2018 Summer Camp FAQ & Forms

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Camp GrAd Lab, 2018

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 19-July 13, 2018

Grades 2-6 Girls Get Science camp @venue Flora Singer ES, Silver Spring, Md, July 2-6, 2018

K-6 co-ed summer camps @venue Beverly Farms ES, Potomac, Md, July 16-Aug. 10, 2018

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.
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.
Our student:instructor ratio is 8:1 for most activities.
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

 

Mornings

Optional Before Care, 8-9 am

9-9:15  Welcome

9:15-10:30 – Lego Engineering

10:30-10:45 – Break

10:45 – Noon – Nature Science

 

Afternoons

12:30-1:45 pm Invention Lab

1:45-2pm: Break

2pm-3:15 pm Introduction to Video Game Programming

Optional After Care 3:15 to 5:30 pm

*The rising grade is the grade a child will enter in Fall 2018

 

Daily schedule for rising grades* 2-6:

Mornings

Optional Before Care, 8-9 am

9-9:15 – Welcome

9:15-10:30 – Lego Robotics (Lego Robotics, Robo Challenge, Mindstorms)

10:30-10:45 – Break

10:45 – Noon -Invention Lab

Lunch 12-12:30

 

Afternoons

12:30-1:45 pm Video Game Programming with Scratch (grades 2-3 or 4-6) or 3D Design & Printing (grades 4-6)

1:45-2pm: Break

2pm-3:15 pm Creative Engineering and Electronics

Children will be assigned to groups based on age, experience, preference and space! Projects will be geared to each group’s age and ability.

Optional After Care 3:15 to 5:30pm

 

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

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.

The classes are the same, but the STEM activities are different, so you can take one week of each without repeating activities!
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.
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.
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.

Optional Before Care: 8-9 am

Optional After Care: 3:15 to 5:30pm

If you did not add these options when you registered, you can still add them.

You will need to supply your ticket number (on your email receipt) and the same email address you used when you registered.

Use these links to order before and/or aftercare for Beverly Farms , Flora Singer camps or Flora Singer Girls Get Science camp (note: before- and after-care for all Flora Singer camps is co-ed).  

If you need help, please contact us at [email protected]

You may drop off your child as early as 9 a.m. 

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.

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. 

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. 
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.  
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.  
We will email all necessary forms to you after you register (forms go out starting mid-May). They will be sent through Adobe’s  electronic signing service. You can fill them out and sign them online! The only form that all campers must print out, sign and return to us is the Behavior Policy (we believe it is important for campers to read and manually sign this policy). You can download it here. ALSO: if you require our staff to administer medication to your child, please fill out this form and return it to us on the first day of camp. All camp forms must be returned to The Great Adventure Lab at least 10 business days before your child’s first day at camp.
Pricing is here. 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. 
We offer discounts a 10% sibling discount (for the second (lower-cost) 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.
 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. 
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.
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.


 

Kensington Parkwood E.S. parent, South Kensington, Md. Class: Mindstorms, November 2013

Our son loved the class… Thank you! He would be very interested in Mindstorms 2 if it is offered at KP!

November 9, 2013