Abrons Arts Camp Frequently Asked Questions

What is the counselor to camper ratio?
Ages 5–6 – Maximum Number of Campers: 25; Number of Counselors: 3
Ages 7–8 – Maximum Number of Campers: 25; Number of Counselors: 3
Ages 9–10 – Maximum Number of Campers: 25; Number of Counselors: 2
Ages 11–13 – Maximum Number of Campers: 25; Number of Counselors: 2

What is a typical day at Summer Camp?
Campers will receive 4 hours arts instruction in visual arts, music, theater, and dance for ages 5 – 13. Campers will explore subjects including drumming, break dance, script writing, sculpture and painting. There is an hour lunch break that includes daily outdoor recreation time in Lower East Side parks. Afternoons are spent with counselors in facilitated activities. Campers attend field trips and water activities once a week.

Do campers get to play outside?
Yes! Campers get daily outdoor recreation time in Lower East Side parks. Campers will also participate in weekly water activity.

Are there field trips?
Yes! Once a week campers take field trips to New York Hall of Science, Queens County Farm, IFC Children’s Film Festival, local art galleries, and more!

Can parents visit campers during the camp day?
Yes! Every Friday afternoon parents are invited to take a sneak peek of what campers have been working on throughout the week during open studio hours.

What food is provided during camp day?
We do not offer breakfast. Please provide your camper with a packed lunch daily. All campers receive afternoon snacks and pizza on Fridays. If your camper does not eat pizza, please provide them with a packed lunch that day. Our camp is nut-free. No nuts should be packed in camper’s lunch bags. Lunch is available to campers who qualify for tuition assistance.

What should I pack for my child’s day at Summer Camp?
Clothes: Arts Camp can get messy. Please send your child with clothes that can get dirty. No open toe shoes. Shoes must have straps and be comfortable.
Water bottle: Hydration is key to summer camp survival. All campers should have their own water bottle clearly marked with their name.
Personal items: In the spirit of protecting the personal property of our campers, please leave valuables at home including jewelry, money, toys, & electronic devices (cell phones for emergency purposes only). We are a phone free camp. If a cell phone is taken out during the day, the camp staff will collect it and return it at the end of day.
Water Fridays: Please pack towels, sunscreen, hats, & additional water activity clothes (swimwear, closed toed water shoes) on Fridays. Campers are not allowed to go barefoot in public parks.

Can my four year old enroll in camp?
Your child must turn five years old by the first day of camp to enroll.

Is there an Extended Day service and how much is the fee?
Yes, extended day is available Monday through Friday from 5:30-6:30pm. The fee is $15 per day for extended day. You may also register for a full session of extended day for $225. During Extended Day, campers will participate in a facilitated art activity. If a parent is late for pick up, they will automatically be charged $5 for every 5 minutes after 6:30pm.

What is the refund policy if I register and my plans change?
Camp fees must be paid in full by Monday June 17. There is a $50 non-refundable registration fee per camper. Full refunds are available until May 1 and half refunds are available until June 17. No camper is allowed to attend camp until full payment and all health forms have been received. All camper health forms are due by June 17.

Is tuition assistance available? If so, how do I apply?
Tuition Assistance is available on a first come first serve basis. Spots are limited, the form can be found here.

Do you offer a discounts?
We do not offer a sibling discount. We do not offer an early bird discount. We do offer tuition assistance for families who qualify.

Do you offer benefits for returning campers?
Returning campers receive 2 weeks of early access to registration.

Are you able to put my child in the same group as his/her friend?
Campers are grouped according to age. The age groups are 5-6 , 7-8 , 9-10, and 11-13 year olds. Department of Health requires campers to stay within their own age range.

Can a camper attend for less than a full session?
camper may attend for less than a full session; however, Abrons Arts Camp does not prorate camp sessions. Full payment is required even if the camper can not stay for the full session. We ask that you notify the camp staff of the dates your child will not be attending.

Is it mandatory to be a NYC resident in order to register?
No, campers are not required to be NYC residents.

Is there a waitlist?
If the session is full when you register online, you will automatically be placed on a waitlist. If there is an opening, you will receive notification by email from our registrar.