Frequently Asked Questions
At I’m The Chef, Too, we know you have a lot of questions about our classes and summer camps. On this page, you’ll find some Frequently Asked Questions and the information that goes along with them. We hope you find this information helpful. We will be periodically updating this page with new information and new questions, as they are asked. If you have additional questions, you can always contact us directly, too.
How do I sign up for camp?
All of our registration is done online. Please click on one of the camp calendar tab at the top of our website.
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What should my camper bring to camp?
Each camper should bring a PEANUT-FREE lunch, snacks and drinks each day. Since we have an outdoor component , a small water bottle is advisable. Sunscreen and hat is recommended. Please see our policy and waiver concerning the application of sunscreen under our FAQ Risk Management category. Electronic devices are not permitted at camp and will be confiscated until picked up by a parent.
What are the hours of camp?
The camp hours are from 9:00am to 4:00pm. You may drop off your child no earlier than 8:30am unless you have paid for the Pre camp services. Half day camps are 9:00-12:00pm or 1:00-4:00pm. You have the option to pay for before and after care if you need to drop your camper off earlier or later.
Do you provide before and after care services?
We have extended day services at all of our locations. The cost is $30.00 per week for Before Care which starts at 8:00 am. Campers cannot be dropped off prior to 8:00 am. Post Camp services are from 4:00 – 5:30 pm and cost $50.00 dollars per week.
Are their outside activities?
Yes, there will be parts of the day where campers are able to access the playgrounds and they will be involved in outdoor activities with their age group.
How do you deal with the summer heat?
We can not apply sunscreen but will encourage your child to use sunscreen. Additionally please administer sunscreen prior to dropping off your camper. Children at all camp sites will have regular access to water fountains or drinking water taps. Campers should remember to bring their own water bottles and to fill up throughout the day. Our counselors will plan lower activity games/activities when the sun is the strongest and will take advantage of shaded areas throughout the day.
What is your refund policy?
Full refunds will be given until April 1. A 75% refund will be given between April 2 and May 31. There are no refunds after May 31st. You may switch weeks during the summer or take a 100% credit for the following summer. There is a $25.00 cancellation fee per camp to cover our online registration costs.
Can I get a tax write off?
If you’re registering a student under the age of 13 and they’re attending a day camp this summer, you may be able to apply paid tuition toward child and dependent care credit.
This is what the IRS website says…
“The cost of day camp can count as an expense towards the child and dependent care credit. Expenses for overnight camps do not qualify. The credit is generally 20% to 35% of non-reimbursed expenses; up to $3000 in expenses for one child and up to $6000 for two or more children. The actual credit is also based on your income.”
Please note: Im The Chef Too! does not offer tax advice. Consult your accountant or tax professional before filing. Your employer may have established a Flexible Spending Account, consult your HR Department to see if your plan covers day camps.
How do I access my camp receipts?
You can print out your own receipts by logging on to active and accessing them there!
What general safety measures do you have in place?
All of our campers are supervised 100% of the time. We do not allow cell phones and other electronic devices at camp because most of them have built-in cameras and we do not have the ability to monitor internet use. Each camp location has a number of staff that are trained in CPR and First Aid. There is also a first aid kit available.All staff go through emergency and crisis management training. Staff are never allowed to be alone with children. All of our staff must pass state and national background checks.
What is your medication policy?
If your child has to be given medications at camp you must fill out our medical form and take that form to camp on the first day. All medications must be given to our Camp Director at check-in. The medication must be in original containers that identify, the prescribing physician (if a prescription drug), the name of the medication, the dosage and the frequency of administration. Per the Youth Camp Guidelines in the state of Maryland-we are a licensed self administer camp This policy also includes Epi-Pens.
How do you train your employees?
Employees receive a combination of online and in-person training before the camp season begins. In training, we provide frontline staff with foundational knowledge in the areas of camp-centered leadership, creating community, reducing injuries and illness, bullying prevention, risk management, and recognizing and reporting child abuse.Counselors also go through core competency training in their particular subject areas with a combination of online and hands-on courses.
Special Needs and Food Safety
Are your camps appropriate for children with special needs?
Im The Chef Too! instructors are trained to handle special circumstances to a limited extent. We have found that if children are able to function without an aide at school, they generally do very well at camp. If your child does require an aide at school, you must ensure that an aide accompanies your child to camp. All aids must be at least 18 years of age and not related to the camper. Over the years we have had many children with special needs and they usually do very well. However, if for some reason it is determined that camp is not a suitable for your child, the total tuition for camp is non-refundable per our cancellation policy. Please call us if you have any additional questions.
What if my child has specific allergies or health needs?
On the online registration form, please list all allergies and medications that need to be administered. You may bring any medications the first day of camp with written instructions describing frequency and dosage. The medical authorization form must be brought the first day of camp. Medications must be provided in their original containers.
Epi-Pens must be given to the Camp Director on Monday mornings. Epi Pens are not allowed to be kept in the camper’s classroom or on the person of the camper. In extreme allergy situations the camp counselor will have access to the Pen in their classroom.
Please keep in mind that we are a nut-free zone.
Do you provide any meals or snacks at your camps?
We do not provide any food service to campers. Parents should be sure to pack a snack and drink for the morning and lunch and a drink for the lunch hour. In addition, if your child is enrolled in the Post Camp services it is advisable to pack an extra drink and snack.