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    2016 SUMMER CAMPS/CLINICS DATES 

    It's Official! The 2016 Camp Registration Forms are below. Please remember registration this year is at our Main Office at 412 Spencer Street, 13204. Please remember to have all the additional waivers with you at the time of registration as well as the concussion waiver -- See you soon!

    We are very excited and pleased with our 2016 summer offerings! As you can imagine there are many moving parts involved in our camp planning and we work hard to ensure everything comes together and minimal changes need to be made - however, this is not something we can guarantee. Aside from adding  additional waivers to a few our camps, we will hi-light any other changes/additions in yellow after our original publish date. So please, check back often before April 1st. Changes/additions made after April 1st, will be posted here and you will receive an email if your child is registered for a camp the changes/additions are occurring at.

    Please be sure to read all of our policies as we have made a few changes this year.  Our main goal continues to be offering a comprehensive range of  safe, fun and affordable camps for everyone. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. Your feedback and solutions are an essential component in our planning.

    Also, please know that every effort is made to provide information that is accurate. However, in the event you find a typo or typos, please be kind and drop us a line.


    CONCUSSION INFORMATION
    As of 2/1/16, there must be a concussion waiver (PDF) on file for all participants to participate in our programs. For more information about our concussion protocol, please click here.


    CAMPER’S CODE OF CONDUCT
    1. Everyone is expected to participate in all planned activities as defined by the camp schedule and be in appropriate dress (sneakers are a must for participation in all camps or activities!)
     2. Obscene and discriminatory language, rough-housing, insubordination and/or put-downs will not be
    tolerated at anytime.
    3. Property of others should be respected at all times.
    4. Items which are of value, unsafe, intrusive, in poor taste, or otherwise objectionable are not
    to be brought to camp.
    Summer camp is meant to be a fun, educational and recreational activity. For the benefit of all
    campers, it is important that children behave appropriately within the summer camps. If it becomes
    necessary to take disciplinary action against a camp participant, the steps that will be followed
    are outlined below:
    1st incident: The camper will receive a verbal warning and an explanation as to why the behavior is
    inappropriate (whenever possible, this will be done in a one-on-one setting removed from other
    campers).
    2nd incident: Staff will determine an appropriate consequence for the camper’s actions (examples
    may include exclusion from participating in an activity). The camper’s parent will be notified of
    their behavior when they arrive to pick up the child or by phone.
    3rd incident: The child will be excused from camp without a tuition refund
    The Summer Camp Staff reserves the right to bar any child from summer camps following a first
    incident in cases of serious behavior problems.Refunds will not be given in these circumstances and may result in omission from additional camps
    you may have registered your child for.


    FULL Camps - Although we try, this page may not always contain the most up-to-date information as to when camps fill and may constantly be changing  if spots become available again due to the nature of our participants busy schedules.


    REGISTRATION  - An individual may submit  registration forms for two (2) households, only, including their own. If the individual submitting the forms is unable to answer questions or sign waivers at the time of registration, the registration form will be considered incomplete and a spot will not be held. Group registrations of any kind will not be accepted. Complete payment is due at the time of registration. Refunds will be issued to the parent/guardian listed and sent to the address used on the registration form. Exceptions will not be made.

    1. Walk-in registration forms will be accepted on a first come, space available basis for City Residents and Non-City Residents, beginning APRIL 1, 2016 through June 20, 2016 at the Syracuse Parks and Recreation Office located at 412 Spencer Street/ Syracuse, NY /13204.
    2. Mailed-In
    registration forms will also be accepted. Same dates and procedures apply for mail-in.  Forms may be mailed to the Syracuse Parks Department: 412 Spencer Street / Syracuse, NY /13204  Attn: Summer Camps

    Confirmations will be e-mailed within one (1) week of submitting a complete registration form. If you do not receive your confirmation please check your junk mail. Please note that only complete registration forms will be processed and camp slots will not be held for incomplete forms or payment. Please, do not wait until the morning of the camp begins if you have questions regarding your acceptance into a camp. Please confirm and address any concerns well in advance so we are able to notify all parties and provide ample time for modifications to be made.
     
    Click Here for the 2016 Camp Registration Form  - as of 2/1/16, there must be a concussion waiver (PDF) on file for all participants to participate in our programs. Please find additional waivers below with the appropriate camp and include them with your registration form at the time of registration.


    WAIT LIST OPPORTUNITIES
    If a program is full and you wish to wait list your child (age-appropriate only) you will have the opportunity to wait list with payment or without payment. Please note, on the first day of registration (April 1), the wait list order for all camps will be a lottery. 

