Ages 5-14

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For over 30 years, Perkins Center for the Arts has been offering an eight-week summer arts camp packed with discovery, collaboration, and exploration. This year we are excited to announce we will be expanding our Summer arts camp offerings; scheduling two sessions in our Collingswood location for ages 5-11.

Perkins Center Summer Arts Camp takes your child on an engaging, sensory adventure of visual and performing arts, STEAM learning, creative play, and artistic expression. Join us for an enriching and life-changing camp experience.

 

Teen Arts Lab | Ages 12-14

Perkins Center is thrilled to continue our Teen Arts Lab for the 2020 camp season. For youth ages 12-14, Teen Arts Lab is a two-week intensive for youth seriously into multimedia, collaboration, and creation. To enhance and inspire these innovative experiences, campers will work beyond the classroom to find their vision and voice through the arts.

If you’d like to talk to someone about Perkins Center’s Summer Arts Camp, please call O’Sheila Eural, Education Assistant & Camp Manager,  at 856.235.6488 *314 or email oeural@perkinscenter.org.

 

Guidelines for Summer Camp Operation 

 

 

Perkins Camp At-A-Glance

Camp hours are 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Extended Care is available from 8:00 – 9:00 AM and 4:00 – 5:00 PM.

 

CAMP MOORESTOWN 2020: AGES 5-14

SESSION DATES & THEMES | AGES 5-11

Session M1: July 13 -July 24
Session M2: July 27 – August 7
Session M3: August 10 – August 21
Session M4: August 24 – August 29 (1-week)

 

SESSION DATES & STUDIOS  | TEEN ARTS LAB [AGES 12-14]

Session M1: July 13 -July 24
Session M2: July 27 – August 7
Session M3: August 10 – August 21
Session M4: August 24 – August 29 (1-week)

 

CAMP COLLINGSWOOD 2020: AGES 5-11

SESSION DATES

Session C1: July 27 – August 7
Session C2: August 10 – August 21

Please note: Campers may register for multiple sessions.

 

Campers can arrive for camp starting at 8:45 AM unless they are registered for Extended Care, which begins at 8:00 AM. Campers are picked up at 4:00 PM and Extended Care is available until 5:00 PM.

Allergy Note: Perkins Center’s camp program is peanut-free & nut-free, however, our facility and grounds are not. Perkins Center is located on an arboretum which contains nut-bearing trees.

Classes: Classes will vary by session, but all campers will participate in visual art, performing art, and environmental classes. These may include painting, ceramics, gardening, dance, theater, and more. There will be three art classes and one STEAM class per day.

Snack: Please pack separately a labeled snack (please refer to Allergy Note).  Note: Perkins Center no longer provides a daily snack.

Lunch: There will no on-site refrigeration. Campers are asked to bring a labeled bagged lunch with an ice pack and a labeled bottle water (with an extra to last the day).

 

Guidelines for Summer Camp Operation

Perkins Center will implement the following prevention and mitigation strategies to slow and limit COVID-19 exposure and spread:

1. General policies and procedures – Perkins will communicate and educate staff, parents, and campers in COVID-19 safety measures including:
• Staying home when ill
• Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
• Wearing face coverings
• Avoiding touching your face as much as possible
• Reporting illnesses and symptoms to the Camp Director
2. Drop Off & Pick Up – Perkins will implement a car line. Parents must stay in their vehicles during this time. Campers must be wearing a face mask and temperatures will be taken. If a camper has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, they will not be permitted to attend camp.
3. At drop off, campers will gather while maintaining social distancing with their small groups and counselor.
4. At pick-up, campers will be dismissed directly to their parent’s or caregiver’s car. Parents must wait in line and remain in their vehicles.
5. During Camp – Class size will be limited to 8 campers per group to account for social distancing in classrooms.
6. Staff and campers shall, at minimum, wear cloth face coverings when social distancing of 6 feet between individuals and/or assigned groups cannot be maintained, (except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or in extreme heat outdoors). It is understood that face coverings may be challenging to campers (especially younger campers) to wear in all-day settings such as camp.

7. Handwash and hand sanitizer stations will be provided in numerous areas around the camp. Additionally, counselors will have hand sanitizer with them at all times for camper use.

8. Perkins has enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures using EPA approved disinfectants and following CDC guidance. Regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces will be performed throughout the day.

9. Perkins discourages the sharing of items that are difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect. Each camper will receive a kit of materials that will be used solely while they are at Perkins during their camp session.

10. Perkins has instituted infection control procedures for areas around the camp, including entrances, dining areas, restrooms, and other areas prone to congregation. Perkins has dedicated specific entrance and exit doors to be used in each of our buildings. They are clearly marked with signage.

11. Lunch will be eaten outdoors when possible. In the case of extreme heat or rain, campers will eat lunch in their classrooms with their group.

12. Food will not be served on the premises. Campers are required to bring their own nut-free snack, nut-free lunch, and bottled water. (Can be in a reusable container) These items must be kept in their backpack throughout the day.

13. Bathrooms and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day by Perkins staff.

14. Play – Campers will remain in their assigned groups for lunch and recreation times. All play equipment will be sanitized between uses.

