higher level of learning during their weekly activities that will include science, sports, arts (performing & fine), and so much more! This will allow for an exciting camp experience that also will develop your middle school student into Alcott leaders. Field Trips will take place once a week to an exciting Chicago destination and we will travel to the local pool for swim time each week! (weather permitting) Due to the need to bus to the pool, field trips will alternate between local and locations in which we will bus. More information on specific field trip destinations will go out as the summer approaches so you can easily plan for our trips. Students who do not wish to participate in a particular trip must make alternative arrangements to stay home as all staff will be needed to ensure proper supervision. Please also understand there will be no credits issued for missing field trips or camp days. th

Camp registration forms are attached. Registration closes on Friday, June 7 . Camp tuition is to be paid in accordance with the payment schedule listed on the Tuition Information page. Failure to pay camp tuition appropriately will result in exclusion from the summer program. All applications must be completed in full, and accompanied by the non-refundable $100 registration fee. Applications without registration fees will not hold a place for your student in the program. Each age group has a limited number of spots available. Once a group is full, a wait list will be created; if the wait list exceeds 14 students, a new group will open. All siblings will receive a 25% discount on their tuition after first student is enrolled. See our blog for a sample schedule of a camp week!

www.wildcatclub.blogspot.com

Activities are supervised by staff with expertise in their field. and a camp T-shirt to be worn on field trip days.

Camp includes; daily activities and supplies, snack, field trips, swimming


Tuition Information     

Early Bird Special: Register your student by Friday, April 26th and each week will cost $255 Registration after Friday, April 26th is $275 per week Register for the whole summer and you will also receive the discounted fee of $255 per week Each registered additional sibling will have their fees reduced by 25% Fees for Week 1 are adjusted for the July 4th holiday. Program will be closed.

Payment Registration

Due Date Friday, June 14th

Amount $100 All participants

Additional Siblings $75 each

If participating in the full summer, you receive the Early Bird rate.

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6

Friday, June 14th Friday, June 21st Friday, June 28th Friday, July 5th Friday, July 12th

$220 / $204 Early Bird $275 / $255 Early Bird $275 / $255 Early Bird $275 / $255 Early Bird $275 / $255 Early Bird

$165 / Early Bird $153 $206 / Early Bird $192 $206 / Early Bird $192 $206 / Early Bird $192 $206 / Early Bird $192

Friday, July 19th

$275 / $255 Early Bird

$206 / Early Bird $192

Note: During the camp week, a $15 late fee is charged for pick-ups after dismissal time. $1 per minute is charged after the first 15 minutes.

Payment Regulations    

            

The $100 non-refundable registration fee must be received by Friday, June 14th. All participants must pay this fee even if a returning camper. th Applications for the early bird discount must be received by April 26 . Applications for students registering for the full th summer will receive the discounted rate when applying at any time, up to June 7 . th Any registration, regardless of status, received after June 7 will be charged full camp rates. All tuition payments must be made payable to Youth Guidance. Mail to: Youth Guidance, ATTN: Tuition Department 1N. LaSalle Street, Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60602 Please include your child’s name and school in the memo section of the check. Payments can also be made online at: http://interact.youth-guidance.org/afterschool/ No tuition payments will be accepted at the school. We will however accept your registration fee with your applications. All payments must be received by the due dates listed on the above schedule. Any check returned “non-sufficient funds” shall result in a $15 charge, and all subsequent payments must be made by money order or certified check. During the camp week, a $15 late fee is charged for pick-ups after dismissal time. A $1 per minute will be charged after the first 15 minutes. Late payments will result in students being excluded from the program until the previous balance is paid. On exclusion dates, staff at the school do not have the authority to allow the student back into the program. Students cannot be readmitted until the balance is paid in full. Both the on-site program administrators AND the tuition department must be alerted in writing (email will suffice) if the student does not plan to return to the program. Failure to give notice will result in responsibility of balance due even if the due date falls after the child left the program. If you have any questions regarding payments or balances please contact the tuition department at Youth Guidance’s Central Office at 312-994-8110 or Tuition@youth-guidance.org If you have any program-related questions, please contact Joel Baughn at 312.404.3201 FINANCIAL AID questions, contact the Wildcat Club office for more information


Wildcat Summer Camp 2013