Kong Academy Camps are a fun and adventurous way to keep your kids moving and growing all summer long.

Thank you to our summer camp families for your patience as we were waiting to receive all necessary state, local health, and policy guidelines. We completely revised our summer camp plan to create a safe environment for our campers.

Guidelines for In-Person Camps

Childcare has been deemed an essential function by the Governor as part of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders. The CDC, WA Department of Health, and King County have released guidelines for youth camps independent of which phase of safely reopening Washington State we are in. 

Even though our camps provide so much more than childcare to families, it is an essential part of it. We were hoping to provide this service to up to 350 families this summer. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we reduced our group size to a maximum of 8 people (including one staff member) and will therefore not be able accommodate that many campers this year. 

The safety of campers and staff is of utmost importance to us, and we are implementing a range of actions to comply with the WA Department of Health guidelines for summer camps. Some of the many actions we are taking include:

  • Small groups of max. 7 campers with 1 dedicated coach.
  • All groups will remain separated throughout the day with dedicated drop off and pick up locations for each group.
  • Physical distancing will be practiced within each group as much as possible.
  • Ensuring campers wash/sanitize their hands frequently. 
  • Increase cleaning and disinfecting of equipment.
  • Coaches wearing masks whenever possible.
  • Daily health screening for all campers and staff to ensure they are free of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Creating a comprehensive Summer Camper Health Agreement.
Extended Care

We have canceled extended care for the June 22nd camp. We will automatically cancel and refund extended care for that week. We are still working on a way to offer extended care for our July and August camps and will inform you as soon as possible.  

Summer Camper Health Agreement

In order to make sure we keep all our campers and staff safe during our summer camps, we developed a new Summer Camper Health Agreement which all parents must review and sign. The policy must be reviewed, signed and submitted before the first day of camp (please print, sign and send back via email) or at drop off on day 1 of the camp. View and download the policy.

 

Our current summer camp plan might change depending on any new update or regulations. In case we have to cancel a camp, we are offering options to each of our families:

  • You may transfer your registration to a later camp (subject to availability).
  • You may transfer your registration towards a virtual camp (Living Room Ninja or Dungeons & Dragons). Comprehensive list of all camps is available on 6crickets.
  • You may request a refund, which we’ll honor in full, less any service charges depending on method of payment.
  • We are also looking at making our NEW online programming available with individual virtual Kong Academy sessions as an alternative. Stay tuned!

We are currently accepting registrations for our In-Person Summer Camps, an online Virtual Living Room Ninja Camp and an online Virtual DnD Camp!

We look forward to serving our community and keeping your kids safe and having fun this summer.

Your Kids will…

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Make new friends

by playing and creating new games and working together to overcome challenges – everyone is part of the team!

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Learn & grow

by practicing parkour skills, circus arts, larping, swimming, water safety skills, forest crafting, and so much more!

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Have a blast

play is a kore belief to Kong Academy. What would a summer be like for kids without experiencing the most fun possible?

About Kong Academy Summer Camps 2020

Join us for summer camps! We offer a unique combination of activities that will get your kids moving and learning new skills every day – even virtually.

Our week-long camps include:

  • In-Person Parkour Adventure Camp for ages 6-12
  • Virtual Living Room Ninja Camp for ages 6-12
  • Virtual Dungeons & Dragons Camp for ages 9-13
Age Date Location
Ages 6-12 June 22 - June 26 Virtual Living Room Ninja Camp! Sign Up
Ages 6-12 June 22 - June 26 Phinney Neighborhood Association Sign Up
Ages 9-13 June 22 - June 26 Virtual DnD Camp! Sign Up
Ages 6-12 June 29 - July 3 Virtual Living Room Ninja Camp! Sign Up
Ages 9-13 June 29 - July 3 Virtual DnD Camp! Sign Up
Ages 6-12 July 6 - July 10 Seward Park Sign Up
Ages 9-13 July 6 - July 10 Virtual DnD Camp! Sign Up
Ages 6-12 July 13 - July 17 Virtual Living Room Ninja Camp! Sign Up
Ages 9-13 July 13 - July 17 Virtual DnD Camp! Sign Up
Ages 6-12 July 20 - July 24 Luther Burbank Sign Up
Ages 9-13 July 20 - July 24 Virtual DnD Camp! Sign Up
Ages 13-15 July 20 - July 24 Luther Burbank Sign Up
Ages 6-12 July 20 - July 24 Virtual Living Room Ninja Camp! Sign Up
Ages 6-12 July 27 - July 31 Gas Works Park Sign Up
Ages 6-12 August 10 - August 14 Seward Park Sign Up
Ages 9-13 August 10 - August 14 Virtual DnD Camp! Sign Up
Ages 6-12 August 17 - August 21 Volunteer Park Sign Up
Ages 6-12 August 24 - August 28 Gas Works Park Sign Up

