Hope Kids Camp

Kids Camp 2021

For children entering Kindergarten through entering 5th grade.

Our K-1 department is currently full, please contact kidscamp@sharethehope.org if you are interested.

Welcome families!  We are so happy to announce we will be offering an in-person summer program for your elementary grade children this August. We cannot wait to see your kids on our campus! If you have attended “VBS” in the past, there are a lot of updates.

Hope VBS has been reinvented, starting with the name! We are now Kids Camp.  We’ve added more interactive indoor and outdoor activities without sacrificing our goal of sharing the Gospel message with children each day. All children will be rotating to stations inside and outside the building, staying with their small group and small group leaders throughout the morning. There is a small fee this year. $25/child or $40/family.

Our Thursday night experience will look different as well. On Thursday night, we will host a private Family Fun Night for camp attendees and their families only.  Following Covid guidelines, free family activities will include, Land Inflatable, Indoor Playcenter, Games, a family worship time and opportunities for kids to spend their Bible bucks.  All children will go home on Friday with a Grow bag to continue learning and fun at home.

Kids Camp is one week only for 2021 and space is limited.

Our K-1 Department is currently full.

Please contact kidscamp@sharethehope.org if you are interested.

Dates: August 2 – August 6th

Time:   Drop off:  8:45 drop off begins (times will be assigned)

              Pick up:  12:00 Pick up begins (times will be assigned)

Fee:  $25/child.  $40 Family maximum.  

 All children registered on one form must live at the same address. 

Space is limited in order to accommodate protocols for Covid safety.

Please read carefully. If you still have questions, send them to:  KidsCamp@sharethehope.org

Please allow 24 hours for a response.

What is the grade requirement for Kids Camp?

Children entering Kindergarten through entering 5th grade.  

What if my child is eligible to enter Kindergarten, but attending preschool in 2021/2022?

Unfortunately we need to be consistent and enforce the grade requirement.  Children entering preschool are not eligible for Kids Camp even if they are turning 5 this fall.  

How are the grades organized for camp?

Two grades per range: Entering K/1st; Entering 2nd/3rd; Entering 4th/5th

Is registration required and when will registration open?

Yes.  This is a registration only event; no walk-ins will be allowed.  Registration opens June 1.  Registration & payment is online only. 

How do I register?

The registration & payment link is the green button near the top of this page.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothes for playing both indoor and outdoor.  Rubber sole sneakers or full shoes and socks (for the land inflatable)  are required for camp. 

Is there a charge for Kids Camp?

Yes.  $25 per child/$40 per family maximum for children in the same household.  

Financial policy regarding sick children and refunds:
  • If your child cannot attend the full week of camp due to illness or injury and a doctor’s note is provided, a full refund will be given.
  • A “no show” to camp will not be given a refund or receive prorated fees. 
To be with a friend, can I register my child for a higher or lower age group than their actual grade?  

An older child may register one year lower.  For example, a 2nd grader may register for a K/1 group, a 3rd grader cannot register for a K/1 group.  A child cannot register for a higher grade.  For friends to be together, be sure to register both the same age range and group number. 

How do I register with a friend?

Ask the friend what group they chose or register at the same time and pick the same group as your friend who is within one grade.  Once you’ve submitted your registration no changes can be made.

How will I know what group my child is registered in?

On the registration link, when asked to enter the child’s information, you will be asked to pick a grade range, within that grade range are numbered groups with 16 spots each.  

The Groups will be numbered for ease of registration and are for registration purposes only.  

Can I register friends with my child on the same form?

No.  Only children in the same household can register on one registration form.  

Will I be able to see the names of other children registered when I sign up my child?

No.

What if I need to cancel?

As long as you cancel in writing via email by Sunday July 18th.   

Financial policy regarding sick children and refunds:
  • If your child cannot attend the full week of camp due to illness or injury and a doctor’s note is provided, a full refund will be given.
  • Partial refunds are not given.  Once a child attends the first day of camp, no refunds will be given, even if they are sent home due to illness.
  • A “no show” to camp will not be given a refund or receive prorated fees. 
Hope Church reserves the right to update and edit First Aid and Covid policies as procedures may change based upon information received from the Monroe County Department of Health and NYS Department of Health.
Masking requirements:  
  • As of June 16th the latest NYS guidelines for day camp states that masks are not required. Masks will be optional for all people at Kids Camp for both indoor and outdoor activities. This includes all volunteers, staff and children.
Since children under age 14 are not vaccinated, we will request that campers not be at camp if they have any of the following symptoms as all are potential symptoms of Covid-19:  
  • A temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees
  • feel feverish or have chills
  • cough
  • loss of taste or smell
  • fatigue/feeling of tiredness
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • muscle pains or body aches
  • headaches
  • nasal congestion/runny nose
Will hand sanitizer be used?

