Frequently Asked Questions
Why 4 Star Camps?
- We are a family owned and operated business.
- Academic growth and exploration.
- Professional educators—graduate students, secondary teachers, and test prep professionals—who make the most of Charlottesville’s resources.
- Improve your Tennis in a nationally renowned program.
- Whether a beginner or advanced player preparing for competition, this highly respected camp is designed for you.
- Work with USPTA and PTR certified teaching pros Christopher “Cubby” Cubbage as well as college player.
- Golf, a sport for a lifetime.
- Full day and 1/2 day options available.
- Learn and play at UVa’s home course, Birdwood, with our excellent staff directed by PGA pro Scott Ezell.
- A great value.
- Low student to staff ratios – all programs utilize small group instruction to better serve each student’s needs.
- Video stroke analysis incorporated into both golf and tennis programs.
- A safe, secure setting.
- Learn more about yourself and what you can accomplish.
- Live in a great environment with others from around the world.
- Gain life-long knowledge and friendships.
- Interact with our staff who are well-versed in mentoring young students.
What Dorms do we use?
4 Star Camps Dorms are located at the Hereford Residence College at the University of Virginia. We currently use Norris dorms which is located in the Hereford Residence College. Campers can request a roommate if they are coming to camp with a friend.
Where do we eat and what are our meal options?
Campers will eat breakfast and lunch at Observatory Hill and dinner at our residence hall. Dinner is buffet style catered by Harvest Moon Catering which is one of the top caterers in Charlottesville. At 4 Star Camps we strive to offer meals that are both nutritious and delicious. Each meal has a vegetarian option and each meal is supplemented by a buffet to help satisfy even the pickiest eater! Please note that 4 Star Camps can accommodate most dietary needs. If you have questions please contact the camp director at 434-202-1896 to be sure that your campers needs can be provided for.
What programs do you offer?
We offer five separate programming options: Academy Courses (morning), ACT and SAT Prep Courses (morning), Essentials Courses (afternoon), Tennis Camps (morning or afternoon), and Golf Camps (morning or afternoon).
What are your camp fees and dates for the upcoming season?
Information on our fee structure and camp dates can be found on our “Dates & Rates” link under General Information.
What is included with the Linen Package?
Sheets, towels and a pillow.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
ALL CANCELLATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED IN WRITING AND ARE, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:
Until April 1, refund of tuition monies less $150 per week
April 2-May 1, refund of tuition monies less $250 per week.
After May 1, no refunds unless Tuition Insurance has been purchased
No refunds will be issued to campers expelled from camp.
What is the Tuition Insurance?
Tuition insurance may be purchased prior to May 1st for 5% of your total camp fees, not including the nonrefundable Application Fee. Insurance protects your camp investment should you need to cancel after this date up to 5 pm the Friday prior to the start of your camp session resulting in a refund of tuition monies. Tuition insurance will not cover the following:
$500 of 2-week SAT Prep tuition & $300 of 1-week SAT Prep tuition
$450 of TOEFL Prep tuition
$300 of ESL tuition
The non-refundable Application Fee
Campers expelled due to breach of camp rules.
Do I need Traveler’s Insurance as an international student?
We recommend that all international students to our camps purchase traveler’s insurance to cover any illness or injury while at camp. All International Students must have health insurance. We do not have specific companies that we work with but can give you a couple of links to sites outside of our website to help you with your research:www.ivisitorinsurance.com and www.sevencorners.com
How do I apply to camp?
4 Star Camps Admissions Standards
Students of all backgrounds have experienced successful summers with 4 Star Camps since 1975. The online registration process does not require high school transcripts or letters of recommendation. However, it is important for students to realize that with each 4 Star Camps program comes the opportunity to grow as a student in academics or athletics.
As you would expect all our instructors expect a lot from our students, and each 4 Star Camps program is founded on the principles of honesty, personal responsibility and the safety of our students.
If parents have any questions as to whether 4 Star Camps is the right fit for their student, please contact our office before completing our online registration process by calling 800-752-5325
The completed and signed online application form must be received with payment in order for the application process to be begin. We also offer online registration and that is the recommended form of application.
You may mail your application with your personal check to: Registrar – 4 Star Camps, 2171 Ivy Rd. Suite 3 Charlottesville, Va 22903
You may pay by check or money order payable to 4 Star Camps, by credit card (MasterCard or VISA only) or by wire transfer (please contact our registrar for instructions).
How does your payment schedule work?
Applications received before April 1, require:
Boarding Academic students – $500 deposit (which includes the application fee) with balance due on April 15.
Boarding Tennis or Golf students – $250 deposit (which includes the application fee) with balance due on April 15.
Day Academic students – $250 deposit (which includes the application fee) with balance due on April 15.
Day Tennis or Golf students – $250 deposit (which includes the application fee) with balance due on April 15.
Applications received after April 11, require full payment including a non-refundable application fee plus full tuition and all optional fees.
QuickStart 10 and Under Tennis Day Camp – full payment is due with application.
Will I receive a confirmation after applying?
Yes, you will receive by email a complete packet including your invoice, program confirmation and other forms/information.
We offer limited pickup and drop off to and from the Charlottesville-Albermarle Airport (CHO) during specific time periods for no extra charge. Pickup and drop off to and from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) can be arranged for an extra charge of $150 each way. . Please discuss travel arrangements with our registrar before making your plans.
We also offer transportation from the Manassas Courtyard Marriott. We pick up every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and drop off every Friday at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $60.00 each way. Space is limited so please make arrangements with our registrar.
What other means of travel are available?
Charlottesville is also serviced by Amtrak and Greyhound-Trailways. We do offer a limited service to these stations during a specific time period for no extra charge (please discuss travel arrangements with our registrar before making your plans).
Arrival Departure and Orientation
We also have a camp wide orientation for all overnight campers from 9:30-10:00 every Sunday to go over rules and other information the camper will need to know