    If you choose to wait list without payment and a spot becomes available, you will receive an email. You will have until the close of business on that day to come in and make the payment. If you do not come in that day, we will move to the next person on the list and you will be taken off the wait list.

    If you choose to wait list with payment, the payment will be processed immediately and will be applied as space becomes available. You will receive an email with a receipt confirmation. Once you have been accepted in camp and an email receipt has been sent, the refund policy does apply. If a spot does not become available, the money will remain on your account unless you request a refund, in writing to youthrefunds@syrgov.net.   


     REFUND POLICY
    All refund requests must be submitted in writing via email to youthrefunds@syrgov.net.  Please indicate REFUND REQUEST in the subject line.
    ∙ Refunds will be honored if requested in writing at 3 weeks prior to the start of camp (15 business days).
    ∙ All refunds will be paid by the City of Syracuse via check made payable to the name on the original registration form, and could take up to 4-6 weeks to receive.
    ∙ Prorated refunds may be given after a program has begun if written medical verification (from your primary physician) is received for injury or illness. A prorated refund will be based on the number of days left in the class upon receipt of your medical verification in our office. If we receive the written medical verification after the end of the class, a refund will be given.

    PLEASE NOTE: If a child is unable to attend a camp and there is a current wait list, we will replace that child with the first person on the wait list. You may not make your own replacements if a child is unable to attend.


    CAMP CANCELLATIONS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER OR EMERGENCIES

    In the event of inclement weather (Heavy rain, thunderstorms, high heat index etc.) camps may be cancelled. We will make this determination by 8:00 a.m. Cancellations will be posted online at http://www.syracuse.ny.us/parks/messageBoard.html. Please remember to check after 8:00 a.m. There will be no refunds or make-up days for inclement weather or emergency cancellations.


    CAMP TRANSPORTATION
    The City will provide free, supervised bus transportation to all full-day camps from the pick-up sites listed below, as space permits.  Pre-registration is required by June 20, 2016 (NO EXCEPTIONS). If a bus roster fills, there will be no more additions allowed to the bus. A child must be listed on the bus roster to ride the bus. Schedules are based on registrations and will be posted online five business days prior to each camp. The schedules can be found at http://www.syracuse.ny.us/parks/messageBoard.html. Please, do not forget to check EACH week. The bus site must remain consistent throughout the summer. We try our best to keep to the times assigned however unforeseen circumstances may result in the bus arriving later or earlier than scheduled. We ask that you have your child to the bus stop 10 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up. We also ask that you be on site 10 minutes prior to the scheduled drop-off. The safety of the children to and from the stops is the responsibility of the parent/guardian so please plan accordingly.   Sites:  Meachem Park (near the tennis courts); Kirk Park Community Center; Skiddy Park Field House; Upper Onondaga Park (at the top of staircase leading down to the pool); Burnet Park (To the right of the Arts & Crafts facility); Westmoreland Community Center (on Westmoreland Ave near the enclosed basketball courts); Wilson Park Community Center; Barry Park Field House; Huntington School; Schiller Park Community Center or McChesney Community Center.             

    If your child will be walking home from camp please send a note to camp listing the dates that he/she will be allowed to walk home.      

     CITY VS. NON-CITY RESIDENTS: City residents are defined as those who live within the boundaries of the Syracuse City School District and pay City taxes. 


     DROP OFF/PICK UP
    Check-In will be no earlier than 9:45 a.m. for full – day camps and 8:45 a.m.. for half-day clinics.  We ask that you stay with your child until that time. Please do not drop your children off any earlier as staff may be busy setting up and not be able to supervise.  Pick- Up will be at 3:00 p.m.. sharp for full-day camps and noon for half-day camps. We ask that you check your child out of camp with a counselor and be prepared to show identification.


    MEDICATION
    Staff are prohibited from administering any medication, including sun block and insect repellent. If your child needs to use these items please do so before coming to camp. Campers may self-administer medication (inhalers, epi-pens, etc.) As needed with doctor and parental permission. Please label all personal items.


    WHAT TO WEAR/BRING
    Our camps are active camps! Please have campers wear comfortable clothing and sneakers (flip flops and open toed sandals are not allowed). Campers may get dirty under certain circumstances; please keep this in mind since fun learning can be a messy process! It’s recommended that you send a change of clothes if there is a chance of light rain in the forecast. Also, please send a   re-usable water bottle for re-filling throughout the day. Campers are responsible for their own belongings. Please make sure everything is well labeled. Please do not send valuable items to camp (ipods, games etc).  Parks staff cannot be responsible for loss or theft.


