Who can attend Arts Camp: The Art of Nature?
Arts Camp is designed for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall of 2017. Campers will be divided into four groups and attend age appropriate sessions with peers of a similar age.

What does a typical day of Arts Camp look like?
The daily schedule starts at 9 AM and ends at 3:30 PM. Each day begins with a nature walk around the park, and throughout the day, campers will experience 50-minute age-appropriate sessions of dance, nature, theatre, and fine arts classes.  We sprinkle in fun activities, games, and break times outside to enjoy the weather and the nearby playground. Lunch is served mid-day as well as a snack mid-morning.

Who are the camp instructors?
In addition to the Wilson Center’s experienced Education Staff, the Wilson Center’s daily camp instructors include teaching professionals from First Stage Theater Academy, ArtMovz, Danceworks, and the Wehr Nature Center.

What are behavioral expectations?
All Arts Campers are expected to be respectful to other campers, staff, animals, volunteers, spaces, and Wilson Center property. This includes following directions, using appropriate language, and non-violence toward all living and non-living things. The Wilson Center reserves the right, upon notification of parents, to dismiss any child for conduct that the camp administrative staff deems detrimental to the well-being of other campers, staff, or overall operation of the camp.

Will the campers share their projects and performances pieces?
Campers will share what they have learned during a 45-minute program at 2 PM on the final Friday of camp. Parents, family, and friends are invited for this fun and engaging experience! A short reception with snacks will follow.

What is included in camp fees?
Your camp fees include all activities, workshops, art supplies, and materials necessary for your child’s day at camp. Fees also include daily snack, lunch, and a drawstring camp explorer bag.

What if my student can no longer attend camp? What is the Wilson’s Center’s refund policy?
The Wilson Center reserves the right to cancel a class if enrollment is insufficient. If a class is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, any tuition paid will be refunded in full and any registered students will be notified by email and by phone. No refunds or tuition credit will be given once the session has begun. You must notify us of your student’s withdrawal from camp at least one week prior to the camp start date in order to receive a partial refund. There is a $25 administration fee per camper for all refunds.

Do you provide snacks & lunch?
The Wilson Center will provide a healthy lunch mid-day and healthy snack mid-morning for your child. Typical daily lunch includes a sandwich (turkey or vegetarian), fruit and/or vegetable, and snack chips or pretzels. On Fridays, we have a pizza party lunch! If you child has special dietary needs, please contact our Education Department at 262-373-5023 for options.

What if my child has a food allergy?
The Wilson Center will do its best to accommodate for children with food allergies by contacting our camp caterer to work out safe options for your child.  However, the Wilson Center cannot be held responsible for any cross contamination that may occur during food preparation or food sourcing.  If your child has a SEVERE food allergy, for the safety of your child, we highly recommend that he/she bring their own lunch and snacks with them to camp. Our camp is nut free.

Can I pick up my child early, or pick them up late?
The Wilson Center does not have extended care available for campers, and all available staff will be busy setting up the building for the next day of fun and exciting experiences. Please make arrangements for your child to arrive on time and be picked up on time.

What if more than one of my children is registering or my child wants to register with a friend?
Please submit one form per child. Friends or siblings who wish to be in the same group must be in a similar age range if they plan to be in camp sessions together. Please request when registering.

What does my child need to bring?
Comfortable clothing should be worn for hiking, sun and bug bite protection. Please have your child wear closed toed shoes: no flip flops or crocks! We recommend that children bring a reusable water bottle to camp every day for easy access to water. Click here to read the complete camp policies and procedures.

Do you provide scholarships?
The Wilson Center provides a limited number of need-based scholarships to local partner school students. No other scholarships are available at this time.

Why do I need to fill out a media release?
Throughout Arts Camp, Wilson Center photographs and films campers for a special video that campers and families will see during Friday Family Share. Video clips and photographs also may also be used to promote camps in the future or shared with our sponsors and funders to thank them for their generous support of our programs. We will respect the rights of families who wish for their child not to be photographed, but they will not be featured in this culminating experience. By giving the Wilson Center media release permission, your child’s image may also be used for other promotional publications. Click here to see the full media release.

Can I volunteer for Arts Camp?
The Wilson Center provides volunteer opportunities for high school and college students during the summer! Better known as “Green Shirts,” these volunteers make the lives of our campers special while gaining coordination program facilitation experience. Click here for more information on volunteering.

If you have additional questions, please contact our Education Department at 262-373-5023.