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To register your child for camp, please contact the Los Angeles Valley College Community Services Office. We are located in the Field House on Ethel Avenue across from the pool. The office is open M-TH 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. 12 p.m. for camp registration.
You may sign up for any or all weeks of camp. You may also choose to send your child by the day (minimum 3 days). For a complete description of registration procedures please call the Community Services Office at 818.947.2577 x4172 Please note: registration for MOST camps must be done in person at the Community Services Office. At this time we have limited on-line registration and registration forms are not available on-line or in any electronic version (i.e. email). To see the programs you can register on-line for click here.
WHAT DATES IS CAMP OFFERED?
Monarch Camp is not a “Day Care” facility. We are listing our Tax I.D. number (952587353) as a courtesy only. If you claim Monarch Camp as a “day care” deduction, please consult with your tax preparer.
1. Refunds (request must be presented in writing on the Camp Refund Request Form with receipts) may be granted 5 working days prior to start of the camp date your child is enrolled in. A $35.00 processing/withdrawal fee per child per refund session or day(s) will be deducted from your refund amount.
2. Please choose SuperSaver options carefully. There are no refunds for the Super Saver Program and no refunds or credits for missed days in the Super Saver Program.
3. There is a $10.00 fee for all transfers. Transfers must be requested 5 working days in advance.
a. TRANSFERS ARE CONSIDERED MOVING THE SAME NUMBER OF DAYS IN A SPECIFIC WEEK TO ANOTHER CAMP IN THAT SAME WEEK. Changing from a five day week to a three or four day week IS NOT considered a transfer. If you wish to change from a five day week to a three or four day week you must request a refund ($35.00 transfer fee applies) and then register for the daily option of your choice.
b. You may transfer a deposit from one week to another week ($10 transfer fee applies) only if we are able to fill the space that we were holding for your child in the week you are transferring them out of.
c. You may transfer a fully paid registration from one week of camp to another week of camp another week ($10 transfer fee applies) only if we are able to fill the space that we were holding for your child in the week you are transferring them out of.
Our overall adult staff to camper ratio
is never less than 1 adult to each 8 children, but the exact ratio depends upon
how many campers are in camp each specific day. Individual groups
may be as small as 4 – 6 for 5 & 6 year olds or as large as 12 or more
for 11 & 12 year olds. We average 8 - 10 campers for each group and each
group is assigned a counselor (18+) and junior counselor (14-17). Group
sizes will vary depending upon the nature of activities and age of the
WILL THE CHILDREN BE WITH THE
SAME COUNSELOR OR GROUP THE ENTIRE SUMMER?
ARE THE CHILDREN GROUPED
ACCORDING TO GENDER AND AGE/GRADE?
WHAT IS THE SUPERVISION LIKE
AT THE POOL?
TELL ME ABOUT SWIM LESSONS AND RECREATIONAL SWIM
For all field trips a Field Trip
Authorization form must be on file with the Community Service Office.
Parents must fill-out and sign a Field Trip Authorization for the
summer. All campers are required to wear a camp t-shirt for visual
recognition. A highly visible color ID bracelet is worn on each camper’s
wrist during the trip. Once at the trip site, a camp “pow-wow” is held
to remind campers about safety issues, their schedule, activities, and
responsibilities as campers. We use FCC licensed frequency band, hand
held, commercial CB radios for group communication (with cell phone
A beverage is provided, but not lunch. On (most Thursdays) Cookout days, the camp provides lunch, (Kosher Hot Dog, chips) drink, and dessert. Please check the camp calendar to see if there is a cookout scheduled for any day(s) that your child will attend camp. We do not provide a snack so make sure that your child brings a snack on Cookout days. For vegetarian campers or those that do not eat hot dogs we can offer a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If your child does note at peanut butter and jelly or has an peanut allergy please send a lunch with your child on cookout days.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD SERVED ON
ARE THERE ANY EMERGENCY
PROCEDURES FOR FIRE, EARTHQUAKES, ETC. ?
Many staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. We also have first aid kits that are carried by our management staff. The camp employs a certified First Responder and EMT (emergency medical technician). In addition, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department maintains a station on our campus that is staffed 24 hours per day 7 days per week. An RN (registered nurse) also is on staff for our off campus Adventure Camps.
Our staff is not permitted to administer any medication (prescription or over the counter) to campers. Campers must carry and administer their own medication. We cannot be responsible for the administration or storage of any medication.
