What is BLOCK (Building Leaders out of Camp Korey)?
The BLOCK program is for former campers who are between the ages of 16-18. Through an application and interview process, campers have the opportunity to join the BLOCK program.
The mission of the BLOCK program is to provide former campers with an opportunity to participate in an alumni camper program which helps to enhance their skill development in areas that are important for future success, such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and decision making skills.
Participants are individuals who are ready to take on more responsibility, step out of their comfort zones, and learn valuable life skills for their future.
- All BLOCK Program applicants must be 16-18 years old.
- Applicants should have a qualifying medical diagnosis or be the sibling of a Camp Korey camper. Applicants who have attended a Camp Korey program in previous years must be in good standing.
- Applicants must complete a full camper application and be medically approved by Camp Korey’s Nursing Director. If the applicant requires 1:1 medical and/or personal care, he or she may be required to provide his/her own caregiver.
BLOCK Application Process:
- Complete full camper application including all required forms and medical documents.
- Camper will be required to respond to multiple short answer questions included on our Campsite application.
- A reference will be required for all applicants, included a complete reference document.
- Camper will be required to complete a short interview with a CK staff member.
We will begin accepting applications after January 3rd, 2019. Once we have received the application, candidates will be contacted by Camp Korey to set up a phone interview. Our goal is to have made all program acceptance decisions by May, 2019.
BLOCK participants will be placed in one of the following sessions:
Session 3: July 8th – July 12th
Session 4: July 15th – 19th
Session 5: July 22nd – 26th
Session 6: July 29th – Aug 2nd
Session 7: Aug 5th – Aug 9th
Session 8: Aug 12th – Aug 16th
All of our BLOCK sessions will be open to general diagnosis that we serve. We will be encouraging campers to step out of their comfort zones and apply for camp sessions they do not typically attend. Our hope is that this will encourage campers to form new connections with individuals they have not had an opportunity to meet at camp before.
- Participants should commit to the entire session they are assigned to: arriving Monday and departing on Friday.
- The BLOCK Program is competitive and can be demanding; there is a level of independence and maturity that is required for this program. We ask that you please consider your readiness to participate.
- We accept a limited number of applicants per session and cannot guarantee you a spot for a specific session.
- Program participants are still considered to be campers and must adhere to all Camp Korey camper policies.
- Participants are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the program, including leadership workshops, skill-building opportunities, and working in a team environment.
What if my camper is 16?
Applicants who are 16 years old have the choice of applying to the BLOCK program or applying to be a summer camper. If the 16 year old applicant applies, but is not selected for the BLOCK program, he or she can still be considered to come as a camper instead.
What will the interview consist of?
This interview is an opportunity for applicants to explain why they want to return to Camp Korey as a BLOCK participant as well as gain valuable experience the interview process. It is our hope to be able to invite all applicants to participate in the program, but this may not always be possible due to the number of applications received and spots available in the program each summer.
What does the BLOCK program look like?
Participants will be placed in one of our Summer Sessions. Throughout this week, participants will take part in daily workshops specifically designed to teach important life skills, while having fun and encouraging participants to discover their personal strength as leaders. Guided by the Camp Leadership Team and BLOCK Mentors, participants will take on new responsibilities, step into leadership roles, and become role-models for Camp Korey campers.
The BLOCK program is focused on leadership and giving back to Camp Korey. This program runs concurrent to typical summer camp programming, but will ask campers to step outside of their comfort zones. Campers will participate in programs such as shadowing, life skills, program assistance, and more.
BLOCK Workshop curriculum may include:
- Leadership styles and effective communication strategies
- Teamwork and trust-building exercises
- Empowerment, self-confidence, and preparing for your future
- Adventure and wilderness skills (i.e. outdoor camping, etc.)