Circus Summer Camp Registration is Open!

Circus Arts Conservatory Summer Camp 2020

COVID-19 Updates 6.24.2020

On May 22, Governor DeSantis opened Florida to begin youth recreational activities and camps.  For several weeks, the CAC has been waiting for guidelines, regulations and protocols from local entities such as the Sarasota County Health Dept. and the Sarasota County Parks & Recreations Dept while thoroughly reviewing recommendations from the American Camp Association, the CDC and the American Youth Circus Organization as it relates to Summer Camp. We have worked hard behind the scenes in countless conversations to find out as much as we could to be ready to open and serve our families.

After careful review of available information relating to the impact of the spread of COVID-19, with an abundance of caution and as a result of the extensive planning and preparations that need to take place, we are planning to open Circus Summer Camp sessions after June 26, 2020. We committed to having camp this summer if we were allowed to do so and only if CAC  can be the safest summer program for your child. We are discussing everything from health screenings upon arrival to minimizing group sizes,  disinfecting the facilities regularly as well as how to properly engage in circus activities with safe distancing and much more. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to provide a safe, fun summer for our campers, families and staff.  

While we are experts in the Circus Arts, we listen to the experts in public health; CAC staff need time to prepare our facilities and programs to meet the recommendations for best practices that are ever changing in response to the Coronavirus. It is also important to recognize that no program can reduce all risk of contracting COVID-19. The only way to ensure that a person does not contract the virus is to stay home. Once an individual leaves home to go to the grocery store, go to work, or for any other activity, there is a real chance that they could contract or spread the COVID-19 virus. CAC aims to reduce the risk to the best of its abilities while maintaining a level of operation that allows for circus activities. Staff, students, and individuals who enter CAC must understand and agree to the risks associated with the spread of the virus, acknowledging that CAC cannot eliminate all risk. Therefore, only persons who have accepted this risk by signing a liability waiver will be permitted entry to CAC.  

We look forward to welcoming you back into our Sailor Circus arena and for Circus Summer Camp after June 26, 2020.  Visit CircusArts.org frequently for updates.  THANK YOU for your patience and support.

If summer camp can open as of July 6, at minimum, the following protocols are being put in place and subject to change as appropriate:

  • All campers will be required to report any flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms, and have daily infrared temperature checks administered by staff leadership before entering the camp facility. If a camper is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or has a temp above 100° (CDC guidelines) the camper will not be able to participate in camp until symptoms diminish and/or a doctor’s note is presented.
  • Overall camp size will be scaled down to fewer campers enrolled in each session and group sizes will also be scaled down to minimize student interaction 
  • Out-of-state campers or campers not within CAC’s geographical region, MAY not be permitted to attend or MAY be required to quarantine based on guidelines in place at the time of camp session.
  • All campers will be dropped off and picked up in a carline fashion similar to school drop-off or pick up.  No parents or guardians will be allowed inside the arena facility, no exceptions.
  • Group circus acts or acts including multiple students meant to work together in close contact may not be included.
  • Friday “Showcase Performances” will be eliminated and only if technically possible modified to virtual presentations.

We are putting the following measures in place for the safety and well being of staff, volunteers, campers, and families

  • Frequent hand washing breaks during the day.
  • Assigning campers to the same groups & circus equipment for the duration of session.
  • Sanitizing all communal spaces, and equipment daily.
  • Communal meeting spaces and large group gatherings will be scaled to a minimum, and maintain 6 ft distance whenever possible.

The Circus Arts Conservatory reserves the right to cancel or modify any planned program, camp session or scheduled class due to insufficient enrollment, in which case, refunds or credit toward future programming will be processed. 

Refunds may be requested up to 10 days prior to the start of the camp session and a $50 admin fee will be deducted. After 10 days there will not be any refunds.

HOW TO REGISTER GUIDE

Camp registration is NOT COMPLETE
until the google registration form (link sent in your receipt email) is filled out for all children. Paying does not guarantee a spot.

