Programs

The program department strives to bring the highest quality programs, activities and service to every member of the community. Activities are designed for the entire family, as well as for each individual age group so every person’s needs are adequately met. As the center continues to expand and grow, new programs will continue to be added according to the needs and demands of the community. If you have a program you would like to see at the center, please email benjamin.scholes@uss.salvationarmy.org

Learning, Technology and Performing Arts Courses & Activities

Program Courses are created to introduce or foster the growth of a specific art or activity. Courses usually meet for 4 or more classes in a session. Courses are open to members and non-members. Course rates and class times are subject to change.

Basic Computer Course

This 10 hour course is hosted over five (5) consecutive days and will take the learner through the most basic tasks like turning on the computer or working a mouse, all the way through intermediate skills like document creation and web surfing. This course is offered several times per year.

Our next course is a special introductory workshop on Friday, March 31 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The workshop is free and is intended to give those a sneak peek at the incredible world computing can open them up to. No registration necessary, just come early!

Cooking Courses

These courses combine nutritional information with hands-on activities to encourage healthy eating and lifestyle. These courses are offered several times throughout the year. Please check the calendar for our next offering.

Dance

Jazz, Hip-Hop, and West African dance classes get your body moving in a fun and healthy way! They are offered throughout the year at the Kroc. Please check with the main desk for our next offering.

Empowerment Courses

Learn how to budget your money, to save on your electric bills, to avoid Senior Scams, and more with these offerings throughout the year.

We are currently offer free Budgeting & Credit Score Classes taught by our partners from Operation Hope. These classes are free and are on a first come, first served basis. Please show up early to ensure your seat.

Thursday, March 23    10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, April 25    10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Thursday, April 27    10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, May 2       10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Thursday, May 4        10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Attention Seniors:  Our partner from Georgia Care$ is coming to present four amazing workshops designed to help you protect yourself from fraud and to also save money. These classes are free and are on a first come, first served basis. Please show up early to ensure your seat.

Tuesday, January 24      11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Thursday, March 9       11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, April 18        11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Thursday, April 20         11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Art

Get elbow deep in some clay, paint your next masterpiece, or learn the basics of a new musical instrument at the Kroc. Be on the lookout for art class offerings throughout the year by checking the calendar.

Parenting Classes

Raising smart and secure children is as easy as following a few simple steps. These community based forum-style courses are spearheaded by several of our partners. These include The Morehouse School of Medicine under the watchful eye of former Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher; Spelman College Department of Education; and local Storyteller Deborah Strahorn.

Our spring 2017 offerings include:

Tuesday, February 7       10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, February 21      5:30 pm  – 7:30 pm

Thursday, March 16      10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, March 28       5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 18          10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Senior Days

Following their participation in Silver Sneakers, Seniors are welcomed to participate in learning activities, games and/or events. These days are held throughout the year and include bingo games, spa days, nutritional learning. It’s a great time to socialize and make new friends. Please check the calendar for our next offering.

In Spring 2017, our partner from Georgia Care$ is coming to present four amazing workshops designed to help you protect yourself from fraud and to also save money. These classes are free and are on a first come, first served basis. Please show up early to ensure your seat.

Tuesday, January 24      11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Thursday, March 9       11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, April 18        11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Thursday, April 20         11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fitness and Recreation Courses

These courses are guaranteed to get all members of the family active. Courses will use our state-of-the-art gymnasium, rubberized walking track, dance studio, and exercise/weight-training area that includes traditional strength machines and cardiovascular exercise equipment to encourage the positive movement of the body’s muscles. Courses are free to members and cost $5 for potential-members on a drop-in basis unless otherwise noted. Course rates and class times are subject to change. Please call 404.638.7218 for more information.

Fitness Classes
MondayChair Yoga – 11am
Zumba – 5pm
Bootcamp – 6pm (Must register for class)
TuesdaySilver Mixx (Seniors) 10 am
Strength Training 4 pm
Cardio Blast 5 pm
Body Sculpt 6 pm
WednesdayChair Yoga – 11am
ThursdaySilver Mixx (Seniors) 10 am
Hip Hop Dance Class 6 pm
Boot Camp 7 pm
FridayYoga 11:30 am
SaturdayStrength Training 11 am
Zumba 12 pm

Family Literacy Program/GED Preparation

This robust program improves literacy and life skills for individuals and families seeking to meet their educational goals. The program provides support for literacy levels ranging from early readers through adult literacy and GED preparation. Space is limited. Applications are accepted year round, but enrollment is in August and January each year, so please fill out the attached application and submit it prior to enrollment dates. Please call 404.638.7210 for more information.

Enrollment Application

Reaching Out To Read (Literary Outreach Events)

Reaching Out To Read is a series of literary special events from the Family Literacy Program and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. These events consist of theme-based read-aloud and literacy activities for the entire family. Storytelling opportunities available. Please call 404.638.7210 for more information. View Details Here

KROC STARS Program (K – 5th grade)

This program is perfect for the child who is looking to expand their horizons in the field of performing arts. Elementary-aged children are dropped off or picked up from Gideon’s Elementary School and cared for until 5:30pm. Their day is filled with activities which include gym time, snack, homework, devotions, and art programming such as painting, drawing, dancing and music. Applications are taken year round and enrollment for each year begins in July. Space is limited. Please call 404.638.7209 for more information.

