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nErDcamp FAQs

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General Questions about nErDcampMI

Accommodations, Lodging, and the Area

Nerd Run 5K

nErDcamp Junior

General Questions about nErDcampMI

Where is nErDcampMI?

nErDcampMI is located at Western High School, 1400 S. Dearing Rd., Parma, Michigan, 49269

What is the cost of nErDcampMI?

Registration for nErDcampMI is, and always will be, free to participants.

How do I know if I’m registered?

You should receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite upon registration. If you do not remember receiving this email, please log into your Eventbrite account and click on “Tickets”. If you are registered, these should appear under “Upcoming Events”.

Will childcare be offered?

We are not offering childcare at this time.

Are SCECHs available?

SCECHs are in the works for 2017. In the past, we have been blessed to be able to make these available to Michigan educators.  To make the process smoother, please bring your PIC number with you.  You must sign in and out at registration to receive SCECHs.  If you are attending both Day 1 and 2 and would like to receive SCECHs, you must sign in and out on both days you attend.

Are graduate credits available?

Graduate credits are not available at this time.

What if I can’t come?

If you find that you will not be able to come to camp, please login to Eventbrite and click on tickets. You will be able to cancel your Day 1 and Day 2 registrations, but unfortunately, we are unable to process refunds for nErDcamp Junior sponsorship tickets.

Is there food and drink available?

We will have a concession stand available as well as Food Trucks in the cafeteria/commons area with food and drink available for purchase. Restaurants in the Parma/Spring Arbor area are very limited.

What is the Nerdy Dinner?

The Nerdy Dinner is an event to give participants a chance to hang out and connect after day 1.  Details are still being worked out for this event.  Please stay tuned to our website for more information about where, when, and how to sign up.

Accommodations, Lodging, and the Area

Where should I stay?

For a list of hotels near nErDcamp, please visit http://nerdcampmi.weebly.com/where-to-stay.html.  

What is the nearest airport?

The largest airport nearby is Detroit Metro Airport, which is about an hour from Parma.  The Capital Region Airport in Lansing and the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport are also within an hour of Parma.

I heard I can book accommodations at Albion College. Tell me more!

Notes about Reserving a Dorm Room at Albion College:

1. Reservation deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017.

2. If guests reserve a double room and their roommate does not make a reservation, they will be charged the single room rate. Yes, both roommates sharing a double must reserve separately.

3. Payment must be made by Friday, June 30, 2017 by credit card or check. Instructions for making payment is included on the web site.

4.If a reservation is cancelled by June 30th, there will be a full refund. If a reservation is cancelled after June 30th, no refund is guaranteed but will be addressed on an individual basis. Last year, we had a fair number of people cancel at the last minute.

5. None of the rooms offered have air conditioning.

6. We are willing to offer campus tours if the request is made on the registration form.

Reserve a Room at Albion College

Nerd Run 5K

When is the 5K race?

The 5K will take place at 9 am on July 10, 2017 (Day 1). This year, we will be handing out age group awards directly in the chute.

What is the 5K Course like?

The course is about half pavement and half grass/trail.  There are wooded sections of the course.  There a few hills, but no giant ones.  We pride ourselves on a well-marked course with several volunteers to help direct you along the correct route.  The start and finish are both at the entrance to the Western School transportation building.  A complete course map can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_iy5Z6hFPqKWUFacEh5anIyd0E/view?usp=sharing

Will there be a place to change after the race?

We will have available spaces to change before and after the race.

nErDcamp Junior

When does registration for nErDcamp Junior open?

Registration will open May 1st. We will update the website with details, so make sure to check back often and to follow us on twitter @nerdcampmi.

What is nErDcamp Junior?

nErDcamp Junior is a FREE event, where students have the opportunity to meet and interact with authors and illustrators.  The event is designed to help our students develop their passion for reading, writing, and creating.

Where is it?

nErDcamp is on the campus of Western School District. 1400 S. Dearing Rd., Parma, Michigan

What does it cost?

nErDcamp Junior is free.

When is nErDcamp Junior?

nErDcamp Junior is Tuesday, July 11, from 5:30-8 pm.  Check in will begin at 5 pm.

Who can come?

nErDcamp Junior is open to students entering grades 1-9 in the fall of 2017.

How do I register?

Registration will be available through Eventbrite beginning May 1st, 2017.

How do I know if I'm registered?

You should receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite upon registration. If you do not remember receiving this email, please log into your Eventbrite account and click on “Tickets”. If you are registered, these should appear under “Upcoming Events”.

What if I can't come?

If you find that you will not be able to come to camp, please login to Eventbrite and click on tickets. You will be able to cancel your tickets, which will open up spots on the waitlist.

Can I register on-site?

No.  Students MUST be pre-registered to attend.  There will be no on-site registration.  If you have not received a registration confirmation, your student will not be allowed to attend.

How does it work?

Students are assigned to groups based on age. Most groups will visit 3 authors/illustrators in 30 minute rotation blocks.  Some will visit 2 authors in 45 minute blocks.  All students will go home with a book from one of the authors/illustrators they visited and will have a chance to get that book signed at the end of the night.

My student is a big fan of one of the author who is coming to camp. Can we request that he or she be in that author's group?

We cannot honor request to place students in groups with friends or with specific authors. Many of our authors have graciously agreed to hang around after the event to meet with any kids who weren't in their assigned groups. We're still working out the details and logistics of how this will work, so stay tuned for more on this.

Can parents come?

Yes! A parent or guardian must be present at check-in.   There will be presentations for parents and guardians while students attend their sessions.

Is food provided?

A light pizza diner will be provided.