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Camp MEE

August 2nd - 6th
Clifton Neighborhood in Cincinnati

The Ohio Center for Sex Education is hosting its first ever Summer Camp, Camp MEE,  focused on Movement, Enrichment and Empowerment!

The camp is built for middle school students (ages 11-14 approximately) and will cover a range of topics including:

  • Relationships
  • Internet safety
  • Sexual health
  • Nutrition and movement
  • Consent
  • Communication

Meet Your Camp Facilitators

Camp MEE is facilitated by the Ohio Center for Sex Education team in Southwest Ohio. Sarah, Kim, Marcela, Holly and Margaret will be at camp all week.

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Sarah 

My name is Sarah, and I am so glad you are joining us for Camp MEE! I am the Director of Education and my team and I have an amazing week planned for you. Together we will explore topics like relationships, joyful movement, sexual health and more. See you soon!

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Marcela 

Hello! My name is Marcela. I am a Certified Health Education Specialist and I work with local schools and organizations providing education and also host parent training sessions! See you there!

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Kim 

My name is Kim and I am the Community Education Manager for the Ohio Center for Sex Education. I can't wait to see you at Camp MEE!

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Holly 

Hi! My name is Holly, and I am an education intern and a student at the University of Cincinnati. I will graduate in December with a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Education. Can't wait to see you at camp!

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Margaret 

Hi! My name is Margaret. I am an education intern, and I will graduate this August with a degree in Health Promotion and Education from UC. See you at camp!

College student ambassadors will guide a small group of campers to each on-site session every day of camp. The sessions will be planned and taught by Ohio Center for Sex Education educators and other community organizations. We'll be educating campers while also encouraging their own self-reflection for a week of fun and educational enrichment. Lunch and snacks will be provided but campers can also bring their own lunch if they choose. 

There is financial support available for those with demonstrated need. Complete an application here: Scholarship Application.

A Note about COVID Safety

All camp activities and plans will adhear to the COVID-19 safety requirements set by the CDC and Ohio Department of Health. COVID safety precautions will include safe distancing, masks and regular hand washing and sanitizing of areas and resources. During meals, all lunches will be individually packaged. 

FAQs

FAQs

Do you background check your staff/volunteers?

Yes, all staff and volunteers are vetted through an application process and a background check.

How are your staff/volunteers trained?

The Ohio Center for Sex Education educators are fully trained professionals. All college student volunteers go through a two-day, 6 hour training with Ohio Center for Sex Education educators that covers how to work with middle school youth, de-escalation/conflict resolution strategies, how to answer tough questions, basics of comprehensive sex education, and more.

What is your adult to camper ratio?

Camp MEE is in compliance with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services registered day camp guidelines and follows, at minimum, the 1:18 adult to youth ratio guidelines.

How is the food? What about food allergies?

Food will be donated from reputable and popular Cincinnati area restaurants and grocery stores. Parents/guardians can indicate on the application if campers have food allergies and arrangements will be made to accommodate them. We will also indicate on the campers badge that they have a food allergy so extra caution is taken. Campers may also choose to bring their own packed lunch. Refrigerators and microwaves will be available for use.

How do you handle medications?

Guardians can indicate on the application if their camper needs medication during camp time. Medication can be dropped off/picked up during check in and check out each day of camp.

How do you support gender-expansive youth?

Camp MEE is an inclusive and affirming space for gender expansive youth. All gender restrooms will be available and campers will include their pronouns on their nametags. Volunteers and staff are trained on how to properly use pronouns and respect gender expansive youth. Any type of bullying or harassment will not be tolerated.

Can you accommodate children with special needs?

Our camp location is wheelchair accessible, ASL interpretation services can be arranged, service animals are permitted, and large text/Braille materials can be arranged.  

Registration

What is the cost?

The cost to attend Camp MEE is $200 per camper.

Do you offer financial assistance? What information do I need to provide in order to access financial assistance?

Yes! The form for financial assistance for those with demonstrated need can be accessed here: Scholarship Application.

Do you offer payment plans?

