Online Summer Camp 
Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions, in one easy place for your perusal. If you can’t find an answer for your question here, please email Mary Lechter, at

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Can I stay with my child during the camp day? Answer

While we encourage independent learning, we understand that some students need assistance and you are always welcome to observe their program. For camp students ages 5-9, we recommend parents be available to assist their students as necessary.

My child won’t be 5 until this fall. Can they still attend camp? Answer

Periodically children younger than 5 are admitted to the program. Please contact the AFYP staff to discuss details about your child to determine if starting this summer is a good fit.

Is each camp session a repeat of the last? What are the benefits of attending more than one week? Answer

We cover the same basic skills each week as a foundation of our training program. Just as a musician perfects their art by performing the same exercises daily, some repetition of warm ups, exercises and theater games is necessary for actors to reinforce important components of acting, voice and movement. However, each week has its own theme, so activities are carefully planned to tie in to that theme and provide variety for multi-week and returning campers. While each week provides a standalone, complete learning experience for our students, many of them gain mastery of these skills by having a longer time to work on them.

What will my child be doing all day? Answer

Please see the “Summer Acting Camp Daily Schedule” for an overview of our daily activities. During the camp day, each age group will have acting classes and special topic classes such as Voice, Movement, Improvisation, and Musical Theater. The group teachers are present throughout the camp day and additional instructors join to lead the special topic classes. Each class is approximately 30 minutes long in our Online Camp programs. There will be one snack break each day.

How are age groups broken down? How large are the groups? Answer

Students are broken into five groups: ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13+. Group size for our online programs is limited to 15-16 students, to better ensure focus and engagement through virtual learning. If a child is on the borderline of an age range (for example, age 8 but turning 9 in the fall) we recommend placing them with the next group up unless parents would prefer to keep them with students their exact age and slightly younger.

My child wants to attend with a friend. How can I arrange for that? Answer

During the registration process you will have an opportunity to complete the “please group with” section. Students wishing to be grouped together should be close in age; it is not advisable to place children with widely differing ages in the same group.

Are there breaks in the camp day? Answer

Campers will have one snack break during the day. They are welcome to stay on screen to chat with their teachers or to take a break from the screen. There will be transition points during the camp day that allow campers to get a quick drink of water or step away to use the restroom.

Who are the teachers and counselors? Answer

Our talented teaching artists and staff are carefully vetted with backgrounds checked. Our key faculty is comprised of professional performer/educators, and teaching assistants are students from area colleges who are pursuing careers in theater and theater education.

Do you work with children who have learning disabilities? Answer

Please notify us in advance if your child has any learning disabilities or special needs we should be aware of. AFYP strives to makes its programming available to everyone, including students with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities. Please contact Mary and the AFYP Staff at 703-554-4931 if you have questions and/or to determine that this is the right camp for your child(ren). If a student’s disability proves to be in any way beyond our staff’s capabilities, we may recommend that a student discontinue the camp program, and a pro-rated refund will be granted.

If my child wants to attend another session of camp, how can I arrange for that? Answer

You are welcome to register for additional weeks of camp, pending space availability. Please check with our staff regarding openings, and you are welcome to use the online registration system. The multiple week discount should be reflected upon checkout.

Our schedule has changed and I need to switch my child’s camp week. How do I arrange for that? Answer

Notify the AFYP staff right away if you need to change dates. We will do our best to accommodate your request providing space is available. There is no charge for switching camp sessions, only for cancellations.

What happens if I have to cancel a camp session? Answer

Cancellations must be requested in writing. Up to 2 weeks prior to the start of a camp session, refunds are granted less a $50 processing fee. After the start of a camp session, prorated refunds less the $50 processing fee are granted with valid medical documentation only.

My child has to leave early one day of the camp week. How do I arrange for that? Answer

Please notify Mary by email ahead of time ( if your child must leave early one day of the camp week. Staff and teaching team will be notified of departure time.

How do I arrange for a late arrival? Answer

Please notify Mary by email ahead of time ( if your child must arrive late to one day of the camp week. Staff and teaching team will be notified of the arrival time.

My child’s camp tuition is a reimbursable expense. Where can I find your Tax ID Number? How can I get verification of attendance to submit to my employer? Answer

George Mason University’s Tax ID Number is 54-0836354 (applicable to AFYP and Mason Community Arts Academy programs). If you need a form signed, please email Mary ( If you’d like a receipt emailed to you, please request in writing and allow processing time.

What kind of performance will we see upon completion of the program? Answer

Each group works on age-appropriate material every day in acting classes, culminating in our final presentations that are recorded on Friday of each week. These recordings will be sent to you through a secure link, once edited. The content of the final presentation is unique to each program. Our camp program focuses on process vs. product, and our goal is to provide top-level training for our young actors and give them the experience of sharing their work with an audience at week’s end, while celebrating their accomplishments and building confidence.

Does my child need prior experience? Answer

Students with all levels of experience enjoy our program, from newcomers to young professionals. While some students may have had prior training and/or performance experience, we also train new students who have an interest in theater and want to give it a try in a fun, nurturing environment. Our teachers determine each student’s needs and do their best to reach them at their current skill level.