Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get in touch during camp hours?
Call 650-469-3409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can the campers take home builds?
Call 650-469-3409 or email email@example.com
What do the material fees cover?
In camps where kids make brick films, extra costs include getting the completed movie to the children as well as tools for movie making. In other camps, students will take home fun builds. Material fees are due on the first day of camp. Cash or check is the preferred form of payment. We can also receive payment via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or we can process credit card transactions over the phone.
Who are the BrainVyne instructors?
Our lead instructors are credentialed and experienced teachers who typically work with pre-school, elementary, and middle school children. They have college degrees, teaching credentials and training, experience working in accredited schools, and undergo thorough background checks. Our assistant instructors are college students with growing experience working with children or performing. Please check out our team biographies.
What should kids wear?
Kids should wear clothes that are comfortable for indoor activities and outdoor play.
How are instructors trained?
Instructors attend LEGO® Education training workshops, hands-on build training with the BrainVyne curriculum, operations, child safety, and equipment.
My child has a food or medical allergy or special need. How will you accommodate him/her and ensure his/her safety?
All BrainVyne instructors and CITs are trained in child safety. Instructors are trained in food and medical healthy, safety, and operating procedures. These operating procedures include isolation of dangerous foods from sensitive children and standard instructions to campers when in the presence of children with food and medical considerations. During camp, children with food or medical considerations are supervised at the beginning of each recess, snack, and lunch break to ensure their safety. We strive to avoid food issues by running nut free camps for the safety and comfort of all children.
What are the camp hours and what happens during these camp hours?
Camp hours are 9:00 AM -12:00 Noon for half-day camps and 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM for full-day camps. Every day begins with circle time and an overview of the days activities, including opportunities for creative free-building using loose LEGO®. Then campers go through two structured LEGO® builds (one for half-day camps), with a break for lunch that includes outside play. The structured LEGO® builds are topic-specific as advertised in the camp description.
Robotics camps involve starter instructions on computer usage, games to understand the basics of Scratch programming and introduction to robotics.
What is the late pickup policy?
Campers will have had a full and exciting day by pickup time, and so we advise prompt pickup. Pickup times are at 3:00 p.m. or any time between 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for campers who stay in after-care. There is a five minute grace period after the camp ends for children to be picked up. Since we like our instructors to also get back to their families at the end of the camp day, after the five minute grace period, parents will be charged $1/minute for late pickup. Please call 650-469-3409 if you have an emergency and cannot pick your child up on time.
What is your lost and found policy?
We are at the specified location From Monday at 8:00 a.m. to Friday at 6:00 p.m. Any items that are left behind when we vacate the camp premises on Friday at 6:00 p.m. will be donated to Goodwill. On a daily basis, please be sure to pick up your children's jackets, shoes, lunch boxes, and any other personal items.
Who are CITs?
CITs are Counselors-In-Training. They are local high school students who work with us for community service hours and work experience in summer camps. We have a rigorous interview and selection process to hire motivated and talented students to join our team. They add immense value to a camper's experience. We do not employ CITs in the spring break camps.
What is the daily schedule?
Click here to view the half- and full- day schedules.
What are after-care hours? Is after-care included in the camp price?
After-care hours are 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. After-care is available for an extra fee. Check registration page for pricing.
Can campers bring along their own LEGO®s or toys to camp?
We serve 20-25 kids in each camp. For a smooth flow, we request that campers do not bring anything but their imagination to camp.
Since spring break camps are multi-age camps with K-5 students how are they grouped for activities?
All the spring break campers are physically situated in a large classroom, but broken down into small age-based groups that work and play together for enhanced fun. Please notify us, when you register, of any siblings or friends attending camp, so we can be sure to partner campers appropriately. We also pay close attention to camper ability in terms of comfort with LEGO® builds and ensure campers are grouped appropriately for stellar camper experiences.
In which room is the camp held at each venue?
A week prior to the camp start date, registered campers will receive notification of exact classroom locations.
Do you offer sibling discounts?
We offer a $50 discount when you sign up one or more children within the same family for 3+ weeks off full day camp. Some examples: one child can enroll in three weeks of full day camp, or one child can enroll for two weeks of full day camp while a sibling signs up for one week. No sibling discounts are available for camps offered in partnership with Enjoy!, ICC, or other recreation departments.
What is your Tax ID # and can I claim summer camps fees as child and dependent care expenses?
Our Tax ID # is 46-3763899. For more information check out IRS Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. This publication is available at www.irs.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).