    LUNCHES
    The City of Syracuse School District is gracious to supply our full-day camps with boxed lunches at no cost which allows us  the opportunity to keep our camps affordable with the option of providing lunches. If your child has any dietary restrictions or preferences we STRONGLY encourage the child bring his/her own lunch from home. Please be mindful that just like the schools, refrigeration will not be available for lunches so we ask that you plan accordingly...microwaves and stoves will also not be available.


     BASKETBALL CAMP
    Open to boys and girls...This long running camp will include daily drills designed to improve a player's skills in the critical aspects of the game: passing, dribbling, shooting, rebounding, and defending. The camp may also feature local basketball greats as guest speakers. 
    Date: August 15 - 19, 2016
    Director:
     Dennis Bardenett
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 8 - 13 years of age
    Site: Clary Middle School (Amidon Drive off of S. Salina Street)
    Lunch: Bag lunches from the Syracuse City School District will be available
    Transportation:
     Yes
    Limit: 80
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90


     'CUSE CHALLENGE COURSE CAMP***NEW*** FULL
    This camp will offer a variety of team-building options that will challenge the campers to engage each other in a unique learning environment. Syracuse University's facilitation staff will work with the group to help them build relationships, establish trust and camaraderie, as they move through a series of activities, designed to take them to the next level, both literally and metaphorically, as they ascend the 'Cuse Challenge. Check out the course here!
    Date: June 27 - July 1, 2016
    Director: Scott Catucci and Lauren Stover
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 10 - 13 years of age
    Site: The Syracuse University Outdoor Education Center and Challenge Course, 600 Skytop Road, South Campus (behind the Inn Complete)
    Lunch: Lunch will not be provided...please send lunch with your child with an ice pack as refrigeration will not be available.
    Transportation: Yes
    Limit: 25
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90
    Additional Waivers Required:  Yes -  Please click here


     ENTERPRISE AMERICA CAMP ***NEW***
    A city built for and run by students, the Enterprise America city experience offers an opportunity to explore careers and what it means to be a citizen. Participants prepare for their future and the world by operating a model city and problem solving real-life situations. They’ll  apply for jobs and develop a business plan with their teammates. They’ll elect a mayor and judge and write city laws. Participants will balance their personal finance accounts, write checks and shop for products made in the city’s businesses. The Enterprise America city experience is  uniquely memorable and encourages a focus on the future and careers. Check it out here!
    Date: July 5 - 8, 2016
    Director: Jessica Straub
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 10 - 13 years of age
    Site: WCNY Building, 415 W. Fayette Street, 13204
    Lunch: Lunch will not be provided...please send lunch with your child with an ice pack as refrigeration will not be available.
    Transportation: Yes
    Limit: 50
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90
    Additional Waiver Required: Yes - Please click here 


    ESF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CAMP- Video
    Join SUNY ESF Science Corps Students and faculty as we go on a week long exploration of our natural urban eco-system. A curriculum of inquiry based learning activities and games will help children to explore, appreciate and learn about many different plants and animals right in their backyard. Field trips will be scheduled during camp hours;Wednesday: Elmwood Park 10:15 am to 2:15 pm/Thursday: Willow Bay at Onondaga Lake Pkwy 10:15 am to 12:15 pm/ Friday: ESF Campus 10:15 am to 2:15 pm...All trips subject to change due to weather.
    Date: July 18 - 22, 2016
    Director: SUNY ESF students/staff
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 10 - 13 years of age
    Site: Onondaga Fire Barn, 500 Summit Ave - Take Glenwood Ave to Summit Ave and you will run right into the building, literally, but please don't :)
    Lunch: Lunch will not be provided...please send a lunch with your child with an ice pack as refrigeration will not be available.
    Transportation: Yes
    Limit: 20
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90


    LACROSSE CAMP
    Your child will learn the fundamentals of  basic passing, checking, and goal tending skills, while developing endurance, coordination and teamwork. Participants should bring their own stick and equipment. We do have a limited amount of equipment available so please indicate what you will need and we will make every effort to meet your needs. Participants may not participate without all necessary equipment. Sign up today as spots will go quick! Please note: If the forecast calls for inclement weather all day, camp will be cancelled and posted on the website listed above by 8:00 a.m. In the event of weather changing after the camp has started for the day we will meet in the ice rink - If weather prohibits us from being outdoors for more than 2 hours, camp will be cancelled and we will begin to call parents to pick up their children. Refunds will not be given in these cases.
    Date: July 5 - 8, 2016
    Director: Marissa Anderson
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 8 - 13 years of age
    Site: Sunnycrest Park
    Lunch: Bag lunches from the Syracuse City School District will be available
    Transportation: Yes
    Limit: 80
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90 
    Equipment Requirements For Boys: Stick, Helmet, Elbow Pads, Shoulder Pads, Gloves, Cleats (Optional), Sneakers (mandatory even with cleats) and water bottle.
    Equipment Requirements For Girls: Stick, goggles and mouth guard.  


