Summer Camp Season is Here!

June 19, 2020
  • Summer Camp Season is Here!

    Will there be Summer Camps this year? This is the burning question in so many parent’s minds – and ours too! We are pleased to report that we have received confirmation from Governor Inslee’s office and YES there will be Illumination Learning Studio (ILS) Summer Camps this year! Luckily, we’ve been preparing for this moment and have made modifications to our programs and put safety measures in place to meet re-opening requirements.

    Safety is our number one priority

    Safety remains our number one concern for our students, ILS staff and the greater whole of our community. As the guidelines for social distancing and other measures continue to evolve, we respect that each family must weigh risks/benefits of allowing their children to participate in summer programs. We know that ILS re-opening will also be much-welcomed news as a resource for families working from home or returning to work, and for students ready to get out of the house.

    Families with high-risk individuals living in the home should continue to act cautiously to minimize their family’s exposure to COVID-19. With guidelines in place, we believe that our kids can safely participate in summer programs at Illumination Learning Studio. With the camp modifications, following all the CDC and WA State Department of Health guidelines, we can get our students back together for socialization, learning, and most of all – fun with friends this summer!

    Summer Camp Registration Now Open

    Due to new safety guidelines, space is limited for our themed adventure camps.

    Modifications to ILS Summer Camps for 2020

    Modified summer plans will include:

    Limited Camp Group Sizes: Since our Summer Adventure Camps are themed each week, we will be modifying daily lesson plans throughout the summer to allow for separation of groups.

    • When large group activities occur, students will be partitioned from each other with a minimum of 6-foot distances as prescribed by the Dept. of Health’s guidelines.
    • Students attending camp will be split into groups of 9 or fewer students and each group will be led by one instructor. Students will be in these same groups throughout the week with limited physical interaction with students in other groups.
    • We will remain in our small groups when traveling outside to nearby parks and playfields.
    • Parents who wish to have their students placed with other students attending your camp week should contact and we will try our best to accommodate.

    Van Transportation: No ILS van transportation will be used for Weeks 1-3 (June 22 – July 10th). All park visits will be within walking distance of the camp’s studio. Future weeks of van use will be evaluated and communicated on an ongoing basis.

    Extended Outside Time: Campers will spend lots of time outdoors this year! We will visit nearby parks with play fields, but outdoor play equipment will not be utilized unless rules change in Phase 1-4 guidance.

    Student Masks: All students are welcome to wear masks during camp hours but will not be required. ILS will not be providing masks and ask that if students desire to wear a mask, they are provided one at home. All ILS teachers and assistants will be wearing masks and we ask that parents wear masks during the pick up and drop off process. 

    Updated Drop Off Procedures:

    • Specific daily drop-off times will be recommended for families, so that we can minimize lines on the sidewalk during our check-in process.
    • During drop-off, we ask parents to wait with their student outside our studios, distanced 6-feet from others and wearing masks, so our Camp Leaders can conduct health screenings and no-contact temperature checks before students enter the studio.
    • It is recommended, when possible, for the same parent to drop-off and pick-up each day. Pick-up will also occur outside of our studios, as parents will not be admitted inside.

    Field Trips: All field trips to museums or other destinations have been cancelled.

    Virus Exposure Procedure: If at any point we experience COVID-19 exposure at one of our camp locations, ILS will close for 2-days to disinfect and sanitize, and families will be notified.

    Spend the Summer with Illumination Learning Studio

    Our 10 themed summer adventure camps will be taking place in Locks, Greenwood, and Ballard. Sign up for camp nearest you!

    Daily Health-Logs

    Students and staff will complete and record health information each day. Review the health information we will collect for each person here. Parents should be familiar with the drop-off procedures outlined above and wait until their child has been checked in. Your cooperation and patience during the check-in process are required. We want to minimize the potential for a stressful situation for parents, staff, and students. All student health information will be maintained confidentially by our team.

    For the safety of our students, our staff, and families we ask for diligence on the part of all parents in monitoring and reporting exposure to ILS. Anyone attesting to known exposure of COVID-19, showing or reporting symptoms of illness will not be allowed to check in or stay at camp for the day, without exception. We’re all in this together and it requires diligence as a community to keep everyone safe.

    If new guidance from the CDC or WA State Health Department arises, ILS will revise our policies and share any changes with our summer camp families.

  • If you have any questions or concerns as we near the beginning of our camp season, please contact our ILS Business Office at: