Frequently Asked Questions
Tax ID Number
The Tax ID number for St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church (for The Great thou Art Camp) is: 93-065563
Who Can Attend The Great thou Art Camp?
Our summer camp registration is open to children in grades one through seven (ages 6 through 12). Children with potentially serious medical conditions must be able to function independently.
What about my 12-year-old and Camp?
Parents/Guardians wanting to know if 12-year-olds should attend The Great thou Art Camp should make that a joint decision with their child. The camp is designed to accommodate children from age 6 through age 12 with age-appropriate activities offered accordingly.
We want every camper to have a great experience and you know your child best. Not matter what age, if your child is looking forward to exploring new stories and open to try new art projects, then The Great thou Art Camp will be a good match. Children who do not want to participate in The Great thou Art Camp will most likely struggle.
What about the Color Groups?
During registration, students are initially divided into five different grade-peer groups; however, it is not uncommon for grades to be mixed.
What if my child has severe allergies?
The Great thou Art Camp welcomes children who have severe allergies – often tree nuts or peanuts – and we have several ways of making the camp safe for kids with severe allergies.
We ask that all families refrain from sending any kinds of nuts to camp but there are always a few…so Lunch time is supervised. Children with life-threatening allergies eat slightly apart from the main group, but not isolated, where we have a “nut-free zone” sign. They may bring a friend so they do not feel so set apart. We encourage frequent hand-washing. And, when we have kids with severe allergies, we use hand-wipes after lunch on everyone – before recess. It’s not a choice – even for the kids in the “I’m not washing anything stage”.
Color counselors and all teachers and staff, including the “camp mom” who provides most of the first aid and will be informed of each child’s allergies, symptoms, and the specific treatment recommended by parents.
We try to provide appropriate snacks, which are served in the morning studios – fruit snacks (everyone’s favorite except for the no-red-dye kids), fruit leathers, ‘nilla wafers, goldfish, pretzels, etc. But if a child’s tolerance level is very low, we recommend that snacks be sent from home. We also have special snacks – pure dried fruit chips and the like kept just in case.
We encourage you to fill out the registration form completely. You are welcome to discuss any specific medical needs and meet with the program coordinator (also known as the “camp mom” ) before your child begins camp.
Does the Camp have Religious Content?
The Great thou Art Camp is sponsored by St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church as a way to provide a meaningful arts-based outreach program to the community. It is treated as secular with non-religious content and orientation.
All Studios are Led by Professional Artists
The camp’s supportive, process-oriented environment nurtures creativity and build community. Throughout the week everyone is encouraged to put into practice The Great thou Art Camp values of being open to new ideas and respectful of the gifts of others.
Tuition and Camp Hours
Full Tuition: $210 per child, M-F, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Note: $105 qualifies as a tax donation as it is placed in a scholarship fund
$15 fee charged for every 15 minutes the child stays after camp is over
Scholarship Candidate fee: $30
Registration is open to children in grades one through seven (ages 6 through 12 – both as of January 1, 2019).
On Friday at 2:30 p.m., families will gather for the Camp Celebration/Program. Following the program there will be time to meet the artist teachers, and pick up the campers’ art work.
Your Child’s Day at The Great thou Art Camp
At 9:00 am, campers gather in their color groups for sign-in and assembly. There is a snack during morning studio, and approximately a one-hour-long lunch/recess break midday. At the end of each afternoon, campers meet again in their color groups for an afternoon assembly with campers sharing examples from each studio. Camp ends at 3:00 p.m. as the campers sign out. There are no extended hours and families will be charged $15 for each 15 minutes a child remains after camp is dismissed.
Monday through Friday, campers rotate through both morning and afternoon studios.
On Friday afternoon, there is a slightly shorter studio time to allow for rehearsals in preparation for the Friday afternoon program that starts at 2:30 p.m. Families gather at 2:30 p.m., enjoy the program, meet the artist teachers and pick up their camper’s art work.
Children are divided into different grade-peer groups. Notifications of group assignments are sent before your child attends. Please note that friend requests must be at the same grade level. For children who have friends in different grades, it is important to note that color groups remain together at all times. For Lunch and Recess children often join friends or siblings of different ages or grades. Each color group has two counselors (age 16 and up) and a counselor-in-training (age 14-15), who accompany color groups throughout the week and assist in studios as needed.
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