Summer Camp FAQ

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Registration & special needs

What do I need to make a reservation?

When can I register for summer camp?

What happens during Morning Care?

What happens during Afternoon Care?

Is there a cancellation policy?

Are you able to accommodate my child who has medical allergies and/or special needs?

Which age group should I register my child for?

preparing for camp

What should my camper bring to camp?

Is there a way for me to know what my child will do in their camp?

Drop Off and Pick Up

What should I expect on my first day of camp?

Where is the Chapel Hill camp happening in 2016?

Where do I park?

What do I do if I need to pick up my child early from camp?

What do I do if I need someone else to pick up my child from camp?

About the summer camp experience

What sort of activities will my camper participate in?

Who are your educators?

How many campers are in a group?

What is included in the boxed lunch? 

Can I exchange sizes for my camp t-shirt?


What do I need to make a reservation?
To register for camp, you need an UltraCamp camp account. Please visit Create An Account . We recommend setting up your profile ahead of the registration date so you can sign up for camp as quickly and easily as possible. Once your registration is complete, add details for every camper in your household. Just choose "Add a person..." It’s that easy! On the day of the presale click the Purchase button below and start a reservation to purchase camps for each of your campers.

If you are experiencing trouble with registering or do not have access to a computer, please call our Reservations Staff at (919) 220-5429 ext. 313.

When can I register for summer camp? 
• January 23, 2017, 9:00am- Supporting Member Presale
• January 25, 2017, 9:00am- Explorer Member Presale 
• February 8, 2017, 9:00am- Open Registration to the General Public

What happens during Morning Care?
During Morning Care, campers will have a variety of activities from which to choose. Building activities, art projects, and games of all kinds allow campers to spend the morning meeting new friends and gearing up for the camp day ahead! Morning Care is from 8:00am to 8:55am.

What happens during Afternoon Care?
Afternoon Care is an opportunity for your child to spend free time participating in activities of their choice. Options include playing on the playground (weather permitting), participating in games, stories and other indoor activity choices. Museum-based campers will also explore exhibits. Afternoon Care is a fun way for your camper to finish their camp day! Afternoon Care is from 3:00pm to 5:30pm.

Is there a cancellation policy?

The Museum can grant refunds and preform session changes only when recieved before May 26, 2017.  Each session change or refund comes with a $30.00 change/cancellation fee per camp. After May 26, 2017 we are not able to process any changes or refunds. 

Are you able to accommodate my child with medical allergies and/or special needs?
Yes! The Museum is committed to full and equal opportunity for children to enjoy the camp experience and reasonable modifications will be considered. If your child has serious behavioral, physical, or psychological considerations, please discuss camper readiness with the Camp Manager directly at katiew@ncmls.org. We are also happy to work with you to adjust our purchased boxed lunch menu for food allergies/intolerances.

Which age group should I register my child for?
Register for the camp appropriate to the grade your camper will enter in Summer/Fall 2017. Four-year-olds must reach their 4th birthday by the first day of registered program. No exceptions. Proof of age may be required. All campers must be potty-trained prior to starting camp.

We understand and expect that many of our campers have extensive knowledge of particular subjects and may be intellectually gifted. We design our camp curricula with a wide range of abilities in mind for each developmental stage. Our curricula are also designed so that educators can vary their lesson plans based on the interests and levels of campers and camp groups.

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What should my child bring to camp?
Please send your child with a morning snack, lunch, water bottle and an extra change of clothes. Campers in afternoon extended care should also bring an extra snack. Please label all items. Campers should dress in comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes for indoor and outdoor Museum exploration.

Is there a way for me to know what my child will do in their camp?
The week before camp, you will receive an email with your camp name, location, and other information about the week. You will also receive a "What's Happening" letter that will outline the scheduled activities for the camp.

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What should I expect on my first day of camp?
Morning care begins at 8am in the MMR, located just behind the Main Admissions Desk in the lobby. At Chapel Hill, extended care is located in the adjacent clubhouse. Campers will be free to choose from a variety of games, toys, and activities until everyone disperses for camp. At 8:55, classroom doors open. Parents are expected to walk their child to their classroom. When checking in, you will have a chance to review your camper's roster information and add any additional people for pickup. Please give yourself at least 20 minutes to walk to your classroom and check-in with your child's educator.

This year, we're introducing Curbside Camper Pickup! Between 3:00-3:15pm, follow the signs and please queue up along the curb in our Southside parking lot, across the street from the main museum. All adults are required to show an ID to sign out their camper, every day of camp, so please have your ID ready to show a camp staff member when you pull up to the loading zone. Camp Educators will help load your camper so you never need to leave your car! Summer afternoon parking can be very challenging due to our high attendance. For a map of Camp Curbside pickup, please click here.

If you are picking up from afternoon extended care, you can park and check out your child at the MMR or Montessori Clubhouse. Aftercare ends at 5:30pm sharp. All adults are required to show an ID to sign out their camper, every day of camp. 

Where is the Chapel Hill camp happening in 2017?
We are happy to announce a new partner for Summer Camp 2017, the Montessori Day School of Chapel Hill! They are located at 1702 Legion Road in Chapel Hill, just off Ephesus Church Road behind Rams Head Plaza shopping center.

Where do I park?
AT THE MUSEUM
Parking is available at both our North (main Museum) and Southside lots. If your classroom is located on the South Side of campus (Creekside or Woodland classrooms) you can park and go directly to your classroom, there is no need to come to the main museum building in the morning. During the summer, the museum is very busy and parking can be difficult so please allow extra time in your schedule.

For 3:00 afternoon pickup, we are introducing Curbside Camper Pickup! Between 3:00-3:15pm, follow the signs and please queue up along the curb in our Southside parking lot, across the street from the main museum. All adults are required to show an ID to sign out their camper, every day of camp, so please have your ID ready to show a camp staff member when you pull up to the loading zone. Camp Educators will help load your camper so you never need to leave your car! Summer afternoon parking can be very challenging due to our high attendance. For a map of Camp Curbside pickup, please click here.

IN CHAPEL HILL
The Montessori Day School has a very small parking lot with limited parking. They utilize a “Kiss and Go” system similar to a carpool lane. If you require parking, please take this into consideration when planning your schedule.

What do I do if I need to pick up my child early from camp?
If possible, please let your camper’s educator or the Site Director know ahead of time so they can have your camper ready to go. However, we understand that plans sometimes change. You can also call our main Museum phone number, 919-220-5429 between 9:00am and 5:00pm. When arriving outside normal pickup times, please go to the front admission desk and have them radio your camp group since groups may be in the exhibits or out learning in the Museum. Please note that summer parking can be exceptionally challenging, so please leave extra time to find a space.

What do I do if I need someone else to pick up my child from camp?
Authorized pickups are entered through your UltraCamp account and can be adjusted up to the week proceeding camp. After that time, authorized pick ups can be entered manually into our camp rosters. On the first day of camp, please be sure to check your child’s roster for the names of individuals authorized for pick up and add anyone else. You can also speak with or contact camp staff with changes during the week.

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What sort of activities will my camper participate in?
Our camp days are filled with a variety of hands-on activities based around each camp’s theme. Actual schedules may vary, based on the preferences by staff, campers, weather, and other factors. We design our curricula with a variety of activities that include both structured, in-class activities, as well as unstructured free-play outside in the Museum to accommodate different learning styles and energy levels.

Who are your educators?
Our summer camp staff come from a variety of backgrounds, but all are experienced in working with kids and knowing wonder. We select our camp staff based on their educational experience and scientific background. Many of our camp educators are full-time teachers during the year. Both our educators and assistants undergo training ahead of each summer camp season.

How many campers are in a group?
Our groups are capped at 18 campers. Our Age 4-Kindergarten camps are capped at 16 per group. Each group has two adult staff and usually a high school volunteer helper. During the day, campers may participate in paired and small group, as well as whole group activities. All of our technology camps are structured to work in pair and small group environments.

What is included in the boxed lunch?
All options are subject to change based on product availability. Any substitutions will be made with comparable products. We are happy to work with you to adjust our menu to accommodate for food allergies/intolerances. All boxed lunches are peanut free. We can only sell camp lunches on a week-long basis.

Regular Lunch Option:
Monday- Cheeseburger, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Tuesday- Grilled chicken tenders, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Wednesday- Cheese quesadilla, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Thursday- Hot dog, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Friday- PB&J (soy nut butter), Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle

Vegetarian Lunch Option:
Monday- Black Bean Burger, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Tuesday- Half Herbivore sandwich*, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Wednesday- (Meatless) cheese quesadilla, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Thursday- Loblolly Wrap*, Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle
Friday- PB&J (soy nut butter), Side, Fresh Fruit, Water Bottle

*Herbivore sandwich- Sliced mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, house pesto spread | Loblolly wrap- hummus, green peppers, mushrooms, tomato, sweet potatoes, and cucumbers

Can I exchange sizes for my camp t-shirt?.
Absolutely! Our t-shirts tend to run large. Just ask the camp Site Director and they will be happy to give you a different size.

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