SUMMER ARTS AND MEDIA CAMP FAQ

QUESTIONS/ANSWERS ON PROGRAM LOGISTICS, SAFETY, AND REGISTRATION

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PROGRAM LOGISTICS

Where does Summer Camp drop off and pick up take place?
Pick up and drop off is at the Columbia College Chicago building at 623 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL and is facilitated daily by camp staff.

Please be aware that there is no parking lot for the camp building, and that street parking can be challenging in the area. There is a 15-minute loading zone in front of the building that parents may use for drop off, but we cannot guarantee that it will always be open and available when you arrive.

Do you provide lunch?
Columbia College Chicago does not provide lunch for Summer Arts and Media Camp participants. Students must bring a lunch from home that does not require refrigeration or heating. 

Do you accept friend requests for groups?
Requests for group assignments are not accepted.

Do you offer extended care? 
Yes, morning and after camp extended care options are available. Details will be announced in December.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

How do you collect emergency medical and contact information?
We partner with the ePACT Network to collect comprehensive medical and emergency contact information from all our camp participants, as well as to collect sign offs on camp waivers from parents. ePACT is a free, secure, and HIPAA compliant online system. Through ePACT, all our camp counselors have access to our camper's emergency information via a smartphone app throughout the duration of the camp, so no matter where we are, we can ensure that we have immediate access to all your child's vital information through a completely secure and private system. Invitations to join the ePACT Network will be sent out to all registrants several weeks prior to the start of each session. Completion of ePACT is REQUIRED prior to attending camp.

Will campers have any unsupervised time during the day?
No. All campers will be accompanied and supervised by one or more camp counselors at all times throughout the course of the day.

What is the screening process for any adults that will have contact with my child during the course of the program?
All employees of the Office of Continuing and Community Education at Columbia College Chicago have completed and passed a full background check and fingerprinting. This includes all full-time and part-time staff and faculty, counselors, teaching artists, substitute teachers, and student workers.


REGISTRATION

When can I register?
Registration opens in December for the following summer and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registration will close when a session is full, or by noon on the Friday prior to the session start date.

How do I enroll my child in extended care?
There is a separate activity option on our online registration site for extended care. After you register your child for your preferred session(s), simply add the additional extended care activity option(s) to your shopping cart. If you are registering by phone or in person, let the Student Services Specialist know that you need to add the extended care option.

Do you offer financial aid?
Yes! Please download and read the following document to understand and apply for financial aid.

How much do I have to pay when I register? 
A $250 deposit is required per camper, per session, at the time of registration. You may also opt to pay in full at the time of registration if you prefer. If you do not pay in full, we require a credit or debit card be kept on file which we will charge automatically on future payment due dates.

How and when do I pay the remaining balance?
We will automatically charge your credit or debit card for 50% of the balance due on May 4, 2019, then again on June 4, 2019 for the remaining 50% balance. Registrations that occur after the final payment date of June 4, 2019 will require payment in full at the time of registration.

What happens if registration fills up?
You may opt to place your child on a waiting list via our registration system in the event that registration is full. If a student withdraws from the camp, the next person on the waiting list will be notified and given the opportunity to register.

What about Refunds?
A full refund of all funds paid, minus a $50 withdrawal fee, will be granted for all cancellations requested before March 1, 2019. Cancellation requests made after March 1, 2019, but before May 4, 2019, will forfeit the deposit, but will not be obligated to pay the remaining balance. Cancellation requests made after May 4, 2019 will not be honored, and no refund of paid tuition will be provided. All withdrawal and refund requests must be made in writing to summercamp@colum.edu.

Are there additional registration policies and procedures I should know about?
Please refer to the standard Registration Policies & Procedures document for all programs offered through Columbia College Chicago's Office of Continuing and Community Education for detailed information.