Teacher Work Day Camp FAQS


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

The camp day is divided into kid-friendly segments with plenty of time for play between structured activities. 

Before we begin, let us discuss the food situation. 1.) We don’t allow food sharing. 2.) Campers are ravenous! Please pack at least two snacks, a lunch and a water bottle 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! :-)

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     Word Related 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?

Unless otherwise noted, our camps will be conducted in Ascension Hall, located at 800 Market Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.


3.    Where do we park?

Park behind the CUMC Classroom Building located at 105 Market Street and walk your child across Sumac Road to enter Ascension Hall directly using the side entrance.



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

No problem. Let us know by email 24 hours before or by text the day of. Break/Snack times are a good time to arrive or leave, but it is up to you. Please, just let us know.


5.    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)


6.    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.


7.    Partial Day? Pro-rated Services?

Half day camps become available 72 Hours before the desired camp date, depending on availability.

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

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.

Morning Only Campers - water bottle, one snack, lunch

Afternoon Only Campers - water bottle, one snack

8.    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. Over the course of our 2018-2019 camp season, we will draw, paint, sculpt and craft our way through each camp date's fun theme, creating works of art that will treasured for years to come. Art projects are designed for the time frame of a half day camp, so there’s plenty of time for campers to finish their artwork at a relaxed pace.


9.    What kind of writing will they do?

Most camp dates will focus 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.

10.  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!


11.  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.


12.  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.


13.  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.


14.  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.


15.  What do mentors do?

TWD Camp 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. 

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.


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 whatever the weather demands...from rain boots to mittens to sunblock to insect repellent...please send them with the right stuff for the day. 


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?

A water bottle, lunch, two snacks (additional snacks are recommended for before and after care) and a book for quiet times. 


22.  What should my child leave at home?

Electronics and toys do not belong at camp. The only exception to this rule is during American Girl Doll camp. Campers may bring their dolls to camp during that camp week.


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.