DESCRIPTION

Ages 6-15 Years Old  (Your child must have completed kindergarten by the start of camp.)  

Monday-Friday 9am-3pm 

Sessions sell out quickly so reserve your child’s spot in Circus Summer Camp Now!

  • Circus Summer Campers learn a variety of circus arts including: triple and single trapeze, globes, silks, Rolla Bolla, hula hoop, low wire, clowning, flying trapeze, juggling, and much more!
  • Circus Summer Campers enjoy a truly unique experience where they learn circus arts disciplines.

A Typical Day begins with a warm up and group stretch, 1-2 warm up circus activities (like circus relay, low wire, unicycle, trampoline, hula hooping, or juggling) snack, showcase act rehearsal, lunch, theater games, arts and circus crafts, showcase act rehearsal, snack, check-out and group games, dismissal.

Field Trips:   Due to COVID 19 there will not be any field trips this year. 

Dress Code: Circus girls: leotards or one piece bathing suits with leggings or shorts to go over leotards; hair ties (hair must be up if long), closed-toe shoes and socks are preferred. Circus boys: tee shirts, gym shorts, briefs (no boxer shorts), sliders or leggings for aerialist, closed-toe shoes.

NEW THIS YEAR: The last Thursday and Friday of the session, girls are required to wear black leggings and boys wear black shorts. Campers are required to bring a yoga mat (preferred) or beach towel.

Summer Camp 2020 Session Dates

(Pre-Registration Required)

  • SESSION 1
  • Cancelled
  • 1 WEEK
  • $325
  • SESSION 2
  • Cancelled
  • 1 WEEK
  • $325
  • SESSION 3
  • Cancelled
  • 1 WEEK
  • $325
  • SESSION 4
  • Cancelled
  • 1 WEEK
  • $325
  • SESSION 5
  • JULY 6 – 10
  • 1 WEEK
  • $325
  • SESSION 6
  • JULY 13 – 24
  • 2 WEEK
  • $650
  • SESSION 7
  • JULY 27 – 31
  • 1 WEEK
  • $325
  • SESSION 8
  • AUGUST 3 – 7
  • 1 WEEK
  • $325
  • CAMP
  • 1 WEEK SESSION (Pre-registration Required)
  • $325
  • 2 WEEK SESSION (Pre-registration Required)
  • $650
  • BEFORE CARE
  • $25 PER WEEK (Pre-registration Required)
  • .
  • DROP IN – $10 PER DAY
  • (Subject to Availability)
  • AFTER CARE
  • $75 PER WEEK (Pre-registration Required)
  • (Max 25 Campers)
  • DROP IN – $30 PER DAY
  • (Subject to Availability)

OPEN IN MAPS!

LOCATION:  Sailor Circus Arena
2075 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota, FL 34239

• From Interstate 75- Take exit 210 heading West on Fruitville Rd/Historic Florida 780 W. Turn left (South) onto North Tuttle Avenue. Turn right (West) onto Bahia Vista Street. Our arena is located on the right with Parking available in the Sarasota High School parking lot adjacent to the east side of the building.

• From US 41/ North Tamiami Trail.- Turn onto Bahia Vista Street. Our arena is located on the left with Parking available in the Sarasota High School parking lot adjacent to the east side of the building.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the ages for Circus Summer Camp?

Ages 6-15 Years Old (Your child must have completed kindergarten by the start of camp.)

What are your Circus Summer Camp hours?

Monday-Friday 9am-3pm (drop off begins at 8:55am)

Where is Circus Summer Camp located?

In the newly renovated and air-conditioned Sailor Circus Arena located at 2075 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota, FL 34239.

Where do I drop off, pick up and park? Do I have to come in?

All campers will be dropped off and picked up in a carline fashion similar to school drop-off or pick up.  No parents or guardians will be allowed inside the arena facility, no exceptions. Children will be dropped off and picked up near the Sailor Circus ticket will-call booth. There will be camp staff there to direct you. 

Can I print out or pick up a registration form?

