Camps

General Information

2021 In-Person Camp Guidelines: COVID-19

We’re so excited to see you this summer! Before your camper(s) attend one of our summer camps, please note that our summer camps are running differently than in past years to meet safety regulations. Please review the information below to answer any of your questions about our summer camps.

What safety precautions are PCA&M taking for summer camps: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media strives to provide a fun, artistic, and safe environment for all campers and staff. Daily, all high contact surfaces and supplies will be disinfected using cleaning products that are proven to kill COVID-19. PCA&M is keeping all camp sizes to 50% of usual capacity to avoid large interactions between campers, supplies, and instructors. Campers will have their temperature taken prior to entering the building, and they will be required to wear masks. All staff and instructors will wear face masks while on campus. Hand sanitizer and handing washing stations  will be provided for students to use frequently. Students are allowed to bring sealed water bottles labeled with their first and last name. As always, please make us aware of any health conditions or allergies or adaptations your camper(s) may need.

Students will still go outside for lunchtime, weather permitting, and we will assign spots for them to ensure that students are socially distanced. In the event of rain, students will eat inside the building, but will be spread out to ensure proper distancing before removing their masks to eat.

As we approach the summer camp season, we will continue to release more specific plans and procedures, and we will be following any and all summer camp recommendations from the CDC and the state and federal governments. If at any time you have any questions about COVID procedures, please email Summer Camp Director, Caitlin Wismer, at cwismer@pghartsmedia.org. 

What should I do if my child is feeling sick: If your child is feeling sick, we ask that they please stay home. Due to the circumstances, our refund policy will be more flexible this summer. If your camper needs to stay home due to COVID-19-related symptoms, we will issue you a full refund, regardless of when you notified us of your camper’s absence.

Age Ranges

Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media is dedicated to the best practices in arts education, including developing and implementing age-appropriate visual and media arts curriculum for our students. Each child, teen, and family program is designed to meet the unique social and developmental needs of children in each age bracket. There are also different equipment use guidelines for each age group. Students will not be allowed to attend educational programs outside of his or her age.

Medication

Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media staff is not allowed to dispense non-emergency medication to students. If a student is unable to administer his/her own non-emergency medication, a designated adult must come to PCA&M to dispense it. Emergency medication must be labeled with the student’s full name and given to the instructor at sign-in. Emergency medication will be stored in the child’s classroom and taken on any field trips.

Special Needs

Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media is committed to providing an enjoyable art-making experience for all students and strives to create an inclusive and welcoming artistic community. Please share information about your child’s allergies or other special needs on the Emergency Information and Authorization Form. Parents or guardians are encouraged to contact the Summer Camp Director to discuss any needs a student may have which would impact his/her participation in an educational program. Parents/guardians of students with behavioral or developmental issues should complete the Special Needs Form on the back of the Emergency Information and Authorization Form. This form must also be completed if a TSS will be accompanying the child to camp.

Photo Consent

Your child’s image may be photographed or reproduced on Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media promotional materials. You can indicate whether you do or do not authorize the use of your child’s image on the Emergency Information and Authorization Form.

What you should bring & keep at home?

Unless specifically stated in your program’s description, all supplies are provided for child, teen and family programs. Students in studio arts camps often use messy materials; you may send your child with a labeled apron or smock to wear during camp. For a full-day camp, send your child with a non-perishable lunch and two snacks, labeled with first and last name. For a half-day camp, send your child with one snack. Please leave toys, MP3s and other valuables at home. Cell phones may be used in emergencies but must be kept on silent during camps.

Daily schedule

Sign-in

Students may be may be signed-into camp 15 minutes before camp starts. Parents who wish for their 11 – 14 year old child to sign him or herself out from camp must initial the Emergency Medical and Authorization Form. Students attending a high school program may sign themselves in and out without an adult. A parent or guardian must sign students aged 6 – 10 into the studio classroom. Students ages 6 – 10 may not sign themselves in and may not be left unattended.

Lunch and Scheduled Breaks

Students attending a full-day camp will have a 30 minute lunch/recess period from 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM as well as breaks throughout the day. Please provide your child with a non-perishable lunch and drink labeled with first and last name. We suggest that campers also come prepared with additional snacks.

Sign-out

Students should be signed-out from his/her studio classroom. Only individuals listed as a parent, guardian, or authorized adult on the Emergency Medical and Authorization Form may sign students out and must come prepared with a photo ID. Parents who wish for their 11 – 14 year old child to sign themselves out from camp must initial the Emergency Medical and Authorization Form. Students may not be left unattended. Accounts will be charged $20 for every 15 minutes that students are not yet signed-out following the end of scheduled sessions.

payment

How to pay

  • Online: Enter your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express information on the registration form
  • By check: Make checks or money orders payable to: Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media (a $35 fee is charged for returned checks)
Cancellations, Withdrawals, and Transfers

Cancellations
Occasionally camps and workshops are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In such cases, the Registration Office will notify you approximately 3 days before the camp or workshop was scheduled to begin & the full tuition will be refunded by check or credit card, depending on the date of registration and the original payment method.

Withdrawals & Refunds
Students may withdraw from a camp or workshop by calling the Registration Office. A $25 charge applies to all withdrawals, regardless of when it occurs. No camps will be refunded with less than one week’s notice. One-day family workshops, pre- and post-camp, and membership fees are non-refundable.

Transfers
You can transfer from one program to another for $15, plus or minus the difference in the cost of the camp or immersion. Transfers may only be made within the same term and cannot be accepted with less than one week’s notice.

Wait Lists
Wait lists are maintained for full camps and workshops. You may call to request to be placed on the wait list. There is no cost to be placed on a wait list. Waitlisted students will be notified in the order that they were added if a space becomes available.