Camp Locations

Virtual Summer Camps
Virtual via Zoom link!
Gas Works Park
2101 N Northlake Way

Seattle, WA 98103
Volunteer Park
1247 15th Ave E

Seattle, WA 98112
Luther Burbank
2040 84th Ave SE

Mercer Island, WA 98040
Seward Park
5901 Lake Washington Blvd S
Seattle, WA 98118
Phinney Neighborhood Association
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Summer Camp Handbook

This guide includes detailed information about our in-person summer camp activities, procedures, and policies. Please read prior to sign up. For information on online programming please look at the sign-up pages for each course below.

View the Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the daily schedule look like? What kind of activities will you be doing?

Most days will start with warm up games to get the kids moving, getting their bodies ready for activity and building relationships with other campers. Depending on the week, the weather and the location, the kids will spend the morning with the first activity (e.g. learning and applying Parkour movements and Circus Art). This will be followed in the afternoon by a second activity: e.g. LAPRing and Parkour. During all activities kids are given an opportunity to work together as a team either creating their own games, overcoming challenges or building a variety of constructions with items we find in the park/on the beach. Camps at parks with access to a beach will include sessions on swimming techniques and water safety skills. The swim camps include basic first aid skills and emergency response procedures.

What happens if it is pouring down rain or really hot – will there be sources of shade/water/shelter?

All the parks we have chosen for our summer camps have sheltered areas for both shade and adverse weather conditions. Our coaches are very familiar with the different parks and will make sure the kids are not exposed to any extreme weather or travel too far from readily available sources of water.

What is Parkour?

Parkour is the physical discipline of overcoming obstacles by using natural movements of the human body to navigate through our environment. Parkour is an alternative to traditional exercise, helping people become more playful, confident and capable of turning challenges into opportunities for physical and mental growth.

My child is interested in Parkour/Circus Art/LARPing but has never done any of it before. (or is not very agile, shy, etc…) Would this be a good fit for my child?

The Kong Academy teaching method is based on the five pillars of Social Emotional Learning (self-awareness, self-control, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making). At our summer camps, we teach a large range of skills (including functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision). We include movements and progressions that offer fun and challenging activity for every child, every ability and every skill level. The SEL component of the camp gives us the tools to make sure every child feels included, gives their best effort and leaves the camp every day with a feeling of achievement.

What is LARPing?

In this live action role-playing (LARP) program, students will pursue various goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world. They will portray fun characters with safe, soft props and use creative problem solving skills to interact with an adventurous storyline and each other. LARPing is a fantastic physical exercise, creative outlet, stress reliever, emotional intelligence builder, platform to practice conflict resolution, and much more. Get ready to explore an imaginative world of endless potential and mystery.

What are Circus Arts?

Students will adventure into the magical world of imagination and creatively explore individual challenges of movement, manual dexterity, and mental focus via different modalities of circus arts. Through juggling, acrobatics, tumbling, object manipulation, balancing and more, students will experience the joy of circus while also enriching their persistence, situational awareness, and risk assessment skills. Circus provides a unique pathway to personal growth both mentally and physically with its spectacular ways of exploring the human body.

Are snacks provided? Do I send my child with a lunch? What if my child has food allergies?

