FAQs

Campers and parents naturally have many questions about what happens at camp. Let us help you by providing answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about IGC.

 

IGC COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

Below you’ll find our IGC update with regards to the outbreak of COVID-19. As a small family-run business, we truly appreciate everyone’s continued support and excitement for summer 2020! We look forward to celebrating 50 years of International Gymnastics with you all. Be kind, be dedicated, be gymnastics, be IGC.

June 1st, 2020 Update:

Important: IGC Summer Outline Update

The camp magic feel is definitely in the air here in the Poconos. We thank all our camp families for their patience as we navigate this unprecedented time. The excitement and enthusiasm from our camp families and unwavering support are why we continue to strive to be open this season. This update is to provide some insight into what 2020 will look like for campers this summer.  

It is important to highlight that all guidelines and decisions are fluid in light of the current circumstances, and we will continue to update our camp families as more information is made readily available.  

2020 Waiver 

All families will need to sign our updated COVID-19 Waiver on their My IGC account. Transparency is important, especially considering the current circumstances. It should be emphasized that, while we wish that we could control every possible risk, and while we will use our best efforts to keep your child safe from the COVID 19 virus, we want to make clear that we cannot promise or guarantee that this or any other pathogen will not enter camp, and that by the very nature of the personal interaction that takes place in the camp environment, there is always a risk of your child becoming ill with this or any other communicable disease. We want you to be fully aware of this risk in making the decision to send your child to camp this summer, and that you are willing to assume and accept it on your child’s behalf. 

PA Guidelines 

Our Pennsylvania guidelines for opening summer camps this season places strong importance in following the CDC guidance outlined for summer programs. It is great that Day Camps can open in the yellow phase as we all understand this is pivotal for child-care as families get back to work. Monroe County where IGC is located is already in the yellow phase of PA’s reopening.  

Overnight summer camps can open in the green phase of the PA guidelines and operate at 50% capacity. This is very welcomed news for our IGC 2020 season. While we are not quite at the green phase yet, it looks promising we’ll be at this phase sooner rather than later. Once we move into the green phase we’ll promptly update our camp families.  

CDC/ACA Guidelines 

The CDC guidelines, Pennsylvania guidelines and comprehensive ACA Field Guide released in conjunction with the EH&E provide ample resources to open safely this season. Due to the fact these guidelines are provided to reflect the best available information at the time they were prepared, it is important to understand that the strategies and concepts outlined in the materials stated may change as understanding evolves regarding the unique challenges that COVID-19 poses.  

At IGC we’ll make every effort to provide a safe environment for our campers. It is without question, our camper’s and staff’s safety and wellbeing will always be our top priority at IGC.  

International Gymnastics Camp is committed to providing a kind, healthy & safe environment for all our campers in all aspects of camp life. IGC programs across the board are built on the foundation of enriching every camper’s love for gymnastics, developing social skills, making life-long friendships, enhancing teamwork skills, gaining independence, and making camp magic memories that last a lifetime. 

Cabins 

Our cabins provide living and sleeping spaces for campers and staff. Since sleeping density tends to be high in some camp settings (i.e. bunk beds), it is important for us to implement controls associated with sleeping arrangements that may help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. 

  • Soap & hand sanitizer will be in plentiful supply. 
  • Cabins will be thoroughly cleaned each day. 
  • Cabins will be disinfected every Saturday & more frequently if warranted. 
  • Campers will sleep head-to-toe or toe-to-toe to maintain maximum distance between heads/faces while sleeping. 
  • We do not expect to fill each cabin to capacity. 
  • We will do our best to accommodate cabin mate requests however, such as every summer, these requests are not guaranteed.  
  • All cabins are fitted with air-conditioning and heating.  

  
Gymnastics 
 
At International Gymnastics Camp our goal is that every camper leaves camp even more in love with gymnastics than when they arrived: inspired and motivated by their own accomplishments, the gymnasts they trained with at camp, and our IGC staff’s encouragement and support. 
 
This season we’ll group multiple cabins together to create cabin groups for gymnastics training. These cabin groups will be in approximate sizes of 50. The goal of creating cabin groups is so that campers have the opportunity to interact with campers from different cabins but consistently be with the same campers and staff throughout their day and in the gyms. 

  • Gym groups will continue to be based on ability. 
  • Gym groups will be formed within their cabin groups. 
  • Girls will do vault, bars, beam, floor, dance and light conditioning daily. 
  • Boys will do floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar daily. 
  • Gymnasts within their cabin groups may not need to wear masks but would need to wear masks if in contact with other groups. (This may change before or during camp.) 
  • Coaches may need to wear masks if coaching gymnasts from different cabin groups. 
  • Gyms will be cleaned thoroughly throughout the day and a deep clean every evening as well as being disinfected every day. 


It is so wonderful to see so many gymnasts returning to their gyms and getting back into the normal swing of things. We understand that many of our campers will not have worked out for a significant amount of time and therefore we stress that the training (consistent with our philosophies every season) will be based on proper progressions, appropriate drill stations and classes will be tailored to the gymnasts’ ability when they arrive at camp. Foam pit usage will be limited at best this summer. 
 
Cafeteria  
 
Food and nutrition are always of great importance and it’s no secret we might have the best camp food in the industry! However, in light of the current circumstances we cannot guarantee a set menu as usual, due to food chain supply availability. 
 

  • The cafeteria will be sanitized between each of the cabin groups and thoroughly cleaned after every meal. 
  • The outside eating areas will be utilized as much as possible.  
  • Food will be served by our staff, similar to a school cafeteria like situation. Serving staff will wear masks. 
  • All plates and cutlery will be disposable.   
  • Meals will be on a staggered schedule of cabin groups and campers will eat with their designated cabin. 
  • Campers and staff will hand sanitize before entering the cafeteria.  


Allergy and Dietary Accommodations 

We will not be able to accommodate food allergies and other dietary requirements this season. We will continue to be a nut-sensitive camp. We require that your camper is confident in selecting food from a served style buffet.  

Recreation

In keeping with the true traditional summer camp experience, the majority of our recreation activities are outdoors, allowing for more organic social distancing.  

  • The canteen will be open with social distancing marks on the floor and the staff will be wearing masks.  
  • Social distancing will need to be put into practice and encouraged by staff at each activity.  
  • This summer we will not open the ropes course or the waterslide.  
  • Each recreation activity will have either disinfectant wipes or spray to disinfect equipment between use.  

Health Accommodations 

This summer it will be especially important that our health center is not overwhelmed. Our goal is to limit the interaction in the health center as much as possible.  

  • Any camper with underlying health conditions cannot enroll in this season.  
  • Any camper who takes daily medication should consider waiting until next season to enroll.  
  • Any camper who lives with people in the ‘vulnerable population’ groups for COVID-19 or lives with someone who has serious underlying conditions cannot enroll in this season.  


Our policies for campers with stress/anxiety and/or depression, behavioral disorders or medical needs requiring specialized individual care remain consistent with the current IGC policies. If your child is currently taking medication for any of the mentioned conditions, IGC is not equipped to accommodate their particular needs. There are many ACA accredited camps across the country which specialize in meeting these needs and provide a wonderful camp experience. More information can be found at http://find.acacamps.org/. 

UPDATED Financial Policies 

Our updated financial policies due to the current COVID-19 circumstances are outlined below. Applicable forms such as the rollover, refund, or cancellation form can be found on you’re MY IGC Account. 

  • ALL currently enrolled camp families will have until June 15th to decide to stay enrolled, rollover tuition fees paid to next summer OR receive a full refund.  


  • Anyone choosing to roll over will receive our special tuition offer of $1,195 per week for summer 2021! This special offer will only be available until June 15th. 


  • Full Payment for IGC 2020 is due on June 15th, 2020.  


  • Any families still enrolled on June 15th will be charged in full and subject to our normal cancellation policy thereafter.  


  • Any families still enrolled in weeks 1 & 2 by June 15th will automatically have their tuition fees paid rolled over to next summer and receive the special offer of $1,195 per week for 2021. Any cancellations made after June 15th will be subject to our normal cancellation policy.  


  • Any enrollments after June 1, 2020 will remain under the normal cancelation policy vs the COVID-19 Policy. 


  • Any camper presenting with COVID-like symptoms before or upon their arrival at camp will be able to rollover their tuition to next summer as they will not be allowed to attend their enrolled session. If space is available and they are symptom free for 14 days they may enroll in a later week.  


Please note, the REFUNDS or CANCELLATIONS requested by currently enrolled camp families will be entitled to a full refund of their camp tuition fees that have been paid. The full refund will be applicable to any cancellation or refund requests made from March 15th – June 15th. The applicable form must be filled out on your MY IGC Account.  

General Notes

  • At this time we are not able to accommodate international campers.  
  • IGC will not be able to provide any transport to and from airports this season. Any domestic flight campers will need to arrange their own transport to camp or consider enrolling in next summer.  
  • We will be unable to accommodate Saturday stay-over campers. Any camper enrolled in multiple consecutive weeks will need to check out on Saturday and check back in on Sunday. This is due to our intensified cleaning regime on Saturday. 
  • Celebrities at IGC this summer with be limited and not guaranteed due to flight travel, social distancing and overall COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.  
  • Check In/Out times will be staggered – please keep an eye out for more details in the coming weeks.  
  • Choose A Week Later campers, we strongly encourage you to pick your week as the enrollment demand is high.  


