Kids Kamp 2020

Hey Kids Kamp Families!

Kids Kamp is still happening!!!!! We are going virtual! Our counselors have worked hard over the past few months planning amazing activities for our campers. I wanted to write to you all and give you an in-depth description of what we have planned.


For our rising 1st - 6th graders:

We are offering 90 minutes of social-focused programming Mondays-Fridays, in a safe secure online space.

Campers will be able to interact with their friends and play the same camp games we love, adapted for online play.

We will get campers moving, talking, and thinking with their friends. 


Each camper will be joined with 4 other campers to form a squad. Each squad is led by one of our amazing Teen counselors. We have limited the size of groups this year to make sure that every camper gets the individual attention and social connection that has always made camp fun. During the 90 minute day, teachers will cycle into each squad’s zoom and lead them in activities. Squads will work as a team as they navigate different activities and challenges. It is the same kid-centered counselor led format that has always made camp successful.

Check out our promo video for a live demonstration
https://youtu.be/KHvxvWcAgu4


For our rising Kindergarteners:

Teacher Brie will be leading 30 min circle times Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The format will be familiar to parents of EEC. There will be stories and games to play with friends, all within a developmentally appropriate time span. Kids will get to share their art work and dancing skills with  their peers. Each week there will be special guests like Teacher Johanna and music with Teacher Bob


For our rising 4 year olds:

Teacher Laurel will lead 30 minute circle times on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will be sharing music and games and a chance for campers to see and share with their friends. Special guests like Teacher Bob and a few of our older campers will join in for sing-alongs and science! Much like Mr. Rogers had on his television show, each class will have recurring  touchstone activities to create a place where kids can feel safe as they know what to expect.


For our rising 7th and 8th graders,(LIT):

During our 90 min of camp Monday-Friday, we will be hosting our Leaders In Training Institute (LIT's). This  group of middle and junior high schoolers will work as teams to develop communication and planing skills that will serve them as they ready themselves for high-school. As they have every year, LIT's will have the opportunity to develop their skills of being a counselor while under the care and guidance of their LIT teacher. Each week LIT's in a group will have 2 opportunities to create and present a game or activity to the lower grades. They will get the opportunity to learn what it takes to lead a group of younger campers.  Through teamwork they will hone their communication skills and effective planning strategies, and will be rewarded with the highly prized love of the younger campers.


For our Parents:

At its most basic, camp will offer 90 minutes a day of structured activity for campers for the entire 4 weeks of June. That's 90 minutes where you can breathe knowing your child's interactions with their friends are in a safe and caring space. Our counselors will check in with you at least once a week to listen and help with any issues that your child may be facing during the month. This is NOT a typical zoom camp where kids are expected to follow along with prescribed and fixed activities. We want to give your child a chance to connect with other children and staff at camp. Dancing in front of their desk at home like a goon during the drum class is just the icing on the cake.


What it's going to take,

We recognize that many of our camp families are facing a scarcity of funds for necessities, let alone luxuries. No kid should miss out on camp, and so, there is no enrollment fee for Kids Kamp 2020. The brains behind this year's Kids Kamp are made up of the youth members of the Kids Kamp Council. These kids know better than anyone what works and doesn't work with Zoom interactions as they have spent the last 2 months as the test subjects in the giant Zoom social experiment. From their experiences, we understand how vital it is to keep Zoom room sizes small to allow for genuine communication with their peers. With their advice, we have reset the size of groups to half the traditional size to ensure that each camper has enough space to connect with their friends and staff. This change, while essential to provide genuine social connection for our campers, effectively doubles our staffing needs. The total budget for camp this year is $30,000, primarily for fair wage compensation. With anticipated enrollment, that works out to a little over $675 for a 5 day camper for four weeks. We anticipate that some campers cannot pay their tuition for a multitude of reasons. Instead, we ask that you give what you can to subsidize camp so that it may be a possibility for every camper. Every dollar you put towards our $30,000 goal will ensure that the kids we know and love have an opportunity to see their friends and get lost in the play of camp. 

You can use our Tax ID to file your contributions on next year's taxes.
Thank you for all that you do for Kids Kamp,

Director Bob

Donations

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    • $75 
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    • $175 
    • 18 d
  • Keith Brown 
    • $320 
    • 18 d
  • Lily Whitmore  
    • $100 
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Fundraising team: Kids Kamp 2020 (4)

Sofie Jakelis 
Organizer
Paradise Valley, AZ
Stephanie Breidel-Vigil 
Beneficiary
Tie Resendiz de Perez 
Team member
Raised $3,725 from 24 donations
Jonathan Davis 
Team member
Raised $1,170 from 7 donations
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