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Camp Helping Hands
Thousand Oaks & Northridge, California

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La Reina High School and Middle School (Thousand Oaks )and Highland Hall Waldorf School (Northridge)
106 West Janss Road (Thousand Oaks Address)
Thousand Oaks & Northridge, California 91360

1409 Kuehner Drive #195
Simi Valey, CA 93063

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TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Weekdays 9am- 3pm with extended care options available.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Camp Helping Hands is a service-learning, summer, day camp for kids ages 6-14. Campers learn how to give back their community and have fun doing it!

Academics, Swimming, Team Sports, Travel, and more. Campers Learn About Serving Their Community Though Service Projects & Field Trips. They Also Develop Leadership Skills Through Teamwork & Training.

TOP CALIFORNIA ACADEMIC CAMP: Camp Helping Hands is a Top Academic Summer Camp located in Thousand Oaks & Northridge California offering many fun and enriching Academic and other camp programs. Camp Helping Hands also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: Camp Helping Hands (CHH) leases space from institutions that offer the facility space and requirements needed to run our program.

Currently, we care located at La Reina High School and Middle School in sunny Thousand Oaks, California. The campus provides large open green space and is quiet and serene. Campers have plenty of room to play sports and games in between service projects and field trips, and there is plenty of indoor space to help keep cool.

Second Location for 2018:
Highland Hall Waldorf School
17100 Superior Street
Northridge, CA 93063

CAMP FACILITIES: La Reina is close to the 23 freeway. There is a ton of green space, the campus is gated, and there is ample parking for quick drop off and pick up.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Camp Helping Hands is a service-learning camp for young children. Service-learning is often confused with community service, but they are different. While volunteerism and community service are components of the service-learning education model, service-learning emphasizes both service and learning and requires participants to use their knowledge and skills to address real-life needs in their own communities. At Camp Helping Hands, campers will achieve this goal by following the four phases of the service-learning process: investigation, planning, taking action, and reflection. When led through this collaborative process, students share and invest their ideas and skills and feel truly committed to the project and to making a difference.

Camp Helping Hands Summer Camps are offered in multiple locations throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties and provide a fun and safe place for children ages 6 through 14 where they enjoy sports activities, games, swimming, arts and crafts, music, and more. But the real mission behind CHH is showing kids how they can make a difference and have fun doing it. Through engaging inquiry-based lessons and weekly service field trip expeditions, our campers learn leadership skills, develop compassion, and grow confident as they address real-world problems by taking action in their community.

Camp Helping Hands Summer Camps are four-week programs that provide fun and educational service-learning opportunities within several different segments of your community. Each summer program has an overarching theme, and each week of programming supports that theme. For CHH campers to receive the full benefits of service-learning, it is important to embrace this four-week approach, though one and two-week options are available. In addition to each week's service projects and field trips, CHH campers also swim, play sports activities and games, sing songs, do arts and craft projects, and much more.

CHH places campers according to age into four age groups: Junior Helpers (6 and 7), Young Advocates (8 and 9), Super Agents (10 and 11), and Chief Aides (12 and 13/14). Each group contains 15 to 17 campers and is led by three counselors who guide them through age-appropriate activities. Chief Aides, our oldest age group, are Junior Counselors-in-/training (Jr.CIT's). In addition to participating in camp activities like our younger campers, they assist team counselors and camp administration with tasks as needed.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: The Camp Helping Hands Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is designed for teens who have completed their freshman year of high school. Camp Helping Hands CITs gain new skills as they learn what it is like to work at camp under the direct supervision of our Team Counselors.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: We offer scholarships. Please visit the website to apply. Our Camp Website Link:

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Camp Helping Hands (CHH) began as a summer camp project and has become the premier service-learning summer camp for young children serving the Conejo and San Fernando Valleys. Today, CHH also offers Family Days, a one-day service program designed for parents who wish to serve alongside their children; Holiday Camps, one-week day camps that provide a glimpse of our summer program and occur during school winter and spring breaks; and Host A Camp, an opportunity to license and operate a CHH summer camp in your community.

OTHER CAMP INFO: We currently have two locations and are planning to expand to other locations in California and other states. If you are interested in running a Camp Helping Hands we offer affordable licensing options.

Session dates and fees vary depending on location and selected package options. For more information about dates and rates, please visit: Our Camp Website Link:

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Staff: Team Counselors

Camp Helping Hands looks for qualified adults (18 and up) to fill our paid staff positions. Some of our paid positions are administrative, but mostly we seek to staff our Team Counselor positions. We will begin accepting applications for Team Counselor positions in January. Team counselors must be 18 years of age and/or have completed one year of college. Please read all of the information before submitting your application.

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