Registration and FAQs
The Mary and Frances Youth Center offers weeklong, full-day camps for rising first through ninth graders. Participant drop-off and pick-up is at the Mary and Frances Youth Center. Transportation is not provided. Breakfast and hot lunch are included for all interested participants.
2020 summer dates announced soon! Registration opens March 16, 2020.
2020 Scholarship Application
There are two types of scholarships are available:
- Individual Scholarship: Parent pays $25 for a one-week camp
- Partner Scholarship: Parent pays half of the registration fee for a one-week camp
Scholarship applications will not be considered until online registration is complete and the scholarship application with all appropriate attachments have been submitted. Do not wait to submit your scholarship application for camp, as all scholarships are awarded on a first come/first serve basis each year based on financial need.
- You do not need to pay the $25 deposit until you have received notification that you have been awarded a scholarship for camp.
- Only one scholarship will be awarded per child, per camp.
- A child may apply for a scholarship for both Lobs & Lessons and Discovery.
- Once a scholarship application has been received, families will be notified within two weeks as to the status of their application.
- Once a scholarship is awarded, families will have two weeks to submit the full payment.
Submit scholarship application materials online here.
Payment Policy (Non-Scholarship)
- A $25 deposit is required when registering to hold your child's spot in camp.
- You will have two weeks from the date you registered to make the remaining payment.
- If payment is not received, you will be notified via e-mail and your child will move to the wait list for the camp they are registered for.
- If you are on the wait list, we will notify you as soon as possible if a spot opens up in camp. If you accept the spot, you have two weeks from date of acceptance to make payment.
Breakfast and Lunch
The MFYC partners with FeedMore to provide a breakfast and lunch for each child participating in the summer program. Meals are ordered in advance for the entire summer, which is why it is important for you to tell us if your child will eat a meal we provide, or bring his or her own. If your child is a selective eater, please consider providing their lunch. Menus will be available in June.
- Breakfast consists of white milk, fruit cup and grain (pop-tart, muffin, cereal, etc)
- Hot lunch consists of chocolate milk, fruit/vegetable and meat (baked chicken, mac & cheese, tuna salad, chef’s salad, beef tacos, etc); cold lunch (sandwiches) is provided on Friday.
- Your child has three meal options: 1) receive both breakfast and lunch at camp, 2) receive either breakfast or lunch at camp, or 3) bring own lunch to camp.
- If you order a meal, it will be provided for the entire week. Children will not have the option to pick and choose which days they will eat the meal we provide.
FAQs about summer programs
Lobs & Lessons camps are designed for specific age groups each week. These camps all vary in the activities presented based on the age group, therefore, youth may only sign up for one week of camp. The Young Aces golf and tennis camp is an exception. Youth can participate in both Lobs & Lessons and Young Aces camp as the activities and skills presented are different. Young Aces camp is only available for the 3rd-5th grade age group. For Discovery, youth may sign up for as many weeks as they choose as classes vary each week.
Yes, scholarships are need-based and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit Summer Programs to download the scholarship form for guidance on what documentation to include in the scholarship packet.
In the online registration system, if a class is already full, you will be given the option to sign up for the waiting list. If a space becomes available, parents will be notified and offered the space based on their rank on the waiting list.
Lobs & Lessons camps are designed for beginner to intermediate players. The program utilizes the Net Generation through the USTA and modified equipment. All tennis skills stations and activities are based and designed to incorporate as much movement as possible.
Discovery is open to all rising 6th – 8th grade youth regardless of their academic performance. Home schoolers, public and private school students are all welcome, and classes are structured to welcome varying levels of academic attainment.
All youth are expected to fully participate in all Healthy Lifestyles activities. This program compliments the career exploration classes offered throughout the day by incorporating physical activity at the end of the day.
We are committed to working with families to make our programs accessible to any child who is interested in participating. We recognize that many children have unique needs and require some minor adjustments to our programs or alternative arrangements to ensure they can participate as fully as possible. We would be more than happy to work with your family to determine how best to go about this. This will start with us gathering some information (both from you and potentially your child's doctor) about these health concerns. We will then have a conversation between our team and your family where we can begin to understand a bit more about your child and what accommodations might be necessary. While we are not able to provide personal aides, assistants, or assistive devices, we are happy to discuss what reasonable accommodations we can make.
