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Family PLUS and Director’s Circle Member registration begins Monday, February 10.
All other member and non-member registration begins Monday, February 24.
How to Register
Registration can be done:
- In person at the Bendel Mansion Building
- Via fax at 203.322.0408.
- Via mail to 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Attn: Summer Camp. Mail-in registration form
- Via phone at 203.977.6521. Phone registrations will be taken, as staff is available, starting Tuesday February 25 for all Membership levels. We recommend that you register online or in-person to ensure your preferred spot.
- A valid e-mail must accompany your registration as we send forms and communication via e-mail. Please ensure your e-mail is up-to-date upon registration.
- Mailing or faxing registrations does not guarantee a spot in a camp.
- Registration must be accompanied by payment in full.
- Children must have reached the required age prior to the first class of the session. Child's date of birth and grade entering in fall of 2019 must be provided during registration.
- Registering your child for a camp for which they are not age-eligible will result in a cancellation of your registration and refund of fees.
- The SM&NC does not issue refunds unless a class is cancelled. Emergency situations will be considered at the SM&NC’s discretion. Please register carefully.
Have questions? Call 203.977.6521.
Summer Camp FAQs
Can I hold a spot without payment? Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Due to demand, we cannot hold spots. Payment is not needed to place your child on a waitlist for a full session.
I have registered my child for a session and now he/she cannot attend. Can I get a refund? The SM&NC does not typically issue refunds, so we recommend registering carefully. If your child cannot attend a session that he/she is registered for, we may be able to apply payment to another open session for that child or his/her sibling. If your child cannot attend another session and we can fill the spot off of our waitlist, we will refund payment minus a $30 cancellation fee.
My child is sick/injured/we have an emergency situation and cannot attend. Can I get a refund? If your child has an illness or injury that prevents him/her from attending most of or an entire camp session or your family has an emergency situation that prevents attendance, we may be able to offer you a credit towards future programs. Please contact Camp Director Lisa Monachelli at email@example.com.
I registered my child for one session but would like to switch to another. Is that possible? If there is space open in another session that your child would be eligible for, we can switch payments to that session. Parents would be responsible for any additional payments for the new session should the cost not be the same. We cannot switch campers to sessions that are full. Session switches must be completed at least 1 week before the start date of the respective camp session.
My child is on a waitlist. Will you open additional spots? It depends on the camp. For Heckscher Farmers & Chefs and WILD Kids camps, the maximum is 12 and additional spots will not be added. Depending on staffing, we can occasionally open additional spots in other camps. Also, if we have campers that can no longer attend a session, we will fill open spaces from the waitlist in order. If you are one of the first on the waitlist, there is a reasonable chance a space will open.If you are farther down on a waitlist, we suggest choosing another session with us. Spots from waitlists are never guaranteed.
I want to make sure my child and her friend both get into a session. Can I register someone else’s child? You may only register children for whom you are a parent or guardian. For cases of temporary guardianship, such as Fresh Air Fund campers, please contact Camp Director Lisa Monachelli at firstname.lastname@example.org
My child is interested in a camp but is not in the correct grade for that camp. Can exceptions be made? For program success, we do not offer flexibility on grade ranges for camps, except in cases where a camper is the same age as his/her peers in the camp, even if they are not in the same grade. This may happen if a child started school late or skipped or was held back a grade. Please contact us to discuss your enrollment.
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center does not typically issue refunds for any Summer Camp programs outside of the initial 30-day period after full registration opens. However, due to recent events, we are amending our refund policy for the 2020 season only, as follows below. As we have a limited number of campers that we are enrolling this year and increased guidelines, it is more vital than ever that we have time to put rosters and staffing structures into place. We appreciate your support of our camp programs.
Beginning May 15, 2020, our policy for withdrawal and session switches for SM&NC Summer Camp programs will be as follows:
*Campers who are not eligible to attend a camp session due to incomplete paperwork will not be issued a refund or credit for time missed and are also ineligible to switch to another session. For the 2020 season, we are allowed to accept recently expired paperwork or last year’s medical forms if a child’s medical condition has not changed. If a child has a recent life-saving medication addition that was not present last year (i.e. a recent Epi Pen prescription) they must have new appropriate paperwork.
*Membership payments & T-shirt purchases made in conjunction with or due to summer camp registrations are non-refundable.
*Written withdrawal requests received prior to June 14, 2020, will be issued a full refund less a $30 cancellation fee per camper.
*Written withdrawal requests received after June 14, 2020 and prior to July 6, 2020, will be issued an account credit for the total tuition price paid less a $30 cancellation fee per camper.
*Written withdrawal requests received after July 6, 2020 and at least 1 week before the start of the respective camp session, will be issued a 100% credit to the account minus a $30 cancellation fee per camper ONLY if the spot can be filled from the waitlist. If the spot cannot be filled, a credit or refund cannot be issued.
*Written withdrawal requests received within 1 week before the start of the respective camp session or after a session has begun are not eligible for a refund or credit of any type unless deemed an emergency situation. These situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Camp Director.
*If a program or session is closed by the SM&NC, we will issue a full refund, without an administrative fee.
*Campers who are out due to illness, whether kept home by parents or deemed ineligible due to CDC guidelines (temperature, etc.), will not be eligible for refunds or credits.
*Written requests for a switch to another camp session either within the same camp or in another camp program will be accommodated providing that there is space in the desired program, the camper is age- eligible for that program, and the request is made at least 7 days before the start of the session from which you wish to switch. A $30 administrative fee will be assessed for each re-registration.
