Purpose and Philosophy
PROBE offers a Sports and Leadership Enrichment Program designed to provide elementary school-aged children (4-13) a safe, caring, and well-supervised environment from June 13 through August 3, 2018. Our camp is geared toward preparing for the upcoming school year “outside of basic education” and provides a unique blend of recreation, teamwork, physical fitness and quality leadership enrichment factors to improve confidence and cultivate lifelong learning that will serve as inner resources for building character.
Our measurable outcomes will also include teaching your child basic skills in basketball, cross-country, volleyball and cheer/dance along with quality leadership techniques and standards that they will acquire on a daily basis. They will learn the definition of good sportsmanship which will carry on in life and not just in sports alone.
The PROBE Fitness and Leadership Enrichment Camp is a program that requires the acceptance and approval of its Executive Director for youth to attend, therefore, an interview of potential camper and parent must be conducted prior to acceptance into the program.
Schedule of Operations
The Program will be located at Shady Lane Elementary School which is located at 1444 Shady Lane Rd in Columbus. It is in operation during this summer Monday through Friday from 8 am through 4:15 pm.
Designated staff by direction of the Executive Director oversees day to day operations of the Program. They are available during operation hours.
Your child will get dirty. Please send your child in appropriate clothing and footwear. Children will be involved in sports and fields activities. For your child’s protection from exposure to sun, insect bites, and scratches from sports, the following attire is recommended:
- Shirts with sleeves (exposed shoulders are easily sunburned)
- A separate, lightweight, long-sleeved shirt to pull on over another shirt is also acceptable
- Long pants, or bring a separate pair of long pants to pull on over shorts, or zip off pants/shorts.
- Wear socks and bring extra sturdy footwear. Inappropriate footwear include flip-flops, “jellies”, Crocs, sandals and shoes that can’t get muddy or wet.
Tuition and Fees
There will be an initial non-refundable $20 registration fee for each child. This fee will assist in any miscellaneous cost involved with administrative program development.
Publicly Funded Childcare will be accepted per the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services guidelines for families that qualify. Please be advised that applicants must be participating in an approved, verifiable activity (employment or educational) for which services are needed, in order to qualify and receive Publicly Funded Childcare.
For families that don’t qualify for Publicly Funded Childcare, cost of the camp is $75 per week for the first child and an additional $50 per week for each additional sibling; however, a one-time discounted rate of $275 for the first child and $250 for each additional sibling can be paid prior June 1st and increases to $325 per child up to one week prior to camp start.
Payments must be made by close of business on Friday of each week unless designated by program staff. Tuition or co-pay must be paid by cash or money order, no checks will be accepted. Online payment also may be used for payment. Please see the website CentralOhioCIF.org and go to the donations link in order to process.
Receipts for childcare expenses are available in January upon request.
Students must be picked up by a previously designated adult with proper identification or they will not be released.
Late Pick Up
If a parent/guardian will be late picking up a student, program must be notified. A late fee of $1 per minute per child is assessed (after the first five minutes) for late pick-ups. The charge will be payable upon pick-up of the student. Continual tardiness may result in the child’s dismissal from the program.
Emergency Contact Information
Student’s Emergency Contact Information form MUST be on file before your child can attend the Program. Make sure that the name of any person who may pick up your child is listed. Students will NOT be released to anyone without the expressed consent of the parent or guardian who enrolled the child. Any changes in this information immediately should be reported to the Program.
For the safety of each child, parents/guardians are responsible for PROBE when a child will be absent from the program on a scheduled day. This is extremely important. When a child does not appear at the program, every effort is made to find out the whereabouts of the child.
Because the program staff is hired on the basis of the number of children registered, the Program does not give credit or refunds for absences.
Campers will receive breakfast and lunch provided by the Columbus Department of Recreation & Parks via Columbus City Schools Monday through Friday. it is important to have any food allergies listed on the Camper Information form.
Health and Safety
In the event of an accident, injury, or illness every effort will be made to notify the parents/guardians or designated person indicated on the Camper Information form. If unable to make contact, information provided by the parent/guardian on the form will be followed.
All children must meet local, State, and Ohio Department of Health’s requirements for normal school entry and students’ health forms must be on file.
The program follows health practices and procedures. Children and staff wash their hands after using the restroom, before eating or preparing food, after outdoor play, and as needed to prevent the spread of germs and disease. Surfaces used for food service are cleaned and sanitized before and after eating.
Children who are ill are asked to remain home and will not be allowed to attend the program. If a child develops symptoms of illness, parents will be called to pick up the child. Symptoms include:
- Oral temperature of 100 degrees or above
- Intestinal problems with diarrhea or vomiting
- Any type of undiagnosed rash
- Any type of communicable illness (chicken pox, measles, impetigo, pink eye, )
- Congestion or mucous discharge of the nose
If the program becomes aware that a staff member or child in care has contracted a communicable disease, parents/guardians will be notified in writing of the name of the communicable disease and the symptoms of the disease.
Code of Conduct
Children are expected to display appropriate behavior at all times. To assure the maximum enjoyment of the program by all participants, please review the following guidelines with your child. Your child is expected to:
- Show respect to all participants, staff, and nature.
- Be pleasant to others and refrain from using foul language.
- Refrain from causing harm to self, other participants, and staff.
- Bullying behavior is unacceptable and incidents of bullying should be reported to the Director.
- Use equipment, supplies, and facilities properly.
- Always wear shoes.
- Stay with the group.
- Weapons (including pocket knives), illegal drugs or alcohol use is STRICTLY prohibited*
- Personal sports equipment, animals, pets, electronics, valuables are to be left at home.
All school rules are in effect during the program. In addition, PROBE has specific rules and procedures to keep children safe. The program adheres to positive discipline methods. The following procedure is adhered to if serious and/or continuous disciplinary problems occur:
- Time-out during Program
- Parental conference with on-site Director
- Parental conference with Program Director
- Parent picks up child from program
- Dismissal from program
Medication and Allergies
Medication is administered to students following the policies adopted by the Ohio Department of Education.
Please notify the site director of any allergies your child may have or any restrictions related to the allergies.
A child may be dismissed from the Program for the following reasons:
- If the child does not meet health requirements
- If the parent/guardian fails to follow Program Policies and Procedures consistently
- If a child is having problems adjusting to the program
Periodic practice drills are conducted throughout the summer.
All employees have been screened according to the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Licensing requirements.
PROBE is committed to conducting its programs and activities in the safest manner possible and holds the safety of participants in the highest possible regard. Participants and parents registering their children in programs and activities must recognize, however, that there is an inherent risk of injury when choosing to participate in the PROBE Fitness & Leadership Enrichment Camp to reduce such risks and insists that all participants follow safety rules and instructions which have been designed to protect the participant’s safety.
Please recognize that PROBE does not carry medical accident insurance for injuries sustained in its programs and activities. The cost of such medical expense would make program fees prohibitive. Therefore, each person registering themselves or a family member for a program or activity should review their own health insurance policy for coverage. It must be noted that the absence of health insurance coverage does not make PROBE automatically responsible for the payment of medical expenses. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.