Do you know a child between the ages of 7 and 14 who loves to cook or bake? Walnut Hill College has a unique summer camp perfect for them!

For a few weeks every summer, campers have the opportunity to hang out and learn with some of the best chef instructors in the industry. Throughout the camp week, beginning with the basics of kitchen safety, your camper will participate in hands-on culinary or pastry classes in the College’s kitchens–all while using real recipes easy enough to duplicate with the family at home. We also cover nutrition, ingredient information, and food safety!

 

SUMMER CAMP 2017 FAQs

How much is tuition?
What weeks/topics are you offering this year?
How do I sign up?
Can you hold me a seat? Can you just squeeze me in?
Do I need to submit any paperwork, medical forms, etc?
Do you offer any discounts or payment plans?
What is your refund and cancellation policy?
What ages do you accept?
Where is your camp located?
What is the daily camp schedule?
What is the drop off and pick up procedure?
What do we bring every day?
Is there a dress code?
I’m not sure which chef coat to order – what is the sizing?
Will the campers be provided with meals?
Can you accommodate children with medical conditions?
What is your strategy for managing behavior infractions?
Who is on your staff? What’s the camper to staff ratio?
What is your College’s EIN/Tax ID number?

 

 

How much is tuition?

$550.00 / Week

Tuition Price Includes:

  • 1 Week of Summer Camp
  • 1 Logo-Embroidered Chef Coat
  • 1 Chef Apron
  • 1 Chef Hat
  • 1 Recipe Book
  • 1 Logo-Printed Water Bottle

Tuition price does not include a tool kit. Campers are required to provide their own tool kits for every day of camp – these tool kits can either be created out of items from your home kitchen or purchased for an additional fee at the time of registration. Building your own kit? Click here to see which tool kit is required for which camp.

What weeks/topics are you offering this year?

Monday, July 10th – Friday, July 14th:
Junior Chefs: Basic Pastry Arts A

Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st:
Junior Chefs: Basic Culinary Arts

Monday, July 24th – Friday, July 28th:
Junior Chefs: Intermediate Culinary Arts
Junior Chefs: International Flavors

Monday, July 31st – Friday, August 4th:
Kiddie Cooks
Junior Chefs: Basic Pastry Arts B

How do I sign up?

We’ve gone COMPLETELY digital! Walnut Hill College’s summer camp registration is now exclusively online. Visit store.walnuthillcollege.edu/summer-camp to purchase your seat(s) in the camp week(s) of your choice.

Can you hold me a seat? Can you just squeeze me in?

We understand that you and your camper may be extremely enthusiastic about getting a seat in Walnut Hill College’s summer camp and sometimes, due to high demand, certain weeks may sell out very quickly after they’re put on sale. However, out of fairness to everyone who may be interested in attending our summer camps, we will not hold/reserve seats nor will we re-open a sold out camp for any camper under any circumstances.

As soon as a camp week sells out, we begin a waiting list for that camp. If a seat in a sold out camp week then opens up, individuals will be contacted in the order that they were added to the waiting list and will have one (1) business day to respond before the next person on the list is contacted.

We appreciate your understanding and consideration of your fellow camp families!

Do I need to submit any paperwork, medical forms, etc?

Yes, following your registration you will receive a packet of necessary forms to fill out for your camper(s) that will need to be submitted and received by the College no later than June 1st 2017.

No child will be admitted into summer camp without the signed medical, permission and release forms included in the aforementioned packet. Any camper who arrives on the first day of camp without these forms on file will be excluded from the day’s activity.

Do you offer any discounts or payment plans?

While supplies last, we are happy to offer an $80.00 rebate per week of camp if you purchase two or more weeks of camp. Some restrictions apply. Please click here for details.

We do not offer any scholarships or payment plans for our summer camps. We cannot accept partial payments or deposits for summer camp weeks or tool kits. Payment is due in full at the time of enrollment.

What is your refund and cancellation policy?

Please be sure to double-check your family’s schedule before enrolling in summer camp as no refunds will be issued for “no-shows” or missed camp sessions, days or weeks under any circumstances. If a camp session, day or week is canceled, the registrant will be refunded the corresponding tuition paid in the same method it was rendered. If a registrant cancels enrollment in any camp week on or before June 1, 2017, the registrant will be refunded tuition paid, less a 5% handling fee, in the same method it was rendered (any tool kit purchases are exempt from the handling fee and will be refunded in full). No refunds will be issued after June 1, 2017. Please allow 3-5 business days to receive a refund.

What ages do you accept?

We accept campers between the ages of 7 and 14 years old. Ages 11-14 are eligible for any of the Junior Chefs camps. Ages 7-10 are only eligible for the Kiddie Cooks Camp.

We realize you may be tempted to enroll your camper in a camp they are too young/old for to keep them together with a sibling or friend. Please keep in mind we tailor curriculum and the ease or complexity of classroom skills based on how old our campers are and ask that you cooperate with our adherence to the specific age parameters of each camp.

Where is your camp located?

