July 8-12, 6:30-9pm
for kids entering 2nd-6th grades
Welcome to Creative Arts Camp — a weeklong, evening event in Clarksburg, Maryland where kids experience Art, Drama, Music & Cooking in hands-on ways. Participants will create original works of ART using mixed media, engage in full-body storytelling through DRAMA & MUSIC, and learn COOKING skills by preparing take-home snacks and a full meal to serve their parents.
The whole week culminates in a special kid-crafted FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER THEATER for the children's guests of honor. Art, Music & Drama Majors showcase their original artwork, songs and theatrics… while the Cooking Majors serve up the meal they prepped all week!
This camp is open to kids entering grades 2-6 in the fall.
This camp is open to kids entering grades 2-6 in the fall. The cost is $75 per child. Use the button below to register. Registration opens Wednesday, April 3.
the camp is full at this time... to be added to the waitlist, click the link below.
While kids will experience all four creative arts throughout the week, each participant must choose one in which to “major.” Their major will be their primary focus throughout the week, while still participating in the other arts. Cooking is available to incoming 4th-6th graders.
Below is a basic overview of each of the four Creative Arts Majors:
DRAMA - The theater is where you don’t need much to tell a great story. Using just 3 boxes—a costume box, a theater box, and a boom box—Drama Majors will use their whole bodies to perform dramatic stories with characters, actions, and emotions.
MUSIC - Is there any more powerful storyteller than our music? Throughout history, music has been a transporter, a change-agent, a deeper-truth-reminder, a strength-giver, a call to dance. Music Majors will explore sound and music in all its richness, learning how to make music by using their bodies as instruments.
ART - For an artist, any material can be arranged to show and tell a good story. Exploring a wide range of mixed mediums, kids will create one original work of art using a variety of eclectic materials.
COOKING - Our food not only tells stories in itself, but also provides the context for sharing stories: the dinner table. This week, cooking majors will learn to follow instructions each step of the way as they prepare a dinner for 300 guests! This major is open to incoming 4th-6th graders.
Each day kids will check-in at the right side of the church and connect with their crew leader and small group of peers who share the same major. Here’s what the camp schedule will look like during the week before Friday Night’s Dinner Theater:
Big Stage Intro
Big Stage Finale
What should kids wear?
Kids should come dressed for plenty of active learning, working with food, as well as art projects that will involve paint... Creative Arts Camp is definitely an environment where spills can happen, so you’ll want to come dressed accordingly.
Will there be any snacks served?
While kids will sometimes create tasty snacks in the cooking room for take home at the end of the night, there is no set “snack time” included in the schedule. You will want to be sure that kids have eaten dinner before arriving at camp.
With kids working directly with food each day, what about food allergies?
It is possible that your child will come in contact with common food allergens during these classes. We are unable to accommodate all food allergies and sensitivities on a camp-wide level due to the complexity and variety of allergies. Upon request, we can provide a recipe list for all dishes and snacks that will be prepared by the campers a week before camp starts.
How will check-in and pick-up work?
Doors will open at 6:15PM each day. Kids will check-in at the right side of the building. At this time, adult guardians will be given a receipt with a number that matches their child’s nametag. Kids will then be escorted into the Big Stage room to connect with their crew leader and small group of kids in the same “major.” Parents should plan to return a little before 9PM to pick up their children, who will be seated at a round table in the Big Stage Room. A matching receipt will be needed in order to pick them up.
How are volunteers screened?
Kids’ safety is our first priority for this event. All volunteers receive training for their role working with kids, and all volunteers over the age of 18 must submit to a background check before joining the team.
I see this event is offered at a church—is all this really a Bible camp in disguise?
The primary focus of this camp is for kids to experience great stories through creative arts. Along the way, we’ll be drawing stories and principles from many different sources, the Bible being one of them. Because all those serving in the camp attend Cedarbrook Church, the values we share as Christ-followers will guide how we treat one another. His example also gives us a deep love and respect for all people—wherever we may be in our spiritual journey—since we recognize we are all in this together. You can learn more of what Cedarbrook is all about here.
What happens if my child becomes sick, hurt, or uncooperative?
We ask all parents/guardians for emergency contact information so camp staff can alert you promptly to the situation. In this event, you may be asked to return so you can pick up your child or work with our team to reinforce positive behavior.
Can I have one more ticket to Friday’s dinner so I can bring Aunt Sally?
We’d love to have Aunt Sally join us, too. The reason we cannot add more guests is that we simply do not have the capacity to seat and feed any more people than our facility and cooking majors can accommodate. We have done our very best this year to expand our “per family” ticket count to 3, and we are excited that more people are able to attend this year than in earlier years.
Will there be childcare offered for Friday night?
Yes. Childcare for infants-grade 1 kids will be offered during the dinner theater. We are happy to offer this for free, but do require you to reserve your spot ahead of time. This allows us to ensure our nurseries are well staffed to provide the best care possible. You will have an opportunity to reserve childcare early in the week of camp.
How can I stay in the loop on what’s happening during camp week?
You will receive an email before the week of camp from our camp directors that will go over any need-to-know items. During the week of camp, daily emails will go out with highlights and important reminders. Because we are always working to improve this custom-built camp, we love hearing your stories, feedback, or questions. Our door is always open to your family, so you are welcome to contact us at any time.
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