How can I register for camp?

By clicking here for 10-14 year-olds or here for 6-9 year-olds!

Where CAN I find a calendar of all the CAMPS offered?

In the Camp Brochure!


When is the laTEST I can register?

If there is still space in a camp, online registration is open through the Friday before the camp begins. However, many of our camps fill up months in advance, so we highly recommend you register for camps December-January.


What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, check, cash or money orders.



When you register for camp, you will have the option to pay immediately or be sent an invoice. For those paying by invoice, payment is due in full 30 days after receipt of your invoice or by the first day of camp (whichever comes first). Please contact Lucinda Allen, Associate Managing Director at or (847) 448-0708 with questions about payment.



Yes. No child is ever turned away from a Mudlark program due to financial reasons. The registration form includes a section to request a scholarship. After you do so, we will contact you to follow up. In the meantime, your spot in the camp will be held. 


Can my child come to camp unregistered?

No. For safety reasons we must have a registration form for every child at a Mudlark camp so our staff has all pertinent medical and emergency contact information. We do this to make sure we are creating as safe an environment as possible for your child and all the young people in our programs.


I registered, but didn't receive any sort of confirmation. What do I do now?

You should receive a confirmation email if your registration went through. Check your inbox and spam, but if you still have not received a confirmation, please give us a call at (847) 448-0708 and we will help you check your registration status.


What is your cancellation/refund policy?

No refunds for cancellation within 14 days of the camp start date. Please contact Lucinda Allen, Associate Managing Director, at or (847) 448-0708 with questions about refunds.


Do you give pro-rated refunds for camp absences?

We do not give refunds for days when campers are absent once camp has begun. As a small local non-profit that strives to be an affordable arts enrichment option for area families, we carefully budget our summers and hire instructors based on enrollment numbers.    


Pick up and drop off

Where does camp take place?

All camps meet at Mudlark’s Headquarters inside the First Congregational Church’s Administrative Building at 1417 Hinman Ave.


How does pick up and drop off work?

Drop off begins 15 minutes before the start of camp.

  • If you’re in a 10-14 year-old camp, you will be dropped off on the lawn outside of Mudlark’s HQ (1417 Hinman Ave).

  • If you’re in a 6-9 year-old camp, you will be dropped off at 1445 Hinman Ave, right in front of the First Congregational Church (only half-a-block away from Mudlark HQ).

Campers should check in with their instructors when they arrive at camp. On the first day, Mudlark staff will be on the lawn to help parents and campers find their instructors. Pick up happens immediately following the end of camp. We ask parents to pick up their campers on time as our instructors are working actors, as well as teaching artists, who are often either setting up for afternoon programs or heading to rehearsals or performances at night.


what happens if i am late for pick up?

We try to be as understanding as possible with parents who we know are the busiest people on the planet. But we also strive to be considerate of our instructors’ busy lives and schedules. If a parent/guardian is over 15 minutes late, Mudlark reserves the right to charge a $15 late pick up fee. Repeated late pick-ups will result in a $25 late pick up fee.


Who can pick up my child from camp?

Only the people who are indicated on your registration form.
To add someone to your form, you must send your child with a signed note indicating the additional people you’re authorizing to pick them up from camp.


Can my child sign themselves out?

Yes, but you must have already given them permission on your registration form.
If you didn’t put that on their registration form and wish to change it, you must send your child with a signed note, indicating that they now have the right to check themselves out.


Do you provide child care before or after the camp?

We provide Child care BEFORE camp. Before-Care starts at 8:00am and goes up until camp starts at 9:00am. Before-Care only costs $25/week. You can register HERE


camp day

What should my child bring to camp?

  • Clothing they can easily move around in

  • Closed toe shoes (no flip flops, please!)

  • Non-carbonated drinks and sun protection (lotion, hat, etc.)

  • Water Bottles! Our camps are very physically active and all our camps go outside at least once a day, weather permitting. 

  • Snack (nut free)

  • Lunch (if coming for the full day)


Can I stay and watch camp?

We ask that parents drop off campers as opposed to staying and observing camp. We have found that young actors can get easily distracted, or embarrassed, when non-participants are observing them. We work hard to build a safe space in all our programs where our young actors feel free to be spontaneous, creative and imaginative without self-censorship. This takes time to build and can be thrown off by having strangers, or even their parents, watching. However, almost all of our camps include some kind of final showcase or performance and we hope all parents, families and friends can attend those!



If your child is 10-14 years old and signed up for a morning and an afternoon camp in the same week, or is 8-9 years old and signed up for full day Mudlarkians, they can stay for lunch at no additional charge. They will be supervised by Mudlark staff during lunchtime and eat and play games.

Lunch is NOT provided by Mudlark. You must send your child with a lunch if they’re staying for the full day.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer lunchtime supervision to children who are not staying for an afternoon camp.


Do I need to bring a snack?

During camp your child will be provided with a small snack (typically Goldfish) but they are also welcome to bring their own. See “What to Bring to Camp” above. 


Can the instructors give my child medicine?

Our staff is not allowed to administer any kind of medication with the exception of Epi-Pens in the case of a medical emergency and only with the express written permission of a parent or guardian. Please administer all medication before or after the camp hours. If you have a unique situation, please contact our education team at


How should my child dress for the camp?

See “What to Bring to Camp” above. 



If your child is ill and you believe they may be contagious, or unable to make it through the camp day, please do not send them to camp.

If your child is being treated for a contagious condition please let us know so we can be alert for symptoms in others, and take appropriate precautions. 

Many of our camps build towards performances, and every day is valuable. We highly encourage your child to attend every day of camp. If you have a planned absence, please contact our education team at or let your child's instructor know ahead of time.



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