CAMP FAQ

What age does my child have to be to come to camp? 

Ages 6-18 for Full Day Camps and ages 5-17 for Half Day Camps.

What is the camper-to-staff ratio?

At all our camps, the camper to staff ratio is 7 or 8:1. We realize the importance of supervision and like to keep our ratios small.

Will campers be able to get photos and personalized autographs of the Olympians?

Yes, there will be a designated time for a Q&A with our Olympians, as well as a photo and autograph session for the Full Day Camp sessions only.

Will campers meet Olympians?

Yes, there will be an Olympian at each camp session for the Full Day Camp only.

What do the children do?

The Full Day campers begin the day with a general warm-up of 15-20 minutes. Next, they head to their morning rotations until lunch time. After a 1-hour break for lunch and rest, the campers do another warm-up for 15-20 minutes before going to their afternoon rotations to finish up any events they didn’t get a chance to do in the morning. On day one of camp, we explain all of the gym rules to the campers prior to beginning camp. After warm-ups, the coaches are stationed at each event supervising the campers on their specific events. The campers will do every event: Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor every day of camp, plus a dance session, a trampoline session along with conditioning (on occasion) and a yoga session at the end of the day. Dominique Moceanu believes that gymnasts truly can benefit from yoga to influence their gymnastics and increase their mobility/flexibility. The benefits to yoga are lifelong and introducing it to children through our camp is a great benefit to their training and for overall good stretching health. We will have a professional yoga instructor teach a class at the end of the camp day to wind down with our campers.

For Half Day campers, the camp is an introduction to gymnastics from beginner to intermediate levels and also allows for a child to work on their physical fitness with us throughout the summer. The campers will work all apparatuses (Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Floor Exercise) throughout the week including some trampoline sessions.

How do I enroll in the sessions?

The most convenient way is to enroll online. Select the camp session that fits your needs and the website is self-explanatory. If you have any trouble at all, please call 216-970-1357 or email MoceanuGymnasticsCamp@gmail.com.

What do I need to do to register for a Dominique Moceanu Summer Gymnastics Camp (DMSGC) if I live outside of the United States?

International campers are welcome to attend any of our camps provided they:

    •    Meet the camp eligibility requirements, i.e. age, etc.

    •    Have the proper credentials to enter the U.S.

    •    Register and pay the necessary deposits

    •    Pay their final camp balances at least one month prior to camp

What is included in the camp tuition?

Camp tuition includes participation for the session the camper is registered in. Housing, meals, and outside activities away from camp for the duration of our summer day camp are NOT included. For convenience, local hotel information is provided for out of town guests.

Full Day Camp tuition includes a typical 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. session. Half Day Camp tuition includes 9:00am-Noon sessions for Monday through Friday. Each camp session is filled with a day full of gymnastics, along with passionate coaches dedicated to expanding your child’s overall gymnastics knowledge and building up their self-esteem. The campers may work on new skills, and/or work on perfecting skills they already have. Our staff is highly knowledgable and aims to provide the best technical advice, and assistance to your gymnast that will improve their overall gymnastics elements. 

At our full day camps, we include all of the events, Vault, Bars, Beam, and Floor at our camps, we also include a dance session for our campers to express themselves and learn a dance routine that they will perform at the end of camp for their families. A professional trampoline coach will also teach basic principles of trampoline to advance the gymnast's tumbling, and camp will wind down each day with a yoga session from a professional instructor. With your registration, each camper will receive a certification of completion for finishing camp. 

At our Half Day camp, we include an introductions to the sport for those who are beginners. This camp is geared for beginners and intermediate levels for a three hour period. The gymnasts will touch all of the apparatuses throughout the week and even some trampoline sessions. There is an “Add On” session of an hour for more gymnastics fun dedicated to trampoline and rock climbing. This must be completed through the online registration process.

What should I bring for camp?

For the Full Day Camp, all lunch food and snacks must be brought in by campers and/or parents in a lunch box or paper bag. Lunch and snacks must only be eaten in the lobby areas, or birthday party room to keep our gym clean. Parents: Please provide lunch for your children, since this will be your responsibility as we do not have accommodations for camper lunch food. A light concession stand will be available for those that may forget food and wish to purchase some light snacks at a small fee. 

For our Half Day Camp, please provide a healthy snack for your children. If they didn't bring one, we do have a vending machine with snacks so please give your child some money in case they would like some food or a drink from our vending machines. If you'd like to give your child a little extra spending money for the pro shop, that's always fun for the children as well.

For all camps, please bring an extra change of clothes in your gym bag in case of any accidents, such as someone accidentally spilling their drink on another camper’s leotard. We encourage everyone to have a spare leotard (and tights) in their gym bags daily. It is recommended that campers pack extra hair ties in their gym bags also in case of a rubber band snapping during practice. Believe it or not, it happens much more often that you think!

Proper attire is expected  for all campers (a leotard is mandatory and short or long tights is optional). T-shirts with profanity or inappropriate words is not allowed. T-shirts and sweatshirts can be worn for warm-ups if the camper wishes, but upon reaching the first event of the day any baggy clothing must be taken off, and the child must remain in a leotard (with or without tights).

