SUMMER DAY & DAY CAMP FAQ

Q: Does Beam require a health form?
Yes! Please send kathryn@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 call us at 718-855-7600 or email kathryn@beamcenter.org.

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: Do you spend any time outside at Summer Day?
Yes! We spend an hour outside at lunch each day at a local playground; this is supervised free play time. Sometimes we take walking field trips in the neighborhood. 

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 kathryn@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 kathryn@beamcenter.org.

Q: I would like to report a Beam Center program as childcare on my taxes.  What is your Tax ID number?
45-4273449

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: How big is Summer Day?
We have about 25-40 kids per week.

Q: What is the group size?
Each group this summer will be about 10-15 kids. Campers are grouped by age. 

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: Can my kid be in the same group as his/her friend or sibling?
Yes! We generally group kids by age, but are happy to accommodate cross-age friendships, just email kathryn@beamcenter.org.

Q: Is transportation available to and from camp?
Yes! We will run a shuttle to and from a local subway shop; details forthcoming.

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: What is a typical day at Summer Day?
8:00-9:00 DROP OFF Games, drawing, and free play
9:00-9:30 Counselor and Group check-ins and warm-up
9:30-10:30 Introduction to the day's Guest & Project: Could include slideshow, videos, show and tell, etc
10:30-10:45 SNACK! Morning snack is fruit
10:45-12:00 Begin work on the day's Project: 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! 
12:00-1:00 LUNCH! Kids bring their lunch from home. We eat and play in the park; most days, we go to Mother Cabrini Park at President and Van Brunt, and we'll trek to Brooklyn Bridge Park on special days
1:00-3:00 Continue Project
3:00-3:15 SNACK! Afternoon snack is bagged snacks such as Goldfish and Popcorners
3:15-4:30 Finish Project & Clean Up
4:30-5:30 PICK UP Games, drawing, and free play

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