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Summer Camp Handbook
The Summer 2017 Camp Handbook is now available.
The Summer 2017 Camp Handbook contains information about all of our summer camp programs this year. Camps included are: Arts & Crafts Camp, Band and Strings, Basketball Camp, Camp Putah, Dog Days of Summer, Gymnastics and Dance Camp, Fresh-i Media Camps, Gymnastics & Dance Camps, Horse Camp, Jr. Lifeguard Camp, Kids in the Kitchen, Kinder Camp, Mad Science Camps, PM Kids Club, Progressive Skills Horse Camp, Rainbow Summer, Rock Band Camp, Skate Camp, Skyhawks, Summer Quest, Trekkers, Volunteer Camps, and Voyagers.
NEW! Digital Permission Slips
This year, the City of Davis Parks and Community Services Department will be using a software called ePACT Network. This is an easy-to-use system that replaces our old paper emergency and medical forms. In the past, we’ve asked you to submit paper forms for each session your child was participating in, but no more! With ePACT, you only need to do it once. If something changes, update your ePACT record and rest assured that we receive the update automatically. Each camp is equipped with a tablet that has access to the ePACT forms at a moment’s notice.
By using ePACT, the City of Davis easily collects, manages, and accesses this info when we need it so that we can better support all our campers in any situation, from illness to evacuation. Information is easy to access when it’s needed and it’s quicker for our team to manage data and report on specific medical concerns, such as allergies or asthma, meaning we can be better prepared for any emergency! ePACT is HIPAA compliant, so you know your families’ information is always secure. You can log into your family account and make any changes, and we’ll be alerted right away.
Expect an invite to create your account for the Summer season in early June. This needs to be completed BEFORE your child attends camp. Specific program schedules are either provided in this handbook or will be distributed at the program.
Check out the Summer Recreation Guide for a list of camps!
Looking for a full day program? If you need care for your child after camp ends, check out PM Kids Club! The City of Davis offers an extended day program for children registered in many summer camp programs.
Camps that are not located at Community Park will be transported safely by our experienced staff via bus or bike to PM Kids Club.
Established in 1971, Camp Putah is still going strong! This unique outdoor camp consists of traditional activities such as archery, canoeing, hiking, biking, tie-dye, crafts, and nature education portion. In addition, all campers will rock climb at Rocknasium, swim at Arroyo Pool, participate in campfire activities and campout on Thursday night! Parents are invited to camp on Thursday evening to watch skits and songs performed by their camper.
Campers meet with their bike at the south end of Central Park, 3rd and C Streets (under the Farmers Market awnings). The camp site is located behind the UCD Airport at Hopkins and Levee Roads. Each participant is required to wear a camp shirt on Thursday, which is also good for tie-dying. Campers are grouped by age. Camp shirts cost $12 and can be purchased at the Parks and Community Services office or at camp check in. For those signed up for PM Kids Club at Community Park, Camp Putah staff will supervise campers until PM Kids Club opens at 3pm. Bikes are required for this camp.
Entering grades 2-7
Camp meets and ends at Central Park
Family Camp Putah-NEW Summer 2017!
This summer, Camp Putah isn't just for kids, but for families too! We are excited to introduce Family Camp Putah! It combines the highlights of the week into one day plus the overnight fun as well! Families will meet at the Riparian Reserve and will rotate through the favorites of archery, canoeing, tie-dye before practicing their skit, dinner, and don't forget the s'mores and night hikes! Families will sleep under the stars (or in your tent!) and enjoy a classic Putah breakfast and closing ceremonies to wrap up the weekend! Check out our Family Putah FAQ sheet for more details!
$132 for family of four, $30 per additional family member
July 1-2 & August 5-6
Camp Putah Volunteer Program
Volunteers learn leadership and teamwork skills, counselor skills, and the day to day procedures of Camp Putah. Volunteers will receive camp-specific training and get a learn-by-doing experience. Each volunteer will work two consecutive weeks and must be available during camp hours (M-W 8:00 am-2:00 pm, Thursday 8:00 am-Friday 12:00 noon).
