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GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is Camp Improv Utopia

Camp Improv Utopia is a three-night cabin camping experience for improvisers 18 and over. Filled with workshops, camping events, team building, campfires, stories, performances and more since 2011. Our West and East camp have you take four skilled based workshops from top instructors while our Yosemite camp has you take one instructor the entire weekend and you learn an improv form they are a master of.

How much prior improv experience do I need?

None! We encourage anyone to sign up. We have had all walks of life at camp from never having done improv to the most skilled of improvisers. All events and workshops will work with all levels of experience. However, camp is not for everyone there are hills and bunk style accommodations. It’s not a hotel, it’s a summer camp. We do not allow off-site lodging.

Allergies of dietary needs?

The staff is committed to helping any camper with a food allergy or dietary need have a great time at camp. Whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian, or vegan we got you covered. Although we do recommend vegans bring their favorite snacks. The facilities we rent are dedicated to working around many allergies and dietary needs. When registering just make sure to list your food allergies or dietary requirements and we’ll do our best to work with you.

Co-ed and single-sex cabins...
We will have co-ed cabins and single-sex cabins, please let us know if you want to be in a single-sex cabin if you don't let us know we will assume you don't mind either way. Again, if you have any special requests, early to bed, bottom bunk etc. Let us know upon registration or e-mail us.
What about my car?

Yes, there is parking at Camp. We encourage you carpool if you can.

WHEN IS CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA?

West Camp

Friday, May 27th to Monday, May 30th 2016 (Memorial Day Weekend). Activities start Friday evening with most of the programming on Saturday and Sunday. You can arrive at camp starting at 4 p.m. on Friday. There is no programming on Monday except saying our goodbyes after breakfast. Check out is before 11 a.m. on Monday.

East Camp

Friday, September 2 to Monday, September 5, 2016 (Labor Day Weekend). Activities start Friday evening with most of the programming on Saturday and Sunday. You can start arriving at our East Camp by 4 p.m on Friday. There is no programming on Monday except saying our goodbyes after breakfast. Check out is before 11 a.m. on Monday.

Yosemite Camp

Friday, August 26th to Monday, August 29, 2016. Activities start Friday evening with most of the programming on Saturday and Sunday. You can arrive at camp starting at 3 p.m. on Friday. There is no programming on Monday except saying our goodbyes after breakfast. Check out is before 11 a.m. on Monday.

WHERE ARE OUR IMPROV CAMPS?

West Camp

Camp Improv Utopia West is located at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, CA which is 3.5 hours north of the Los Angeles and 3.5 hours south of the San Francisco. It is about 45 minutes north of San Luis Obisbo on the beautiful California coast.

East Camp

Camp Improv Utopia East is located at Trout Lake Retreats in Stroudburg, Pennsylvania approximately 90 miles from New York City, 120 miles from Philadelphia, 235 miles north of Baltimore and 270 miles north of Washington D.C.

Yosemite Camp

Camp Improv Utopia Yosemite is located at Emerald Cove Camp approximately 3.5 hours from San Francisco and 4 hours from Los Angeles. It is located in the town of Bass Lake, CA. We are approximately 15 minutes from Yosemite and about an hour away from Yosemite Valley.

DO YOU HAVE PAYMENT PLANS?

West Camp
Payment Plan has expired for Camp West 2016. Only full payment accepted.
East Camp
  • Two-Pay-Plan $475
  • $200 deposit is required at sign up. After 30 days of registration your final payment of the remainder of your payment is due.
  • You can do this until 60 days prior to the first day of camp. May 31st, 2016
  • PayPal  will have a one-time convenience fee of $10.
  • Price goes to $475 on January 1, 2016
Yosemite Camp
  • Two Pay Plan - $475
  • $200 deposit is required at sign up. After 30 days of registration your final payment of the remainder is due.
  • You can do this until 60 days prior to the first day of camp.
  • PayPal will have a one-time convenience fee.

OUT OF TOWN GUESTS

West Camp

SFO, LAX, Burbank are your best bets for airports. However there are the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara airports as well they may just be more expensive. Getting a ride from the airport has never been an issue for a camper. Ridesharing is encouraged and you can set that up in our Facebook Private Member Page or contact us for help when it gets closer to camp. Check in to camp is at 4pm on Friday and Checkout is 11am on Monday.

East Camp

Newark, Philly and JFK are your best bets for airports. Also, ridesharing is encouraged and you can set that up in our Facebook Private Member Page or contact us for help when it gets closer to camp. Check in to camp is at 3pm on Friday and Checkout is 11am on Monday.

Yosemite Camp

Sacramento, Fresno (Closest), LA, SF or Oakland are your best bets for airports. Also, ridesharing is encouraged and you can set that up in our Facebook Private Member Page or contact us for help when it gets closer to camp. Check in to camp is at 3pm on Friday and Checkout is 11am on Monday.

How is Yosemite Camp different from theEast and West Camps?

