Architecture Camp: Frequently Asked Questions

NOTE: Before registering, please carefully review our Architecture Camp Information Sheet. It is important to us that all campers and caregivers understand all rules, policies, and procedures, including drop-off and pick-up procedures, food regulations, and site conduct and expectations, before signing up for one of our sessions.

What is The Branch Museum doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) or other illnesses at Architecture Camp?

We aim to protect the health and safety of our campers and staff. As part of our standard operating procedures at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, we work to reduce the spread of communicable disease through regular facility cleaning and maintenance, as well as ensuring that campers or staff who are unwell stay home and get well.

Per the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our Architecture Camp will now adopt the following daily sanitation protocol to prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Staff will wipe down all surfaces (door handles, camper desks, lunch tables, etc.) using disinfectant spray between activities and at the end of each day;
  • Staff will wash their hands regularly and rigorously, and will oversee the handwashing of every camper before and after activities and lunch, and after using the restroom;
  • Campers will use hand sanitizer before they sign-in and when they leave each day.

Additionally, we will make the following programmatic changes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Camp enrollment will be limited to no more than eight (8) campers per weekly session;
  • Activities, games, and celebrations will be adjusted to decrease person-to-person contact;
  • Activities will be scheduled in open spaces or outdoors as much as possible.

To ensure a safe environment for campers and staff, we encourage families to self-monitor and conduct pre-screening activities for 14 days prior to the first day of camp. This includes monitoring and recording body temperature each day and self-screening for the presence of COVID-19 symptoms. For families of campers at higher risk of complications related to COVID-19, we also recommend consultation with your healthcare provider prior to camp, if possible.

Your camp registration fee includes the cost of a protective mask and gloves for your child on each day of camp; however, you may supply your own if you prefer. We will also supply hand sanitizer to use throughout the day.

To protect the health and safety of all participants throughout the week, campers and staff will complete a 3-item verbal questionnaire related to COVID-19 symptoms and exposure at check-in each morning. If possible, please take your child’s temperature before arriving each day.

Does Architecture Camp take place indoors or outdoors?

Architecture Camp takes place primarily indoors, in our climate-controlled gallery and meeting spaces; however, there will be multiple instances each day when campers will be outside. For that reason, we strongly advise that campers bring a water bottle and sunscreen and wear weather-appropriate clothing.

Is lunch provided at Architecture Camp?

No, campers should bring a nutritious and filling lunch that does not need to be refrigerated on each day of camp. They may also bring a healthy snack to eat or drink during their break.

What should campers wear?

We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes that are easy to move around in, as we’ll be moving and making and building throughout the day, and so delicate or formal clothes will not be appropriate. Sunscreen and a hat may also be advisable given that we will be going outdoors daily, weather permitting.

Does my child need to bring anything (other than a lunch)?

No, all materials for Architecture Camp will be provided by The Branch Museum.

Can campers bring electronics or toys?

Architecture Camp provides a unique opportunity for building relationships and cultivating an appreciation for the design process. The use of electronic devices and other toys distracts from a camper’s ability to be fully present in this experience, and so therefore we ask that these items are left at home.

What are your policies regarding camper drop-off and pick-up?

Camper check-in will begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. outside on the Terrace, at the back of The Branch Museum. Parking is available in the lot on the N Robinson St side of the building. A caregiver or authorized adult is required to check in with a staff member each day; no camper drop-offs may occur without an adult present. Only an authorized adult, as designated on the Emergency Information Form, may sign a child out of Architecture Camp. All authorized adults planning to pick up children from camp must present a valid photo ID during check out each day, which will begin at 3:00 p.m. If you are running late, please call our Front Desk at 804.655.6055. If your child is not picked up within 10 minutes, Branch Museum Staff will attempt to contact you, followed by the other contact and authorized pick-up person(s).

Can my child with special needs attend Architecture Camp?

Please contact The Branch Museum’s Education Manager to discuss the strengths and limitations of our program and site to support children with special needs. We are committed to celebrating diversity at The Branch Museum, and we seek to work with you in deciding whether Architecture Camp is the best learning opportunity for your child.

What is your cancellation policy?

A full refund can be made up to thirty days before the first day of your registered camp session. After this, a 50% refund is available, except in cases with a written physician verification. Refunds will not be given for dismissal from Architecture Camp due to violation of the Code of Conduct signed by campers and caregivers prior to camp. If The Branch Museum cancels a camp session due to unforeseen circumstances, full refunds will be issued. In lieu of cancelling, families can also opt to reschedule their registration to a future camp session, either later in the year or for the next calendar year.

Do you offer scholarships for Architecture Camp?

Yes, The Branch Museum is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships for our Architecture Camp sessions to selected, qualifying individuals. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this form and return it to us by mail or e-mail no later than June 19, 2020.

Still have questions about Architecture Camp? Contact our Education Department at or 804.655.6103.