you have questions… we have answers!
These are *good-to-know* for our in-person camps. We’ve got a whole other set for our online programs.
And if you can’t find what you need below, or if you’d like help with scheduling… just email us (and please include specifics)! Think of it as your CJ Camp Concierge.
how does curious jane camp work?
At Curious Jane, the experience is all about building confidence through making things. In other words… thinking with your hands!
Our campers are actively working on projects for the main portion of each day.
We have a wide variety of class themes – revolving around science + engineering + design – with different themes designed for different age groups.
Depending on the location, we have options for rising K-1st graders, 2nd-3rd graders and 4th-6th graders. Rising 7th-9th graders can join us for our CIT (counselor in training) studio program.
Choose your location, your week(s), and your theme(s)… and you’re ready for some serious summer fun!
who is it for?
For Summer 2021, most in-person locations are all-girls programs, while select locations as well as *all* online programs are open to everyone.
We group by age, and offer options for rising K-1st, 2nd-3rd and 4th-6th grades.
All-Girls Locations: Berkeley Carroll, ISB, Gowanus Worlspace (Brooklyn)
Locations Open to All: Graland School (Denver) as well as all online programs.
(This is as-of Feb 1! More locations coming soon.)
Curious Jane started in 2009 as an all-girls program with class themes revolving around what we now know as STEM subjects. It remained an all-girls program through summer 2019. In 2020, with the move to the online space, Curious Jane welcomed *all* students in virtual programing, and it was wonderful.
The question of Curious Jane “for girls” or “open to all” is one we consider constantly and thoughtfully.
We are delighted to include everyone in our project-making in some areas. We are appreciative of the all-girls environment as a place of confidence-building. And we are respectful of families who specifically look to Curious Jane as an all-girls spacee for their daughters. We also support all-boys spaces, we just don’t run them.
These things considered, our all-girls programming is offered at our continuing camp locations. And our events, online classes, and options at new locations are open to all students.
what is the daily schedule?
The camp day is 9am – 3:30pm. We do offer extended-day options at most locations.
Camp is a full-week experience, so we don’t offer drop-in days or pro-rated weeks. The camp week is designed as a full arc from start to finish. And we always end Friday with a Museum Tour for campers to share their projects with each other!
A typical day looks like this ––
9:00 – drop-off and welcome activity
9:30-10:30 – project time
10:30-10:45 – healthy snack break
10:45-12:15 – project time
12:15-1:00 – lunch break and outdoor play
1:00-2:00 – project time
2:00-3:00 – all-camp collaborative activity
3:30pm – wind down, pack up, pick-up
Campers bring their own lunches and water bottle, and we provide snacks. We don’t take field trips or go off-site; we are *way* to busy making things! And we don’t have swimming, but when it’s super hot, we may have water play!
who is leading it? who is behind it?
Leading CJ at Camp
We create amazing staff groups for each Curious Jane location. The Director ovesees camp; Instructors lead the classes, and Counselors assist in a thousand ways.
Our staff is all-female, and we extend our mission of building confidence, providing leadership opportunities, and inviting creative collaboration to all ages.
Directors have backgrounds in education, and have been part of the Curious Jane community for multiple summers. They know camp from the ground up and bring a wealth of experience with them.
Instructors also have (or are earning) degrees in education, and are fun, creative and ready to lead *and* learn.
Counselors are college-age students who have strong experience working with children.
Each staff team represents a spectrum of backgrounds, experiences and personalities. It’s the CJ way!
Behind CJ Year Round
We’re a small, strong team. Samantha, our Founder, coordinates all the moving parts and connects everything together – she has 20 years all-girls and camp experience. Elissa, our Super-Creative Director, oversees project design and content pacckaging. Alia, our Director of Camps and Programming, creates the curriculum, hires the staff teams, and oversees summer operations. She has her background in international education, and – even at her young age! – has spent 14 years with Curious Jane. Lauren, our Director of Denver Operations, has been with us almost as long! She translates everything CJ to the Colorado community, and grows our programs out west.
what about health and safety?
Camper health and safety is always the top priority at camp. We keep the setting safe so we can focus on the fun!
For summer 2021, we are diligently following safety protocols specifically designed for COVID.
• We have a reduced classroom size to ensure proper social distancing.
• All classrooms are well-ventilated and cleaned daily.
• We observe mask mandates as advised.
• All staff are tested prior to camp starting.
• All campers and staff complete and daily health questionairre and temperature check.
• Campers work from individual supply boxes and collaborative activities are limited.
• We require any positive testing to be reported. We immediately notifyy families and observe contact tracing.
what is the cost? do you have scholarships?
