Frequently Asked Questions
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The Quick Details
ENROLLMENT: $899 per student for one 3-week session
CAMP HOURS: 9:00am - 2:00pm
WRAP PARTY (Before- and After-care): 8:00am-9:00am & 2:00-5:00 ($250 for one 3-week session)
CAMP LOCATION: Glendale Community College, 1500 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208
All experience levels welcome!
Download our 2023 Summer Camp Handbook HERE
DAILY CAMP LIFE
THE BIG SHOW
WRAP PARTY (Morning and Afternoon Extended Care)
• It's the first day of camp... what do I do?
Hooray! Welcome to camp! Meet us near the lobby of the Glendale Community College Auditorium, and get ready for an awesome day.
We'll meet here every morning (including for the early drop-off Wrap Party), and will travel to our separate classes after a camp-wide daily meeting. This is also where you will pick up your camper (including campers in the late pick-up Wrap Party). To view where the Auditorium is on the Glendale Community College campus, we have two maps available: Map #1 and Map #2. The Auditorium is labeled as building AU on Map #1, and can be found towards the bottom of each map, directly above Parking Lot I.
• Where do I park to drop-off/pick-up my child?
Daily parking for drop-off and pick-up of students is available in the City of Glendale paid parking lot on Verdugo Road, opposite of the campus (Lot 32). Parents and campers can then walk over the pedestrian bridge to the Glendale Community College Auditorium, where we will gather all the campers for the beginning of each day (including early drop-off). This Auditorium is also where we will conduct pick-up for both the regular camp day, and the Wrap Party (extended care). Street parking is also available, but is extremely limited (please be sure to read all signs!). To view where the Auditorium is on the Glendale Community College campus, we have two maps available: Map #1 and Map #2. The Auditorium is labeled as building AU on Map #1, and can be found towards the bottom of each map, directly above Parking Lot I.
• Will they need to switch from class to class themselves, or will the teacher go with them?
The campers will be escorted from classroom to classroom (including lunch and snack) by one of our staff members. The teachers will remain in their classrooms, so there will never be an empty classroom upon the students' arrival.
• What if my child only wants to do one or two classes per day?
Our program is geared towards creating fun and exciting content for the Big Show. If campers don't attend all their classes, then it becomes impossible for the teachers to write, choreograph, and plan for scenes/songs/dances/movies that incorporate all of the students on their class list. Because of this, we do not offer a la carte schedules for campers, and require that all students attend all their classes.
• How big will each class/group be?
In an effort to make the camp experience more enjoyable for all of our students, we're limiting the size of the classes/groups to 15 campers per group, with the exception of our youngest group, which will be capped at 10. We will do all that we can to hold true to these enrollment caps, but adjustments may need to be made to accomodate enrollment statistics.
• Will I need art supplies for Design Class?
For the most part: No. We might occasionally ask that students bring some specific materials from home, but nothing too crazy. We understand that things are tough right now, so we're trying to make it easy on everyone. If something is needed from home for the next day, we'll be sure to email you ahead of time... but this will be rare.
• When is Snack and Lunch?
Snack is 10:25-10:40am, and lunch is 12:35-1:05pm. You can see an example of the full schedule here.
• Why are there 5 minute breaks between classes?
We built in these 5 minute breaks for a few reasons:
1. Instead of using valuable class time, these breaks would be the perfect opportunity for campers to use the bathroom.
2. This is also travel time between physical classrooms. The majority of our classrooms are fairly close in proximity, but some require a tiny bit of walking. All groups will be escorted from classroom to classroom by a member of our staff.
3. Move their bodies! Get up and wiggle around and use that awesome energy of theirs!
• When, What, and Where is the Big Show?
The Big Show will take place on the Friday afternoon/evening of the final Friday of each session. The show will start at 4:00pm SHARP! The classes the campers take during the three week run of each session will be geared towards creating the content for this performance. Each camper will perform in a song, a dance, and an acting scene. The song and dance will often times be combined. All of the campers will, at some point in the three weeks of camp, need to spend time outside of class to learn lines & choreography, and to practice, practice, practice. The location of the Big Show is still to be determined. Although these were created for a different medium (film, instead of the stage), you can watch some of our original pieces from last summer here to give you an idea of what some of our originally created content might look like.
• Is the Big Show free?
Yes! This is a celebration of all of the campers' hard work over their three crazy weeks of camp, and we want everyone to enjoy it for free!
• Who can come to watch the Big Show?
Anyone! Feel free to invite the whole family to come and cheer on our campers. Space is limited, however, and we are subject to the venue's capacity limits for seating. Attendance will be on a first come / first served basis, with a strong chance that we'll reach full capacity. Arriving early is highly encouraged, but doors will not open for the until 3:30pm.
• Will I need tickets for the Big Show?
Nope! Attendance will be on a first come / first served basis, with a strong chance that we'll reach full capacity. Space is limited, however, and we are subject to the venue's capacity limits for seating. Arriving early is highly encouraged, but doors will not open until 3:30pm.
• Will the Big Show be recorded?
Yes! A professional videographer will be on hand to record the show. On Show Day, in the lobby, there will be an option to purchase an order for a Performance DVD, or to have a digital copy emailed to you. DVDs will be made available for pick-up once they are completed. Please allow up to two weeks for the DVDs and digital copies to be completed.
