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Claggett Academic Mentoring Program (C.A.M.P.)

The Claggett Academic Mentoring Program (C.A.M.P.) opens on Monday, September 28! Spaces are still available with enrollment open on a rolling basis. Click HERE to register. 

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Program Overview

The Claggett Center’s Academic Mentoring Program (C.A.M.P.) provides essential childcare and educational services for elementary and middle school-aged children (grades K-8). Physically distant, CDC compliant programs are offered Monday-Friday during school hours in small group formats with mentorship, recreation, and educational support. This new program serves a direct and immediate need to offer childcare assistance for working families while addressing the growing education and opportunity gap between wealthy and low-income families, which disproportionately impacts people of color. 27% of the program will be prioritized to provide scholarships, meals, computers, WIFI access, and learning support for children qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Background

The Claggett Center is the camp, conference, and retreat center for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit orgranizaton with over 60 years of experience offering summer camp and other leadership programs for children and youth. Additionally, our 268-acre campus and 8+ buildings available for program use, uniquely position Claggett to offer safe, physically distant programs that provide youth mentorship and support school education.

Location

The Claggett Academic Mentoring Program (C.A.M.P.) will take place at the Claggett Center, 3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD 21710.

Program Hours & Rates

C.A.M.P. will run Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Families may extend the day by adding a morning (7:00-8:00 a.m.) or evening option (3:30-5:00 p.m.). Families may select one of the two options, but not both.

C.A.M.P. will operate on a two-tiered pricing model. Families are asked to carefully consider the rate that meets their family's finances: a "true cost" rate that best represents the cost of staffing and supplies, and a "subsidized" rate that we are able to offer through grant funding and donations. 

We accept Maryland Child Care Subsidy vouchers. If you would like to learn more about how to apply for and use vouchers as part of your C.A.M.P. payment plan, please click here

Scholarships will also be available directly through Claggett. Anyone can apply for a partial or full scholarship; some funds are reserved especially for children qualifying for free and reduced meals. Please contact our office to learn more about how to apply for scholarships.
 
Weekly Rates:
 
"True Cost:" $350/week
Subsidized: $300/week
 
A discount of $25/week will be automatically applied for each additional sibling in a family. ($50/week for a third sibling, etc)

Transportation

Families will be responsible for bring and picking up their CAMPer each day. The program will remain on-campus and not include any off-site field trips. Please contact our office if transportation is a prohibiting factor in your child being able to attend C.A.M.P.

Meals

Meals will be provied for free through the Frederick County Public School system. CAMPers will also have the option to bring their own meals from home (breakfast and lunch). Snacks will be provided by Claggett mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Staff

C.A.M.P. will be spearheaded by Claggett full-time Programs Coordinator, Rita Yoe, and Assistant Director, Rosie Alger. Each camper group will have two counselors: one who is a college graduate and one who is over the age of 18.

Sample Schedule

The program will be held September-December 2020, with the possibility to extend from January-June 2021.

The program provides the typical fun and recreation of Claggett camp in a safe, CDC compliant program. The core of this program is to provide mentorship, meals, and education support for children who need a safe and supportive environment for distance learning. Time will be designated during the day for virtual learning and homework, with counselors providing homework support as necessary.

The Claggett Center is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Programs are open and equally offered to all of any or no religious background. The C.A.M.P. program will not include any religious content.

*Daily schedule subject to change to coordinate with synchronous learning. 

7:00 am
Early Arrivals (wake up yoga, labyrinth walk, sketching)
8:00 am Arrival; Screening of Campers
8:30 am Breakfast
9:15 am Homework Help
10:15 am Snack & Recreation (small group games)
10:30 am Homework Help
11:30 am Recreation (small group games, field games, sports)
12:00 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Recreation (hiking, canoeing, biking, kickball, ropes course, etc.)
2:15 pm Mentorship & Leadership Activities; Quiet Reading; Arts & Crafts
3:00 pm Snack & Recreation (small group games, field games, sports)
3:30 pm Departure
5:00 pm Late Departures (workshops)

Registration

Registration will be open to a maximum of 72 elementary and middle school-aged children. All K-8 students are elible to apply; however, we expect there to be high demand for this program, so registration will be prioritized for children who meet one or more of the following criteria: 

  • enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS)
  • with one or more parent employed in an essential job function (i.e. emergency services, healthcare, education, service industry, government employee)
  • enrolled in free or reduced lunch program
Click HERE to register. Registration is accepted on a rolling basis.

Equity

There is a growing trend of wealthy families forming “pods” or micro-schools and hiring private educators to tutor students in their assigned eLearning (Washington Post, July 2020; New York Times, July 2020). Meanwhile low- to middle-income children struggle for access, battle food insecurity, and face other pressures at home that wealthy families do not. This program seeks to provide a more equitable solution to children who have the potential to fall further behind during the pandemic.

To mirror the 27% of Frederick County school children are on free or reduced meal programs, 27% of C.A.M.P. registration program space will be prioritized to provide tuition, meals, computers, WIFI access, and learning support for children qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Scholarships are available for students who receive free or reduced lunch.

COVID Adapted Procedures

Experience

From March-July 2020, Claggett partnered with the Frederick County Government to setup a quarantine and isolation shelter for first responders and healthcare workers. The setup and operations of this shelter were an extensive undertaking that required partnership with Claggett, the Frederick County Department of Health, Frederick Memorial Hospital, and other government agencies. We are fortunate in that we already have COVID adapted standard operating procedures in place and have a team of staff who are comfortable operating under new conditions. 

In the spring, we were also partially complete drafting COVID-safe standard operating procedures for a summer camp program. While all on-site summer programs were cancelled, we are utilizing many of the guidelines we already drafted, in addition to other recommendations from the American Camp Association, to set up standard operating procedures specific for C.A.M.P.

Campus-wide Precautions

We remain in direct dialogue with public health experts to ensure we follow best practices in cleaning, food service, public safety, occupancy and other relevant areas of operations. Staff receive ongoing training and updates about public health concerns. Claggett has increased its precautionary measures, including, but not limited to:

  • increasing the frequency of sanitizing commonly touched objects such as door handles 
  • placing hand sanitizer stations in high traffic areas
  • posting signage to remind guests of effective handwashing
  • limiting occupancy to 50% of maximum capacity
  • requiring the use of face coverings indoors or when 6ft social distancing cannot be maintained 
  • serving meals in single-use, disposable containers
  • providing pre-screening protocol for guests

Additional COVID procedures and protocol may be found on our website: www.claggettcenter.org/coronavirus

Group Placement & Size

CAMPers will be placed in small groups of eight with the same two counselors for their entire program period. C.A.M.P. groups will be created based on grade level. CAMPers will ideally be grouped with others from their school or neighborhood community.

Group Space

Each group will have their own designated space and not commingle with other groups.

Materials

We will minimize the use of shared materials by CAMPers bringing items from home or being assigned individualized items. Each C.A.M.P. group will have a set of materials and program equipment only utilized by their group.

Arrival & Departure

CAMPers will undergo screening at arrival to include temperature checks, screening questions, and use of hand sanitizer. Arrival and departure spaces will be engineered to allow for one family at a time and prevent cross traffic.

Oversight

C.A.M.P. is fully licensed and credentialed by the Maryland Department of Education Office of Childcare.

Employment 

We are currently hiring Tutors, Mentors, and an Assitant Director. To learn more about available positions, click here to see our employment page.