Walnut Hill College’s summer camps are held inside the historic Allison Mansion located at 4207 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. During drop off and pick up, guardians are welcome to utilize our main parking lot, located on Walnut Street between 42nd and 43rd Streets. We do not allow all-day parking for camp guardians.

What is the daily camp schedule?

Drop Off: 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Morning Kitchen Session: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Complimentary Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Afternoon Kitchen Session: 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Pick Up: 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

What is the drop off and pick up procedure?

Camper Drop Off
Each morning, campers should be dropped off at the check in table that will be set up at the side entrance to the main dining room, accessible via the long ramp. Camp staff will be present to check in campers. Campers should be dropped off no earlier than 9:00am and no later than 9:30am. We do not offer Before Care, so please be sure to drop off your camper at the indicated times. Do not drop off your child unless camp staff is present at the check in table.

Camper Pick Up
At the end of each camp day, campers can be picked up at the same drop off area. Campers will only be allowed to leave with authorized adults who show photo ID. Pick up is at 3:15pm each day. Camp staff will bring campers to the main dining room at 3:15pm each day and will wait until 3:30pm for pick-ups. Campers will not be permitted to leave camp alone unless permission is expressly granted by their guardian(s).

What do we bring every day?

DO Bring:

      • Recipe Book and Chef Uniform
        Campers will receive a recipe book, chef coat, apron and chef hat on the first day of camp. Campers are required to bring all of these items to camp with them each day and treat them responsibly. Lost items can be replaced for a fee.
      • Required Tool Kit
        Campers are required to provide their own tool kits for every day of camp – these tool kits can either be created out of items from your home kitchen or purchased for an additional fee at the time of registration. Building your own kit? Click here to see which tool kit is required for which camp.

DON’T Bring:

            • Money
              Unless your camper requires funds for public transportation, money is not required during the camp day. All meals and activities we provide during the camp day are included in tuition.
            • Valuables (such as electronic games, tablets, etc.)
              Walnut Hill College is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.
            • Weapons of Any Kind
            • Alcohol, Tobacco or Illegal Drugs of Any Kind

Is there a dress code?

We know the summer can be hot and not all areas of the College are air-conditioned! We recommend campers wear cotton or other breathable fabrics. Chef coats, chef hats, and pants/shorts that cover the legs to the knee must be worn in the kitchens at all times to protect campers from possible burns. Close-toed athletic shoes are mandatory. No sandals or flip flops are permitted in the kitchen. Campers not able to comply with these rules will be excluded from the day’s activity.

I’m not sure which chef coat to order – what is the sizing?

Will the campers be provided with meals?

Lunch is provided to your camper each day as part of tuition. Choices such as Taco Tuesday, Veggie Lasagna, Fresh Sushi, etc will be offered. If your child has a special diet and must have a lunch prepared for him/her from home, please send your child with a bag lunch each day with their name written clearly on the bag.

Each camper will also be provided with a complimentary Logo-Printed Water Bottle for their personal use every day. Beverage dispensers with Gatorade and Ice Water will be available during the entirety of the day to keep campers well hydrated.

Snacks will be offered once a day and consist of foods like pretzels, chips, crackers, and cookies.

Can you accommodate children with medical conditions?

Following your registration you will receive a packet of necessary forms to fill out for your camper(s) and submit to the College no later than Friday, June 16, 2017 – this will include a medical form.

If your camper needs to receive medication while in camp, please include instructions on your medical form and discuss the medication with camp staff at drop off. Please give necessary medication to camp staff at drop off in the morning.

As you can imagine, cooking-related camps expose campers to many ingredients such as tree nuts, shellfish, peanut butter, pork products, etc. If you have a camper that is unable to ingest specific food items, we urge you to use your best judgement before completing enrollment as we cannot always promise special alterations to lesson plans and recipes.

In terms of accessibility, most areas of the College are only entered via staircases and 85% of classroom time is spent standing.

What is your strategy for managing behavior infractions?

We want all of our campers to have fun and be able to learn in a safe and productive environment—and we certainly do not want their experiences impaired by another camper’s inappropriate behavior. To ensure this, Walnut Hill College adheres to a specific strategy to handle behavioral infractions that may arise during the camp day. Inappropriate behavior will be addressed with the following escalation *:

1. First verbal warning
2. Second verbal warning
3. Time out away from the activity and a discussion with senior camp staff
4. Camp Director calls guardian(s)
5. Camp Director calls guardian(s) and camper must go home


* Depending on the severity of the infraction, steps within this sequence may be skipped.

Who is on your staff? What’s the camper to staff ratio?

All chef instructors, kitchen assistants and support staff have to pass criminal and child safety background clearances before they are assigned to Walnut Hill College summer camp.

Each camp has a maximum enrollment of 16 children per kitchen classroom and the College employs one chef instructor and 2-3 kitchen assistants per kitchen classroom. The minimum ratio of staff to campers is approx. 1:6 per kitchen classroom.

What is your College’s EIN/Tax ID number?

Walnut Hill College’s EIN/Tax ID number is 23-2172311