Camp Fair Oaks
Staying Cool, All Summer Long! Camp Fair Oaks means so much to so many in this community, and we are as committed as ever to providing a positive summer experience for our families and their children -- one that emphasizes safety, friendship, and fun!
Summer 2024 Registration Opens April 1, 2024 at 9AM
Each session is filled with a wide variety of activities, including crafts, outdoor education, sports, cooperative games, and special activity days. Camp Fair Oaks will have a Dress-Up day every Friday.
Groups will be divided by age (6-8 & 9-11) for specific activities. Groups will interact all together for times like free play, snack, lunch, special guests, etc.
Special group requests may or may not be approved. All activities and schedules are subject to change at the discretion of program staff to promote the best program experience possible.
2024 Field Trips Coming Soon
*All field trips take place Thursdays between 9a-4p. Week 4 takes place Friday between 8a-4p
Summer 2024 Counselor Position Applications Open February 1, 2024
Our primary vision as a staff is to build your confidence in our ability to provide the best possible experience for your children this school year! Developing positive relationships grounded in a welcoming attitude, enthusiasm, and genuine care and respect for one another is what we strive for most.
The Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District sets high standards for all our staff. We carefully select the best of the best to be a part of Camp Fair Oaks. When selecting our staff, we give high priority to applicants with the best ability to contribute to each child’s positive experience. Our staff consists primarily of college students and exceptionally skilled high school students. Learn more about our team below!
Qualities of a good CFO Staff Member
The staff we look for are dedicated to CFO and excited about the opportunity of working in a team-based environment to provide a positive school-based childcare experience for kids. Some of the qualities we expect in them include:
- A positive, courteous and enthusiastic attitude with the children, parents and Camp personnel in day to day activities;
- The ability to prepare, lead and participate in recreational activities, both active and passive, for school-age children such as games, sports, arts and crafts, and songs;
- Maturity in developing relationships with parents, children, Camp staff and Recreation Supervisors;
- Attention to detail in maintaining a safe environment for everyone involved; and,
- Accountability in following all District policies and procedures.
- Minimum Education required: High School Diploma or GED required; college course work in recreation or related area preferred.
- Minimum Experience required: One (1) year of progressively responsible experience in a children’s day care program or recreational program or equivalent experience in a leadership and program planning role required. Experience working with school age children and a demonstrated commitment to bettering the lives of youth required.
- Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required: Knowledge of recreational activities appropriate for school age children. Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers, children, parents, and volunteers. Leadership and organizational skills. Ability to use independent judgment and take appropriate action to ensure the safety of children and staff. Ability to deal with emergencies and stressful situations.
- Other requirements: Possession of Pediatric CPR/First Aid certification prior to the start of Camp Fair Oaks. All applicants must be fingerprinted and pass pre-employment background check. Reliable transportation to and from work.
In order to learn about District and Camp Fair Oaks policies, procedures and expectations, our Camp Fair Oaks staff attends extensive training and orientation beginning in early summer to prepare them for Camp. Trainings include how to effectively teach activities, how to facilitate group leadership, safety training, positive discipline techniques, and other important skills relating to working with children. In addition, each staff member has current certification in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and Standard First Aid, and cleared a background (fingerprint) check done by the Department of Justice.
If at any time you have a concern about a leader, or how Camp Fair Oaks is going please email the Camp Director.
CIT Registration for Summer 2024 opens April 1, 2024. Space will be extremely limited each week.
Counselors in Training (CIT) have an essential role in helping run our CFO Childcare program. Children will look up to you for support and guidance, which will teach you leadership skills as you act as a role model for them.
Working alongside our welcoming and encouraging staff, you can expect to learn a lot this summer and grow in confidence as you move into a new phase of your life and education. CFO has a proven track record of developing youth to become bright, successful young adults!
Who can be a CIT?
If you are between the ages of 12-16 and have positive motivation, fun-loving energy, and real excitement to work with young children, we want YOU to apply for a CIT position!
Please be aware that you must be available for two consecutive weeks during the summer in order to receive the best CIT experience. Take a look now at your summer plans and see which two weeks fit your schedule best.
You are exposed to all kinds of weather, as a majority of the activities are outside. You should have the ability to move or lift items needed for camp. You will be walking distances as you engage in activities around and outside of the facilities.
You will be scheduled to "work" Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Role of a CIT
CIT’s are not solely responsible for helping supervise the children. You will be responsible for assisting with crafts, activities, maintaining as safe environment for the children, and providing general support to our CFO Childcare Staff. CIT’s are supervised by the CFO Childcare Staff, Lead Staff and the Camp Director.
All Counselors in Training Must:
- Attend all phases of training before the start of CFO Childcare
- Meet new ideas with an open mind, accept constructive feedback, and make positive changes
- Show willingness to have a positive attitude at all times and adapt to change
- Accept and follow all CFO Childcare policies and regulations
- Be respectful and responsible for all program property and equipment
- Assist in the creation and maintenance of a physically and emotionally safe environment for all participants
- Follow the set schedule for service (Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
- Participate fully in weekly meetings for the CIT Leadership Program
- Assist with preparation, execution and clean-up of camp activities as assigned such as crafts and games
- Complete and submit emergency paperwork through Brightwheel upon enrollment (completed by a parent or guardian).
Each child must have completed their registration and Brightwheel paperwork online before their first day of Camp Fair Oaks. Registration information an Brightwheel are completed online, and the registering parent or legal guardian will receive an email following completed registration. NO registrations will be taken at the District Office or On-Site.
2024 Summer Registration Opens April 1, 2024.
Need Financial Assistance? View more information and apply for the Don Ralls Scholarship.