Attire:

1. Long hair must be tied back. No bobby pins, barrettes or rigid headbands allowed.

2. No inappropriate images or words on clothing. Children must wear something easy and comfortable to move around in. A leotard is most preferable for practice.

3. No jewelry of any kind. This includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc.

4. It is recommended that a child with glasses wear a safety strap.

5. Young children should bring an extra pair of clothes for accidents. We do not have extra clothes available.

Food and Drink:

1. No food, drinks or gum allowed on the gymnastics floor or equipment.

2. Children must come with their own lunch and water bottle if they are staying for a full day of camp or are participating in add on activities.

3. Snacks will be available for purchase at our concession stand or vending machine if needed, and may be eaten during designated snack breaks or lunch time.

Behavior and Expectations:

1. Children are expected to follow the rules set forth to keep them safe. Any child who cannot follow the rules will be asked to leave the floor and/or will be sent home for the day. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated (eg. foul language, obscene gestures, etc.). We have a three strike policy. After three times of being talked to, the child can and may be suspended from camp for the remainder of the week. There are no refunds or credits given for days missed due to inappropriate behavior.

2. All children are expected to be polite and friendly to the other children and DMGC staff.

3. Parents are responsible for any damages intentionally caused by their child.

What are the qualifications of your staff members?

Most of our camp coaches have either done high school, club level or collegiate gymnastics, have been coaching at a local gym club or have had experience at the collegiate coaching level. We will have Olympian guests at each camp for the Full Day Camps. Coaches have previous experiences in gymnastics, and all love of working with children. DMSC runs background checks on every employee, and all of our staff members are required to receive a safety certification.

What type of security do you have? Can anyone leave with my child?

Every child must be signed in and out at the front desk. When you sign in, your child will receive a security wristband. When you pick up your child, you will sign him/her out at the front desk. The office staff (or volunteer) will verify your wristband, and then release your child upon showing a proof of guardianship--a license will do. If someone else is picking up your child, the parent/guardian must email us the appropriate release information (1. Parent's full name, 2. Child's full name, 3. Who will pick up the child and on which days, 4. Authorization to pick up the child (example: I give authorization for Sam Smith to pick up my child, Star Sunshine on these days), 5. Signature and date).  You may also bring this statement in person with a signature prior to camp beginning.  Simply, drop it off with our front office staff. If the person picking up does not have ID verification, we cannot dismiss the child. We will verify the wristband and a photo ID daily.

Can the children leave the building?

No, children cannot leave the building unless they are with a parent. There is someone at the front desk at all times to keep an eye on the front door.

Do you spot them on skills?

The coaches will spot the children on skills (if needed) during the gymnastics rotations when the children are in their groups.

How are the children disciplined?

We've adopted a three strikes you're out policy at camp. The first strike equals a verbal warning. The second strike equals a 5-10 minute "cooling off" period for the camper, and then a staff member will call the legal guardian of the camper to inform them of the child's behavior. On the third strike, it is the final straw and the child is dismissed from camp entirely. 

If a child is caught hitting another child, there's a no tolerance policy. The child will be dismissed from camp entirely with no refund. All children must keep hands to themselves. 

Can I drop off my child early or pick them up late?

The Full Day camp sessions begin promptly at 9 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. We allow early drop-off at 8:00am with a qualified staff member supervising in the lobby area until practice begins. The sessions are over at 4:00 p.m with a one-hour lunch break from noon-1:00 p.m. We allow a five-minute grace period when picking up your child, and then there is a $25 late fee for being late. Please arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. Our staff will be unavailable after that time. If there is an emergency situation, please call ahead of time to let camp know and someone will stay with your child until a parent or guardian (with permission) shows up to pick up your child.

For our Half Day camps, we also have before and after care for working parents at 8:00AM-9:00AM, and 12:00-1:00pm, but you must register for this care online when registering for camp so that we may be properly prepared for this service. 

Do they need to bring money?

Campers are responsible for their snacks and drinks. Campers can bring cash if they would like a snack from the light concession stand or vending machines. If you would like to leave them money for the vending machines, we can hold it for them at the front desk, so it does not get lost. Please place it in an envelope with their name on it, and leave it with our office staff. Please let your children know that they need to retrieve their money at the front office when they are ready to use it if you leave it with us.

What is your camp refund policy?

There is a $75.00 non-refundable registration fee. If given a two week notice (14 days) prior to day one of the camp your child is registered for you may receive a refund minus your registration fee. No refunds will be given following the 14 day deadline as staffing for all sessions must be in place for the campers. If any unforeseen injury occurs during camp, no refund can be given.

My child has special needs. Can he/she attend your camps?

Your child is welcome to come and try it out if they have had gymnastics experience in the past and enjoy gymnastics. Each child is different, so we can try it once and plan from there. The biggest issue will be whether or not your child can stay with his/her group. This is a safety issue for all of the kids in the gym, so that they do not get hurt. It may be possible for us to schedule additional staff to meet special needs, if notified soon enough. Please make your reservations at least one week in advance so that we can plan ahead and schedule additional help for your child.