Youth Activities

WHAT IS JR. BLACKSHIRTS™?

During select home football games, UNL Campus Recreation will be providing recreational activities in a child care setting. The program is located in the Campus Recreation Center, which is one block east of Memorial Stadium. Children two to twelve years of age are welcome to attend while their parents/guardians attend the Husker football game.

Jr. Blackshirts™ is administered by professional staff members of UNL Campus Recreation and supported by highly motivated University students. Children are placed in activity areas according to their age. To ensure high quality and optimal supervision, the camp maintains a low child-to-staff ratio.

AGE GROUPS

Participants are assigned to activity groups by age.
GROUPS AGES
Offense 2 - 3 years old
Defense 4 - 5 years old
Special Teams 6 - 12 years old

REGISTRATION

2016 Season Rate is $30 PER CHILD / PER GAME

Children must be pre-registered to attend. No drop-in registrations will be accepted on game days.

  • On-line Registration - Go to https://shopcrec.unl.edu to register on-line. A new account can be created in a few short steps. Returning accounts can retrieve a username and password by matching an email address.
  • Phone Registration - Will only be accepted when paying by credit card.
  • In-Person Registration - Will be accepted during Campus Recreation Center Facility hours. For more information, contact Campus Recreation at: (402) 472-3467.
Nebraska football tickets must be presented at check–in for each game to complete registration.
Registrations are processed on a first come, first serve basis. Fees can be paid by cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or NCard. Checks should be made payable to the University of Nebraska Campus Recreation.
Registration Confirmation
Parents will receive an email on Thursday prior to the game containing program information and required medical/release form. Medical and Release Forms are required to complete registration.

Late Registration
Late registration fees of $5.00/child apply after the published deadline. Late registration will only be accepted as space permits. NO DROP-IN REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON GAME DAYS.

Program Availability/Capacity
Jr. Blackshirts™ may not be offered for each Husker home game. Please note available game dates when registering. Program capacity varies based on staffing ratios. A low child to staff ratio is maintained.

Refund Policy
Notice of cancellation must be received in writing by the Monday prior to game day in order to receive a refund. A fifty percent (50%) administrative fee will be deducted. Game fees are non-transferable to a future game date or to another child.

Jr. Blackshirts™ Liability Waiver - Must be completed and turned in at Jr. Blackshirts™ Check-In!


Game Day Check-in

Check-In
Game tickets are required to be presented at check-in for EACH game that your children attend the program. We suggest providing your children with lunch/snack, necessities needed, etc. for a five hour time span. Jr. Blackshirts™ check-in begins 90 minutes before schedule game time and ends 45 minutes after the Husker's home game.

Game Times Are Subject To Change
Game times are subject to change, therefore, the Jr. Blackshirts™ program hours are subject to change accordingly. Please confirm each individual game time before arriving at the Campus Recreation Center. Official game times are set by the athletic department: www.huskers.com

Emergency Contact Of Parents
In case of an emergency involving your child, the staff will contact the University operator and have a parent paged at the stadium. If the page is not answered, we will contact the secondary person listed by the parent on the registration form.

ACTIVITIES & GAMES

Age appropriate toys and games are provided. Some of the possible activities include:
  • Relays & Games
  • Movies
  • Crafts
  • Board Games
  • Parachute Games
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton

Husker Kids & Husker Adventures Summer Camp



camp features
Husker Kids
A recreational day camp for children entering 2nd to 6th grades. We offer fun recreational, sport, and lifetime activities throughout nine sessions. Our goal is to provide a supportive and enjoyable environment where learning and fun can go hand in hand. Specific sport instruction is not a goal of the camp. Special attention is paid to the age and skill level of each camper. CHILDREN ENTERING 2ND TO 6TH GRADE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ENROLLMENT.

Husker Adventures
A day camp is designed for youth in middle school to have the opportunity to participate in recreational, instruction, and lifetime sport and leisure activities. A variety of activities will be available for the youth to participate during each session. ENROLLMENT IS OPEN TO YOUTH ENTERING 7TH AND 8TH GRADES.

ALL CAMPS OFFER :

  • Age appropriate activities
  • Camper to staff ratio of 12 to 1
  • Emphasis on teaching lifetime sports and recreational skills
  • Professionals and college students on staff

2016 Camp Sessions

Sessions Dates and Days Payment Due
One June 6-10 (Mon.-Fri.) Friday, May 20
Two June 13-17 (Mon.-Fri.) Friday, May 20
Three June 20-24 (Mon.-Fri.) Friday, May 20
Four June 27-July 1 (Mon.-Fri.) Friday, June 17
July 4 - July 8 (NO CAMP SESSION WILL BE OFFERED)
Five July 11-15 (Mon.-Fri.) Friday, June 17
Six July 18-22 (Mon.-Fri.) Friday, June 17
Seven July 25-29 (Mon.-Fri.) Friday, July 15
Eight August 1-5 (Mon.-Fri.) Friday, July 15


camp location

Your child's day will begin and end at the state-of-the-art Campus Recreation Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which provides 280,000 square feet of recreation and sports space. Activities will take place at various indoor and outdoor locations on campus, as well as in the Lincoln community. Regularly scheduled swimming will be held at the Mabel Lee Hall indoor heated pool.

camp hours
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Camp sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday with structured activities from 8:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. Camper drop-off is scheduled between 7:15 - 8:40 a.m. and pick-up between 3:55 - 4:15 p.m. Supervised curb side drop-off ends at 8:40 a.m. If a camper arrives later than 8:40 a.m. s/he must check-in with the summer camps main office and be escorted to camp by a staff member.

