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Camp Helping Hands
Thousand Oaks, California

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805-244-5071
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California Lutheran University
60 West Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, California 91360

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WINTER (OFF-SEASON) OFFICE ADDRESS:
2060-D Avenida de los Arboles #119
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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CAMPER AGES: 6-14

TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Weekdays 9am- 3pm with extended care options available.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Camp Helping Hands is a service-learning summer day camp for kids ages 6-14. Campers learn that they can give back their community - and have fun doing it!

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Special needs campers attend our camp, although we do not have a special program outside of what we offer. We do have trained staff in the area of special needs education.

CAMP INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED:
Swimming, Academics, Travel, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: Camp Helping Hands (CHH) leases space from universities and other institutions that offer the facility space and requirements needed to run our program.

Currently, we care located at California Lutheran University (CLU) is sunny Thousand Oaks, California. The campus is quaint, quiet and serene. With lots of green space and swimming pools, CHH campers have plenty of room to play and have fun in between doing service projects and field trips.

CAMP FACILITIES: CLU offers a swimming pool, large classroom space for indoor projects, open green space for sports and games, and easy access from the freeway.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Camp Helping Hands is a service-learning camp for young children. Service-learning is often confused with community service, but they are different. While volunteerism and community service are components of the service-learning education model, service-learning emphasizes both service and learning and requires participants to use their knowledge and skills to address real-life needs in their own communities. At Camp Helping Hands, campers will achieve this goal by following the four phases of the service-learning process: investigation, planning, taking action, and reflection. When led through this collaborative process, students share and invest their ideas and skills and feel truly committed to the project and to making a difference.

Camp Helping Hands Summer Camps are offered in multiple locations throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties and provide a fun and safe place for children ages 6 through 14 where they enjoy sports activities, games, swimming, arts and crafts, music, and more. But the real mission behind CHH is showing kids how they can make a difference and have fun doing it. Through engaging inquiry-based lessons and weekly service field trip expeditions, our campers learn leadership skills, develop compassion, and grow confident as they address real-world problems by taking action in their community.

Camp Helping Hands Summer Camps are three-week programs that provide fun and educational service-learning opportunities within several different segments of your community. Each summer program has an overarching theme, and each week of programming supports that theme. For CHH campers to receive the full benefits of service-learning, it is important to embrace this three-week approach, though one and two-week options are available. In addition to each week's service projects and field trips, CHH campers also swim, play sports activities and games, sing songs, do arts and craft projects, and much more.

CHH places campers according to age into four age groups: Junior Helpers (6 and 7), Young Advocates (8 and 9), Super Agents (10 and 11), and Chief Aides (12 and 13/14). Each group contains 15 to 17 campers and is led by three counselors who guide them through age-appropriate activities. Chief Aides, our oldest age group, are counselors-in-training (CIT's). In addition to participating in camp activities like our younger campers, they assist team counselors and camp administration with tasks as needed.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: The Camp Helping Hands Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is designed for teens 12 and 13 years old and 14- year-olds entering their freshman year of high school. Camp Helping Hands CITs gain new skills as they learn what it is like to work at camp while still participating in fun camp activities.

Registration rates are reduced for CITs, since half of their time is spent helping staff and administration.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Currently no scholarships or aid is offered, though we plan to offer scholarships in the future.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Camp Helping Hands (CHH) began as a summer camp project and has become the premier service-learning summer camp for young children serving the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas. Today, CHH also offers Family Days, a one-day service program designed for parents who wish to serve alongside their children; Holiday Camps, one-week day camps that provide a glimpse of our summer program and occur during school winter and spring breaks; and Host A Camp, an opportunity to license and operate a CHH summer camp in your community.

OTHER CAMP INFO: We are planning to expand to other locations in California and other states. If you are interested in running a Camp Helping Hands we offer affordable licensing options.

CAMP SESSION DATES & FEES:
Session dates and fees vary depending on location and selected package options. For more information about dates and rates, please visit: Our Camp Website Link: www.camphelpinghands.com.

10% OFF when you use the Early Bird Promo Code: 10CHH2016 (ex 1/31/2016)

SUMMER CAMP JOBS:
Staff: Team Counselors

Camp Helping Hands looks for qualified adults (18 and up) to fill our paid staff positions. Some of our paid positions are administrative, but mostly we seek to staff our Team Counselor positions. We will begin accepting applications for Team Counselor positions for the 2014 Summer Camp program in January 2014. Team counselors must be 18 years of age and/or have completed one year of college. Please read all of the information before submitting your application.

Volunteer: Junior Counselors

Take a chance to stand out among the rest and have a great time doing it. Volunteering as a Junior Counselor or as an administrative assistant at Camp Helping Hands is a great way to fulfill the community service requirements you need for college entrance. Plus, you’ll make great friends and have a blast all while you learn new skills and become an active member in your community.

We will begin accepting applications for Junior Counselor positions for the 2014 Summer Camp program in January 2014. Please read all of the information before submitting your application. Teen volunteers must have completed their freshman year of high school.

For more information about employment, please visit: Our Camp Website Link: www.camphelpinghands.com.


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