We encourage anyone who is hesitant to attend camp this season due to the current circumstances to rollover to next summer.  

This summer will indeed look a little different to our usual summer but it will still be filled with the classic IGC camp magic spirit! We embrace this year’s challenges and our goal is to provide our IGC campers with a program where they get to socialize with their camp friends, share their passion for gymnastics and still have a whole lot of fun!  

May 22nd, 2020 Update:

Important: IGC Summer Dates Update

We thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented time. Your continued enthusiasm, thoughtful kindness and eagerness to be at camp this year have been nothing short of the IGC camp magic spirit.   

We share your thoughts on how important camp is to the summer season and strive to ensure we can open safely this year. At International Gymnastics Camp we have been assessing the global impact of COVID-19 and carefully reviewing daily how this influences our 2020 schedule. Our top priority at IGC will always be our camper’s and staff safety and wellbeing.   

Summer 2020 will now commence on July 5th. Below you will find our revised summer dates.   

Week 1: June 21 – June 27, 2020 – Closed   
Week 2: June 28 – July 4, 2020 – Closed
Week 3: July 5 – July 11, 2020 – Open  
Week 4: July 12 – July 18, 2020 – Open  
Week 5: July 19 – July 25, 2020 – Open  
Week 6: July 26 – August 1, 2020 – Open  
Week 7: August 2 – August 8, 2020 – Open  
Week 8: August 9 – August 15, 2020 – Open  
Week 9: August 16 – August 22, 2020 – Open   

It is important to note that we will continue to review the 2020 schedule as more information and guidelines are made readily available. At IGC we continue to remain informed by verified sources such as the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health and top camping resources such as the American Camp Association (ACA). We are also closely monitoring the information from other State Health Departments and Officials.   

We anticipate these scheduling decisions to be fluid over the coming weeks as Pennsylvania continues to open and will keep everyone updated.    

We will make every effort to open safely from July 5th and are excited about our 50th summer celebrations with you all, our IGC family!   

When Can I Sign My Child Up for Camp?

You can sign up for camp any time prior to the session you wish to attend, as long as there is availability. Many of our weeks fill up by the end of March, so early enrollment is always advised. We also offer special early registration rates. Click here to see the available sessions and fees.

What if I Forgot My Password?

If you do not remember your password, click the “Retrieve Password” link to reset your password. For security reasons, entering an incorrect password may lock your account. If this occurs, please call our office at (570) 629-0244 so we can verify your identity and manually unlock your account.

What is the Cost of Camp?

You can click here to view the registration fees and Early Registration Discounts for Summer 2020.

What Time Should We Arrive to Check-In for Camp?

Check-In is on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Please do not arrive earlier than 1:30 PM, as we will be unable to accommodate you. We recommend a 2:30 PM arrival, as it ensures your camper will be settled into their cabin before their 3:30 PM cabin meeting and goal setting time. If you are going to be late, please notify our office at (570) 629-0244 or email office@internationalgymnastics.com.

What Time Should We Arrive to Check-Out of Camp?

Check-Out takes place on Saturday between 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. Please do not arrive earlier than 9:30 AM as all campers will still be eating breakfast and you will be unable to enter onto the grounds. If you are going to be late please notify our office by phone (570) 629-0244 and please be aware that you may incur additional charges (as per the additional day charge). Please note: during the last week of camp there are NO late check-outs available.

What do I need to know if my child will be traveling to camp by airplane?

For safety reasons, International Gymnastics Camp has specific guidelines for camper’s arrival and departure from camp. Unaccompanied minors traveling by air, campers needing airport pick up, and camper arrival and departure times all require special considerations. Please refer to the Parent Camper Guide and coordinate with our office to finalize all transportation requirements.

What is the Check-Out Procedure?

To check-out your child, you will need to:

  1. Show valid photo ID to sign your camper out from their cabin and receive your exit pass.
  2. Stop by the Health Center to pick up your camper’s medication, if applicable.
  3. Visit the canteen to purchase IGC Merchandise.
  4. When you are ready to leave campus, bring your exit pass to the gate.

What is Goal Setting?

We want to make sure each camper benefits from the best possible gymnastics training while they are here. To do that we screen all campers on Sunday when they arrive. Goal setting is a chance for our coaches and gymnasts to work together before they are placed in their groups for that week of training.

How Does the Canteen Work? What Does My Child Do With Canteen Money?

Our canteen operates like a traditional camp store. Campers can purchase merchandise and treats using money in their canteen accounts. Parents can see all purchases by checking via the MY IGC login.

