As working parents with three school aged children, we know all too well how hard it is to find camps the kids can participate in to keep them cared for, happy, and having fun all summer long. The kids have always enjoyed the option of day camps or summer camps, but finding good choices that all three of them would enjoy, and organizing an entire summer... up to 10 weeks... for three kids was a nightmare! Trying to research the offerings in our local area; figure out the dates/times/cost etc.; seeing what would fit into the calendar based on their interests and our vacation time... it was just too much to keep organized and within a couple of hours my head would be spinning! I said to my husband, "There should be an app for this!" And thus was born our innovation, Camps Rock!
We started our business in Dayton, OH because… well, because that’s where we live. For the spring of 2015 we will only be covering summer camps in the Greater Dayton area. Therefore, if you’ve reached this site from a city other than Dayton, OH, you may not find much here to help you. We have slated 15 more cities to expand into for spring of 2016. If you’d love to see Camps Rock in your city, please send us a message (using the ‘Contact Us’ link), and we will plan to come to the most often requested cities next.
Well, it is a very labor intensive and painstaking process to collect this data. There is no web crawler picking this information up. You may have found other sites similar to ours, and discovered that the camp details were incomplete, or only a fraction of the available camps were listed. Other camp related directories only include camps that have paid to be listed. We felt very strongly from day #1 that we needed to have a free listing for every camp in a region. That meant reaching out to these camps one-by-one, and collecting their data by hand, either by having them send us the data we needed, or by collecting the information off their flyers, pdf files they sent us, or their websites. This is not simple, nor is it quick. But, we felt the application would be of little use to parents and caregivers if it only listed organizations that paid to be included.
[I planted this question, obviously ]
No, the data is not guaranteed. We have worked very hard, and believe me, while going through the data collection process our eyes have at times felt like they would fall out of our heads. If you’re reading this, you are very possibly someone who has spent time in previous years trying to organize summer camps for your own family, and you’re very familiar with the difficulty this poses. It is taxing on your brain, isn’t it? So, yes, we have gone just about bonkers collecting this data, and while we’re very happy with it, I would wager to guess it’s not perfect. As with anything, you will want to double check with the organization’s own website to validate that the information included in Camps Rock is accurate.
Well, I’m glad you asked that question, because while that would seem pretty cut and dried, it actually is a little more complicated. Some camps list entry requirements as “grade just completed”, while other camps list them as “grade entering next year”. In order for the searching to work easily for parents, we standardized on “grade entering next year”. For the few camps that list their requirements the opposite, we have adjusted the grade accordingly, so that all grades listed in Camps Rock should represent the grade they will enter in the upcoming school year. Please be certain to always check with the camp organization first, as to their exact age and grade requirements before settling on a camp.
Unfortunately, not at this time. We look forward to offering online registration through Camps Rock in the future. For now, you will need to contact the camp directly to get the forms and/or online registration process from them.
Please note: Putting a camp on your Favorites List does NOT register you for the camp. I imagine you already had that figured. The Favorites List is simply a place to store and easily return to the camps you thought were the best fit for your needs.
Oh, and by the way, it would be fantastic if you would mention to the camp director when you register that you found their organization on Camps Rock!! We can use all the momentum we can get.
On Camps Rock we attempted to note when the registration opened and closes for each camp, if that information was available. Very few camps have a specific registration close date, but some may in fact have close dates that we are not aware of. Also, Camps Rock has no way of knowing if a camp is full, or if they are keeping a waiting list. You will need to contact the camp directly to be certain if it is open for registration.
Yes! We want to hear from you! We could add camps all day long, and frankly we want to try to get every camp in Dayton listed here. Reach out to us via the “Add My Camp” link, or the “Contact Us” link, and let us know what we’re missing. We are adding more camps every day.
There are a couple of different ways you can search for specialized camps. One way is with the themes and subthemes. For camps that are very specific to children with special needs, they have most likely categorized themselves under the Special Needs theme.
The other way you can find camps that can accommodate children with various special needs is to look into the details page. There is a spot where the camp can identify the different special needs they are equipped for. Several camps also indicated to us that they make decisions on a case-by-case basis. It would be best to call the camp to get more details.
Me? Well, my name is Anne, and putting Camps Rock together has been the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. We are a lean and mean team of software developers and data managers who have been hard at work for about 5 months on this. It’s been a pleasure to work on Camps Rock, and we hope you’ll find it to be a pleasure to use. Let us know what you think!
Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects your brain by causing problems with thinking, memory and behavior. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia causes. Dementia is a fancy way of saying that a disease is affecting the way of thinking so seriously that it interferes with daily life. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease; it gradually gets worse. Alzheimer’s patients lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. As the disease progresses they can lose the ability to speak, walk, and feed themselves. There is no cure, no way of reversing it. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
Currently over 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease; 210,000 of those cases are in Ohio. By 2025 it is predicted that 7.1 million Americans will be suffering from the disease. Alzheimer’s does not just affect the senior population, early onset Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed as early as 40. It’s an ugly disease, and more awareness and emphasis needs to be put on funding research and finding answers.
My dad had Alzheimer’s disease. He died in 2009, and three months after his death, my sister was diagnosed. She was 58. Karen died in March last year… she was 65. Because of my personal connection, I have a passion for helping fight the fight. This will be the eighth year our family has walked in this Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
We need it for a few things… we will be emailing you with instructions and links to videos to help you reach your fundraising goal, so the email address you give us should be one you, or someone in your family, check on a regular basis. We don’t want to just get you signed up and then leave it to you to figure out what to do next by yourself… we want to help you reach your goal! If you’ve given us permission, we may text you little reminders and encouragements to your cell phone.!