Each child is responsible for taking his or her medicine at the proper time. Our staff may remind campers that they need to take their medicine as a courtesy but we can not be responsible for ensuring that campers take their medicine at the proper time. Campers that have allergies or Asthma are responsible for carrying and using Asthma inhalers and epi-pens. If your child uses and epi-pen or asthma inhaler we expect that you have spoke to the child about how to use. Also, please make sure that your child is aware that NO ONE should touch their epi-pen or asthma inhaler and that they keep it on their person at all times.
Current or former counselors (Adults 18+) refer most of our new staff. Most of our counseling staff are college students working towards a degree and/or studying to become a teacher. We have an intense selection process and a mandatory two & a half day training session that allow us to choose and train the most highly qualified candidates. We look for responsible counselors who fit our active profile requirements. Most counselors have also attended our yearly 6-7 day training trip to Sequoia & Yosemite National Parks. All employees are required to complete a livescan fingerprint clearance, at the LA County Sheriffs Substation. In addition they must show proof of negative TB (tuberculosis test) in the last 6 months in order to be employed by us.
WHO’S IN CHARGE OF THE
COUNSELING STAFF & WHAT ARE THEIR QUALIFICATIONS TO MANAGE MONARCH
The Camp is administered by the LAVC Community Services Department under the management of Mike Atkin. Mr. Atkin is employed full-time by the LA Community College District and has over 23 years experience administering and supervising camping (day and resident camps) and recreation programs.
Camp hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 PM. We offer early morning care for no additional fee beginning at 7:15 am and ending at 8:15 am. You may drop your child off any time between 7:15AM and 8:30AM. Parents must sign their children in and out. Location for both drop off and pick up is the fenced Archery Field (See the camp map).. Parents are encouraged to be on time. After 9:00 am, placing late campers with their groups can be delayed anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. We offer late afternoon care at no additional fee from 4:30-5:45 PM. You may pick up your child anytime between 4:30PM and 5:45PM at the Archery Field. There is plenty of parking space next to the field. You will be required to sign your child out. Any camper not picked up by 5:45PM will be charged $20 for late pick-up. After 6:00PM campers will be taken to the LA County Sheriffs Office at the Maintenance & Operations/ Sheriff’s Station for pick-up (see camp map).
All early pick-ups are to be done prior to 3:30PM, through the Camp Office in B78 (On Ethel Ave). All campers must be signed out at the Camp Office. Individuals will be asked to provide picture identification for proper authorization. Call the Camp Office at (818) 947 – 2600 Ext.4078. There will be a charge of $5for excessive early pick up requests. Due to the fact that all camp groups will be in transition to the afternoon pick-up/extended care location for the end of the day friendship circle there will be no early pick-ups between 4:00 pm & 4:30 pm. All parents will be directed to the extended care area after 4PM.
The camp uses special indoor areas and low intensity activities on days in which it may be too smoggy or hot to be outside. Age appropriate movies, games, story telling, extended arts and crafts and of course more pool time are all part of our hot/smoggy day activity schedule. Our main gymnasium areas are air conditioned.
No. We make a special request to have seat belts on the buses to the contracted bus company but not all buses have seat belts. Recent safety studies have demonstrated that seat belts on school buses do not necessarily raise the safety level of students riding those buses.
7:15 - 8:30 Early morning hours (free of charge)
8:30 - 9:00 Friendship Circle - Join groups, collect lunches and snacks, hear announcements, sing camp songs.
9:00 - 10:40 Two 45 minute activity periods (depending on age and weather). Skill development and/or instruction in a variety of sports: tennis, golf, archery, soccer, softball, badminton, volleyball, etc.
10:40 - 11:00 Snack (times vary by age group)
11:00 - 12:00 Arts and Crafts or Swimming Lessons
12:00 - 1:00 Swimming lessons or Arts and Crafts (A variety of projects) or lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch Period (beverage supplied – Juice, Punch, Soft Drink, etc.)
2:00 - 3:00 Recreation period – Games: pool, ping-pong, chess, movies, etc.
3:00 - 4:00 Free Swimming Period (Rec. and Free Swim times vary with age)
4:00 - 4:30 Friendship Circle - Camp songs, group skits, collect belongings, announcements & Dismissal
4:30 - 5:45 Extended hours for campers not picked up by parents at 4:30. This service is automatic and free of charge. Remember, a $20 late charge will be assessed for all campers who have not been picked up by 5:45pm. After 6:00pm children will be taken to the LA County Sheriffs Office at the new Maintenance & Operations / Sheriff’s Station
***The above schedule will vary
according to the Camper’s age, weekly theme and/or special activities.
