The Capstone Service Project allows JACF Campers the opportunity to maximize the impact of the personal development attained through their Camp experiences by creating and implementing a high-quality service project that is delivered in their community.
I have learned many different things during this project but 3 of the most important things that this project has shown me is leadership, communication, and team work. This project has shown me that just one person can make a huge difference. I learned that sometimes the simplest things are the most effective things in life.
Program Guidelines & Application
WHAT IS THE CAPSTONE PROGRAM?
The Capstone Program allows the 15-year-old JACF camper the opportunity to maximize the impact of personal development attained through camp experiences by creating and implementing a high-quality service project that serves their home community between January and April with the support of their JACF Mentor.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
The Capstone Campership Program is for the JACF Applicant who will be 15 years old at the time of the camp session.
WHEN ARE CAPSTONE CAMPERSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE?
Capstone Campership Applications are due no later than October 15th.
WHY PARTICIPATE IN THE CAPSTONE CAMPER PROGRAM?
- Capstone Program service projects strengthen the camper’s community and provide an opportunity to give back
- Capstone Program service projects promote personal growth and civic responsibility
- Capstone Program service projects give camper’s professional experience and an opportunity to test out a potential career
- Capstone Program service hours accrued may count towards school community service requirements
- JACF shares Capstone Camper Program outcomes and accomplishments with Associate Camp to enhance leadership program applications (CILT/CIT/JC/Pathfinding).
HOW DOES THE CAPSTONE CAMPERSHIP PROGRAM WORK?
The Capstone Campership Applicant will complete the Service Project Proposal form within the Capstone Campership Application.
If awarded a Capstone Campership, the Capstone Camper will develop and implement their service project in their community between January and April with the support of their JACF Mentor. The JACF Capstone Program Guide and Toolkit will be available for the camper and Mentor to navigate the project requirements.
WHAT IS THE MENTOR’S ROLE?
The JACF Mentor will support the Capstone camper with the following, as needed:
- Service project development
- Service project implementation
- Service project digital presentation
A JACF Capstone Coach will be available as needed to support the Mentor through the Capstone Program. JACF will supply the Mentor a Capstone Toolkit with documents to support the project requirements.
CAPSTONE PROGRAM APPLICATION
Thank you for your interest in applying for a JACF Capstone Campership.
The Capstone Campership Program is for the JACF Applicant who will be 15 years old at the time of the camp session. Capstone Campership Applications are due no later than October 15th.
Collect the following contact information from your Mentor to have on hand as you complete the initial stages of the JACF application:
- Mentor first and last name
- Mentor mailing address
- Mentor email address
- Mentor phone number
Complete the Capstone Campership Application
As a previous Campership Award winner, you must submit an application for a new Award by logging in to your previous account and completing the application.
You are NOT required to submit new references.
2017 Capstone Projects
The EIGHT Capstone Projects completed this year by our campers provided services to over 1000 people in their local communities.
Click on the project images below to view the project descriptions and presentations.
Previous Year's Capstone Projects
Guido D – EmpowerMe4Life Project
Guido implemented an EmpowerMe4Life program in his local JCC day camp group. This evidence-based course equips youth with the skills and knowledge to eat better and move more.
The 2nd-5th graders participate in multiple learning experiences with the ultimate goal of teaching them how to lead healthier lives.
1. Learning how to adapt to teaching to many different age groups at the same time.
2. Becoming more organized and better managing my time.
3. Being able to teach lessons to kids in engaging ways while still getting my message across and impacting their lives.
adaptability, perseverance, leadership and organization.
Click on the start button below to view Giudo’s final project presentation.
Easton E – Retirement Community Activity Nights
Easton has attended Colvig Camps as a JACF camper for 4 years. Easton is 15 years old and lives in Littleton, CO.
Easton coordinated three activity nights at a former neighbor’s retirement community. They played games, made tie dye shirts and organized a prom night.
Click on the image below to view Easton’s final project presentation:
Lindsay R – ‘Play It Forward’ Nursing Home Jazz Concert
Lindsay attended Cheley Camps as a JACF camper for 2 years. Lindsay is 16 years old and lives in Mulvane, KS.
Lindsay chose to put together a jazz band and play a concert for a local nursing home.
“I knew that this was going to be a pretty big undertaking especially towards the end of the school year, but it seemed to fit in the wheel house of my talents better than some of the other ideas I considered for my JACF project. I’ve played saxophone for 6 years and have been selected as member of my schools jazz band and have been a member for 3 of those years. I know how much of an impact music is on my life so it seems only natural that I would extend this same joy to the nursing home residence. In addition, my great grandmother passed away about a year ago after suffering from dementia over the last few years of her life. During those last few years, my family and I were able to see a happy reaction from her when we played some of her favorite music. Even on her worse days, when she couldn’t remember much else, she would sing along with her favorite music. It was at that point that I read about music helping to trigger memories in dementia patients. So, when I knew I had this project assigned, it was pretty easy to figure out what I wanted to do.
