Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL FAQ

My child came last year, should they come again?
The camp in my area is being held at a different school than the one I attend. Can I still come?
Who can attend?
Do you provide lunch and a snack?
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Will you be opening other locations?
What is the Camp CD?
Will I get any cool free stuff at camp?
What is your policy on students with special needs?
Can my parents come with me?
What is your late pick-up policy after camp?
How can I prepare my child for camp?
What t-shirt size should I order?

1ST GRADE FAQ

How is the 1st grade program different from the elementary program?

ELEMENTARY FAQ

How will we create our own ebook?
How much time will my child spend using an iPad?
Do I need my own iPad?
Can I sell my eBook after I create it?

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAQ

How will we create our own blogs?


GENERAL FAQ


My child came last year, should they come again?
Yes, we develop a NEW camp curriculum each year! Returning campers will practice new writing skills, while also building on the ones they learned last summer. Elementary campers sing along to brand new songs (along with some old favorites), participate in new challenges, and of course, publish another e-book. Middle schoolers explore new blog topics and post types, and continue to develop their unique voices as writers.

The camp in my area is being held at a different school than the one I attend. Can I still come?
Of course! Students from other schools (and home schooled) students are welcome to attend. In fact, each camp typically has groups of students from several schools. You can tell your friends to sign up too!

Who can attend?
Adventures in Writing Camp is open to students entering grades 1-8. Campers should be registered for the grade level they will be entering in the fall. The 1st Grade program is designed for rising 1st graders, while the Elementary program is for rising 2nd-5th graders. Finally, the Middle School program is open to rising 6th-8th graders.

Do you provide lunch and a snack?
For Bay Area locations, it is possible to pre-order morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack through 3rd party “Flo’s Friendly Foods.” We will be posting more information on this program soon. We do not currently have a lunch partner in other areas outside of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes! Our policy, called our WORRY FREE POLICY, is designed to leave as much flexibility for families as possible while still allowing us to plan, supply, and staff each location appropriately. The policy, and the the optional Cancellation Protection, are outlined below:

WORRY FREE POLICY
If you have to cancel, for any reason, and do so by 5:00 PM PST on the Friday before the first day of your registered session, we will issue you a “PROMO CODE” voucher for all tuition fees paid, valid through the following calendar year. Your PROMO CODE can be used by the camper who is no longer able to attend camp as registered, or may be transferable to any immediate family member who is age/grade eligible to attend a session of Adventures in Writing Camp. Cash refunds will be given only with the purchase of Cancellation Protection (see terms below).
Participants who begin their registered camp session but do not complete the session are not eligible for a voucher or partial refund. Individuals who do not check-in or attend their registered session without providing notice of cancellation (“no shows”), or cancel after 5:00 PM PST on the Friday before the first day of their registered session, will not be eligible for a PROMO CODE voucher.

REGISTRATION PROTECTION
Adventures in Writing Camp offers Registration Protection for $25 per camper per session, due at the time of registration. Registration Protection entitles you to a full refund of your camp tuition fees paid towards the session you are cancelling, as long as cancellation occurs by 5:00 PM PST on the Friday before the first day of their registered session. Please note that only the camp tuition, and not the $25 Registration Protection or the $15 Registration Fee, are refunded in this scenario.

Will you be opening other locations?
Yes! We are always interested in sharing the program with more communities. If you are a principal, teacher, librarian or engaged parent who would like to see AIW Camp offered in your community, please contact us!

What is the Camp CD?
The Camp CD is a collection of this year’s new camp songs. These writing-themed songs (written by AIW Camp music director Jonny Williams and produced by Doug Allen) are a musical reminder of the fun had at camp as well as some of the writing lessons learned.  Each person who attends camp will receive a free CD at the start of camp. Additional copies of the CD, and prior years’ CDs, can be purchased during the week of camp or at www.LemurStore.com.

Will I get any cool free stuff at camp?
Yes! After you register, each camper will receive instructions for downloading digital copies of this year’s camp songs and an e-book version of Mister Lemur’s newest book, It Will Take a Lot of Force to Give the Heimlich to a Horse. 1st grade and Elementary campers are encouraged to read the book and listen to the songs before camp begins (although middle school students are welcome to enjoy them as well!). On the first day of camp, each camper will then receive a physical copy of the book and camp CD. All campers will also receive two Adventures in Writing Camp T-shirts. Plan to wear one of the two shirts to camp each day.

