At Camp

Our week-long camps run Monday - Friday, except for public holidays.

• Before Care hours: 8:00 - 8:45 am
• Camp hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
• After Care hours: 4:00 - 6:00 pm Please note, there is no After Care on Friday

Before Care and After Care is available for an additional daily fee. Please see our Extended Care section for pricing and policies. We also offer an extra 15 minutes (from 8:30 am) for check in the first morning of camp each session, to allow parents plenty of time to check in and have their questions answered.

Camp shirts are only available during our Summer Camp Programs for $10 if purchased at the time of enrollment, or $15 during camp. Shirts are available in all sizes from 3T – Adult XXL.

Every Friday we allow campers the opportunity to have their shirts signed by their fellow campers and instructors. Only current year camp shirts may be signed.

Students must sign in each morning on our computer kiosks. Parents are required to accompany their child for the first check in to ensure all payments and forms are complete. All other mornings students are free to check themselves in. No student is permitted to wait unaccompanied on any part of the college campus, and OCT does not and will not assume any responsibility for children that arrive before the start time.

Late Check-In

All students checking in after 9:15 am, regardless of their regular Check-In location must check-in at the Children’s Center for the Art building (our Main Building). Students must not head directly to class.

All students must be signed out by a parent or guardian who will be required to provide either the child’s key fob or 4 digit security code. No child will be released unless the correct code is provided. The security code can be found in your reminder email and provided to you during initial Check-In.

Early Check-Out

Students may be checked out early by calling our office at (405) 606-7003 at least 30 minutes prior to pick up time. Students will be retrieved from class and can be picked up from our main office. A valid key fob or security code must be provided on check-out. Please note, parents who have not called ahead should expect a 30 minute wait for their child to be located and returned to the Main Building.

For the safety and security of our students, we do not accomodate early check-outs after 3:00 pm. This is an organizational and security issue. Please organize to pick up your child before this time if necessary. Students who are still waiting to be picked up at after 3:00 pm will be returned to class.

Late Pick-Up Policy

The camp day finishes at 6:00 pm. If you arrive after 6:05 pm you will be charged $1.00 per minute for every minute you are late. Late fees are to be paid by cash, check, or credit card at the time of pick-up. Please note traffic or difficulty in locating the facilities is not a valid excuse for a late pickup.

  • Lunch box or backpack
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Nutritious lunch
  • Two snacks
  • Water bottle 

Please make sure all of your child's property is clearly labelled with their name.

What to leave at home: All electronics including cell phones, iPods, iPads, tablets, toys, trading cards, and non-essential personal items.

We believe that camp provides valuable opportunities for development of independence, social skills, and self-esteem. Please do not call to speak to your child unless it is an emergency. If your child is experiencing problems we will call you immediately.

Students are not permitted to have cell phones on them and are expressly forbidden from using them at camp. This includes answering phone calls or text messages from their parents. Students caught using their phones at camp will have them confiscated and the device must be checked out by a parent from the office at check out. Please realize that it can be very upsetting for children to have their phones confiscated because they were trying to return text messages or phone calls from their parents. Students and parents who consistently fail to comply with this policy may be suspended or removed from the program without refund.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all our students, patrons, volunteers, and staff. To ensure safety and comfort for all we expect all individuals to act in a mature and responsible way that respects the rights and dignity of others. This applies to all staff, students, parents, family members, and guests.

Our code of conduct does not permit language or action that can hurt or frighten another person, or that falls below a generally accepted standard of conduct. Specifically, this includes:

  • Angry or vulgar language, including swearing, name calling, and shouting.  
  • Physical contact with another person in an angry or threatening way.  
  • Any demonstration of sexual activity or sexual contact. 
  • Harassment or intimidation with words, gestures, body language, or other menacing behaviors. 
  • Behavior which intends to or results in the theft or destruction of property.  
  • Carrying or concealing weapons or devices that may be used as weapons.

Please notify a staff member if you need assistance. All reported violations will be investigated, and violations of the code of conduct will result in dismissal from our programs, without exception. No refunds will be given.

Philosophy

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre behavior management policy is a guidance policy and is focused on providing all students with opportunities for conflict resolution, self-direction, and behavioral success. Considering each child’s age, developmental stage, and personality we establish fair and reasonable expectations of behavior.

Primary Guidelines

While developmentally appropriate expectations are set for every student, specific guidelines are set out below:

  • All students will respect the rights and feelings of others and will avoid disruptive behavior that would
  • interfere with program activities. 
  • Violence or other aggressive behaviors, including kicking, hitting, spitting, biting, hair pulling, bullying, verbal “put-downs”, and other inappropriate behaviors will not be tolerated.
  • All students will follow directions given by the staff regarding safety and will remain with the group for all scheduled activities.
  • OCT operates with a strict zero-tolerance policy on the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, including the use of electronic cigarettes or vaporizer pens (whether tobacco based or not).
  • All students will respect the property of others and understand that stealing or vandalizing will not be tolerated. Repair for any maliciously caused damage will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian of the camper who caused it.
  • Students must not negatively affect or disrupt the experience of other students.