This process can take some time so please complete the Summer Programs Accessibility Form as soon as possible (ideally 4 weeks prior to the start of your week of camp) to discuss. If your child needs accomodations for medical or dietary reasons, please complete the Medical and Dietary Release Form as soon as possible.
Breakfast and lunch are a provided option during registration, giving you the choice to select both, one or neither. If your child is a selective eater, we suggest packing their food each day as the menus are scheduled by FeedMore. You can cancel your meals up to two weeks prior to the start of camp. The deadline is in place to prevent wasted meals.
Camps operate at a 1:8 ratio of counselors/instructors to youth. Along with the counselors, administrative staff will assist in all aspects of the day. During swimming, counselors are in the water with the youth and there are life guards on duty.
No, cell phones are not needed and are not allowed during camp. If a child uses a phone during camp, it will be retrieved by a staff and only given to the parent during pick-up. If a child needs to call home, they can ask a counselor and if a parent needs to reach their child, they may call the Center at 827-0802 (Lobs & Lessons) or 828-9276 (Discovery).
Located inside the Cary Street gym, the pool offers an array of features including a circle swimming lanes pool, drop slide, water basketball and more. Swimming is the only portion of the day that is not instructional, but free time for youth. A swim test is required in order to access some areas of the pool, but is not required to enjoy swim time. For Lobs & Lessons camp, there is an option at registration to express interest in a swimming lesson that might be offered during this time.
All necessary equipment and materials for activities will be provided. Your child will need to bring a towel and swimsuit each day for afternoon swimming. If your child would like to bring their own racquet, for example, they are welcome to do so. For Lobs & Lessons, please have your child wear comfortable, athletic clothing and tennis shoes; a hat, sunscreen and water bottle are also suggested. For Discovery, youth are also encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as they will be walking across campus for classes. If they will not be swimming, they need to wear tennis shoes in order to participation in other Healthy Lifestyles activities. If special clothes are needed for a specific class, Discovery staff will contact parents with instructions.
View detailed directions and parking information. Please note, the ramp next to the MFYC is NOT ours and cannot be used for drop-off/pick-up, and if used, you may be towed. Curbside pickup is also available.
Parents do not need to sign in their child for camp, however children must be signed out before they can leave. For drop-off, you have the choice to park and bring your child to the door or let them out at the sidewalk to come into the building. For pick-up, you can utilize our new curbside pick-up service or park and walk up to the building. For sign outs, you will need to have a photo id and be on the approved pick-up list for that child.
Due to the scheduling of camp activities and staff, we only have a 15 minute window for drop-off and pick-up. Lobs & Lessons camp will not open until 8:45 a.m. and 8:30am for Discovery. We do not recommend dropping children off early, as youth will not be supervised or have access into the building.
For Lobs & Lessons, youth remain at the Youth Center all day, allowing for ongoing pick-up with the exception of swimming from 2:45-4 p.m. For Discovery, youth are in a variety of classes across VCU campuses as well as on off-site field trips; therefor early pick-up is only offered during lunch (12- 12:30 p.m.) or healthy lifestyles (3:30-5 p.m.) for classes within walking distance of the Center. Youth can only be signed out from the Youth Center, not picked up directly from classes. In an emergency, staff will work with you to accommodate these needs.
For Lobs & Lessons, youth may be dropped off late but please notify staff in advance. For Discovery, youth who are not in a full-day class, may be dropped off late during lunch time, 12-12:30 p.m.
When you complete your online registration, you will be prompted to fill out emergency contact information for your child. These individuals are authorized to pick up your child. If you need to add an additional name to this list, please email their name, phone number, and relationship to you to Lobs & Lessons camp: email@example.com; Discovery Camp: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, there will be a fee each time your child is picked up late. The fee begins at 10 minutes and is $10 and then increases by $5 for each five minutes thereafter.