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Camp GrAd Lab, 2017

Register NOW for the STEM Summer Camp parents and kids love best!

K-6 co-ed summer camps @venue Flora Singer ES, Silver Spring, Md. June 20-July 14, 2017

Grades 2-6 Girls Get Science camp @venue Flora Singer ES, Silver Spring, Md, July 10-14, 2017

K-6 co-ed summer camps @venue Beverly Farms ES, Potomac, Md, July 17-Aug. 11, 2017

  • Will you run a STEM camp in my home?

    Yes. We run private half- or full-day STEM camps for kids K-6 on request, for groups of as few as six. We can customize these camps to suit your needs. For instance, we can focus on Lego Robotics, hands-on engineering, programming electronics, or nature science, or any combination of those! Please contact contact us for details.
  • Where are your camps this year?

    We are holding our camps at several venues in Maryland this summer. Here’s the map.
  • Who teaches camp?

    Our camps are taught by our regular year-round instructors, many of whom have already met and enjoyed working with your children! You can find their bios here.
  • What is your student:instructor ratio?

    Our student:instructor ratio is 8:1 or smaller.
  • What’s a typical day like?

    A typical day begins with parents checking in their children while children get together and play with the many science-based toys we have. This all takes place in our main room. Once everyone is checked in, our first session of the day starts. In between classes we have a short break to eat snacks and play. At noon we have lunch and free time in our main room. All children must bring their own nut-free, shellfish-free, lunch. At 3:00 children return to the main room and we dismiss from there.

    Daily Schedule for rising grades* K-1

     

    Daily schedule for rising grades* 2-6:

    *a child’s rising grade is the grade s/he will enter in Fall 2017

  • Is each week of camp the same?

    No. We’re offering two different weeks of hands-on STEM activities: Curriculum A and Curriculum B. If you’d like to sign up for more than one week, be sure to choose one week A and one week B. They can be taken in any order.

    Important: This year’s Week A and B are *different* from last year’s Week A and B. If you took either week last year, you can take either week this year without repeating activities.

  • What’s the difference between Curriculum A and Curriculum B?

    The classes are the same, but the STEM activities are different, so you can take one week of each without repeating activities!
  • If my child took Week A or Week B or both weeks last year, what can s/he take this year without repeating?

    Children who took our either or both weeks of our camp last year can take either or both weeks of our camp this year without repeating projects. For example, kids who took Lego Robotics last year, or in school this year, can move on to more advanced levels of Lego Robotics in camp. Ditto for Video Game Programming and 3-D design.  All of the rest of our summer camp STEM activities are entirely new with entirely new projects.
  • How will campers be grouped?

    We do our best to group children by interest, ability and age. We want your children to have fun and be comfortable in their groups. We will make changes as necessary.
  • How should campers dress?

    Children need to dress in clothes that are comfortable and ok to get messy!  It is hot outside and we will go outside part of the time for experiments and to play.
  • How do I register?

    Use these links:

    K-6 co-ed summer camps @venue Flora Singer ES, Silver Spring, Md. June 20-July 14, 2017

    Grades 2-6 Girls Get Science camp @venue Flora Singer ES, Silver Spring, Md, July 10-14, 2017

    K-6 co-ed summer camps @venue Beverly Farms ES, Potomac, Md, July 17-Aug. 11, 2017

    *Camp locations pending county permit approval, see registration link for details.

  • How do I sign up for before- or aftercare and how much does it cost?

    When you register for any camp that includes mornings, you will be be given the option of registering for before-care. When you register for any camp that includes afternoons, you will have the option of registering for after-care.

    For five-day weeks, before-care (8am – 9am) costs $50 and aftercare (3:15 to 5:30pm) costs $110.

  • How early may I drop off my child if I don’t sign up for before-care?

    You may drop off your child as early as 9 a.m. 
  • What if my child has special needs?

    The Great Adventure Lab encourages children of all abilities to discover and develop their full potential. In order to plan the best experience for you child, we ask that you provide us with specific details regarding special circumstances or conditions that may impact your child’s learning or participation our camp. You will have the opportunity to do this when you fill out camp forms, which you will receive by email after you register.

    We don’t have the resources to provide one-on-one care for your child, so If your child requires such care, please alert the Summer Camp Director, Laura Wilhelm. Based on availability, we may be able to provide a shadow for an hourly fee.

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  • How will you ensure the safety of my child?

    Your child’s safety is our first priority. Unlike many other camps, our camp is certified by the State of Maryland. All of our camp instructors and aides have passed recent background checks, including state and FBI fingerprinting. All instructors and aides are trained and certified in First Aid. At least two instructors in each camp are also certified in CPR.

    As part of our state certification, we follow written emergency procedures. In case of an emergency, parents and guardians will be contacted immediately.  We will also call 911 if appropriate. 

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  • What are your dismissal procedures?

    Campers will only be dismissed to the responsible adults named on their registration forms.  Please let us know of any custody concerns. Parents who wish to have their children walk or bicycle home from camp must submit a written permission form. 

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  • Are campers allowed to bring and use gaming devices?

    Because of the distraction and disruption caused by these devices, as well as the risk that they might be lost or damaged, we ask that campers do not bring tablets or gaming devices to camp at all.  

  • Does The Great Adventure Lab Camp arrange carpools?

    Two weeks before camp begins, we  will email a camp contact list to registered families who asked to be included on the carpool list.  You and your fellow parents can arrange for carpools if needed.  

  • Where can I find permission forms and emergency contact forms?

    We will email all necessary forms to you after you register. You can fill them out and sign them online! 

    All camp forms must be returned to The Great Adventure Lab at least 10 business days before your child’s first day at camp.

  • What is your vaccination policy?

    All camps operating in Maryland, including ours, must follow Maryland law, which requires up-to-date vaccinations, as listed on this form. Maryland state law allows for limited exemptions, but those exemptions do not apply during an emergency or an epidemic. When we provide camp activities to other camps we follow the policies of the camp that hires us, and they abide by the laws of their jurisdictions. When we run our own camps outside of Maryland, we follow the laws of that jurisdiction.
  • How much do the camps cost?

    Camp tuition ranges from $210 (half-day, grade K-1) to $365 (full day, grades 2-6). All prices include tuition, a camp T-shirt and all take-home projects. There are no additional materials fees or charges, EXCEPT for before- or aftercare and late pickup fees when students are picked up after their scheduled dismissal times. Optional before-care is $50/week; optional after-care is $110/ week.

    Pricing is here.

  • Do you have any discounts?

    We offer discounts a 10% sibling discount (for the second ticket, when both siblings are registered for the same week). To get the discount, register at the full price, then forward your ticket receipt to us with a brief note. We will credit the discount back to your payment method. We can usually issue the refund within 48 hours, though it may take longer for your bank to process. That discount does not combine with any other discounts.
  • Do you offer financial aid?

     Yes, we have a limited amount of financial aid available to families who can document they are eligible for FARMS (free and reduced meals). Contact us for more information. 
  • Do you offer a payment plan?

    Tuition is due in full at the time of registration. We accept payment through PayPal. PayPal accepts credit cards and also offers payment plans of its own.
  • What’s your refund policy?

    Tuition is non-refundable. However, if you need to reschedule with at least two weeks notice, we’ll give you a credit good for a future camp or services, which includes birthday parties, events, classes and tutoring. Credits are good for one year from date of issue, and may be used by other family members.

 

Still have questions? Use our chat service (at the right of your screen) during business hours, email us,  or give us a call at 240-442-1855.