Behavior Management Procedures

When a student engages in inappropriate behavior that threatens the health or safety of herself/himself or others or causes a disruption to other student’s ability to participate in the program the following steps will be taken by our staff.

  • Immediate action will be taken to stop the behavior and redirect to appropriate behaviors.
  • If the behavior persists the student will be given a verbal warning.
  • If the behavior continues to persist, a second warning as in in-class time-out will be given.
  • If the behavior continues the student will be referred to the Program Director. At this point parents will be informed of their child’s behavior and depending on the severity or nature of the behavioral issue, may be contacted to pick their child up immediately.

A positive attitude and cooperation from all students is vital to the success and happiness of the group as a whole and therefore any disruptive or violent behavior will not be tolerated in our programs. Oklahoma Children’s Theatre reserves the right to determine who is and is not suitable for camp. If a child’s displays persistent inappropriate behavior, or if they are violent or destructive to property, we may at our discretion dismiss the child from camp. There is no tuition refund for children who are dismissed from any program due to behavior.

Bullying

We believe that all students have a right to learn and have fun in a safe and healthy environment and we do not tolerate any behavior that infringes on the safety or well-being of any student. Bullying is a pervasive problem that can occur in all social situations. We define bullying as an unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or percieved power imbalance. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must fufill several criteria incluing:

  • Be intentional and unwanted in nature.
  • Be aggressive. 
  • Involve an imbalance of power.
  • Be repetitve or have the potenital to be repeated.

Bullying includes;

  • Verbal Bullying, including name calling, teasing, inappropriate comments, etc.
  • Social Bullying, including exclusion, public embarrassment, spreading rumors, etc.
  • Physical Bullying, including hitting, pinching, punching, repetitive behaviors intended to affect or annoy.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre has a zero tolerance policy pertaining to physical actions against others, stealing, bullying, and disrespect for staff and property. These actions are disruptive and result in negative experiences for fellow students. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate a camper’s participation at any time for failure to adhere to the rules and values of our program. There will be no refunds given to children who are suspended or terminated for behavior issues.

If you believe your child has been bullied, or has witnessed or participated in bullying behavior, please contact a program directors as soon as possible, by phone or email (if out of hours). As best as possible, please include information of the time, location, activity taking place, the bullying event, the names/descriptions of the bully or bullies, and any witnesses.

Parent Partnerships

We aim to provide a positive learning environment for all children and we strongly encourage all parents to reach out to us regarding behavior patterns and strategies, especially prior to the program commencement. By providing us information about your child’s needs and behaviors we can more effectively prepare for their camp experience, including providing class staff with additional strategies and resources to help ensure your child’s time with us is successful.

We strive to provide an engaging environment that encourages participation. Students may not bring cell phones, tablet devices, laptops, toys, trading cards, audio devices, or other non-essential objects, whether electronic or otherwise to camp. We strongly discourage students from bringing cell phones to camp and use of cell phones during camp hours is expressly forbidden. Cell phones that are being used during the day will be confiscated and must be picked up by a parent/guardian at the end of the camp day from the reception office, located in the Children’s Center of the Arts building. Oklahoma Children’s Theatre accepts no responsibility for any lost or stolen items and parents and students are not permitted to return to OCT classrooms and facilities after camp hours.

We offer Extended Care to provide additional fun for campers who need to arrive early or stay later than regular camp hours. Campers will participate in a variety of supervised, self-directed activities including movies, board games, group creative play, crafts, as well as a collection of special events.

Before Care

Available from 8:00-8:45 am and takes place at each check-in location. All students should head straight to their designated check-in location. Please note, OCT facilities are unattended until Morning Care begins and children are not permitted to wait unaccompanied on any part of the campus.

After Care

Available from 4:00-6:00 pm Monday - Thursday, and only takes place at the Children’s Center for the Arts Building (our Main Building.) There is no after-care available on Friday afternoons.

Signing Up For Extended Care

Extended Care is available for an additional $10/day or $35/week. Campers must be pre-enrolled or signed up for Automatic Billing to participate. Parents can pre-pay during enrollment, by phone on (405) 606- 7003, or during any Check-In. Refunds are not given for unsued Extended Care.

Parents can also sign up for Automatic Billing. We’ll add your credit card to your account and charge you at the end of the session for the amount you use. This is a great option for parents that might need Extended Care, but don’t want to pre-pay.

