Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring every day?
A water bottle
Lunch and Snack
Weather-appropriate clothing! We will be outside
in ALL weather, please bring raincoats/boots for
rainy days, warm sweatshirts/hats/gloves for chilly
days and mornings - layer, layer, layer!
A change of clothes including something warm
Sunscreen and/or bug spray
A backpack to carry everything
Is this camp a good fit for my child?
Is your child adventurous and open to trying new things?
Does your child enjoy running around, hiking, and being
outside? Does your child like music and dance? Then the
answer is probably yes!
What are your staffs qualifications?
All of our staff have extensive experience with children, while our specialized music/dance teachers additionally have extensive experience in their modality, all of them considered masters in their artform. Please visit the Staff section for more about each teacher. Additionally, all of our camp counselors are CPR/First Aid certificated, fingerprinted, have passed background checks, and went through our extensive camp training.
What happens during choice time?
Choice is a time for children to explore their surroundings. They can choose from a variety of activities including arts/crafts, nature projects, games, and books. This time will vary according to the desires of the group as well as the age range.
Is snack provided?
No, please provide your own snack and lunch from home.
Is your camp nut-free?
We are not generally nut-free, however, if we have a camper with a nut allergy, we will do our best to restrict nuts and nut butters in their group to allow for a safer experience. Please let us know about any allergies in general!
What are your COVID protocols?
We have completed 3 very successful seasons through COVID following all the various changing protocols as we went. We have full faith in our ability to navigate the ever-changing waters of COVID and regulations. As always, we continue to follow all Contra Costa, CA state and CDC guidelines for summer camps and schools, including extra handwashing, increased staff training, and increased cleaning/sanitizing. Following the current guidelines and school protocols, masks are optional. We request that you inform us of any COVID symptoms, exposures and/or positive tests. Please do not bring your child if they are exhibiting any symptoms. If your child tests positive and/or is exhibits symptoms, please contact us so we can review our current policy with you including when they may return. As always, if you ever have any questions, please reach out!
What happens if my child has a fever, feels sick, and/or is found to have nits/lice?
We will contact you and expect your child to be picked up ASAP. Nobody wants to be out at camp when they aren't feeling well and, as we all know, nits/lice are very contagious. The health/safety of our campers and staff are always top priority so everyone stays well.
Do you provide extended care?
Extended care is not provided, however if you are in need, please contact us as sometimes our daily camp counselors are willing to help out!
Can my child bring toys from home to camp?
Sorry! We ask that toys stay at home where they won't get damaged or lost.
My child has specific needs, can they be accommodated?
We welcome children of varying needs including those who are neurodivergent. Aids/therapists are welcome as needed. Please contact us directly if your child has particular needs so we can discuss accommodations and whether we can provide for them.
Do you offer a CIT program?
We do! Please contact us visit our Staff page under CIT's for more information.
What if my child can only attend 1 week of a Summer Camp session?
We encourage the full 2-week session for multiple reasons. It allows for children to establish a stronger bond with their new friends as well as allows them more time to become familiar with the camp and their teachers as a whole. It is exciting, not only to learn new skills, but also to have time and space to develop them. There may be rare instances when we might be able to make an exception- it never hurts to ask!
What is the cost of camp?
Summer Camp is offered in 2-week sessions. Regular pricing is $1100 for 2 weeks (or $550/week). During Early Bird Registration offered from January 1 to March 1, we offer camp for $900 per session (or $450/week). We strive to make camp as affordable as possible, while also seeking to compensate our amazing teachers what they deserve. Please believe us when we tell you that we pay our teachers above market rate and for good reason! They are worth it plus more! That said, we do our best to accommodate everyone so that families who want to join us can. Please see below for discounts and scholarships.
Do you offer discounts?
Discounts are offered for siblings and solo-parent households. Additionally, Early Bird Registrations for summer camp are offered typically between January 1 and March 1. Additional need-based financial scholarships and payment plans are also available. We do our best to offer every family an opportunity to join us at the same time taking into consideration the cost of fair compensation to our incredible teachers. Please contact us directly for discounts and scholarships so discount codes may be given when appropriate.
Can I get a refund if my plans change?
A full refund, minus a 5% processing fee, may be returned up to 30 days before the start of the first day of the Summer Camp season. After 30 days before the start of the first day of the season, we are unable to provide a refund.
*Please note: If your child is asked to leave for any reason and/or unforeseen natural events (including COVID) causes camp to close after the first day of the summer camp season, no refunds will be given.*