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Cockeysville PAL

9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030
410-887-7734
[email protected]

PAL Coordinator - Andre' B. Clark - [email protected]

Cockeysville PAL Center

9836 Greenside Drive

Cockeysville, MD 21030

410-887-7708

[email protected] 

Andre' B. Clark - PAL Coordinator

Avery Henningsen  - PAL Leader

Paul Saunders – Rec Leader

Nicole Sharpe – Rec Leader

Amiri Allen - Rec Leader

Alexa Roop - Rec Leader

 

2019 Cockeysville PAL Spring & Summer Programs

The Cockeysville PAL winter program began on Monday March 4, 2019 and will run 15 weeks through June 14, 2019. As an after school program we operate in conjunction with Baltimore County Public Schools calendar thus when there exist an observed school holiday that is not honored by Baltimore County Government we will be open 9am-4pm.  Thursday April 18th begins Baltimore County Public Schools Spring Break.  Schools will reopen on Tuesday April 23, 2019.  Our program will operate between the hours of 9am-4pm during the break. In addition, Cockeysville PAL will operate from 12PM - 5PM as schools dismiss early. May 27th we will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.  With the exception of the aforementioned dates we are open to members at 3pm and will close at 8pm daily Monday through Friday for the remainder of the academic year. 

The Cockeysville PAL summer program will begin on June 24, 2019. The program serves youth 8-17 and operates from 9am-4pm from Monday through Friday. The program will run until August 23, 2019. Cockeysville PAL will be closed on July 4, 2019 in observance of Independence Day.

Member registration is free. We require a parent/guardian to complete an online registration.  A valid email address is required to create an online user account and all program and payment information will be processed via the PAL website. All information is kept confidential. Below you will find link and instructions on how to access our online system.

Inclement Weather Policy:  In the case of inclement weather if BCPS closes schools early or for the entire day the Cockeysville PAL will be closed that day.  When a 2-hour delay occurs the PAL center will operate on a normal schedule.  In the rare occurrence that a winter weather advisory calls for a closing of Rec & Parks sites after school has dismissed we will notify all member parents via email of impending closure and also will allow all members access to our facility telephone to make necessary calls to parents to arrange pick-up for those members who do not reside in walking distance.   All weather related cancellations and closures can be found on the BCPS website and also on local news networks.  Please stay informed.  

Please type in the link exactly how it appears below into internet address bar. 

http://leagues.bluesombrero.com/baltimorecountypal/

Important: If you are a new user you will first need to setup a user account complete with username and password

Step 1.  Select “Register” in the top right corner of the screen

Step 2.  Create your account by populating the "Create Account" fields in the top right corner of the screen

NOTE:  If you are a not a “new user” all programs available for your child’s age group will appear once you login. Click on desired program and proceed to register.  If you are a new user you will first need to complete all information fields before you will be allowed to choose which program you would like to register. Any questions please contact the PAL office at 410-887-7708.

Program Overview

Our program is designed to present all registered PAL members the opportunity to participate in a wide assortment of structured, safe, fun & educational activities. 

The Cockeysville PAL Center has a unique programming system that offers children ages 8 to 17 free recreational programming. Under our umbrella, trained staff are on site to monitor, engage and assist members in making healthy choices and serve as positive role models/mentors.  We encourage members to step out of their comfort zones, challenging themselves and achieving individual goals while making and maintaining healthy peer relationships. 

Our programs include team participation as well as individual application. Our programs encourage member participants to be creative, disciplined, critical thinkers, cultivating & displaying leadership skills and developing and/or enhancing their sense of self-worth while creating friendships that we hope extend past their experience here.  We also serve as advocates for physical and mental health awareness. Through our programming categories we facilitate are, but not limited to include academic, athletic activities, life skills, creative arts, and nutrition and character education. These programs are designed to supply these youth with the tools necessary to handle everyday life that includes both the high and lows. Although we cannot make life choices for our members, our goal is to ultimately create an atmosphere conducive of fun but also foster support. 

PAL staff hold active first aid/CPR certificates and are equipped with the training to offer immediate attention in the event an injury occurs or an emergency situation arises.  We also have an array of volunteers made up of community members and offer college students community service hours needed for academic fulfilment.  All volunteers are subject to criminal background check.

