Summer Camp FAQs

What is the Daily Camp Schedule?

The camp day is 9 AM – 3 PM. Each day features the group coming together in the morning and afternoon with a variety of group and solo activities throughout the day. The full schedule for your student will be sent before camp begins.

What will my young actor do all day?

Daily activities vary by age group and camp theme/show. Activities include: warm-up exercises, theater and improvisation games, music and choreography rehearsal, self-filmed assignments, one-on-one coaching, crafts, and group work/rehearsals.

How much screen time is needed for Virtual Summer Camp? 

  • Camp meets Virtually from 9am-3pm, but screen time varies depending on the age group!
    • Grades K-5 – Screen Time: Approximately 2-4 hours per day. A schedule will be sent ahead of time. Each morning will start with a check-in and warm-up. Students will be called for rehearsal throughout the day, where they will play games, work on Physical Theater techniques, and rehearse scenes. The camp day will end with a closing activity. Optional screen-based activities will take place throughout the day to be joined at the caregiver’s discretion. These sessions include family games and activities, coaching sessions, and guided crafts.  
    • Grades 6-8 – Screen Time: Approximately 4 hours per day.  A schedule will be sent ahead of time. Each morning will start with a check-in and warm-up. Students will be called for rehearsal throughout the day, where they will play games, work on Physical Theater techniques, and rehearse scenes. The camp day will end with a closing activity. Optional screen-based activities will take place throughout the day to be joined at the caregiver’s discretion. These sessions include family games and activities, coaching sessions, and guided crafts.  

My student is getting tired of sitting at the computer all day, how are you addressing this?

We know that screen fatigue is high these days and we have planned our camp specifically with this concern in mind. Campers can expect to be online between 2 – 4 hours a day, but not consecutively. Teaching artists will work with the students for an hour or so and then give them a project that they can take off-screen and practice and rehearse and come back at an appointed time to showcase all they’ve learned and explored.

We are also creating audio-driven individual activities where students are given instruction through a sound file so that students can perform activities and do guided work without a screen. 

What supplies do I need for virtual Synetic summer camp?

All students will receive a Camp-in-a-Box. Everything you need for camp will be shipped to your door including art supplies, instructions, activity sheets, and scripts. 

When can I expect my Camp-In-A-Box?

All Camp-in-a-Box materials should arrive at least a week before your scheduled session. The Camp-in-a-Box delivery might be delayed if we have an incorrect address for you on file. If you’re not sure which address we have on file, please reach out to Camp Director Ashton Schaffer at ashton@synetictheater.org to verify your address. If you have not received your Camp-in-a-Box at least one week before camp, please contact Camp Director Ashton Schaffer.

What type of technology will I need access to for virtual camp?

Participation in virtual camp requires an internet-enabled device with access to a microphone and camera (desktop computer, laptop, iPad, tablet, or smart phone). Campers will mainly use Zoom. If other programs are needed, you will be notified before camp begins. Synetic will also offer tutorials on how to use all the technology needed for the camp. 

If I have multiple kids in virtual camp, can they share a screen?

If kids are in the same camp and group (Thespians or Young Artist), and you have purchased two camp packages, they can share a device, though we will send a Camp-in-a-Box for each sibling. Siblings who are in different aged camps will need to have access to separate devices, as camp sessions will overlap. 

I have one student in the Thespian group and one in the Young Artist group, how will that work?

We will be using breakout rooms on Zoom so that each group gets individualized and age-appropriate instruction. Both students will need their own screen to participate in these activities. Please contact us if this is not possible and we’d be happy to move around our groups in a way that will make screen sharing easier.

My child has a friend signed up for virtual camp? Can they be in the same camp?

Absolutely! Just sign them up for the same week and email us requesting that they be in the same group. As long as they are in the same age range for either our Young Artists or Thespians we will make sure they end up in the same group.  

Is there time to socialize and make friends at camp?

Yes! Community and ensemble work are a key part of the Synetic summer camp experience. Throughout the day students will have down time to socialize and work together and they will engage in group projects throughout each week. Students will have time to visit with old friends and make new ones. 

How do camps differ?