15. Perkins will limit on-site visits by non-essential visitors and volunteers.
a. Visitors are required to wear cloth face coverings while visiting the youth camp unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health. If a visitor refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons at the point of entry, Perkins reserves the right to decline entry.
b. Perkins has restricted all group events, gatherings, and meetings where social distancing of at least 6 feet between people cannot be maintained. For this reason, there will not be a final exhibition or performance. Perkins will instead create a camp “lookbook” and share it with families digitally.
c. Field trips will not be held this summer.

16. Illness – If an individual exhibits signs and symptoms of COVID- 19 (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath) while on-site, Perkins will immediately separate the ill person from the well people until the ill person can leave camp.

17. If the camp becomes aware that an individual test positive for COVID-19, Perkins will immediately notify the Department of Health-Youth Camp Project, local health officials, staff, and families of a confirmed case while maintaining confidentiality. Close contacts and/or sick staff members or campers that have had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure should not return to camp until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.

18. Closures – If Perkins Center needs to close camp for any reason, pro-rated refunds will be issued.

19. Refund Policy for Camp 2020 – Camp families have up until 4 days before (Thursday prior to the start of a camp session) the start of a session to withdraw without incurring a cancellation fee. Significant care and planning is going into making camp a safe and fun experience for each and every child.

Field Trips

For the safety and wellbeing of our campers, all off-site field trips have been canceled due to COVID-19.


Final Fridays

This year, we will not have our Final Fridays presentations in order to keep our campers and their families safe.


Required Paperwork

Please complete the forms below, including the health and behavioral form, and returned as soon as possible. Enrollment in camp is subject to a thorough review and evaluation of the information provided.  All applications are pending.

Camp Registration Packet

NJ Universal Health Form

Camp Registration Guide & PDF Form

For more information please visit our FAQ page.

Be a HERO to a deserving child from Burlington and Camden Counties this summer!

For over 30 years we have been able to offer a summer camp program that provides children, from the surrounding communities of Burlington and Camden counties, with an opportunity to be creative in a fun and engaging way.

A core element of the program throughout its history has been the camper scholarship program. One of the largest funding sources for the camp scholarship program has changed funding priorities and is no longer supporting the scholarship program. Perkins Center for the Arts is committed to continuing the scholarship program and has been seeking new funding opportunities, but we need support from the community in order to keep this important element of the camp experience. Donate Today!

The scholarship program is supported by the generosity of corporate donors and individuals from throughout our community. Every child should be given the opportunity to express themselves through all forms of art. Will you be a donor that provides an enriching and life-changing camp experience to a child this year?

$375 will provide one camper with a half scholarship to attend one Session (2-weeks) of Summer Arts Camp.

$745 will provide one camper with a scholarship to attend one Session (2-weeks) of Summer Arts Camp.

 

Your donation is greatly appreciated and is fully tax-deductible.

For more information, and to Sponsor-a-Camper, please contact Allison Hunt at 856-235-6488, ext. 305, ahunt@perkinscenter.org

DROP OFF & PICK-UP PROCEDURES

Moorestown Location:
Drop off: On the first day, campers will meet on the front lawn at 8:45 AM. Signs will be posted with the names of the campers assigned to a group. Please walk your child to their group to meet their counselor. After the first day, we will have a drive-through and drop-off procedure in place if you choose to use it. Drop-off begins at 8:45 AM and ends promptly at 9:00 AM. Counselors will sign campers into camp.

Pick-up: Campers are dismissed at 4:00 PM. For pick-up, we have a drive-through pick-up line. Please enter the driveway from Camden Avenue and proceed along the driveway toward the front of the building. A Perkins’ staff member will be on the driver side of your vehicle to assist with signing out your child.

NOTE: The Perkins Center driveway is one way. You must enter Perkins Center on Camden Avenue and exit out onto Kings Highway. The parking lot may be busy, so please be careful. We ask that you please park in the parking lot behind the building or on Camden Avenue.

Collingswood Location:
Drop off: Campers will meet in front of the gallery entrance between 8:45 – 9:00 AM. NO PARKING is allowed in the driveway leading to the gallery entrance. Parents can pull-up on Irvin Avenue in front of the Collingswood building during drop-off. There will be staff and camp personnel by the curb to assist your child from your car to the gallery entrance.
If you want to walk your child to the meeting area, DO NOT pull up next to the building. You MUST park (in nearby lots or at available street parking spots).

Pick-up: Camp pick-up time is between 4:00 – 4:15 PM. Parents/guardian or those with pick-up permission must park their car (parking lot or street parking) and come inside to sign-out campers with staff and/or camp personnel.

EXTENDED CARE: You must park and walk your child(ren) into the building for before-care. For pick-up from after-care, you must park, enter our building, and sign-out your child(ren).

Refund Policy for Summer Camp 2020

Camp families have up until 4 days before (Thursday prior to the start of a camp session) the start of a session to withdraw without incurring a cancellation fee. Significant care and planning is going into making camp a safe and fun experience for each and every child.

Camp Counselors & CIT Volunteers

Accepting 2020 Applications. Perkins Center for the Arts recruits passionate and engaging counselors and counselors-in-training every summer! The application deadline is rolling for each session.

Counselor Application

CIT Application

Guidelines for Summer Camp Operation

Camp Teaching Artists

The hiring process for 2020 camp teaching artists begins in January 2020. If you are an experienced teaching artist interested in making inspiration happen, please send an inquiry to Allison Hunt at ahunt@perkinscenter.org. Email only.