Summer Arts Camps Handbook

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Welcome to COCA Summer Arts Camps! This information guide will help you plan for your camp experience at COCA and answer many of your questions.

A limited number of camps are held at Dierbergs Des Peres. Campers registered for camps at this location will be notified of any differences from general camp procedures by email.

COCA Arts Camps

Camp Orientation

Thursday, May 18

5:00–5:30PM | Virtual

5:30–6:30PM | In Person, Ages 3–7

6:30–7:30PM | In Person, Ages 8+

Tuesday, July 13

5:00–5:30PM | Virtual

5:30–6:30PM | In Person, Ages 3–7

6:30–7:30PM | In Person, Ages 8+

Camp orientation is an optional resource for camp families and not required for camp participation.

Register for Orientation

Camp Registration

Camp Registration Information & Policies

Camp Schedule

Before Care


Morning Camps

9:00–11:45AM | Ages 3–10

9:15AM–12:00PM | Ages 11+

Afternoon Camps

12:15–3:00PM | Ages 4–10

12:30–3:15PM | Ages 11–17

Full Day Camps

9:00AM–3:00PM | Ages 6–10

9:15AM–3:15PM | Ages 11–18

Intensives & Production Camps


After Care


Camp Forms

Camp forms only should be submitted after camp registration has been completed. Required forms to be completed and returned to the Registration Office prior to the first day of your camper’s camp. Forms should be returned to

View and Download Camp Forms

  • Pick-up Form—To be displayed in your front windshield at pick-up for campers ages 8+ when picking your camper up in our circle drive. Form MUST include the name of the last camp of the day for each camper you are picking up. We have these printed at COCA to be picked up on Monday drop-off, if needed. This is applicable to anyone who is permitted to pick up your camper.
  • Behavior & Safety Form—Required from all campers
  • Student Release Form Ages 3–7—Required from all campers ages 3–7
  • Authorization to Administer Medication—Required from all campers bringing medication on campus; must be signed by physician and parent/guardian. To drop off medication on the first day of camp, park in the COCA parking garage and bring the medication to our medication drop-off table located outside our front entrance. If your camper has no applicable medical needs, this form does not need to be returned to COCA. COCA does not provide any medication. This form is only for medication that a parent/guardian provides to be administered to their camper during the day.

Camp Culminations

The last day of camp, campers have an opportunity to spotlight the work created throughout the week. Most performing camps will have in-person culminations, some will be livestreamed. Art camps will have exhibitions of their work. Some performance camps have a separate performance culmination at a time outside of regular camp hours. Details for those camps will be communicated separately.

Camp culminations will occur 20 minutes before camp ends on Friday.

AM Camps | 11:25AM

PM & Full-Day Camps | 2:40PM

There are no in-person culminations for video, recorded songwriting, early childhood, or culinary camps.

Directions & Parking

COCA is located at 6880 Washington Avenue, University City, MO 63130. View directions to COCA’s campus.

Free parking for all COCA camp families and visitors is available in the shared COCA/ Washington University garage located across from COCA on Washington Avenue. The arms at the entrance and exit work on a sensor to keep a count of the cars in the garage. You do not need to pull a ticket, nor will you be charged to exit.

Drop-off & Pick-up

If you are dropping off or picking up multiple campers, defer to the procedure for the youngest camper.

Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the scheduled camp start or end time.

Morning Camps

9:00–11:45AM | Ages 3–10

9:15AM–12:00PM | Ages 11+

Afternoon Camps

12:15–3:00PM | Ages 4–10

12:30–3:15PM | Ages 11+

Full Day Camps

9:00AM–3:00PM | Ages 6–10

9:15AM–3:15PM | Ages 11+

Intensives & Production Camps


Drop-off and Pick-up for Campers AGES 3–7

Those dropping off and picking up campers ages 3–7 should park in the garage and escort their campers directly to/from their classroom.

Parents/Guardians must be listed on the Student Release Form for pick-up and will go directly to their camper’s classroom to sign them out. Authorized adults for pick-up will need to show a photo ID.

Use Kingsland southbound to Washington westbound to access the parking garage. You are permitted to turn right onto Washington in order to enter the parking garage. When leaving, you may use Trinity as an exit only. Refer to the map above.

Drop-off and Pick-up for Campers AGES 8+

Campers ages 8+ should be dropped off and picked up in the circle drive in front of COCA’s main entrance (on Edward Jones Drive). Do not turn onto Washington from Kingsland. Refer to the map above.

  • Enter via Kingsland
  • Remain straight on Kingsland and pass COCA
  • Turn right at Kingsbury (driving behind COCA)
  • Turn right on to Trinity (the next intersection)
  • Turn right onto Washington at COCA and enter our circle drive where your camper will be dropped off
  • You will the exit via Kingsland (the way you came in)

Complete, print, and display the Camper Pick-Up Form in the front windshield of your vehicle. The form MUST include the name of the last camp of the day for each camper you are picking up. If you need to have multiple forms to include all children, that is ok. We have these forms printed at COCA to be picked up at Monday drop off, if needed. Campers will not be released to vehicles that are not displaying the correct camper identification. Make sure anyone who may be picking up your camper has a form for their vehicle.

To keep campers safe, the use of cell phones and other electronic devices in the pick-up and drop-off lane is highly discouraged.

Those who would like to request pick-up directly from the camper’s classroom due to special concerns, contact the Registration Office. Anyone on COCA’s campus must wear a mask.

Before & After Care

Campers waiting before and after camp are NOT supervised by staff or faculty. Unattended campers will be placed in Before or After Care, and tuition will be charged. Before & After Care are available for ages 5+.

Before Care: 7:30–9:15AM | Daily cost: $15; full week: $40

After Care: 3:00–6:00PM | Daily cost: $20; full week: $75

COCA’s Before Care and After Care program is popular and fills quickly. If this is a service you need, we encourage you to register for this program at the same time you register for camp.   

Separate registration required. Payment may be made online or through the Registration Office.

What to Wear

Campers should wear comfortable clothing in which they can paint, move, and play, and closed-toe shoes. Special dancewear requirements, when needed, are included in the camp description.


Full-Day Campers: Whether attending one full-day camp, or two half-day camps, students should bring a sack lunch, drink, and two snacks. A supervised lunch will take place on campus between camps.

Half-Day Campers: Bring a drink and one snack.

COCA camps have a nut-free policy. All snacks and lunches must be entirely nut free. 

Weather permitting, COCA will have an outdoor space available for lunches. Allergy-free lunch table available. Soda/juice machines and water bottle filling stations available. Refrigerator and microwave NOT provided. 

Cell Phones/Electronics Policy

The use of cell phones is prohibited during camp hours. We ask all campers to leave electronic tablets and games at home. COCA is not liable for the loss or damage of personal cell phones or other electronic devices at camp.

Lost & Found

Found items are stored in lost & found bins at the front desk. Lost items are taken to Goodwill at the end of each camp week.

Health & Safety Procedures

The health and safety of our campers, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance. COCA continually monitors current COVID-19 conditions in our region and will update and provide health and safety procedures in response to community conditions and CDC guidance.

Health & Safety Procedures

Important Contact Information

Information & Assistance: Registration Office | 314.561.4898 or

Medical/Accommodations: Lauren Younge, Arts Learning Manager |


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