LOV’s 41st Summer Recreation in the Parks

Welcome to LOV’s 41st Summer Recreation in the Parks Annual Summer Camp – 2022

LOV’s Summer Camp is BACK with its affordable Best of Newark Summer Recreation in the Parks program at Newark’s Mayhews Landing Park. Fremont, Newark and Union City children, ages 5-12, are welcome. Your $20 per child registration donation (non-refundable), includes safe, supervised fun and special events in a community park setting. Registration opens April 15th online at www.lov.org.

If you have questions about registration, please contact the office at 510-793-5683.

To Register

Children must be between the ages of 5-12 and live in Fremont, Newark or Union City, CA. A release of liability and non-refundable $20 per child registration donation are required. Please make sure your child is healthy before attending.

Registration includes all supplies and activities, daily lunch, water/refreshments and snacks.
See our FAQ’s, detailed operations guidelines, get forms and Register at the links below:

Camp Location

Mayhews Landing Park – 36380 Cherry Street, Newark, CA 94560

Dates & Hours

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. open the following 2022 dates:
Week 1: June 20-23
Week 2: June 27-June 30

Week 3: July 11-14
Week 4: July 18-21

View/Print Required Forms

Camper Forms:

As you check in your first day at Camp, we will collect your signed Liability Waiver forms. These forms are required for all campers. You can take care of this before camp begins – Click here to open and print the form. Sign and scan them, and bring them to Camp your first day.

Summer Camp FAQ’s

If you’re not familiar with LOV’s Summer Camp, here’s how it works:

  1. Lunch and breakfast snacks, drinking water, all supplies and activities are included.
  2. Children will generally stay together in groups of 10, with Kid Koach volunteers working with each group.
  3. Groups are determined by the child’s age. We try to keep all the little ones together and limit overlap in age groups, although some mixing will likely occur.
  4. Our employee Park Leaders oversee volunteers, safety, supervision and organization.
  5. Our Kid Koach volunteers are age 16+ youth and adults who lead activities and look out for the children. Volunteers and employees over 18 years of age have been trained and background checked for safety.

Children’s weekly activities include:

  • Arts & Crafts Projects
  • Building Blocks & Creative Construction (building blocks, kites, other activity kits)
  • Scavenger Hunts Science & Adventure
  • Active Games (dancing, small team races, obstacle courses etc)
  • Board & Lawn Games (kid-appropriate card games, low/no-contact board games in small groups)

We’ll also feature special events & activities each week, like:

  • Special “Splash” Activities
  • Small Team Racing Games
  • Newark Library special Camp Book Club
  • Game Tournaments
  • Special Visitor Presentations, Weekly Awards & Prizes

Every day at sign-in, you’ll be asked whether your child is experiencing any cold/flu or other illness symptoms. Children will NOT be allowed to attend if they have visible symptoms, appear feverish, or indicate they are not feeling well.

All activities happen in health-compliant settings:

All activities happen in health-compliant settings See the CA Dept. of Public Health, www.covid19.ca.gov for the guidelines we’re following.

Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will be easy to find and use and we’ll wash hands regularly during the day. Equipment will be spray sanitized between uses.

This program is subject to changes and closures as dictated by California State and Local health and other mandates. We will notify you through email should any changes to our schedule or refund policies occur.

You’ll enter Camp at the same area every day – our sign-in station is located in the picnic table area. Our Camp Leaders and volunteers will be available to answer your questions and assist you as needed.

Every day when you arrive with your child, your daily sign-in procedures will include your signature and daily emergency phone number on our sign-in list. Lists are generally organized by the child’s first name, or your registration order number (your payment receipt).

As you check in your first day at Camp, we will collect your signed Liability Waiver forms. You can take care of this before camp begins – print the forms from our website, sign and scan or photograph them, and bring them to Camp your first day. Scanning/photo copies are recommended so you’ll be able to retain a copy for your records. Blank forms will also be available at the Camp.

Once you sign in, your child will receive a paper wrist band for identification, and sent to their activity group.  Children mingle throughout the day, but activity groups help keep them organized by age group.

You’ll also receive a T-Shirt which children can wear any day, but we especially encourage children to wear their Camp T-Shirts on Thursday. This year, we are experiencing order limitations, so shirts may be in limited supply and/or not be in the exact size that fits your child,.  Please be flexible – we are trying to obtain a shirt for every registered child.  Children registered for multiple weeks will receive only ONE T-shirt during their first week at Camp.

Camp leaders/volunteers will ask you and your child if they’re feeling well and healthy to be at Camp. This information is available to public health officials upon request. You’ll be asked to check a box on the daily sign-in log that indicates your child is well and able to attend. If your child is ill, please keep them at home until they have recovered and are able to participate in games and activities.

The camp is directed by full-time LOV staff members. You can reach them by calling LOV at 510-793-5683. You can identify our park staff and volunteers by their bright neon yellow shirts and hats. The Camp Leader and their assistant are part time summer employees. Volunteers aged 16 and older will work with the children in their groups. Employees and volunteers over the age of 18 have been background checked and fingerprinted. They’re fully trained in the procedures of the Camp. Thursdays, we will be joined by the youth club from the Newark Library who will lead the groups in activities. They are overseen by Library staff and assisted by our volunteers and leaders.

Children will engage in an activity for about an hour, take a break for hand washing and refreshment, then resume with another activity. They are allowed to choose activities and are allowed to mingle between groups, but we ALWAYS have eyes on the park to make sure children are together, supervised and safe.