How Do I Get Added to Your Mailing List?

If you would like to be added to our mailing list and automatically receive our promotional materials, please complete our online inquiry form.

Can We Request a Cabin Mate?

Yes, you may put in ONE cabin mate request. Cabin mate requests must be within 1 year of age of your camper as well as be a reciprocated request to be taken into consideration. We do our best to accommodate requests that meet the specified requirements. If we are unable to meet your request, you will be notified prior to your campers’ arrival. Please note cabin mate requests are NOT guaranteed.

What If I Have to Cancel?

If you need to cancel your camper’s enrollment you MUST complete the IGC Cancellation form located under Forms and Documents on your My IGC account. Cancellation form received before June 15th: Refund equals tuition payments less a $150 processing charge per week canceled. Cancellation form received after June 15th: There are no refunds if the cancellation form is received after June 15th. There are no exceptions. If you are concerned about canceling in this time frame, please look into purchasing Tuition Insurance with your registration. There are no exceptions to this policy, non-refundable fees are non-transferable. Our cancellation policy covers cancellations for ANY reason including injury. We highly recommend purchasing tuition insurance to cover any cancellations.

What If My Camper Has Food Allergies?

All food allergies must be listed on the Health History Form and you must complete the food allergies form. All meals in our cafeteria are served buffet style if your camper is confident in selecting their meal from the buffet without assistance no further action is required. If your camper has specified requirements we have a sealed meal service for an additional fee of $175 per enrolled week. Please contact the office for more information.

What If My Camper Has Stress/Anxiety Disorder or Depression?

If your child has been diagnosed with stress/anxiety and or depression disorders, please be aware that IGC is not the best environment for them. We are a resident structured overnight camp with a specialty in gymnastics with multiple daily transitions. If your child is currently taking medication for any of the mentioned conditions, IGC is not equipped to accommodate their particular needs. There are many ACA accredited camps across the country which specialize in meeting these needs and provide a wonderful camp experience. More information can be found at  http://find.acacamps.org/

What If My Camper Has a Behavioral Disorder?

We cannot accommodate children with behavioral disorders. As stated above there are many ACA accredited camps across the country which specialize in serving campers with behavioral challenges. Please refer to the following link http://find.acacamps.org/

What If My Camper Has a Medical Need?

A medical condition requiring specialized individual care cannot be accommodated at IGC. As stated above there are many ACA accredited camps across the country which specialize in serving campers with behavioral challenges. Please refer to the following link http://find.acacamps.org/

Can My Camper Bring Snacks?

No, out of an abundance of caution for other campers’ medical needs and food allergies and to discourage visits from forest animals, we do not allow outside food or snacks on campgrounds. If your camper requires specific snacks for a medical reason, please contact the office.

What Is Your Behavior Policy for Campers and Parents?

Camper Behavior:

Our aim is to offer a positive and safe camp experience to all campers. Therefore, it is essential that you communicate to your child that we do not accept behavior such as violence, possession of weapons, repeated profanity, disrespect, bigotry, inappropriate sexual behavior, drug or alcohol use, or any other behaviors that are potentially harmful to themselves or to others. They must understand that a consequence of their behavior can mean immediate dismissal from camp. Campers who cannot live within the policies of camp or who are adversely affecting the experiences of other children will be dismissed. If a child is dismissed from camp, no refund is given and parents are required to make arrangements for immediate pick-up. IGC has a Zero Tolerance Policy for all inappropriate behavior. Furthermore, there are circumstances where we have agreed to accept a child with full knowledge of their specific personal challenges. IGC will attempt to take all the necessary steps to make the experience successful but may find that it is impossible to accommodate their needs. If this is the case the camper may be asked to leave for the good of the child and/or the camp community. It is important for you as parents to discuss with your camper, in detail, the camp’s expectations.

Parent Behavior

IGC Parents are expected to conduct themselves in a calm and professional manner, both on the phone and in person. Conduct that is abusive, abrasive or disruptive to employees or other campers and/or their families will not be tolerated and you and your camper will be asked to leave without refund. IGC reserves the right to refuse an application and/or dismiss a camper at any time for reasons which in its sole determination are in the best interest of the camp, including the right to dismiss a child because of disruptive parent involvement.

What If My Camper Loses Something at Camp?

All lost items are taken to the Lost and Found shed daily. Campers are encouraged to check the shed for lost items. Lost and found items are kept for one week before been prepped and donated to charity. We highly recommend labeling all items brought to camp. If we have to mail any lost items to your camper post departure your account will be charged the shipping cost. IGC is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged personal property of the campers, while in attendance at camp.