Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’re new to McCarter Theatre Center or a long-time participant in our camps and classes, please take the time to review the important information below. Due to COVID-19, McCarter’s Summer Camp will look and run very differently than previous camps, and we want to make sure everyone is aware of the protocols and procedures before registering their child.

When does registration begin?

Online registration will begin on May 10 for all 2021 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 two sessions:
Session 1: June 28 - July 16  
Session 2: July 19 - August 6    

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

Campers who will be entering Grades 2 - 8 in September 2021. The classes will be grouped together by age: Grades 2 and 3, Grades 4 and 5, and Grades 6, 7, and 8.

Each age group has two camp-time options: 

Camp A: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Camp B: 12:30PM – 3:30PM   

How much does camp cost? 

Each session costs $850. Camps run for three hours per day, M-F in three-week sessions.

Can I sign up for both Camp A and Camp B in the same session?  

No. Due to limited space and high demand for our programs, campers can attend one camp session per day, either Camp A (from 9:00AM to 12:00PM) or Camp B (from 12:30PM to 3:30PM).  However, you can register your child for both sessions so they can spend the entire 6-weeks in camp!  

What is the enrollment capacity in each camp session? 

Each camp session has a maximum capacity of 12 campers. 

Where will the camp sessions take place?  

Camp will take place outdoors on McCarter’s lawn under large event tents separated by age group.  Indoor bathrooms will be available as needed.    

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 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 for a camp session, you must notify us by email ( 

Session 1 cancellation deadline is: June 14, 2021 
Session 2 cancellation deadline is:  July 5, 2021 


Cancellations after the two-week grace period will not be honored. 

Will McCarter follow COVID-19 safety procedures?  

Yes! All camps will follow COVID-19 safety procedures including mask-wearing, social distancing, daily health screenings, temperature checks, hand sanitation, and closed-class cohorts. 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.

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

This year, due to COVID-19 safety precautions, camps will not culminate in a final performance for invited guests.  

What happens to camp when it rains?  

In the event of anticipated inclement weather, the in-person camp will be cancelled and it will shift to a 90-minute virtual session.  Parents will receive an email regarding plans for cancellations the night before and information about how to access the virtual camp will be included. 

In the event of sudden inclement weather, students will be moved indoors until the weather has cleared. Social distancing and safety precautions will be followed.  

Can my child eat their lunch at camp?  

No. This summer there will not be time set aside to eat lunch.  If your child needs to have a snack during the 3-hour period, please contact to arrange that exception.  

What should my child bring to camp?  

Camp will be held outdoors under large event tents. Your child should bring a small mat, towel, or beach chair to sit on. They should also bring their own water bottle labeled with their name.  Sunscreen and bug spray should be applied before arriving at camp. 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?  

Campers in Camp A (which meets from 9:00AM - 12:00PM) can be dropped off no earlier than 8:50AM and picked up no later than 12:10PM.   

Campers in Camp B (which meets from 12:30PM – 3:30PM) can be dropped off no earlier than 12:20PM and picked up no later than 3:40PM.  

Are you offering pre and post-camp care?  

No. This summer we are not offering pre- 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, cancel the impacted camp, and issue a pro-rated refund for the remainder of the camp session.  

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. Additionally, all summer camp staff has successfully completed a criminal background check. 

Will you continue to offer virtual classes over the summer?

Yes! We are offering a series of online classes for students in Grades K-12 and adults throughout July and August.