Check List for Planning an Orthodox Summer Youth Camp

Introduction    

     
  • Clarify   Your Goal
     
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  • Receive   Appropriate Blessings

Pre-Camp   Work

     
  • Recruit   Mandatory Staff
     
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  •   Camp Director
     
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  • Registered   Nurse, Doctor, EMT
     
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  • Certified   Lifeguard who is also certified in First Aid
     
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  • Two   Adult Counselors for each group
     
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  •   Recruit Additional Staff
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  • Games/Sports   Coordinator
     
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  • Crafts   Coordinator
     
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  • Christian   Education Session Coordinator

Meet   with Staff

     
  • Clarify   program goal
     
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  • Clarify   task descriptions
     
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  • Reinforce   chain of command

Facilities  

     
  • Do   you need to rent a facility?
     
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  • Start   looking at least a year ahead of time
     
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  • Facility   meets all your program needs

Food  

     
  • Cater   or Cook?
     
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  • Is   the program during Lenten period?

Campers  

     
  • Applications  
     
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  • Scholarships  
     
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  • Publicity:   Flyers and Newspaper Articles
     
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  • Program   Basics
     
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  • Have   Typed Schedule Ready
     
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  • Worship   Services
     
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  • Free   time

Camp   Time / At Camp / First Day

     
  • Have   Staff Arrive Early
     
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  • Registration  
     
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  • Put   someone in charge other than yourself
     
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  • Have   activities for campers to do in cabins after they register
     
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  • First   Activity/Orientation
     
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  • Worship/   Prayer Service
     
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  • Orientation   - Keep it short and creative
     
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  • Fun   Camp-wide game/activity

Emergencies  

     
  • Contact   Local Emergency Services Ahead of Time
     
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  • Create   Contingency Plans
     
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  • Assign   Staff to Handle Various Tasks
     
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  • Determine   Signal to Alert Camp of Emergency
     
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  • Post   Emergency Phone Numbers in Conspicuous Areas

Injuries  

     
  • Keep   camper insurance forms at hand
     
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  • Call   emergency services
     
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  • Call   parents

Post   Camp

     
  • Evaluation   Meeting With Staff
     
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  • Get   Dates for Next Year
     
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  • Get   a Good Rest