Just so you know, I hate SPAM just as much as anyone. I promise we are never going to give your email address to anyone. Seriously. I pinky-promise.
No, you don’t have to attend the walk, and your team members don’t either. Unlike some walks, where you get pledges per mile, or your donors only make their contribution if you get to the finish line, this walk is simply to raise funds and awareness.
However, the walk is very uplifting. The opening ceremony is very moving. Besides, I really want to meet you, and congratulate you on what you’ve done! When your team reaches the $200 mark, you get a free drawstring bag from Kids Rock the Walk. When you wear that drawstring bag at the walk, people will be able to tell that you are a super special kid… that you are part of the Kids Rock the Walk movement. We’re going to collect together, all of us Kids Rock the Walk folks, and show everyone what an awesome collection of kids have joined the fight this year.
The walk is relatively short. You can check on the Alzheimer’s website for the walk you signed up for, what the actual walk route will be, and how long it is. The walks generally have a shorter version (there will be a shortcut back to the starting point)… This year the full Dayton walk is 2 miles. The entire walk is paved, so it will be wheelchair/walker accessible.
The walk itself probably takes about an hour. You’ll want to get there a little early, because there is an opening ceremony. This is the very best part in my opinion. I cry every year. Whether you’re there in person or not, your impact will be felt.
Aside from the day of the walk itself, the time commitment on fundraising is as little or as much as you have time for. We will send you links to short videos that will take you step by step through a successful push to reach your $200 goal. These videos will be just 1 to 2 minutes each, and each one will have one or two quick tasks you can complete to make steady progress toward your goal. Almost everything can easily be done either at your computer, or on the phone.
I’m going to estimate that the actual fundraising time would be maybe 15 minutes each day for the first week. I bet the total amount of time will be around 2 hours, spread out a little bit each day. I really think you can reach $200 in a week. After that, the sky is the limit… you can fundraise all you want, and we have more awesome grand prizes as this event goes along. We will also have special prizes for the top individual team captain fundraisers and prizes for the top teams. We’ll fill you in on all of the details as we go along.
There are the prizes you’ll get from Kids Rock the Walk, and then there are prizes you’ll be eligible for from the Alzheimer’s Association. We will send you a flyer once you get signed up and start your team. These are really nice high quality prizes. When you personally raise $100 you’ll get the official Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt. After that, the Alz Association has different gifts at the $300, $500, $1,000 marks, and so on… cool stuff like umbrellas, and jackets, and folding chairs. I promise, they are good gifts.
The other cool thing the Miami Valley chapter does is hold other challenges through the weeks leading up to the walk. You’ll get those notifications in emails directly from the Alzheimer’s Association. So, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to win lots of nice prizes.
Nope, not at all. We have gotten sponsors for this event, which are basically covering the costs… printing the drawstring bags, printing of flyers, a small amount of advertising, and some other small miscellaneous expenses. We’ve put this together on a pretty tight budget. Most of the gift cards have been donated by the different companies, and some of the gifts have been purchased by us, through sponsor monies. At the end of the day, if anything is left over, it will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. (Refer to question #2 about why we’re doing this in the first place.)
We completely understand this situation. Our family of five has walked together for six years on our team “Walking for Karen”. What we’ve done is, my husband and I have kept our original team, and our three kids formed their own teams. They are recruiting different adults besides mom and dad to join their team with them (our kids have asked Aunts and Uncles to be their team members). So now, instead of one team, our family is four teams!
We would just ask that you have your child or children form their own team, and then follow our videos and steps to recruit a new team member, and raise funds for their own personal team. I really think he/she can still reach the $200 mark, even if your team has already raised other funds. All we’re trying to do here is raise more funds for the Alzheimer’s Association, and reward kids for making the personal effort to help. Send me an email if you have a situation with extenuating circumstances that makes this not possible (email@example.com). We appreciate your understanding.
Yes! I am SUPER excited about this. Our goal is to have at least 50 team captains, all wearing their Kids Rock the Walk drawstring bags, with their Alz Association t-shirts. We will all collect together for the opening ceremony. We want all of the other people there to see how POWERFUL you are, and what an awesome impact you have made on this year’s walk.
Gift cards and t-shirts can be picked up at the Camps Rock offices, which are in Centerville off Paragon Road. If you can’t make arrangements to come pick them up, then we will have them at the walk for you to pick up on that day. We really don’t want to risk mailing them; the gift cards are basically a cash value… we don’t want that stolen or lost in any way. We will email you to make specific arrangement for pickup.
We would like to include any kids 21 years old and younger. We have gifts that will be awesome for a wide age range. There are bouncy places, and things for toddlers, and there are mini-golf, laser tag, and other gifts for bigger kids. We are continuing to work on more and more gift certificates, and the options will be changing throughout the program, but we have a large variety. There are sure to be gift options that anyone will enjoy.
Yes, just like anything there are some pesky deadlines. In order to be eligible for your drawstring bag in time for walk day, you’ll need to get registered by September 26th. You can still sign up after that time, but you may not get your drawstring bag by walk day.
The fundraising for the GRAND prizes will go to the Friday following the walk (to allow for final cash donations on walk day to be processed and posted on the official site). So, the official deadline for GRAND prize winners is Friday Oct. 14th.
So, a summary of the deadlines are:
You can participate fully in Kids Rock the Walk, even if you’re walking in a different walk. You’re still eligible for all of the prizes, and the grand prizes. The only difference will be that you won’t have your prizes on walk day. The bags are being printed up the first week of October, so they won’t be ready until the Dayton Walk. All of the above deadlines are still the same.
Feel free to email me personally. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org.