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We pride ourselves on offering some of the most creative Summer Arts Camps for kids and teens.

Campers will find ways to express themselves in various disciplines—through dance, drama, poetry, sculpture, songwriting, videography, and much, much more. COCA campers experience an instructive and encouraging environment with professional teaching artists who care about both their craft and their campers.

Camp Basics 


COCA offers evening orientation for families to tour the camp facility, meet the camp manager and learn and ask questions about all camp policies and procedures.

2018 Summer Arts Camps Orientation Dates will soon be announced


First Day of Camp

Parents are asked to escort their campers into the building on Monday mornings to meet their child’s camp instructor and receive camp information.


Campers should wear comfortable clothing in which they can paint, move and play, and closed-toe shoes. Special dancewear requirements, when needed, will be included in the confirmation letter.


Full-day campers and campers staying for back-to-back half-day camps have a supervised lunch period from 12:15–12:45PM. Full-day campers should bring a lunch, drink and two snacks. Half-day campers should bring one snack (soda and juice machines available). There is no refrigerator or microwave available.

Before & After Care

COCA offers supervised Before Care (7:30–9:00AM; 1 day $15; 2 days $30; 3 days $45; or full week $50) and After Care (4:00–6:00PM;1 day $15; 2 days $30; or full week $40) at both its COCA and Whitfield camp locations. Register at the same time you register for camps. Some exclusions apply for off-site camps—see specific camp descriptions for details. Before & After Care fees are non-refundable after withdrawal deadlines:

MAY 1 | For June Camps and Before & After Care

JUN 1 | For July and August Camps and Before & After Care

Drop Off & Pick Up ***PLEASE NOTE NEW TIMES***

7:30AM | Before Care drop-off begins

8:50–9:00AM | Morning/full-day camp drop-off 

12:15PM | Morning camp pick-up

12:35–12:45PM | Afternoon camp drop-off

4:00PM | Afternoon/full-day camp pick-up

6:00PM | After Care pick-up

Campers, ages 6 and older, may be dropped off no earlier than 8:50AM for morning and full-day camps or 12:35PM for afternoon camps. All full-day and afternoon campers not registered for After Care must be picked up by 4:00PM or parents will be charged After Care fees.

PLEASE NOTE: Children waiting in hallways and lobbies before and after camps are NOT supervised by staff or faculty. Unattended children will be placed in Before or After Care and parents will be charged.

Ages of Campers

Camps are for students ages 3–18, and students should be the appropriate age for the camp during the week in which they are participating. Below are reasons why we believe that being the appropriate age is important:

(1) COCA draws from many schools and areas where students tend to be advanced so our ages are pretty true.

(2) The age ranges are broad already.

(3) The quality of camps remains higher if we stay true to the ages and participating campers are closer to the same age socially.

Online Registrations for Camps

Patrons can register for a week of camp up until the Sunday before the camp starts. Example: For June 5–9 Camps, online registration will end on Sunday, June 4. Any patron trying to register for a camp once a week has started will need to go to the Registration Office.

Transferring Camps

COCA offers the opportunity for students to transfer to another camp if space is available. Transfers must be submitted before the start of the student’s camp. The Registration Office will contact the student if there is a difference in tuition.

Withdrawing from Camp

Tuition fees will be refunded, less a $25.00 processing fee per camp, if a withdrawal form is submitted by these dates:

May 1, 2018 For June camps and Before/After Care

June 1, 2018 For July and August camps and Before/After Care

4th of July

COCA is closed July 4 in observance of the holiday. Camps the week of July 3 are
pro-rated accordingly.

University City
524 Trinity Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63130
COCA is located in University City at the intersection of Trinity and Washington Avenues, one block south of Delmar Boulevard. If headed east on Delmar Boulevard, turn right on Trinity Avenue (which is the first turn just past the Lion Gates) and then left on Washington Avenue. If headed west on Delmar Boulevard, turn left at Kingsland (which jogs to the right) and then right on Washington Avenue.

Whitfield School
Creve Coeur
175 South Mason Road
Creve Coeur, MO 63141 
Whitfield School is in Creve Coeur on South Mason Road, between Ladue Road and I–64/Highway 40. The school is on the west side of the street. Please note: traveling north on South Mason Road from I–64/Highway 40 requires turning right on Conway Road, then left to continue on South Mason Road.

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