Frequently Asked Questions

When does registration begin?

Online registration will begin on February 17th for all 2022 in-person Summer Camp programs.    

Registration is online only—no phone, email, or mail applications accepted. 


What is the schedule for McCarter’s in-person camps?


Camp runs Monday – Friday in four sessions: 

*Please note that the first two sessions of camp skip a Monday class. The cost of these sessions has been prorated accordingly.


Session 1: June 21 – July 1
Session 2: July 5-15
Session 3: July 18- 29
Session 4: August 1-12


What age groups are eligible to enroll in McCarter’s camp program?


McCarter’s 2022 summer camp serves campers ages 5-14.  

5-6-year-old camps run M-F from 9:30-12:30 pm 

7-14-year-old camps run M-F from 9:00-3:00 pm 


What is the enrollment capacity in each camp session?  


5-6-year-old camps have a maximum capacity of 12 campers.

7-14-year-old campshave a maximum capacity of 14 campers. 


Where will the camp sessions take place?   

Camp will take place at McCarter Theatre Center and the Lewis Center for the Arts. Both buildings are located on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. 


When is payment due?  

Payment is due at the time of registration.  We are unable to offer payment plans at this time, but information about scholarships and financial assistance is listed below.  


Can I apply for a scholarship or financial assistance?

Need-based scholarships and financial assistance are available to qualifying families. Please click here and complete the application. Email your materials to  A McCarter representative will reach out to you with the next steps once we've received your materials.  


Can I receive a full refund if I need to cancel a camp session?  

To receive a full refund, you must notify us by email ( two weeks prior to the start of the camp session. 


Will McCarter follow COVID-19 safety procedures?


Yes! All camps will follow COVID-19 safety procedures including mask-wearing, social distancing, daily health screenings, and hand sanitation. We thank you in advance for your cooperation with all safety procedures and requests. Parents will be required to fill out and submit an electronic daily health screening form each day their child attends camp. 

All students and staff are required to be fully vaccinated. This includes booster shots for those individuals who are eligible. 


Will there be a final performance for invited guests at the end of each session?

We will follow the CDC and NJ Health Department COVID-19 saftey recommendations and determine whether invited performances will be possible at that time.


Will my child eat their lunch at camp?


The 5-6-year-old camp runs from 9:30-12:30 pm. Campers are encouraged to bring a snack that doesn’t require refrigeration or heating.

7-14-year-old camps will run from 9:00-3:00 pm with a lunch break at noon. Campers should bring a bagged lunch that does not require refrigeration or heating.  


What should my child bring to camp? 

Camps will take place indoors in large rehearsal rooms. A layering sweatshirt is encouraged as the temperature in the rooms varies throughout the day. Sunscreen and bug spray should be applied before arriving at camp as lunch/snack will generally take place outdoors when the weather is nice. If your child needs to bring medication with them, please contact to discuss the details.   


When can I drop off and pick up my child from camp?   


Drop-off and pick-up for our 5-6-year-old camp will take place at 9:20-9:30 am and 12:30-12:40 pm. 

Drop-off and pick-up for our 7-14-year-old camps will take place at 8:50-9:00 am and 3:00-3:10 pm


Are you offering pre and post-camp care?

No. This summer we are not offering pre-care or post-care options.


What happens if a child or teaching artist contracts COVID-19?

If we learn that a camper or teaching artist has contracted COVID-19, we will notify the families involved and follow the current recommendations and guidelines given by the CDC and NJ Health Department.  If necessary, camps will be canceled and a prorated refund will be issued to the impacted families.


Who is teaching the McCarter in-person summer camp program?  

Each camp will be taught by a Lead Teaching Artist and an Assistant Teaching Artist. All Teaching Artists have experience working with young students and are exceptional artists and educators.   


Will you continue to offer virtual classes over the summer? 

No. We have paused our virtual offerings at this time to focus on our in-person classes.