Weekly Camp Game Plan | Recreational Services
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Thank you for signing up for the Hustling Hawkeyes Sport Camp! We are looking forward to a summer full of sports, learning healthy habits, and fun with friends! Our Instructors are excited to introduce campers to a variety of sports in hopes that each one will discover new talents and interests to keep them playing for the years to come.  Additionally, our staff will emphasize the importance of good nutrition, teamwork, and sport safety.  Lastly, our camp staff is committed to ensuring the safety of your child throughout each activity.  Each of our Instructors has been carefully selected and you can rest assured knowing that each camper will be in good hands. 

A few items we want to bring to your attention:

  • If you need to confirm your camp dates and information, you can do that by logging into your Recreational Services account here. Once you're logged in, click your username in the upper right-hand corner, and then select "profile". Under "Programs," you should be able to see the camps you are registered for. Click on the "Print" button, and a PDF will display all the details of your registration.
  • If you did not sign up for After-Care during initial registration and are not able to pick up your child by 4:15pm for any days during the week, you should enroll in our After-Care program here. After-Care is 4:15pm-5:15 each day and is an additional charge of $35/week.
  • If you are submitting camp registration fees for childcare credit for tax purposes, you will need to contact me, Matt Schaefer, to get the proper documentation. You reach me at 319-467-0602 or matthew-schaefer-1@uiowa.edu

What to Bring

  • Active wear (tennis shoes, shorts, t-shirt)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen (we expect to be outside for at least an hour each day)
  • Swimsuit (swimming is scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
  • Towel (swimming is scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
  • Lunch
  • Snack
  • Backpack/bag (recommended that each bag be labeled with each camper’s name)

NOTE: Personal items such as cell phones or toys should not be in use during the camp. Campers should leave them in their backpacks.

Lunch and Snack

Each camper will need to provide his/her own lunch.  All lunch boxes will be kept in coolers but we will not have access to a refrigerator or microwave.  Additionally, utensils should be provided by each camper.  It is encouraged that campers leave all cash or change at home as they should not be utilizing any nearby vending machines.

Locations

Camp will always begin and end at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC).  On occasion, there may be field trips around campus to allow for more outdoor play or other activities.  Information for any nearby, off-campus field trips will be communicated with parents/guardians prior to each week’s camp and again upon drop off for that day.  

Campus Recreation and Wellness Center: 309 South Madison Street, Iowa City, IA

  • For Drop-Off and Pick-Up, please use the Southeast Corner Entrance of the Building
  • Coming from W. Burlington Street, turn onto S. Madison Street
  • Continue along to the Recreation Center Parking Lot (corner of Court Street and South Madison Street)
  • The Southeast Corner Entrance is located across the street and adjacent to the parking lot (Picture 1 below).
  • The entrance will be marked by signs and our staff (Picture 2 below).

             

 

    Drop-Off Procedure

    Drop-off will take place 7:30am – 8:45am. Parents/guardians should park in the adjacent lot on the corner of South Madison and Court Street or utilize the temporary parking spots adjacent to the building to drop off each camper (parking is free for the first 30 minutes in the lot).  Near the southeast entrance of the CRWC, parents/guardians will be met by a staff member who will direct them to the drop-off station just inside the entrance. Each parent/guardian will be asked to sign in each of their campers.

    Pick-Up Procedure

    Pick-up may take place at any time but is preferred to be 3:45pm – 4:15pm.  Parents/guardians should park in the adjacent lot on the corner of South Madison and Court Street to retrieve each camper (parking is free for the first 30 minutes).  Once at the southeast entrance of the CRWC, parents/guardians will need to identify themselves to staff by showing a valid government issued ID.  Our staff will confirm that the individual is on the authorized pick-up list. Parent/guardians will then initial the sign-out sheet and will be escorted to the second floor to pick up their camper. By request, our staff will also be able to escort campers down to the pick-up station to meet their parents/guardians. To add names to the authorized pick-up list, please inform the camp supervisor upon drop-off.

    After-Care

    After-Care will be offered for campers that are not able to be picked up by 4:15pm each day.  Care will be provided 4:15pm - 5:15pm and will be an add-on price of $35/week.

