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Camp FAQ

High Museum of Art Camps: Frequently Asked Questions

The High Museum’s summer camp program is exempt from licensure and does not have a license from Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning.

Additional questions? Email us at HMAcamps@high.org or call 470-737-8059.

 



Will staffers be required to wear masks?
Yes, all Museum staff are required to wear face coverings.

happy children and teachers, wearing face masks, give a thumbs up in front of the Museum.

Will campers be required to wear masks?
Yes, campers will now be required to wear face coverings. It was previously optional; however, we are updating this directive per the latest guidance from our state and local leaders. Face coverings will not be provided. Campers must bring their own face coverings.


How will the High ensure that my child wears his or her mask at camp?
High Museum staffers will encourage all campers to wear their masks. All camp staff will be modeling this behavior.


How can I prepare my child to attend camp at the High Museum?
Parents and guardians are encouraged to take their child’s temperature every day before arriving at the Museum. If the temperature reading is 100°F or higher, campers must be kept at home. Upon arrival at camp, staff will take each child’s temperature again with a no-touch forehead thermometer. If a reading of 100°F or higher is recorded, the camper will not be allowed to exit the vehicle. Campers must bring their own face coverings; please ensure your camper is already wearing a face covering before exiting the vehicle. Children are required to bring their own lunches; please send your children to camp with any snacks and drinks they may need with all such food items being in a sealed lunch bag marked with the camper’s name, if possible, as food sharing will not be permitted. Campers will need to bring their mask with them each day.


What should I do if my child is ill?
Any signs of illness should be taken seriously, and the camper must be kept at home. Please consult your pediatrician for treatment advice based on your child’s symptoms.


Will temperature checks be conducted at the High Museum?
Yes, no-touch forehead temperature checks will be performed daily by camp staffers, and parent/guardians will be required to work with High staff to complete a verbal health screening each day before camp. Children who have a fever of 100°F or higher and/or other signs of illness will not be admitted to camp.


What is the High’s protocol if a child or teacher shows signs of COVID-19?
If a child or High staff member shows signs of exhibiting a temperature greater than 100°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, that person will be separated from the group immediately and will be required to leave the Museum as soon as possible.

If a parent/guardian is contacted and asked to pick up their child, that parent/guardian should remain in their vehicle and call the High’s camp line. Staff will bring the sick child to your vehicle.

Any areas used by persons who are sick will be closed and thoroughly cleaned following CDC guidelines. Local health officials, staff, and families will be notified immediately while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Campers or staff that have stayed home sick will not be permitted to attend or return to camp again until they either have had a negative COVID-19 test or have been fever and fever medication free for seventy-two (72) hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.


Where and when should I drop my child off for Art Camp?
All campers should be dropped off and picked up on 16th Street. Drop-off times will be staggered to accommodate temperature checks and verbal health screening each morning. Drop-off may take additional time as a result. No parents/guardians will be allowed to exit their vehicles. High Museum staffers will be there to greet campers for the day. Campers must bring their own face coverings; please ensure your camper is already wearing a face covering before exiting the vehicle.

For morning drop-off, we will invite campers with last names A–L to check in from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. From 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., we will invite campers with last names M–Z to check in.


What is the sign-in process like?
Campers will be greeted by staffers at the staggered curbside drop-off and pickup area located on 16th Street. Staffers will take each camper’s temperature with a no-touch forehead thermometer from outside the vehicle. If a temperature reading of 100°F or higher is recorded, the child will not be permitted to exit the vehicle. Campers must bring their own face coverings; please ensure your camper is already wearing a face covering before exiting the vehicle. Each day, parents/guardians also will be required to work with High staff to complete a verbal health screening before the camper will be permitted to exit the vehicle. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the drop-off, and children will be required to sanitize before entering the building. On day one of camp, you will be assigned a carpool number, and we request that you create your own carpool sign using black marker for your vehicle this year.


What is the pickup/sign-out process like?
Camp instruction ends at 3:15 p.m., and staggered pickup begins at 3:30 p.m. Children will wash their hands immediately before pickup. Parents/guardians should line up on 16th Street for pickup and remain in their vehicles. A High staff member will take carpool numbers curbside and walk campers to their cars. Please have your assigned carpool number visible in black marker and place it in your windshield. Campers will be given hand sanitizer before entering their cars.

From 3:30 to 3:45 p.m., campers with last names A–L will be brought out for pickup. Campers with last names M–Z will be brought out for pickup from 3:45 to 4 p.m.

