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Camp Policies at the Lab

Registration Info for Summer Camp

Pricing and Payment

  • Payment, which is due in full at time of registration, is accepted via credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express)


  • All campers must receive all required doses of vaccines on New York State’s recommended immunization schedule, as well as a complete COVID-19 vaccination series and current booster, in order to attend JBFC’s Summer Camp. A copy of the camper’s immunization records must be provided to the Registrar by June 30, 2023. Learn more about our JBFC Camp COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy.
  • Enrollment is complete when Registration Form and Scholarship Application (if applicable) have been submitted; and you have received a confirmation email.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If your desired course is full, there will be a waitlist and you will be notified if space becomes available.
  • The JBFC reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment or other circumstances. If a course is cancelled, registrants will be notified immediately and all fees will be refunded. The JBFC cannot be held responsible for any other costs, charges, or expenses.

If a student is asked to leave a course due to inappropriate behavior or other circumstances deemed necessary by the JBFC, no refund will be given.

JBFC Summer Camp. Withdrawal before July 1, 2023 will receive a 100% refund of the program fee and an additional $25 cancellation fee will be charged. NO refund will be given on and after July 1, 2023. (Updated 3.20.23).

If the JBFC cancels a course due to insufficient enrollment or other administrative reasons, all fees will be refunded. No refund will be given at any other time.

Student Accommodations
The JBFC is committed to meeting the needs of all students to the best of our staff’s abilities. To provide an optimal learning environment for all participants, clear communication between our education team and parents is a must. We urge you to let us know if your child has an IEP at school or requires any special accommodations so that we may provide the proper support and ensure a positive experience for your child.

Fax: 914.773.0762
Phone: 914.773.7663, ext. 8


Frequently Asked Questions

Are vaccinations required to attend the JBFC’s Summer Camp?

  • Campers must be fully vaccinated according to New York State’s recommended vaccination schedule. COVID-19 vaccinations and a current booster are required for all vaccine-eligible students, in accordance with New York State law and subject to legally-required exceptions. For more information, please read our Health and Safety Policy.

What is the schedule like at the JBFC’s Summer Camp?

  • The camp day begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. It is broken into four periods, with an hour-long lunch at noon.
  • There are also two 20-minute snack breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Camp is a peanut and tree nut free.
  • The first day will begin with a full camp introduction, after which age groups will separate and work independently for the rest of the week.
  • One day during the week, all campers will visit our Theater to see a feature film.
  • On the last day of camp, parents and siblings are invited to a screening of the week’s work, presented by the campers themselves.

How long is the Summer Camp program? Can I attend more than one weeklong session?

  • Each Summer Camp program is one week (5 days).
  • Campers can attend as many sessions as they’d like. The films and animations created are brainstormed anew each session, and as such will differ vastly from week to week.

Do I bring my lunch? Can I leave campus to buy lunch in Pleasantville?

  • Campers are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch and one snack to camp each day. Food cannot be refrigerated, so please plan accordingly.
  • The second snack of each day is popcorn, and is provided by the JBFC.
  • Pending parent approval, highschoolers are allowed to leave campus during the lunch hour to buy food. We ask that they bring the food directly back and eat on campus.

I have a food allergy? Is it safe to attend Summer Camp?

  • JBFC Summer Camp is a Peanut and Tree Nut free program.
  • If you have a food (or other) allergy, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.
  • If the allergy is serious, we require an EpiPen be kept on hand with our Camp Director in case of emergencies.

Does the JBFC offer financial aid?

  • A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for the 2023 Summer Camp season. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact us by email at We will respond to scholarship inquiries beginning in early February.


JBFC Camp COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy

To provide a safe, in-person learning environment for campers, the Jacob Burns Film Center is currently requiring the following for its camp programs: **Please note that these guidelines are subject to change.**


  • All campers are required to be fully vaccinated with a current booster dose against COVID-19 two weeks prior to the start of our first camp session on July 17, 2023. Proof of a student’s full vaccination for COVID-19 and booster must be provided by June 30, 2023.
  • All JBFC Summer Camp Staff are vaccinated and boosted.


Masks & Social Distancing

  • Masks are optional. KN95s will be provided upon request.
    1. In the case of a COVID community spike, masks may go from optional to required. *See COVID-19 Symptoms & Exposure Protocol below.
  • Social distancing is not required, though will be available for lunch and snack times if requested by campers.


Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • All classrooms and high touch surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided in all common spaces.


COVID-19 Symptoms & Exposure Protocol

  • Campers experiencing any of the following symptoms will not be allowed to attend camp for the day: cough, fever, shortness of breath, new loss of taste/smell. 
    1. If a camper is currently at camp and begins experiencing any of these symptoms, a parent or guardian must pick them up as soon as possible.
  • If someone at camp comes down with COVID, they will not be allowed to return for the duration of the camp week. Here is the JBFC’s protocol if such a situation arises:
    1. We will send out an email as soon as possible alerting all exposed campers and their parents/guardians.
    2. Campers who have been exposed will be required to wear a N95/KN95 or comparable quality mask for the rest of their camp experience. KN95s will be provided upon request.
    3. We encourage that any individual exposed to COVID-19 take a COVID-19 test before returning to the JBFC campus.


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