Programs and Activities

Academic Support- The Cockeysville PAL program strives to reinforce academic excellence.  To that end we offer an academic study hour daily from 3pm-4pm Monday through Friday.  This affords PAL members a quiet space in one of our activity rooms to use as a place to review, study, and complete coursework related to school or engage in an individual learning activity i.e. puzzles, reading or a PAL provided learning initiative.  We also use staff and volunteers as a resource who are knowledgeable of various academic subject areas to assist as academic tutors and mentors.  We encourage parents and guardians to use open lines of communication to inform of if and when a member is struggling in a particular area so that we may be of assistance.  We would like all of our members to succeed academically, athletically and socially.

4-H program - The four H’s are Head, Heart, Hands and Health. This program teaches members life skills through educational programs and projects. This “STEM” ” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program is hands-on and designed to get participants engaged in learning new skills that make a difference in our communities. Staff receive lesson trainings directly from 4H professionals incorporating best practices and encouraging success. Summer program members should be prepared to participate in at least two of these 4-H science activities.

Performing Arts – We will offer two performing arts programs this fall. The first of which is a Drama Club.  This new venture is being implemented to offer our artistic and creative members the opportunity to flaunt their thespian talents.  As an introduction our goal is for our members to gain a stage presence and become comfortable with public speaking and opening up to their peers expressing their creative genius. Members are provided with direction from an experienced volunteer.  The end goal is a performance to take place at our PAL center of which we look forward to inviting parents, guardians and other PAL Centers to attend.

Our second performing arts program implementation involves creative writing by way of “RU Creative”.  This program is again designed with the focus on our members becoming more self-expressive and revealing hidden creative talents.  Members are supplied with journals and various topics to expound upon.  This is a no pressure zone and we will not limit their ability to be self-expressive but will attempt to guide them into channeling appropriate creative energies.  Members will have an opportunity to share their writings with the group at large, or specific individuals and even the entire PAL.    As always the environment will maintain structure and proper supervision. 

Nutrition Program - This is a program offered in collaboration with St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Kidz Table. This sponsorship will provide a supper and snack service throughout the summer.  These foods are cooked by professionally certified chefs and offer a daily menu comprised of all major food groups for a well-balanced diet. The goal of the program is to teach and encourage healthy eating. Meal allowance is based upon an allotted amount of meals delivered daily.  The PAL center is a drop in program and due to this nature; consistent attendance will help ensure every child will receive a meal.

Arts and crafts - Arts and Crafts is made available for members to display their artistic side. Creativity is highly encouraged. Examples of crafts include but not limited to: tape art which is where members use duct tape to make wallets, purses, and baskets. Fusing beads is where members can fuse beads together into almost any shape by gently going over wax paper with an iron. This is an activity closely supervised by a PAL staff member. Painting is a fan favorite in the PAL with many options of colors the members can choose from.  A scheduled group craft activity will take place, at minimum twice each week, in which each member will be expected to engage with additional time allotted for freelance creativity as scheduling permits.

Athletics - One way we teach team building is through athletics. Our gym is a primary area where members can interact in a team environment, working together in a competitive yet fun way. Up to four activities may happen at once due to the large size of our Cockeysville PAL center gym. The gym is open daily at scheduled times and PAL members are encouraged to engage in a variety of supervised activities. A list of activities that happen within the gym are pickle ball, dodge ball, kickball, volleyball, tennis, touch football, basketball, floor hockey, soccer, ultimate Frisbee and other various active games.  We will also offer two teams sports this fall which will include a flag football league and lacrosse workshops. 

Fitness/Movement- In culmination with our healthy eating and nutritional initiatives we also promote physical fitness activities.  Medical research as shown 60 minutes of physical activity a day can aids in controlling weight, reducing cardiovascular disease, reducing risk for some cancers, strengthens bones and muscles and increases your chance living a longer life.  We would like our members to live long, prosperous and healthy lives. 