What is the aftercare process like?
Aftercare starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Parents/guardians should park on 16th Street for aftercare pickup. If staff is not present, and you are required to leave your car, you must wear a mask. Take your assigned carpool number and approach the window of the Education center. A staff member will bring your camper to you.


What if my child leaves his/her lunch or gets sick during camp and I must pick up my child?
Please call the camp number when you arrive. If you must leave your car for any reason, you will be required to wear a mask when approaching the Museum.


Will hand-sanitizing stations be available at drop-off/pickup?
Yes, hand-sanitizing stations will be placed at the 16th Street location as well as entrances and exits throughout the Museum and in every classroom.


Will I be able to walk my child to class?
Parents are not allowed to exit their vehicles. The entire Museum, Stent Lower Level Education Center, and restrooms will be off limits for any person that is not a camp staffer or a camper. Staff will be present at all times to accompany children to their classrooms.


How many campers will be assigned to a classroom?
There will be twelve (12) campers assigned to every two (2) teachers, ensuring a maximum of fourteen (14) persons per classroom.


Will campers be engaging with different groups during the week?
All campers will be assigned the same seat the entire week, and individual camp classes will not be allowed to comingle.


Will campers be sharing art supplies?
All campers will be given their personal art supplies box for the entire week. No sharing of supplies will be permitted.


How will you enforce handwashing during the day?
Campers will be required to wash their hands upon entering the Museum each day, after restroom breaks, before and after lunch/snack breaks, and between all art activities. Hand sanitizer also will be available in each classroom.


Will activity spaces be sanitized?
Classrooms will be sanitized daily, and teachers will have disinfectant wipes in each classroom for sanitizing high-touch areas throughout the day.


Can my child bring nuts or food containing nuts to camp?
No. Due to our sensitivity to nut allergies, the High is a nut-free camp.


Will the High be providing lunch or snacks for campers?
The High will not provide food or snacks for campers. Campers are required to bring their own lunch or snacks daily, with all such food items being in a sealed lunch bag marked with the camper’s name. Sharing of food and containers will not be permitted.


Can my child bring a refillable water bottle? Will he or she have access to a water fountain?
Yes, campers may bring a refillable water bottle to camp. They will have access to water fountains, which will be sanitized frequently.


Where will my child eat lunch?
Lunches will be eaten outside with each camp group socially distanced from one another. The classrooms will be used for rainy days.

boy looks at a painting in our European gallery.

Will my child still have access to the Museum galleries during camp?
Campers will be given the opportunity to spread out and access galleries throughout their camp experience.

Which age group should I register my child for?
Our camps are divided by grade level: Grades 1–2, Grades 3–4, Grades 5–6, and Grades 7–8. We understand and expect that many of our campers have extensive knowledge of particular subjects and may be intellectually and artistically gifted. We design our camp curricula with a wide range of abilities in mind for each developmental stage. The material and instruction in each camp are designed to be age appropriate and developmentally suitable.

If you are registering for summer camp, we recommend registering your camper for the grade he or she will enter in the fall of that year. If your child is between age groups, you may choose either group.


What happens if the week of camp I want to sign up for is full?
If your preferred week of camp is already full, you can join the waitlist via email on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to join a waitlist and no obligation to sign up once you’re on it. If you would like to join a waitlist, please email HMAcamps@high.org and include the week of camp, age group, name of camper, and phone number.

We will contact you immediately as soon as a spot opens for the week you are waitlisted. If we do not hear back from you within twenty-four (24) hours, we reserve the right to offer the spot to the next person on the waitlist.


What is the cancellation policy?
The High Museum has made a significant investment to meet the changing protocols and protect the health and safety of our staff and your young artists. We understand if you must cancel, and we will honor the cancellation policy below; however, as a nonprofit whose mission is critical to our business, we encourage you to apply your camp fee to another week of camp, if space permits, or donate your dollars to the Museum as a tax-deductible gift.

Any cancellation or change made more than two weeks before your child’s first day of camp carries an administrative fee of $25; if you cancel your registration before the two-week deadline, you will receive a refund less than the $25 fee. No refunds can be given for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the start of the selected camp.

The High reserves the right to cancel any camp that does not meet minimum enrollment (six campers) or for other unforeseen circumstances. We will do our best to notify families at least one week prior to the start of a camp session if a particular camp is canceled. Any payments made toward a week of camp that the High Museum cancels will be eligible for a refund or can be applied to another camp if space permits.


What if my camper can’t attend the full week?
This is fine but not recommended. Our curriculum and gallery excursions unfold over the five days of camp, each lesson building on the one before it. You are welcome to sign up and plan on missing days, but we are unable to prorate the cost of the camp week.