No, all registration is done online. Use the “How to Register for Summer Camp Guide” link on our website after March 1st.

Is the Sailor Circus arena air conditioned?

YES!!!

Do you have before care and aftercare?

Yes, the hours are 8-8:55 am for before care M-F; and 3:15-5:30pm for after care M-TH .

Space is limited. Enrollment is on a first come first served basis.

Before care is $25 for a 1 week session; $50 for a 2 week session.

After care is $75 for a 1 week session; $150 for a 2 week session.

A maximum of 12 children may be enrolled in Before Care and Aftercare so early registration is encouraged as drop-ins may not be available on all days. The only way to guarantee care is with the full session registration.

Do you have per day before care and after care prices?

Yes, before care is $10 and after care is $30.

A maximum of 12 children may be enrolled in Before Care and Aftercare so early registration is encouraged as drop-ins may not be available on all days. The only way to guarantee care is with the full session registration.

Do you offer discounts for siblings or multiple sessions?

No.

Can I register online?

Yes!! Use the “how to register for summer camp guide” link on our website (available starting March 10)

What should my child wear to circus camp?

Circus girls: leotards or one piece bathing suits with leggings or shorts to go over leotards; hair ties (hair must be up if long), closed-toe shoes and socks are preferred.  Circus boys: tee shirts, gym shorts, briefs (no boxer shorts), sliders or leggings for aerialist, closed-toe shoes.

The last Thursday and Friday, girls are required to wear black leggings and boys wear black shorts.

What should my child bring to camp every day?

A healthy lunch, two healthy snacks, a refillable water bottle with your child’s’ name on it.

Don’t forget to bring a smile too!

What should my child NOT wear or bring to camp?

1) We do not allow soda, gum or candy, cookies other junk food at camp. Please don’t  send it with your child.

2) ABSOLUTELY NO NUT PRODUCTS AT CAMP!!!!

3) NO pajamas, cargo shorts or jeans, flip flops, sandals or slippers

4) NO jewelry, or watches, or other valuables are allowed at camp

5) NO Electronics such as cell phones, laptops, mini computers, Ipods, MP3 players, money or checks, or portable game consoles.

Do you provide lunch?

No, campers should bring a healthy lunch to camp each day.

Do you provide snacks?

No, campers should bring two healthy snacks each day.

What are the dates and times of the Showcase Programs?

Due to Covid 19 there will be no in-person showcases. Families will receive a link to watch a video of their child’s performance when it becomes available.  

Are the Showcase Programs free to attend?

Due to Covid 19 there will be no in-person showcases. Families will receive a link to watch a video of their child’s performance when it becomes available.  

What is a typical day like at Circus Summer Camp?

A typical day begins with a warm up and group stretch, 1-2 warm up circus activities (like circus relay, low wire, unicycle, trampoline, hula hooping, or juggling) snack, showcase act rehearsal, lunch, theatre games, arts and circus crafts, showcase act rehearsal, snack, check-out and group games, dismissal

How are the students separated into groups?

The students are separated first by age into a HOME group where they will have 1 counselor and 2-3 junior counselors assisting them; and then by interest and ability into a SHOWCASE ACT group. Showcase acts groups will encompass all ages and have a lead trainer that may or may not be the same counselor as their home group counselor.

How does the camp place the students into their Showcase Act groups?

On the first day of camp we conduct a “round robin” and have the student try out each of the different acts that are offered for that session. The counselors evaluate each student at the end of the different events. The students are evaluated on their ability to take direction, natural talents, potential to learn, strength, prior circus or comparable experience, and general attitude. The students also provide us with their top 3 choices of acts at the end of the round robin experience. Based on the counselor recommendations and the student’s interest, we cast the acts for the showcase.

If my child does not make it into their top choice, will they still have a chance to practice that activity at camp?

Yes

Are there scheduled field trips?

Due to Covid 19 there will not be any field trips this year. 

Do you offer scholarships?

The application period for 2020 has passed.

Will there be a chance for campers to fly on the trapeze?

