Wednesday, August 4, 2010

AUGUST 11th - PARENT MEETING 6pm GHS

The first official day of GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE IS AUGUST 11th, 9am at ASPEN PARK. Prior to attending this, or any practice, your son/daughter must have a CURRENT PHYSICAL (given on May 15th or later) on file at Gaylord High School or turned in to coach Kalember at practice.

Also, we will be having a PARENT MEETING FOR any parents with a son/daughter who are planning on attending team camp on AUGUST 11th - Wednesday - at 6pm at GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL. We will do this on the front steps of the school or in the commons area right inside the front door if it is raining. This meeting is MANDATORY for parents if this is your son/daughters first team camp. If your son/daughter has gone to camp before you are not required to attend, but I highly recommend that you do so you can get all the forms and paperwork necessary. I will also make these available at our practices and your son/daughter can pick it up then.

To be eligible for team camp your son/daughter must have attended at least SIX summer runs at Aspen Park and turn in a completed summer running log with a mileage total of at least 100 miles for new runners, freshmen and sophomores and 150 miles for Juniors and Seniors.

Below is a TENTATIVE schedule of activities and information. A FINAL COPY will be handed out at the parent meeting on August 11th.

The $100 fee for camp (explained below) can be paid on August 11th - and I would almost prefer that you do - so that we can purchase food and supplies before we leave. Please pay in cash (if you must pay with check make it out to Jeff Kalember)

GAYLORD HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TEAM CAMP 2010

Who: For PARENTS AND PARTICIPANTS!
Where: Munising Michigan, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Campground – Munising Tourist Park Campground (906) 387-3145
Coach’s Cell Phone – (989) 370-0924 --- home phone 989-939-8684

Cost: I will collect $100 from each participant on Aug. 15 before we get in the vehicles !! – PLEASE NO CHECKS – CASH ONLY – IF YOU MUST DO A CHECK MAKE IT OUT TO ME, JEFF KALEMBER, SO WE CAN CASH IT BEFORE WE LEAVE. This cost covers camping fees, a camp T-shirt, ferry to the Island, gas, food, snacks, etc. The money you pay will also cover lunch and dinner each day – you will provide your own breakfast (cereal is what most people do) and you will also pay for your own DINNER Wednesday and lunch Thursday (lunch on Mackinac Island). If the $100 fee is too much for you, please talk to me privately -- this fee should not prevent anyone from attending camp. In addition to the registration cost, you should have some spending money for snacks, souvenirs, etc. (Just so you know where your $100 goes here is a list of expenses per athlete – Tshirt $10, gas $15, ferry to Mac. Island $15, camping fees $10 – food $40) Any leftover money will be divided up and returned to runners !! Usually we have NO money left over and have to use a portion of our fund-raising money to cover costs for camp. It’s not cheap to feed and transport 20+ kids around for 4 days!!

Parent volunteers:

In addition to me, we have the Kassubas, Fischers, Warrens, Ann Wagar, Diane Duff, and Lisa Dreyer as parent chaperones. Parent volunteers responsibilities include shuttling camp participants to trails, grocery shopping, helping to organize meals, and enjoying the beauty of Michigan’s great Upper Peninsula. Your help is really appreciated; this wouldn’t be possible without you! There is NO charge for parents who attend and we’ll feed you and pay your gas money! It’s like a mini vacation for you ! If you are a parent and cannot go this year – think about next year!! We can always use extra help.

Don’t forget !!

• Parents: if you can go, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP ! ! kalember@chartermi.net or call
• Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday breakfast – EVERYONE MUST BRING THEIR OWN BREAKFAST FOR 3 MORNINGS! Last year most people just brought along a box of their favorite cereal. (WE WILL PROVIDE THE MILK) Breakfast will also include fruits, juice, bagels, etc provided by your camp fees.
• WEDNESDAY dinner & THURSDAY lunch – you need to have your own $$
• YOU NEED YOUR PHYSICAL DONE BEFORE YOU LEAVE AND YOU NEED A PARENT CONSENT FORM SIGNED BEFORE YOU LEAVE, *No PHYSICAL? NO GO! So, be sure to get it done.
• No headphones, walkmans allowed out during the DAY, but it is fine to listen to music in your tent when you are going to bed (after 10pm). I am also contemplating a NO CELL PHONE rule if I see you sending 800 text messages during the day. Your goal is not to stay in touch with your friends back home!! Your goal IS to hang out with your XC friends.
• All school rules apply.
• Camp is a POSITIVE experience. We do not run FAST, but we do go a long ways. Get yourself in shape and be prepared to run. More importantly, be prepared to “bond” with your team. A team that plays together is a team that runs harder for their teammates. NO whining allowed.



