Camp FAQ
Camp FAQ
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Day Camp FAQ

Campers will be greeted by camp staff and are encouraged to join in high energy group games. Parents will be introduced to our Camp Facilitator and given some important information regarding the week.

The first day, we take some time to introduce the campers to their leaders and make them feel welcomed and excited to be at camp, as well as explain behavior expectations.

After that, Half-Day campers will all remain together with their camp directors for the rest of camp–they will learn their songs as well as play games and work on art projects. Half Day campers get picked up at 12:00.

On the first day, Full-Day campers can participate in an optional audition for roles in the show. THIS AUDITION IS NOT REQUIRED. Students who opt to not audition will still have plenty of performance opportunities as part of the show’s ensemble. Following the audition, students will begin to learn all of the singing, dancing, and acting that make up the performance.

In the morning, we also have a short snack time, where campers will be provided with a snack. Campers then come together at midday for lunch, games, & character building activities.

**ON FRIDAY: Half-Day campers are welcome to stay for the pizza party and be picked up at 12:30. They will return at 4:30 p.m. to get ready for the showcase at 5:00. Full-Day campers will stay for the entire afternoon through the showcase. There is no need to RSVP for the pizza party!

We find that at times, especially for younger campers, the first day can be a bit overwhelming. There are numerous people playing games with fun loud music playing. However, our staff is equipped to look out for children who may need encouragement to participate.

Staff may come over and try to engage your child in opening activities like dances or games or introduce them to other campers. Parents are welcome to stay through opening activities, but once campers break into groups, we’ve found that mom or dad’s presence sometimes makes a more difficult emotional break. Almost always, once campers see their classmates having a blast–they want to join in too! Please be assured that if your child is overly upset for an extended period of time, we will contact you.

Our leadership will be wearing a First Act summer camp staff shirt.

Full-Day campers will need to bring a sack lunch, and we recommend bringing a water bottle.

Half-Day campers do not need to bring lunch–they may bring a water bottle if they like.

Many of our campers are new to First Act Theatre Arts. We encourage a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere where kids will meet new friends. We also have awesome, energetic teen assistants who can assist in easing the transition.

We encourage comfortable dance and play-friendly clothing each day. Please encourage your kids to wear shoes with a back of some kind (please no flip flops). Tennis shoes are preferred.

Please let us know of allergies on your medical release form. We will also have you fill out our Allergy Action Plan which can be found on our forms page. Our staff will be alerted to the allergy and maintain a high level of awareness. Medication can be left with directions with the Camp Facilitator.

We do not have a nurse on staff. However, our directing teams and Camp Facilitators are first aid/CPR trained and certified.

You may receive a full refund of your registration fee (less a $25 processing fee) up to two weeks before the first day of camp. If you decide to withdraw from a camp less than two weeks before the first day of camp, we can offer you a credit towards a future First Act class or camp. 

Unfortunately, we cannot offer any credits/refunds/make-ups/pro-rated fees for missed days of camp. And, we will always be happy to switch you to a different week of camp at no cost if you need to swap weeks!

You can walk up and sign up at camp. However, many of our camps fill up so we encourage early registration.

Your child’s safety is our utmost concern. Each person hired by First Act has completed a background check, interview, and camp staff training. In addition to the adult camp artistic team and the teen assistants, there is also an adult Camp Facilitator for every camp.

You will be provided a contact cell number of your area’s Camp Facilitator in case of an emergency.

No. First Act Theatre Arts holds to Christian values of family, community, leadership, and positive encouragement. We welcome all kids of varying faiths, backgrounds, and beliefs.

First Act Theatre Arts openly welcomes all children with special needs, regardless of severity. Further, First Act proudly supports our HEART program (Helping to Encourage Awareness and Recognition in Theatre). Please let us know what we can do to help!  Before camp you will want to fill out the HEART application and camp support form. First Act will work with you to assist your child.  Please give us as much information as possible so we can make your child’s experience successful.

To see if your child qualifies for a new family scholarship, please reach out to our HEART coordinator, Josie, at heartcoordinator@firstactkc.org.

Overnight Camp FAQ

Our policy is HS campers must be ages 14 to 18 by the date of auditions or 19 and graduated high school in the spring.

Usually, campers are not allowed to leave camp. However, with prior permission for extreme circumstances, campers may be allowed to leave with a parent for a short period of time. Any camper who leaves without pre-approved permission from the First Act Executive Director AND Artistic Director will be dismissed from the remainder of camp.

A link to an online roommate request form will be sent out at a later date.

Campers stay at the MNU campus. There are 6-7 campers per suite (2 per room), and there are dressers and wardrobes available. Each suite has a private bathroom. Campers provide all linens. 

There are NO cell phones or technology allowed at Middle School Overnight Camp (including Apple Watches, tablets, etc.). Because of the variety of locations used on campus, high school campers must leave any electronic device (cell phone, ipod, laptops, etc.) in their dorms during the day. Cell phones will be available with staff members in case of emergencies.

A detailed packing list will be sent out several weeks before camp with specific information on what needs to be packed for the week. To get a head start, begin with clothes, sensible shoes, LOTS of deodorant, and a water bottle!

Yes! For both our Middle School and High School overnight camps we have a nurse on staff for the entire week. Our camp nurse stays on campus overnight and can be found at any point throughout the day for any medical need!

Any prescribed medication will be kept with our camp nurse for the course of the week. The nurse will be located in a specific location where campers can go in the AM or PM if they need to take medication. If your child needs more assistance with medication, please send us an email; we are here to help!

You will be provided a contact cell number of the Camp Facilitator in case of emergency.

Yes! The MNU Campus Security is present on campus throughout the week. We also do room checks each night at Middle and High School camp.

The dining staff at MNU is able to accommodate any food allergy or dietary need. In addition to prepared dishes, there are several ‘self-serve’ options where students with allergies or dietary preferences can make their own choices each day.