Why Summer Camps at COCA?

Our Amazing Faculty
Our campers enjoy a unique and fun-filled summer experience taught by professional artists and teachers! COCA’s talented teaching artists also work professionally as exhibiting artists or performers throughout the region.

Our Personalized Approach 
We provide a safe, comfortable, arts-learning environment where our campers can truly enjoy art and the art-making process. Many of our camps are multidisciplinary and are taught by multiple teaching artists. COCA camps are designed to engage all types of learners.

A Longer Summer
Our camps start the day after Memorial Day and run through August 20, providing your family with 12 weeks of summer arts opportunities!

No Extra Fees
All art supplies, groceries, technology supplies and equipment, as well as field trips, are included (when applicable) in the camp price.

Inclusion Services
As part of the ADA, COCA is pleased to provide auxiliary aids and services to help students and campers with communication disabilities fully engage in our programs. We ask for as much advance notice as possible, so we can work with the student’s/camper’s family to determine the best plan of action and have plenty of time to arrange for the aids or services required. Please contact the COCA Registration Office at registration@cocastl.org or 314.561.4898 for more information.

Summer Arts Camp FAQs

How do I Register?

Online: Register through COCA’s secure server at cocastl.org.

If you have taken classes at COCA before, you already have an account. Click the “Classes, Camps & Auditions” button to browse and register for camps.

By Mail*: Send your registration form and payment (CHECK ONLY) to:
COCA, Attn: Registration | 6880 Washington Ave | St. Louis, MO 63130

*Credit card registrations are not accepted by mail.

Early registration is encouraged; many camps fill up quickly.

Faxed registrations are not accepted.

Registration Confirmation: COCA will email confirmation of your registration. If you have not received confirmation within two weeks, please contact the Registration Office at 314.561.4898.

Patrons can register for a week of camp up until the Sunday before the camp starts. Example: For May 28–31 Camps, online registration will end on Sunday, May 27. Any patron trying to register for a camp once a week has started will need to go to the Registration Office.

Drop Off and Pick Up

7:30AM Before Care drop-off begins
8:50–9:00AM Morning/full-day camp drop-off
11:45AM Morning camp pick-up
12:05–12:15PM Afternoon camp drop-off
3:00PM Afternoon/full-day camp pick-up
6:00PM After Care pick-up ends

Is Before & After Care Available?

COCA offers supervised Before Care (7:30–9:00AM; $40 per week) and After Care (3:00–6:00PM; $75 per week) for campers ages 5 & up. Register at the same time you register for camps.

Some exclusions apply for off-site camps—see specific camp descriptions for details.

An entirely outdoor Before & After Care area is available upon request.

What Should My Child Wear?

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.

Do Campers Bring Their Own Lunch/Snacks?

Full-day campers and campers staying for back-to-back half-day camps have a supervised lunch period. 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. An allergy-free table is available.

An entirely outdoor lunch area is available upon request. To request outdoor lunch, please indicate that in “special requirements” on the registration form.

Does My Child's Age Matter?

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) The age ranges are broad already.

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

How do I Transfer or Withdraw My Child from Camp?


COCA offers the opportunity for students to transfer to another camp if space is available. Transfer forms are available in the front lobby and the Registration Office. Transfers must be submitted before the start of your child’s camp.


Tuition and before/after care fees will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee per camp, if you submit a withdrawal form by these deadlines:

MAY 1 For June camps and Before/After Care
JUN 1 For July and August camps and Before/After Care

COCA offers no refund or credit for missed camp days due to illness,
schedule conflicts or any other reasons. Registration fees are nonrefundable.

How do I Apply for Financial Assistance?

Financial assistance is available for COCA Summer Arts Camps. COCA accepts applications for financial assistance beginning April 1, 2021.

Applications available online or in the Registration Office. Letters notifying applicants of their status will be emailed and registration will be available at that time.

University City
6880 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63130
COCA is at the intersection of Trinity and Washington, one block south of Delmar. If headed east on Delmar, turn right on Trinity (which is the first turn just past the Lion Gates) and then left on Washington. If headed west on Delmar, turn left at Kingsland (which jogs to the right) and then right on Washington.

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