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.
The High Museum’s summer camp will follow CDC guidelines for all COVID-19 protocols. Our Camp FAQ will be updated as new information emerges, and all camp registrants will be informed when camp protocols are updated.
Will face coverings be required?
Yes, campers and staff will be required to wear face coverings when participating in our camps. Exceptions will be made for eating or drinking.
We require face coverings that follow CDC guidelines, such as fitted masks or double-layered gaiters. Face shields can be worn in addition to a face covering but cannot replace a face covering. The CDC outlines which face coverings are effective here.
Face coverings will not be provided. Campers must bring their own face coverings. We recommend having your camper bring an extra face covering in their bag or lunch box. We request that families have a conversation with their camper about how and why to wear a face covering before attending camp.
How can I prepare my child to attend camp at the High Museum?
Parents/caregivers/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 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 face covering 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. If your child tests positive for COVID-19 during camp, we ask that you inform camp staff as soon as possible.
What do I do if my child has been exposed to COVID-19?
If your child has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or a member of their immediate household is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, the CDC recommends that they enter a period of quarantine after their last contact with the sick person and watch for symptoms.
We request that if your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they do not come to camp until the following guidelines have been met:
- Quarantine can end after day ten (10) without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
- Quarantine can end after day seven (7) if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within forty-eight (48) hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than day seven (7).
Persons can discontinue quarantine at these time points only if the following criteria are also met:
- No clinical evidence of COVID-19 has been reported through daily symptom monitoring during the entirety of quarantine up to the time at which quarantine is discontinued.
- Daily symptom monitoring continues through day fourteen (14) of quarantine.
Close contact is defined as being within six (6) feet of someone with COVID-19 for fifteen (15) or more minutes, having direct physical contact or sharing eating or drinking utensils. It is considered close contact even if face coverings were worn.
What is the High’s protocol if a child or camp staff member shows signs of COVID-19?
If a child or High staff member shows signs of a temperature 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.
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 until at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared, they have been fever-free and fever medication–free for seventy-two (72) hours, and other symptoms have improved.
How many campers will be assigned to a classroom? Will my camper be engaging with different groups during the week?
There will be twelve (12) campers assigned to every two (2) teachers, ensuring a maximum of fourteen (14) persons per classroom.
Camps will operate in small pods of two to four classrooms per pod, designated by age group. These groups will have assigned spaces during outdoor lunchtimes and carpool.
Will activity spaces be sanitized?
Classrooms will be sanitized daily, and instructors and staff will have disinfectant wipes in each classroom for sanitizing high-touch areas throughout the day.
How will drop-off and pickup work?
All campers will 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/caregivers/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.
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.
For morning drop-off, we will invite campers with last names A–L to check in from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. From 8:45 to 9 a.m., we will invite campers with last names M–Z to check in.
For afternoon pickup, we will bring out campers with last names A–L from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. From 3:45 to 4 p.m., we will bring out campers with last names M–Z.
Will the High provide 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 food items being in a sealed lunch bag marked with the camper’s name. Sharing of food and containers will not be permitted. We are unable to refrigerate or microwave food. If your child arrives at camp without a lunch, we will call you to bring a lunch for the camper.
Due to our sensitivity to nut allergies, the High is a nut-free camp.
We recommend that campers bring a refillable water bottle to camp.
How will lunch work?
Campers and staff will eat their lunches outside with each camp pod distanced from the other camp pods. The classrooms will be used for rainy days.
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. Camp groups will make an effort to avoid other visitors in the galleries. If other visitors are in the same gallery space, face coverings and social distancing will be required.
What is the aftercare process like?
Aftercare starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. Parents/caregivers/guardians should park on 16th Street for aftercare pickup. If staff is not present, take your assigned carpool number and approach the window of the Education Center. A staff member will bring your camper to you.
During aftercare, your camper may be with other campers or staff who are not in their same camp pod. Face coverings and social distancing will be required.
Registration and Cancellation
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.
We recommend registering campers for the grade they will enter in the fall of that year.
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-serve 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 a processing 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.