Camp faq

Registration

 

How do I register for camp?

 

Register online at HOHAthleticArtsCamp.com, or over the phone at 510-655-1265 or in the office.

If the camp I want to register for is full, can I get onto a waiting list?

 

Absolutely, you will be put on a waitlist to be contacted if space opens up in the camp. No payment will be taken unless space opens and you decide to sign-up. 

 

Do you offer any discounts for camp?

 

Yes, for Spring and Summer camps ONLY.

Sibling Discount*: Receive $15 off each week of camp tuition when you register siblings; $10 off Half-day Preschool camp

Multiple Week Discount*: Receive $15 off each week of camp tuition when you register  for multiple weeks; $10 off Half-day Preschool camp

Early Bird Discount: Receive $25 off each week of camp if you sign up for Summer camp by Feb 28th; $20 for Half-day Preschool camp

 

*Sibling and Multiple Week Discounts cannot be combined

 

Can I request a camp date if I do not see it listed on the calendar?

 

Head Over Heels may be able to put together a camp for 6 or more interested campers as long as the dates do not interfere with other activities scheduled in the gym. Please complete a No School Day Request Form to submit your date. 

 

 

Program Requirements

 

 

Why can my 3-year-old only attend a half-day of camp?

 

Based on our past experiences, 3-year-olds tend to have a harder time at camp when they stay a full day due to our highly active days. A half day allows 3-year-olds to have a successful week at camp and get the rest their bodies need.

 

If my child is almost 3, can they come to camp?

 

Unfortunately not. At two, students are not developmentally ready to attend our camp.

 

If my child is almost 5, can they attend a full day?

 

There are times that we make exceptions for this. Please email the Camp Director at vanessa@hohathleticarts.com for specific inquiries.

 

 

 

Extended Care Hours

 

 

What are the extended care hours and what do campers do during this time?  

 

Extended care runs from 8:00 to 9:00 am & 4:30 to 5:30 pm and is offered free of charge to all families enrolled in camp. During this time campers have free time outside and in the gym. 

 

What happens if I am late picking my child up from extended-care?

 

Extended-care ends at 5:30 pm. Campers picked up after this time will be charged one dollar per minute.

 

Do I need to pre-register for extended-care?

 

You do not! Extended care can be done on a drop-in basis.

 

 

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures

 

 

What is the drop-off procedure for camp?

 

For larger camps: For your convenience, between 8:50 am and 9:10 am, our staff will be outside in Spur Alley with the sign-in sheets. Please pull forward in the alley as directed by our staff. From your car, sign-in your camper(s) while our staff helps your child out of the car and into the building. There is no need to park during this time.

 

If you arrive before 8:50 am or after 9:10 am: Park in Spur Alley in a designated Head Over Heels parking space, or along the curb where it is not painted red, or on the side streets (Doyle St., 45th St., 47th St., or 53rd St.) and sign-in your camper(s) in the office.

 

For smaller camps: Park in Spur Alley in a designated Head Over Heels parking space, or along the curb where it is not painted red, or on the side streets (Doyle St., 45th St., 47th St., or 53rd St.) and sign-in your camper(s) in the office.

 

What is the pick-up procedure for camp?

 

For larger camps: For your convenience, between 4:20 pm and 4:40 pm, our staff will be outside in Spur Alley with the sign-out sheets. Please pull forward in the alley as directed by our staff, and have your ID ready if you indicated you would like us to check it. After signing out, our staff will walk your child from the building to your car. There is no need to park during this time.

If you arrive before 3:30 pm or after 4:20 pm: Park in Spur Alley in a designated Head Over Heels parking space, or along the curb where it is not painted red, or on the side streets (Doyle St., 45th St., 47th St., or 53rd St.) and sign-out your camper(s) in the office or with camp staff.

For smaller camps and Preschool camp: Park in Spur Alley in a designated Head Over Heels parking space, or along the curb where it is not painted red, or on the side streets (Doyle St., 45th St., 47th St., or 53rd St.) and sign-out your camper(s) in the office (Preschool camp ends at 1:30 pm.

 

Can I drop my child off after camp has started?

 

Yes, although it is generally a smoother transition if the child is dropped off on time. If you arrive after camp begins, park and come inside to sign your child in at the office. Our staff will help your child join their group.

 

What do I need to do if I would like to pick up my child from camp early?

 

Sign your camper out in the office and receive a “Verified Authorized Pick up” note from the office before taking your child.

 

Can I pick my child up and bring them back?

 

Yes, please check in with the office before signing out and when dropping back off. We will direct you on how to sign your child out and back in on the sign-in/out sheets.

Camp Activities

 

 

What activities will my child engage in at camp?

Campers will practice on gymnastics apparatus in the morning, play outside during lunch (weather permitting), and participate in electives such as: arts & crafts, sensory play, free time, and cooperative games in the afternoon. On Wednesdays we will take field trips to the park during Spring & Summer camp.

 

Do you have nap-time, or can I request that my child takes a nap?

 

The Full-day Preschool age camp and the younger School-age groups do have quiet time built into there schedules. Some children do fall asleep during this time and that's OK! However, it's not mandatory. Quiet activities are made available to children who do not want to rest. 

 

Will my child spend time outside during camp?

 

Yes, during warm weather campers will spend between 1 and 2 hours outside.

 

If it is cold or rainy will the campers go outside?

 

If it is actively raining outside, campers will not be outdoors. 

 

What activities will campers do outside?

 

Campers eat lunch and snack outside and participate in additional activities such as: arts and crafts, sensory play, and activity stations.

 

What if my child does not want to participate?

 

We understand come children may to slower to warm, or just too tired to participate. Coaches will encourage these children to join the activity or modify the activity to fit their needs, but will respect their wishes to take some down time if needed. While taking a break, campers are required to stay with their group and find a safe place to sit until they are ready to join in again.

 

 

Camp Skills Exhibition

 

What is the camp skills exhibition?

 

A performance put on by the campers show-casing what they have learned at camp during the week.

 

When does the exhibition take place?

 

Every Friday at 1:00 pm for our Preschool Camps and 3:30 pm of our School-age camp. All family, and extended family are invited. Don’t forget your camera!

 

How long is the camp show?

 

Depending on the size of the camp, the show lasts between 20 and 30 minutes.

 

Does my child have to participate in the show?

 

Although we encourage campers to participate, they do not have to.

 

 

Lunch and Snack Times

 

Is HOH a nut free camp?

 

No, we do allow nuts at camp and provide nut free seating for children with nut allergies.  

 

What time do campers eat lunch & snack?

 

Campers start lunch between 11:30 am and 12 pm. When finished eating, they can play outside (during nice weather), or engage in a quiet activity (reading, coloring, etc).

 

Morning snack is around 10:30 am, and afternoon snack is around 3:30 pm. The morning snack time may vary.

 

Do I need to pack my child a lunch & snack?

 

Yes, you will need to bring a lunch for your camper(s). Please pack healthy options that will keep them full and energized during long stretches of physical activity. Please no candy or sugary drinks. 

 

Parents should pack a healthy morning snack and HOH will provide a snack in the afternoon.

 

Do you have a microwave and/or refrigerator available to campers?

 

No, we cannot accommodate requests for camper’s lunches to be stored in the refrigerator or to be heated up in the microwave.

 

 

Special Concerns

 

 

What if my child has allergies, intolerance or other dietary restrictions?

 

Please be sure the information is on file in our computer system (you can check with the Front Office), and that the Camp Director is aware of the allergies/intolerance/dietary restrictions (a written account is most helpful).

 

What if my child needs to carry an Epi-Pen?

 

Parents/Guardians of campers who need to carry an Epi-Pen at camp must complete an Authorized Use form and submit it to the Camp Director no later than the first day of camp. Please bring the epi-pen in a clearly labeled bag with the child’s name and phone number to the camp director when you arrive.

 

NOTE: Snack provided by HOH usually include Goldfish or Wheat Thins in the afternoon—please inform us if your child cannot eat these snacks.

 

What if my child has special physical or emotional needs?

 

In many cases, campers with special physical or emotional needs are very successful at camp. However, before signing up, please email the Camp Director at vanessa@hohathleticarts.com, or call 510-655-1265 to determine if the camp is safe and appropriate. Once signed up, a written description of safety precautions and other pertinent information should be provided to the Camp Director.

 

Do you allow aids to accompany children to camp?

 

Yes, please contact the Camp Director to notify them that an aid will be accompanying your child to camp.  When the aid arrives they will need to check-in with the Camp Director prior to going onto the floor and sign our participation waiver.

