Children’s Physical Activity Camp

  • About Camp

    The Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Children’s Health and Physical Activity Camp is a developmentally appropriate activity program for children between the ages of five and 12. Each child will be involved in group and individual activities designed to promote health-related physical fitness, skill development, safety, and general physical and social growth. Camp participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a learn-to-swim program throughout the summer.

    The camp is run by a faculty member within the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science and undergraduate student counselors from various educational backgrounds. Guest instructors from the MEd Health and Physical Education: K-12 Teacher Certification program will also be present throughout the summer as part of their program requirements.

    Children’s Health and Physical Activity Camp

    Summer 2019 Dates

    • Camp Session I: (two weeks)
      Monday, June 10–Friday, June 21
    • Camp Session II: (two weeks)
      Monday, June 24–Friday, July 5
      —Camp will not meet Thursday, July 4
    • Camp Session III: (two weeks)
      Monday, July 8–Friday, July 19 
    • Camp Session IV: (two weeks)
      Monday, July 22–Friday, August 2
    • Camp Session V: (two weeks)
      Monday, August 5–Friday, August 16
    Daily Tentative Schedule
    7:00–8:00 a.m. Drop-off in Zink 203 (parent/guardian must be present)
    Morning movie/board games
    8:00–9:00 a.m. Craft
    9:00 a.m. Physical activity #1
    9:30 a.m. Physical activity #2
    10:00 a.m. Physical activity #3
    10:30 a.m. Snack (provided by parent/guardian)
    11:00 a.m.–Noon Pool (swimsuit and towel provided by parent/guardian)
    Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided by parent/guardian)
    1:00 p.m. Physical activity #4
    1:30 p.m. Physical activity #5
    2:00–3:00 p.m. Supervised free time
    3:00–4:00 p.m. Afternoon movie/board games

    "Whole Child" Approach

    The KHSS Children’s Health and Physical Activity Camp has been designed by the camp directors to promote the physical, social, and intellectual wellness of its campers by creating opportunities for camp participants to engage in a number of group activities throughout the day, week, and summer. Activities that are completed over the summer may include, but are not limited to:

    • Low-organized games
    • Team building games
    • Learn-to-swim programming
    • Modified sports
    • Backyard games
    • Skills based health lessons
    • Board games, puzzles, and/or crafts
    • Developmentally appropriate movies/TV shows

    Low Counselor-to-Camper Ratio

    Please note that the KHSS Children’s Health and Physical Activity Camp attempts to maintain a ≤ 1:5 counselor-to-camper ratio during all physical activity experiences. It is also our goal to provide enough staff so that no individual camper is alone with just one adult counselor. Throughout all camp hours, counselors of both male and female genders are assigned.

    Trained Staff

    All counselors, graduate students, and faculty members who are involved with the Children’s Health and Physical Activity Camp participate in annual training before the start of the summer, immediately preceding the beginning of camp. This training includes specific information in regards to:

    • Clearances and background checks as they relate to Acts 34, 114, and 151, and completion of a protection of minors training course.
    • Emergency Action Plan
    • Injury/illness reporting protocol
    • Code of conduct for participants and staff
    • Documentation of conduct issues
    • Obligations and procedures related to child abuse reporting and documentation
    • Best practices for direct contact with minors
    • Camp rules, policies, and procedures

    Registration

    To obtain a booklet with all camp details and registration form, select the link below or please contact the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science at 724-357-2770 or by email to Michael Kostick at m.d.kostick@iup.edu.

    Please note that camp enrollment is limited. Registration is on a first-come basis.

    Download the registration form and the booklet.

    Please follow this link to complete the payment registration for the Children’s Health and Physical Activity Camp.

    Assumptions of Risk

    Participation in any physical activity carries with it certain inherent risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries. Although in most cases these injuries are limited to non-life-threatening soft tissue injury, more serious conditions can occur and may include (but are not limited to): cardiac emergency, head/brain injury, skeletal injuries including fractures and joint dislocations, environmental emergencies, allergic reactions, etc.

    Medical/Emergency Information

    Each family will be asked to complete a detailed registration document that outlines emergency contact information and medical history information in an attempt to make sure that all camp staff have this information available should a need arise. This information will be compiled and disseminated under the direction of the camp director(s) and be made available as necessary in order to provide the best care for all campers. All protected information will be deleted/destroyed annually at the conclusion of the camp program.

    Immediate Medical Care

    Parents/guardians will be asked to approve their child’s participation in the KHSS Children’s Health and Physical Activity Camp and certify that he/she is in good health and able to participate in all camp activities. Parents/guardians need to understand that every effort will be made to make their child's experience a safe, fun, and enjoyable one; however, with any type of physical activity there are always risks such as muscular soreness, sprains, strains, and, in rare cases, other, more serious medical problems. If medical attention is required for illness or injury while attending camp, parents/guardians will need to permit camp staff to refer their child for consultation to any licensed medical specialist or Indiana Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room, should the need arise, and also allow KHSS CHAPAC camp staff to accompany the child to such location. Parents/guardians will need to understand that all efforts will be made by the camp staff to contact them immediately should injury or illness occur and that any and all costs of care would be the responsibility of the parents/guardians.

    Medical Insurance

    Please be advised that the KHSS CHAPAC does not provide medical insurance for campers. In the event of illness or injury requiring treatment, hospitalization, and/or surgery, the family’s medical insurance must be used. First aid and medical emergency care will be provided by first responders trained and certified by the American Red Cross. In the event that advanced emergency medical care is needed, referral will be made to the Indiana Regional Medical Center.

    Incident Reporting

    All incidents (injury/illness, mandatory reporting, discipline, etc.) will be documented using the camp incident report form, which will be filed with both the camp director(s), KHSS Department, and University Police. If necessary, forms may also be filed with the College of Health and Human Services office, IUP’s Title IX office, or the office of Child/Youth Services.

    Transportation

    Under no circumstances will KHSS CHAPAC staff transport a camp participant. In emergency situations, EMS will be contacted. Daily transportation of campers to and from camp will be the responsibility of the participants’ family, friends, etc.

    Camp Dismissal/Visitation

    Camp participants will only be released to adults as approved by their parents/guardians. Should parents/guardians or other adults wish to visit campers throughout camp hours, they may only do so in locations designated as camp settings and in the attendance of camp personnel.

    Photograph/Video Release

    Occasionally, photographs and/or videotape footage of camp activities may be taken during the course of the summer. These photographs and/or videotape footage will be used for educational and promotional purposes related to the mission of the KHSS Department. Parents/guardians will be asked to provide consent to and authorize the use of any and all photographs and videotape footage that has been taken of their child during camp activity for the reasons specified above. Please understand that IUP or the KHSS Department is under no obligation to compensate parents/guardians or campers should these items be used as specified.