• Will I need to buy or make any of the props or costumes for the Big Show?
No. All the props and costumes will be provided by Act One Theatre Camp. On the rare occasion, we may ask a camper if they have a particular item that we can borrow for the show. But if campers and their families are eager to purchase props or costumes for the Big Show, we'll certainly welcome the help. We ask that you PLEASE coordinate with your camper's teachers before ANY purchase are made!
• What is The Wrap Party?
The Wrap Party is the extended care program that we're providing for mornings and afternoons, before and after the regular camp day has ended. The early drop-off is available from 8:00am - 9:00am, while the afternoon late pick-up is available from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Campers are welcome to stay for the entire length of the morning and afternoon blocks, but are not required to stay for the entire time. Parents can decide how long they would like the campers to remain in The Wrap Party in the afternoon.
• What will they do in The Wrap Party?
Our teachers and staff will be running this fun and crazy aftercare experience, and we have many many exciting activities planned. Utilizing a plethora of games, crafts, art materials, and crazy ideas we'll be offering activities like one-on-one competitions, group games, themed days of the week (Winter Olympics Wednesdays, anyone?), and much more!
• How much does the Wrap Party cost?
We'll be offering this aftercare for only $250 for three weeks! That breaks down to $4.17 per hour for childcare!! If you don't want to purchase the full Wrap Party, and want to use it on a daily basis, we charge $15/hour. This daily rate is to be paid on the day of use via cash or Venmo.
• What if I only need the Wrap Party for just the morning (or just the afternoon)?
No problem! Once you sign up for the Wrap Party, you can utilize it as much or as little as you need. The Wrap Party is there to fit your schedule, and to try to make your hectic weekday easier. Even if you think you're only going to use it 2-3 times a week, it's still a heck of a deal!
• Where is the Wrap Party?
The Wrap Party will take place where all campers will be dropped off every morning. If the weather is nice, we will also utilize the outside areas of GCC. We have two campus maps available to locate the Auditorium here: Map #1 and Map #2.
• What is your Refund Policy?
Our full Refund Policy can be found in our Camp Handbook here. But here it is, in a nutshell:
-You can receive a refund before camp starts.
-You can receive a prorated refund after camp starts.
-Prorated refunds must be requested before or within the first three days of camp starting.
-All refunds are subject to a small Refund Fee, as required by our Booking Service.
• What happens if we start camp, but my child doesn't like it and wants to quit? Can I still get a refund?
Yes! We're sorry that your camper is not happy with our program, but we completely understand and realize that it's not for everyone. As long as it is before or within the first three days of the camp starting, we can refund your enrollment payment, minus a small Refund Fee. If this request is made within the first three days of camp, the refund will be prorated to reflect the time they spent at camp. Contact Joshua Evans at email@example.com to start the refund process. Further questions about refunds are addressed in the Refund Policy section of our Camp Handbook here.
• What if my child misses a class (or an entire day)? Will I be refunded for this?
No. It will be up to the camper and parents to make sure that they attend classes. If they aren't at camp, we will assume that they have other plans for that day, and Act One will not make any attempts to contact the families to discover their whereabouts. Further questions about refunds are addressed in the Refund Policy section of our Camp Handbook here.
• What is the Refund Fee?
This is a small fee that is mandated by our booking service. This is not money that we are keeping, but is instead collected by our booking service. Depending on what you're looking to refund, here are the separate fees:
-Session Tuition: $25
-Wrap Party Tuition: $10
Further questions about refunds are addressed in the Refund Policy section of our Camp Handbook here.
• What happens if COVID-19 forces all in-person activities to shut down?
If the local, state, or federal health officials declare that all in-person activities need to be suspended again, we will immediately move our program to an online venue. In 2020 and 2021 we conducted ten separate sessions online (including two full summer camps), and feel extremely confident in our ability to provide an engaging, entertaining, and awesome program for our campers. We will continue with this online format until the health officials open things up again. If this move to an online venue is past the first three-day benchmark for refunds (as described in our Refund Policy), no refunds will be available due to this change in venue.
• Why did your COVID-19 Protocols change?
We are trying to keep in line with the ever-changing policies being delivered by our local, state, or federal health officials. Please understand that we are doing all that we can to offer an amazing program for our campers, while keeping everyone as safe as possible. Your patience is extremely appreciated.
• How do I know what group my child is in?
Campers will be divided into their groups on the first day of camp. We try to avoid tears! So if you know that your camper really really really wants to be with one of their friends (and they're relatively the same age), please let us know! There is a spot on the registration to tell us anything additional about your camper... use this to let us know about any friend requests, please!
• Where is the schedule for my child's group?
Each group's schedule will be slightly different. The times will all be the same, but where they are in their class rotation will be different. An schedule example can be found here.
• Where can I find the three Release Forms that I need to send in before camp starts?
We need three Release Forms signed and returned to us before the first day of camp. They can be found here.
• Where do I drop off and pick up my child?
• When will my camper receive their camp t-shirt?
Free t-shirts... yay! All campers will receive their free camp t-shirt on the last day of camp, right before the Big Show. Please make sure to indicate the correct shirt size for your camper on their registration form. We will be ordering t-shirts before the start of each session according to the sizes given to us during online registration. If an incorrect size is given to us, we cannot guarantee that we'll have a different size available for them.
• Where can I find the Camp Handbook?
The Camp Handbook is available here.