Potential volunteers must complete a Camp Putah Volunteer Application and sign up for a group interview. Both these steps are required to be considered for a volunteer position. The program fee is payable once the volunteer has been accepted into the program. Applications and interview signups are due Wednesday, April 5 by 5:00pm.
Dog Days of Summer
This camp introduces campers to dog training techniques through popular dog sports like agility, rally obedience and nose work. Campers will build a stronger relationship with their dog while learning about the language of dogs. The emphasis is always on safety and responsibility to the dogs and to the fellow campers. Campers must be capable of independently controlling and caring for their dog. Campers must bring a non-aggressive dog and high value treats each day of camp. Repeating campers are always welcome and may want to check with Lisa Voss to see if she has openings for camp volunteers. There is a $20 materials fee, payable to the instructor on the first class meeting, which includes a bait bag, clicker and a dog toy at the end of the session.
11 to 18 years
Returning Playground Volunteer Program
This program is open to youth that have previously completed a Rec Leader in Training session. Volunteers are a great asset to the camp and are provided a wonderful learning opportunity. Volunteers assist staff members through the week and participate in all the camp activities.
Volunteers will work at a camp location for two consecutive weeks. Generally the volunteer shifts are 9:00am-3:00pm. Monday-Friday, but may vary depending on the specific camp location assigned to. Volunteers will attend a mandatory training during the week of May 30 where they will receive additional training.
Those interested must complete a Returning Volunteer Application. Volunteers will be contacted after to attend a group interview. The program fee is payable once the volunteer has been officially accepted into the program. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, April 5.
Spring Break Safari
This week long (March 27-31, 2017), full day camp offers planned activities such as arts and crafts, cooking projects, games, scavenger hunt and and a trip to Sky High for some trampoline fun! Camp runs from 8:00am-6:00pm at the Redwood Park Building and is open to youth 6-12 years old. No bike is required for this camp. Sign up soon as spaces are limited! Check out the calendar for details of planned activities. Check out the weekly calendar for a sample of the schedule! (please note, it may be subject to change).
Encourage your child to start horsing around! Horse Camp offers your child beginning instructions in English riding and horse care at Sterling Riding Academy in the mornings. Afternoons are filled with field trips, recreational activities and swimming. Meet at Community Park each morning and from there transportation will be provided to and from Sterling Riding Academy. Parents are welcome to visit the stables on Friday to watch their child ride. This camp is for beginners. For more information about shoe requirements, etc., please visit Sterling Riding Academy's website.
Entering grades 2-6
Camp meets at Community Park by the Tennis Courts
Horse Camp-Progressive Skills
Participants must have completed 2 weeks of Horse Camp or have permission to register for this camp.
If you have completed at least two weeks of beginning horse camp, then this is the camp for you! Students continue to develop skills including trotting, balance, position and control while mounted. Progressive skills during the non-mounted time include horsemanship, horse care, and safety. Parents are invited to visit on Friday morning to view a mounted game in action! For detailed info including directions, please check the FAQ’s link at Sterling Riding Academy's website. An afternoon option is available directly through Sterling Riding Academy.
Ages 7-12 years
Camp meets at Sterling Riding Academy
Rainbow Summer is your classic summer day camp! The camp has two locations: Slide Hill Park in East Davis and Community Park in Central Davis. Both sites run from 8:00am to 3:00pm and offer games, crafts, swimming, trip to the local movie theater or UCD MU Bowling Alley. PM Kids is open from 3:00-6:00pm in the Community Pool Building and camp staff transport kids to this site. Check out the calendars with planned activities below!
