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USA Chess Camp

About Chess Camp

Lessons are tailored toward the skills of the children.  Whether your child is a casual chess player or tournament participant, this exciting enrichment program will improve every child's game. Instructors use a range of teaching tools including demo boards, computer tutorials, worksheets, stories and historic games to keep class time exciting. Each half-day consists of two hour-long chess lessons tailored to the ability of the children and one hour of practice to play against other students and instructors. USA Chess camps are a perfect way to give children a fun week of learning chess while challenging their minds! ALL CAMPERS RECEIVE A CHESS SET,NOTATION BOOK, T-SHIRT, AND TROPHY!

Typical Day: Chess Programs

The camp schedule is structured, but at the same time it is fun. Classroom size for our chess program averages 12-15 campers. We make every effort to group friends together, but groupings within the chess programs are dependent on the camper's chess playing ability. Teaching methods and lessons are specific to each instructor, but the main focus is the same: present the chess material in a fun, exhilarating and entertaining way. All necessary equipment is provided. There are no expectations placed upon the campers, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. A typical day in our chess program will include instruction, activities and, of course, an opportunity to try their new skills with an opponent. For half day campers, the day consists of two classroom lessons lasting an hour each, with an hour break in between for practice and snack. All-day campers follow the same schedule, with an hour break in between for practice and snack.

All Day Sessions

All day campers will follow the same format in the second half day, with an hour-long lunch/recess break. Snacks and drinks are provided during break time. Students attending the all-day session should bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration- we prefer lunches without nut products. Active Learning Services does not provide extended care, although many host schools offer extended care as part of their summer programs. Parents should contact the host school directly to find out what programs are available.

Chess Camps (Ages 5-15)

Once your registration is received you will be directed to a page which includes information about your camp. It also includes important forms that must be returned on the first day of camp. Please do not mail these forms to us. You must provide an email address with your registration. This is how you will receive any and all communication about the chess camp for which you have registered.Walk-in spots available on a first come, first serve basis. A Discount rate of $20 off per camper is available for groups of five or more. Registrations and payments must be mailed together to qualify for group rate. Please call Active Learning (USA Chess) at 888.65.CHESS or 281.257.0078 for more information or email info@chesscamp.com for more information. USA Chess does not offer extended care, however the host school may offer it through their own summer programs. Please contact the host school if you are interested.

Graduation Day

The final day of camp is Graduation Day. Parents have the opportunity to observe a lesson, or your child's computer program creation. Each camper is then called forward to receive a trophy and a certificate of achievement. Chess campers also receive a chessboard and pieces and a folder full of work completed throughout the week. Computer enrichment campers will receive information on how to download their games and software from our website.

Ages

The USAChess chess camp is for chess campers of all abilities from 5-15. In most camps we will have enough students for groupings by ability. Thus, younger inexperienced chess players will be grouped together for chess lessons, practice and play. Older children will learn more advanced lessons and concepts. Computer enrichment options are available for students 7-16.

Food

Snacks and juice will be provided at the camp during snack time, however lunch is not. Campers are required to bring a complete lunch of their own if attending all day. Refrigeration of lunches will not be available. If your child has specific allergies you will be given the opportunity to describe these allergies in the forms emailed to you upon completion of registration. Since peanut allergies are wide-spread, we attempt to purchase snacks that do not contain nut products. However if your child has an extremely severe allergy of any kind, we recommend that they bring their own snacks to camp.

Disciplinary Policy

We do not anticipate any disciplinary problems during the camp, but we still must set standards. A USAChess Camp Code of Conduct is provided to set the standard. If a disciplinary problem arises within the camp, the camper will receive one warning and a phone call home to their parents. If a second disciplinary problem arises, that camper could be expelled from the camp without any financial credit. If a campers behavior becomes so severe or endangers other campers, immediate expulsion from camp without phone calls, warnings, or financial credit may be necessary.

Instructors

Our staff is comprised of the best hand-picked children's chess instructors in North America and our computer enrichment staff is specifically trained to teach the software and curriculum. We feel so strongly about our instructors' abilities that we fly them to each of our camps from their home cities. Our selection process for instructors is highly competitive. In addition to in-person meetings, interviews and classroom observation, we conduct thorough background checks to ensure that only the best instructors are part of our team. Teaching children is their passion and their enthusiasm is infectious.

Cancelation/Change Policy

A full refund minus a $25 service fee is given if cancelation request is received 30 days before camp. After this, refunds will not be given. If a child is sick and is unable to attend the camp, a doctors note is required for a refund minus service fee to be given. Switching sessions or camps is permitted based on space available. There will be a $25 change fee accessed for any change.
Parent-Only Class

Join us on Tuesday the week of your USA Chess camp for our parent-only class. Parents who have never played chess before will learn the basic rules and opening tactics. For parents who know about chess, our chess camp instructors will review opening principals, discuss tactics and strategies will be discussed.
When: Tuesdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm (some camps may be too small to accommodate the parent class).
Cost: $29
Where: Camp Location

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