Civic Heroes Camp

Civic Heroes Camp

Civic Heroes Virtual Summer Camp

Welcome to Planet Civic - the place where kids rule the world! On this planet, campers become Superheroes-in-training and will build their own communities, run their cities, and help their neighbors. Campers will participate in virtual games, activities, and civic lessons to learn what it means to be a citizen. In the end, campers will leave as fully trained Superheroes for their communities.

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What's this virtual summer camp all about?

Civic Heroes staff leading online camp session

Civic Heroes is designed for upper elementary students who have a knack for serving their neighbors, learning how to tackle community challenges or are just looking for something fun to do this summer!

  • Students entering grades 4th - 6th sign up here to participate. (Registration must be completed by child's parent/guardian.)
  • Campers will meet online every day the week of June 14th - 18th to share and learn with staff from the Office of Civic Engagement. This camp is virtual and no in-person meetings will take place. The 75-minute sessions will begin at 10am or 1:30pm (Central Time Zone) and will include a break halfway through the meeting time. Campers will have the option of choosing their preference of morning or afternoon sessions until full.
  • In between sessions, campers will be assigned challenges and activities also known as "missions" to complete on their own time.
  • Participants will receive their very own HERO pack containing all materials for activities. Packets will be available for pick up for participants who are local, and will be mailed to participants residing outside of Troy, Alabama.
  • This virtual summer experience is made FREE for campers because of our partnership with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life.
  • Spaces are limited and will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis. Priority will be given to new campers. Returning campers are welcome, but please note, camp content will be very similar to Civic Heroes 2020.
  • The deadline to register is May 28th.

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Training and Top Secret Missions

Through the course of the camp, participants will be introduced to the five character traits of a good citizen: compassion, honesty, respect, responsibility, and courage. Each day they will dive into the basics of our government including learning about the Constitution, governing branches, American symbols, citizen rights and responsibilities, and the election process. They will have the opportunity to virtually meet with community leaders and create their very own communities. While also learning about heroes who shaped history, they'll be inspired to be active citizens who make an impact on the world around them. 

 

What is needed to participate?

Computer or tablet

You will need a device capable of video web-conferencing. A smart phone may also be used, but could result in a more limited experience.

Internet connection

You will need to ensure you have reliable internet to participate in camp sessions.

Parent / guardian permission & email

A parent or legal guardian must complete camper's registration and provide an email address to be used for communication during the camp.

HERO pack

Each camper will receive a HERO pack containing all the materials needed to participate in camp activities. Packets will be available for pick up for participants who are local, and will be mailed to participants residing outside of Troy, Alabama.

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Meet the Team

This crew will serve as your camp leaders.

Lauren

coordinates civic engagement initiatives at Troy University where she equips college students to serve in their communities.

Chauntina

is team leader for our Real Talk on Race mentoring project and is a Jean O'Connor-Snyder intern with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life.

Spencer

is team leader for our Civic Heroes Summer Camp and is a Jean O'Connor-Snyder intern with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life.

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Safety & Code of Conduct Policy

Our goal is to ensure a safe and positive experience for all CIVIC HEROES participants. Please read and the Safety & Code of Conduct Policy below and discuss with your camper prior to camp.

Safety first

The Office of Civic Engagement at Troy University is dedicated to providing a safe environment for every child attending camp. Therefore we have put safety measures in place that allow for the maximum amount of safety for your child within our power. These measures include, but are not limited to, locking virtual session rooms and requiring a password for each invited participant to use, only allowing trained staff members to lead camp sessions, supervising and being present for any session in which any guest speaker may be participating, only using online platforms that, (within our discretion) are deemed safe, implementing a no tolerance bullying policy, and providing instructions for any at home activities that will be conducted. While we are working to create a safe environment for campers, we also encourage parents/guardians to monitor their child's usage of the internet. We cannot be held responsible for any external use of technology that is not being used for the sole purpose of attending virtual sessions.

No tolerance bullying policy

Troy University's Office of Civic Engagement and its affiliates do not condone bullying of any kind. Bullying is defined as when one or more people exclude, tease, taunt, gossip, hit, kick, or put down another person with the intent to hurt another. Bullying happens when a person or group of people want to have power over another ans use their power to get their way, at the expense of someone else. Bullying can also happen through cyberspace: through the use of e-mails, text messaging, social media, instant messaging, and other methods. If we are informed that cyber bullying is taking place among our campers and/or parents/guardians, we reserve the right to thoroughly investigate and take action. This includes but is not limited to removal of those responsible from the camp.

Disruption policy

The goal of our camp is to foster a creative learning environment for campers to learn and have fun. In our efforts to provide this space, we discourage disruption during the time of virtual sessions. We reserve the right to take action if there is disruption. This includes but is not limited to verbal warnings to possible removal from sessions.


I've still got some questions...

No, participating in the camp is free. This partnership is sponsored by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life.

Camp will take place daily Monday through Friday, the week of June 14th-18th. During camp, campers will participate in virtual learning with the assistance of a physical resource kit that will be used throughout the duration of the program. Each camp day will include a live 75-minute virtual session (with a break mid-way) and offline activities and challenges to be completed throughout the week.

Participants will need to be entering into the 4th - 6th grades starting in the Fall of 2021.

Camp is focused on providing a creative environment to help youth learn about civic participation.

Yes. To get the most out of the instruction, we ask that students utilize the video function and stay on camera during the entire session.

Yes. All camp sessions will be conducted virtually. However, campers will receive resources to participate in home-based activities outside of our camp sessions.

In our efforts to allow the maximum number of campers to participate, we ask that you cancel 2 weeks in advance.

Yes, in fact, we encourage students to attend with a buddy! You must complete a registration form for each child. In addition, space is limited and while we will do our best to ensure they are in the same session, we cannot guarantee it. Please register campers for the same time slot for the best chance of being in the same session. 

The deadline to register is May 26th.

The instructors for camp will be trained staff of the Office of Civic Engagement. Please see the "Meet the Team" section above on this webpage.

Campers will receive links and detailed instructions in an email on June 10th, the Thursday before camp begins.

To allow enough time for any necessary troubleshooting, we recommend logging on 5-10 minutes before the start of the first camp session.

You can expect for your kit to arrive 3 days to 1 week prior to the start of camp.

While there is no prep work needed before the start of camp, we encourage parents to go through the HERO pack prior to the first day of camp to ensure that all necessary materials are present. We also encourage campers to participate in the weekly home-based activities and challenges that will take place outside of our regular virtual sessions.

There is no penalty for missing a day of camp, but we do ask that campers commit to participating for the entirety of the camp sessions since camper spots are limited.

Civic Heroes is limited to 40 campers, that will be divided into two groups of 20. One group will attend meetings in the morning session and the other group will meet in the afternoons. Admission into the camp is on a first come, first served basis.

See below for our Safety and Code of Conduct Policy.

All camp sessions will require the use of a webcam.

Please contact your internet service provider for immediate assistance. If you are aware in advance, please notify us as soon as possible.

We encourage participants to sign on in advance. The web meeting platform will allow you to check your audio prior to joining the session.

You will need a computer, laptop, or tablet as well as internet connection.

Prior to the start of camp, you will receive an email with detailed instructions, including who to contact for immediate technical assistance logging into camp programs.

Email us at troyservice@troy.edu and we'll be glad to answer it!