Q: What are "Juniors" and "Seniors"?A: Juniors are elementary school age kids, rising 2nd through 5th graders Seniors are secondary age kids, rising 6th graders and up. For campers "on the cusp," between junior and senior, we will change their groups to keep friends together.
The group designation is more important in sports than in technology. Because of our individualized instruction, campers will learn what they are ready for and proceed at their own pace in either Junior or Senior technology. In sports, it is important to play with other kids the same age and size.
Q: Why can't my preschooler or kindergartner come to camp?A: Our program is appropriate only if campers know how to read, at least on a minimal level. Also, having been to first grade gives them the added socialization skills that are necessary for collaboration in the computer lab and teamwork on the field.
Q: What if my child requires special accommodations?A: Because of our 1:4 teaching ratio and the supportive nature of our staff, TIC has had success with children who have mild learning disabilities (dyslexia, ADD, ADHD). We have also served children with physical disabilities (e.g. deafness or spina bifida). However, our staff is not trained in special education. Therefore, parents of children with behavioral conditions which require very close supervision must, before submitting an application, discuss with us whether TIC is appropriate for their child.
Q: What is TIC's tax ID#?A: TIC's new tax ID# is 46-0767005. It is printed on every statement we send you.
Q: Is it possible to go half days or for only one week in a session?A: Not unless you are willing to pay for the whole session and only attend part. We don't recommend this, because you only experience our real "product" if you attend the full two weeks.
Q: Can I get a refund if my child decides not to come?A: Yes, until May 1, 2014, except for the nonrefundable deposit of $200 per camper per session. There are no tuition refunds after that date.
Q: Why can't my child play only basketball in the athletic half of the day?A: TIC is not a specialty sports camp. Our athletic program has always offered a variety of active sports, to exercise the body as well as the mind, and the wide choice of activities has always been very popular. For senior campers, basketball (or another favorite sport) can be requested as a daily one-hour "focus."
Q: Can I choose more than one tech option per session?A: No. We don't believe in superficial learning. Campers don't just get a "taste" of each technology. They learn to master one skill at a time by following through on a project of their own design. Campers may choose to do a different option in each TIC session they attend, or deepen their skills if they repeat a tech option in another session. Since the instruction is individualized, there is never any repetition— they learn only what they want or need at any point. Our advanced web designers who have taken many of our different tech options, may learn to do true multimedia, combining different media in a web-based project.
Q: Why should my child take programming?A: We believe that programming is an essential part of learning to do anything really powerful and creative on the computer. The benefits are explained here. Many kids come to camp wanting to design "video games." That's what programming teaches! (Of course, game design is not the only thing one can do in programming.)
Q: Why must my child take programming before taking robotics?A: In robotics, campers need some programming background to succeed, even though robotics also uses spatial reasoning and kinesthetic skills. Seniors who have a knowledge of C++ are able to do the most advanced projects.
Q: What if my child isn't into or doesn't like sports?A: Don't be intimidated by the word "sports." We just want to get the kids moving and expose them to a wide array of activities, including traditional and non-traditional sports. There is something for everyone, and we make sure both experienced and reluctant athletes are happy. Most kids who have had a negative team experience thrive at TIC because we make it FUN! We also offer plenty of indoor games which can include dance, yoga, four square, gymnastics, Zumba, and lots of crazy games.
Q: Why—unlike other activities during sports—do tennis and drama cost extra?A: There are extra rentals involved in providing these options, and our capacities are limited.
Q: Why can't my child take more than one extra cost option in the same session?A: Drama and tennis may conflict with each other in the schedule.
Q: How does TIC deal with bullying?A: Bullying is not tolerated at TIC. Our staff are trained to be alert to any evidence of bullying. A camper who bullies other campers is sent to the office and parents are called. Depending on the severity of the incident, the camper may be asked to leave camp, with no refund of tuition.
WHY DOES TIC ROCK?
"Staff seemed to really engage the kids - and can accommodate their interests and experience."
"My son loved everything about camp. He was a little apprehensive going in by himself but came home the first day energized and excited!"
"The counselors were fantastic. Really helped our son both learn and feel accepted."
"My sports averse son had fun in athletics! He especially liked film and now has the whole family acting in a new movie project. The counselors were both knowledgeable and enthusiastic."
"Our son was warmly welcomed as a first time camper, and he felt comfortable instantly. He also learned some basic programming in a fun, creative environment. We appreciated the balance achieved between the tech and sports. Your counselors were all terrific."