You read that right. With Governor Wolf's declaration that the state is set to move into the yellow zone by June 5th, Allens Lane Art Center is bringing back our physical art camp this year (with modifications for safety of course). Parents can again register their children for our summer art camp to enjoy a summer of arts education alongside their peers.
CHANGES TO CAMP: Obviously, we will be adhering to new CDC guidelines as well as best practices to keep our campers safe. Attendance is limited to 40 campers this year. We will group the children into 4 bunks of 10, based on age. Each bunk will stay together throughout the day and will not interact with the other groups. Each bunk will work in one assigned room within the center and have as much outside time as possible (even holding classes outside, weather permitting). Please note that due to the changing nature of the situation, the center is prepared to institute additional guidelines and rules should it be necessary to keep our campers as safe as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Summer Art Camp 2020 Parent Handbook
To make sure our camp can run this year, we've had to adopt new rules and changes:
- Maximum number of campers: This year we are able to accept only 40 campers per week. Enrollment will be determined by age, limited to 10 children from each age group (5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-13)
- Camp Session Choices: Parents may sign up their children for either the first 4 weeks of camp, the last 4 weeks of camp, or all 8 weeks. Single week registration is not available.
- Camp Time and PM Care Options: Camp will still run from 8:30am - 3:30pm and PM (After) Care is available from 3:30 - 6:00pm. PM Care will only be offered for the 4 week or 8 week session that coincides with your camp registration. There is no daily or weekly PM Care. There is also no AM Care option.
- Camp Play: We are working to offer the children an end of camp play to participate in. We are hoping to have this play performed outside with social distancing enforced for both our campers and our audiences.
- Field Trips: Although we have had field trips as part of our camp in years past, new safety rules and guidelines do not allow for field trips this year. Instead, the camp is working towards inviting guests from outside arts organizations to entertain and instruct our campers on site.
- Fees: The camp fee for a 4 week session is $1,368 (based on our normal price of $342 per week). The price for the 8 week session is $2,636 (discount of $100). The PM (After) Care program is being offered for the 4 week session for $500 and the 8 week for $1,000.
- Discounts: Although we are not offering discounts for households with multiple campers (each camper must be registered separately), returning campers qualify for a $100 discount and the 8 week session is automatically discounted $100.
- Campers will then line up outside with social distancing.
- Pick Up: Same as drop off with staggered times and specific locations.
- Staff: All staff will wear masks and face guards (except when eating). All staff will sanitize hands and put gloves on to greet campers outside and remove gloves and wash hands as soon as they enter the building.
To make sure our camp is safe for our staff and campers:
- To maintain the Lowest Risk possible: Small groups (bunks) of campers stay together all day, each day. Outdoor activities are prioritized.
- Social Distancing: Each bunk of 10 campers will be required to practice social distancing. Campers will not share objects, art supplies, etc. We will make every effort to keep our campers on track to follow these rules.
- Ventilation: We will keep our windows open to circulate fresh air into the center (when possible).
- Hand Washing: The center will have several hand washing stations as well as incorporate new hygiene routines for all campers to abide by when at the center.
- Food/Water: All campers will bring their own lunches to camp. Water fountains will be turned off and campers will be encouraged to bring their own larger water bottles (the center will also be providing additional single-use water bottles). When eating, campers (from the same Bunk) will be separated by 6 feet. Weather permitting, campers will eat outside. If eating inside, campers will be separated into different rooms to maintain 13 ft distance (unless campers are from the same household).
- Temperature Checks: Daily, before exiting their vehicle, campers will have their temperature taken by touchless, infra-red thermometer by a designated staff member, in accordance with any applicable privacy laws and regulations. All staff members will also be tested (daily) before they walk into the building. Any person whose temperature reads 100.4 degrees or above will be asked to go home for the day. During the course of the day, should a camper or a staff member show any signs of increased temperature or show signs of illness, they will be quarantined from the rest of the campers/staff until they can be picked up.
- Separate Storage Bins: To prevent contamination by touch, each camper will have an assigned storage bin for their supplies and such.
- Masks: All campers will wear mask upon arrival at camp and when taking classes inside the building. Mask are optional (except for staff) for outside classes, where fresh air and greater social distancing can be maintained."
- Bathrooms: When campers need to use the restroom, all campers will be accompanied by a counselor who will take not more than 2 at a time (same sex) to the larger bathrooms.
- Cleaning: Windows and doors will be open when safe and appropriate. Air cleaners will be used when necessary. Filters in the air conditioner will be changed once a week . Door jambs, door knobs, light switch, barre, benches/chairs, tables, tools, walkie-talkies, and phones will be wiped/washed down before each class. The center will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day.
- Drop Off: After successful temperature check (see above), campers will place lunch/items in their camper storage bin.