SCI-VIS: Chaperone Duties & Responsibilities
NOTE: Dan's contact information
Dan Oates - SCI-VIS
190 Armstrong St.
Romney, WV 26757
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If you have specific health issues or dietary concerns you should email those directly to the nurses at Space Camp and they will take care of those. Copy me if you wish and I will follow up when I arrive in Huntsville. Nurses: email@example.com
The chaperone population at this year's SCI-VIS will be quite large. SPACE CAMP will provide all chaperones and room and board and, in return, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center will expect your services as vision professionals. Your expectations are as follows:
- All chaperones are expected to stay on the grounds at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Sleeping quarters are crowded with as many as six people per room. Bunks are arranged two down (floor level) and five up (upper bunks). Agility, perseverance and flexibility, both physical and emotional, are qualities needed to survive in the Habitat. Small lockers, sometimes only one, are provided for stowing your gear. All children and adults should bring a lock to store your valuables. Shower shoes and bathrobes have proven to be essential items. Your presence with your team may be required both day and night. Please do not come expecting to take a week off, believe me, this is not the case.
- The primary reason for your participation at the Space and Rocket Center is first, to chaperone your team, and second, to act as an advisor to the staff at SPACE CAMP. Your expertise is needed in situations that deal directly with safety issues and adapting the environment for our students. When not directly needed by the staff the chaperone will fade into the background and be available, as needed. The staff at SPACE CAMP is directly responsible for the children. You are there as a technical advisor and to deal with situations regarding their disability and unusual behaviors. You are responsible for your students the entire time at Space Camp. You may be asked to help chaperone other children during the week.
- SPACE CAMP also offers the opportunity to mingle with other vision professionals and exchange ideas. About 70 vision professionals are expected this year.
- As you know, medications are a major issue for our students. Our philosophy will be somewhat different than the normal procedure at SPACE CAMP. It will be the responsibility of each group chaperone to provide the guide duties to and from SICKBAY. If an individual chaperone is responsible for specialized medication, i.e. injections, then that chaperone must report to SICKBAY also. All medications MUST be stored at SICKBAY.
- Please remember that during your stay at SPACE CAMP you are considered to be on duty 24 hours a day. Students and chaperones have had to make trips to the hospital at all hours. Please make sure someone from your state is available at all times.
- Different states and countries will be teaming up with each other to make teams. Those chaperones will be needed, mostly during mission practices and the actual mission, but also during other student activities. While duties to your individual state team will take priority, we still will need your expertise as a vision educator to aid in technical assistance. Some sample teams may be:
- Braille interpretation and labeling for missions, graduation certificates, etc.
- Pool and lake duty for all programs and students (bring your bathing suits)
- Sighted guide for medications, etc.
- Low vision assessment and equipment setup
- The worst time for accidents to occur is during periods of inactivity. These are few and far between, usually occurring during early arrival and late departure, but when they occur please keep your students under direct supervision.
- If you are an early arrival please use the time to orient your students to the Habitat facility. Restrooms and showers are located on each floor of the Habitat. The grounds at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center do not lend themselves to quick orientation. Students should not be allowed to roam about unsupervised--NEVER on the Training Room Floor. The rule of thumb for students is: If you are alone, you are in the wrong place.
- All chaperones should bring a work kit of scissors, slate & stylus, and a Braille cheat sheet (if needed).
- Chaperones please inform your students that smoking and public displays of affection (PDAs) are not tolerated at Space Camp. Students are there to learn about math and science and couple interaction will not be tolerated.
- With the exception of specially designed chaperone programs, all activities scheduled are for the students. We realize that Space Camp can be an exciting time for chaperones too, but please do not make a pest of yourself. Ask the team leader and, if time allows, they will consider your request. Remember your main role is to fade into the background and appear when needed as a technical advisor.
- Space Camp (grades 4-6) and Advanced Academy (Grades 10-12) are the programs that can be mainstreamed with sighted children from all over the United States. For the most part, Academy and Aviation Challenge are not mainstreamed. Sighted children who are friends, siblings, or other family members can also attend at the same cost and take advantage of the group rate. All registration will be handled through Dan Oates.
If we can be of any service to your SPACE CAMP team prior to your arrival, please let me know. Dan Oates can be reached by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or cell phone 304-851-5680.
Thank you for your interest in this very special program.
Helpful Information for chaperones:
- SCIVIS Chaperones Facebook Group
- Join the SCIVIS listserve for the latest information about SCIVIS
- School Excuse Letter (.doc 35k)
- Southern Living SCIVIS video available on YouTube
- Aviation Challenge video available on YouTube
- Hints from a Teacher about being a chaperone.
- have the kids bring a little shower basket or plastic bag with handles for carrying their things to/from the shower - a lot of kids tried to use ziplock bags or walmart bags and lost things along the way.
- have your students practice climbing up/down ladders! There were several students who were uncomfortable climbing ladders on the bunk beds, in the orbiter, etc.
- a couple of our students had clothes separated into ziplock bags - one outfit in each bag & labeled (shorts, pants, or days of the week) - this was VERY helpful for students who were living out of suitcase for the first time - what a great idea :)
- Space Camp Acronyms XLS (26k)
- Space Camp Activities Correlated with National Science Education Standards
- Space Camp Maps