YES!

Can campers register to attend one week of a two-week session?

No, campers can only register to attend both weeks of a two-week session.

What is your camp refund policy?

Refunds may be requested up to 10 days prior to the start of the camp session and a $50 admin fee will be deducted. After 10 days there will not be any refunds.

Conditions of Registration

Enrollment

  • Campers are enrolled on a first-come, first-serve basis as per the date of receipt of the registration form and fees
  • Confirmation of enrollment and receipt will be sent via email through MindBody

Waiting List

  • When a session is full, you will have the option to enroll on a waiting list.
  • Family is notified via email / phone when space becomes available

Session Date Change

  • Session change requests are based on availability of spaces in camp
  • Session changes can be denied if they are not made 14-days in advance

Refunds

  • Please see our Policies and Procedures Tab

Medical Refund Policy

  • Please see our Policies and Procedures Tab

Release

  • Parents/Guardians are required to sign a “General Release” and a “Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement” prior to a Circus Summer Camper being admitted
  • Proof of insurance is required for all Circus Summer Campers
Policies and Procedures

TUITION COST
$325 for 1 week session
$650 for two week sessions

CAMP ENROLLMENT
Is secure once payment in full is collected and all forms are completed and returned to the Circus Arts Conservatory

REGISTRATION FEE
No Registration Fees

CAMP HOURS
Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3p.m. Campers should arrive between 8:50 a.m. & 9 a.m. and must be picked up by 3:15 p.m.

BEFORE AND AFTERCARE
Before care hours are 8:00AM – 8:55AM
$25 Per Week
Pre-registration required, space is limited.
Single day rates for before care- $10 per day. Subject to availability

Aftercare hours are 3:15 – 5:30PM
$75 Per Week
Snack included, 35 minutes of circus programming, movie time-schedule available upon request.
Single day rates for after care $30 per day. Subject to availability.   

ENROLLMENT
Campers are enrolled on a first come, first served basis as per the date of receipt of the registration application in Mindbody and the Google Registration Form. Confirmation of enrollment and receipt will be sent via email through MindBody.

WAITING LIST
When a camp session fills, you may enroll onto the waitlist through MindBody.  Applicants will be notified if space becomes available by email/phone. Tuition fees are not processed until applicants are placed in a session.

SESSION CHANGE / RESCHEDULING

Session change requests are based on the availability of spaces in camp. You may change your reservation in Mindbody up to 14  days prior to the session start date. If the session you’d like to move into has spaces available, please add your child(ren) to that session. If the session is full, please add your child(ren) to the waiting list. If you don’t get into the waitlisted session, a credit will be available on your account through the end of the summer. Any unused summer camp credits (purchase(s) ) will expire at the end of the summer. Refunds will not be processed for cancellations or schedule changes. 

REFUNDS

Refunds may be requested up to 10 days prior to the start of the camp session and a $50 admin fee will be deducted. After 10 days there will not be any refunds. Cancellation requests must be emailed to Tonia Bichler at Tonia@circusarts.org prior to May 1. 

There are no refunds for campers dismissed from the program due to disciplinary reasons, or for campers found with evidence of lice (see our lice/nit policy), or  for campers who choose to withdraw early from a program already in session 

MEDICAL REFUNDS

If a camper leaves due to an injury incurred at camp, a prorated portion of the tuition may be refunded. If a camper is injured prior to attending a scheduled session and it prohibits them from participating, we will consider a refund upon review of the doctor’s note.  A doctor’s note must be received prior to the start of the camp session in order to be considered for a refund.  Any tuition refunded will incur a $50 admin fee. Camp reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule without setting precedent.

RELEASE

Parents/Guardians are required to sign a general release and waiver of liability and indemnity agreement prior to camper being placed in a session. In addition to a release proof of insurance is required for all campers.

CAMP POLICIES

PARKING/ DROP OFF /PICK UP
Parking is located in the Sarasota High School Parking Lot (EAST of the Sailor Circus Arena).  Enter into the gate closest to Bahia Vista Street by the Circus Entrance Banner.  Do NOT drive your vehicle or park into any open gate.