*Written requests for a switch to another camp session either within the same camp or in another camp program received within 7 days of or after the start of the session from which you wish to switch will not be accommodated unless deemed an emergency situation. These situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Camp Director.
*If any program is cancelled by the SM&NC, in full or in part, a refund will be issued equal to the tuition for the cancelled portion without an administrative fee.
Any credits issued will be placed in the household’s account and may be used by anyone in that immediate household. Credits are non-transferrable. Credits may be used for any SM&NC program or activity and will be good through March 2022, which will allow for registration for summer camp 2021 and 2022. We reserve the right to change this policy, with notice, should the current situation change. If you have any questions concerning this policy, please contact the Camp Director prior to registration.
Any credits issued will be placed in the household’s account and may be used by anyone in that immediate household. Credits are non-transferrable. Credits may be used for any SM&NC program or activity and will be good for 1 year from date of issue. If you have any questions concerning this policy, please contact the Camp Director prior to registration.
I have registered my child(ren) for camp. What do they need? Please refer to the parent information sheet for your registered camp(s) for more information on your camp.
My child’s friend is also registered for camp. Can they be in the same group? For all camps but Wild at Art, we only have one group of campers per session. If you have a child in the Wild at Art Camp you may list the name of one friend on his/her camp forms. Parents of both children must make the request. We cannot guarantee requests but will do our best to accommodate them.
Who are your camp staff? All of our camps are headed by full-time SM&NC education staff. Our Wild at Art Camp is taught by many of our regular preschool teachers, our Art & Nature, Heckscher Farmers, Heckscher Chefs, and Explorers Camps are headed by our year-round educators. We do hire in some seasonal support staff for camps and employ interns and volunteers. Paid staff are minimum of college-age and volunteers are minimum age of 15.
What are the camp staff–to-camper ratios? For Wild at Art, Heckscher Farmers, WILD Art & Nature, and Explorers Adventure camp we have an approximate 1:5 staff to camper ratio.
Are there changes to camp forms for the 2020 season? Yes, due to current events, we have been given permission to accept recently expired medical forms as long as there have not been significant changes to your child’s medical history/medication needs. We can work with parents to determine what we may have on file or what may be valid. If there is a change to your child’s medical history, if they are on new or changed medication, or if forms are more than 1 year expired, we reserve the right to ask for current/new forms.
Where do I find forms and how can I submit them? Forms can be found in the column to the right. You may also use medical forms from school or another camp, as long as they are signed by a doctor and within a three year period. Forms can be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com; can be dropped off in our main Museum Building (please ensure that you receive a receipt from staff) or can be mailed in (certified mail is recommended to ensure a receipt). We do not accept forms via fax this year, as they are often too difficult to read.
I have another medical form from my child’s school/other camp. Can I use this instead of yours? Yes, we will accept any medical form as long as it is complete, signed by your child’s doctor, and dated within three years of the last day of your child’s camp.
My child attends the Art, Nature, & Me preschool. Can I use his/her medical forms for camp too? Yes! As long as the form is valid within three years of your child’s last day of camp, we will be happy to pull medical forms to use for camp. You will still have to submit all other camp forms.
My child has a physical scheduled during the summer so I cannot submit his/her medical form yet. What do I do? All forms need to be on file before your child starts camp. If your child has a physical scheduled after a camp session begins, we ask that you submit your last physical form. This must be valid within three years of your child’s last day of camp. Campers cannot attend camp unless all forms are on file 1 week before their first day of camp.
We cannot submit a physical form due to religious exemption or contraindication. If you cannot submit a medical form due to religious exemption or contraindication, we must have notification of such submitted to camp. Please click here for information on State of CT regulations for exemptions to camp physicals and for needed notification forms.
What happens if my camper does not have all of his or her forms in a week before camp starts? Following CT camp regulations, we are required to prepare an individual care plan for all campers that have special health needs, medications, or disabilities. This care plan must be signed by camp staff, the camp director, and the camper’s parent. As a result, we are requiring all campers to have their camp forms submitted 1 week before the start of their first camp session. Campers that do not have all forms in or completed will not be allowed to start camp and no refunds or credits will be given for lost time. As a reminder, you are able to submit physical forms that are dated within three years, so if your child has a summer physical, you can submit last year’s form from the doctor.
My child has to come to camp with medication. Is that OK? While we do not have camp nurse on staff, we do have dedicated first aid staffers who are also trained to administer some medications. Staff are trained yearly in epipen administration and administration of general oral medications such as Benadryl and inhalers. These medications must be accompanied by the proper forms (which can be found here), must be unopened (in cases of Benadryl and such), not expired, and must have prescription and child’s name on the medication (as applicable). If your camper has medications that do not fall into these categories or if you have further questions, contact Camp Director Lisa Monachelli at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to discuss your camper’s needs.
As of 2019, the State of Connecticut also requires that we have a signed Individual Care Plan for any campers with medication or medical needs. This plan must be signed by our Camp Director, a child’s camp staff, and parents prior to a child beginning camp. To comply with this, all campers must have all forms on file 1 week before their first day of camp, whether or not they will need an Individual Care Plan.
Am I required to sign the photo release form? No, if you would prefer that your child(ren) not be photographed, you may omit signing/submission of the photo release form.
What happens if there is a positive COVID-19 test in a camp group? There will be many precautions in place to monitor health and safety of campers. If we should have a positive test in a group, all campers and staff will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to camp. Two negative tests will be required before a return to camp.