SUMMER CAMP POLICIES & FAQS
Please check this page frequently as we continue to expand and
update our summer camp policies.
Rising 1st-graders through 5th- graders are eligible for Sports Meets the Arts and Arts Journeys Camp.
Rising 3rd-graders through rising 8th-graders are eligible to participate in Performing Arts Camp.
Rising 9th-graders through rising 12th-graders can attend our Broadway at BlackRock program or apply for our Counselor in Training Program.
Please contact us at 301-528-2260 if you need help deciding on the best camp for your child.
EARLY REGISTRATION AND DISCOUNTS
Discounts include: MCPS staff discount of 10%, sibling discount of $10.00 per week, and veteran discount of 10%. Registration information for CITs will be sent by the Education Department along with the invitation to participate.
All campers are to abide by behavior policies stated at the time of registration and outlined in the Summer Camp Handbook. Consequences for inappropriate or unsafe behavior include BlackRock’s right to excuse a child from camp.
If a camp is canceled, a full refund is given.
If a refund request is made two (2) weeks or more before the start date of camp, and tuition has been paid in full, you are entitled to a 50% refund or 100% BlackRock credit. The BlackRock credit expires after twelve (12) months from the issue date.
If paying for camp with a two-part payment plan, and final payment has not been made, the initial payment is returned with a $25.00 processing fee or 100% BlackRock credit of the amount paid. The BlackRock credit expires after twelve (12) months from the issue date.
If you cancel within two (2) weeks of the camp start date, no refunds or credits will be issued.
If you are accepted into the CIT program, tuition is non-refundable.
Refunds are processed 6-8 weeks after the request is approved and will be made using the method of payment used to purchase the class. Credits last for one year from the date issued and cannot be requested later as a refund.
If a camper must leave camp due to a positive Covid test and quarantine requirements, they will be given a credit for missed days. Credit can be applied toward camp or running seasonal classes through Summer 2024. No refunds will be given.
COVID SAFETY PROTOCALS & POLICIES
BlackRock Youth Art Academy encourages all participants to wear masks and maintain appropriate social distancing when possible. All camp participants should refrain from attending camp while experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms.
If a camper tests positive for COVID, the camper will be given a credit for days missed due to quarantine requirements. Credit can be applied toward camp or running seasonal classes through Summer 2023. No refunds will be given. Families of children in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID will be notified. Testing is strongly encouraged in these cases.
There is a payment plan available. A $25.00 non-refundable fee is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance is divided into two payments, one due on June 1st and a second due on July 15th from an automatic withdrawal. This payment plan is per camp, per camper.
Health and emergency information is included in the online registration process and upon completing the Camper Information Form. All additional required forms can be downloaded from the BlackRock Camps website, including the Authorization for Medication Form.
BlackRock reserves the right to use photographs and video taken in class or at the center, of campers, participants, and/or their artwork for the purpose of instruction, and/or advertising and promotion of BlackRock and its programs. Participants and families will not receive compensation of any kind for use of these images. If you do not agree you must notify the Education Manager of Camps & Outreach as well as indicate in the Camper Information Form.
Register online or call for assistance Monday through Friday from 10 AM - 6 PM:
Address: 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
Scholarships are available. Please visit our Scholarships page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I get financial assistance? What about a payment plan?
Scholarship application available here: https://www.blackrockcenter.org/sonie-mathew
Ongoing Discounts include: MCPS staff discount, sibling discount, and veteran discount of $10.00 per week. Registration information for CITs will be sent by the Camp Director along with the invitation to participate.
Payment Plan Info for both Arts Journeys & Performing Arts Camp is available:
$25 down; non-refundable
Balance due in two installments: June 1 & July 15
Add discounts for Military, Teacher, sibling, staff, multiple week
What are the forms I need to fill out?
BlackRock’s Camper Information Form which includes Health and Immunization, and Authorization for Medication Form if applicable.
What is your refund policy?
Please see our policy page for refund information.
Are there food restrictions?
All BlackRock Center for the Arts camps are nut-free. This includes peanuts, tree nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc.), items cooked in peanut oil and nut spreads and butters like peanut butter and Nutella. Please make sure to not pack anything containing nuts or nut products in your camper's lunch.
What does my child need to bring?
Your child needs to bring a non-perishable lunch and bottled water with them every day. Please label lunch bags or boxes with your child's name. Please do not pack anything that needs to be heated and make sure to include spoons and forks if needed.
Is there a dress code?
At this time, masks are encouraged but not required. Your child should be dressed in comfortable clothes all week since they will be participating in activities and art projects. They may be painting or working with materials that can stain. Since campers will be dancing, please dress your camper in sneakers or athletic shoes. Flip-flops, sandals, and crocs are not encourage. On Fridays, campers are asked to wear their Youth Art Academy T-shirt. Campers should not bring toys or personal items to camp (i.e., cell phones, tablets, cameras, jewelry, stuffed animals, electronic games, etc.). BlackRock is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen, damaged as a result of being brought to the center during camp.
What are the current COVID-19 restrictions?
Please see our policy page for the most up-to-date COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.
What if my child requires medication?
If your camper requires medication during the camp day, we need to have a completed Authorization for Medication Form completed and on file.
What are the camps’ times?
Please read carefully as each camp has different times. Performing Arts Camp and Arts Journeys Camp run from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Before Care is from 7:45am to 9:00am and After-Care is from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Your child must be registered in Before Care or After Care in order to participate. Sports Meets the Arts Camp is located at the Maryland Soccerplex & Discovery Sports Center and runs daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Broadway at BlackRock runs from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Every child needs to be signed in and out by a parent or approved guardian every day. At this time, a health waiver and temperature will also be required at drop-off. Dropping off a child and driving away is not permitted under any circumstances. For Before Care you may enter the building at 7:45am. For regular camp, you may drop-off beginning at 8:45am. Campers must be picked up promptly at 3:30pm unless they are enrolled in After Care. Students enrolled in After Care must be picked up promptly at 6:30pm or before. Failure to pick up your child on time will result in the charging of late fees of $25.00.
Can my siblings be split up/put together?
Please contact the Education Manager of Camps & Outreach to share your preference. BlackRock will do it’s best to accommodate siblings, however there are situations depending on staffing, group size, or activity where these requests can not be accommodated.
Can my child choose their show or role in Performing Arts Camp?
Our camps (and shows) are currently split by age and are largely ensemble based, so everyone gets a moment to shine. Casting is at the sole discretion of the counselors.
For additional questions, please contact the Education Manager of Camps & Outreach.