SIGN IN / SIGN OUT
Parents/guardians must come inside to sign campers in and out every day. If someone other than the you (parent/guardian) is allowed to pick up your child, please list their name on the registration form under who is authorized to pick up this camper? ID may be required for pick up.

VISITORS
Circus camp is a closed space and we do not allow parents or guests to spectate during the training times.  Parents/Guardians/Visitors are not permitted to stay during camp session time.  

SNACKS

  • Campers need to bring two healthy snacks per day.
  • Bring a water bottle to refill during the day.

LUNCH

  • Campers must bring their own lunch.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO PEANUT BUTTER AT CAMP! Parents, please refrain from packing peanut butter sandwiches, other nut products in your children’s lunches.
  • Campers need healthy lunches to supply them with enough energy to excel. Please send your child to camp with a good protein source and fruit and/or vegetables.
  • We do not allow soda, gum or candy, cookies other junk food at camp. Please don’t send it with the students.
  • We do not a have a microwave to heat lunches

ATTIRE

  • Campers should wear clothing that is easy to move in and appropriate for being upside down.
  • Circus girls should wear leotards or one piece bathing suits with leggings or shorts to go over leotards; hair ties (hair must be up if long), closed toed shoes and socks are preferred.
  • Circus boys should wear tee shirts, gym shorts, briefs (no boxer shorts), sliders or leggings for aerialist, and close toed shoes.
  • Girl campers must wear black leggings and boy campers must wear black shorts during the last two days of each session.
  • NO pajamas, cargo shorts or jeans, flip flops, sandals or slippers
  • Foot protection is very important at camp. Crocs are a perfect example for camp shoes.

PERSONAL ITEMS

  • NO jewelry, watches, or other valuables are allowed at camp
  • NO Electronics such as cell phones, laptops, mini computers, Ipods, MP3 players, e-readers, money or checks, and portable game consoles.
  • We do not have secure lockers for personal storage. The CAC is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items brought to camp.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • Personal hygiene is very important for health and our safety. Body to body contact inevitably leads to spreading of germs so keep your child’s body clean.
  • All cuts or open wounds must be covered with a bandage.
  • Campers may  not share clothes, hair ties, combs or hair brushes.
  • Campers may not share drinking containers.
  • Campers must wash their hands often and use the hand sanitizers  located throughout the facility.
  • We do our best to keep the facility and equipment clean with regular sanitary maintenance. We ask our campers follow do the same.

CODE OF CONDUCT

  • All campers will adhere to the full values contract below. Full Values Contract is a verbal agreement within a group to try, support, and encourage everyone to achieve their personal best.
  • The F.V.C. is used to secure the bonds of teamwork, perseverance, and dedication in a learning environment.
  • We will ask the campers to abide by the following philosophy: “I will try everything and be respectful to my instructors; I will try everything and support and encourage myself and my friends; I will model this behavior all the time because I am a leader by example”.
  • Parents please discuss examples of good behavior with your children to aid in the cohesion and flow of camp functions.
  • The consequence for not adhering to this policy is removal from camp activities, removal from the showcase or dismissal from camp.
  • Bullying will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

SHOWCASE DETAILS – 

  • Due to COVID 19 we are not able to provide showcases for 2020 camp sessions. Showcases may be taped and emailed to families if production allows.
  • On the final day of the camp session, we will end the camp experience with a showcase at 3:30 p.m. for friends and family. 
  • Doors will open at 3:00PM.
  • Parents may take photos of campers in costume from 3-3:30. The show will last approximately 45 minutes.  Beyond immediate family, we ask for a small donation of  $5 to support the outreach programs that operate throughout the year.
  • A limited summer menu in will be offered in our concession stand.
  • Camp merchandise will be available for purchase.
  • After the show, campers will need to change out of their costumes.
How To Register Camp 2020

For more information, contact us at 941.355.9335 ext. 326.

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