 

How do you handle separation anxiety?

 

We know how hard separation anxiety can be for children and parents. Coaches will support children and their adults with drop-off if needed by offering the child the opportunity to stay with the coach until they are ready to branch out, helping the child make new friends, and comforting them until they have calmed down. We recommend establishing a drop-off routine that the child becomes familiar with to help with the transition. Parents are also welcomed to sit and watch until their child is ready to say goodbye. If a child has been inconsolable for more than 20 minutes, parents will be called. It is our goal that all campers have a fun and positive experience at camp. If you anticipate your child having a hard time at drop off fee free to reach out to the Camp Director at Vanessa@HOHAthleticArts.com to discuss tips that can help us best support them.

 

Groups

 

How do you decide which campers will be in what group?

 

We group campers by age, and sometimes skill level. 

If my child has taken advanced gymnastics classes, will he/she be placed in an advanced group?

 

Please notify the Camp Director if this is the case. Your child's coach will be able to provide adequate challenge regardless of what group they are in.  

 

Can I request that my camper be grouped with friends or siblings?

 

If your child has a friend or sibling and you would like to request they are in the same group, you can do so by going to the HOME page of our website WWW.HOHATHLETICARTSCAMP.COM and click GROUP REQUEST.

All requests should be made at least three days in advance as it is very difficult to accommodate requests made after this time. If the age gap between two friends/siblings is too large, or if the dynamics between the friends/siblings is such that they have trouble interacting safely in the same group, we may not be able to accommodate the request to be grouped together.

 

 

General

What should my camper wear to camp?

 

The gym does tend to be cold (especially during Thanksgiving Camp, Winter Camp, Spring Camp, and other No School Day camps), so dressing in layers is recommended. Campers should be dressed in clothing they can easily move around in, such as leggings, athletic pants or shorts, t-shirts, and leotards. Jeans and other restrictive clothing are not recommended. Clothing should be free of buttons and zippers, as this damage our equipment. Long hair should be pulled back.

 

What should my child bring to camp?

 

All campers will need a healthy lunch and afternoon snack, and water bottle for convenience. Those six and under should bring an extra pair of clothes just in case of a potty accident. As we spend time outside, shoes, jackets, hats, and sunscreen are a good idea to bring.

 

Does my child need previous gymnastics or athletic experience to attend camp?

 

No, our camps are designed to accommodate children with a variety of abilities and skill levels. Please keep in m ind our camps are for recreational level students - for those with more advanced training, this camp may not be appropriate.

 

Do you put sunscreen on the campers?

 

Yes, sunscreen will be applied to all campers on sunny days unless indicated otherwise on their registration form.

 

What if my child has a potty accident during camp?

 

We will provide your child baby-wipes to clean up with and retrieve their change of clothes from their cubby. If they do not have an extra set of clothes, we have a limited supply of clothes for them to borrow for the day. Once cleaned up and changed, your child will rejoin his or her group. Accidents happen, however it is our policy that campers be fully potty-trained to attend camp. If a camper has more than three accidents during the week we consider this a breach of policy and they will not be able to continue their time at camp.

 

Are parents welcome to stay and watch their child once camp starts?

 

Absolutely, as long as camper understands they must stay with their coach at all times. It becomes a safety issue if campers run off the floor to visit with parents without permission.   

Parking

 

Where should I park when dropping off / picking up, or for the camp exhibition on Friday?

 

You can park in Head Over Heels’ designated parking space, or along the curb in Spur Alley where it is not painted red, or on the side streets (Doyle St., 45th St., 47th St., or 53rd St.).

 

 

Staff

 

What is the coach to student ratio?

 

We maintain a ration of 1:7 for preschoolers and a 1:10 for school-age campers.  However, our ratios may differ depending on the activity.

 

Have all your coaches had background checks or been have been fingerprinted?

 

Yes, all our staff ages 18 and over has been cleared through LiveScan fingerprinting.

 

What level of safety certification do your coaches possess?

 

All of our coaches obtain the USAG U100 Fundamentals of Gymnastic Instruction certificate designed to provide gymnastics professionals with a knowledge base of key principles and proven coaching techniques used in gymnastics. Coaches also receive extensive safety, child development and curriculum training prior to starting. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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