FAQs



We know you have plenty of questions about Summer at LA. Below, we've endeavored to provide the answers.

Registration Questions

1. May I see the camp before I register?
Of course! We would love to show you around! Just give the office a call at 978-448-1610 or email the office to set up a tour!

2. Where and how do I register for your summer programs?
Beginning in February, click on the “Register Now” button and it will bring you to our registration page. It is a simple and easy process and our registration system walks you through it all step by step.

3. Is Financial Aid available?
Limited financial aid is available to some qualifying families. Please contact the camp office for an application.

4. Do you offer discounts?
Yes! We have an early bird discount for registering prior to March 15, 2017 and if you pay in full you will receive an extra 3% discount! We also have a 10% multi-week discount for those families who register for 6 or more weeks of camp. (given once per family).

5. Do you have a refund policy?
We have a deposit of $250 per camper, per camp due at the time of registration, $150 of this is non-refundable. The deposit is applied to your balance. Until March 15, 2017, this deposit is transferable to other camps if a camp switch is needed. May 1, 2017 is the final payment due date. After June 1, 2017 we do not issue any refunds or transfers for camp fee’s, transportation or Aftercare.

6. Do you camps usually fill?
Yes! Our camps are very popular and tend to fill quickly. Occasionally we open new camps as camps fill, or add extra spots when wait-lists get long.

7. What happens if a camp I want is already full?
If you choose, we will place you on a wait-list for that camp. Payment is not due until a spot opens in that camp. While we cannot guarantee that you will be pulled off of the wait-list, however in past years many families have been able to be accommodated.

8. Can I change camps I have registered for?
Prior to March 15, 2017, you can change camps with no penalty if space is available. Please contact the camp office to inquire about your specific needs. After March 15th, a $15 change fee is charged for each change made. All requests for changes must be confirmed in writing or by sending communication to camp email.

General Camp Questions

1. Do you provide lunch and snacks?
Yes. Daily morning snacks and lunches are provided by camp. Our lunch menu is available in early June and include hot and cold entrée selections, as well as veggies, fruits, water bottles, and desserts. Please notify the camp office in advance if your child has a food allergy or concern. We are a nut free facility.

2. Can I pack a lunch from home?
Due to being a nut free facility and for the safety of our campers, we ask that families do not pack lunches from home. If your child has a specific health or food allergy concern, please contact the office to discuss alternate food options.

3. Do you have an extended day offering?
Yes. We have both morning and afternoon extended care. We offer early AM Care from 7:15 – 8:45 AM Monday – Friday. Our LA Day Preschool Camp offers extended PM Care from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. For all other campers, PM Care is from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. .

4. Is transportation provided by the camp?
Yes. We offer two bus routes transporting campers to and from camp each day of the week. We have a pick up spot in Westford and one in Acton. Bus transportation is signed up by the week and you can use transportation for either the AM, PM or both.

5. What if my child does not want to participate in a particular activity?
We never force our campers to participate in anything they do not want to participate in. We will encourage and work with campers on all activities, however if they choose to sit out, we honor that as well.

6. What happens on rainy or bad weather days?
If it is just drizzling, most of our outdoor activities will continue as planned. Packing a raincoat on days with iffy weather is a good idea! If the rain is heavy or we have severe weather, we simply move all our outdoor fun indoors!

7. Do you have a camper discipline policy?
We do have a camper discipline policy. We have outlined and detailed this policy in our Parent Handbook. We believe in taking a positive approach to behavior management. We provide structure, engaging staff and praise for good behavior.

Specialty Camp Questions

1. Can my child participate in the extended day options?
Yes! Our extended day options are available to all campers.

2. Are lunch and snacks provided for trip camps?
Yes. Each morning before leaving on their daily trip, campers will make their lunches for the day. Each day the trip camps will depart campus with coolers with their lunches, snacks and water for the day.

3. Do specialty campers swim during the day?
Yes! All our camps, with the exception of our trip camps, have a swim time each day. Occasionally, our trip camps will be back early and have an opportunity to swim if they wish.

4. What should my camper bring to camp?
A specific camp packing list for your child’s specialty camp will be emailed to you prior to camp.

