FAQs and Parent Handbook
We look forward to welcoming you and your child to ACA! To learn more about up-to-date information about ACA's programs, policies, mission and daily operations, please read our Parent/Guardian Handbook (Revised for 2021)
** Please consult our Parent/Guardian Handbook for our updated Summer 2021 camp policies and procedures **
If you don't see the answer to your question, please email us anytime at , or call (781) 648-6220 during office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm).
Will my child be with other kids of the same age? Can I make a special friend request?
Campers will spend each week in small groups (no more than 10 children) of the same age. Groups will enjoy age-appropriate projects and activities. We are happy to honor friend requests whenever possible - if your child would like to be grouped with a friend or sibling, please inform us when you register or at least two weeks before the camp week begins. ***We are not able to accommodate friend requests made less than two weeks before camp begins!
What forms and paperwork do I need to submit?
Please use the list of Required Camp Forms located on the Policies & Forms page. You will find our Emergency Contact and Medical Forms, as well as any required COVID-19 forms. In addition, we require a copy of your child's most recent immunization record. You will also find an Allergy Action Plan (if needed).
What should I bring?
For all our programs, please send your child with a labeled backpack, water bottle, face mask and required art supplies, as applicable (find required supplies lists at our Policies and Forms page). For our full day programs, please send your camper with one lunch and two snacks, as well as an extra set of clothes. For Teen Studio, please send one nut-free snack and a water bottle with your child's first and last name. Please leave valuables at home. Cell phones and other electronics may not be used during camp hours, and should only be sent with campers, with explicit written parental permission and for emergency/special use only.
Do the kids get outdoors and have physical activity during the day?
Our full-day campers enjoy a good amount of physical activity and outdoor time - it's summer after all! Each day, campers will receive at least two half-hour outdoor periods to play games and run around. In their cohorts, campers will also have mealtimes outside, as possible.
How will I know what my child is doing in camp each week?
Before the start of each weekly session, you will receive a detailed welcome email from our Education & Programs Manager or Camp Director, outlining our projects and activities for the week. On Thursday of each week, you will receive our camp newsletter with a description of our activities and a slideshow of the campers in action. We strive to get a photo of every camper if we can! We will also send a survey at the end of each week, where you can share you and your child's experience of the week. We'd love to get your feedback, and value your input!
How do I sign up for Extended Day?
ACA will not be offering Extended Day services during the 2021 camp season.
I forgot/was unable to pick up my child's artwork on Friday. Can I still come and pick up their work?
ACA asks that parents pick up any remaining artwork within two weeks of the end of the camp program for which their child was enrolled. ACA is not responsible for any artwork that has not been picked up within two weeks after the end of a given camp program. ***Parents should contact the ACA office at (781)-648-6220 to schedule a time to pick up their camper's artwork.
How do I sign up?
To register by phone: call (781) 648-6220
Is Scholarship Assistance Available?
Limited Scholarships are available, based on financial need. Complete scholarship information and application are available here. Scholarship assistance is supported in part by Watertown Savings Bank, Winchester Savings Bank, and by individual contributions. Please consider donating to ACA's scholarship fund!
What is your camp Refund Policy?
A $50 fee applies to all cancellations
*four weeks or more before camp week begins: full refund less cancellation fee
*two weeks or more before camp week begins: 50% refund less cancellation fee
*less than two weeks before camp begins: no refund
If you don't see the answer to your question, please email us anytime at , or call (781) 648-6220 during office hours, 9am-5pm.