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Youth Programs

Last Modified: July 01, 2014

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Youth Programs offers a diverse range of high-quality classes, camps, birthday party options and more for children and youth up to age 18. The facilities and recreational professionals at UC Davis provide an enjoyable and enriching experience for your children.

Registration is currently open for all Spring and Summer Youth Programs.

Summer Camps

Have a look at this summer's offerings and start planning your child's schedule today! The printed Youth Guide will be available in early March, but you can begin browsing all our camps, classes and programs. Find us on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest offerings and reminders.

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What is UC Davis Youth Programs?

Boasting outstanding facilities and featuring experienced recreation professionals at UC Davis, Youth Programs offers a diverse range of high quality camps, classes, trips and swimming lessons for youth up to age 18. Participants may enhance their creativity in the well-equipped Craft Center, learn about teamwork and fitness at the air-conditioned ARC, improve their swimming skills at the Rec Pool or learn valuable cooking and nutrition skills. Our staff is comprised of highly qualified UC Davis students who are passionate about making this summer an exciting one for your kids.

Program Philosophy

UC Davis Youth Programs is based on the idea that all children can benefit from experiencing recreation firsthand. It is our belief that the relationships that are formed, the friendships that are made, the skills that are developed and the experiences that are taken away from UC Davis Youth Programs will have a positive effect on each camper that will last a lifetime.

Program Goals for Participants

  1. Provide experiences that encourage LEADERSHIP and TEAMWORK
  2. Develop COMPETENCE in RECREATION SKILLS
  3. Learn and develop FRIENDSHIP SKILLS
  4. Help each camper develop an affinity for his or her ENVIRONMENT and COMMUNITY
  5. Provide opportunities to take RESPONSIBILITY and foster INDEPENDENCE
  6. Have FUN while accomplishing goals

Who are the staff?

We are committed to UC Davis Student Development. All of our counselors and instructors are undergraduate students, graduate students or recent graduates of UC Davis. We value diversity in not only background and ethnicity but also education and life experiences. These individuals have a desire to share their appreciation for recreation and learning with youth in the community. Many of our employees are interested in working in education, recreation, youth programs or other areas where they will have the ability to make a difference in the lives of youth.

Who makes up the administration team?

Our Youth Programs Office Staff have spent at least one season in our program, bringing experience and expertise to supervise and administer our diverse program offerings. They come from various majors and have a passion for helping youth experience recreation and all the fun that camp has to offer. Megan Hunt and Carissa Lowe are the two student managers in charge of programming our camps and overseeing camp staff. Nhi Vo is the student manager in charge of administration and everything receptionist related. The office staff members are all looking forward to another great summer of working with campers and their families.

Jordan Schaub is the newest member to the team. A former student and current professional staff member at Campus Recreation and Unions, Jordan Schaub has spent time working in Business Services, Outdoor Adventures and now coordinates programming at both Youth Programs and the Craft Center. She holds a diverse set of experience in areas including event planning, program management, child care and youth recreation, and she’s thrilled to be joining Youth Camps for her first time this summer!

Sophia Chew has been a long-time employee of the Memorial Union Games Area. She works part-time as a coordinator for Youth Programs and is involved in all things program related. Sophia brings with her years of experience coordinating events, programs, leagues and birthday parties in the Games Area. She is excited to be a part of the program again this summer!

Who is the Director?

Finally, our Senior Assistant Director, Jeff Heiser, has been working in the camp and recreation field for over fifteen years. He has directed both residential and day camps in the non-profit and public setting. Jeff received his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz, his Master’s in Recreation and Leisure Studies at San Francisco State University and is an active volunteer for the American Camp Association as an accreditation visitor and a member of the Local Council of Leaders. His children will all be participants in programs this summer in both swim lessons and our Aggie Camp A for our youngest campers.

What type of experience and training do the staff have?

Staff members are selected after a competitive application process that includes written responses, group interviews that include preparing and leading a program, reference checks and thorough criminal background checks. Our staff are required to be First-Aid and CPR Certified prior to starting work. Our ten-week, two-unit internship training course includes mandatory topics required by the American Camp Association, including, but not limited to, camp purpose and outcomes; developmental needs of campers; risk management; behavior management; recognition, prevention and reporting of suspected child-abuse; as well as responding to emergency procedures. All staff are trained on their responsibilities as a mandated reporter, and we continue to make this one of our top priorities in preparing our staff for their positions. We feel that our staff selection process and training program are essential in providing an enriching and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

For more information, call 530-754-4304 or email youthprograms@campusrec.ucdavis.edu.