Three reasons that makes our camp fun for all ages...
Discover a summer of excitement, enrichment, and entertainment! West Valley offers morning, afternoon, and full-day camp options available each week throughout the summer. You choose any days and week and tuition will be based on the number of days scheduled.
During the morning session, campers rotate between indoor and outdoor activities including traditional summer camp activities, allowing campers to build confidence, individual skill, and team fun.
Afternoon camp is jam-packed with activities like flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, ping pong, board games, swimming, and special assemblies.
One or two days per week are filled with special events and field trips designed to keep your child active and engaged.
Middle School aged students have extra privileges that include field trips on Tuesdays. Participating students will bring $15 for the trip (for food/snacks like on the other excursion days). MS trips will include the movie theater, beach trips, a scavenger hunt at the mall, and more.
Each week of camp is unique, keeping camp fresh all summer long. Camp supervision of campers - On campus has ratio of 1 adult:12 campers. Off campus field trips has supervision ratio of 1 adult : 4 campers.
In addition to day camp, we offer summer school (math and Language arts) and ESL.
Counselor guidelines with camper games:
- Participate with your campers. Campers will be most likely to play a game if you are actively participating. Enjoy yourself and be part of the group, but be cautious not to play at skill levels above your campers that make the game unfair or dangerous.
- Facilitate equal playing action for all participants. Be very mindful of how many times a camper has (ie) received the frisbee, or been chosen as captain. Quite often, less active campers are left on the sidelines while more athletic or outgoing children dominate the game. If you are playing any activity, find a way to keep activities moving and changing to give everyone equal quality playing time. This same principle applies to sports-minded children who may be uncomfortable playing dramatic games.
- Keeping score is not always important! You'll quickly find that by simply not keeping score, many games become more fun. Whenever possible, try to limit the focus on "winning" or "losing" and concentrate more on having fun, and staying active. This is not to say that you should never keep score - it's simply not always important...
- Re-invent any activity by changing the rules.Any game can be adapted to make it more interesting. Here are several adaptations of kickball as an example: Run the bases backwards, run them in reverse order, give all infielders water balloons to use to throw players out instead of the ball, hit the ball with a bat, use a beach ball, or have entire sides kick before rotating instead of having traditional outs.
- Learn games at all physical activity levels. Every group is different, and every day is different as well. Good counselors have a bag a tricks for the various personalities or weather conditions that they come across.
- Always, Always, Always encourage teamwork, fairplay, and sportsmanship! Set the tone right away - games are meant to be fun and should reflect the values of your camp. Set ground rules for physical or less active games alike, such as, "Only positive comments," or "No name-calling."
- Always stop the game while you're still having fun Campers will always want to return to a game that was stopped that they were enjoying. If you play a game until everyone is dropping out or arguing, that's how they will remember it.
- Let children lead games. Give campers an opportunity to be the group leader, explain the rules, choose captains, set boundaries, and arbitrate arguments. It helps build leadership skills, independence, and self-esteem.