News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 11/23/2009
Subject :

New Registration Deadline for “The Draw” is January 14, 2010
for 2010 Summer Camps & Aquatics Programs
Contact : Khashayar "Cash" Alaee, Recreation Program Supervisor, Community Services    650-463-4910
Palo Alto, CA --  The City of Palo Alto's Community Service Department has moved up the deadline for submitting summer camps and aquatics registrations into "The Draw;" the new deadline is January 14, 2010 by 5 p.m., instead of mid-March as in previous years. “The Draw” will occur on January 15, 2010, and the results will be mailed out on January 18. 

“The Draw” is a randomized summer camps and aquatics registration process that allows every Palo Alto child an equal opportunity to experience one or more the City's summer programs. Palo Alto resident registration forms will be accepted beginning December 14 and through January 14, 2010. To be responsive to customer needs and provide adequate time for families to plan their summers, the Community Services Department has moved this year’s deadline for “The Draw” to January. The City strongly encourages folks to register through “The Draw.” 

“Because “The Draw” is much earlier in the year, Palo Alto residents have already received the Summer Camps and Aquatics guide inside the Winter Enjoy! catalog,” said Khashayar Alaee, Supervisor of Recreation Programs.  “Families have nearly two months to review the catalogue and choose from an amazing array of camps with an art, science, sports, recreation or theater focus or sign up for swim lessons that will allow your child to experience the best of Palo Alto this summer. The critical point is to get your registration forms in by January 14 so your child is entered into the random drawing.”

Registrants need to submit the registration form before the January 14, 5 p.m., deadline, place it in an envelope and write “The Draw” on the outside. Palo Alto residents may drop off the envelope in any of the Community Service Department’s four registration centers: Lucie Stern Community Center, Art Center, Junior Museum & Zoo, and Cubberley Community Center. If this is the first time registering for a Community Service Department class, please include proof of Palo Alto residency in the envelope.

Preschoolers will have an opportunity to explore the best of Palo Alto’s treasures in a fun, imaginative and friendly environment through Camp Voyage, as described in the sinter Enjoy! catalogue (page 19 of the mini-insert):

“Camp Voyage takes campers age 3 to 4 ½, on a week long adventure ending at the Secret Garden and Magic Castle. Campers will begin the voyage by preparing their harvest and livestock at the Junior Museum & Zoo. They'll then trek across the fields of Rinconada Park to reach the oceans of the Rinconada Wading Pool. They’ll navigate the waters of the Wading Pool with experienced sailors (City of Palo Alto swim instructor/lifeguards) to arrive at the Magic Forest. In the forest, they'll explore the mystic ivy and redwood trees while searching for local wildlife. Campers will conclude the adventure by frolicking in the Secret Garden and Magic Castle. The camp will be filled with stories of fairytales and kingdoms and campers may even see a princess or prince.”

“The variety of program offerings will astound you,” Alaee added. “In trying to find new ways for the community to enjoy the summer, the Community Service Department has developed new camps for 2010 including preschool age Camp Voyage. Join us for an amazing summer 2010!”

Palo Alto residents who miss the deadline can register by using EnjoyOnline, drop-off, mail-in, fax-in or walk-in options beginning January 21, 2010. Non-residents may register beginning January 28, 2010.

For questions about “The Draw,” registration or programs, please call 650-463-4900.