    Camp Format

    Prior to the beginning of each week of camp, two groups will be formed.  The younger group of campers will form the “JV Hawks” while the older group of campers will form the “Varsity Hawks.”  JV Hawks are typically 6-8 year-olds while Varsity Hawks are typically 9-13 year-olds. Should you prefer your camper be placed in one of the groups over the other, please make this request with the Camp Supervisor upon Drop-Off. Structured camp activity is scheduled 9:00am – 3:45pm each day.  The complete schedule for each week can be seen at the end of this page.

    Staffing

    Camp will operate at an Instructor to Camper ratio of 10:1 for the Varsity Hawk group and 8:1 for the JV Hawk group.  Additionally, a Supervisor will always be on duty to help coordinate activities and to resolve any accidents/incidents.  All camp staff have been selected based on previous experience with child care, education, or sports coaching and all have passed a background check.

    Safety and Medication

    Keeping each camper safe is our top priority.  Parents/guardians will be immediately notified in case of serious accidents/incidents.  For all accidents/incidents, the camp supervisor will document the situation to discuss with the parent/guardian upon pick-up.

    Please note that our camp staff will not be allowed to administer medication to campers.  Should a child require medication during camp, a note should be provided to the supervisor at drop-off.  Campers will be responsible for keeping and taking their own medication with oversight from camp staff.

    Camper Behavior Expectations

    At the beginning of each week, our staff will review how to behave in each area of camp.  Additionally, each camper will go home with a Camper Agreement each Monday to review with parents/guardians.

    • HallwaysCampers are expected to proceed through the hallways with caution for other recreation center members.  No running is allowed.  Campers should never scream or yell.  Campers should always be accompanied by 2 others (1 counselor and another camper/counselor) when walking throughout the facility.  It is also best to have each camper walk themselves; there is no need to hold hands and they should not be carried in any way.   
    • MAC Courts:  This space will be used for lunch and snack time.  During these times, campers are expected to be sitting in chairs.  Typically, a counselor will be explaining instructions on what to do next, so listening is important.  It is best for campers to stay relatively quiet (no yelling).
    • Locker Rooms:  It is most important for campers to be well behaved while in the locker room because this is the only space that is shared between campers and other recreation center members.  Campers need to be quiet and listen to instructions by instructors.  No running is allowed as this space is not designed for play. 
    • Courts/Field:  The courts are designed for campers to be more active and play.  Thus, running and jumping around is expected.  In this area, many different types of equipment are used, such as balls.  Instructors should advise campers to be careful and not to hurt others by being reckless with the equipment.   This is also a place where being louder is acceptable.  Still, campers should not be constantly yelling or disrupting other rec members in nearby courts. 
    • Climbing Wall:  This area is perhaps the most dangerous space for campers as there is much equipment that can cause harm.  Additionally, climbing on the wall when not properly watched can be extremely dangerous.  Thus, it is important for campers to enter the climbing wall area when calm and each one should be actively listening for instructions from instructors. 

    Discipline System

    We do not anticipate having many disciplinary incidents, but you are free to view our PDF iconDisciplinary Action Form to be filled out and documented by Camp Supervisors following any behavioral incidents.  Please know that refunds will not be given in cases of suspension. 

    Weekly Activities

    Throughout each day, our schedule is set up to expose campers to a variety of sports that they may have or not have played before.  In addition to these sports, we will mix it up by spending time swimming in the pool, climbing on the rock wall, and catching our breath by learning on topics such as nutrition, teamwork, and sport safety.  Below is each week’s scheduled activities and topics:

    • Week 1 - June 8-12 - CANCELLED DUE TO UNIVERSITY RESPONSE TO COVID-19
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Soccer!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Basketball, Kickball, Ultimate, Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Volleyball, Team Handball, and Relay Races
      • Indoor Swimming in our Recreation Pool
      • Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic/Activity: Teamwork and Teambuilding 
    • Week 2 - June 15-19
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Ultimate Frisbee!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Basketball, Kickball, Soccer, Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Volleyball, Cricket, and Relay Races
      • Indoor Swimming in our Recreation Pool
      • Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic/Activity: Nutrition and MyPlate 
    • Week 3 - June 22-26
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Flag Football!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Basketball, Kickball, Ultimate, Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Volleyball, Soccer, Team Handball, and Relay Races
      • Indoor Swimming in our Recreation Pool
      • Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic/Activity: Exercise and Group Fitness
    • ​​​​​Week 4 - June 29 – July 3
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Wiffleball!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Basketball, Kickball, Ultimate, Dodgeball, Volleyball, Soccer, Flag Rugby, and Relay Races
      • Indoor Swimming in our Recreation Pool
      • Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic/Activity: The Importance of Hydration
    • Week 5 - July 6-10
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Basketball!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Kickball, Ultimate, Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Volleyball, Soccer, Cricket, and Relay Races
      • Indoor Swimming in our Recreation Pool
      • Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic/Activity: The Importance of Sleep
    • Week 6 - July 13-17
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Volleyball!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Basketball, Kickball, Ultimate, Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Soccer, Team Handball, and Relay Races
      • Indoor Swimming in our Recreation Pool
      • Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic/Activity: Rowing and Water Safety 
    • Week 7 - July 20-24
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Futsal!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Basketball, Kickball, Ultimate, Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Volleyball, Soccer, and Relay Races
      • Indoor Swimming in our Recreation Pool
      • Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic/Activity: Relieving Stress and Meditation
    • Week 8 - July 27-31
      • Basic instruction on how to play, and rules of, Team Handball!
      • Time spent playing other sports including: Basketball, Kickball, Ultimate, Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Volleyball, Soccer, Cricket, and Relay Races
      • Indoor Swimming in our Recreation Pool
      • Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
      • Special Topic/Activity: Importance of Flexibility and Yoga

    Post Game Reports & Weekly Learning Objectives

    At the end of each week, campers will be sent home with a “post-game report” which will list the main learning objectives for that week.  The learning objectives are listed below:

    • Week 1 - June 8-12 - CANCELLED DUE TO UNIVERSITY RESPONSE TO COVID-19
      1. Understand the basic rules of Soccer while also developing the fundamental skills.
      2. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.
      3. Know that working as a team makes accomplishing tasks much easier and that each teammate brings different skills.
    • Week 2 - June 15-19
      1. Understand the basic rules of Ultimate Frisbee while also developing the fundamental skills.
      2. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.
      3. Know that proper nutrition is important to fuel the body for continual growth and development.  
    • Week 3 - June 22-26
      1. Understand the basic rules of Flag Football while also developing the fundamental skills.
      2. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.
      3. Know that regular exercise and physical activity are important for growth and development
    • Week 4 - June 29 – July 3
      1. Understand the basic rules of Wiffleball while also developing the fundamental skills.
      2. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.
      3. Know that sufficient hydration at all times of the year is important to keep the body functioning smoothly
    • Week 5 - July 6-10
      1. Understand the basic rules of Basketball while also developing the fundamental skills.
      2. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.
      3. Know that consistently obtaining enough sleep is important to keep my body energized.
    • Week 6 - July 13-17
      1. Understand the basic rules of Volleyball while also developing the fundamental skills.
      2. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.
      3. Understand the risks of being in the water and know the proper precautions to being safe.
    • Week 7 - July 20-24
      1. Understand the basic rules of Futsal while also developing the fundamental skills.
      2. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.
      3. Understand that everyone can be stressed at times and know some effective methods to avoid and handle stress.
    • Week 8 - July 27-31
      1. Understand the basic rules of Team Handball while also developing the fundamental skills.
      2. Realize that exercise, eating well, and socializing are important for health and well-being.
      3. Know that maintaining flexibility can help avoid injuries and regular stretching can keep the body active longer.

    Weekly Giveaways

    On the Monday of each week of camp, attendees will be sent home with a t-shirt.  Second and third-time attendees shall receive different colored shirts (Black, Gold, or White).

       

    Questions?

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    Matt Schaefer
    Assistant Director, Sport Programs & Sport Camps