I knew I would need to have six volunteers to play the kind of swing music that I wanted to play, so right off the bat, one of my biggest challenges was to get enough volunteers. I immediately went to my band director at school and explained my project. Since he wrote my recommendation for JACF I knew he would be more than willing to help. Right away, he was very receptive and we started to discuss music selections. Knowing that I needed to set a date, I went to the nursing home and met the activities director about possibilities. She was very excited and welcomed my band on any weekend it worked into our schedule. I returned to school the next week and put a note on the white board in the band room asking for students to sign up and play. You could imagine my surprise when nearly 12 people signed up by the end of the day. In our small town there is a strong sense of community and people are generally willing to lend a hand any way they can, but I still felt a huge wave of relief knowing I was going to have enough students to put on a good concert.
We set the concert date for early March, knowing the school calendar was quickly filling up with end of the year activities. I called the nursing home back and confirmed our date with the activities director. We continued to rehearse our music in the week leading up to the concert. On the morning of the concert my mom and I threw together treat bags to show my appreciation for the students’ and director’s time and effort. Everything was going as planned, yet I felt slightly nervous but mostly excited when I arrived. I was so relieved to see all of my band members and director arriving as promised because I knew that meant we would be able to put on a good concert.
The concert started mid afternoon and we played for about an hour. My band director announced each song and talked a little bit about the composer and gave a bit of history about each piece. We had a little over 20 people in the audience but more residents wandered in when they heard the music start. As we played, it was fun to see residents tapping their hands and feet with the rhythm, singing along with the songs, and even dancing. At one point a gentleman stood up and asked the lady sitting next to him dance in swing style. They danced for two songs while the other residents watched and laughed along with them. After that, a gentleman pulled a harmonica out of his pocket and played along with the songs. The residents were beyond grateful for the concert and begged us to come back anytime. One resident walked up to me after it was over and told me all about how she used to play saxophone as a young girl. It was really neat to relate with the residents in this way and it made me feel good to put so many smiles on so many faces. Before we left, our band director invited them to the senior citizen prom that we host at the high school in April and the residents seemed very excited to attend.
I am really proud that I was able to pull off a project this size. It feels really good to be able to encourage other high school students to volunteer and show them how much fun it can be. Throughout this project I feel I was able to share several values that are a large part of Cheley culture. It feels amazing to have touched so many lives with my JACF Capstone Service Project.”
organization, leadership, courage
Click on the start button below to view Lindsay’s final project presentation.
Sadie V – Kindergarten Tutoring
Sadie has attended Cheley Camps as a JACF camper for 2 years. Sadie is 16 years old and lives in Estes Park, CO.
Sadie has an interest in early childhood education and under the direction of the school assigned occupational therapist and the classroom teacher, Sadie built her project around the tutoring of two developmentally delayed first grade students.
Click on the image below to view Sadie’s final project presentation.
Sadie is pictured here with her Capstone Program plaque – congratulations Sadie.
Donovan B – Trail Cleaning Project
My project was good and beneficial to me and my community. The first day we collected 500 pounds of trash. The 2nd day more people showed up…we found around 300 pounds of glass alone. The 3rd day was the best in my opinion because we found a couch and it was so fun to get it up and out of the area. The 4th day was the last but we just did a sweep of the area and made sure we got everything that we missed including the glass that was EVERYWHERE!
Stella M – Beach Clean Up Project:
For the past few months I have been working alongside my mentor, Karen, to organize a beach cleanup. This cleanup was no ordinary beach cleanup. It was a cleanup started by me to aid my community. The beaches in FL are constantly being covered in trash. These beautiful beaches aren’t so beautiful now. With constant littering, trash is strewn all over the beach sometimes going into the ocean and harming many sea animals. I wanted to do this project so I (and others) can enjoy the beach to its full extent, help raise awareness on the effect of littering and how its affecting our environment, and help to protect our endangered ocean species. I hope that by doing these weekly beach cleanups, they will help people realize the great danger they are putting not only onto themselves but nature as well.
Completing this Capstone Project will continue to benefit my community and encourage others to take care of theirs as well. I have truly learned so much from this experience. These beach cleanups will hopefully open the eyes to people on how badly we are treating the earth. I appreciate all those who have helped me into finishing this project and all that I have learned.