Extended Hours

An optional Extended Day Program is available at a nominal rate for those campers who wish to remain late. Supervision and low energy activities are provided from 4:15 - 5:35 p.m. Additional fees apply for the extended program. You may sign up for the extended program with regular session registration.

camp staff
 
Our energetic and well-qualified staff are ready to spend an exciting summer with the campers. The staff is comprised of UNL professionals, certified school teachers, and highly motivated college students. The camp is under the direction of Shannon Vaccaro and Carly Morse who are professional staff members at UNL Campus Recreation. For more information and applications, please click here!
husker kid camp highlights
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A variety of recreational sports and leisure activities are offered each session. The camp activities are very similar to those found in a physical education class. Campers are assigned to groups according to their grade level. We encourage participation in all activities and spend the majority of time outdoors.

  • Swimming - We offer swimming every day for Husker Kids campers.
  • Field Trips - A field trip for each camp will be planned for every session.
  • Theme Days - Campers will participate in one special event activity each session.
  • Crafts - Each session will include a make and take age-appropriate craft.

husker adventure camp highlights

Husker Adventures will focus on exposing young men and women to a variety of activities stimulating the mind and body. Instruction in the basic skills of traditional and non-traditional sports will occur during all sessions. Opportunities will be presented for campers to interact with University of Nebraska faculty and staff in educational and exciting projects. A challenging and rewarding experience awaits.

general information
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Snacks/Lunch
A snack such as chewy granola bars, pretzels, or fruit chews and a juice box will be provided mid-morning. Campers will also receive a small afternoon treat. Parents are reminded to send a lunch and drink with the camper. Please do not send candy or gum.
Necessary Clothing

Participants should come to camp dressed for a full day of activity. We recommend outdoor activity clothes and athletic shoes. Open-toed shoes will NOT be permitted. For Husker Kids, please pack a swimsuit and towel everyday. Husker Adventures swimming apparel needs will be outlined in the session newsletter. Campers should bring aforementioned items in a well-marked backpack or athletic bag.

Campus Recreation is not responsible for missing, broken, or stolen items. Please mark or label all personal items. Every reasonable effort is made to ensure property protection.

T-Shirts
Each child will receive one complimentary summer camp t-shirt as a keepsake for attending camp. Campers are asked to wear their shirt on field trip days
Conduct
Campus Recreation reserves the right to dismiss a camper if their behavior jeopardizes the other campers' safety and well-being.
Forms
Guardian's Waiver and Release of Liability, and Check-out Authorization forms are required to participate in camp. Parents must also complete a supplemental information form before their child may begin camp.
Cancellation
Campus Recreation reserves the right to cancel any session or modify activities due to under-enrollment, facility problems, staff concerns, or circumstances beyond its control (i.e. rain, pool problems, electrical outages). Parents will be notified immediately if a session is altered in any way.

If a participant must cancel a session, the session deposit will be forfeited. All cancellations must be made in writing.

Itty Bitty

Itty Bitty Liability Waiver - Must be completed and turned in at check-in

A nationally recognized sports program, the Start Smart programs offered by Campus Recreation will introduce your 3-5 year old to the wide world of sports. Basic motor skills tasks help build your child's confidence and self-esteem. The environment of this program offers children a positive experience early in their sports exposure and will help to prepare them to play sports in the future. Emphasis on winning is minimal and this program allows your child to progress at an individual rate, while still offering challenging skills. Focus is also placed on parent/guardian and child interaction. Each child is required to have at least one adult who can participate.

  • Start Smart SoccerBasketball - Offered in October. This specific sport program will focus on basketball skills including dribbling, passing, catching, shooting and agility. (Age 3-5 year olds). Register now
  • Start Smart SoccerSoccer - Offered in March. This specific sport program will focus on soccer skills including kicking, dribbling, trapping, throw-ins, and running. (Age 3-5 year olds)
  • Start Smart SportsSports Development - Offered in September and January. This general program will focus on the basic skills needed for sports including throwing, catching, kicking and batting. (Age 3-5 year olds) Register now
  • Start Smart SoccerBaseball & Softball - Offered in June and July. This specific sport program will focus on baseball and softball skills including throwing, catching and batting. (Age 3-5 year olds)

Location:

  • Basketball, Soccer and Sports Development activities held at the Recreation & Wellness Center MAC Gym. Click here for map and directions!
  • Baseball and Softball activities held at the Mabel Hall Fields located at 14th and W St. Click here for map and directions!

Cost:

  • $55 Per Child - UNL student and CREC members
  • $65 Per Child - General Public


Campus Rec Sponsors
Naked Juice
Celerion
UofNE Federal Credit Union
UNL Computer and Phone Shop
Raising Cane's
Downtown Lincoln Association