Frequently Asked Questions
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What time does camp start and end?

Students should arrive between 8:30 am and 9 am daily for camp. Camp ends at 4 pm; however, after-care is available until 5:30 pm.

What is after-care and can I still purchase days?

After-care is an extended day service for families who need additional time in picking up their child. After-care runs from 4 pm - 5:30 pm and is available for an additional fee of $10/day per child. If you'd like to purchase after-care days or need to amend the days you paid for during registration, email us at classes@mymsic.org.

 

Where will camp be held? 

Camp includes an exciting, hands-on mix of indoor activities and experiments, and outdoor exploration and learning! Campers will meet daily at MSiC's new home at 1211 Porter Street, Richmond, VA 23224 (Central United Methodist Church). Each camp is designed for field studies. Instructors will take precautions and embark on these outdoor excursions - weather permitting.

How will students be transported to field visits?

A van (with air-conditioning) will transport students to and from destinations for outdoor exploration.

When will outdoor activities be cancelled?

Outdoor activities will be cancelled and lessons will move indoors given the following conditions:

  • As recommended by the National Weather Service

  • If lightning is forecasted or observed

  • If extreme heat is forecasted or observed

What's the pick-up/drop-off process?

Please follow the below instructions to drop off and pick up your child from camp (also view our map with details here):

 

  1. Enter the double-rowed parking lot for Central United Methodist Church from Porter Street between W 13th and W 14th (look for Central's sign at the entrance).

  2. At the end of the parking lot, turn right into the alley.

  3. An MSiC volunteer or administrator will be standing at the end of the alley to assist with a safe drop-off and pick-up process.

  4. Once you've dropped off or picked up your child, turn left onto W 13th Street.

 

IMPORTANT: Please do not drop your child off on Porter Street or W 13th Street. Also, please do not park along W 13th Street to avoid congestion and for a safer drop-off/pick-up process. 

IMPORTANT: Any adults listed on the registration will be listed as authorized to pick up your camper (and will need to present a photo ID). Please email us at classes@mymsic.org to update this list or call/text us at 804-517-8160 (from 8:15 am - 5:30 pm on camp days) for immediate changes.

Who can pick up my child?

Anyone listed on your registration will be authorized to pick up your child. Please email us at classes@mymsic.org if you need to add additional names or amend the names listed on your registration. All students will need to be signed out with a photo ID and signature of the party picking them up. 

 

Please email us at classes@mymsic.org to update this list or call/text us at 804-517-8160 (from 8:15 am - 5:30 pm on camp days) for immediate changes.

Can I walk my child inside on the first camp day?

Absolutely! Come meet our staff and instructors, and see the inside of MSiC's new home on the first day of camp between 8:30 am - 9 am if you like! We ask that you please park in the double-rowed parking lot for Central United Methodist Church, located off Porter Street between W 13th and W 14th (look for Central's sign at the entrance). From there, just walk towards W 13th Street and enter through the ramped side entrance. Our MSiC staff and volunteers will be outside to greet you!

What clothes should my child wear?

Loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing is recommended. A light sweater will suffice indoors, if needed.

What shoes should my child wear?

As there will be outdoor activities, please expect your child's shoes to get muddy, dirty, and/or wet. All shoes worn for outdoor activities must be closed toe with hard soles. Any shoes that are comfy and provide adequate protection when walking are a great choice. Flip-flops and other open-toed shoes may be stored in a backpack and changed into for indoor activities.

What items should my child bring to camp?

The following items are highly recommended:

  • A full water bottle

  • Sunscreen

  • A healthy, energy-boosting lunch and two snacks

  • Any other necessary protection from outdoor elements for your child

What health and safety items will Camp Innovation provide?

We will have available for all campers at all times:

  • Chilled, bottled water 

  • COVID-safe masks

  • Hand sanitizer

What COVID-19 safety practices do you follow?

The MSiC follows all state and Richmond City guidelines for COVID safety. See the COVID-19 link in our main menu or click here for more information.

How can I reach an administrator during camp?

Call or text our STEM Program Manager, Calandra Moss, at 804-517-8160 (from 8:15 am - 5:30 pm on camp days).