General

Why choose Camp Captivate summer camps?
  • S.T.E.A.M. focus
  • hands-on, project-based learning
  • differentiated instruction – 3 grade bands
  • experienced teachers
  • small overall camp
  • excellent staff to student ratios
  • great value

How do we get the materials for camp?

Class supplies are included in the cost of the camp. Since the materials are shared in 2022, there is no need to pick up a kit before camp.

What are the qualifications of the camp staff?
  • All of our camp teachers are experienced and most are credentialed. They possess a minimum of a BA or BS degree, while most have graduate degrees or certificates.
  • All staff members are fingerprinted and undergo a comprehensive background check.
  • The director and most teachers are CPR/First aid certified.
  • Camp assistants are college or high school students who have experience working with children. A teacher will be present at all times to supervise the campers and assistants.
What kind of technology is needed in the S.T.E.A.M. camp technology activities?
  • For all S.T.E.A.M. camps, some hardware or devices will be provided by Camp Captivate and we also allow students to bring a personal tablet (BYOD) for technology exploration days.
  • We will send out emails with the exact technological needs for each camp. Students who do not have their own devices will simply work in partners with another student and will not be excluded from learning opportunities.
As a parent, how will I know what my kids are learning about?

The camp director will send daily email updates with the highlights from camp.

How do I get my kid’s work from the week?

For all camps, all projects will go home in a bag on the final day of camp (Friday). These projects are filed in the bags throughout the week upon completion.

Is there a parent presentation?

Parents are welcome to join us for the final presentation during the last 30 minutes of camp on Friday. The slideshow will also be emailed to parents should you not be able to attend. This presentation will include a photo slide show of the events from the week, as well as kids sharing their “favorite activity” in the camp. This has been a really special time for kids to “show off” all that they have learned.

Campers

What are enrollment minimums for a camp to run?
  • There are camp size minimums, and camps may be cancelled should the minimum numbers not be met. The minimum camp size per program per week is 15 students for Explorers and STEAM Jr., and 10 students for STEAM Plus. In the event the minimum number is not met, campers will be notified by email and either a full refund will be issued or the student may transfer to another date if space is available at no extra cost.
  • The deadline for cancelling camp due to low enrollment is May 1, 2022. Should the minimum enrollment not be met by May 1, 2022, a full refund will be given.
What ages can attend your camps?
  • In general, we accept campers in ages 5 to 13, and campers must be at least 5 years old. We recommend that Kinders have completed transitional K or a full-day preschool program.
  • NOTE: We DO NOT accept 4-year-olds who are enrolled in a preschool program, but we would love to have them when they turn five. There are different licensing rules for children under 5. Thanks for understanding!
Will all the kids be together in mixed-age groups?
  • Children are grouped by age ranges (grade bands) in each of the three programs we offer.
  • Students typically stay with their own camp program, and eat lunch and do “recess” with their own group.
  • We will keep up to date on the Santa Clara Health Department recommendations to see whether “pods” (groups of 12) are recommended.
What is the camp ratio?
  • The ratio will not exceed 1:12 for Explorers.
  • The ratio will not exceed 1:14 for STEAM Jr.
  • The ratio will not exceed 1:16 for STEAM Plus.

Our ratios are typically much lower than the maximum numbers.

What should my child bring each day?

Please have your camper bring the following items each day:

  • snack
  • water bottle (with name on it)
  • lunch (in a labeled insulated lunch box with ice pack inside)
  • hat (optional, but recommended for outdoor activities)

NOTE: Please apply sunblock before camp, as we will be unable to apply it during camp. Please make sure your child knows how to apply sunblock for themselves.

Is there a camp T-shirt policy?
  • Students are required to wear the Camp Captivate T-shirt each day. Every child receives one complimentary camp T-shirt per week of camp and the shirt will be distributed on the first day of camp each week.
  • Camp Captivate T-shirts must be worn each day for the safety of the campers and additional shirts may be purchased for $12.
  • A limited number of “loaner shirts” may be available, but not guaranteed. It is highly recommended that parents purchase an additional shirt.
  • T-shirts are strictly enforced at school sites where more than one camp company may operate.
What should my child wear each day?

Comfortable clothing including the Camp Captivate T-shirt and sneakers (no sandals please). Be sure to apply sunblock before dropping them off at camp!

Do the campers get physical activity?

Yes, we have one hour of PE daily in all our programs. Students will also have outside play time at the playground and fields of the school facility.

Schedule/Location

Where is the camp located?

Holy Family School
4850 Pearl Ave
San Jose, CA 95136

St. Joseph’s Mountain View
1120 Miramonte Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94040

Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

What are the hours of the camp?
  • Camp hours are from 9 am to 3 pm.
  • Morning (AM) extended care can be added from 8 am to 9 am for an additional fee.
  • Afternoon (PM) extended care can be added from 3 pm to 5:30 pm for an additional fee.
  • There is also a “drop in” extended care option for parents.
What is your schedule change policy?

If a schedule change needs to be made after registration, and there is space in another week, every effort will be made to switch your child to the requested week.

What is the daily schedule?

Please see the page for each camp for a sample daily schedule.

Is there extended care available after camp?

Extended care is available to bridge the gap between the end of camp and the end of the parents’ work day. For 2022, extended care is 8:00 am to 9:00 am and from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Where do I drop off or pick up my child?
  • There will be a welcome table and signage to direct you to the correct room for drop off.
  • There will also be a sign in/out binder outside each classroom. The main teacher for each program will monitor the sign in/sign out process. You will also be reminded in the welcome email, which typically goes out a few days before the start of camp.

Medical / Food

How are you dealing with the COVID-19 situation?
  • Camp Captivate takes the safety and health of our community very seriously. We follow rigorous procedures and training which are based on recommendations of the American Camp Association, Center of Disease Control and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. We keep up on the most recent guidelines and publish a document with “our COVID 19 Strategy” as more information becomes available.
  • We are planning for in-person camps for the summer of 2022. We think this will be a viable option as students 5-12 are now eligible to be vaccinated.
How can you be better prepared to help children with allergies and/or asthma?

For children with allergies or asthma, please complete these forms with details about your child’s needs.

What is your Lunch Policy?
  • Please bring a labeled, insulated lunch box with ice pack inside.
  • Please do NOT pack items that contain nuts or nut products due to nut allergies. We are a “nut free” camp. There is no sharing of food! Note: there is no lunch service at our camp.

Financial

What is your refund policy?

Please review our refund policies.

Do you offer special deals, discounts, or promotions?

Yes. Click here for more information.

Do you offer grants?

We have a limited number of grants for students in need of financial assistance. Please contact us for more information.