CLASSES & PROGRAMS

The SCA is a longstanding community favorite for summer enrichment and exploration. Though our camps will operate a little differently this year to ensure camper and instructor safety, we promise it will be fun, playful, creative and original!

Please know that you and your child’s safety are of the utmost importance to us. In revising our summer programs, we have adhered to the best available practices from our local health department, state government, and national leaders in children’s summer programming.

All live-instruction camps are dependent on State guidelines. Should the State “dial back” gathering guidelines in the future we will comply. If this should happen, all impacted classes would be cancelled; patrons would receive e-notification and be refunded. To learn more about the SCA’s plans to facilitate safe and creative camps this summer please visit our FAQ section below.

Make art and make memories!

Welcome to the intersection of art, community, and joy: professional theatre, world-class concerts, films, exhibitions, education and outreach. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is a community sparkplug bringing people – and learners of all ages – together under one roof. 

Let your children experience the JOY of creativity this summer!  Inspired by the lush lakeshore environment that surrounds the Art Center, all of our classes include experiment-based art projects, multidisciplinary learning, outdoor kinesthetic activities, and healthy snacks to keep both mind and body active and creative.

july

07jul10:00 am12:30 pmThe Creative Outdoors with ODC + SCA: SoilAges: 5-1010:00 am - 12:30 pm

10jul9:00 am1:00 pmZagitek Clay CampAges: 7+9:00 am - 1:00 pm

13jul9:30 am12:30 pmCollective Voices (Ages 5-8)9:30 am - 12:30 pm

15jul9:30 am12:30 pmCollective Voices (Ages 9-12)9:30 am - 12:30 pm

21jul10:00 am12:30 pmThe Creative Outdoors with ODC + SCA: TreesAges: 5-1010:00 am - 12:30 pm

22jul9:00 am12:00 pmRoyal FlushAges: 7+9:00 am - 12:00 pm

30jul10:00 am1:00 pmCreative CharactersAges: 8+10:00 am - 1:00 pm

august

04aug10:00 am12:30 pmThe Creative Outdoors with ODC + SCA: WaterAges: 5-1010:00 am - 12:30 pm

10aug3:00 pm5:00 pmMusical Mindfulness with Musician Cameron Blake3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

15aug9:30 am12:30 pmHappy Greetings with Designer Lindsey Peterson9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual Camps

Participating in virtual camps is the safest way to participate in children’s programming this summer. By minimizing contact with other children and adults, there is little risk of contracting or spreading illness. Mini Maker supply boxes will be assembled in a disinfected area and distributed outside of the SCA on a designated pickup date.

Live-Instruction Camps

Program Launch and Registration

  • All live-instruction camps are dependent on State guidelines. Should the State “dial back” gathering guidelines in the future the SCA will comply. If this should happen, all impacted classes would be cancelled; patrons would receive e-notification and be refunded.
  • All parents and/or guardians will be asked to sign an agreement when registering their camper acknowledging our policies and expectations.

COVID – 19 Agreement

All live-instruction camps are dependent on State guidelines. Should the State “dial back” gathering guidelines in the future we will comply. If this should happen, all impacted classes would be cancelled; patrons would receive e-notification and be refunded.

If a camp runs, but a patron cancels their registration voluntarily within 14 days prior to the scheduled camp date, the SCA will retain 50% of registration costs. Patron-elected cancellations outside of the 14 days, will be honored in full or the patron may opt to donate their registration fees to the SCA for operating costs. If cancelling due to illness or requesting a refund/donation, please contact info@sc4a.org.

To learn more about the SCA’s plans for facilitating safe and creative camps this summer, please visit sc4a.org/classes-programs

Camper Expectation Agreement

Any child attending an SCA program is expected to be kind, safe and respectful at all times. By registering for an SCA camp you acknowledge the following:

The SCA is committed to a safe educational environment for all of our campers and staff, free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. We focus on redirecting any inappropriate behavior, as well as using positive narration to help encourage appropriate behavior. A very important part of our program is giving children the opportunity to learn how to get along in the world, enjoy being with other children, problem solve and follow the direction of an adult other than their parents. A caring and positive approach will be taken regarding behavior management and discipline.

The SCA has a zero tolerance policy for hitting, fighting, bullying, verbal threats, destruction of property, and elopement (leaving their group) during our program. If these behaviors are exhibited the SCA Instructors are trained to contact parents for immediate pick up depending on the severity of the incident.

Hygiene

  • Campers are expected to disinfect hands prior to entering the outdoor classroom.
  • Campers are asked to practice good respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes and will be reminded about good hygiene practices.

Restrooms

  • Indoor facilities, which will be routinely disinfected, will be available for camper use.
  • Signage regarding proper handwashing techniques will be prominently displayed.

Small Groups

  • Until further notice, camp registration will be limited to 10-12 campers with 2 adult supervisors (which includes an SCA Staff Member and/or Artist/Facilitator)

Temperature for Campers

  • Fever is the key indicator for young children. If a child’s temperature is above 100.4 degrees, the child will be excluded from camps.
  • Cough and/or diarrhea in addition to fever is suggestive of coronavirus.
  • When campers arrive a temperature check will be taken.
  • Parents and/or Guardians will be asked
    – Has your child been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? (If yes, the family should self-quarantine for 14 days.)
    – Has your child felt unwell in the last 3 days? (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste of smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, rash, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea)

Temperature for Staff 

  • When staff members arrive temperatures will be taken
  • Staff will be screened for fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste of smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
  • Staff arriving with fever above 100.4 or other symptoms must be sent home.

