Polaris District Day Camp

June 12 – 16, 2017

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Camp Pioneer
6400 Girl Scout Lane,
Sunland Park NM, 88063

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Day camp is an opportunity for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade during the next school year. Scouts will have a wild time on the safari adventure making new friends, earning rank advancements and participating in BB guns, archery, sports, skills, and crafts. 

Many volunteers are needed to make camp a success, so please consider volunteering.  Adult volunteers can also register their non-Scouting children ages 3-5 (potty trained) or girls ages 6-13. Boy Scouts and youth ages 14-17 can also volunteer.

Program

In addition to shooting BB guns and archery, and playing sports, Scouts will be working towards achieving parts of the following adventures (advancements).

Tigers (going into 1st grade)

  • Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries
  • Good Knights
  • Floats and Boats
  • Stories in Shapes
  • Tiger Theater

Wolves (going into 2nd grade)

  • Air of the Wolf
  • Code of the Wolf
  • Finding Your Way

Bears (going into 3rd grade)

  • Bear Claws
  • Baloo the Builder
  • Make It Move
  • Super Science

Webelos (going into 4th grade)

  • First Responder
  • Art Explosion
  • Build It
  • Engineer  

Webelos (going into 5th grade)

Introduced to Boy Scouting skills (e.g., knots, first aid, orienteering, camping).

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Registration

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The registration fee includes a t-shirt, patch, and program supplies.

  • Lion, Tiger and Siblings (going to Kindergarten-1st grade) @ $55 till May 5th or $75 till May 31st. (Lions/Tigers need to have an adult parter in order to attend day camp). More on this below.
  • Cub Scouts and Siblings (going to 2nd grade-5th grade) @ $55 till May 5thor $75 till May 31st. 
  • Tots (Full Time Volunteer) @$20 till May 5th or $30 till May 31st
  • Tots (Part Time Volunteer) @6 per day fee

It is very important to complete the entire process (through payment).  All incomplete online registrations are deleted every evening at midnight.

Lions and Tigers:  A boy and his adult partner who joins as Lion/Tiger CubScouts must attend Cub Scout day camp together. The basic element of Lion/Tiger Cub Scout is the Lion/Tiger Cub–adult partner team.

The adult may be a parent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or even a neighbor, provided that he or she is at least 18 years old, cares about the boy, and is strongly committed to his well-being. The boy and his adult partner join Tiger Cubs together and do all activities together.

No Lion/Tiger will be allowed to participate in Day Camp without an adult partner.

Payment:  At checkout, pay with a credit card, electronic check, or PayPal.

LDS Youth: In LDS-sponsored units, boys are introduced to Scouting at age eight. LDS youth are put into dens at camp based on age. Youth who are under the age of eight will enjoy the camp activities, even though they aren't earning rank advancement.  

Volunteers: Many of volunteers are needed to make camp a success, so please consider volunteering.  Adult volunteers can also register their non-Scouting children ages 3-5 (potty trained) or girls ages 6-13.   Boy Scouts (under the age of 14) can register as den chiefs or for the service patrol, and boys and girls ages 11-17 can volunteer as junior staff. Each pack must have a minimum of one adult registered for every four youth registered.

Youth paperwork requirements:

  1. Complete online registration
  2. Submit a copy of the BSA Health and Medical form (Parts A & B: All Scouting Events) to the pack representative
  3. Submit a copy of medical insurance card, front and back (if insured) to the pack representative

Paperwork requirements for adults attending camp (ages 18+):

  1. Complete online registration
  2. Submit a copy of the BSA Health and Medical form (Parts A & B: All Scouting Events) to the pack representative
  3. Submit a copy of medical insurance card, front and back (if insured)
  4. Submit proof of Classroom Facilitated YPT
  5. Attend Day Camp Orientation Training

 

