Parents beware! GTA Photography Camp needs to revamp its Chicago summer camp program for kids. My 11-year old daughter recently attended a weeklong session. I found GTA staff to be disorganized, unfocused, and uninterested in the campers who were there to learn how to shoot great photos and to have fun. They need to hire people who are responsible and who enjoy working with kids. I can only comment on two. Her counselor seemed to have some knowledge concerning cameras, but didn't appear 'kid friendly' and according to my daughter, she wasn't warm or nice to the kids in her group. Others were loud with 'childish behavior.' If you look at other reviews, they are mostly written by GTA employees.
GTA doesn't keep a close eye on the children. Sometimes I met my daughter outside the building and other times I walked her out without signing her out. This is not a responsible way to run a camp. They were always in a different room and never let the parents know ahead of time. No signage in the lobby. One of the counselors was so loud and obnoxious at the last day of camp that I thought it was one of the children at first. I was amazed to learn she actually was in charge of kids. The rooms were not comfortable because of no air conditioning and there weren't enough chairs on the last day, so most of the parents were not only uncomfortably hot, but had to stand for the hour. I had hoped it would be a great camp, especially in view of the cost, but it was disappointing and not worth the money. I would NEVER recommend GTA to anyone. I did call the main office in Toronto to voice my concerns, but they had an excuse for everything. "It's early in the season" or "We're working on it." Perhaps they should have worked on it before camp started. There are plenty of other well-run Chicago creative summer programs for children. This is not one of them. I did notify a GTA representative Anna from the Toronto office before placing the review. She told me other parents had some of the same complaints. I stand by my review.