About 2012 Fit2cook4kids Summer Camp
FIT2COOK4KIDS CAMPS FOR AGES 8 - 15
Fit2cook4kids Summer Camps 2013 are now registering. Click here to register! Camp hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with drop off as early as 8:00 AM, and pick up as late as 5:30 PM.
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Closed toe shoes for the kitchen
A maximum of 14 campers rotate between fitness, cooking and communications each day. Campers can register for a week at a time, and for as many weeks as they desire, space permitting. Campers of two or more weeks are advanced to more complex activities, and encouraged to share their acquired knowledge and skills with new campers. Campers who demonstrate command of knowledge and the desire to share are elevated to “Senior Camper” status and allowed to present information to new campers. Senior campers focus on polishing speaking and presentation skills and developing leadership abilities.
If you can imagine a world where parents arrive home from work to enjoy a nutritious family meal safely prepared by their middle school child who has also learned how to stay fit and communicate well; you can see the future Food And Truth envisions. Fit2cook4Kids is an empowering program that builds self esteem and paves a path for success in life.
Campers learn how to breathe, relax and stretch properly with yoga, how to reach their aerobic heart rates with cardiovascular exercises and games, and how to develop muscular strength and endurance through strength training. They learn simple exercises and activities they can do throughout life without fancy equipment. Learning to breathe properly and relax aids sleep and reduces stress which is ever-present, especially with the rapid growth and hormonal changes experienced by this (tween/teen) age group..
Campers arrive to a delicious breakfast that they can help to prepare. Each day, the chef guides campers as they prepare a healthy meal which they enjoy during their one hour lunch break. They also learn to prepare nutritious snacks which they serve and enjoy during the afternoon break. On the first day, campers learn how to wash their hands and sanitize dishes to state code. They learn about pathogens, cross contamination, knife safety, kitchen chemicals and other essentials they will use for the rest of their lives. Knife skills are practiced daily as campers are actively engaged in creating delicious meals and snacks.
For camps with computer facilities, campers use a template to build their resume and letter of recommendation. They go online to research culinary or fitness related topics with the option to share what they learned via a brief presentation to their peers. This activity prepares campers for job and college interviews. TeaTime© is a fun game that makes players think before they speak. Social and professional etiquette skills are taught, including table setting, conversation and how to behave in a workplace. Financial literacy is covered by learning the difference between various bank accounts and how to prioritize spending and budget a paycheck. All activities carry an incentive of earning stars. Campers with the most stars on Friday chose from prizes that were displayed during the week.
Tuition is $390 per week which amounts to just $9.75 per hour. This includes the healthy breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack prepared by the campers themselves. There is a one-time registration fee of $20. Session 1 is priced on 4 days due to there being no camp on the 4th of July. Parents of children 13 years and younger may qualify for a "child and dependent care" tax credit for the tuition. Check www.irs.gov for details.
OPTIONAL TUITION REBATE
Because Fit2cook4Kids creates a simulated work environment, parents have the option for their child to receive a “tuition rebate”, or incentive/motivator. Parents may opt to add up to $120 (or any amount that works), for the child to receive their tuition rebate in the form of a check in that amount at the end of the week. The $120 is equivalent to earning $3.00/hr X 40 hrs/ week of productive attendance. On Friday, all campers receive an envelope with instructions not to open it until on their way home, and not in front of other campers. Depending on the parent’s choice, some campers receive a PlayChek while others receive a live check. This is all tied to an exercise on financial literacy where the campers learn about bank account options and discuss how they would budget an income of $120 per week.
All campers sign a “Campers Promise” which spells out the decorum that will be adhered to during camp. While we laugh a lot and have a great time, we remind campers that in real employment environments, agreements are used to ensure that everyone understands what is expected from both parties. Click here to see our “Campers Promise”. Also required; laughing, having fun and eating well!