What is your policy on students with special needs?
Students with special needs are welcome to attend, provided that any registered aid who accompanies them during the normal school day also accompanies them during the duration of their time at AIW Camp. To register a student with special needs (and their aid) please contact us for more details.

Can my parents come with me?
Sort of! Parents are welcome to observe the morning assembly from 9:00 to 9:25.  After that time, camp participation will be limited to enrolled campers and registered aids for students with special needs.

What is your late pick-up policy after camp?
There is a late-pickup charge of $1 per minute for campers picked up after 3:10 pm. For families registered for the “SuperPlay” extended care option, we charge a late fee of $1 per minute after the end of SuperPlay. Some SuperPlay locations operate until 5:00 PM, others until 6:00 PM. Please check your registration receipt (or “invoice”) for the hours of your location.

How can I prepare my child for camp?
Congratulations on your decision to support your young writer’s development! In the weeks leading up to the start of your session, we will be sending several e-mails with information and suggestions to make the first day of camp… and all the days that follow… as fun and educational as possible. If you just can’t wait for those e-mails, here is a quick preview: What to bring: 1) A lunch and a snack (Bay Area families have the option to purchase lunch through a third party) 2) Sunscreen and a water bottle. What to read: Families in the 1st grade and Elementary programs are encouraged to read the camp mentor text and listen to the camp songs prior to the first day. If your child has any hesitation, we recommend watching the camp video on our homepage as well as reading books from the Lemur Library. Middle school campers can begin to think about a topic for their project.

What t-shirt size should I order?
All camper t-shirts are sized for youth. The folling sizing is recommended by the manufacturer. Chest: With arms down at sides, measure around the upper body, under arms and over the fullest part of the chest.
XS = 4 (chest 25-26)
S = 6-8 (chest 26-28)
M = 10/12 (chest 28-30)
L = 14/16 (chest 30-32)
XL = 18/20 (chest 32-35)

1ST GRADE FAQ


How is the 1st Grade program different from the elementary program?
The 1st grade program is designed for beginning writers, and does not require any pre-requisite writing skills! The 1st grade class will work together to write a group e-book, which allows them to practice collaboration and teamwork skills. The program also provides plenty of opportunities for campers to channel their creative energy through games, crafts, and structured play. Rising 1st graders with advanced writing skills who are ready to write an independent e-book are welcome to register for the Elementary program as 2nd graders.

ELEMENTARY FAQ


How will we create our own ebook?
We will be working with an app on camp-provided iPads and/or Google devices. Students will learn how to use the app so that they may continue their creativity after the camp session is complete.

How much time will my child spend using an iPad?
While iPads are a great tool for creating an eBook (and for exciting reluctant writers), they are not a substitute for traditional pencil and paper writing. We use traditional writing mediums in tandem with technology, and campers generally spend approximately 30% – 35% of their writing time on iPads.

Do I need my own iPad?
Nope. We ask that students do NOT bring their own iPad to AIW Camp. We will be providing tablets for students to use while they create eBooks, and the introduction of camper-owned iPads into the camp will likely lead to confusion and mass chaos. We also ask that students do not bring phones, tablets, or other electronic devices to camp. In the event of an emergency, parent/guardians can call the camp director to contact their child.

Can I sell my eBook after I create it?
You can certainly try! We will make information available on how to post your eBook for sale, as well as other things to consider if you do sell your eBook. The decision on whether or not to make your eBook available for sale will be made by each family individually.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAQ


How will we create our own projects?

We will be working with apps on camp-provided technology (iPads and/or Chrome Books). Students will learn how to use age-appropriate platforms with age-appropriate controls in place. The program is designed for camp staff to review content before it is posted during the camp period.

We cycle through various writing-centric projects across summers. For years where the blogging project is offered, parents will have the opportunity to allow their child to continue blogging after the completion of camp. To do this, the parent will become the “administrator” on the account with oversight rights… and responsibilities! You will receive more information on this during and at the end of camp seasons where the blogging program is offered.