If you have questions you don't see listed below, please contact Kim Murdock regarding Art Camp and Angie Marino regarding Writing Camp.

Before we begin, let us discuss the food situation. 1.) We don’t allow food sharing. 2.) Campers are ravenous! Please pack enough food for their stay with us. 3.) Additional snacks are recommended for before and after care. 4.) Healthy snacks, lunches and beverages make a huge difference in behavior and the overall experience of each camper. Thanks for your understanding! :-)

Morning Only Campers - water bottle, one snack, lunch

Full Day Campers - water bottle, two snacks, lunch

Afternoon Only Campers - water bottle, one snack


1.    What is the daily schedule?

7:45-8:45        Before Care (optional)


8:45-9:00        Check In

9:00-10:15       Writing

10:15-10:45     Snack/Playground

10:45-12:00     Writing Games

12:00-12:30     Lunch



12:30-1:00       Playground

1:00-2:15         Art

2:15-2:45         Snack/Games

2:45-4:00         Craft

4:00-4:15        Check Out

4:15-5:15        After Care (optional)


2.    Which building are the camps conducted in and where do we park?

All camps will be conducted in Ascension Hall, located at 800 Market Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

Park behind the CUMC Classroom Building and walk your child across Sumac Road to enter Ascension Hall directly using the side entrance.

3. What if I want to drop off late or pick up early?

No problem. Break/Snack times are the least disruptive times to arrive or leave, but we understand if your schedule demands otherwise. Please, just let us know. During Camp, TEXT us. Not during camp, text or call. Our contact info is below. (#4)


4.    Who do we call or text during camp hours?

7:45-12:30 – Angie Marino 919-902-3038 (Writing Camps)

12:30-5:15 – Kim Murdock 919-259-4705 (Arts Camps)


5.    Can we call the office during camp hours?

You are welcome to call Kim or Dan Murdock at 919-401-6001 (office phone) anytime. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.


6.    Partial Weeks? Pro-rated Services?

Half or full single camp days become available 72 Hours before the desired camp week start date, depending on availability.

$35 per half day/ per child (9:00-12:30 or 12:30-4:00)

$70 per full day/ per child (9:00-4:00)

Before and After Camp Care is available by the service, by the day, as needed.

$8 per service/ per child

No discounts apply to partial weeks or pro-rated services.


7.    What kind of art will they do?

Art campers enjoy learning a variety of methods and techniques, step-by-step, with structured guidance that also encourages individual interpretation. We draw, paint, sculpt and craft our way through each week’s fun theme, creating works of art that will treasured for years to come. We have the whole week so there’s plenty of time for campers to finish their artwork at a relaxed pace.


8.    What kind of writing will they do?

Each week of summer camp focuses on a specific writing genre.  Campers are prompted to write using their own words and ideas, then encouraged to play the writing games!  The games focus on grammar, spelling and vocabulary, and stimulate out of the box thinking.


9.  Is the writing camp appropriate for my rising K child?

Yes. The lessons are visual in nature and designed to meet the varying levels of abilities. Our youngest campers are often surprised at what they are able to do and proud to show it!


10.  Is the camp appropriate for my rising 6th Grader?

Yes. The lessons are visual in nature and designed to meet the varying levels of ability.  Our oldest campers typically display their creative skill and independence by adding more mature details to their stories and artwork.


11.  How can ages 5-11 be in one group?

The lessons are visual in nature and designed to meet the varying levels of ability.  Younger campers are assisted as needed while our older campers work independently displaying their creative skill by adding more mature details to their stories and artwork.


12.  Do you separate the groups by age?

Yes and No. It depends on the size of the group.

Our camper/instructor ratio is 12:1. If enrollment exceeds 12 campers, we hire an assistant to help with the camp.

If enrollment reaches 18 or more we divide the campers into an older and younger group. This is flexible and siblings are allowed to remain in the same group if they so desire.


13.  Can my 12-14 year old participate as a regular camper?

Yes. This would be an opportunity for him/her to display mentorship qualities in order to join us as a mentor or volunteer in the future.


