Our camp schedule is structured, but at the same time it is fun and engaging. Classroom size averages 8 children : 1 instructor. We make every effort to group friends together, but groupings within the chess programs depend on the camper’s chess playing ability. Each instructor has their own teaching style and lessons, but the main focus is the same: they present the chess material in a fun, engaging and entertaining way. All chess equipment is provided by us.
A typical day in our chess program will include instruction, chess activities and an opportunity to practice their new skills with an opponent. For campers who are only there for ½ day sessions, the day consists of two chess lessons lasting an hour each, with an hour break in between for break, practice and snack. All-day campers follow the same schedule in the afternoon: an hour lesson with an hour break in between for practice and snack and then a final lesson.
An NCAA style tournament is arranged for the last day of camp. This is the most exciting part of the week, as students get to show off their new skills in a non-physically threatening, yet competitive environment. Students will learn important chess tournament etiquette and have a chance to earn the title of sole chess camp champion!
Chess Katz does not provide extended care. Our instructors try to arrive 30 minutes or more before the class day starts. We do permit children to arrive early as long as our instructors are there.
Some 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.
The Chess Katz chess camp is for chess campers of all abilities from 1st-12th grade. Students will be grouped by age and ability. We will always send at least 2 instructors per camp to vary the level of instruction given.
Healthy snacks and drinks will be provided at the camp during snack time, however lunch is not. Campers are required to bring a lunch of their own if attending all day. We will not be able to place snacks in a refrigerator.
If your child has specific allergies please describe these allergies in the forms emailed to you upon completion of registration. Since 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.
We do not anticipate any disciplinary problems during the camp, but we still must set standards. A Chess Katz Code of Conduct is provided in advance of the camp and is signed by both the parent and student.
If a disciplinary problem arises within the camp, the camper will receive a warning and a meeting will be arranged with their parent/guardian.
Our staff is comprised of the best hand-picked children’s chess instructors in New York City. Our world-class instructors work with us year-round and we feel so strongly about our team of instructors that we fly them to each of our camps from New York City. 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 students is their passion. Their enthusiasm will keep your children engaged and learning the whole week.
A full refund minus a $25 service fee is given if cancellation 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 doctor’s 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.