Can I sign my child up for more than one week?
Absolutely! Registration is by week, and each week of camp is a separate session with its own theme. You are welcome to register your child for as many weeks as you like.


Do you offer before care or aftercare?
Currently, we do not offer before care. Aftercare can be added to your registration for $50/week. Aftercare is from 4 to 6 p.m. each day of camp. Aftercare will be an extension of the camp experience. Campers will have an opportunity to work independently on smaller projects.


Should my camper bring a lunch?
Yes! Each camper is required to bring a nonperishable, nut-free lunch and a drink or water bottle. We are unable to refrigerate or microwave food. Due to concerns about food allergies and COVID-19, campers may not share food. The High will not provide food or snacks for campers. Campers are required to bring their own lunch or snacks daily, with all such food items being in a sealed lunch bag marked with the camper’s name. Sharing of food and containers will not be permitted. Campers will have lunch outside if the weather permits.

If your child arrives at camp without a lunch, we will call you to bring a lunch for the camper. We are unable to provide food and do not permit campers to purchase food during camp.


What does an average day of camp look like?
Please note that this is a sample day of camp and activities and times are subject to change.

8:15–9:15 a.m. Staggered drop-off, no-touch temperature checks, health-care screening forms
9–9:15 a.m. Handwashing, warm-up activity, games, sketching
9:15–10:15 a.m. Project
10:15–10:30 a.m. Handwashing, snack time, and bathroom break
10:30–11:15 a.m. Time in the galleries
11:15–11:30 a.m. Return to workshop, bathroom break, handwashing
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch, bathroom break, handwashing
12:30–2 p.m. Project, handwashing
2–3 p.m. Time in the galleries
3:15–3:30 p.m. Return to workshop, bathroom break, handwashing, pack up for carpool


What does my child need to bring and wear?
Campers must bring their own face coverings. Campers need to bring a nut-free lunch and a drink or water bottle. We are unable to provide any food. Campers are required to bring their own lunch or snacks daily, with all such food items being in a sealed lunch bag marked with the camper’s name. Sharing of food and containers will not be permitted. There are multiple water fountains around the Museum where campers can drink or refill their bottles.

Campers should wear comfortable and layered clothing that can get messy with art materials. Please be aware that some art materials, such as acrylic paint, can be difficult to remove from clothing.


Can my child bring toys and electronics to camp?
All electronics, stuffed animals, trading cards, and other toys must be left at home. Museum staff are not responsible for ensuring the safety and care of any such items, nor will the Museum be liable for such items.


Where do I drop off and pick up my child? What are the drop-off and pickup times?
All campers should be dropped off and picked up on 16th Street. Drop-off times will be staggered to accommodate temperature checks and verbal health screening each morning. Drop-off may take additional time as a result. No parents/guardians will be allowed to exit their vehicles. High Museum staffers will be there to greet campers for the day.

Campers will be greeted by staffers at the curbside drop-off and pickup area located on 16th Street. Staffers will take each camper’s temperature with a no-touch forehead thermometer from outside the vehicle. If a temperature reading of 100°F or higher is recorded, the child will not be permitted to exit the vehicle. Each day, parents/guardians also will be required to work with High staff to complete a verbal health screening before the camper will be permitted to exit the vehicle. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the drop-off location, and children will be required to sanitize before entering the building. On day one of camp, you will be assigned a carpool number, and we request that you create your own carpool sign using black marker for your vehicle this year.

Camp instruction ends at 3:15 p.m., and staggered pickup begins at 3:30 p.m. Children will wash their hands immediately before pickup. Parents/guardians should line up on 16th Street for pickup and remain in their vehicles. A High staff member will take carpool numbers curbside and walk campers to their cars. Please have your assigned carpool number visible in black marker and place it in your windshield. Campers will be given hand sanitizer before entering their cars.

Staggered Carpool
For morning drop-off, we will invite campers with last names A–L to check in from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. From 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., we will invite campers with last names M–Z to check in.

Camp ends at 3:15 p.m., and staggered afternoon pickup begins at 3:30 p.m. From 3:30 to 3:45 p.m., campers with last names A–L will be brought out for pickup. Campers with last names M–Z will be brought out for pickup from 3:45 to 4 p.m.

Map illustrating the location of the art camp carpool lane located on 16th Street


Can I carpool with another camper?
Given COVID-19 social distancing guidance, carpooling and sending campers home with another parent will not be permitted.


Is there an art show at the end of the week?
Artwork will be sent home with campers daily. All work will be documented and displayed for an online art show.

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