Our tentative schedule

Monday August 16 - 9:00 am: Meet at GHS, front parking lot
QUICK TEAM MEETING BEFORE WE LEAVE – rules and regs
9:05 am: Drive to Munising !
*******Have a BAG lunch/snacks for the ride up – light with plenty of liquids.
1:00 pm: Set up camp, tents, get organized, quick dive in Lake Superior to cool off.
1-2pm Subway Lunch for snacking on …
2:00pm : TEAM CAMP SURVIVOR Competitions # 1 – “A minute to win it.”
3pm Head out to Munising Falls for RUN #1 – run from 330pm to 5 pm
530pm: Run done, back to campground.
6pm Clean up, shower
6-7:00 pm: Pizza for dinner
8pm – TEAM CAMP SURVIVOR Competition #2 – “HOT!”
9pm boys meeting, followed by girls meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 17 – 8:00 am: Up at and at’em – light breakfast, liquids
9:00 am: off to our run
10am – Arrive Chapel Area – start 10 mile loop run (6 mile if you’re new to team)
(this is a BEAUTIFUL, great run, bring a water bottle – this is REQUIRED, camera?)
2pm – run done, back to campground
230pm - late lunch, sandwiches, chips
3-5pm Beach time at Autrain – a river and world’s best beach, volleyball !
5:00 pm: Dinner – hot dogs and hamburgers on the fire !
6pm TEAM CAMP SURVIVOR Competition #3 – “Important XC trivia challenge”
7pm Concert in town 7pm. – Conga Se Menne
830pm TEAM CAMP SURVIVOR Competition #4 – “A minute to win it.” 9:00 pm: Boys team meeting, followed by girls meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 18. 9:00 am: light breakfast, lots of liquids
10:00 am: Potato Patch to Mosquito Run – don’t get LOST ~~~ !!!
12:30 pm: Lunch, back at CHAPEL BEACH
2:00 pm: Beach Football game, Frisbee, swim out to point, rock climbing, fun
5:00: Dinner ON YOUR OWN IN TOWN – HAVE YOUR OWN $$$$$$$
630pm – MEET AT BAND SHELL PAVILION FOR SURPRISE
715 – Survivor #5 – Do you know ur XC trivia?
9:30 Girls meeting followed by boys meeting.

Thursday, Aug 19 7:30 am: up, pack up camp,
8:45am hit the road for Mackinac Island
11:00 am: In Mackinac City and to Island
11:30 – HIT THE FERRY!!!
12 noon: Run around Mackinac Island, or HIT THE TRAILS
2:00 pm – Lunch, and free time until we leave the Island at 5PM
5:00 pm – Ferry off Island
6:30- 645 pm – Arrive GHS parking lots for parent pickup

FRIDAY Aug 20 NO official practice – you SHOULD run on your own
Monday- Friday Aug 23-27 Practice at 9am at ASPEN PARK !!
Monday – Friday Aug 30-Sept 3 Practice 3pm at GHS


THE LIST Here is a fairly complete list of what to take on the trip for CC team camp.
1. RUNNING SHOES – two pair if you have them – one pair might get wet, I’ve seen it happen.
2. running shorts – again, two pair is best
3. T-shirts for running
4. Socks x 4-5 pair
5. Windbreaker in case its cool
6. WATER BOTTLE (old pop bottles work great) – you WILL BE REQUIRED TO CARRY ONE WITH YOU ON OUR TUESDAY RUN SO YOU DON’T GET DEHYDRATED LIKE DREW WATTS.
7. Pants – one pair should be fine for cool evenings
8. SWEATSHIRT – it gets COLD at night (light fleece coat works well too)
9. HAT – yes, I said hat as in WINTER hat, remember we are in da UP
10. sandals for after running
11. Long sleeve T-shirt
12. BUG REPELLENT – can you say DEET
13. Towel (maybe 2)
14. FOLD UP SMALL LAWN CHAIR
15. hiking type shoes and sandals
16. football (nerf ?), Frisbee, cards, ball, hula hoop, jarts, board games,
17. Towel or two
18. sleeping bag
19. Pillow
20. FLASHLIGHT –
21. Tent – lets try to get our groups together ASAP so you know who you will be with
22. Rain gear – a poncho is probably fine
23. Toilet articles – toothbrush, shampoo, etc
24. Extra set of clothes in case you get wet
25. Sun block
26. BOWL, PLATE, FORK, SPOON, CUP – you will be responsible for these items after every meal – clean up after yourself so parents don’t have to !! If you don’t bring them you don’t eat!
27. Please do not bring more than is necessary – space will be limited and tight.
28. Daypack for going to the beach.
29. Box of cereal or whatever else you like for breakfast.

30. THE FORM ON THE NEXT PAGE !!– your parent must sign it at the bottom as their understanding that you know about the camp rules. NO FORM – NO GO ! Give it to ME when we leave on August 11TH.

32. Your physical – you must have a physical to go to team camp. TURN IN TO ME OR TO GHS OFFICE SECRETARY

33. Remember – someone in your group needs a tent ! You will either have one group tent OR several tents. Make sure someone takes care of this !

34. A positive TEAM attitude. We’re not going to camp to hang out with your friends. We’re going to camp to meet new people, share a cool experience and bond with the people that will be your family for the next 2.5 months.

CAMP RULES

1. Any participant who is in possession of or using a tobacco product, alcoholic beverage, or illegal drugs will be dismissed immediately. In addition, anyone “associating” with anyone using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs will be dismissed immediately.
2. No participant leaves the group or the campsite without permission.
3. Respect other teammates’ property, and camping equipment. Keep your areas clean, leave them in better condition than we found them.
4. No littering ! Obey ALL campground rules.
5. If you decide to swim during your free time or go for a walk, do NOT go alone and check with an adult FIRST.
6. Any participant who is caught stealing will be immediately sent home.
7. No fireworks, firecrackers, or weapons of any kind.
8. In this coed camp the boys will ONLY be in boy tents and the girls will ONLY be in girl tents. No exceptions.
9. When running ALWAYS stay in groups of THREE while on the trails.
10. We run on a National Lakeshore – this is the equivalent of a National Park. Please be respectful of other hikers on the trails. Be quiet and STAY OUT OF the fenced off areas. The cliffs rise 150+ feet above rocky shorelines and are not a place to “mess around.”

I have read and understand the rules and policies for this camp trip and agree to do my part in making the trip a success for all. I will abide by the rules and policies as presented here. Please return this sheet to coach the morning that we leave for camp.



Student __________________________________________


Parent ___________________________________________


In addition- Are there any physical problems we need to be aware of? Asthma? Heart problems? Etc. please describe fully.

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