    LEGO "AMUSEMENT PARK" CAMP ***NEW***FULL
    Get your ticket to ride at Bricks 4 Kidz® very own Amusement Park! Campers will build a new ride each day, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock. Then they will take what they have learned to design their own thrills and challenges. Motorized models maximize the action and the fun. Each camp day includes carnival-themed games, group challenges, model-building and more.
    Date:  August 1 – 5, 2016
    Director: Maria Moore & Brick 4 Kids Staff
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 10 to 13
    Site: Shopping town Mall; enter by the old Dick’s entrance 
    Lunch: Lunch will not be provided...please send a lunch with your child with an ice pack as refrigeration will not be available.
    Transportation: Yes
    Limit: 20 participants 
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90
    Additional Waiver Required: Yes - Please click here


     1/2 DAY LEGO STOP ANIMATION CAMP ***NEW*** FULL
    Lights, camera, LEGO® action!  Use LEGO® Bricks to tell your story, complete with music, special effects and all your favorite LEGO® minifigure characters!  In this unique and creative camp, students will plan, script, stage, shoot and produce their own mini-movie using Stop Motion Animation.  Working as a team, students will use LEGO® components to build the set and props, then shoot their movie-making software to add special effects, titles, credits and more.  Don’t miss your chance to be a movie producer!
    Date: August 15 – 19, 2016
    Director: Maria Moore & Brick 4 Kids Staff
    Hours: 9:00 am to Noon
    Ages: 10 to 13
    Site: Shopping town Mall; enter by the old Dick’s entrance 
    Transportation: No
    Limit: 18 participants
    Fee: City $25/Non-City $50
    Additional Waiver Required: Yes - Please click here


    MULTI-SPORT CAMP 
    Fill your summer days with our exciting Multi-Sport opportunities. The staff, led by our experts in backyard sports, will organize, educate and supervise soccer, kickball, relay races and much more. This week of summer will give each participant the ability to learn new activities, make friends and simply have fun playing throughout the days. Please note: If the forecast calls for inclement weather all day, camp will be cancelled and posted on the website listed above by 8:00 a.m. In the event of weather changing after the camp has started for the day we will meet in the ice rink - If weather prohibits us from being outdoors for more than 2 hours, camp will be cancelled and we will begin to call parents to pick up their children. Refunds will not be given in these cases.
    Date: July 25 - 29, 2016
    Director: Ultimate Goal Staff
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 8 - 13 years of age
    Site: Burnet Park (Begin and end each day at the old ice rink, by the pool)
    Lunch: Bag lunches from the Syracuse City School District will be available
    Transportation: Yes
    Limit: 80
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90


     M.O.S.T. MUSEUM SCIENCE CAMP - FULL
    Participants between the ages of 10-13 will be given the opportunity to explore multiple realms of science. Get ready to be captivated by the hands on activities that illustrate lessons in physics, chemistry, geology, liquids and space.
    Date: July 25 - 29, 2016
    Director: M.O.S.T. Education Staff
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 10 - 13 years of age
    Site: M.O.S.T., 500 South Franklin
    Lunch: Lunch will not be provided...please send a lunch with your child with an ice pack as refrigeration will not be available.
    Transportation: Yes
    Limit: 25
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90
    Additional Waivers: Yes - Please click here


    PARKS & RECREATION ANIMAL CAMP FULL
     Don’t miss this chance for a “wild” camp experience!  Campers participate in Zoo tours, up close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games and crafts.  Our experienced, enthusiastic staff is dedicated to ensure the best possible experience for your child.  Experience all the Zoo has to offer in this unique opportunity! Hurry, this fun, educational camp will fill quickly
    Date: June 27 - July 1, 2016
    Director: Rosamond Gifford Zoo Educational Staff
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 10-13 years of age
    Site: Rosamond Gifford Zoo
    Lunch: Lunch will not be provided...please send a lunch with your child with an ice pack as refrigeration will not be available.
    Transportation: Yes
    Limit: 30
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90
    Additional Waivers: 
     Yes - Coming Soon!


