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Welcome! The University Recreation Department would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to give your child(ren) a fun and exciting experience this summer, which began in 2008 under the direction of The University of Texas - Pan American, UTRGV’s legacy institution. Our Summer Youth Camp has provided an outlet for elementary aged children to experience a number of different activities. Since its inception, the camp has strived to become one of the most engaging and worthwhile camps in the Rio Grande Valley. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to provide an exciting and memorable experience that leaves participants with a sense of physical, social, and emotional accomplishment such that they are encouraged to maintain recreational activities throughout the course of their life. As University Recreation, one of our goals is to provide the university and valley community with an understanding of creating a well-rounded lifestyle. The UREC Summer Youth Camp is just one of the ways that we strive to instill this way of life into the community. Once again, we would like to thank you and hope your child(ren) has an amazing time here through fun, fitness, and learning all while Learning to Play the UTRGV Way! - Summer Youth Camp Staff

Table of Contents

Contact Information

17 Map



8 Camp Fees

14 21 19

Daily Schedule Sample

Camp Activities

24 26 28

Drop Off

Pick Up

General Rules for Participants

Early Bird Registration


Late Program, Transfers & Schedule Changes

15 Lunch and Snacks

21 24 23

What to Bring/ What Not to Bring

30 Absences/ Dismissal from the Program

What to Wear

What We Expect of Our Campers

Inclement Weather/ Liability Information 5

General Information Camp Schedule Drop-Off | EUREC Rear Entrance 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Camp Time 8:30 a.m. – 3:50 p.m. Pick Up | EUREC Rear Entrance 4 – 4:15 p.m. Late Program (optional) 4:15 – 6 p.m Email Phone Numbers Camp Office: (956) 665-7808 Member Services: (956) 665-7813 Main Facilities University Recreation Building Recreation Field Complex Web Address

Registration Parents can register their child(ren) in person at our University Recreation building or online by following the steps below:



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Camp Fees Early Bird


UREC Members ...............................



UREC Non-Members ........................



Early Bird fees apply to campers registered prior to or on the Thursday before a session begins. $100 deposit is required at the time of registration.

Lunch Program (optional) ...............................................


Late Program (optional) ..................................................


Transfer Fee ................................................................


A 15% discount will be available at the time of purchase for multiple sessions.


Early Bird Registration Early Bird Registration refers to fee payments made prior to/or on the Thursday before a session begins. Deposits A non-refundable $100 deposit is required at the time of registration. The balance for each session is due the Thursday before each session begins. Refunds must be submitted in writing and received by the UREC main office one week prior to the start of each session. Payment Due Date Payment for each session is due by the Thursday before each session begins. Inquire about enrolling in automatic payment at the UREC facility member service desk or online during registration and never miss a payment due date! Payment Method Online, Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Make checks payable to UTRGV.

Late Program Operates from 4:15 – 6:00 p.m. (Additional $75/session/camper fee required). This portion of Summer Youth Camp is supervised, with minimal programming. Campers will be asked to relax and participate in low activity games. This additional supervision is intended to be for parents whose work schedules do not permit them to pick up campers from 4 – 4:15 p.m.

Transfers & Schedule Changes Due to administrative costs, a $25 fee is charged for transferring between sessions. Transfers must be done in person at the University Recreation Administrative Office, at least three working days prior to the start of the session. The transfer fee must be paid at the time the request is made. Transfers are based on availability and are made at the discretion of the camp staff. Children may give their spots to siblings, but spots are not transferable to anyone outside the immediate family. Children missing camp for reasons other than medical will not be allowed to make up missed sessions. Split sessions are not available.


Lunch & Snack • Lunch is from 12 to 12:30 p.m. most days (11:05 a.m. on last Friday of each session). • Morning and afternoon snack is provided by camp. • Lunch (with drink) is available for purchase ($65) through camp (must be purchased the Thursday prior to the beginning of each session by 12 p.m.). • Packed lunches cannot be refrigerated. • No microwave will be available for packed lunches. • Do not forget to pack a drink. * Be sure to let camp staff know about any food allergies during registration.

Sample Lunch Schedule Monday





Cheese Hamburger

Deli Wrap Lettuce | Tomato

Meat Ball Sub | Hoagie Bun

Ham and Cheese Sandwich

2 Slices of Pizza

French Fries

Cucumber Rounds

Cheesy Potato Skins

Carrots Sticks

Potato Chips

Fresh Baked Cookie

Small Fruit Cup

Fresh Baked Cookie


Fresh Baked Cookie


Drop Off/Pick-Up Map SCHUNIOR ST


MAC Court

Drop-off | Pick Up

Front Desk


Climbing Wall

Locker Rooms



Group 1 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 8:40 - 9:40 a.m.

Racquet Sports

9:40 - 10 a.m. 10 - 11 a.m.


11 a.m - 12 p.m.

Indoor Soccer

12 - 12:30 p.m. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


2:30 - 2:50 p.m. 2:50 - 3:50 p.m. 4 - 4:15 p.m. 4:15 - 6 p.m.

