Does my child need to attend the school or live in the school district where the camp is held?
No, anyone is welcome to enroll in a camp that’s a convenient date and location for them.
What should my child wear?
Send your child in anything that would also be allowed to wear to school. Friday is the only day that will be spent mostly outdoors, so we recommend sending sunscreen and clothing appropriate for outdoor activities.
Can I sign up a friend of my child?
You cannot, because the parent or legal guardian of that friend must agree to the waiver for their own child. However, as soon as you complete the enrollment process you will be able to share camp details with friends via email or social media and invite them to enroll as well.
What if child gets sick or injured during a camp?
You or your emergency contact will be notified immediately and, of course, the camp director will also call 911 in the event of a serious emergency.
Any special instructions for pick up and drop off?
Depending on the location your camp is being held, your camp director will notify you with any special instructions for dropping off and picking up your child. To ensure the safety of the students, Camp Directors and their assistants will be present during this time.
How do I contact my child or a teacher during the camp?
We will have the number of the camp director available to you in the case that you need to contact them in an emergency.
How do I pay for the camp?
You will pay online via credit card or PayPal at the time of your enrollment.
What qualifications do the teachers have?
Flint assesses the teaching credentials and performs a background check on all of our camp directors. The camp directors and teaching assistants follow a detailed lesson plan provided to them by Flint to ensure top quality, experiential learning for campers. The educators are trained by Flint prior to the start of the camp.
How are the camps structured?
Your child will attend half days, every day for one week. If your child is in 5th or 6th grade, he/she will attend morning sessions; if your child is in 7th or 8th grade, he/she will attend afternoon sessions. Each day there are 2 STEM activities led by camp directors and teaching assistants. We do our best to have a maximum camper to instructor ratio of 10 to 1.
What age groups attend morning vs afternoon sessions?
The morning session is for students entering 5th and 6th grades and an afternoon session is for those going into 7th and 8th grades.
What's the deadline to sign up my child for a camp?
We close the enrollment period 30 days before the first day of camp.
Are the camp activities dangerous?
When students follow the guidance of the camp director and teaching assistants, Flint camp activities are NOT inherently dangerous! But almost all of the activities are hands-on fun, so you can expect your child to be active. And any time they are actively engaged with activities and gadgets that include chemistry, physics, technology, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, etc., of course care must be taken to ensure safety. So we encourage you to have your child carefully follow the direction of the camp director and teaching assistants at all times.
How do I know my child is safe during the camp?
Flint STEM Camps are run by a qualified camp director whose background and credentials have been assessed by Flint. These educators will use the same standards for safety and well-being that are expected of a teacher when you send your child to school.
Do you provide snack or can my child bring a snack?
Lunch/snacks are not provided because the camp sessions are only 4 hours long. Your child may bring a water bottle and a snack if desired.
Can camps accommodate special needs or disabled children?
Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to accommodate special needs children at this time.
If I cancel my child’s enrollment, do I get a refund?
We offer a 100% refund if you cancel more than 60 days before the first day of camp. If you cancel between 30 and 60 days before, you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately, after that, we cannot offer a refund for cancellation.
What is the ratio of equipment/technology to kids? How much hands-on experience will they really get?
With the exception of full-camp activities like the summer snowball fight and the water balloon slingshot, the ratio of equipment/tech to kids will never be less than 1:2.
Code of conduct - how are conflicts between campers resolved?
Educators will act and think as they would during the school day at their school. Educators will use their experienced judgement to resolve conflicts between campers as they would in a classroom.
Where will the camp be located? How do I find/request one in my area?
Go to the Find a Camp page and search using your zip code. If you can’t find a camp near you, encourage a local teacher to apply to host a camp!
Does the camp have an emergency evacuation or emergency preparedness plan?
The camp will follow the emergency evacuation and preparedness plans set forth by the building in which the camp is hosted.
What do the kinds need to bring? Pens? Laptop, iPad, anything?
All they need to bring is a positive attitude. If they’d like to bring a water bottle or a light snack, they may.
When is my payment due?
Your debit/credit card will be charged the full amount for camp tuition at the time of online enrollment.
What is the mix of indoor/outdoor activities?
Almost the entirety of Friday will take place outdoors. This is the day where the kids will participate in the summer snowball fight and water balloon slingshot. For that day, make sure to send your child with sunscreen and anything else you’d like them to have for their day outside. The other four days are exclusively indoors.
Are there buses or other kinds of transportation to and from the camp?
We do not offer transportation to or from camp.
What is the camp schedule/hours of operation?
There is a morning session from 8am to 12pm (noon) for 5th and 6th graders and an afternoon session from 1pm to 5pm for 7th and 8th graders.
Are there water activities? If so, what kind of supervision will be around?
The only activity that could be considered a “water activity” is the water balloon slingshot (not water submersion).
How are the kids grouped? How much will they interact with each other? Can siblings work together?
The kids are grouped randomly in groups of 8-10. Unfortunately, we do not allow requests for siblings or friends to be in the same group.
What is the system for keeping track of each child?
Each group of 8-10 will have an assigned teaching assistant. This TA will keep tabs on those kids at all times.
Is there a no-cell-phone policy?
Kids can bring their phones to camp but will not be allowed to use them during the camp sessions. Of course, campers can use them after camp to coordinate rides/transportation.
Is health/medical insurance required for my kid to participate?
Will my child be able to catch up if he/she misses a day?
Unfortunately, there is not a way for your child to catch up, but don’t worry, this won’t affect their participation on the subsequent days. If there is an activity he/she missed out on and would really like to participate in, you can work with the camp director to find time in the remaining days to recreate that activity.
After I sign up my child for a camp, how do I get the tickets?
Immediately after you sign up your child, you will receive two emails. The first email is a receipt for your payment. The second email will contain your ticket. Print the ticket email have your child bring it on the first day of the camp.