     ROCK CAMP AT THE RED HOUSE 
    This rock camp is for the beginning musician. This intensive music camp will give students ages 10 to 13 the opportunity to learn musical instruments under the training of some of the most sought after instructors in the CNY area. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of several instruments, while being given the opportunity to collaborate with peers, write original music, develop a band, and prepare a final performance to showcase what they have learned during their time at camp. This is not to be missed!
    Date: August 1 - 5, 2016
    Director: The Red House Educational Staff
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 10 - 13 years of age
    Site: The Red House
    Lunch: Lunch will not be provided...please send a lunch with your child with an ice pack as refrigeration will not be available.
    Transportation: Yes
    Limit: 25
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90  
    Additional Waivers: Yes - Please click here


     SOCCER CAMP
    Open to boys and girls...Players will be introduced to the basic skills of the game, including dribbling, passing, body positioning, goal tending, and more! Coach Fiello and his staff will provide a fun week of skill building and light competition. All participants must wear sneakers to participate. Please note: If the forecast calls for inclement weather all day, camp will be cancelled and posted on the website listed above by 8:00 a.m. In the event of weather changing after the camp has started for the day we will meet in the ice rink - If weather prohibits us from being outdoors for more than 2 hours, camp will be cancelled and we will begin to call parents to pick up their children. Refunds will not be given in these cases.
    Date: July 11 - 15, 2016
    Director: Scott Fiello
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 8 - 13 years of age
    Site: Sunnycrest Park
    Lunch: Bag lunches from the Syracuse City School District will be available
    Transportation: Yes
    Limit: 100
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90


    1/2 DAY SUMMER STAGE CAMP  ***Please note it is 1/2 day this year*** 
     Working in the professional theatre environment of Syracuse Stage, children participating in Summer Stage will spend the week exploring the fun and creativity of theatre through voice work, movement, mask improvisation and acting. Children will develop skills as well as gain an understanding of what it takes to be an actor. Be sure not to miss this one!
    Date: June 27 - July 1, 2016
    Director:
    Syracuse Stage Education staff
    Hours:
    9:00 a.m. - Noon
    Ages:
    10 - 13 years of age
    Site:
    Syracuse Stage
    Transportation:
    No
    Limit:
    25
    Fee:
    City $25/Non-City $50 


     TRACK & FIELD CAMP
    A Summer Camp Favorite! Open to boys and girls...Participants will learn the basic shot put, high jump, and be introduced to drills to improve sprinting, track distance running, and cross country technique. Please note: If the forecast calls for inclement weather all day, camp will be cancelled and posted on the website listed above by 8:00 a.m. In the event of weather changing after the camp has started for the day we will meet in the ice rink - If weather prohibits us from being outdoors for more than 2 hours, camp will be cancelled and we will begin to call parents to pick up their children. Refunds will not be given in these cases.
    Date: July 18 - 22, 2016
    Director: Mike Melfi
    Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages: 8 - 13 years of age
    Site: Sunnycrest Park
    Lunch: Bag lunches from the Syracuse City School District will be available
    Transportation: Yes
    Limit: 50
    Fee: City $40/Non-City $90


    1/2 DAY TENNIS CAMP
    Offered in 3 city neighborhoods, participants will benefit from the instruction of USTA professionals while learning how to properly serve and execute forehand and backhand shots. Instructors will also teach agility and footwork patterns necessary to cover the court. Please note that this a 1/2 day camp -- lunch and transportation will not be provided. Please note: If the forecast calls for inclement weather all day, camp will be cancelled and posted on the website listed above by 8:00 a.m. In the event of weather changing after the camp has started for the day we will meet in the ice rinks at Sunnycrest and Meachem and the field house at Barry Park.  Parents will be called to pick up their children. Refunds will not be given in these cases.
    Session I: July 11 - 15, 2016 at Sunnycrest Park
    Session II: July 18 - 22, 2016 at Barry Park * Limit: 15 
    Session III: July 25 - 29, 2016 at Meachem park
    Session IV: August 1 - 5, 2016 at Sunnycrest Park
    Session V: August 8 - 12, 2016 at Sunnycrest Park
    Director: CNY Tennis Association
    Hours: 9 a.m. - Noon
    Ages: 8 - 13 years of age
    Site: Various sites depending on the date
    Transportation: No
    Limit: *25 per session unless otherwise noted
    Fee: City $25/Non-City $50

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