What to Bring to Camp


  • camp t-shirt (get this from your pack representative)
  • Annual BSA Health and Medical Record (parts A and B for all Scouting events), if not already submitted
  • very hydrated Scout (have them drink lots of water all day and a full water bottle on the way to camp)
  • sack dinner and snacks (nonperishable in a resealable plastic bag with name and camp den number). See details below. 
  • non-carbonated drink for meal (water, sports drink, juice box)
  • water bottle
  • bandana, optional
  • closed-toed shoes with socks
  • hat and/or sunglasses
  • rain poncho
  • sunscreen (applied by parent before camp)
  • insect repellant (applied by parent before camp)
  • 5-gallon bucket with a lid to use as a chair (Scout must carry the bucket). Available at places like Home Depot, Lowes or Academy.
  • money for trading post treats (quarters in a resealable plastic baggie), optional
  • medications that need to be taken at camp must be in the original containers and turned into the health and safety chair. Scouts can carry their Inhaler or Epipen; however, the health and safety chair and camp staff must be notified.
Mark all items marked with name

Do Not Bring

  • No aerosols of any kind in camp
  • No carbonated drinks; they dehydrate the body.
  • No eggs
  • No mayonnaise
  • No tuna or chicken salad
  • No excessive sweets
  • No perfume
  • No eating during sessions – if there is a medical issue, please alert the camp director.
  • No trading cards 
  • No pets
  • No electronics – Nintendo DS, IPod, MP3, cell phones, radios, etc. 

Meal Requirements

Everyone attending camp will be required to bring a meal. Juice boxes or sports drinks work best. Please do not send carbonated drinks. Use resealable plastic gallon sized bags with the Scout's name written on it. Ice water will be available at meals and every activity area.

Please check with the parents in your den concerning any allergies (e.g., peanut). 

Consider: frozen grapes, frozen bananas sliced, watermelon, strawberries, carrot or celery sticks with peanut butter, broccoli, beef jerky, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter or cheese crackers, canned tuna or chicken, trail mix, dried fruit, pickles, crackers and hard cheeses (e.g., cheddar, colby and provolone), pudding cup, fruit cups, applesauce cup, chips, raisins, dried fruit, almond butter, yogurt raisins, granola bar, summer sausage, crackers, Goldfish, pumpkin seeds, protein bar, dry cereal, muffins.  Perishable or refrigerated foods, such as mayonnaise, meats, eggs, or leftovers are not allowed at camp.

Trading Post

The trading post is stocked with camp refreshments. We will have refreshments for sale during lunch, free time, and before and after camp. Bring some money to take advantage of this! The amount each boy actually spends will depend on his personal needs and whether his interests require special purchases. Items typically include snow cones, popcorn, pickles, candy, and crackers.  

Advancements

There are several opportunities for Scouts to earn advancement at camp. A list of advancements covered will be sent home the last day of camp. The list needs to be given to the Scout's den leader.

Lost and Found

Lost and found will be located at registration. Leftover items are donated to charity after camp. Please label all items taken to camp.

Drop-off and Pick-up

Carpooling is strongly recommended. 

Medication

All medications (with the exception of inhalers, emergency epinephrine kits, and diabetes kits) must be checked-in to the health and safety director in the first aid area by the parents of the child requiring the medications. Each medication must be in the original prescription container with only enough medication for the week, clearly labeled with the Scout’s name, dosage, and specific time(s) medication should be taken. A medication form will need to be filled out.  Other than using an inhaler, Epi-pens or diabetes kits, no child should be taking any medication except while in the first aid area. Please inform the Scout's leader and the health and safety officer of any medications that need to be taken at camp. See the health and safety director at camp if there are any questions.

Photographs    

Notice!  Please be advised that promotional videotaping/photography may be in progress at any time at an event. Your entrance constitutes your agreement that the council and district has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).

Volunteer Information

 

Day camp is run by volunteers. Each pack is required to provide a minimum of one adult register for every three youth register per pack.  If the pack does not meet this ratio, then the pack will not be able to attend camp.  Please consider volunteering.

