Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I live?

You’ll stay in one of our on-campus residence halls located near classrooms, tennis courts, and an indoor swimming pool.

Who will be in charge?

Our residential counselors are current Hollins students. The residential coordinator is a professional staff member with Hollins University and supervises the camp counseling staff.

What if I am flying as an unaccompanied minor?

Please contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-456-9595 or hollinsummer@hollins.edu so that we may discuss the details of your travel.  Airlines require the name, address, and telephone number of the person who will meet the student traveling as an unaccompanied minor. We cannot provide that information to you at this time. The Hollinsummer coordinator will contact you before the departure date to notify you of the name of the staff member who will meet your child at the gate.

Is transportation to and from the airport provided?

With advance notice, we provide free shuttle service to and from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. Once you are registered for Hollinsummer, a supplemental transportation form will be sent via email so we are fully aware of your travel plans.

What time is drop-off and pick-up?

While we are still finalizing the schedule for this summer, we expect drop-off to occur sometime between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 17 and pick-up to occur between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Saturday, July 23. We ask that participants who are flying unaccompanied email their proposed flight details to hollinsummer@hollins.edu so that we can verify that a staff member can transport the student to and from the airport at those times.

What if my travel arrangements change?

Contact the Hollinsummer coordinator at 1-800-456-9595 as soon as possible if your travel plans change.

WILL HOLLINSUMMER REQUIRE PARTICIPANTS TO BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19?

For the summer 2022 program, Hollins University will require Hollinsummer faculty, staff and participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of full vaccination (this includes the primary COVID-19 vaccine series plus the booster) will be required in advance of camp. Students who may wish to request a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement may follow the following process:

Medical Contraindication: A Hollinsummer participant who wishes to request an exemption based on a medical contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccine, must submit for review by the university a detailed written statement from a health care provider licensed to practice medicine in the United States, not related to the Hollinsummer participant and/or parents/guardians, that includes the specific diagnosis of condition or treatment which contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination and is detrimental to the participant’s health, and the duration of the contraindication. When a medical contraindication no longer exists, the participant granted the exemption must then comply with the vaccination record requirement of the university policy.

Religious Tenet or Practice: A Hollinsummer participant who wishes to request an exemption based on one’s religious tenets or practices must submit for review a sworn declaration that clearly addresses how the COVID-19 vaccine conflicts with the member’s bona fide religious tenets or practices. A philosophical, moral, or political objection to vaccination does not suffice as the basis for exemption on religious grounds.

Hollinsummer participants must submit the request for exemption from the university’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy including any required documentation to Health and Counseling Services at hcs@hollins.edu no later than May 1.  The Hollinsummer participant will be notified if the request for exemption has been approved within ten (10) business days of HCS receiving all required documentation. Please note that submitting a request for exemption does not guarantee approval.

Hollinsummer participants with an approved exemption will be required to comply with mandatory public health protocols which may include regular COVID-19 testing at their own expense, masking, physical distancing, and other preventive public health requirements and protocols set forth by the institution. In the event of an outbreak on or near campus, participants with approved exemptions may be excluded from all Hollinsummer activities, for their protection and others, until the outbreak is declared to be over.

WILL HOLLINSUMMER REQUIRE PARTICIPANTS TO MASK?

Masks will be required for all faculty, staff, and participants when indoors. Hollins will continue to monitor positivity rates in our region and update participants if the details of the indoor masking protocol are modified before Hollinsummer begins.

What if I experience symptoms of COVID-19 while attending Hollinsummer?

Residential participants who experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will complete a virtual health consultation with a nurse or nurse practitioner. If the medical provider determines that a COVID-19 test is required, a PCR test will be administered, consistent with the Health and Counseling Office schedule. In accordance with CDC guidelines for congregate living, the student will be moved to a single dorm room in a residence hall on campus for isolation; a parent or guardian will have 24 hours, or no later than the conclusion of Hollinsummer, whichever comes first, to return to campus to pick-up their student at their own expense. Due to the limited duration of Hollinsummer, there will be no exceptions made to this policy, including for students who traveled to campus alone by airplane as unaccompanied minors.

Day participants who experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be sent home until they receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Day participants who experience symptoms before arriving on campus should remain home until they receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test result.

Refunds will not be issued to students having to depart campus before the completion of Hollinsummer due to COVID-19 testing or protocol.

What if a participant has routine medication needs?

Hollinsummer participants who require routine medications will keep their medications in their dorm rooms and self-administer their medications. The Health and Counseling Center at Hollins University cannot hold student medications.

Are bed linens provided?

Hollinsummer does not provide bed linens. If you are unable to pack them, you can mail them in advance. Contact hollinsummer@hollins.edu for more information.

What if someone wants to visit me during the camp?

You must arrange any leave of absence in advance with the residential coordinator. Given the short length of the camp and intensity of activities and classes, we strongly discourage visitors and absences from camp.

How might campers be contacted during the camp?

Parents may contact campers by:

Regular mail: Hollinsummer, Camper’s Name, Box 9707, Roanoke, VA 24020

Mail delivery can be delayed, so we suggest students account for additional mail service time as you prepare your mailings.

Fax: 540-362-6218 Attention: Hollinsummer, Camper’s Name

Phone: Office of Admission/ Hollinsummer Office: 1-800-456-9595

During the day, parents may call and leave messages for campers with the Office of Admission, who supervises Hollinsummer. Messages will be checked regularly throughout the day. In the case of an emergency, please contact Campus Security at 540-362-6419.

What if I want to bring a laptop?

Though it is not a requirement for any of the Hollinsummer programs, you may bring a laptop. However, the camp will not be responsible for loss or damage to the computer and equipment.

How much spending money will I need?

There isn’t much of a need for spending money during your stay on campus. The Hollins Store will only be open limited hours during the day, and all meals will be provided for each participant.

What if I need medical attention?

A nurse is on campus every day. We will call parents for advice and recommendations if the problem does not require immediate medical attention. If the problem is serious, a staff member will arrange for medical treatment at one of the Roanoke-area hospitals. When possible, staff members will contact parent(s)/guardian(s) before seeking treatment.

Parents must complete all parts of the medical form.
  • You will receive an email with information about the form.
  • Return it (it must be complete and legible) before the beginning of camp.
  • Staff will refer to this form for contact information in case of a medical emergency.
  • Medical personnel will refer to this form if medical treatment is necessary.
  • This form is the only guide a health care provider will have in case of an emergency.

What if I need to cancel?

Cancellation requests should be submitted by email to hollinsummer@hollins.edu. If the participant cancels for any reason before June 15, we will refund the full amount, minus the deposit. If you cancel after June 15, we will not grant a refund.

WHAT IF HOLLINSUMMER IS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19?

Hollins University continues to closely monitor the development of COVID-19 both in our region and nationally. If we are unable to run Hollinsummer due to the impact of COVID-19, all registrants will receive a refund of any dues paid, including the deposit.

What if I need financial assistance?

Scholarships are not currently available for the Hollinsummer programs.

What will I eat?

All program participants eat in the campus dining hall. Campers in all programs choose from a variety of vegetarian and meat entrees, vegetables, breads, sandwiches, salad bar, drinks, and desserts.