Summer Camps      
Apex, NC by Jordan Lake               

Frequently Asked Questions                                                      FEDERAL TAX ID NUMBER: 262-373434


How do I register? 
We use Ultracamp online registration. Click here.   Have a question?  Feel free to email Don at don@NCtinkeringschool.com.


What skills will my child learn? 
Your child will learn how to safely use a cordless drill, impact driver, carpentry clamps, measuring tape, hand tools, and hand saws - under adult supervision of course!  However, Tinkering School is NOT a carpentry 101 class, where you will learn the "right" way to build a birdhouse.  It is tackling large scale, open-ended projects using collaboration, team work, and imagination.  Counselors are "collaborators," not instructors, as there are usually several ways to approach a problem - like in life.


How come you do not show the exact project or theme for the week?
There are several really good reasons - all of which are for the benefit of your child's experience each week.  We follow the methods and key learnings of the original Tinkering School in San Francisco and this has been their successful rule of thumb for over 10 years. 

We take many factors into account, including ages, abilities, how many are returning campers, weather, what interests campers and the staff that particular week.  Our best work and coolest projects happen when campers come with an open mind and a desire to build -  and the staff is given space to be creative and in the moment. How else could you come up with a "two-story galactic space diner with a drive through window!?"

What's the minimum age?
Tinkering School NC is for ages 8.5 -12.  Must be 8 and 1/2 by week of camp.  We've found that the dexterity, focus, and staying power for Tinkering School NC really kicks in by age 8.5, which makes for a more enjoyable experience.
Tinkering School NC is for children who like to build in an open-ended collaborative environment with an emphasis on team work.  

What time can I drop off my child?
Camp hours are 9:00am-4:00pm.  Drop off is at 9:00am.  Early Drop off starts at 8:00am and is available for $50 at check out. 

What should my child bring?
Please keep in mind that your children will be outdoors for many hours at a time during the day.

  • Comfortable clothing that can get dirty.  (Seriously, whatever they wear may get dirty or even torn). 
  • Please bring a refillable water bottle clearly marked with your child's name.
  • Tinkering School NC is based on a working farm.  Rain boots are essential even for non-rainy weeks.  They allow us to explore in all of the woods, creek, farm animal areas.  Trust me, they are needed and will maximize your child’s experience here.  (A 2nd pair of old gym shoes won’t work.  Please buy a pair at Walmart for $15.  
  • A hat with a wide brim
  • Sunscreen
  • Wear gym shoes for inside the workshop
  • Extra set of clothes
  • A healthy packed lunch - kids are often very hungry at camp.  NO PEANUTS OR TREE NUTS.
  • Morning snack and afternoon snack (We burn LOTS of calories)  NO PEANUTS OR TREE NUTS.
  • An open mind to experiencing successes while learning from some failures along the way....


What is your staff ratio?
5:1 camper to counselor ratio or better!

Who are the Tinkering School NC counselors/collaborators?
Over the last 4 years we've had a wonderfully successful mix of school teachers, artists, and builders ages 30-40 "ish" - with an 18+ year old college student or two to mix it up for fun.  Our counselors love building with children.


Can parents participate and see what campers are building?
Parents are invited to come at 3pm on Friday for our 'Power Hour” at the Tinkering Workshop.  We first do a short demonstration where the campers are fired up to share their work with you.  Then parents and campers use the power drills side-by-side to dismantle the whole enchilada.  It is actually tons of fun and quite cathartic.  We usually wrap it up by 4pm.  Of course, you don’t have to come or if you leave earlier that is ok too.


What is your cancellation policy?
If you decide to cancel prior to April 1st, we will issue a full refund minus an administrative fee of $30 per camp session, per child to cover our costs.

AFTER April 1st, full refunds are issued minus the $30 administrative fee only if we are able to fill your child’s place.  The more notice, the more likely it is for us to find a replacement, but no guarantees.
All registrations are non-transferable.  Please plan accordingly prior to registering.  Thank you.

Are there discounts?
Yes!  Multi-week and multi-sibling discounts are automatically applied at the time of check out when you use the Ultracamp registration system.  

Is there a payment plan available?

Yes, you can select the payment plan during checkout.  A 50% deposit is required to register, then the balance is split into equal monthly payments, with the final payment due 30 days prior to each camp week(s).


What dates am I signed up for again?
Sign in to our registration system to check what dates you are registered for and wait-listed for. You can also search your email for "Tinkering School NC" .  Still not sure?  email don@NCtinkeringschool.com

A class I want to sign up for is full, what should I do?
If something is full, please join the wait-list if you want to go.  You can sign up for more than one week.  You will be contacted once a spot opens for you.  Please reply within 24 hours.

Are there other Tinkering Schools?
Yes! There are programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and also in Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Buffalo and Bratislava. (Yes, Bratislava!)

Do you offer Financial Assistance?
We strive to help families facing difficult situations who would not normally be able to afford our program due to extenuating circumstances.  Financial assistance is handled in a case by case basis and may or may not be possible.  Please email us to explain your situation plus be prepared to pay an agreed upon amount toward your child's registration. 

Can you accommodate children with special needs?
We are not set up to provide one-on-one care for any campers.​ Our counselors are experienced with handling certain types of needs, but feel free to contact us if you'd like more information or have specific questions.


What is your behavior policy?
We strive to provide the highest quality experience for your children and want every camper to feel safe and happy.    On the first morning of camp we teach the "golden rule."  Any form of bullying, verbal or physically, or inappropriate language or content will not be tolerated.  Never hesitate to call if you have a concern.  We reserve the right to dismiss a student if a phone call home doesn't resolve the issue.

What is your Tax ID number ?​
262-373434

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