The Valerie Fund’s Camp Happy Times LIT Application
2018 Dates: August 13th – 19th Application Deadline: April 16th
Camp Happy Times Leader-in-Training Program Information
The LIT two-year program is for young adults aged 19 – 21 that have or have had cancer.
Develop life and leadership skills that can be applied to life situations and assist in developing young adults with their transition into the adult community.
Help develop skills to be independent, respectful and reliable while enabling good communication practices.
Promote personal growth by developing the participant’s positive attributes and identifying opportunities for improvement.
Relate previous life experiences to present and future successes.
Offer support and encouragement during and after the program to each participant.
19 years old.
High School Graduate or an equivalent diploma.
Mandatory year off required for senior campers prior to participation in LIT program.
Fulfill application criteria and acceptance guidelines.
Physically, emotionally and cognitively capable of caring for themselves while participating in a rigorous schedule requiring emotional and physical stamina.
Cooperative, flexible and able to work well with others.
All questions in the application must be answered or the application will be considered incomplete
Qualified candidates must complete and submit the LIT application by April 15th. Medical applications are due by May 16th. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Due to an overwhelming response this year, space will be limited. To ensure your possible participation in the program, make sure that your application and all corresponding materials are received by the due dates.
One letter of recommendation must be obtained from one counselor or staff member at Camp Happy Times.
Each applicant must complete the screening procedure successfully, including an interview and background check.
Acceptance is not guaranteed but is determined upon the approval of the Camp Director and the LIT counselors. Applications are good for one year and participants are required to reapply after each year for continued participation in the program.
Return completed Medical Applications by the deadline to:
Camp Happy Times, 2010 Millburn Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
I understand and agree that Camp Happy Times, The Valerie Fund and all of their agents, representatives and employees (paid or volunteer) accept no responsibility for the loss, damage or theft of my property.
I understand and agree that certain activities at Camp Happy Times have an increased risk of injury. I understand and agree to release, waive, indemnify, defend and hold harmless Camp Happy Times, The Valerie Fund and all of their agents, representatives and employees (paid or volunteer) from any and all injuries, losses, claims, cost, expenses and/or damages.
I herby authorize Camp Happy Times to obtain information it deems desirable in processing of my application including civil, criminal, employment, police and vehicle records and other relevant information, and release The Valerie Fund's Camp Happy Times, it's employees, volunteers and agents from all liability for any damage whatsoever incurred in furnishing or obtaining such information. The application herby waives any claim for damages by reason of non-acceptance of this application, which The Valerie Fund's Camp Happy Times may reject.
In the event of a medical or surgical emergency, I hereby authorize the Licensed Medical Staff at Camp Happy Times to render to me or arrange for me to receive any and all treatment deemed advisable by them and to be rendered under the supervision of medical personnel. I understand that I am responsible for obtaining insurance authorization or referral if needed for such treatment and any cost incurred for such that any existing insurance may not cover.
Code of Conduct Guidelines
In a continuing effort to offer each participant the best week possible with the most memorable experiences, rules should be understood and agreed to by the Leader-in-Training before attending Camp Happy Times. While situations are not anticipated, this code is simply a way to provide a safeguard for you, our campers and CHT. Leaders-in-Training must sign this form in order to participate in Camp Happy Times.
Leaders-in-Training (LIT) are expected to abide by the following rules:
LITs are required to report to all assigned activities on time and actively participate for the duration of the period. All assignments are determined by the program coordinators.
No LIT may hit, physically or emotionally abuse, or in any way embarrass, demean or degrade a camper for any reason.
LITs may not leave the campgrounds under any circumstances without express permission from the Director of Camp Happy Times.
LIT relationships may not interfere with any camp responsibilities. Relationships should be friendly and supportive. LITs may never become intimate, suggestive or sexual with each other while at Camp Happy Times. This includes LITs who may have had a relationship prior to camp.
Relationships with campers should be friendly and supportive. Romantic, intimate, suggestive or sexual relationships with campers are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
LITs are to abide by common standards of decency including dress and behavior. Abusive language, arguing or fighting between counselors, campers or other staff is intolerable.
With the exception of medical or administrative staff, LITs may not enter the living quarters of members of the opposite sex without permission.
No alcoholic beverages, firearms, illegal or unauthorized drugs will be allowed on the grounds of Camp Happy Times. Including, but not limited to: storage, consumption, sale or any other use.
No drinking of alcoholic beverages, use of illicit drugs or controlled substances will be allowed.
No use of tobacco products on the campus of Camp Happy Times will be allowed.
All medications (including over-the-counter) must be given to the medical staff for the duration of camp and obtained from the infirmary when needed.
LITs must respect the campgrounds. Littering or defacing camp property is not permitted. LITs should actively participate in keeping the camp grounds and their cabins clean.
Swimming is not permitted unless under the direction of a Tyler Hill lifeguard. Lifejackets must be worn for all water sport activities.
NOTE: Any conduct not specifically covered by this code of conduct, but deemed inappropriate by those responsible for Camp Happy Times will be viewed as a violation and appropriate action will be taken.
Unacceptable behavior during Camp Happy Times (as defined within this Code of Conduct or through a review process by Camp Happy Times administration) may result in the following consequences (not necessarily in this order):
A verbal warning
Temporary suspension from camp activities
Restitution or repayment of damages
Early release from Camp Happy Times
Denial of future participation in Camp Happy Times for one or more years (as determined by Camp Happy Times administration).
Release to the proper law enforcement agency and/or the proper authorities
The Valerie Fund
2101 Millburn Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040