Q: Does Beam require a health form?
Yes! Please send rebecca@beamcenter.org a copy of your child's most recent physical. Either your doctor's own form, or this standard form

Q: What is the best way to contact Beam Center? You can reach Summer Day at 347-470-6747 or email rebecca@beamcenter.org; the Beam Center office number is 718-855-7600.

Q: What do kids need to bring with them for Summer Day?
Kids should bring a lunch, and wear clothes that they’re prepared to work in! We have smocks for particularly messy activities, but we don’t recommend wearing irreplaceable items to Summer Day. We provide morning and afternoon snack; morning is fruit, and afternoon is bagged snacks. We have gluten- and dairy-free options for snack, and we don’t serve products with nuts!

Q: Do you offer summer programming for younger kids?
Not at this time. Our programs are for kids in or entering grades 2+. 

Q: Do you offer sibling discounts?
 Yes! Siblings qualify for the multi-week discount of $25 per kid per week.

Q: Who teaches at Summer Day?
Beam Center faculty and approved guest artists. Our faculty and guests are adult artists, makers, and doers over the age of 22. Our counselors are 20+ child care specialists, and all of our teenage assistants have over 60 hours of training at Beam Center. 

Q: My kid has food allergies or needs medication during the day. How do you handle medical concerns?
We collect the required medical form for each child who attends Summer Day. If your child requires medication during the day or has a severe allergy, please email rebecca@beamcenter.org so we can make sure our counselors are aware and prepared. 

Q: What should I do if my kid cannot attend?
If your child is sick or cannot attend a day of Summer Day, please email rebecca@beamcenter.org.

Q: I would like to report a Beam Center program as childcare on my taxes.  What is your Tax ID number?

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due with registration; if you withdraw any time before the start of your week of Summer Day, we will refund all but that $250.

Q: Is transportation available to and from camp?
No. But we do offer a free walking service to the Carrol St. F/G Subway Station.

Q: Do you offer an extended day program or late pick up?
Yes! Drop off starting at 8:00am and pick up until 5:30pm is included in the cost of camp.

Q: Do you spend any time outside at Beam Dream Summer Day?
Yes! We spend an hour outside at lunch each day in the schoolyard; this is supervised free play time. Sometimes Flux periods will take place outside as well.

Q: How big is Beam Dream Summer Day?
We have about 25 kids per week.

Q: What is the group size?
Each group this summer will be about 10-15 kids.

Q: What is your staff to kid ratio?
Our staff to camper ratio is at least 1:5 for any group in any week, but it's usually closer to 1:4.

Q: What is a typical day at Summer Day?
8:00-9:00 DROP OFF
9:00-9:30 WARM UP
9:30-10:45 PROJECT
10:45-11:00 SNACK! Morning snack is fruit
11:00-12:15 PROJECT
12:15-1:15 LUNCH! 
1:15-2:00 FLUX & SNACK! 
2:00-4:00 STUDIO
4:00-4:30 CLEAN-UP & RESET
4:30-5:30 PICK UP

Q: What happens during “warm up”?
Campers and counselors break up into small groups to talk about camp structure, options for morning projects and afternoon studios this week, or play a warm up game. 

Q: How many projects do campers do a week?
Campers sign up for two 2-day projects a week on the first day of camp. Past projects include making wooden mallets from scratch, designing and screenprinting decks of cards, wooden clog making, circuit board etching, stop-motion animation, cardboard fort building, making elaborately staged photographs, aluminum casting, makey-makey instruments, and much more!

Q: What is “FLUX”?
Flux is camp-wide athletics and active play or collaborative project.

Q: What is “studio”?
Studio is a chance for kids to experience what it is like to work in an artist's studio with the support of artists who are passionate about their practice. Studios which will be offered this summer are the woodshop, tinker zone (electronics studio), and mixed media studio. The mixed media studio will have a variety of materials such as ceramics, papier-mâché, and textiles.

Q: How is my kids schedule made?
No two kids are the same, and at camp their schedules don’t have to be either! Campers are encouraged to pursue their interests at camp and customize their experience from the selection of projects and studios we offer. Mornings consists of 2-day projects, of which we will have 3-4 of a week. During lunch campers can decide which studio they would like to go to in the afternoon.

Q: Can my kid be in the same group as his/her friend or sibling?
Yes! Campers are more than welcome to coordinate their schedules with each other. Let us know your preferences by emailing rebecca@beamcenter.org.

Q: Can campers take their projects home?
Yes! If you child made a project on their own it should be taken home the same day. If campers collaborated on a project we encourage that the project be left at camp where it will be displayed in our projects gallery, so as to avoid disputes of ownership. If a project is forgotten at camp please let us know, otherwise it may be disposed of!


Don't see you question here? Email rebecca@beamcenter.org!