SMARTS Summer Camps
SMARTS Summer Camps provide you a variety of options to choose from for your child. You can register online for specific camp types and weeks. Any and all communication about our camp for which you have registered will be via email. All registrations and payments must be received by midnight the Friday before camp starts. After this date, add $25 to tuition and then you must register/pay online. Walk-in spots available on a first come, first serve basis and subject to a $25 walk-in fee. Early Bird Discounts are available and expire on March 31, 2017. Additional discounts are available for advanced payments by check as noted on our website.
Typical Day and Classes
The camp schedule is structured, but at the same time it is fun. Classroom size for our program averages 10-15 campers. We make every effort to group friends together, but groupings within the programs are dependent on the camper’s ability and skill level for programs such as Chess or Robotics. Academic programs are based on grade level. Teaching methods and lessons are specific to each instructor, but the main focus is the same: present the material in a fun, exhilarating and entertaining way. All necessary equipment is provided. There are no expectations placed upon the campers, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. A typical day in our program will include instruction, activities and, of course, an opportunity to try their new skills in the class for example practice worksheets for academic programs, playing and debating with opponents in chess and public speaking classes, etc. There will be no homework given.
Snacks and water will be provided at the camp during snack time, however lunch is not. Campers are required to bring a complete lunch of their own if attending all day. Refrigeration of lunches will not be available. If your child has specific allergies you will be given the opportunity to describe these allergies in the forms emailed to you upon completion of registration. Since peanut allergies are wide-spread, we attempt to purchase snacks that do not contain nut products. However if your child has an extremely severe allergy of any kind, we recommend that they bring their own snacks to camp.
We do not anticipate any disciplinary problems during the camp, but we still must set standards. Camp Code of Conduct is provided to set the standard. If a disciplinary problem arises within the camp, the camper will receive one warning and a phone call home to their parents. If a second disciplinary problem arises, that camper could be expelled from the camp without any financial credit. If a camper’s behavior becomes so severe or endangers other campers, immediate expulsion from camp without phone calls, warnings, or financial credit may be necessary.
Our staff is comprised of the best hand-picked instructors. For example, we have experienced chess coaches with high USCF rating and are tournament directors. Our computer enrichment and academic staff is specifically trained to teach the software and curriculum.
A full refund minus the registration fee and a $25 service fee is given if cancellation request is received 30 days before camp. After this, refunds will not be given. If a child is sick and is unable to attend the camp, a doctor’s note is required for a refund minus the registration and service fee to be given. Switching sessions or camps is permitted based on space available. There will be a $25 change fee assessed for any change.