Rookie Camp

June 11 – August 7, 2014

Nine fun filled weeks to keep your kids active during the holidays. Ages: 3.5 – 5.5
Brentwood Science Magnet School, 740 Gretna Green (between Montana and San Vicente), Los Angeles, 90049

Rookie Camp is a blast! The natural outgrowth of both our long-running year-round classes and the early success of Summer of Fun, it is intended as a transition from pre-school and kindergarten to frontiers beyond. We’ve imbued “Rookies” with the familiar (story time, face painting) and the new (sports instruction, activity choices), sprinkled in an enviable camper-counselor ratio (4:1) and vigorously stirred in an ample helping of fun.

1:00 or 3:30, That Is The Question…

Whichever time you choose, know that your child will be with us for lunch, which is at noon. It has been our experience that many campers who begin the summer leaving right after lunch are soon ready to stay longer and take advantage of the afternoon’s wild and wacky activities. With our flexible pick-up times the change is easy to accommodate.

The Rookie Day

At morning drop-off all children will need to be signed in. If you yourself are not picking up at the end of the day, make sure that we have the name of the intended chauffeur on the sign-in sheet. The first day, you will receive two camp t-shirts. And then, moving down the table, if you are taking advantage of our hot lunch program, your camper will be given a colorful wrist band. It’s not quite like the collection garnered at waterslides at Hawaiian hotels, but we’ve had several kids who after a few weeks had wristbands running all the way up to their elbows!

Most kids will then race off with their friends or join our staff in games, puzzles or pre-camp coloring. Inevitably there will be some whimpering and clawing of mommy thighs by hesitant participants but this is completely normal. School psychologists around the world earn their keep by advocating a gentle but timely departure and to that end we have the best corps of transition coaches in town. Pete, Rachel and Emily could dislodge a clinging bear cub from his mommy. They’re magic.

Once everyone is settled we divide our charges into groups (friends most certainly can stay with friends) and set off on the day’s adventures. Soccer, baseball, hockey, basketball, football, rugby, gymnastics, tag, relays, go-carts, parachutes, miniature golf …the list goes on. Fun is our number one consideration, participation is always more important than the score and for these young campers, teaching the skills of sports and games that are invariably new to them will make them more willing and confident athletes as they get older.

Snack time tumbles into story time and our daily arts and crafts project. After lunch (for the 3:30 pick-up Rookies) we embark upon our themed activity of the day (Stalking the mysterious Sigafoos X, Star Wars scavenger hunt, American Idol talent show) and then finish up with our water play and ice cream. When you show up to collect your kids they will be happy, exhausted, filthy, probably drenched and wearing a smile that will last until bedtime.

Coaches Pete and Rachel will again preside over the program. Legendary Coach Cooper will also be along for the ride. Most of the kids coming to camp know Cooper and Pete from classes and not one has ever uttered a discouraging word about their warmth, humor and skill. Those who don’t know Pete yet will be instantly enthralled by his indecipherable British accent and welcoming vibe. Cooper is an Indianapolis native and diehard Colts’ fan. Tell him blue is your favorite color and he’ll be your best friend for life. We’re lucky to be getting Tulane junior Rachel back for another summer; her connection with the campers is nothing short of magical. I could recite the resumes of the rest of our fabulous coaches but I’ll let your kids do that for you as they chatter excitedly all the way home from camp.
The bottom line is that Rookie Camp will be even better than ever – if that’s possible. A stimulating environment with a superior and familiar staff will certainly add up to the summer of your kids’ lives.

2014 DATES, RATES AND REGISTRATION

Summer of Fun and Rookie Camp will be held from Wednesday, June 11 – Thursday, August 7.  There will be NO camp on Friday, July 4th.

The Summer of Fun camp day runs from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Rookie Camp also begins at 9:30.  But you may pick your child up at either 1:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. You can register in advance for the release time you would like or you can choose when you arrive at camp in morning.

RATES

Summer of Fun costs $75/day.

Rookie Camp is $55/day for 1:00 p.m. pickup or $75/day for 3:30 pickup.

You may register for one day, 40 days or any number in between.

Hot lunch is available (see our menu) for a daily fee of $7.

A $250 deposit per child is required with the application.  The deposit will be applied against your total registration.  Enrollment is taken on a first come, first served basis. You will receive confirmation by e-mail when your child is enrolled.

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

EARLY BIRD ENROLLMENT

If you register and PAY IN FULL BY APRIL 30th, you will qualify for the 10% Early Bird Enrollment SAVINGS!!  If you register your child AFTER April 30th regular prices will apply.

SIBLING DISCOUNTS

Additional children in the same family receive a 5% Sibling Discount. The discount is offered on the smallest enrollment and tuition is not discounted for the first camper in the family.

10 DAY DROP-IN PACKAGE

Sign up for this package and come to any 10 days of camp.  Decide in advance or arrive on a whim.  Only one package per child.  Package must be paid in full at time of registration
Summer of Fun – $700
Rookie Camp – $520 (1 p.m. pickup).  $20/day additional till 3:30 p.m.

Availability:  Limited.

Restrictions:  No Early Bird Discount.  5% Sibling Discount applicable.  One package per camper.  Package must be used by purchased camper only.  No exchanges or trades to family members or friends.  No refunds or credits.  Package is for summer of 2013 only.

15 DAY DROP-IN PACKAGE

Sign up for this package and come to any 15 days of camp.  Decide in advance or arrive on a whim.  Package must be paid in full at time of registration.
Summer of Fun – $1020
Rookie Camp – $755 (1 p.m. pickup).  $20/day additional till 3:30 p.m.

Availability:  Limited.

Restrictions:  No Early Bird Discount.  5% Sibling Discount applicable.  One package per camper.  Package must be used by purchased camper only.  No exchanges or trades to family members or friends.  No refunds or credits.  Package is for summer of 2013 only.

SCHEDULE CHANGES, ABSENCES AND MAKE-UP DAYS

We recognize that for many families scheduling summer activities has become a puzzle with many interlocking pieces.  We are committed to helping you find the solution that works for you. If you want to change or add days just go to the website, log in and edit your account (see SCHEDULE CHANGE instructions).  If you would like us to do it, that’s fine.

Flexibility has always been our middle name. But courtesy is a two-way street.

FOR LAST MINUTE CHANGES AND ABSENCES WE ASK THAT YOU CALL OR EMAIL US NO LATER THAN 9 A.M. OF THE DAY IN QUESTION.

IF YOU DON’T CONTACT US BY 9 A.M. WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SCHEDULE A MAKE-UP.

REFUND POLICY

Prior to June 1st all fees are refundable. After June 1st and before the first day of camp, all fees will be refunded minus the $250.00 Per Child Deposit. After the start of camp, given adequate notice, we will work with you to come up with a fair and equitable resolution. With no notice, there’s nothing we can do.