-Camp Helping Hands Thousand Oaks-
@ La Reina
La Reina High School & Middle School
106 W Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Campers enjoy acres of open green space, playing fields,
and shaded courtyards.
-LIVE ANIMAL PRESENTATIONS OFFERED WEEKLY-
FOUR-WEEK PACKAGE $1470
ONE-WEEK RATES $395/$425
(Full pricing listed below)
July 8 - August 2 | Ages 6-14
Camp Helping Hands is a four-week program that provides fun and educational service-learning opportunities within several different segments of our community. Each summer program has an overarching theme, and each week of programming supports that theme. Our 2019 program, Kid Heroes, will run from July 8 through August 2. For CHH campers to receive the full benefits of service-learning we encourage parents to embrace this four-week approach. 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 enjoy visits from live animals each week!
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, 13, and 14 year-old’s who have not yet completed 9th grade). Each group contains 15 to 20 campers and is led by two to four counselors who guide them through age appropriate activities. Chief Aides, our oldest age group, are Jr. Counselors-in-Training (Jr. CIT’s). In addition to participating in camp activities like our younger campers, they assist by helping our younger campers when needed.
*Activities, field trip destinations, and service partners are subject to change.
Meet the Thousand Oaks Camp Director
Meredith Madnick has started and run multiple nonprofit summer day camps, and is a “lifer” when it comes to community service. Still volunteering today, Meredith’s journey began when she was 15 and was accepted to attend a summer community service project that took 10 Americans to Israel where they cleaned parks, painted community centers, planted trees, and much more. After being paired with host country nationals for housing, the Israel experience changed Meredith forever and is what eventually led her to join the United States Peace Corps. While serving as a teacher in the Peace Corps, Meredith envisioned someday starting her own service organization that would not only provide a way for children to serve their community but would also allow her to spend more quality time with her family. As well as being a mother, anthropologist, and avid volunteer, Meredith has over 15 year’s experience working as a marketer and educator.
Summer 2019 Theme: Kid Heroes
Kid Heroes explores the amazing accomplishments of kids whose compassion and inspiration led to the foundation of organizations that serve to make our world a better place. Many founders were as young as nine when they established their cause, and in many cases their organizations are still growing strong 10, 20, and even 30 years later. (View a sample schedule)
Week One: Tree Huggers - EARTH WEEK (July 8 - July 12, 2019) - COST $395
Big and tall or bushy and small, every tree is one worth saving! This is what CHH campers will learn as we kick-off EARTH week with a Skype interview featuring Tree Huggers and Kid Heroes Davina, Danielle, David, Khiara, and Julian who are young ambassadors for Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR), which was founded by Janine Licare and Aislin Livigstone in 1999 when they were just 9 years old. To help support KSTR and our fellow Kid Heroes, campers will make arts and crafts that will be shipped to and sold in the KSTR store. All proceeds collected from craft sales will be used to fund their ever-growing earth-saving projects. In keeping with our Tree Huggers theme, CHH service partners this week include LA City Department of Recreation and Park’s Forestry Division and the Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team. Campers will get their hands dirty planting trees with the Beautification Team and will tour the Green Waste Recycling Facility with the Forest Division where machinery demonstrations of wood chipping machines and other equipment will take place. Later that day with the Forest Division, campers will spread wood chips and mulch around Griffith Park to help the newly planted trees grow and to keep our parks looking beautiful. A visit from the Nature of Wildworks and their birds of prey will teach campers why trees are vital for all living things and how healthy forests help balance our ecosystem. In addition to their field trips, campers will also enjoy making crafts, playing sports and games, swimming, and singing camp songs.
