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Does Camp Motorsport Offer Scholarships or Financial Aid?
Yes. However, applications for financial aid must be received prior to April 1st for that year’s summer program. Please contact the Camp Motorsport Registrar for an application and more information.

What Are The Drive Times to Camp?
Drive time is approx. 1. 5 hours from Durham NC, 2 hours from Roanoke, Charlottesville, or Richmond VA or Greensboro NC, 3 hours from Williamsburg, Virginia Beach VA or Charlotte NC, 4 hours from Washington DC/Northern Virginia, 5 hours from Baltimore MD, and 6.5 hours from Philadelphia, PA.

We are traveling from far away; do you have accommodations for families?
The camp does not have accommodations on site for families who wish to arrive in the area prior to check-in/check-out, there are several hotels in the local area (South Boston, VA).

Do You Offer Airport Pick Up?
Pick-up/drop-off service is available to/from the Raleigh-Durham airport (RDU), in the Raleigh-Durham NC area, about 2 hours from the camp. There is a fee for this service.

Can My Child Request to Be Housed with a Friend?
Camp Motorsport believes that meeting new people is an essential part of the camp experience. We encourage you and your camper to think of camp as an opportunity to meet as many new friends as possible. Summer camp is a great way to develop life skills, especially friend-making skills.

    • Roommate requests are not guaranteed. We will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests.
    • Roommates must be the same sex and in the same age group.
    • Age Groups: “A” campers 9-11 years old, “B” campers 12-17 years old
    • Roommates are grouped by AGE, NOT GRADE in school. This applies to all campers, including those who have skipped grades. The age cutoff date is August 31st.
    • Campers will NOT be moved up to the next age group. Campers may move to a younger group, if appropriate and space allows.

Only reciprocal requests are granted. Please make arrangements with friends at least one month prior to camp requests can be made by logging into your camper account and clicking the “Forms & Documents” link.

Do you serve vegetarian alternatives?
We provide a vegetarian option at every meal. We also have a salad bar at both lunch and dinner.

How do you deal with a severe food allergy?
We deal with food allergies every day. We have provided a letter from our Kitchen Director that explains the accommodations we can make for children with food allergies, as well as a basic menu of the meals at Camp MotorSport . The best course of action is to read this letter, then contact our Kitchen Director if you have any further questions. As always, the earlier we know about your severe food allergies, the better we can serve your specific needs.

My child has never driven any type of go kart or car before, can they participate?
YES! Kids need zero experience in driving to participate. About 1/2 of our campers are “never-ever” or novice drivers. All that we require is desire to participate and have fun! We place campers in age, and experience, appropriate groupings, so that the driving activities are physically, socially, emotionally, and skill-level appropriate. Campers are encouraged to “compete” with themselves; to improve their skills and judge their performance on their own progress, rather than judging their performance by comparing their skills to others.

What Is The Counselor-to-Camper Ratio?
The ratio varies slightly by the age of campers, with younger (ages 9-11) campers having 1 staff person for every 4 campers and older campers (ages 12-17) having 1 staff person for 5 campers.

How Is The Camp Motorsport Staff Hired and Trained?
We take pride in employing a well-trained staff of the highest quality. All cabin counselors are current university students with a background working with children. Applicants go through a rigorous hiring process including multiple interviews, a background check and drug testing. Counselors go through an 8-day training program prior to any campers arriving at camp. They are trained in team-building, group-leading, child development, safety, and being sensitive to individual campers needs and life experiences. Camp logistics and the camp program are also taught and counselors participate in a number of role-playing activities to prepare for situations that could arise during the summer.

Our instructors come to Camp Motorsport from all over the United States and occasionally from overseas. We have approximately 18 instructors either teaching classes or being helpful hands as techs. Requirements for being an instructor are a Bachelors degree in Astronomy or Physics, a strong desire to teach and a love for working with children. We pride ourselves on hiring fun exciting people that have a strong knowledge base and want to work with children.

Questions or requests for additional information may be directed to Glenn Robison, Camp Motorsport’ Director of Human Resources and Compliance at: glenn@gdi.org.

Do you screen your staff and do background checks?
All staff must satisfactorily complete a criminal history record check before beginning work. This screening includes a self-disclosure form, a public records check and annual check of the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website. These criminal history records are reviewed by the AstroCamps’ HR Director prior to the employee beginning work and must conform to Guided Discoveries’ hiring thresholds.

Can My Camper Write or E-mail Me From Camp?
Your camper can write you from camp. Stamps, postcards and stationary are available in the camp store. It’s not a bad idea to send stamps, envelopes, and paper with your camper to camp. You can e-mail your camper by using our email system. Please review the Parent Guide for additional information.

You can always write your camper at:

Camper’s Name
Team Number
c/o Camp Motorsport
8144 Mount Laurel Road
Clover, VA 24534

Can I Send My Camper Care Packages?
Please DO NOT send care packages, as they will be returned.

Can I call my child at camp? Can my child call home?
We request that you call your child only in the case of an emergency 434.454.4059. We strongly believe in the benefit of campers and parent’s disconnecting from each other other than letters. Incoming parent phone calls can be a challenge because students are busy in program from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Campers are only allowed to call home with the knowledge and consent of the Summer Camp Director.

Can parents visit their kids?
No. Due to the remote location of our facility, and for the safety of all our campers, we do not allow parental visits during camp.

What if there is a family emergency?
In case of an emergency or any essential communication, we are happy to arrange a time for your camper to be near a phone, as appropriate. Our camp secretary is on duty from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Monday-Friday and a counselor staffs the phone every night from 6:30-9 p.m. and on weekends. Additionally, the directors have a camp phone on in their house 24 hours a day. Our number is 434.454.4059.

If my camper has special needs, how are they accommodated?
We will make every effort to accommodate any special needs your camper may have. Please contact the Camp Director, Craig Turner, as soon as possible and he will discuss any needs and issues with you. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Camp MotorSport Registrar or Summer Camp Director at the business office: 888.836.1212 or 434.454.4059.

My child has their own helmet and gear. Can they bring it to camp?
Although the camp does provide all required equipment, campers who have it are welcome to bring their own gear. All driving safety gear brought to camp must be inspected. The camp reserves the right to deny the use of any personal equipment that they consider unsafe. Helmets brought to camp must be full face helmets (with full face shields).