Leadership In Practice – At the Cockeysville PAL we believe in instilling and equipping our members with what we believe to be the proper tools that will aid them in succeeding in life far beyond their years spent as PAL members.  This fall we will be implementing a 40 week leadership program where (20) selected members will be afforded the opportunity to participate in special community service projects, fundraising opportunities, organizing special events, attend field trips and learn character education and life skills from some of today’s industry leading professionals.  These hours spent engaging in this program can also be used for Service Learning credits required for high school and potentially college applications. We encourage and welcome parents to become involved as well as family support only strengthens and enhances the benefits of this program.

Library Visits - Our connection with Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) will extend into the summer.  This program affords our members the opportunity to participate in on-site fun and creative programming including craft ideas delivered directly from BCPL staff to members on a monthly basis. During these visits, art and crafts activities will also be offered as youth are engaged by both PAL & BCPL staff members.

Field Trips – Cockeysville PAL has no field trips scheduled for fall program at this time.

Family Night- Here at the Cockeysville PAL we would like to cultivate a family friendly & engaging atmosphere and extend our doors open to not only our members but our member’s family to build rapport and offer transparency about our mission and purpose we serve to the community.  From time to time we will host an evening activity to encourage engagement from family and community members.  Past themes have included an “Open House”, “Yoga Night”, “Volleyball” and “Jeopardy”.  We ask all those interested to be sure to register their youth online at Cockeysville PAL Winter Program Registration using a valid email address as we frequently send our programming updates to parents /guardians via email.

Sample Daily Schedule

Monday

Ages

Time

Activities

8-17

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Homework Hour

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Play (Pre - Teens) / Flag Football

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Supper

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Game Rooms Open

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Craft Activity

7:00 pm

Snack

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Teen Gym

  

Tuesday

Ages

Time

Activities

 

 

 

8-17

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Homework Hour/Young Scholars Program

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Play (Pre - Teens)

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Supper

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Game Rooms Open

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lacrosse (Gym)

7:00 pm

Snack

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Gym

 

Wednesday

Ages

Time

Activities

8-17

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Homework Hour/Chess Club

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

BCPL Activity (Onsite)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Play (Pre - Teens) / Flag Football

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Supper

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Game Rooms Open

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

4 – H S.T.E.M

7:00 pm

Snack

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Teen Gym

 

Thursday

Ages

Time

Activities

 

 

 

 

 

8-17

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Homework Hour/Young Scholars Program

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Play (Pre - Teens)

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Supper

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Game Rooms Open

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Craft Activity

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lacrosse (Gym)

 

7:00 pm

Snack

 

7:00 pm– 8:00 pm

                     Young Leaders Seminar

 

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Gym (Teens)

 

Friday

Ages

Time

Activities

8-17

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dodgeball

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Flag Football

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Supper

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Game Rooms Open

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Drama Club

7:00 pm

Snack

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Teen Gym

 

 

** Programs and activities are subject to change. Factors such as weather & safety risks of members and staff alike, availability of activity spaces, and staff discretion may cause activities to be rescheduled and/or replaced with another suitable activity. **

DISCIPLINE

GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES

The following is provided to inform you of examples of inappropriate behaviors and enforced step consequences. It is our intention to work with our program participants and their parents to provide a safe and orderly recreation environment and experience. Proper behavior helps to insure enjoyable participation for all the children.

Examples of Inappropriate Behavior

Hitting or scratching

Tripping

Stealing

Biting

Fighting

Vandalism

Pushing

Throwing objects at another

Acting disrespectful towards or not obeying staff

Pinching

Cursing

Under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol

Hair pulling

Lying

In possession of drugs and/or alcohol

Kicking

Name calling

In possession of guns, knives or any object fashioned to become a weapon.

Slapping

Obscene gestures

Intentional misuse of equipment

 















CONSEQUENCES

The following steps will be taken when inappropriate behavior is noted:

1.      The child and staff will discuss the problem.

2.      The parent will be notified by Program Discipline Report Form.

3.      The child will be suspended for one day.

4.      The child will be suspended for the remainder of the program.

 

THE SEVERITY OF THE INFRACTION DETERMINES WHICH STEP WILL BE TAKEN.

 

 

 

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