Rock Climbing

Daily Schedule Sample Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Individual Sports


Drop-Off Team Sports

Indoor Soccer Snack

Racquet Sports


Team Sports

Indoor Soccer

Individual Sports



Racquet Sports

Lunch Art

Swimming Swimming


Rock Climbing


Rock Climbing

Rec Games

Fit Kids



Snack Rec Games

Fit Kids Pick-Up Late Program


Camp Activities Art – Make arts and crafts and learn a little bit about art too! Basketball – Learn the basics of basketball or improve on the skills you already have! Dance – Work on your rhythm and learn new dance activities! Fit Kids – Learn how to stay active and be healthy through fun games! Volleyball – Learn the basics of volleyball or improve the skills you already have! Indoor Soccer – Learn the basics of soccer or improve on the skills you already have! Racquet Sports – Play tennis, ping pong, badminton and more! Rec Games – Play some of your favorite P.E. games and learn some new ones you can play with your friends! Climbing Wall – Push yourself to new heights and see just what you are capable of accomplishing! Swimming – The only class you take EVERY DAY! Improve on your swimming skills before enjoying some free play! Team Sports – Play games that require teamwork for success!

University Recreation


What to Bring • Backpack – Keep all your stuff in one place. • Swimsuit – We swim every day! • Sunscreen – Keep your skin safe. Camp staff will not apply sunscreen. • Towel – You don’t want to be wet all day! • Goggles – Bring them if you like to wear them! • A plastic bag to put wet clothes in. • Water Bottle – We will give you one with your name on it on the first day of camp. Be sure to bring it every day. *University Recreation does not provide any of the above items, except water bottles. All personal items should be clearly marked with your child’s name. University Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

What Not to Bring • Playing cards, trading cards, or cards of any kind – We will be too busy throughout the day for cards. • Electronic games – These are expensive and can be lost or broken. • Music players – iPods, MP3 players, etc. • Phones – Ok, but must stay in your bag and can only be used for emergencies. • Books/Magazines – OK, but can only be used during pick up or drop off and lunch. * If you have or use these items when you are not supposed to, staff will take them and give them to your parents/guardians at the end of the day.

What to Wear • Shorts or pants – Good to play in, remember, we will be outside a lot! • T-shirt or long sleeved shirt – Sometimes our building is cold • Hat - You may want a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes • Sneakers – Wear non-scuffing, comfortable shoes you can wear inside and outside. • Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. We play inside and outside, on grass, in sand, on concrete, and on gym floors and carpet. • Also, remember art projects can sometimes get messy!


What We Expect of Our Campers Treat other campers the way you want to be treated. Listen to and respect all counselors, instructors, and staff. Stay with your group – there is safety in numbers. Let camp staff know if you are sick, hurt, or tired. Clean up any and all messes you or your group makes. Bring camp water bottle every day. Obey all camp rules. Always be a good sport – win or lose. Play safe. Participation is strongly encouraged, don’t miss out on the fun! Have fun! 24

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Drop Off Parking lot on west side of University Recreation Building. See map on pg. 17

• Drop off begins at 7:45 a.m. Campers may NOT be dropped off earlier. • If no one is there to greet you and your child, please bring them into the facility through the MAC entrance. • Please DO NOT bring campers through the front entrance of the facility. Sugar Road is very busy and unsafe for children to exit vehicles parked along this road. *NOTE: On the first day of each session, we ask that all parents/guardians accompany their children to meet the counselors and directors.

Pick Up Parking lot on west side of University Recreation Building. See map on pg. 17

• Campers must be picked up by 4:15 p.m. • Campers must be signed out by individuals listed on registration forms. • Persons not listed will not be allowed to pick up unless written permission is granted by the parent/guardian vial email/letter. • A PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES TO PICK UP A CHILD. NO EXCEPTIONS. Our goal is to do our best to guarantee the safety of all campers. • Children may ONLY be picked up in the MAC court after being signed out. If an early pick-up is required, the director or assistant director must be notified so the child may be brought to the check-out area. Parents/guardians MAY NOT go into the building/ activity areas to pick up a child unless prior approval has been granted.

General Rules for Campers • Campers must report on time to all scheduled activities. • Campers are encouraged to participate in all scheduled activities • Only camp staff may grant permission to be excused from an activity. • Campers are expected to act appropriately and behave during camp. • Campers are not permitted to leave the program area or go off campus. • Campers are prohibited from entering areas in the facility not being used by the Summer Youth Camp. • Violent or abusive behavior will not be tolerated. • Children who are ill and display a fever must be picked up for that day. * NOTE: Misuse or damage of university property may result in dismissal, and refunds will not be granted. Charges will be assessed against participants responsible for damaged or misusing university equipment or property.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Absences • Refunds are not available for vacations, special events, short-term illnesses of four days or fewer, or other personal commitments that prevent attendance. • A refund may be available for an extended illness of five or more consecutive program days. • A doctor’s note and written note from the parent or guardian explaining the situation must be received within eight working days from the first day of absence. • Upon review, participants may receive a $15 - per day refund for long-term absences.

Dismissal from the Program We reserve the right to revoke the program registration of any child who consistently disrupts normal program activities. While this is a rare occurrence, such disruptions diminish the experience of the other children. This action will take effect only after consultation among the parents, child and the program director. If a participant is dismissed for disciplinary reasons, there will be NO REFUND for the unused days.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Inclement Weather When warranted, outdoor classes will be assigned a gymnasium or other indoor activity area for use in case of rain. Possible alternatives to the regular activity could include showing a video, playing board games, or other activities.

Liability Information • Camp staff will directly supervise all classes in order to decrease the risk that is inherent in recreational activity. • All counselors are certified in CPR/First Aid and will be able to treat minor injuries. • All camp staff will go through training discussing appropriate safety procedures.

Summer Youth Camp | Survival Guide  
Summer Youth Camp | Survival Guide