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Camper Programs

Swimming Group Placement

1. During the first week of camp, all campers are scheduled to be screened for instructional and free swim group placement. New campers take the “Skills Review” on Mondays 9-9:30/during free swim.
2. The “Skills Review” is used for the screening and instructional purposes. The pool staff demonstrates and campers decide if they are ready no one is forced to take the screening.
3. Campers passing the in-pool skills review will be designated as “Swimmers” for free swim purposes, and are issued a bracelet that shows they have permission to utilize the entire pool during free swim.
4. ID bracelets are deposited into the “bracelet receptacle” at the end of the period.
5. Campers classified as “Nonswimmers” and “Beginners” are confined to the roped off area of the large pool and the small pool when available. They are eligible to take a retest when they feel they are ready.

Before & After Care Program

Our goal is to provide safe supervision for children who arrive before 8:45 am and remain after 4:15 pm

Procedures: 7:00 – 8:45 a.m:

1. Extended Hours Pre Pay: Parents will initial the Extended Hours Sheet when dropping off their child/children.
2. Bank Hours Pre Pay: Parents will enter the time of arrival on the Bank Hours Sheet
3. Per Diem: Counselor in Charge will enter the camper’s name on the Per Die Sheet and the time of drop off. Parents should pay at the office to avoid billing charge.
4. Campers 5 – 13 remain in the New Game Room (NGR) from 7-8 am.
5. At 8 a.m., designated staff escorts campers 9-13 to the game room (GR).
6. Optional: Fridays at 8:00 a.m. are video days in the NGR for campers 5-8 – no games played.
7. At 8:45 campers are lined up and escorted to their clubhouse by their counselors.
8. The counselor in charge of each area is responsible for organizing the area and checking for items left behind by the campers.
9. Campers are not permitted in the LBT equipment shed.
10. There should be a limited amount of equipment distributed for blacktop activities.

Procedures: 4:15 – 6:00 pm:

1.  After bus campers are dismissed, campers in the extended hours program will go to their respective areas: 5-8, Lower Activity Tent (LAT); 9-10, Activity Tent (AT); 11-13, Cratetown Tent (CTT).
2. The designated counselor of each group takes attendance and enters the names of campers not on the preprinted list.
3. Campers then select an activity or area; i.e., swimming (T and W only), computers, video games, Prescott Park or Gaga.
4. Counselor takes the recorded attendance sheet(s) to the counselor in charge of the afternoon extended hours program.
5. A designated counselor will call on the walkie-talkie for children as their parents arrive. Campers shall be released only to authorized persons upon presentation of Winnewald I.D. card. In lieu of ID. card, ask to see driver’s license or refer to office. The parent will initial the roster sheet when picking up campers.
a. Bank Hours and Per Diem times must be entered on the sheet prior to parent initialing.
6. Counselors are requested to maintain neat and accurate attendance records which should be given to the counselor in charge on Friday before leaving
7. Parents using the per diem service are to pay in the office at the time of pickup.
8. Counselors using the camp’s walkie-talkies are reminded to speak clearly and pleasantly and return them to the office in the OFF position before leaving.
9. At 5:25 counselors supervising campers 9-13 should ask them to assist in putting away equipment and covering game tables. At this time, campers should get their backpacks, etc., from the CTT and proceed to the LBT to join remaining campers 5-8. A counselor should always check to make sure nothing has been left behind.

Conversation Time and Group Period

Conversation time takes place from 9:10 to 9:25 each morning and is intended to involve all campers in the group in a calm, seated conversation. The Head Counselor should divide the group into two smaller groups to encourage participation. Campers are encouraged to share their thoughts while listening to and respecting the thoughts of others. No nok-hockey or other games are to be played at this time. During the first week of camp, each group is to adopt a mascot, distinctive handshake, and song or chant.

Topics for conversation time vary each day according the following:
1. Mondays – Icebreaker activities and brief orientation on even weeks, group orientation led by Leadership Team on odd weeks.
2. Tuesdays – Word of the week.
3. Wednesdays – Counselor choice (current events, camp issues, topics from resources in office, etc.)
4. Thursdays – Music and scrapbook.
5. Fridays – Group choice.

Group period:
Each group has one afternoon group period per day in the schedule. Group periods generally take place in or around the group clubhouse, but can be held in other locations if approved by the Leadership Team.
Activities during group period in addition to the schedule below may also include counselor hobbies/interests, developing group spirit, working on group plaques and billboards
1. Mondays – Team-building, icebreaker activities, and popcorn.
2. Tuesdays – Game day or group contest (refer to activity calendar).
3. Wednesdays – Teamwork, character building activities.
4. Thursdays – Activity based on weekly theme.
5. Fridays – Awards, organize clubhouse, lost and found, announcements for upcoming week, and ice cream.

Arts & Crafts Program

Campers 5-6:
1. The program for campers ages 5-6 meets three days per week and has been planned to coordinate with the themes of the week.
2. The Arts & Crafts counselor is in charge during the Arts & Crafts period.
3. Group counselor responsibilities:
a. Bring group to Arts & Crafts on time and in an orderly fashion (i.e., holding hands with a partner in line).
b. Counselors during the period are to actively help the children at their tables. At the end of the period, counselors will assist as directed.
c. Counselors should be aware of the appropriate and safe use of equipment.
d. Campers should have a bathroom break prior to Arts & Crafts.

Campers 7-13:
1. The program for campers ages 7-13 is scheduled by gender every other week.
2. Group counselor responsibilities:
a. Report to the Arts & Crafts area on time an in an orderly fashion.
b. b. Under the direction of the Arts & Crafts counselor, counselors are to sit at different tables and be engaged with their campers.
c. At no time should campers be given permission to go to the snack machine.
d. The Arts & Crafts counselor is responsible for dismissing campers and for engaging staff and campers in the cleaning process.
e. At the beginning of the season, all groups will be issued an Arts and Crafts box; all materials must be returned at the end of the season.
f. Please treat the Arts & Crafts supplies and equipment with respect.

Campers-In-Transition Program

The Winnewald CIT program is open to campers going into 9th grade who have previously attended Winnewald for two or more years. Campers for this program are selected by the camp’s leadership team with input from staff.

Criteria considered include:

Attitude during years as a camper The potential for leadership The ability to get along with others Participation in camp activities and special events

CITs are assigned on a weekly basis/bi-weekly basis to camper groups 5-9 and special areas. The CIT Leader will inform you in advance of the person assigned and let you know what is expected. It is imperative as a group counselor that you are a good role model, teacher and leader for the CIT assigned to your group.

CITs are not to discipline or physically touch or carry campers. During their assigned time they are required to plan and lead an activity. Prior to leading the activity they must have received permission from the CIT Leader. The Group Head Counselor should involve them in team planning sessions and activity participation, as well as delegate responsibilities such as taking campers to the health office, lunch crates,and refrigerator room.

CITs must be supervised at all times by the staff to which they are assigned. They are NOT to be left alone with campers.

The purpose of our program is not to develop future staff for Winnewald but to teach leadership skills that they can apply as they move forward in life. CITs who do a superb job are eligible to return as JC1s if positions are available.

At the conclusion of the CIT’s time with the group, the head counselor should complete the CIT checklist and share it with the CIT prior to giving it to the CIT Leader.