How are partners selected for Summer K.A.R.E. Camp?

K.A.R.E. Camp has relationships with 75+ local organizations whose mission aligns with our’s – to introduce children and young teens to the world of volunteering and educating families on how they can get involved. Organizations and non-profit partners that offer memorable, safe, and the best experiences are included in our program. K.A.R.E. Camp then shares camper feedback so together we learn how to best engage and improve camper experiences.

What is a typical day at Summer K.A.R.E. Camp?

Campers are kept busy with multiple projects and activities supporting different causes. Each morning, campers are briefed for the days’ activities and regroup on the prior day’s activities. Campers are transported to their morning site visit. For lunch, campers stop at a nearby park, playground or other location, which is often accompanied by a park clean-up. Campers then go to their afternoon site before returning to camp “headquarters.” In some cases, our partners come to visit us which may replace our morning or afternoon field trip. In one week at camp, campers meet or support between 5-10 non-profit organization or causes.

Is Before-KARE or After-KARE provided?

As a courtesy, campers can be dropped off any time between 845-9. We realize that many summer camps begin around the same time and the logistics of multiple drop-offs at multiple locations can be complicated! Because our day is typically very busy and in respect for our partner visits, we strive to stay on schedule. So we ask campers to arrive no later than 915. Before-KARE beginning at 8am, and After-KARE until 5pm is available for an extra fee.

Where is Summer Camp located?

Camp is “headquartered” in parks and rec centers within Ladue, Olivette, or Brentwood depending upon the week your camper is registered. In May 2015, Session 1 and Session 2 campers were dropped off and picked up at Villa Park in Olivette. Sessions 3, 4, 5 and 6 campers were dropped off and picked up at the Camp Director’s home in Ladue, where their favorite camper friend was a furry four-legged friend, named Cali. Session 7 and 8 campers were picked up and dropped off at the Brentwood Recreation Center. Locations for 2017 Summer Sessions will be similarly located with locations shared upon registration. Campers are typically at “headquarters” for a short while in the morning before their morning project, and a short while in the afternoon upon returning from their afternoon project.

Is each week of Summer Camp the same in terms of non-profit partners and activities?

No! Each week is different and we have many campers who come to multiple sessions. K.A.R.E. Camp partners with over 75 organizations to choose the best experiences. Generally, animals, the environment, the elderly and volunteering with organizations who support people with disabilities is included in each week. However, the APA may be our partner in session 1, while the Humane Society may be our partner in session 2. Each offers a different experience, project and conversation.

Do campers bring lunch or is lunch provided?

Campers bring lunch Monday-Thursday. Lunch is provided on Friday during their Friday Fun- raisers. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Campers should bring a water bottle.

How are children transported?

Campers are transported in school buses chartered with First Student Transportation or a similar provider. Camps with smaller-sized groups are transported via shuttle van.

How many campers can register per session?

Camp is limited to 20 campers per session. This not only allows us to facilitate the conversations and experiences we want the campers to have, but respects our partners’ size and space limitations which to them is usually at their facility on a typical work day!

How many service hours will my child earn for one week at Summer Camp?

Depending upon attendance and participation, campers have the opportunity to earn up to 30 community service volunteer hours.

My child attended K.A.R.E. Camp in the past, is there a discount for return campers?

We are grateful for our returning campers! Yes, there is a discount if you attended K.A.R.E. Camp in the past. Please use the promo code RETURN in step 5 of registration.

I am a staff member in the Ladue School District, how do I register using the Ladue District discount?

As a gesture of our appreciation to the teachers and staff in the Ladue School District, there is a Teacher and Staff Appreciation Rate. Please use the TEACHER promo code and use your district email address as your contact email in registration step #2.

How can my child apply to be a Junior Camp Counselor?

Depending upon the size of the summer session, 1-2 volunteers are staffed per session as Junior Camp Counselors. There is a $50 fee which helps cover the cost of their shirt and other supplies. Junior Camp Counselors are eligible to earn the same (or more) volunteer service hours as campers. Boys and girls (13+) who enjoy working with children, and enjoy the rewards of volunteering, are invited to apply. Please introduce yourself by clicking on Contact K.A.R.E.