Frequently asked questions about Montalvo's Summer Camps. Have additional questions that aren't answered here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-961-5854.
How many Summer Camps are you offering in 2016?
We are offering 30 total camp sessions.
What sets Montalvo's camps apart?
We offer camps that are . . .
- STEAM-based Arts Integrated Learning
. . . and encourage 21st-century skills such as
- Critical Thinking
What is the daily camp schedule?
- 8:00am-9:00am Pre-care ($10/morning or $50/week)
- 9:00am-12:00pm Morning camp
- 12:00pm-1:00pm Supervised lunch on the grounds
- 1:00pm-4:00pm Afternoon camp
- 4:00pm-5:00pm After-care ($10/morning or $50/week)
The physical and emotional safety of our campers and staff are central to Montalvo’s camps and vital to its overall mission. As such, we take the issues of bullying, harassment, and violence very seriously. Bullying is generally defined as when one or more people maliciously exclude, tease, taunt, gossip, hit, kick, or put down another. Montalvo’s leadership investigates any and all allegations of bullying, and trains camp supervisors to promote positive communication, so that campers can feel comfortable voicing their concerns to staff. By working together as a team to identify and manage bullying, we can help ensure that every camper has a great experience here at Montalvo.
Who is teaching the camps and/or watching my kids?
- Our teachers are professional teaching artists who work both as artists and as educators – all are finger-printed, background-checked, and sign our child abuse prevention agreement.
- Each class also has a teaching assistant (camp lead) who has education and/or arts experience and is also finger-printed, background checked, and signs our child abuse prevention agreement.
- High school volunteers also help with the camps and work with the children but are never left alone with a camper.
- The camp-lead-to-camper ratio averages 1:10, max capacity is 25 per camp.
What is the best way to contact camp personnel?
- Email email@example.com
- Call the Education Department at 408-913-7468
- During Camp hours – Camp Office: 408-961-5854
- If the above numbers don't work, contact the Box Office at 408-961-5858
What is the difference between the age designations?
Camps designated “6 & up” are open to ages 6–14, however curriculum is targeted toward a 6–8 year-old audience. Camps designated “all ages” feature a curriculum targeted toward ages 6–14.
How strict are the age policies?
We do make concessions to accommodate patrons. Please contact the Box Office to discuss options for your child: 408-961-5858, 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday.
- Campers must have completed Kindergarten to register.
- We are generally able to be flexible within a year of the age requirement.
- In cases of siblings who want to be together and are in two different age groups, please call to see if we are able to accommodate your needs. Regardless of what camp sessions they’re in, siblings will be able to have lunch together if they are here all day.
If Montalvo is waiving the age requirement for my children, how do I register them in UltraCamp?
Please do not put in a false date for the child when you’re registering! Contact the Box Office or Camp Staff for assistance with your registration.
Why can’t I proceed to the next page in my UltraCamp registration?
You may have to scroll to the bottom of the page to find the NEXT button. If you're having trouble, contact the Box Office and we can help guide you through the process.
What has to be completed to enroll in camp?
You must sign up through our UltraCamp online registration system. If you need assistance, our Box Office staff can help guide you through the registration process. Also required are:
- Health Forms
- Alternate Contacts
- Authorized Pick-up
What happens once a camp sells out?
- When you register for a sold-out camp online, choose the “sign up for wait list” option and you will be automatically placed on a wait list through our registration site. The moment we have an opening, you will be contacted via email and will have two (2) days to complete your registration.
- Camp staff makes as many available spaces as possible and, if camps are especially popular, may open more spaces.
Are there scholarships available?
There are! For more information, contact the Education Department at 408-961-5854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there discounts for members?
No, but Montalvo members get early registration privileges.
What is your refund policy?
Requests for refunds to our day camps must be submitted in writing to Montalvo's camp staff for consideration. Camp refunds will be granted according to the following deadlines:
- Full refund, less a $20 non-refundable fee, if request received in writing 60 days before the first day of camp; 75% refund, less a $20 non-refundable fee, if received in writing 30 days before the first day of camp; 50% refund, less a $20 non-refundable fee, if received in writing 15 days before the first day of camp. No refund if request received within 14 days of camp, or for early withdrawal.
- No refunds will be granted for early camp withdrawal, absences, or behavioral dismissals.
- In the event that Montalvo cancels a program, all fees will be refunded.
Camp Day Questions
Where do I drop-off/pick-up my child?
- Drop-off and pick-up location for pre-care and after-care is in front of the Box Office. Proceed up the entrance road and cross in front of the Villa; the Box Office is located on the left side of the Villa.
- Drop-off and pick-up locations for Summer Camps will be at the class location (Creekside Studio is at the bottom of the hill near Parking Lot 1; Villa and Project Space Gallery locations can be dropped off near the Box Office; Barn Art Studio is in Parking Lot 4. If unsure of your camp's location, check with the Box Office.)
- Locations will be emailed to campers’ parents as part of your welcome packet.
Where does lunch take place?
Lunch will be on Montalvo's grounds (exact location will vary) and will be supervised by camp staff.
Are lunch/snacks provided as part of the camp?
No. Please provide your child with a lunch.
Questions about Specific Camps
Why does the You Can Ukulele camp cost more than the other half-day camps?
The registration cost includes a ukulele, which each camper gets to keep!
Have you changed your theatre camp offerings?
This year, we're excited to present brand new theatre camps that explore a broader range of skills while providing more focused instruction to smaller groups of campers. These include American Pop Star and Let's Put On a Show! We also offer several non-theatre camps that help kids build diverse performance skills. These include You Rock: Make Your Own Music Video and Circus Arts.
Are cameras/video cameras provided?
- For You Rock: Make Your Own Music Video, campers are highly encouraged to bring their own video camera. We will provide a camera during camp to anyone who cannot bring one.
- Please bring your own camera with manual functions (focus, zoom, etc) for Snapshot: Digital Photography.
Is previous experience required for any camps?
No. Previous experience in music, art, theatre, dance, or with specific tools is not a requirement and all campers will further their current skill sets and explore new ones. Some camps are geared for ages 8 and up or 9 and up to best group campers for instruction.