Synetic Remix is a one week camp where students work with the Teaching Artists to create an original performance piece based around the theme of the week. 

Synetic Classic is a two week camp where students rehearse and work on a pre-written script that will culminate in a sharing at the end of the second week.

How does camp start?

The parent/guardian will receive an email from Synetic each evening with their camper’s Zoom links for the next day. At the beginning of the camp day campers will log onto Zoom. There will be group work and a greeting with all students to start the day followed by breakout rooms and campers working with teachers. 

Will there be a final sharing at the end of the session?

Each camp will conduct a final sharing on the final camp day. Depending on the age group and content of camp, the final sharing will be a combination of pre-recorded materials, a live Zoom show, and a showcase of the art projects done throughout the week.  

If my child is uncomfortable with being on-screen can she participate without her camera?

Due to the physical nature of our summer camps we do ask that students have their cameras on while teaching is being done. This will help out teaching staff better give directions and notes and help students learn our technique easier. We will be recording all Zoom meetings for the safety of our Student and Teaching Artists, but these recordings will be archived privately and not made available to the public. We will make sure all students understand what is being recorded for the performance and what is just part of the rehearsal process. That said, if at any time during the camp, the student would like to take an on-camera break, they are welcome to turn off their camera.

How much parent involvement will be required for these camps?

This will vary on how you would like to approach Virtual Summer Camp with your student. We will teach and help the students log on to our Zoom platform and will have extra staff on call to assist with any issues that may occur.

During off screen time students should work independently on projects given to them by our teaching staff. Each activity will have detailed instructions so students can work on these projects independently, with the screen turned off, if they would like. If parents want, they can work on these projects with their student. Or if the student needs additional guidance, Synetic Teaching Artists will be available virtually to guide the students and answer any questions that they have. 

How do I sign up for classes?

You can sign up above by clicking the date you are interested in and registering online, or you can call us at 703-824-8060 ext 108 during regular business hours and speak with a member of our team.

How much does virtual camp cost?

  • Synetic Remix – one week camp – $250
  • Synetic Classic – two week camp – $500

What is your plan if schools in D.C, Maryland, or Virgina decide to start early next year?

We are currently monitoring the situation and are making decisions as they come. Should schools decide to begin earlier we will offer two options:

1 – Depending on the time this decision is made, we can switch you to an earlier session.

2 – Issue you a refund following our refund policy.

What are the possibilities of an in-person, socially-distant camp towards the end of the summer (should conditions allow)?

We are currently monitoring the situation and are making decisions as they come. It is for the safety of our staff, families and community that we have made the decision to move online. Should regulations deem it safe, and the limit on gatherings be lifted, we would be open to a discussion of a socially-distant camp. At the current moment we are putting all of our time and energy into making our virtual camps the best they can be!

What are my options if I choose to get a refund? When’s my deadline for deciding?

We are currently working on setting a date for requesting a refund. We do ask that you give us at least three weeks notice before the start of your session. Should you request a refund you have the following options:

1 – Donate the cost of of your camp purchase to help support our Synetic Staff, Teaching Artists and performers, or

2 – Take a patron credit that can be applied to future purchases and education offerings at Synetic Theater, or

3 – Request a full refund. This option could take up to 45 days to complete and will be sent via check to the address on file.

How are you addressing my child’s safety and security in an online environment?

  • Synetic Theater Teaching Artists are trained and experienced working with youth in after school and theater classroom settings. 
  •   Zoom and all other virtual platforms are closely moderated for appropriate behavior both during video interactions and in chats. Staff members will be present for and supervise all video sessions.
  •   Parent/guardian and student must sign the Code of Conduct in order to participate in the Virtual Summer Camp. Synetic Theater reserves the right to remove any student for violating our Code of Conduct policy.
  •   Synetic Theater will host an optional virtual training prior to the start of camp to answer any questions and walk parents through the technology used for camp. Parents/ guardians are also welcome to contact Synetic Theater staff via email or phone at any time during their student’s camp experience to address any issues or concerns.

Still have Questions?

Email Camp Director Ashton Schaffer at ashton@synetictheater.org