Weekly cost varies by location due to different classroom rental rates in different areas.
Brooklyn locations are $595/week.
Manhattan locations are $645/week.
Denver locations are $485/week full day, and $285/week half day.
Online CA/MP is $350/week and includes supply shipment.
The deposit to reserve your space is $100/week and is non-refundable. Any additional payments made are refundable before June 1. Balances are due June 1, and after that date, no refunds can be made.
• In the event that in-person camps are cancelled due to reasons outside our control (such as shut-down mandates), we will transfer your deposit to online programming or hold it on your account as a credit.
• In the event that Curious Jane cancels a program due to enrollment, refunds will be honored.
• If a family needs to cancel or change weeks, we will apply any payments to new programs if available.
While we don’t have a formal scholarship or financial aid package, we do try to work with families on an individual basis to help make it possible to attend.
Our business has been greatly impacted by COVID, so our 2021 budget is not what it typically is, however, we encourage you to email us – and provide as much information as you can – if you are in need of a tuition reduction.
what if i have a credit from summer 2020?
First and foremost, thank you for staying with us. Your support has allowed us to be here, to offer programs for 2021. We are deeply appreciative.
Now the logistics… let’s get you your credit!
We have switched registration systems to offer a smoother experience for our families, and we have your credit on file.
Email us (that’s email@example.com) and let us know you’re ready for us to transfer your credit to our Sawyer registration system. We’ll get you all set up and send the credit notification as a gift card, via email.
When you sign up for camp, the credit will apply automatically at check out. Any un-used credit will remain on your account, and you can use it any time, for any CJ offering.
how do i sign up? (new and easy!)
We’ve moved to a simpler system to allow you to sign-up and check-out directly from our site.
Head over to our camp registration page. Scroll the full set of options or use the location filter to find the specific ones you’re looking for. You can register for multiple weeks (or multiple) children at once.
what is the deadline?
Registration is open and rolling. However, we have limited weeks this summer due to COVID pre-cautions and thoughtful re-opening. We recommend registering sooner rather than later.
And if you need to switch locations, dates or classes, we can always help you with that on our end. As long as space is available, we’ll make the transfer.
can i be in the same group as a friend?
Absolutely! Just sign up for the same week, same class and you will be together.
You can also list your friend in the “friend request” field at registration, so we have a heads-up.
what if my schedule changes?
Email us with your child’s name, and any details about scheduling conflict or changes – we’ll make the switch and / or send you options.
This entire year has proved life to be a series of curves and swerves. And Curious Jane is always committed to working with families in the best way we can.
If you need to switch weeks or classes, change from in-persom to online (or vice versa) or have an issue of greater impact… please be in touch. We can help and make changes on our end, to lessen the scheduling strain. As long as their is availability, we can be nimble.
how can i reach you?
There are two of us, Alia and Samantha, working on an individual basis with each family, so please do be patient, and thank you in advance!
You can also call 718.369.6320. Please know we are often working remotely, and email will bring a faster response.
Email also allows us to have an incredibly useful path of communication, so that as each of us replies, we can access your camp account for details, and have a clear picture of everything we need to know for your family, specifically.
We are good spirited, optimistic, and excited about what we have designed. And we are also deeply impacted by COVID 19. We are receiveing a lot of undertstanding and support from our families, and we are grateful!
what about middle school students (counselors-in-training)?!
Right now, we are not able to offer our CIT program as it typcially runs. We are sad! We know this is a disappointment to families – and limited classroom capacity, plus significant business impact, currently do not allow us to offer this for 2021.
IF THINGS CHANGE, we will open it up!
IN THE MEAN TIME, we do know that middle school students are ready to leave the screens, get out of the house, make fun stuff and learn leadership skills. We are parents too and we understand.
NEW THIS YEAR, we are dedicating our Gowanus, Brooklyn workspace to a new type of CIT program… it’s C.I.T. STUDiO… a cool combination of making, learning, and leading our virtual campers at the end of each week, right from CJ headquarters.
If we do open CIT weeks at camp locations, and you’d like to transfer an existing STUDiO week registration, we will be happy to do so.
what about high school students (junior counselors)?
In truth, our staff spots are extremely limited. We have limited capacity in the classrooms for health and safety measures, and work standards require that our counselors are 18-years and older.
In typical summers, we are able to welcome *more* staff, including junior counselors, in a variety of positions at camp.
This summer, we have to staff counselors and instructors first. And we may not have avilability for junior counselors.
We will keep the hiring section of our site update, as well as this question box.
But we do have an idea! If your high school student is interested in leading her own projects, with young students she knows in her neighborhood or family, have her email us! We can help support ennterprising high-schoolers with project packs for her own small pod.