Counselor-in-Training Questions

1. How does the application process work?
The CIT application process involves two steps:

  • Completed camp online registration
  • A completed CIT application

CIT’s are accepted on a rolling basis and we only accept 15 CIT’s for each 4 week CIT session.

2. How many CIT’s are selected for each CIT Session?
15 CIT’s are selected for each CIT session.

3. Are CIT’s guaranteed to be hired as a Jr. Counselor when they are old enough to work at camp?
CITs must turn 16 by April 1st of the year they wish to be considered for employment. We have had many of our CITs become successful staff members, however we do not guarantee that prior CITs will be hired. When CITs wish to be considered for employment, all candidates must go through the camp’s hiring process.

Health/Safety Questions

1. Is there a full-time nurse on staff?
Yes. We have a full-time nurse on staff Monday – Friday from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM. We also have a Certified Athletic Trainer, EMT and Paramedic on campus as well.

2. What health information is required for my child to attend camp?
A physical within the past 12 months, health history and complete immunization record are required for your child to attend camp.

3. Do you have a sick policy?
Yes. If you child is sick, please keep your child home from camp. Campers must be fever and symptom free (without medication) for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to camp. Occasionally, our nursing staff will require a doctor’s note to return to camp.

4. What typically happens if my child becomes ill or injured during camp?
Our health care staff will see your child (either at the health center, or where the sick or injured camper is). The staff will attend to any immediate first aid needed and will communicate with you, the parent. If it is a medical emergency, the health staff will ask the camp office to call the family, while they remain with the camper and emergency medical team.

5. Can I visit my child during camp?
Of Course! We just ask that you come to the camp office when you arrive to pick up a visitor badge.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Questions

1. What is the drop off process each morning?
A parent (or adult) must physically drop off and pick up their camper each day. Please park your car and walk your camper in to check them in.

2. Where do I drop off my child each day?
Morning drop off and afternoon pick up take place each day at the Stone Athletic Center.

3. Where do I park my care for drop off and pick up?
Please park at the pool down by the Stone Athletic Center.

4. My child will be using extended day (either AM or PM), where do I drop off or pick up?
Extended care takes place in the Stone Athletic center. Please park your car and walk in to drop off and/or pick up your child.

5. What do I do if I arrive late for drop off?
If you arrive to camp more than 10 minutes late in the morning, please go directly to the camp office (located on the 2nd floor of the Stone Athletic Center). We will bring your camper to their camp for you!

6. What do I do if I need to pick up my camper early?
Contact the camp office to let us know when you will be picking your camper up. Our office staff will tell you where to meet your camper at that time. Our staff will have your camper ready to be picked up at the time you requested.

7. What happens if I am late picking up my camper?
After 4:10 PM each day, any campers not picked up will go to extended care. Campers not picked up at extended care by 4:15 PM will be charged the daily PM Care rate.

8. Who can pick up my child?
We have an authorized pick up form for you to fill out to give people you've chosen -- other than legal parent/guardians -- permission to pick up your child from camp. We will only allow campers to leave with people on the authorized pick up form. We ask that if someone other than those listed on the authorized pick up form will be picking up your child one day, please inform us in writing either with a note in the AM when you drop off or via email. All persons picking up should be ready to show a valid picture ID when picking up.

Staff Questions

1. What does your staff application and hiring process entail?
We have a thorough staff hiring process. All our staff are at least 16 years old, with the majority being over 18 years old. Staff fill out a lengthy application, make a 3-5 minute application video, supply at least 3 references, and complete an in person interview prior to being hired.

2. What are the ages of the staff?
Our staff range in age of 16 – very mature =) Our leadership roles in all camps are adults 25+. Many of our staff are current Lawrence Academy Faculty and Staff as well as former students.

3. Who leads activities and specific camps?
Our activity specialists and camp directors are specialists in their field. Many of our sports tracks are directed by Lawrence Academy Varsity coaching staff. All of our Activity Specialists are certified specialists (archery instructors, climbing wall instructors, lifeguards, water safety instructors, etc). Many of our specialists are teachers and coaches in their specialties.

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