Camper that attends Monarch camp for the entire summer will have an
opportunity to participate (at some point), in almost every activity we
offer. Campers who attend for part of the week or summer may not have
the opportunity to participate in every activity because of scheduling
conflicts and/or the suitability of an activity for a particular age
Monarch Adventure Camps are lead by our most experienced staff members. All off campus overnight camps are lead by Christian Guzman. Christian is a credentialed teacher who has been leading our Adventure Camp Programs for the past 5 years. All Adventure Camps are supervised by Gary Honjio (Original Camp Director – 1979). Gary a full time professor and chair of the Health & Physical Education Department (M), at LA Valley College. He is one of the founding directors of Monarch Day Camp, with over 32 years of experience. Gary’s experiences as an Eagle Scout, led to his years of teaching backpacking at LA Valley College and his interest in starting the Adventure Camp Program at Monarch (1983). Additional staff members/volunteers who will supervise and instruct campers during our Adventure Camp staff include:
Patty Melody (Asst. Professor, LA Valley College) In addition to the health education and physical activity courses she instructs, Patty is our college first aid and CPR instructor. Patty is the spark plug on all of our Adventure Camp Trips. She will be initiating many fun activities on our Adventure Camps this summer.
Julio Chiong (Original Camp Counselor 1979): Julio is a critical care R.N. (Registered Nurse), who began working with Monarch Camp as a Camp Counselor in 1979). He has worked in virtually every capacity at Monarch Camp. Julio has volunteered his time, almost every summer to work our Adventure Camp Program and has been a key to maintaining our camp safety record.
Steve Gonzalez (28 years at Monarch Camp). Steve is the Physical Activities Coordinator at Cal State University, Los Angeles, where he is responsible hiring and supervising all faculty, teaching activity classes. He is a former member of the West Valley Search & Rescue Team (San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department) and a certified EMT (emergency medical technician).
Dr. Larry Nakamura (LAVC Microbiology Professor – Named LAVC Professor of the Year 2008), will be accompanying our Adventure Camps, as our resident biologist. Dr. Nakamura spend years as a scientist researching the feeding habits of trout in stream habitats.
Lu Grella (Athletic Dept. LAVC) Lu has worked our Sequoia, Catalina, Mammoth and Yosemite Adventure Camps over the last several summers.
Hector Salazar (Receiving Dept LAVC) Hector worked as our Chief Camp Chef the past two summer at our Mammoth, Sequoia, Catalina and Yosemite Sierra Camps. He runs a successful catering business and manages the LA Valley College concessions for all Athletic events. He will be returning in the same capacity for our Adventure Camps, this summer.
Ted Arlington (Teacher, Kennedy HS, Head FB Coach – Sherman Oaks CES). Ted will be working our Catalina Camp this summer, in addition to serving as our Monarch Staff Director.
Alicia Arlington (BS, Family & Consumer Studies, CSUN) Alicia is a credentialed High School home economics teacher, who will be working our Catalina Camp this summer, in addition to her regular camp management duties.
FAMILY ADVENTURE CAMP
This camp includes a five day four night trip to the Isthmus of Catalina Island. Activities at Catalina include swimming, hiking, kayaking, fishing, skin diving, campfires, etc. We will travel by recliner bus to the Catalina Island Terminal at San Pedro and take the 12:30PM Catalina Island Express Boat to the Island. We will be camping at the Two Harbors Campground at Little Fisherman’s Cove. There is a small general store, restaurant and ice cream parlor located at the Isthmus, approximately 1/4 mile from the campground. Stoves, tables, water, restrooms, outdoor showers and public telephones are located at the campsite, which overlooks Isthmus Cove. This is an outdoor camping experience. Campers will be sleeping under the stars, on their plastic tarps. We will supply all meals for the trip, except lunch on the Catalina Express Boat Cruise (pack a sack lunch). It is recommended that Campers wanting to skin dive, sign up for the Monarch Aquatics Camp, in weeks prior to this trip, to get into shape and practice their snorkeling skills. An information packet will be provided upon registration.
Kings Canyon Adventure Camp
Our Sequoia/Kings Canyon Adventure Camp is a fantastic adventure that you will not want your child to miss! A description of this camp will be posted soon. So check back often!
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A JOB?
If you'd like to apply please download and complete our employment application and return it to the Community Services Office (in the Field House, if you are coming in person) by mail to:
Again, please note that we will review all applications and call only those people we wish to schedule an interview with. For tentative interview dates click here
DO YOU OFFER A COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING (CIT) PROGRAM?
To lead and challenge the CIT’s in order
that they might learn how to be responsible and productive young people
through fun and exciting activities.
For more information about the CIT program click here or call us at 818-947-2577 x.4172