14.  What do mentors do?

Mentors are not responsible for discipline, but they do provide an extra set of eyes/ears during camp hours.  Mentors must be ready, willing and able to help us maintain the safety of all campers, at all times. There are two levels of Mentors.

  • 1st Summer Mentors, ages 12-14, are expected to enhance the overall experience of campers by modeling positive behavior, at all times, lending a hand as needed. They show awareness of what is happening around them and are eager to participate in making the camp run smoothly. 

  • Returning Mentors, ages 13-14, do what 1st Summer Mentors do, but also help by handing out materials, letting us know if younger campers need help, offering to show a new camper where the bathroom is etc.  They put other campers before themselves and proactively contribute to the camp, even if they do not finish their own projects.  

15.  What do volunteers do?

In addition to the responsibilities expected of our mentors, volunteers are proactive young adults that recognize what needs to be done. They show maturity, initiative and gumption by stepping in to help younger campers, if and when needed. They actively and mindfully contribute to the overall safety and success of the camp. 


16.  My child can’t read or write yet, is that a problem?

No.  Our gentle step by step instruction is visual in nature and designed to guide campers of varying ages and abilities.  During the writing camp, rising Kindergartners who can’t read or write yet, focus on letter strokes and sounds to complete their piece of writing.


17.  What kind of clothing is appropriate for camp?

Dress to mess! Weather appropriate clothing is always important. We spend some time each day outside on the playground so it is advisable for campers to come prepared with sunblock and insect repellent, as needed.


18.  What is the camper/instructor ratio?



19.  What is the behavioral expectation?

A socially appropriate standard of behavior is expected from every participant.

During any teaching time, we expect each individual to behave respectfully by taking directions, staying on task and accepting the guidance of the instructors and volunteers.

We expect each individual to refrain from behaviors that abuse property of the instructor or the host facility.

During any non-teaching time (playground, snack, bathroom or water fountain or during before or after care time) we expect each individual to respect the rules of the host facility as well as the rules of Afterschool Art and More and Writing Wonders and More.

All rules are safety oriented.  All behavioral expectations are respect oriented.

In all situations, at all times, we require each individual to refrain from physical aggression or verbal bullying. It will not be tolerated.

Behavior that does not meet these basic standards will be brought to the attention of the parent and may result in dismissal with no credit, refund or make up day at the sole discretion of Kim Murdock and Angie Marino, if unacceptable behavior continues.


20.  Is this camp an appropriate form of therapy?

Our programs are therapeutic in nature but we are by no means certified to address behaviors or conditions (diagnosed or un-diagnosed) that preclude a positive outcome.


21.  What should my child bring to camp?

Water Bottle, Book, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen

Snacks and Lunch are detailed at the very top of this page.


22.  What should my child leave at home?

Electronics and toys do not belong at camp.


23.  Do you allow food sharing?

No. Out of respect for special dietary requirements, food allergies and a desire to limit the spreading of germs, we do not allow campers to share food. Even if your children do so at home, they may not share food at camp.


24.  What if my child has a life-threatening food allergy?

If your child has a life-threatening food allergy, we will ban the food your child is allergic to at camp. Also, before camp, we will review with you the exact step-by-step procedures you want us to follow in the event of an emergency.


25.  What happens on a field trip during a book creation camp week?

Each book creation camp week includes a field trip to see the animals they are learning about. We will transport the campers in passenger vans to and from the location of the field trip. Campers will have lunch (their own) at the location and then enjoy a 45 minute guided tour followed by time in the gift shop before heading back to camp. We cover the cost of transportation and the tour for each child.

If your child wishes to purchase something in the gift shop, send cash in clearly marked envelope on the day of the field trip. By clearly marked, we mean with your child’s first and last name and the amount of money inside the envelope. We will assist campers in making their purchase, if needed, and make sure the change and receipt make it back home to you in the envelope.


Field Trip Schedule

11:30-12:00 Travel To The Field Trip Location

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:15 Tour

1:15-1:30 Gift Shop/ Bathrooms

1:30-2:00 Travel Back to Camp