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 educators 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 partner educators.
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.
What experience does my child need?
DreamWrights camps and classes are designed for children of all experience levels. Classes are designed to provide an interactive and educational environment for those with little to no experience as well as nurture those who already have experience in the arts.
For camps/classes, it is recommended that younger campers have experience in a preschool/daycare setting, and be toilet-trained, prior to coming to DreamWrights.
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 the camp week. This information will be shared with your child’s Teaching Artist in advance of your child’s camp(s), and the TA will structure camp 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. During 2017, our 20th anniversary construction summer, some camps may be held across the parking lot at St Matthew Lutheran Church.
How many children are in each class?
Class sizes vary based on the theme. Classes range from 5 to 25 students and are carefully planned to ensure the most positive experience for the participants based on the activities presented. Camps with 25 students have 2 instructors and at least 1 Camp Counselor.
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 a blast!
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 in to the theatre – 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.
Due to construction, we have limited space for parents/guardians to wait in the building.
What is DreamWrights’ early drop-off/late pick-up policy?
Full day camps are held from 9AM-4PM, half-day morning camps from 9AM-12PM, and half-day afternoon camps from 1PM-4PM. Campers may arrive to camp no earlier than 8:50 AM and leave no later than 12PM or 4PM (the end time of their camp).
If a camper arrives earlier than 8:50 AM, we ask that the camper wait with a parent/ until 8:50 to 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 are going to be late for pick-up, as appropriate arrangements will need to be made with DreamWrights staff.
What does camp tuition cover? Are there scholarship options?
Class and camp fees vary based on the theme, class duration, etc. These fees help DreamWrights, a non-profit organization, cover a portion of the costs of producing the classes as well as the materials provided.
Dream Scholarships provide full-week 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 camp less than 2 weeks before start date (including during the camp). If DreamWrights cancels a class/camp due to low enrollment, a full refund will be given.
Who do I contact if I am interested in becoming a part of the teaching team?
DreamWrights is always in search of qualified teaching artists to join our team. Please send in a resume and cover letter to DreamWrights – 100 Carlisle Ave, York, PA 17401 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate the age groups with which you have experience and what areas you would be interested in teaching. Drama, Acting, Performance, Dance, Technical, and Early Childhood positions are available.