NEW 2017-The Slide Hill location will offer swim lessons for an additional fee during most weeks of summer. Check out the options HERE.Slide Hill Park-ages 1st-7th grades
Community Park-ages 1st-4th grades
Rainbow Summer Community Park Calendar
Rainbow Summer Slide Hill Calendar
Rock Band Camp
Do you play an instrument and want to be in a real rock band? Come and jam with other young musicians! Spend a week learning how to play songs and perform them together. At the end of the week your band will play a concert in Downtown Davis. All participants must bring their own instruments, excluding drummers and pianists. All skill levels are
welcome to apply. Payment and registration due upon acceptance. This class is application based. All participants
must submit an application and will be placed in camp based on availability and instrumentation. The application deadline is Friday, April 21 at 5:00 pm. For ages 10 to 17 years, Rock Band University Application click here,
Dates and Fees:
July 10-14 10:00 am-2:00 pm $200
July 17-21 10:00 am-2:00 pm $200
July 31-August 4 10:00 am-2:00 pm $200
Campers are invited to join some of the best skateboard instructors in the area for a summer of skateboarding fun. Campers receive developmental instruction from beginning to intermediate on skateboarding basics. Age-appropriate and skill-appropriate instruction will be provided on techniques, as well as safety! Skaters must bring their skateboards and wear safety gear, including helmet, elbow and knee pads.
6 to 12 years
Skate Park at Community Park
Get that teen off the couch and moving this summer! This camp, designed for youth entering 7-10th grades, will explore Davis, hang out with their friends and go on awesome field trips! Each week includes swimming, biking, games, a Rocknasium visit, and a field trip. The camp runs from 9:00am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday. Some field trips on Wednesday may arrive later.
June 19-23: Driven Raceway
June 26-30: Velocity Island
July 3-7: Old Town Sacramento
July 10-14: Davis Paintall
July 17-21: Discovery Kingdom
July 24-28: Sac State Aquatics Center
Please see our calendar for further details!
Yosemite: July 10-14, 2017
Big Sur: July 24-28, 2017
Half Moon Bay: August 7-11, 2017
Fee: $417 per trip
Trekkers takes campers out of Davis and into State and National Park Campgrounds. For five days and four nights, campers explore some of California’s most diverse environments and outdoor settings! Campers have the opportunity to hike, swim, and participate in team building games.
There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting for campers and a parent/guardian to attend the Monday before the trip.
For the purposes of our refund/transfer policy, the first date of this program is considered the pre-trip meeting. The parent handbook will have details regarding the exact dates, times and locations of the pre-trip meetings.
Voyagers is back with all new activities that excite any 5-7th grader! The bike based camp, explores Davis and experiences new activities and game, meets new people of interest relating to the weekly theme and also swims and participates in special Friday events! The camp meets at the "hill" in Community park and bikes are required. Camp hours are 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Check out the sample calendar for this year's plans!
6/19-23-Fun & Fitness
6/26-30-All About Arts
7/17-21-Machi (Multi-Adventure Challenge)
8/14-18-Country Ag Week
Voyagers All Summer Calendar 2016
Internships-Parks & Recreation-NEW!!
The City of Davis Parks & Community Services Department is proud to announce its internship program, beginning in Fall 2017. Applications are currently being accepted for a 14 week internship, approximately 40 hours a week for a current college student looking to meet their Recreation Administration undergrad internship requirements.
Those interested should complete an online application found at www.cityofdavis.org and submit a cover letter that includes the candidate's desired goals and objectives, resume and a letter of recommendation. The deadline to apply is May 15 for a Fall 2017 internship. For detailed information about responsibilities of the intern, agency and intern selection process please review the PCS Internship Program Guidelines.
The Parks & Community Services Department offers hundreds of recreation and social opportunities and programs for the residents. The city boasts 37 parks and an extensive bike route network that transverse the city limits. An ideal intern will bring innovative and creative ideas to enhance existing programs and potentially develop new ones as well learn the inner workings of a large, successful Parks & Community Services Department.