FAQ

Who goes to JUMP summer camp?

Children with and without special needs are encouraged to attend any of the programs JUMP offers. Our programs are designed for kids between the ages of 3 and 7. We will consider children that are younger or older on a case by case basis.

How is JUMP different than EEU Summer camp?

JUMP is a new program that builds on the good work of the EEU, including low staff to child ratio and individualized supports, adding more field trips, a high-quality camp curriculum, and more opportunities for community-based learning. This includes collaborations with community organizations, such as the Pacific Science Center (See more under Camp Programs).

Is JUMP the same as ESY (extended school year) summer camp?

No, JUMP is not an ESY program. While JUMP strives to address concerns about skill regression over summer break, providing the supports required to accommodate all learners, it is not connected to ESY.

Does my child need to be potty trained to attend camp?

We’ll support kids where ever they are at with toileting needs and potty training!

What is the camper to counselor ratio?

We have a minimum staff to camper ratio of 1:4 when onsite, and 1:3 when on field trips. Each camp accommodates 16 campers, and is staffed by 4-5 counselors. Camps are led by a master’s level early childhood special educators or an advanced graduate student, with the support of an additional 3-4 counselors. Other counselors may include graduate and undergraduate students are who interested in special education, speech-language pathology, or occupational therapy, among other disciplines. For more information about staffing, please see the Staff page.

When is camp?

There are several of options for camp in 2017, including:

Spring Break camp:

Summer Camp Session 1 (three weeks):

Session Camp Session 2 (two weeks):

Do I have to sign up for a full two-week or three-week cycle?

No! While we recommend campers participate in a full cycle, we do have one-week options available for Ingenious Inventors. Learn more.

What is a typical full day at JUMP summer camp?

The day kicks off with small group work, where campers practice social skills through novel activities. In the afternoon, campers get into the community through “community connections.” While community connections vary across camp program, including anything from a field trip to a visit from a community helper, we take time to prepare through play-based learning.

8:50 Camp drop off
9:00-9:20 Morning Meeting: Review schedule, social lesson
9:20-9:40 Warm up activity
9:40-10:00 Snack: Practice social lesson
10:00-10:20 Outside break
10:20-11:10 Activity: Driven by theme but focused on social skills
10:20-10:35 Large group introduction; demo science experiment
10:35-11:00 Small group practice: conduct the experiment; practice social skill along the way
11:00-11:10 Large group reflection
11:10-12:10 Lunch and recess
12:10-2:10 Community Connection
Option 1: Special Guest E.g. Talk to a scientist: On talk to a scientist day, a scientist from the Pacific Science Center, the Aquarium, or another local program bring some of their work to camp.
Option 1: Field Trip This is essentially a mini-field trip. During a mini field trip, campers out to a nearby destination, challenging campers with all the necessary supports they need to be successful.
Option 1: Community Contribution Following campers lead, counselors support campers in making a contribution to their community. This may be a special project at the Haring Center, making a camp thank you gift to a local community helper, or even making a contribution to a local community garden
2:10-2:30 Snack Time
2:30-2:50 Outdoor time
2:50-3:15 Closing circle and last minute clean up
3:15 Pick up

Where is camp located?

Most of JUMP camp takes place at the Experimental Education Unit, at University of Washington Seattle Campus. Campers in all camps will go on field trips throughout the week, and Little Explorers will spend several full days at the Pacific Science Center. If you are signed up for Little Explorers, you will drop your child off at the Pacific Science Center, and pick them up there as well, on certain days.

How do I register?

Register here. Before you begin, review the camp options. We’ll ask you about your camp preference in the application. The application should take about 15 minutes to complete. You are required to pay a non-refundable $150 deposit to secure a spot in camp and will be applied to camp fees. Camp fees are due in full prior to the beginning of camp.

After we receive an electronic registration and deposit, we will contact you to schedule a brief appointment. During this appointment, we’ll ask you to tell us a little bit more about your child, and what you hope they get out of their summer camp experience. We try to complete these screening appointments in person, but we are happy to work around your schedule as needed.

Please register by May 15 to secure your spot for summer camp. If a camp is full, you may email jumphc@uw.edu to inquire about getting put on a waitlist.

How much does camp cost?

JUMP camps are heavily staffed with experienced educators and support staff. With that in mind, about 80% of camp tuition going to supporting profession staff services. JUMP’s skilled staff and low camper to staff ratio enables us to provide appropriate support and accommodations to all campers, whether we’re in the classroom or out on a field trip.

  • Camp session 1 (3 weeks of camp) Ingenious Inventors costs $2200. This includes a $500 camp fee and $1700 for professional staff services.
  • Camp session 1 (3 weeks of camp) Little Explorers costs $2250. This includes a $550 camp fee and $1700 for professional staff services.
  • Camp session 2 (2 weeks of camp) Ingenious Inventors costs $1475. This includes a $350 camp fee and $1125 for professional staff services.
  • Camp session 2 (2 weeks of camp) Botanical Adventures costs $825. This includes a $300 camp fee and $525 for professional staff services.
  • NEW one week options: We’ve heard your requests! Now available — one week day camps for kids with and without disabilities! Costs $750. This includes a $180 camp fee and $570 of one week of professional services. Learn more.

The full camp fee is due June 1. If you sign up after June 1, the full camp fee is due at checkout. We do require a non-refundable $150 deposit at the time of check out if you do not pay in full at that time. This deposit is applied to camp fees. If you sign up for more than one camp at the same time, you’ll receive a $25 rebate.

What professional services are provided at JUMP?

JUMP is not a therapy camp. JUMP is a traditional summer camp—focused on fun, exciting outings, messy experiments, and quality curriculum. So, for JUMP, professional services include the highly trained staff, individualized supports, and embedded accommodations that make those types of activities and this type of environment something everyone can engage with.

Does JUMP accept insurance?

We currently do not take insurance.

Does my camper need to bring lunch?

Yes. Campers will need to bring lunch and snacks with them to camp.

Are there scholarships available?

We may have a limited number of scholarships available. Please email jumphc@uw.edu for details.

When are camp fees due?

A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to hold your camp registration. Final camp payment is due June 1, 2017. Payment received after June 1, 2017 is subject to a $50 late fee. If you register after June 1,2017, the full payment is due at the time of registration, unless otherwise arranged.

What happens if I need a refund?

Refund & Cancellation Policy:
You may withdraw from a program prior to the refund deadline. The refund deadline is June 1, 2017 for summer program and March 15, 2017 for spring break camp. If you withdraw by the refund deadline you will receive a full refund, minus a nonrefundable $150 deposit. Refunds cannot be made after the refund deadline.

To withdraw from a program, email jumphc@uw.edu BEFORE the refund deadline and provide the student’s name and the name of the course you are dropping.

Requests for a refund due to extenuating circumstances submitted after the refund deadline should be sent to jumphc@uw.edu. Your request will be carefully reviewed and you will be notified in a timely manner of the decision. In cases where a request is submitted, a refund is not guaranteed. Please include the student’s name, course name and the reason you are requesting a refund. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend camp.

JUMP and the UW Haring Center reserve the right to cancel a camp due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or other circumstances that would make the course non-viable. If the Haring Center cancels a camp, registrants will be notified within 48 hours of the first camp date and offered a full refund or the option to transfer registration to another camp.