Afterschool Application

Pick Up /Drop Off

The STARS Program hours are from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday –Friday. If you are dropping your child off for the STARS Program, please note that we will not be available to receive them until 3:00 p.m.

The STARS Program operating days are generally the same as the Atlanta Public Schools calendar. Parents will be notified in advance if we deviate from that schedule.

Please make sure that the person picking up your child has valid identification with them to present at the time of pickup. Children will not be released to adults not on your authorized pick-up list.

Theater Productions

This year, with a collaboration with Metro Dance Atlanta, the Kroc will be hosting several performances throughout the year featuring children and teens. Auditions, rehearsals and performances will be held in the Kroc. We will kick off with a production of The Wiz in our fall semester.

Snacks

Snacks are served daily. Your child is welcome to bring his/her own snack. Please keep in mind that we are a “Nut Free” program, so snacks which include nuts are prohibited.

Students are not allowed to visit the vending machine during Afterschool time, but are encouraged to do so during parent pick-up time.

Illness

Please understand that we cannot accept your child into the Afterschool Program if he/she is displaying symptoms of the following illnesses. We will happily receive them once the illness has been successfully treated and is no longer contagious. A note from a physician or school nurse may be required.

· Chickenpox
· Diarrhea
· Head lice
· Impetigo

· Flu
· Pink eye
· Ringworm

Behavior Expectations

We strive hard to foster a positive environment and look to reward good behavior. All participants are expected to carry themselves in a respectful and peaceful manner. In an effort to keep the program safe and fun for everyone the following behaviors are not tolerated.

· Disrespectful and inappropriate behavior and speech
· Disruptive behavior (including non-participation)
· Harassing other program participants ( bulling, name calling, etc)
· Inappropriately touching other program participants
· Fighting (may result in immediate suspension or dismissal from the program)
· Leaving bathrooms in unsanitary condition

Most disciplinary issues will be handled on a three step basis as follows: The first offense will result in a time out from an activity or suspension based on the severity of the situation. The second offense will require a parent conference. The third offense will result in suspension or dismissal from the program.

Discipline

Please refrain from physical discipline of your child of any kind while on The Salvation Army property

Camp KROC! (Themed Summer Day Camps)

It is never a dull day when school’s out if you’re at Camp KROC! Summer 2017 is again proving to be an exciting camp! Kids ages 6 thru 13 are welcome to sign up for nine weeks of fun, learning and adventure at the KROC. Camp activities include sports, theater, music, dance, and visual arts. Camp hours are from 8:30am – 5pm. Before and after care are available from 7:30am – 6pm.

ALL Camps will embark on an average of more than two (2) field trips per week. Many weeks will include three (3) trips. Destinations include, but are not limited to:

Weekly Movies

Atlanta Zoo

Sky Zone

The Children’s Museum

Buccaneer Cove at Malibu Grand Prix

S. Cobb Aquatic Center (including swim lesson)

SPORTS CAMP:

Sports camp will encompass all nine (9) weeks as campers are guided under the direction of a former Division I and ABA Professional basketball player. Teaching teamwork and good sportsmanship is the name of the game for summer camp.  Your camper will participate in a wide array of sports including basketball, soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, and any other creation with a ball and competition. Sports camp costs $85 per week.

ARTS CAMP:

Our summer begins with a four (4) week theater arts camp. Stage direction, set design, and of course acting, will be on the menu which will culminate in a performance on Friday, June 23 at 6pm.

The next session is a two (2) week Kroc camp that breaks from our normal programming as the children will get to experience Camp Grandview, an overnight camp in the woods of Jasper, north Georgia. Children from all over the region will come to discover nature, fresh air and fellowship. This Christ-centered camp is run by Salvation Army employees from all over the state. Camp Grandview runs from Monday, June 26 to Saturday, July 1.

The second week includes our July Fourth holiday closings, but is jam-packed with three (3) field trips and a ton of visual arts projects. Painting, drawing and creating crafts is on the agenda and a lot of time for campers to continue bonding with each other.

Our Arts Camp culminates with a three (3) week camp centered around West African drum and dance. Professional teachers from An Ka Fo Drum & Dance Troupe will teach your camper(s) the rich history and culture surrounding the heart-pounding, authentic, traditional and ancient African dance, music and folklore. This camp will culminate with a vivid and rich performance on Friday, July 28 at 6pm.

Arts camp costs $100 per week.

KROC CAMP INFORMATION:

Who:  Children ages 6 to 13

Hours: 8:30 – 4:30pm  (Extended care available at no extra charge from 7:30am – 6:00 pm)

Dates:

Sports Camp – Tuesday, May 30 –  Friday, July 28, 2017

Theater Camp – Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 23, 2017

Camp Kroc Visual Arts & Grandview – Monday, June 26 – Friday, July 7, 2017

West African Drum & Dance Camp – Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 28, 2017

Cost:  $100 per Arts Camp week, per camper* / $85 per Sports Camp week, per camper (due on Friday before the following week)

Meals/Snacks:         Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack provided daily

Attire:   All children should wear loose fitting summer clothing that allows for activities both in the gym and on the stage. On designated days, a modest bathing suit will be required to attend the field trip to the pool or waterslides.

Devotions: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

As such, we will begin each day with a short devotional.