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WOW! Science Camp Policies

 

How do I get to the Camp?

WOW! Science Camp is held in the children's wing of The Woodlands United Methodist Church and in the Family Life Center building (for elementary school students). The Church's address is 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380. 
You can find directions online by clicking http://www.mapquest.com/ or by calling 281-297-5948.

Refunds and Fees

Tuition for science camp is $150 per child. Requests for refunds and transfers to different camp sessions must be received prior to June 1. Requests must be made in writing by e-mail at wowsciencecamp@sbcglobal.net or by mail to WOW! Science Camp, TWUMC, 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380

Amount of Refunds

Refunds received prior to June 1 will be equal to the child's tuition less a $30.00 administrative fee.
There are no refunds given after June 1. WOW! staff will consider making exceptions only in cases of emergency.

Transfer Fee

There is a $15 transfer fee if a child is confirmed in a session and requests a change to a different session, provided that there is space available in another session. 

If space is not available in another session a withdrawal can be requested and the child can be place on the waitlist for a different sessions.  Requests for transfers will not be accepted after June 1

Frequently Asked Questions!

 

What is the age range of campers?
Children must be 3 ½ years old (3 by January 1, 2020) in order to enroll in WOW! Science Camp. Our oldest campers are in 4th grade during the 2020-21 school year. Children in 5th grade and older may apply to be Jr. Volunteers.

May my child attend more than one session of Science Camp?
All four of the sessions are identical so children may attend one session only. We also have wait lists and want to ensure that as many children get to participate as possible.

Can I request for my child to be in the same class as another child?
Children are placed in classes based on age/grade.  We cannot individually place and guarantee friends in the same classes, so please encourage your child to make new friends at camp!

How will I receive a refund if requested?
Refunds will be credited back to your credit card.

When will I know if my child is off of a waitlist?
Children will be pulled from the waitlist as spots open up.  Generally the waitlist begins to move during the middle of May and we continue calling families on the waitlist until camp begins.

How will my child be placed in a class?
The students are placed in classes by their age and grade in our school system. The number of campers that enroll determines the number of classes of a certain age group that is taught in each session.

May I register my gifted child for an older age group?
Our goal is to provide an enjoyable, enriching summer-time experience for your child at an appropriate level for his or her age and maturity. In order to be fair to everyone, we will strictly enforce age requirements. Your child must be the correct age or entering the grade level of the camp as of the first day of camp.

How do I get to the Camp?
WOW! Science Camp is held in the children's wing of The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Our older campers use classrooms just across the parking lot in The Woodlands Methodist School building.  The Church's address is
2200 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380.
You can find directions online by clicking www.mapquest.com or by calling 281-297-5948
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How should my child dress for camp?
In comfortable clothes that may get messy. For safety, we recommend closed-toe shoes. Some of our activities are outside and we recommend that you apply sunscreen and bug spray to your child..

What are the behavior expectations for campers?
Campers are expected to be able to follow directions, cooperate with the teacher, and get along with the other children in the class.  Science Camp is very stimulating with hands-on experiments, boisterous activities and games, and a new guest speaker every day. Children rotate to a different classroom each day and must be able to transition to a new lead teacher every day.  The Assistant Teacher travels with the class to provide that familiar face.  Please think about your child in this environment where there is much stimulation and much change. In the event of a severe behavior problem, we will call you to pick up your child. At our discretion, your child may be allowed to return to camp the following day.

How do I get on your mailing list so I receive registration information for next year's camp?
If you would like to be included on our mailing list, please e-mail your name, address, and e-mail address to wowsciencecamp@sbcglobal.net

When will I receive the supply list for camp?
The supply list will be e-mailed to each family registered for science camp and may also be accessed on the website in late May or early June.

 

Preparing for Camp


Special Needs and Medications
We are happy to accommodate children with special needs but in order for us to be able to help your child have an enjoyable experience at camp, we ask that you notify the Camp Director of your child’s needs prior to your child’s first day of camp. Please notify us of any allergies, accessibility concerns, behavioral, psychological or emotional conditions or other special needs. Please leave a message at wowsciencecamp@sbcglobal.net or call 281-297-5948.

WOW! Science Camp is NOT responsible for administering medication to children. Consult a pediatrician about altering the child’s dosage so that medication can be administered outside of camp. .
 

During Camp


Where do I take my child?
This summer we will be using car lines to drop off and pick up your campers. This will ensure safety protocols are in place due to Covid. As we get closer to the start of camp, you will receive detailed instructions on where to go to drop off and pick up your child/children.  

Safety procedures for arriving and leaving camp
For the safety of all children and staff, only our very youngest campers (3-year olds) may be walked to the drop off location if the parent feels that their child will experience separation anxiety. Parents may not enter the building, and each child will be safely escorted to their classroom by our loving staff. If you need to pick up your child early during camp, please let us know in written form at drop-off so we can have them ready for you at their pick-up location.

May parents stay in the classroom?
If you feel that your child is unable to remain in camp without you, it may be best to wait a year before you send him/her to camp. Our week-long camps are supervised by education professionals and aim to promote independent learning and socialization.

What are the qualifications of your teachers and assistants?
All of our teachers are certified schoolteachers. The majority of our assistant teachers are parents of campers or are former campers themselves; all must be at least 18 years old. The children in our youth volunteer program are mostly former campers..

How are campers supervised?
Campers are supervised at all times and are escorted on restroom breaks by WOW! Science Camp staff.

Who can I contact during the day if I need to leave an emergency message concerning my child?

Please call the Children's Ministry Desk at 281-297-5948 or and a staff member will deliver your message to the appropriate person.

What can I do to help WOW! Science Camp?
As you can imagine, it takes a lot of people to manage over 1000 children. We appreciate any help you can give us! Even if you can only spare 1-2 hours during the week, we would be very grateful! Please contact us at wowsciencecamp@sbcglobal.net  if you are interested in the vounteer position listed below. Nursery care is not available during your volunteer hours.
 

 

Nurse:
Due to the pandemic we would like to have a nurse on campus during Science Camp. If you are a nurse, please consider working during camp. Your salary pays for your child’s tuition plus your child has guaranteed placement in Science Camp.


Assistant Teachers: We encourage mothers, fathers, and grandparents to work as an assistant teacher during their child’s session. Your salary pays for the tuition of your child plus your child has guaranteed placement in Science Camp.

Parents with young babies may want to wait to assist another year since perfect attendance at both the training session and camp dates is very important to the class. Nursery care for children of Assistant Teachers is not available.

Workroom Volunteers: There is much to be done in the teacher workroom during science camp! You may be making play dough, photocopying lab sheets, or helping prepare other projects for our campers. You may also assist with snack preparation or run a quick errand.

 

Thanks to you all!

Barbara Cargill
WOW! Science Camp Director

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

WOW! Science Camp 2021:

CAMP REGISTRATION MARCH 1, 2021

 

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