If I sign up to run a Flint camp, what’s my monetary investment?
Your TOTAL monetary investment is $0 from start to finish. Of course, you’ll be investing a lot of hard work recruiting campers once your camp is approved, but Flint covers ALL out-of-pocket costs for materials, supplies, facility, and camp director and teaching assistants’ compensation.
If I sign up to run a Flint camp, what’s my time investment?
Camp directors typically spend 10-15 hours preparing for camp. This includes identifying teaching assistants (other teachers, or high school or college students), efforts to get kids enrolled in camp, and reviewing the camp curriculum. Then, of course, there’s the time spent in the camp itself.
How are camp directors and teaching assistants paid?
After the camp, you ship the camp-in-a-box back to us, and when we receive it, you will be paid according to the table below.
You can elect to receive a check in the mail or be paid online via PayPal. Each of your teaching assistants will also be separately paid after we receive the box back. Flint pays the TAs a total of $400 for a one-week the full-day camp, or $200 for a one-week half-day camp.
(morning OR afternoon)
(morning AND afternoon)
$500 for 30-39 campers
$1,000 for 40-54 campers
$650 for 40-49 campers
$1,250 for 55-69 campers
$800 for 50 campers
$1,500 for 70-84 campers
$1,750 for 85-99 campers
$2,000 for 100 campers
How are camps structured?
It is a week-long program, Monday through Friday. You can organize your camp in one of three ways:
– Morning session: 8 a.m.–noon
– Afternoon session: 1:00–5 p.m.
– Two sessions, mornings 8 a.m.–noon and afternoons 1–5 pm
All sessions are open to all grade levels 4-9
What are the camp location and facility requirements?
Flint’s customer service specialists will work with you to reserve a facility/building space for the camp, and Flint covers the cost. You can use a school building (recommended), or any facility that meets camp needs. If your school is unavailable, we’ll work with you to find another suitable facility such as a community center or church.
What's the deadline to sign up to run a 2019 camp?
March 1, 2019. It will take a few weeks to reserve a facility space for the camp, and camps should be posted and ready to accept camper enrollments no later than mid-March 2019.
Since parents and kids often make plans for summer early in the year, we strongly encourage you to sign up to run a camp as early as possible so you can begin recruiting campers!
How do my camp materials arrive?
Most of your camp materials will arrive in a shipment from Flint that includes two large boxes with smaller, handle-equipped suitcase boxes inside, plus you’ll receive additional shipment(s) from third parties. We’ll email you tracking numbers for each shipment as part of the notification when camp materials are on their way to you. Along with materials, supplies and tech gadgets, your boxes will include detailed written instructions for each activity.
What’s the teacher to student ratio?
We do our best to have a camper to instructor ratio of about 10 to 1.
What are the requirements to be a camp director?
The ideal Flint STEM Camp director is a certified teacher or someone with at least some teaching experience. You don’t need to be a STEM teacher, but the best camp directors are passionate about science, technology, engineering and math. One of the steps on your dashboard’s checklist is a background check where you will be asked to provide your qualifications. We assess teacher qualifications and background check results to make sure that our campers have a great educational experience and are in a safe environment.
What age groups attend morning versus afternoon sessions?
All morning and afternoon sessions are open to students entering grade levels 4-9.
Can I choose any dates for my camp?
You can hold the camp whenever you’d like during the summer, but we recommend mid- to late-July. All camps are five days, Monday through Friday.
Is there a minimum or maximum number of campers?
Normally you must have a minimum of 30 campers to hold a single one-session camp (morning or afternoon). The maximum number of campers is 100. A more even distribution of morning and afternoon campers will help you manage the camp. The more campers you have, the higher your compensation. Also, with more campers you will need more teaching assistants.
What if I don’t reach the 30-camper minimum?
If you don’t reach the 30-camper minimum, please contact a Flint customer service specialist to discuss the possibility of holding a smaller camp. If your camp needs to be cancelled due to low enrollment, campers’ tuition will be refunded. Obviously, we don’t want that to happen, so we provide a “Promote Your Camp” section in your dashboard with ideas and resources to help you recruit campers to ensure your success!
As the camp director, do I run the camp by myself?
No, you’ll recruit teaching assistants (TAs), who are usually STEM-savvy high school or college students. With a minimum camp size of 30, you’ll need two teaching assistants. As your enrollment grows you’ll need more to keep the camper to instructor ratio around 10 to 1. Your dashboard will give you complete details on how many TAs you’ll need and how to recruit them.
Do I need experience with STEM-based activities?
You do not need any specific STEM training. Every camp activity comes with complete instructions.
How do I recruit campers for my camp?
You will have access to a camp promotion section on your dashboard. This “camper recruitment toolkit” provides lots of ideas, along with downloadable flyers, social media posts and content templates and other resources to help you promote your camp and boost attendance.
What kind of waivers will kids/parents need to sign and who is liable for accidents, Flint or me?
Every camper will submit a release form and Flint will be liable for all accidents.
What is the camp’s cancellation policy?
We offer a 100% refund if a student cancels more than 60 days before the first day of camp. If campers cancel between 30 and 60 days before, they receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately, after that, we cannot offer a refund for cancellation.