Please make sure your child brings lunch, a snack and a large water bottle. The kids are very active at our camps, and we take breaks for food and water throughout the day to keep their energy levels up.

What if my child has allergies?

If you haven’t already, please provide us with an up-to-date list of allergies, food or otherwise, their level of risk (rash, discomfort, anaphylaxis?), and a standard protocol to follow in the event of exposure. If your child has severe allergies/reactions, please call Elke Robshaw at 206.227.7192 to discuss at least one week prior to your camp beginning.

Will Kong Academy put sunscreen on my child? Do I need to send it or is it provided?

Kids should come to camp with sunscreen on and bring a sunscreen spray for later. Should your child need help with their spray sunscreen, our coaches will assist. (Spray sunscreen is preferable for easy and quick application.) We request that you use sunscreen that is “Reef-safe,” which keeps our wildlife and lakes safe from harm.

What happens if there is an injury?

Every coach has a first aid kit and is trained in basic first aid. Should there be an injury or any kind of emergency, every coach is trained to make sure appropriate steps are taken immediately. In the case of an injury, the people listed as emergency contacts will be contacted (either via phone call/text or email) as quickly as possible. If there is a life threatening injury, Kong Academy will call 911 first and then contact the people listed as emergency contacts as soon as possible.

What’s your teacher/student ratio?

For our Parkour Adventure Summer Camps, we have a maximum of 12 students per main coach plus 2 assistants every camp week.

What items does my child need for the swim safety part?

A bathing suit, a towel, a warm shirt, spray sunscreen, and goggles, ear plugs and/or a life jacket should one be needed.

Will my kids be safe in the water?

Yes! Our Swim Safety staff is WSI and Lifeguard certified. Additionally we will be swimming in and around areas with lifeguards on duty.

What sort of clothing/ shoes should my child wear?

Students should come dressed ready to move. Comfortable clothes and closed shoes are required. If your camp location has access to water, please pack a bathing suit and a towel.

Do they need to bring a change of clothes?

Please provide a change of clothes in your kids backpack. It’s always a good idea to have one!

What’s the age range of the kids that’ll be learning together?

Our camps are for kids ages 6-12. They will be separated into age groups covering 2-3 years. We may open some of our camps to teenagers (13-15) or tiny movers (3-5).

If I send my child with a backpack to hold their lunch/sunscreen/extra clothes will they be carrying it all day or setting it down somewhere?

We will be rotating through different sections of the park and students will keep their backpacks with them. However, if you want to pack a second bag, we will be able to store them in our van.

Who is running the event?

Elke Robshaw is organizing the camps and will be your main point of contact. Curt Jordan is the main coach for every camp. You can come meet us at one of our Sunday classes that are held either at local parks in Seattle (details in the drop-in community class section of the website). Every camp will have up to 4 main coaches plus 2 assistant coaches. We send out an email a few days before the camp with more information about the program and the coaches.

Can I do anything to support this?

Introduce us to your friends by bringing them to a Kong Academy event or share our Facebook and Instagram posts.

Do you have a plan if my kid doesn’t think they can do something?

We scale and progress the challenges based on the students’ level and encourage the kids to give their best effort. Our teaching philosophy is that effort is more important than ability.

Carpool options?

Pogo offers a great service to organize carpools. We will send out emails to parents before the start of the summer camps. If parents agree, we can share the attendance list and emails so you can organize a carpool with other parents.

Will my kids know how to build their own obstacle courses?

Yes, obstacle course design is part of our summer camp program.

How do I make sure their friends can sign up too?

If you want to make sure your child is in the same camp as their friend/s, please contact us directly at info@kongacademy.org

Is there an incentive for signing up siblings and/or multiple camps?

We have an early bird price which ends in March 31, 2020. If you refer a new camper (that is not a Kong Academy student), your child and their friend will get a Kong Academy Summer Camp t-shirt for free. Send an email to info@kongacademy.org with the name of the new child and we’ll add you both to our free t-shirt list.

Will we receive more information about the camp than what’s already on the website?

Yes, we will send an email to all parents just before the start of every camp with all necessary information about the program and the coach.

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