We are ready for Summer 2021!
Boys and Girls 7+!
Space is limited
(First come – First serve)
August 1st - 7th, 2021
Come to join FDS for an Annual Overnight Summer Camp that you will never forget!
This summer, the overnight camp will be exploring the campgrounds at the beautiful and one of our favorite location Silver Creek, in the mountainous surroundings of Tuolumne, CA located near the Yosemite National Park. Silver Creek features a majestic panoramic view of the Tuolumne River Valley.
Package includes, but is not limited to...
Food: Three meals per day, snacks, beverages, etc.
Dance and Gymnastics Classes: Each day dancers attend classes to learn new techniques and learn fun new dances.
Charter Bus Transportation: Luxury air-conditioned buses transport our campers to and from our Mountain View Location to Silver Creek Camp.
Accommodations: Each cabin comes equipped with 2-4 bunk beds, a private bathroom and extra storage space for all of your personal belongings.
Camp Activities: Silver Creek Pool, Basketballs, Footballs, Tennis, Softballs, Volleyballs, Horse Shoe Pits, Movie Night, Karaoke, Hike.
Premium Activities: Silver Spur Trails (Hike the historical Flume trail down into the Toulumne River Valley); Archery "Broken Arrow Hollow"; New Giant Swing" Gold Rush Swing"; Paintball "Splater Hill"; Waterslide "The Silver Spur Miner's Fume", Zip Line "The Atgonaut"
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And much more…
Prepare for Camp…
This section of the page is designed to give you an idea of what you will experience and to prepare you for the adventure!
Talking to Your Kid About Camp...
Sending your child to camp starts when you first sign them up. It’s an experience that you can share together. Campers may feel excitement about the summer, as well as some level of nervousness. These emotions are normal and healthy reactions. As the summer approaches, it can be helpful to discuss these emotions and to help prepare your camper by simulating camp experiences at home (these can range from a child completing his or her bedtime routine independently to doing a “camp out” in the living room). Please prepare your child for camp with words of encouragement and by giving them an accurate impression and clear expectations of the camp experience. The things you tell your child before they leave for camp often affect how they adjust to being away from home.
Here are a few helpful things to say:
“FDS Camp knows how to contact me if they need to.”
“I love you and I’m really happy that you will be having this wonderful experience.”
“I know you’ll do great at camp. It’s okay to miss me but don’t miss out on activities because of that.”
Here are a few things that are NOT helpful to say:
“I’ll pick you up early if you get too homesick.”
“Just try a week and see how you like it.”
“You have to go to camp because I need a vacation.”
“You can call me anytime.”
Please pack with your camper so both of you are familiar with what they have brought. Send sturdy, well-marked, washable clothing & enough to last for the Camp session) We recommend that you label every item with labels or a laundry marker.
- Blanket, Pillow, and Sheets OR Sleeping Bag and Pillow
- Clothes for 6 DAYS (Pants, Shirts, Shorts, Socks, Underwear, Pajamas, etc.)
*Please note that kids, especially younger ones, tend to get dirty or wet during our activities and may require additional changes of clothing throughout the day so please pack extra.
- Warm Clothes (2 pairs of Sweatpants, 2 Sweaters)
- Sneakers (suitable for outdoor activity such as hiking, games, etc.)
- Sandals/Flip Flops (for shower use)
- Dance/Gymnastics Attire for 5 DAYS
*Please avoid packing leotards and skirts; the kids don’t change between dance and gymnastics classes, so leggings/sports shorts and t-shirts/tank tops are preferred.
- Ballet/Jazz Dance Shoes
- One-peace swimsuit or a t-shirt to wear on top while swimming (per campsite regulations)
- 2 Towels (one for showering, one for swimming)
- Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, hairbrush, hair ties, shampoo & conditioner, lotion, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
- Toiletry bag or large Ziplock for above items
- Insect repellant
- Sun hat, Sunglasses
- Small Backpack
- Bag for dirty laundry
- Flashlight (w/extra batteries)
- Reusable Water Bottle
- If desired, your child can also bring FUN clothes that they may want to use for our annual Fashion Show!
What NOT to bring…
Any sort of sugary treats. Candy, gum, or snacks. Food in camper's sleeping area attracts animals, so please don't send any!
Food items that contain nuts.
Matches, fireworks or explosives.
Pocket knives or weapons of any kind, even toys that look like weapons
Cell phones and personal electronic devices (iPads, iPods, MP3 players, eReaders, digital cameras, etc.)
Valuable items, such as jewelry, collections, etc.
Cigarettes, alcohol, & drugs are strongly prohibited!
What to Expect on Registration Day…
When you arrive at Camp, you’ll be directed to the Camp Office, where you’ll wait in line to check in:
- Registration Check-In: we will check your camper in, take any money you want to leave for the camp store, and answer any of your questions.
- Lice Check: there can absolutely be no lice in camp because lice spread very easily. Your camper will have a lice check. If any sign of lice or nits are found, your camper will not be allowed on the bus. The Director will work out a plan with you to see if you would like to clear them of lice and drive them to camp for a late arrival.
- Medical Check-In: A medical person will check in any meds – please keep these outside of luggage ready for check-in. If your campers’ medical forms are not complete your camper cannot be checked in at the bus! Do a quick verbal check about how your camper is feeling.