We are able to offer payment plans on an as needed basis. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information. 

When are fees due?

The fee is due upon registration. 

What forms of payment do you accept?

All online payments must be made by credit card. If you need to pay with cash or check, please contact us at [email protected] for more information. 

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

Cancellations and refunds are accepted up to 2 weeks prior to the first day of camp (August 2nd). If the camp must be moved virtually or cancelled due to a COVID surge, refunds will be offered.

What happens after I register?

Once you have completed registration and payment you will receive a confirmation email. This will include the dates, times, location, receipt of payment and other important camp information. You will also receive a short list of things to expect from Camp MEE. 

Safety

What kind of safety protocols will be in place?

Campers will check in each morning and will only be allowed to leave if accompanied by an approved adult. OCSE staff and camp volunteers will be on-site at all times and campers will not be left unattended. The indoor space is strictly for camp use during this time. The outdoor space is enclosed with the exception of the driveways, which will be monitored by staff and volunteers. In the case of extreme weather, camp staff and participants will follow the safety guidelines as directed by the site manager. 

What are your COVID policies?

Each camper, staff, and volunteer will complete a symptoms checklist and temperature screen during check in each morning of camp. Anyone presenting with any fever or COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home. We ask that anyone who is feeling sick not attend camp and utilize the virtual materials for that day. We are following CDC recommended protocol for summer camps, which can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html  

Preparing for Camp/Logistics

What are the camp hours?

Camp hours are 8am-5pm. Drop off will be from 8 am-8:30 am. Pick up will be from 4:30 pm-5 pm.

How is the day scheduled?

Camp will begin each day with announcements and a movement activity. Camp will end each day with closing announcements. Campers will participate in hour-long learning/activity time split up by 15 min breaks. Lunch will be each day from 12-1pm.  

Can I drop my camper off early/pick up late?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate early drop offs or late pickups. Drop off will be from 8 am-8:30 am. Pick up will be from 4:30 pm-5 pm. Please ensure you are on time for both drop off and pick up. 

Are lunch and/or snacks provided?

Yes! Lunch will be provided each day and snacks/water will be available for campers throughout each day. Campers are also welcome to pack their own lunch.

Who teaches camp?

The Ohio Center for Sex Education team will be leading the camp along with highly qualified presenters from other community health organizations. Bios for the OCSE team and community presenters can be found on the Camp MEE webpage. 

May parents watch the classes?

No, because of our rigorous safety and security policies, we cannot allow parents to attend camp classes.

What should my camper wear?

Campers should come dressed in comfortable clothes and shoes that they can move around in and won’t mind potentially getting dirty. There will be arts and crafts and outdoor playtime during certain camp days. We do recommend bringing a long sleeve shirt or hoodie as it sometimes gets cold inside the building. 

What do I need to send with my camper?

Campers should come each day with: any needed medications, a packed lunch (if they do not want to eat camp lunch), sunscreen if the camper requires a special kind (generic sunscreen will be provided), sunglasses (if wanted for outdoor time), their Camp MEE lanyard, and their Camp MEE water bottle.

Will my camper receive a camp t-shirt?

Yes! Each camper will receive a Camp MEE t-shirt included in cost of camp registration.

What if my camper does not want to participate in an activity?

We will encourage all campers to get outside of their comfort zone, experience new activities and learn new things. However, if a camper does not feel comfortable participating or needs to take a break, we will have a designated area for them supervised by volunteers/staff.

May I phone to check in on my camper?

If there is a situation where a camper needs to be contacted, guardians may call the phone number listed in the camp information sheet. Due to the business of camp staff, we encourage these calls to be made only if necessary.

Can parents stay and volunteer at camp?

If parents/guardians would like to volunteer, they can fill out this application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eRGkEcdxUCW563OP1N0T250kjgiOst5l0qaZTC7G5mE/edit before July 12th.

Can my camper bring their cell phone?

Yes! However, we will ask campers to put their phones away during sessions and activities. 

Interested in Volunteering?

Apply today to be a college student ambassador or an adult volunteer. All volunteers must complete a background check and training.

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