Sherwood Elementary School fifth-grade students will go to Camp Kern May 10-12, 2017.
For more than 30 years, Forest Hills School District has offered an overnight, outdoor educational experience to all fifth-grade students.
his three-day program is held at the YMCA Camp Kern located near Lebanon in Oregonia, Ohio. Forest Hills staff, Camp Kern staff, and Forest Hills high school students serve as teachers, leaders, and counselors during the experience. There will be 2 in each cabin of 10-12 kids. They will spend both full days and nights with their cabin.
Forest Hills provides an on-site nurse and/or health aide for each session, on duty around the clock.
Emily Atwood generously took very specific notes at the Camp Kern parent meeting. Some of the info she shared on the Sherwood Parents Facebook Page is below.
$136 which includes camp fees, staffing, transportation, and admission. There is financial assistance and no student had ever been prevented from going to Camp Kern due to finances. Contact your school counselor for this assistance, if needed. Payment is due by April 14th.
Medications need to be turned in at least 7 days before camp to the school, in their original bottles (whether prescription or over-the-counter). Only send the amount needed and place all bottles in a Ziploc bag with child's name on it. For any last minute medication turn ins, bring to the departure and give to the district representative. All meds must have a permission form.
There will be academic and support activities. All children will do each academic activity. These include a Fort Ancient hike, fossil hunting, touring a pioneer log cabin, learning about plants that pioneers used for food and medicine, making a candle using only pioneer tools, study the pond ecosystem, and canoeing. Each student may only choose 1 support activity. These are archery, pioneer cooking, arts & crafts, fishing, tracking, and an 'escape the pyramid' team building activity.
There is no horseback riding, zip-lining, or swimming for our campers. Some campers used to be able to pay extra and do these but that is no longer happening.
Arrive no earlier than 7:45 a.m.
Labels on luggage & bedding
Drop luggage at truck
Say goodbye at home or in the care.
Arrive no earlier than 2:45 p.m.
Park and sign out your child
No food is to come with the kids. This prevents health issues, allergies, and bugs. The cafeteria will have choices for all of our picky children. Cereal, fruit, hot breakfast bar, hot dogs, grilled cheese, snacks chicken, spaghetti, salad bar. The kids only eat three times a day so they can take and eat as much as they want. Just please speak to them about not wasting ~ only take what they will actually eat, and go back for more if necessary. There are vegetarian-friendly options available, as well.
By Heather Goeke and Tracy Huebner