FAQs – Camps and Classes
Who leads the DreamWrights camps and classes?
Classes are led by Teaching Artists with classroom experience, practical expertise, and passion for their craft. Our Teaching Artists strive to provide a fun and engaging atmosphere where children can explore their curiosity, work together, and discover the magic of theatre and the arts. Click here to learn more about our Teaching Artists.
Who are the Camp Counselors?
DreamWrights Camp Counselors assist our Teaching Artists during summer camps. These counselors are teens (12-17) who have applied, interviewed, and trained for these volunteer positions. Counselors are not responsible for supervision or discipline of campers, but rather, they support camp activities and maintain the classroom spaces used for camps.
Do I/Does my child need experience to participate?
DreamWrights classes are designed for a wide range of experience levels. Classes are designed to provide an interactive and educational environment for those with little to no experience. It is recommended that younger campers have experience in a preschool/daycare setting, and be toilet-trained, prior to coming to DreamWrights. We also offer continuing education opportunities for adults.
My child has special needs. How will he/she be accommodated?
DreamWrights is proud of our accessibility efforts in all areas of our programming. Upon registration, we ask that you please describe your child’s needs, any medications or allergies, and whether or not the child will have a TSS/Behavioral Specialist present during class/camp. This information will be shared with your child’s Teaching Artist in advance of your child’s arrival. As possible, the Teaching Artist will structure class activities with accommodations for your child.
Where are the classes held?
Unless otherwise designated, camps and classes are held at DreamWrights (100 Carlisle Avenue in York, PA). Our family-friendly facility provides a perfect backdrop to create a fun and memorable environment for camps and classes. Convenient off-street parking is available on-site.
How many students are in each class?
Class sizes vary based on the theme. Classes range from 8 to 20 students and are carefully planned to ensure the most positive experience for the participants based on the activities presented.
What will my child learn?
Each camp and class is tailored to a specific theme and age group. Activities are custom-designed to align with the theme, while also encouraging children to develop critical thinking skills and foster their ability to work together. Our approach is designed to help children create relationships, build self-esteem and improve self-confidence – all while having fun!
How will my camper share what he/she has learned?
Most of the camps and classes culminate in a special performance or activity to share with parents/guardians at the end of the week. Information on those events is provided when applicable. Of course, our educators are also happy to discuss a child’s experience in a camp or class with parents at any time.
Do I need to pre-register?
Yes, we ask that all participants are pre-registered for camps and classes. This helps us ensure we have adequate materials for all participants. Classes and camps do have a maximum capacity to ensure we can provide the best-possible experience for participants. Early registrations are recommended, and a waitlist option is available for camps/classes that reach capacity. You can register directly on line or by calling the theatre at 717-848-8623.
Are parents required to be on-site during the class/camp?
No, parents are not required to be on-site during camps and classes. However, we do ask that you walk your child (if he/she is under 16 years of age) into the building for sign-in and out of the building at sign-out. Please DO NOT drop your child off in the parking lot if he/she is under 16 years of age. In order to create a highly focused and productive learning environment, parents are not permitted to observe during class.
What is DreamWrights’ early drop-off/late pick-up policy?
Class and camp attendees may arrive as early as 10 minutes prior to start time. We ask that attendees are picked up promptly at the conclusion of the camp or class. Attendees that arrive earlier than the 10 minutes are asked to wait with a parent/guardian until sign in.
A late fee of $5.00 per 15 minutes will be charged for late pick-ups. We kindly ask that parents/guardians call ahead if they will be late for pick-up, as appropriate arrangements will need to be made with DreamWrights staff.
What does tuition cover? Are there scholarship options?
Class and camp tuition varies based on the length and number of class sessions. Tuition fees help DreamWrights, a non-profit organization, cover a portion of the costs of producing the classes. Dream Scholarships provide full-week summer camp tuition and are awarded based on financial need. For more information, please click here.
What happens if I need to withdraw my camper? Do you offer refunds?
We offer 100% refunds within 30 days of camp/class start date and 50% within 2 weeks of start date. No refund is offered if you withdraw from a class or camp less than 2 weeks before start date (including during the camp or class term). If DreamWrights cancels a class/camp due to low enrollment, a full refund will be given.