Week Two: Kids are People Too - PEOPLE WEEK (July 15 - July 19, 2019) - COST $395
It may not be obvious, but in every neighborhood there are kids in need, and the Conejo Valley is no exception. As we explore kid-founded organizations near and far serving kids in need, CHH campers will learn there are also children within a few miles of their own homes who are living in the foster care system, face homelessness, and other horrific circumstances. This week, campers will meet Kid Hero Jessica Carscadden, who started We Care Bears when she was 9 years-old. Jessica’s story is so remarkable and was the inspiration behind We Care Bears. In her own words… “I know how important it is to have something to hug.” Now she has made it her mission to make the world a better place one bear at a time. Campers will meet Jessica on Monday. They will hear her story and make soft, snuggly pillows for her to take with her and donate to kids who simply need something to hug. Local service partners this week include, My Stuff Bags, Project Linus, and the Teddy Bear Workshop. Campers will tour the My Stuff Bags warehouse and participate in a Stuff-A-Thon. Leading up to the My Stuff Bags event, campers will collaborate with Project Linus and the Teddy Bear Project at the Goebel Senior Center to make blankets and teddy bears for My Stuff Bags and the children they serve. On Friday, Animal Tracks will visit camp with their exotic crew and their teen animal trainer in training. In addition to onsite visits from our service partners, other activities this week include songs, sports and games, arts and crafts, swimming and more.
Week Three: Save our Seas - ANIMAL WEEK (July 22 - July 26, 2019) - COST $425
ANIMAL week’s Save our Seas theme was inspired by Kid Heroes Olivia and Carter Ries, brother and sister co-founders of One More Generation (OMG). Now teenagers, Olivia and Cater promote plastic awareness and the effects it has on marine life. In addition to plastic awareness, OMG educates today’s youth about endangered species and animal extinction with the hope that all creatures will survive for one more generation. Via Skype, CHH campers will meet Olivia and Carter and learn how One More Generation began and what they are doing now to continue the effort. In addition to plastic awareness, campers will learn about marine life conservation and what we all can do to help save our seas. Field trip service partners this week include Heal the Bay, the Marine Science Institute of UCSB, and the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM). Campers will experience sea life up close and will also do a beach clean-up and perform other services as needed. Trips will also include a facility tour and/or customized educational presentation when possible. In addition to their field trips, campers will also enjoy making crafts, playing sports and games, swimming, and singing camp songs.
Week Four: Animal Heroes - ANIMAL WEEK (July 29 - August 2, 2019) - COST $425
During this ANIMAL week, campers will learn about animal heroes in our community. Guide Dogs of America will bring puppies in training to camp, providing an opportunity for campers to learn all about raising a guide dog, what characteristics and breeds make good guide dogs, and what it’s like to be led by a guide dog. There will also be time for snuggling and petting. Other animals hero visitors include K9 dogs from Ventura County Search and Rescue and therapy dogs from Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Field trips this week will include a day of service and animal interaction at Mini Therapy Horses in Malibu, and a visit to the Guide Dogs of America facility in Sylmar where campers will receive an exclusive tour. At Mini Therapy Horses, campers will groom and bath the horses, clean their stalls, receive a training demonstration, and make a beautiful, hand-crafted mural for donation to the Ronald MacDonald House where these miniature beauties visit weekly. Activities at camp will include making needed items for donation to our service partners, playing sports and games, swimming, singing camp songs, making crafts, and more.
*Partners and field trip destinations are subject to change.
Rates and Packages
Camp Helping Hands runs from 9:00AM to 3:00PM, Monday through Friday, for a total of four weeks. The four-week package is offered at a 10% bulk-rate discount.
- Four-week package $1470.
- One-week rate $395 (EARTH and PEOPLE weeks)
- One-week rate $425 (ANIMAL weeks)
- Swim* $10 per camper per week (campers swim on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
- fees for all service field trips (two per week);
- fees for onsite presentations (two to three per week);
- fees for animal presenters (minimum one animal presentation per week);
- snack** served twice daily and includes fresh, organic produce from Join the Farm;
- a camp t-shirt;
- transportation for all field trips and swim excursions. Transportation provided by Durham School Services
*Campers who choose not to swim will enjoy supervised play at the park and green space adjacent to the pool.
**Parents must provide lunch daily.
For parents who need early drop-off and late pick-up options, we offer an extended care package. Campers enjoy games, arts and crafts, and outdoor activities during morning care and aftercare.
Extended Care Rates:
- Early Drop-off (7:30 to 9:00AM) = $10 per child per day
- Late Pick-up (3:00 to 6:00PM) = $15 per child per day