Snacks

  • If snacks are provided in the camp you registered for, they will be individually packaged and distributed. Food-sharing between campers is prohibited.
  • Campers should bring a water bottle that is clearly labeled with their name.

Open Air

  • All live-instruction camps will occur in an open-air setting. While most camps will take place under the pavilion at the SCA, campers may visit parks or other locations within walking distance.
  • For camps not held at the SCA, all policies listed therein will apply.
  • If in the event of a threat to camper or staff safety during a live-instruction camp, the SCA reserves the right to guide campers to temporary shelter, which may require a move indoors. Instances, where this may be warranted, are, but not limited to: sudden and inclement changes in weather, another threat, such as an active shooter or rouge vehicle, etc.

Spacing

  • Until further notice for outdoor activities, campers will be spaced at least 6ft apart.
  • When tables and chairs are utilized in our open-air classrooms, they will be routinely disinfected.

Transportation

  • The SCA will not provide transportation of any kind to campers for Summer 2020.

Masks

  • All SCA staff and artists will wear masks unless otherwise indicated by state guidelines.
  • All campers are encouraged to wear a mask, though not required.
  • We kindly ask that parents or guardians checking campers in-and-out of SCA camps wear masks to minimize possible transmission between adults.

Minimizing Contact

  • When deemed necessary, gloves will be provided for handling communal supplies.
  • Personal articles of clothing and lunches will be kept separate from fellow campers.
  • Anything touched during the course of a class/event/gathering (including supplies, tools, table surfaces, and chairs) will be wiped down with a disinfecting agent immediately after dismissal.
  • Whenever possible shared supplies will be limited.

 Preventative Education

  • As advised by the American Camp Association, all camps will receive an age-appropriate overview of practicing good hygiene in public spaces (like good hand washing and proper coughing techniques.)

Potential Exposure

  • If someone in your household has symptoms or it has been confirmed as a COVID-19 carrier we ask that you do not come to class to limit exposure. If possible we ask that you notify us so that we can be aware of any exposure that could have occurred.

  • If the SCA becomes aware of a staff or camper that tests positively for COVID-19, parents and legal guardians will be notified immediately about any potential contact their children may have had with suspected or confirmed cases.

Reporting Exposure

  • If a child, staff member, family member, or visitor to the SCA becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms, the SCA will contact the local health department for next steps.
  • Staff and families of children in camps are also required to report to the SCA if they become symptomatic or receive positive COVID-19 test results.

 Illness

  • If you, your child, or a member of your household displays signs of illness within 2 weeks prior to a scheduled camp date, we kindly ask that you do not attend out of an abundance of caution.

Medical Assistance

  • Each camp will have at least one instructor or staff member who is CPR/AED certified.

Weather

  • In the case of inclement weather, which includes lightning, heavy storms and/or heavy winds, families will be notified via email an hour prior to the camp. Camps will either be postponed until the weather clears or will be cancelled. Cancellations due to inclement weather will be refunded in full.
  • In the case of inclement weather during a camp in session, all campers will be escorted indoors following the best possible social distancing practices.

SCA / Staff, Camp Instructors, Artists and Interns (Joy Squad)

  • Per LARA and the Allegan County Health Department’s recommendations, all SCA Staff, Instructors, Aristis, and Interns agree to have a health screening upon arrival and have their temperatures taken.
  • If you are not feeling well, Joy Squad members are encouraged to stay at home.
  • Joy Squad members are encouraged to frequently and thoroughly wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, the SCA will provide alcohol-based hand rubs.
  • Joy Squad members should practice good respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes, and wear masks when at work with others.
  • Members are discouraged from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.
  • SCA Staff will notify parents, guardians, and potentially exposed Joy Squad members if we find that anyone who has come in contact with student(s) has been tested and is confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Members should report contact with anyone outside of work who has had a documented case of COVID-19. Staff should be instructed to self-quarantine if they have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Joy Squad members should immediately notify a fellow member if they become unwell while teaching and should isolate themselves immediately.
  • If illness in a camper is noticed or reported during a camp, the camper will be isolated from the group and their parents/guardians will be notified and advised to contact their primary care physician/medical provider.

What is the cancellation and refund policy for camps?

  • All live-instruction camps are dependent on State guidelines. Should the State “dial back” gathering guidelines in the future the SCA will comply. If this should happen, all impacted classes would be cancelled; patrons would receive e-notification and be refunded.
  • If a camp runs, but a patron cancels their registration voluntarily within 14 days prior to the scheduled camp date, the SCA will retain 50% of registration costs. Patron-elected cancellations outside of the 14 days, will be honored in full or the patron may opt to donate their registration fees to the SCA for operating costs. If cancelling due to illness or requesting a refund/donation, please contact info@sc4a.org.

 

Resources Informing SCA Policies

Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps – developed by the Center for Disease Control

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance to Reopen Workforce – developed by District Health Department #10 (Northern
Michigan) on Childcare Programs pgs. 53-55 and Outdoor Activity pgs. 44-46

The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide For Event Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic – developed by
the Event Safety Alliance, Edited by Steven A. Adelman

Camp Operations Guide 2020 – developed by the American Camp Association and YMCA of America

State of Michigan Executive Order 2020-96 – Section (Section VIII, Article 21) – Social Gathering <10

OSHA in their Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Guidelines for Safe Child Care Operations During COVID-19 – developed by LARA

State of Michigan Executive Order 2020-110

State of Michigan Executive Order 2020-120 – Camp Approval

 

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