Children are expected to respect the staff, the volunteers, and each other. They should be told to keep their hands off of other children. They should be ready to follow the organizing instructions they’re given. We have a zero tolerance policy for fighting of any kind. While not usually a problem, we separate children who are not getting along. If your child is misbehaving we will ask them to sit with the Park Leader for a period of time. If the behavior is not something the Camp Leader feels comfortable handling, you will be called at your Emergency Phone contact number and be asked to pick up your child.

We reserve the right to send any child home who is not following directions, having a difficult day, engaging in inappropriate or unsafe behavior, or refuses to comply with our rules for behavior. You’ll be notified of any such issues and the camp leader will discuss their decision on taking any action with you.

Children are expected to leave all personal belongings at home. If items are brought and get broken at Camp we are not responsible for the damage. If children bring cellphones they’ll be asked to keep them in their pocket all day. If you need to reach your child the Camp telephone number will be available on the first day of Camp – the Park Leader will be supplying this information to parents. The Camp Leader will be happy to contact you should your child need to talk with you during the day.

Parents and siblings are welcome to enjoy the park while their children participate in Summer Camp activities.  Only registered campers will be allowed to join in the Camp activities. Camp is held at a public park, and there will be other people besides campers there. We will keep the children within their groups and well away from any public related activities.

Campers will be placed in a group according to their age or grade level and the activity they choose. Please note that depending on activity dynamics, there are times when groups may be mixed age levels. Older children will be able to stay close to their younger siblings as you prefer.

Camp is all outdoors – there is plenty of shade which will be the primary areas we occupy at the Park. Races and many activities take place in bright sunlight areas. Bring a hat for your child if you have concerns about sun exposure. We discourage the use of sunscreen and other cosmetic products at camp. Mornings are sometimes cool. There is usually lots of sun by lunchtime. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for Camp. We do NOT have facilities at or after Camp to store your child’s personal belongings. We will have paper and plastic bags on hand for children to keep items in they wish to take home every day. Items left behind as the last Camper leaves each day will be kept in a lost-and-found bin at the Park and must be claimed by the end of the day each Thursday – remaining items will be thrown away.

There are port-o-potties at Camp. They are sprayed with sanitizer as each child leaves the unit. They are professionally cleaned weekly. Camp is stocked with cleaning supplies to help facilitate cleaning throughout the camp. Please instruct your child to be neat and tidy using these facilities at Camp. They’ll be given wet-nap packets to clean their hands after every use. Hand sanitizing and washing stations are also available on site.

All Campers must be fully potty trained to be at our Camp. Camp staff is not permitted to assist campers in any way while in the bathroom. We feel that children of these ages deserve privacy. We realize that “accidents” will happen. “Accidents,” by definition, are unusual incidents and should only occur infrequently. We ask that you please dress your child in clothing that will enable them to use the bathroom unassisted. No pull-ups are allowed. If your child has a bowel movement/urination accident, you will be called immediately to Camp to attend to your child and possibly take them home for the day at the staff’s discretion. Our Camp Leaders are kind and compassionate to your child at this time – we’ll do our best to minimize their discomfort, but we have limited cleanup capability at the Camp. Most importantly, our policy doesn’t allow staff members to clean and or wipe a child. If there are repeated bathroom incidents within the camp setting, your child will be unable to continue at our Camp.

We have a central water station. Children will be brought to the station several times during the day in their groups, and also be able to get water anytime they’re thirsty. Water is available all day. Cups are new for every use.

All activities happen in health-compliant settings See the CA Dept. of Public Health, www.covid19.ca.gov for the guidelines we’re following. At this time, no masks are required. We’ll notify you by email of any policy changes that affect our Campers.

Camp lunch will be from 11:45 – 12:30 pm. Lunch is included and provided for every child in the program each day by the Federal Free Summer Lunch Program. It is administered by the Newark Unified School District Central Kitchens who will provide us with a weekly menu – nutrition information is available upon request. LOV provides daily  snacks and fruits. Campers can bring their own lunch and or snacks too, but we ask them not to share. They will still be offered a lunch if they wish to have two.

There will be NO field trips or excursions. We will bring in outside vendors for certain activities at the park.

Closed-toed shoes (no sandals), appropriately dressed for active outdoor play and messy art. A hat if you wish. We discourage ANY electronics, including cell phones. The Park leaders have phones for any emergency calls. We cannot control what your child is doing on their electronic devices while at Camp. Please leave them at home. If you want your child to use sunscreen, you must bring your own and your child must be able to apply it themselves.

Neither LOV nor any of our Staff or volunteers will be responsible for any damage or theft of personal items. Report any lost or stolen items to the Park Leader so we may try to locate them if possible.

We cannot store or administer medications at Camp. If your child has any allergies such as nuts, bees, etc., or that require your child to keep an epi-pen, please inform us and make sure your child knows what to eat and what to avoid. We’ll use gloves and rinse off minor wounds and have band-aids on hand for small scrapes and cuts. We’ll call you if your child is in any serious discomfort or distress. Please respond promptly if we call you! Report to the entrance area where you dropped off your child. Should your child require emergency attention beyond that we will call 911 first, you second, and keep your child safe and comfortable until you arrive.

Shirley Sisk, Executive Director at the League of Volunteers. shirley@LOV.org, 510-793-5683
Sharon Slayton, Program Consultant for the League of Volunteers, Sharon@lov.org
Sherrie Valdez, Program Coordinator, League of Volunteers, sherrie@lov.org, 510-793-5683
Camp: (Ask your Camp Leader for the phone number at camp.)