All week-long performance based camps will include a Friday showcase performance. Performances are generally held in the Burg Theatre. Performances are free of charge and all friends and family are invited to watch. Since the performances are devised by the campers and teachers, cameras are encouraged! Art and computer classes will have a separate end of session showcase, generally held in their classroom. Information about their final showcases will be given out at camp.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre is not equipped or designed to care for sick children. If your child becomes sick at camp they will be moved to an area away from the other students and our staff will contact parents on the provided emergency contact numbers to pick the child up. Sick children will not be returned to class. Children who have communicable diseases will be sent home and may not return to camp until the illness has been treated successfully and the child is symptom-free.

If your child is sick from camp please call or email our office. This allows us to inform the class teachers as well as take preventative measures to ensure the health and well-being of our other students.

Sometimes things happen at camp and we work hard to make sure parents remain informed. Automatic incident reports are emailed to the primary email address on file for any medical, behavior, or injury events that we feel you should be told about. This communication may be followed up by other communication, including phone calls, additional emails, or disciplinary notes. While we make a best-faith effort to ensure parents remain informed, minor interactions or events may not be reported (for example a small cut, meltdown, etc.)

Please ensure all of your child’s belongings are clearly labeled with their name in permanent marker, including lunch boxes, drink bottles, bags, coats, jackets, and hats. All lost property is bought to the Lobby in the our Main Building. Lost property must be claimed within two weeks, or will be donated/disposed of. OCT does not accept any responsibility for lost property and students are not permitted to have toys or electronics at camp.

A completed Medical and Photo Release form is required for each child must be submitted before they can attend camp. Forms are valid for a calendar year, but if your child’s personal details, needs, or situation has changed please complete a new medical form. Forms can be completed online at www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org/medical-form. The link can be found in your confirmation email and spare forms are always available during Check-In.

If your child needs to take medication during camp hours, the medication must be turned in by the parent during Check-In to a program administrator. It must be in its original container, be clearly marked with your child’s name, best contact number, an appropriate label, clear instructions, and have the appropriate amount of medication needed for the duration of your child’s stay at camp. Medication will be kept in the camp office and will be distributed by a camp administrator. Prior approval is required for campers to carry and dispense their own medication.

For campers that require an epi-pen please provide one. Epi-pens will be kept by the class instructor/ assistant. Unless specifically requested, medication and epi-pens will be available for pickup from the camp office at the end of the session, after any final performances have concluded. Please ensure all relevant allergies are listed on the child’s medical form. If allergies are severe please remember to inform administrators and teachers in person during initial Check-In.

Payments for Extended Care, T-Shirts, Camp Store, and Friday Lunch Party can be made online prior to camp (please see your confirmation email for link) or morning during Check-In. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit cards. Payments can also be made over the phone by credit card, by calling (405) 606-7003 during regular business hours.

All students attending our programs must be potty trained and able to use the restroom independently. Staff are not permitted to enter the restrooms while being used by students and will not aid students during this time. Students are expected to behave appropriately during restroom breaks.

What to Bring

Children will need to bring a sack lunch and two snacks each day. Please ensure all non-disposable lunch boxes and drink bottles are clearly labeled with your child’s name. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure children are provided with adequate lunch and snacks daily, remember your child will be more physically active than during the school day. While an effort is made to contact parents and/or provide lunch for children who have forgotten, we do not guarantee our ability to do so. If emergency lunch is provided by us, parents will be charged $5 due at Check Out.

Students are not permitted to use the vending machines. Other than the camp store, all food and drink should come from home. Parents are not permitted to join their child for lunch but may check out their child by following the proper Check-Out procedures.

Dropping off Lunches

Parents dropping lunch off must bring them to the Main Building, in a clearly labeled sack/ lunchbox.

Camp Store

The Camp Store will be available for campers to purchase sweets, treats, and drinks during snack times. Camp Store credit can be pre-purchased for $5.00 at any Check-In, alternately students can pay cash. There is no refund on unused camp store credit and it does not roll over to future camp sessions.

Friday Lunch

Each Friday we have either a Hot Dog or Pizza Party for the whole camp. The cost is $5/child and includes 2 hot dogs/pieces of pizza, cookies, fruit, and punch. Payment can be made at any check-in. Don’t forget to still pack two snacks! Participation is optional, students are always welcome to bring their own sack lunch and two snacks and join in the fun.

There are often opportunities for students to engage in outside play. Students are welcome to bring sunscreen with them to camp. Please keep the sunscreen in its original container and make sure that it is labeled with your child’s name.

Staff members are not permitted to apply sunscreen to any student. All students must be able to apply sunscreen independently. This includes both lotion and spray sunscreen.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre reserves the right to terminate your child’s enrollment in any of our programs with or without refund in the event a senior administrator deems in the best interest and/or safety of the child, other children, parents, other patrons, staff, or program. If a termination of an enrollment is deemed necessary by OCT, parents will be informed of reasons for termination of services.