PROGRAMFrom the moment campers arrive each morning until the moment they are picked up at the end of the day, our goal is to make sure they enjoy themselves and look forward to coming back. Here is an overview of the Thisisit Ranch Day Camp experience, which describes our program and illustrates why campers benefit from spending their summer with us.
At Thisisit Ranch Day Camp, we constantly seek opportunities to teach the camp philosophy of sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership. One Program we offer is "Daily Camp Leader." Each day, four campers are selected to be daily leaders. These leaders are responsible for making announcements over the speakers, assisting in the ice cream shop, ringing the pool bell, helping to carry equipment for group games, and assisting other campers to have an enjoyable time at camp. This initiative helps the counselors to teach the campers about leadership and the benefits of serving others. We talk to all the campers about leadership being an honor, and we speak individually to each camp leader several times throughout the day to support their efforts to serve others. We post a “Leadership Board” in the lodge, and we encourage you to look at the board to determine your child’s leadership day. In the past, the campers constantly studied the board so many of them already knew when they were going to be the camp leader. The week that your child is scheduled to be a camp leader, we will send home a notice requesting that you talk with your child about the benefits of service to others and the rich experience and growth that such service brings.
CAMP LEADERS WEARING LEADERSHIP BADGES AND THE LEADERSHIP BOARD
We are located in south Reno on three acres of grassy fields complete with shade trees, a large, uniquely designed swimming pool with a cave, slide and diving board, a wide variety of athletic equipment including trampolines, an archery range, a BB-gun range, climbing bars, bucking barrel, table tennis, croquet, basketball court, pickle ball court, volleyball court, badminton court, and a large field for soccer, softball, lacrosse, children’s games, and other weekly themed activities like our popular carnival, pirate skits and treasure hunt.
We have a lodge where lockers and bathrooms are located and where sports equipment and craft supplies are kept. During inclement weather (rare in Reno for this time of year), the lodge offers shelter for campers to spend time viewing video of their activities and skits, working on arts and crafts, or playing table tennis and other indoor games. The lodge also houses an ice cream shop which is open for free pre-packaged ice cream and popsicles each afternoon with a limit of one per camper per day.
OLYMPIC MOTTO AND OLYMPIC CREED
OUR CAMP PHILOSOPHY
FREE TIME PLAY EQUIPMENT FOR CAMPER USE
IN THE AFTERNOON, CAMPERS ENJOY DELICIOUS ICE CREAM SNACKS
WEEKLY THEMESEach week includes both a craft theme and a sportsmanship/teamwork/leadership theme. We tailor each week’s activities to focus on these themes. We believe it is not enough simply to tell campers about sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership; rather, we believe in teaching them the concepts and providing ample opportunity to practice them in a supportive environment. Each week, we continue to develop campers’ understanding of the previous week's sportsmanship/teamwork/leadership themes while introducing new concepts for them to practice. For each week’s theme description, please view the weekly programs.
Week 1: June 10-14, Rocket Week and Introduction to Sportsmanship
AGES AND SUPERVISIONThe camp is designed for boys and girls ages 5 to 12. Campers are divided into two groups according to age for many activities, such as swimming, although we also provide time for all campers to play together. We ensure a 10-to-1 camper-to-counselor ratio, which enables us to give campers individualized attention while providing quality supervision to all campers. Counselors are experienced professionals with backgrounds in both education and athletic coaching.
To insure the safety and enjoyment of each camper, we would like to point out the following requirements for all campers:
SWIMMINGOur morning water-safety program for non-swimmers includes beginning swimming instruction. For swimmers, the morning swim period is composed of swim games and activities. The afternoon program offers open swimming for all. CPR-certified, lifeguard-trained instructors always supervise the campers in and around the pool. Each camper must pass a swim test prior to deep-water access.
TARGET SHOOTINGCampers learn target shooting at designated BB-gun and archery ranges that are carefully supervised. Campers benefit from extensive safety instruction and shooting instruction at each session. When not in use, the BB guns and arrows are kept in a locked cabinet, and the ranges are closed to campers.
STAYING ACTIVETime is allocated each week for free play as well as use of camp equipment such as trampolines and climbing bars, all of which are well supervised. Structured play is also offered, comprising activities as varied as croquet, badminton, capture the flag, basketball, pickle ball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, and softball. We also organize children’s games and weekly themed activities.
ALL THE CAMPERS PLAY A GROUP GAME OF JEDI
THE CAMPERS PLAY A FAVORITE GAME OF PIZZA
TWO CAMPERS PLAY CATCH AND THROW WHILE OTHERS WATCH
Campers bring their own healthy snack and lunch, which is kept refrigerated until snack time or lunch time each day. Campers should bring a drink with their lunch, but water fountains are also provided at the camp. Additionally, ice cream snacks are available at no cost once a day in the afternoon. We limit each child to one ice cream per afternoon.
Here are our recommendations for healthy snacks and lunch foods to pack for your children. As the summer days grow hotter, nutrition plays a larger role in the campers' energy level and overall enjoyment of the camp experience. On these hot days, it is important for campers to remain hydrated, so water bottles and copious quantities of fresh fruits and veggies are a perfect choice. In addition, because they're spending so much time running and exerting energy, they need foods that will fuel their bodies over the course of several hours. In this case, whole foods provide the energy replacement that the campers need. For example, whole grain breads, which take longer for the body to break down, will supply more energy than enriched white bread. Therefore, we recommend that you purchase whole grain breads for your children's sandwiches which will enable your children to continue to enjoy the activities here at camp throughout the day. In addition, whole grain crackers, cheese, and peanut butter provide protein to help build and maintain strong muscles, so these make better lunch choices than cookies or chips, which will break down quickly in the body and provide an initial blood sugar spike followed by an inevitable drop in blood sugar (which results in lethargy--the last thing an enthusiastic camper wants!). To hydrate, the best beverage is water. We recommend water over any other beverage choice (including fruit juice).
EATING LUNCH WITH FRIENDS IN THE SHADE OF THE BIG TREES
IS ANOTHER FUN TIME AT THISISIT DAY CAMP
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2013 Program:Week 1: June 10-14
Rocket Week and