Instructions for Packing Medications…
All medications must be given to the Camp medical staff at registration.
DO NOT pack any medicine in your camper’s luggage (this includes non-prescription drugs of any kind).
Pack medication containers in a plastic zip bag with the camper’s name printed in permanent ink on the bag.
All medications, vitamins, and supplements must be in original containers with the doctor’s name, dosage, and any instructions clearly stated.
We have a supply of commonly used over-the-counter medicines, so it is not necessary to send these to camp.
If you have a question about a specific medicine, please contact us.
Mail and Communication at Camp…
We know that staying in touch with your child is important to you, just as hearing from home is important at camp. Though we do not have visiting days or access to phones for your camper to contact you, there are several ways you can be in touch while they are at camp.
- Letters: Write your child some letters! You can leave them in the office on the first day of camp to be distributed throughout the session or mail them within the first day of camp.
- Emails: You can send a letter via email to email@example.com. We will give them to read.
- Facebook: Join the fun and stay up to date with your child’s experience at FDS Facebook Page! The Facebooks posts will include daily photos, and updates of Camp activities.
Directions to Camp…
It is approximately a three-hour drive to Tuolumne, California. Silver Creek located near the Yosemite National Park and features a majestic panoramic view of the Tuolumne River Valley.
- The physical address: 17301 Silver Spur Drive, Tuolumne, CA 95379
Dare to Lead...
Our Counselor and Co-counselor-in-Training Program is designed to offer qualified young people an opportunity to prepare for positions as camp counselors or recreation leaders. Emphasis is placed upon developing leadership skills, sensitivity to children, and program skills.
The Counselor-in-Training Program (CIT) and Co-counselor-in-Training Program (CCIT) Program is an intensive, hands-on training experience that gives teen campers valuable insight into the role of a camp counselor.
Guided by an experienced CIT and CCIT Program Coordinator, CITs and CCITs will develop their decision-making and problem-solving skills by assisting with daily activities and camper care.
Applicants must possess a genuine interest in recreational youth development and in working with campers ages 7-12.
CITs and CCITs must be willing to commit the required energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude to all aspects of the training program.
CIT and CCIT Requirements...
Participation in the CIT and CCIT program is by selection. Interested applicants will need to complete an application form, submit multiple references, and attend an interview. The first step is to have a parent/guardian to complete the online camper application.
The CIT applicants must be at least 16 years old at the start of their CIT session.
The CCIT applicants must be at least 15 years old at the start of their CCIT session.
One week before departure, the CITs and CCITs must attend a training meeting with the CIT and CCIT Program Coordinator. Stay Tuned for Training meeting time and date.
Counselor-in-Training Program (CIT) one-week session - $545
Co-counselor-in-Training Program (CCIT) one-week session - $795
Fantasy Dance Studio - Family, Student, and Parent Policy 2020 – 2021
FDS team is diligently working with state and local officials to develop safety protocols in line with industry best practices. As this is an ever-evolving process with new information arriving daily, and health and safety is our top priority, we will notify our campers with any updates.
As we've learned over the past year, it's difficult to predict what will happen with the COVID-19 virus from month to month. With the distribution of vaccines now beginning, we remain optimistic that life will start to look closer to normal this summer.
Over the next six months, we will continue to assess our policies and protocols, providing you with updates. We remain prepared to operate FDS Summer Overnight Camp under the health guidelines that are in place and recommended for summer overnight camps for 2021.
WILL CAMPERS NEED TO BE TESTED FOR COVID-19 PRIOR TO COMING TO CAMP?
All campers must provide us with a recent negative COVID-19 test result. We will also require campers and their families to use appropriate COVID-19 precautions in the 14 days before camp.
WILL CAMPERS BE REQUIRED TO BE VACCINATED PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT CAMP?
We anticipate that most or all of our camp's adult staff members will be vaccinated for COVID-19. At this time, it doesn't seem likely that vaccines for COVID-19 will be available for children by summer. We will follow CDC and Health Department recommended vaccination guidelines for schools and other youth-serving organizations.
WILL YOU OFFER BUS TRANSPORTATION TO CAMP?
While we hope to offer our normal bus transportation, there is a possibility that parents may need to drive children to camp. If we do offer bus transportation, masks must be worn while onboard.
WILL CAMPER NEED TO WEAR A MASK WHILE AT CAMP?
Campers will need to wear a mask during certain times, such as indoors or when they cannot maintain six feet of distance from others.
WHAT IF SOMEONE FEELS SICK AT CAMP?
We will be checking our campers and staff members daily. Once an individual shows any symptoms of COVID-19, he/she will be isolated, and parents will need to make arrangements to pick up the camper the same day. Closer to summer, we will know the specific quarantine and testing requirements for cabin groups and other age cohort campers and staff who were in contact.
PRECAUTIONS WE WILL TAKE REGARDING USING COMMON SPACE FACILITIES.
Bathrooms: Bathrooms will be cleaned regularly throughout the day, and we will have scheduled shower times for groups (as we've had in the past).
Dining: We will have our meals outside on the open-air dining porch. At Silver Creek will be accommodated only FDS group. No other groups/people will be in contact with us.
The health and well-being of our students and our community are our top priorities. Consequently, we have always appreciated our camp families' loyalty, cooperation, support, and trust. This year, more than ever, we need to be on the same team, with the same objectives, heading into summer.