Summer Camp FAQs and Policies

Our policies ensure that our programs run effectively for the benefits of our campers and their families. We appreciate you taking the time to get acquainted with them. As always, reach out to us with any questions:


Please drop off and pick up your camper promptly. Morning camps start at 9am and end at noon. Afternoon camps start at 1pm and end at 4pm. Instructors and campers get excited about starting the day and digging into projects. If you know you will be late for any reason please call the lab at 217-265-5342.

Before and after care options are available at registration.

Before care: 8am-9am, $30/week
After care: 4pm-5:15pm, $25/week


Cancellation up to 30 days before start date – Full refund minus a $10 service fee
Cancellation up to 7 days before start date – 50% refund
Cancellation after 7 days before start date – No refund

If you would like to cancel or get a refund contact

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How many campers are in each camp? How many instructors will they have?
Each camp allows 12-15 campers. There will always be 2 instructors per camp and select camps will also have an intern for extra support.

What if my child has morning and afternoon camps?
If your child is staying the full day for camp activities, they will need to bring a packed lunch to eat at the lab or they may be picked up between camps (noon and 1pm).

What if I’m running late?
It’s OK, life happens. Please call the lab if you can so we can let instructors know. We’d also like to know if you have to leave early for any appointments.

Is my child ready for a Fab Lab Camp?
Most of our camps and workshops require some computer skills. If you would like to make sure your child is ready, check out our guidelines.

If you would like to sign up your child for a camp, but he or she isn’t old enough yet, an exception might be possible. This is at the instructor’s discretion and your child may be required to come to the lab to demonstrate proficiency.

I have a child who would be really interested in a Fab Lab camp, but I can’t afford it. Are there scholarships available?
Need-based scholarships are available. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

How will I know I successfully registered my child for camp?
After you register, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, please contact us to make sure we know you are coming.

Who are the camp leaders?
Each week an email will go out to families registered and Camp leads will be listed. Information will also be posted on the screen when you enter the lab and you can also reach out to the Fab Lab at if you have more questions

Will my kid(s) play with power tools?
Playing no, learning to use tools in the lab responsibly, yes!

Will my kid(s) go outside?
Although most of the camp instruction happens inside the Lab, we do get out for a 10-15 min snack/recess break during each session.

I’m not familiar with some of the tools and programs you are using. Could you tell me about them?
Check out the tutorial gateway to learn about our tools and projects. If you have additional questions about specific camps, please feel free to email us with questions.

My child has food allergies-what about snack time?
Campers with severe food allergies are strongly encouraged to bring their own snack, and let staff know. We do our best to keep snacks allergy friendly but cannot guarantee cross contamination will not happen.