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 and answer many of your questions.

COCA Arts Camps

Camp Orientation

Thursday, May 19 

5:00–6:00PM | Virtual

6:30–7:30PM | In Person, Ages 3–7

7:30–8:30PM | In Person, Ages 8+

Tuesday, July 12

5:00–6:00PM | Virtual

6:30–7:30PM | In Person, Ages 3–7

7:30–8:30PM | In Person, Ages 8+

Register for orientation

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

Camp Registration

Camp Registration Information & Policies

Camp Schedule

Before Care

7:30–9:15AM

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

9:30AM–4:00PM

After Care

3:00–6:00PM

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 registration@cocastl.org

  • 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.
  • 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 11–17

Full Day Camps

9:00AM–3:00PM | Ages 6–10

9:15AM–3:15PM | Ages 11–18

Intensives & Production Camps

9:30AM–4:00PM

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.

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.

Afternoon Camp Pick-up: Use Kingsland southbound to Washington westbound to access the parking garage.

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. Referring to the map above, follow the blue arrows and remain straight on Kingsland and pass COCA.

  • Turn right at the next intersection (driving behind COCA)
  • Turn right on to Trinity (the next intersection)
  • Turn right onto Washington Ave. 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

Separate registration required. Payment may be made online or through the Registration Office. Outdoor Before & After Care available upon request.

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 your camper’s confirmation email.

All campers should come to COCA each day with a clean mask.

Lunch/Snack

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.

All lunches will be outdoors. Nut-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. Effective June 8, 2022, masks are required indoors at COCA. 

Before the first day of camp, review our most up-to-date Health & Safety Procedures. We continually monitor current COVID-19 conditions in our region, and protocols are subject to change, as necessary, to address the conditions.

Camp Health & Safety Procedures FAQ

What are COCA’s screening questions before attending camp each day?

Before visiting COCA, all campers should answer COCA’s screening questions. If the camper answers affirmatively to any of these screening questions or any sign of illness is present, the camper is requested to stay home.

COCA Screening Questions:  

  • In the last 5 days, have you or a member of your household been diagnosed with COVID-19? Or, are you or a member of your household suspected of having COVID-19?
  • Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever (temperature of 100°F or higher), chills, stiffness/rigidity, muscle aches or pains, fatigue/weakness, headache, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, sudden loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

Are face masks required?

Effective June 8, 2022, masks are required indoors at COCA, unless actively eating or drinking in designated areas. 

We continually monitor current COVID-19 conditions in our region, and protocols are subject to change, as necessary, to address the conditions. 

Will camps enforce social distancing?

COCA’s camps are enrolling to full capacity. However, social distancing measures will be implemented to the extent possible. 

What camp-specific protocols are in place?

The health and safety of our campers, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance. The following Health & Safety Procedures are in effect for COCA’s Summer Arts Camps:  

  • Screening questions should be answered by campers daily before coming to COCA 
  • Effective June 8, 2022, masks are required indoors
  • Electrostatic cleaning between camps and each day 
  • Students will be given a break from activities every 60–90 minutes and before any snacking/eating to wash hands or use hand sanitizer 
  • Snack and lunch will be held outdoors, weather permitting 
  • Pick-up, drop-off, snack/break, and lunch times will be staggered to minimize large gatherings 

COCA’s full list of current Health & Safety Procedures can be found on our website. 

What happens if a camper becomes ill during the camp day?

Campers who become ill will be given a mask to wear and taken to a separate area where they will be supervised. Parents/Guardians will be contacted to come pick up the camper.  

If my camper tests positive for COVID-19 during the camp week, who should I notify?

If your camper receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, call Patron Services at 314.725.6555. 

If you have concerns your camper might have been exposed to COVID-19 in your household, use your best judgment based on our screening questions and CDC guidelines. 

If there is a known positive COVID-19 case in a camp, how is this handled?

If COCA receives notification that someone in your camper’s camp has tested positive for COVID-19, you will receive an email with further information. 

If I have further questions about COVID-19 protocols, who should I contact?

For additional questions, contact the Registration Office at 314.561.4898. 

Important Contact Information

Information & Assistance: Registration Office | 314.561.4898 or registration@cocastl.org

Medical/Accommodations: Lauren Younge, Arts Learning Manager | lyounge@cocastl.org

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