CIU Yosemite gives you one teacher the entire weekend as opposed to 4 different workshops. Also, instead of skill based teaching as in our East and West camps you will learn an improv form that the teacher is a master of. This year it’s the Advanced Harold, JTS Brown, Movie Form and The Deconstruction.

WHAT DO I BRING TO CAMP?

What to bring
  • jacket (It gets chilly at night)
  • sunscreen!!! (Really important)
  • pajamas
  • long sleeve shirts
  • Bathing Suit (Yosemite and East)
  • Ear Plugs or White Noise (There may be snoring)
  • hiking shoes and tennis shoes
  • pants
  • bug spray
  • sweater or fleece
  • waterproof rain suit (You can use a garbage bag as a poncho)
  • sun hat or baseball cap
  • old flat sheet for mattress cover (Optional)
  • sleeping bag (Highly recommended over blankets!)
  • pillow (and pillow case)
  • flashlight (Could be your phone)
  • pen and notepad (to write down your ideas!)
  • large towels (for showers)
  • toiletries kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, soap, shampoo, conditioner, Kleenex, comb)
  • a scary story!
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 5 pairs of warm socks, 5 pairs of underwear
  • 1 Yes-And attitude
  • 1 open mind
And you might also want to think about bringing…
  • camera or video camera
  • Bed padding
  • Phone/iPad and chargers
  • Surge Protector
  • Musical instruments!
  • Spending money (we will have commemorative camp t-shirts, hoodies for sale and some snacks and beverages)
  • reading material for your chill time
Do Not Bring...
  • firearms
  • alcohol
  • anything that, if lost or damaged, would break your heart

WHAT ARE THE CAMP FEES?

West Camp
The Camp Fee is $460 from Now until October 31, 2015. $475 From January 1 to May 2015. Our Payment Plan is a 2-Pay-Plan is $475 and you put $200 down and the rest is due 30 days after your registration.
Your Camp Fee is ALL INCLUSIVE and gets you all your meals, over 10 hours of improv workshops, lodging and camp activities.
East Camp
The Camp Fee is $440 from Now until February 1, 2016. $460 From February 2 to July 31, 2016 and $475 in August. Payment plans also available.
Yosemite Camp
The Camp Fee is $435 from Now until January 1, 2016. $450 From January 2 to July 31, 2016 it will be $475 in August. Payment plans available.
What does the camp fee include?

Your camp fee includes 8 meals starting from Friday evening and ending Monday morning. There is a dining hall where everyone can eat and the camp will provide the food and do the cooking. You will also have a bunk bed in a contemporary cabin with 9 other campers. Each cabin is clean and equipped with a private bathrooms, shower (with hot water) and electricity. Cabins are Co-ed unless you specifically ask for a single -sex cabin. Your fee also includes all camp activities and up to 10 hours of improv workshops.

Cancellation Policy

East and West Camp:

If you (the camper) request a cancellation of your Camp Improv Utopia fees more than 90 (ninety) days in advance, IN WRITING, a full refund will be issued within ten (10) business days. Cancellations later than 90 (Ninety) days in advance will be charged 50% of your total fee. Cancellations later than 60 (sixty) days in advance will be charged 100% of your total fee and no refunds will be issued. Absolutely all cancellation/refund requests must be in writing. We will do our best to replace your spot if we have a waitlist, however there will be ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS will be made if you cancel the week of camp (May 19-27, 2016 – West or August 28-Sept 4, 2015 East) *All cancellations will be subject to a $30 administration fee and any PayPal Fees will not be refunded.

Yosemite Camp:

If you (the camper) request a cancellation of your Camp Improv Utopia fees more than 120 (one hundred and twenty) days in advance, IN WRITING, a full refund will be issued within ten (10) business days. Cancellations later than 120 (One Hundred and Twenty) days in advance will be charged 50% of your total fee. Cancellations later than 90 (ninety) days in advance will be charged 100% of your total fee and no refunds will be issued. Absolutely all cancellation/refund requests must be in writing. We will do our best to replace your spot if we have a waitlist, however there will be ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS if you cancel the week of the first day of Camp Yosemite *All cancellations will be subject to a $30 administration fee and any PayPal Fees will not be refunded.

IMPROV UTOPIA

Where do Improv Utopia's profits go?

IU is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit company and our profits go back into the improv community via theater support, festival support and improv scholarships. We have supported many theaters over our four years of existence giving thousands of dollars back into the community.

What makes the Camp Improv Utopia experience different?

Improv Utopia believes in quality over quantity. We do not over pack our camps. We want every camper to have a great experience and get the focused training they paid for. Our top instructors are also campers and hang out with our campers all weekend performing, chatting and doing camp activities. We are a 4 day, 3 night camp and our camps are all inclusive…meals, workshops, camp activities, lodging and more! We are also the only registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Improv Camp and the money we make goes back into the improv world to support various causes.

 

Ready to register?!

If you have read about our camps and are ready to jump on board, we would love to have you! Click on the Register button to sign up!