Camp FAQs

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Below are some frequently asked questions and tips to help plan your child(ren)’s Summer Camp experience with us.

What are the dates of your summer camp?

Our Summer Youth Arts Camp programs will be held for 9 weeks from June 5 – August 11. There will be no camp the week of July 3-7 due to the Fourth of July holiday.

Where is the camp held?

Camp programs are held in the main building of the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Rd, Tampa Fl.  Children ages 4-5 have their own dedicated classroom and secure outside play area designed just for them.  Campers ages 6-12 rotate activities throughout the building in the art room, dance studio, music lab and main theatre, as well in the outdoor yard adjacent to the center.  

What ages can participate in summer camp?

We offer camp programs for ages 4-12. 

Children 4 years old must be fully able to toilet on their own.   

12-year olds  should be entering 7th grade in the fall.  

What will my child do during summer camp?

Ages 4-5 will experience age appropriate arts activities that stimulate their creativity including drawing, painting, arts and crafts, music, dramatic play, song and dance and other activities that relate to our fun weekly camp themes. 

Ages 6-12 will rotate between art activities including Music, Theatre, Visual Art and Dance/Movement that tie in to our fun weekly themes.  Campers will learn material to perform for family and friends in the Show & Share Performance each Friday afternoon.

  • Dress Up Thursdays campers can dress as their favorite princess, knight, super hero, alien, etc…to go along with the theme of the week.
  • Fun Fridays will include a visit from KONA ICE of Tampa Bay – after lunch campers can purchase a snow cone and hang out with their new pals on the front patio.
  • Show and Share! – every Friday starting at 3:45 pm campers will show off their new skills and perform skits, music, songs and dances etc for each other, friends and family.

Why do you have weekly themes?

Themes provide a jumping off point for our faculty as they plan the summer activities and provide an overall focus to the week’s experience.  The campers enjoy the different themes and fun activities that go along with them. 

How are groups divided and how many will be in each group? 

  • Campers are grouped according to age.
  • Age 4-5 is limited to 20 campers with 1-2 lead teachers and 2-3 camp crew assistants.
  • Age 6-12 are divided into 2 appropriate age groups with 20 per group, with 1 lead teacher and 1-3 camp crew assistants.

Are there breaks during the day?

Yes, there is a 15 minute break between activities each morning and afternoon for a quick snack, water, and bathroom break.  After lunch, campers have outside recess (weather permitting) for 30 minutes each day.

When and where do we drop off/pick up our child each day?

  • Camper check-in is located in the front lobby of our main building.
  • A parent, or other authorized adult, must come inside to sign-in AND sign-out the child each morning and afternoon.
  • Proper ID is required before a camper is released at the end of the day. Morning sign-in is between 8:45-9am for all campers, sign-out is 3:45-4 pm. Unless previous arrangements have been made for early sign-out, we request parents follow the daily schedule to allow students full participation in creative times.

Do you have Early Drop Off or Late Pick-up? 

Yes, we offer FREE Early Drop Off and Late Pick-up. 

Early drop off begins at 8:00 am and Late pick-up is until 5:30 daily.

Pre-registration is required. 

Campers must be signed out no later than 5:30 pm, late pick-ups will incur a $2 per minute late fee. 

What are your Registration Terms and Conditions?

Registration is on first come, first serve basis. Full payment is due at time of registration. 

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation via email from VENDINI TICKETING with links to the required

CAMPER FORMS that must be completed and signed by parent, or legal guardian, to complete registration.  Forms must be on file before the child attends camp. 

  • Refunds –withdrawal from camp must take place by the following deadlines for refund amounts as follows:
  • Before May 15 – full tuition refund less $25 withdrawal fee
  • May 15 – June 1 – half tuition refund.
  • After June 1 – no refunds.

There are no refunds, credits or make-ups for camper absences.

  • Transfers/schedule changes are granted space permitting and will incur a $25 processing fee per transfer.
  • Cancellations – The Carrollwood Cultural Center reserves the right to cancel any session not meeting minimum enrollments, in such a case full refunds will be issued.

How should my child dress for camp?

Dress comfortably and dress for mess– jeans, shorts, t-shirts are perfect! 

Closed toe shoes are required.

PLEASE No flip flops, roller shoes or high heel shoes allowed. 

Legging or bike shorts must be worn under dresses for activities.

Can I request my child be put in the same group as a friend?

Certainly, let us know at time of registration and we will do our best to accommodate your request.  Note: Requests for an older child to be with a younger child will be honored only with the older child in with the younger group.

What should my child bring?

  • Campers will need to bring a lunch with utensils if needed and 2 snacks each day; we suggest an extra snack if child is staying for aftercare.
  • We suggest campers age 4-5 to bring a change of clothes in their backpack and comfort object for quiet time (blanket, stuffed animal for example)
  • Please label all backpacks, lunch bags with child’s name.
  • We are unable to microwave and heat food for campers.
  • Lunches are not refrigerated so include and freezer pack if needed.
  • Sunscreen for outdoor play times; we will apply only with parent permission.
  • Necessary medications labeled with camper name, dosage info, doctor – a medical waiver /information form must be on file with permission to administer.

What should my child NOT bring to camp?

Campers should not bring valuables or electronics.  If you want your child to bring a cell phone, it must be checked in the main office at the beginning of the day. It will be returned at the end of the day when the parent signs the camper out. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.  

What about child safety?

Campers are supervised at all times throughout the building, during rotations and outside.   The play area for 4-5 year olds is enclosed and gated for security.   We reserve the right to dismiss any camper whose behavior may be harmful to another camper.  Faculty and Staff members have had background checks prior to hiring. Camp crew volunteers have been interviewed and approved by their school guidance counselors and the Center’s Volunteer Coordinator.  The Education Director and Volunteer Coordinator train and supervise the Camp Crew to prepare them to assist all camp activities, sign-in and sign-out.  

What if my child is sick or becomes sick at camp?

We ask that you keep your child home if a fever is present or if illness prevents your child from participating in the daily activities. If your child becomes ill at camp, we will contact you or other authorized adult to sign the camper out.  

What if my child needs to take medication during camp?

When registering your camper, you will complete a medical questionnaire informing us of any allergies, conditions or medications.  If your child needs to bring medication to camp it MUST be checked into the main office. It should be in a clear plastic baggy with child’s name clearly marked and with complete dosage instructions.  Camp staff will not administer any medication without a pre-signed authorization from the parent/guardian on file.

Inclement Weather / Power Outage – Camp will be held rain or shine.  However, in the event of Severe Weather, parents may elect to keep their camper home or sign-them out early.  If a power outage occurs during the camp day, adequate time will be given for power to be restored before contacting parents for sign-outs.  If there is no power before the day begins, we will do the best to notify all camp families.  Acts of God are not eligible for refunds or credits.