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Signs Of Hope Camp
August 7, 2022 - August 10, 2022
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”10813″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Signs of Hope Camp is an overnight summer camp at Mission Springs’ Frontier Ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains for foster children 7-11 years of age. Our faith-based program emphasizes wholesome exercise and the building of positive memories. Each day will include a host of exciting activities including swimming, ropes courses, bible club activities, and much more, with a very low ratio of campers to counselors. Children will be encouraged at every turn to exhibit good attitudes toward their family and peers while having as much fun as possible!
Camp is free to foster children residing in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the surrounding areas as volunteer counselors raise each child’s camp fees. A social worker consent form is required to be filled out. Please be sure to check your child’s 2021-2022 School Calendar to ensure the dates do not conflict![/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]
How to sign up your child to attend:
- Submit a Camper Application for each child you wish to sign up for Signs Of Hope Camp.
- You will be sent an automated email confirming your camper application submission including a copy of the signed waiver.
- Your social worker (if applicable) will also be sent an email asking them to fill out the social worker release and waiver. Help One Child will follow up with you and the social worker to ensure the application is complete.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion active_section=”1″ title=”Frequently Asked Questions”][vc_tta_section title=”Is this a faith-based camp?” tab_id=”1582241459537-baaf6fa9-be02″][vc_column_text]Signs of Hope Camp is a program of Help One Child hosted at Mission Springs’ Frontier Ranch, both of which are Christian organizations, however, no child will be excluded due to religious preferences.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Do I need permission from my social worker?” tab_id=”1582241459537-a119521e-38bb”][vc_column_text]Yes! Upon submitting your camper’s application, your social worker will receive an automatic email prompting them to fill out the consent form. Judy will follow up with the social worker in a timley manner to ensure the consent form is filled out, completiing your campers application.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”What does my child need to bring?” tab_id=”1582241894590-25df208b-8034″][vc_column_text]Your child will need to be prepared for the warm summer days as well as the chilly nights in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Please be sure to pack good outdoor closed-toed shoes and a warm sleeping bag. Download the What To Bring Checklist to ensure that your child is well equipped for camp.
Every year we partner with churches in the community to provide a camper welcome bag to each and every camper. This drawstring backpack consists of all new items: warm PJ’s, a swimsuit, towel, sweatshirt, and a camp t-shirt.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”How much does camp cost?” tab_id=”1582241895961-8ac6f3db-c5d8″][vc_column_text]The entire program costs roughly $60,000. Thanks to the generosity of our counselors and supporters, camp is FREE for all campers to attend. If you would like to donate to your camper’s scholarship fund or ask your church to partner in scholarshiping campers please donate on behalf of Signs Of Hope Camp.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Does my child have to be there the whole time, or can they come for just a few days?” tab_id=”1582246624657-1b4bc437-dbd7″][vc_column_text]Signs of Hope Camp is a week-long, overnight camp. We try our best to provide the caregivers with the full amount of respite possible. We also focus on building trust and community within the campers and that is best done if the children stay the entire time.
We also reserve the right to send campers home if they are sick or putting other campers at risk during their stay. Sending campers home is our last resort, but in order to keep Signs of Hope Camp a safe and comfortable place, we have a zero fighting policy. Fighting will result in a phone call to the caregiver and the removal of the camper.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”What if my child has special needs?” tab_id=”1582247108381-dd932ae5-0799″][vc_column_text]We ask that you provide as much description and detail on the camper application as possible. Please contact Judy Holmes directly to explain the nature of your child’s needs and we will work with you to determine proper accommodation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Can I meet the Help One Child staff in advance?” tab_id=”1582247187616-15a1f17e-999c”][vc_column_text]Yes! We invite you to participate in any of our other programs before camp to meet our staff and some of our volunteers. Many of our staff are working remotely but call the office to see if you can schedule a visit to meet staff.
We also encourage you and your kiddos to attend the camp reunion on August 22, 2021, to meet the counselors, staff, and volunteers who made camp possible![/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Is transportation provided?” tab_id=”1582247324240-d7cd134a-9cf7″][vc_column_text]Traditionally, we provide a chartered bus for the campers to and from camp. This year, due to COVID restrictions, we will be unable to provide transportation to and from camp. You will be responsible for getting your child(ren) to camp on Monday between 2:00-3:30, and picking them up on Friday between 10:00 am-11:00 am.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”COVID Related” tab_id=”1620750962679-a2cf8126-66b5″][vc_column_text]Help One Child and Mission Springs staff are committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for our campers, families, and staff. We have established COVID-19 protocols and guidelines based on Santa Cruz County and CDC guidelines.
- Proof of vaccination or a negative covid test upon arrival
- A high frequency and level of sanitation procedures – handwashing, cabin cleaning, etc.
- A streamlined process for camper drop-off/pick-up
It is still too early to tell what detailed masking and health screening protocols will be for summer. As we all know, much can change in a short period of time. We will continue to keep you updated on any covid-19 health and safety protocols as summer gets closer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
For more information, please contact:
Judy Holmes, Director of Support Services