Yes, as an extra measure of precaution hand sanitizer will be used at each station.

Illness at Camp

If your child presents with any of the above symptoms during the week of Kids Camp please consult your physician. If your child shows any signs of illness during the camp day the parent/guardian will be contacted for pickup. Please provide a phone number where you can be easily reached during the hours of Kids Camp.

In most cases, medications such as inhalers or Epi-pens will not be accepted at the First Aid station.  We will not be serving a snack on-site so Epi-pens for food allergies will not be necessary.  Epi-pens/inhalers will only be accepted for health conditions such as severe environmental allergies and/or bee sting allergies.

 Will First Aid attendants be on site?

Yes, there will be a First Aid station for minor cuts and bruises.

Can my child bring medication to camp?

Only emergency medication such as an inhaler, or an Epi Pen that is needed for nonfood related emergencies, such as seasonal allergies. Medication must be listed on the registration form. 

Children arriving with medication that was not listed on the registration form will be re-routed to a different check in area, delaying checkin for that family. 

If a staff or child tests positive for Covid-19:

If your child or anyone that has been in contact with Hope Kids Camp tests positive for Covid during the week please call Kellie Hudson at 585-723-4673 ext: 141

For both the staff/volunteers and children attending camp, the local health department will be notified immediately their guidelines will be followed.   All areas will receive additional sanitization.   The Health department will likely initiate contact tracing protocol.  A case of Covid within the camp does not necessarily require the entire camp to close.

Will snacks be served?

Hope will provide each child with a ‘to go’ pre-wrapped allergy/gluten and dairy free snack at the end of the day to take home daily.  No food will be served during camp hours due to the social distancing requirements still in place for children.  Water stations will be available through the campus. 

Will there be security on campus?

We will have Hope volunteers, trained in basic emergency situations, and parking volunteers.  Both groups are there to assist with the overall safety during camp hours.  

Will the building be open during camp hours?

No.  Access to the building will be restricted to Hope staff and volunteers only. Members of the public will not have access. 

Will the indoor Playcenter be open?

Not during camp hours.  But we may open it for family time Thursday night, if we can do so without exceeding capacity. 

What is the procedure for safe drop off pick and pick up? 

This year parents will drop off and pick up their child at assigned areas .  A packet will be mailed to each family explaining the procedures in detail.  A sign will be provided for each family with names and family security code as well as tags for each child. This packet will be mailed one week prior to the start of camp  If you do not receive this packet by July 28th please contact kidscap@sharethehope.org.

What if I am going to carpool with another family?

Please be sure you have all of the check in information, including the window sign for the friend’s car and any tags that belong to those children.  Check in will not be completed without this information.   If you need a second set please make a copy.

Can I pick my child up early?

Only in an emergency.  For the safety of all children on the campus we are asking that children are not picked up early or dropped off late.

What will a typical day include?

A rotation to different activity stations both indoors and outdoors.  The children rotate as a small group with their leaders, throughout the morning.

Will my child stay in the same group each day?

Yes.  All children will stay with the same Small Group and with the same Small Group leaders all week.

How many kids will be in a group?             

16 for K-3rd grade

20 for 4th and 5th grade

How many staff per group?

Two. One Small Group Leader and one assistant. 

What is a Small Group Leader?

A Small Group leader is the mentor, leader and adult in charge of your child’s small group. Small Group Leaders are members of Hope and may be either a junior or senior in High School who is active in youth groups, or adults from our congregation.  

What safety requirements and training are in place for volunteers?
  • All volunteers 18 years and older have a current background check on file.
  • All volunteers working directly with children are up to date on child safety rules and procedures.
  • Each volunteer, including youth leaders under the age of 18, are either a member of Hope or active in youth groups, and have referrals from Hope Ministry leaders and/or Pastors.
  • All volunteers attend a training specifically for the area in which they are serving.