Volunteer Orientation

ALL adults attending camp must attend both camp volunteer orientation and Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT). Both will be offered on:

  • Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm. 
    • Location: Camp Pioneer, located at 4200 Girl Scout Lane, Sunland Park, NM 88063

All volunteers must have a copy of their Classroom Facilitated YPT certificate or a copy on their phone at all times at camp. Camp Inspectors may ask to see the card.  
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Message from Jennifer, 2017 Polaris Day Camp Director:

First, let me thank you for  volunteering to be a part of Polaris District Cub Scout day camp this summer!  We are unable to continue to offer these amazing opportunities for our scouts without your support!  Second, I would like to outline your responsibilities and training you will need as an adult volunteer for camp this summer.  

Training for adult leaders will occur June 6th from 6-9pm at Camp Pioneer.  This is mandatory.  If you are unable to make this date we will hold another session the weekend before camp.  You must attend training in order to volunteer with us, I can not stress this enough!  During your training you will be given your role and the duties associated with that role.  We will also be holding the face to face Youth Protection Training during this evening.  This training is also mandatory.  Our goal is to provide a fun but safe environment for our Scouts this summer.  

If you have volunteered for camp but are not a registered adult in Scouting you must register no later than May 25th.  This gives us enough time for your background check to come through.  Remember, we want all Scouts to be safe, these procedures are for the safety of the campers!  

If you are registering your Boy Scout to volunteer they must also attend the training and receive the face to face Youth Protection Training.  

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.  

Best,

Jennifer McCormack

jennifer.g.mccormack@gmail.com

979-777-7108
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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at camp is fun. Many opportunities are available: 

  • Adult partner with a Lion/Tiger Cub
  • Pathfinder
  • Archery range (must be certified)
  • BB gun range (must be certified)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Health and Safety (must be certified)
  • Facilities & Security
  • Scouting skills (teach advancements)
  • Sports and games
  • Tot lot (preschool program)
  • Key staff

Volunteer Options

  • Full-Time Volunteer - will be at camp every day from opening to closing.
  • Job Share Volunteer - two adults split the camp and both adults will ensure coverage for every day from opening to closing.  This counts as one volunteer in the required adult to Scout ratio.
  • Part-Time Volunteer - an adult who volunteers as an area or den leader at camp.
  • Key Staff – Volunteer who has been specifically asked by the camp director to serve as a key staff.

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterThe BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed and all participants must follow youth protection guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • No one-on-one contact between adults and youth members. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Youth Protection Guidelines  Guide to Safe Scouting  Enterprise Risk Management

Standards

Day Camps are operated and licensed under the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America National Camp Standards. Camps are inspected annually by the NCAP team to ensure compliance with the National Camp Accreditation Program (430-056)Day Camp Administrative Guide (13-33815)Cub Scout Outdoor Program Guidelines (510-631), and the Guide to Safe Scouting.

The Texas Department of State Health Services Youth Camp Program is the principal authority on matters relating to health and safety conditions at youth camps in Texas. All youth camps must obtain a license prior to operating. Any youth camp may be inspected during operation to determine compliance with the Youth Camp Safety and Health Act and the Youth Camp Rules.

 

Day Camp Contact

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For questions, contact Camp Director-  Jennifer McCormack at jennifer.g.mccormack@gmail.com or at 979-777-7108.

 Program Director- Gaby Palacios at gabypa2013@gmail.com or at 915-667-5412 

 Camp Secretary- Sandra Giesemann at sandra.giesemann@me.com or at 915-412-4896 

 

Day Camp Representatives by Pack-

Pack 15- Kim Magdaleno-via email at kim_magdaleno@hotmail.com
Pack 29- Christine Padilla-via email at musicmama24@gmail.com 

Pack 72- Jennifer McCormack at jennifer.g.mccormack@gmail.com or at 979-777-7108
Pack 96- Pauline Pechacek-ppaycheck82@gmail.com or at 281-748-7675 

 

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