Summer Programs

Our summer camps and classes are designed for maximum creative impact with trips to unexpected places and cool new activities. You’ll work with local artists, professionals, and teachers who are super excited to share what they love. We’ll get your body, mind, and creative juices flowing through yoga, healthy snacks, lots of movement, and hands-on projects. Get ready for creative adventure!

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.

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SCA Camp Safety Plan 2021

How is the SCA creating a safe and creative environment for campers this summer?

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 (listed below)


  • 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.


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

Small Group

  • Until further notice, camp registration will be limited to 12-14 campers with 2 adult supervisors (which includes an SCA Staff Member and/or Artist/Facilitator)


  • 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.  


  • 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, temperatures 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)


  • 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.

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 or another threat to safety.


  • 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.


  • The SCA will not provide transportation of any kind to campers for Summer 2021.


  • All SCA staff and artists will wear masks.
  • All campers are required to wear a mask, and must have nose and mouth covered entirely while in attendance. 
  • 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. In the rare case supplies would be shared, they will be sanitized between each use.

Preventative Education

  • As advised by the American Camp Association, all campers will receive an age-appropriate overview about 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.


  • 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. See refund information below.

Medical Assistance

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


  • 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 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.

Summer Camp Terms & Conditions

Camper Liability Waiver
I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and that the CDC and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing. I further acknowledge that the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. I further acknowledge that the SCA cannot guarantee that I or my camper will not become infected with COVID-19. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to and/or infected by COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, SCA staff, vendors, and other SCA patrons and their families.

I voluntarily seek summer camp opportunities provided by the SCA and acknowledge that I am increasing my camper’s risk to exposure to COVID-19. I acknowledge that I and my camper must comply with all set procedures to reduce the spread while attending any SCA summer camps.

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.

Cancellation and Refunds

In the event of a cancellation due to unmet camp minimums, no alternative dates will be announced for this camp and the SCA will automatically process patrons full refunds (minus processing fees). Please note: camp capacity is subject to change depending on local and state public health guidelines.

In the event of a cancellation outside of unmet camp minimums, the SCA will attempt to reschedule the camp date. If no alternative dates are announced, the SCA will issue Art Passes for the registration amount (minus fees) up to (60) days post-cancellation date upon patron request. After (60) Days, unclaimed Art Passes will be considered donations to the SCA. Please note: camp capacity is subject to change depending on local and state public health guidelines.

For patron-initiated cancellations, full refunds will be honored until (1) week prior to the scheduled camp date. Please contact

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