Summer Programs

**Registration NOW OPEN**

Register HERE for 2017 Summer Camp

2017 Summer Dates: June 26 - August 18

The Mary and Frances Youth Center offers summer programming for rising first through ninth graders through two programs:

  • Lobs & Lessons camps offer tennis, swimming, outdoor adventure games and healthy lifestyle activities.
  • Discovery is a fun, challenging and creative middle school program offering a variety of in-depth experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts and health sciences. 

General Information/Schedule

  • Weeklong, full-day camps for rising first through ninth graders.
  • Breakfast and hot lunch are included for all interested participants.
  • Participant drop-off and pick-up is at the Mary and Frances Youth Center. Transportation is not provided. View map and parking information.

Breakfast and Lunch

The MFYC partners with FeedMore to provide a breakfast and lunch for each child participating in the summer program. Meals are ordered in advance for the entire summer, which is why it is important for you to tell us if your child will eat a meal we provide, or bring his or her own. If your child is a selective eater, please consider providing their lunch. Menus will be available in June.

  • Breakfast consists of white milk, fruit cup and grain (pop-tart, muffin, cereal, etc)
  • Hot lunch consists of chocolate milk, fruit/vegetable and meat (baked chicken, mac & cheese, tuna salad, chef’s salad, beef tacos, etc); cold lunch (sandwiches) is provided on Friday.
  • Discovery ONLY: Lunch is not available for full-day Discovery classes, but breakfast is available.
  • Your child has three meal options: 1) receive both breakfast and lunch at camp, 2) receive either breakfast or lunch at camp, or 3) bring own lunch to camp.
  • If you order a meal, it will be provided for the entire week. Children will not have the option to pick and choose which days they will eat the meal we provide.

2017 Scholarship Application

There are two types of scholarships are available:

  • Individual Scholarship: Parent pays $25 for a one-week camp
  • Partner Scholarship: Parent pays half of the registration fee for a one-week camp

Scholarship applications will not be considered until online registration is complete and the scholarship application with all appropriate attachments have been submitted.

  • Only one scholarship will be awarded per child, per camp.

  • A child may apply for a scholarship for both Lobs & Lessons and Discovery. 

  • For Discovery, a child may only receive a scholarship for one of the four weeks of camp.
  • Once a scholarship application has been received, families will be notified within two weeks as to the status of their application.
  • Once a scholarship is awarded, families will have two weeks to submit the full payment.
  • Discovery Participants: If you choose Healthy Lifestyles, there will be an additional $15 fee for the extended day. This fee is considered part of your full payment and is due within two weeks of being awarded. This fee can be mailed or dropped off in person.

Download the scholarship application‌ (PDF)

Payment Policy (Non-Scholarship)

  • A $25 deposit is required when registering to hold your child's spot in camp.
  • You will have two weeks from the date you registered to make the remaining payment.
  • If payment is not received, you will be notified via e-mail and your child will move to the wait list for the camp they are registered for.
  • If you are on the wait list, we will notify you as soon as possible if a spot opens up in camp. If you accept the spot, you have two weeks from date of acceptance to make payment.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

  • Cancellation notification must be submitted in writing.
  • Cancellation notification received prior to June 12 will receive a full refund less the $25 deposit.
  • Cancellation notification received after June 12 but two weeks prior to the beginning of camp, will receive a 50% refund, less the $25 deposit.
  • Cancellation notifications received less than two weeks prior to the beginning of camp will not receive a refund.
  • Refunds will be issued 30-45 days after the receipt of the cancellation notification.
  • Cancellation notification may be faxed, mailed, submitted in person or emailed to discovery@vcu.edu.

Curbside Pick-up

We heard you loud and clear and are excited to roll out our new curbside pick-up that is quick, convenient and hassle free! Like anything new, there may be bumps in the road so please be patient with this new process. We hope this enhancement will reduce the challenges of parking on campus and increase the speed of sign-outs. 

  • Youth may be dropped off in front of the Youth Center each morning. Sign-in by a parent is not required, however parents are welcome to walk in with their children.
  • Curbside pick-up will be first-come, first-served and only available for cars parked on Linden Street, in the spots marked on the side of the Youth Center.
  • Time frame for Lobs & Lessons is 3:45 to 4 p.m. and 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 to 5 p.m. for Discovery; if the time frame has expired, park and come inside.
  • Staff will approach the passenger window to check ID and obtain signature, then your child will be released.

A few things to keep in mind if using curbside pick-up:

  • If you are parked across the street, we will not walk to your car for sign-out.
  • During the time frames above, the designated curbside spaces are zoned for pick-up only, not parking.
  • Follow traffic rules as it is a public street - do not double park or wait for a spot.
  • Staff will not approach cars in the street, only cars in the marked spots.

When do I need to park and come inside?

  • If the driver is not on the sign-out list or has no ID, a phone call will need to be made; park and come inside.
  • If you need to converse with staff, park and come inside.
  • Late fees still apply according to our policy, so if a spot is not available, park and come inside.

 

Summer Programs are supported by VCU Recreational Sports and VCU University Relations.

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