Summer camp at Detroit Historical Museum shut down abruptly

These parents thought they were doing the right thing signing their kids up for the Be Inspired Cultural Arts Summer Camp.

The program offers academics, sports, dance and more.

"They offered so many classes it was almost too hard to believe," said grandparent Ronda McIntosh. 

And earlier this week parents say they found out it was too good to be true because the camp has shut down.

"One of the staff members inquired and said you are going to have to find another camp by Friday because they are closing this place down," said parent Cherise Higginbotham. "He was a scam artist."

Higginbotham  says she had already paid close to $400 and McIntosh close to $200.

The CEO of the camp, Quinton Cox, who is based in Memphis, Tennessee, rented space at the Detroit Historical Museum for the camp which was scheduled to go from June until August. 

Cox says his point of contact for the museum said he could make a payment on his rental fee when she returned from vacation. But Cox says when he tried to pay the museum refused.

The museum says the contract was terminated for breach of contract.

"He has been in arrears of payment and also failed to provide a valid certificate of liability insurance," said Bob Sadler of the Detroit Historical Museum. "At the start of operations of the camp."

But the CEO of the camp has a different story. 

"I haven't dealt with anyone but her from the standpoint of making payments," Cox said. "So again now the situation has occurred just as it has in other cities that's misleading people to believe that I'm shutting my camps down."

This is not the first time a Be Inspired Cultural Arts camp has shut its doors - according to the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, it has received eight complaints during the month of June from consumers in Tennessee, Georgia and Texas.

"I went on the internet pulled up this man's name," said Higginbotham. "Mug shot, news paper articles."

"I would say there are some poor planning and poor execution that has been going on," Cox said.

The Better Business Bureau says the next time you're looking for a camp for your child, make sure you do your research.

"If you have it in writing - all the better because they have already thought it through if they have to cancel or take your child to hospital," said Melanie Duquesnel of the Better Business Bureau.

But for now these parents want their money back.

"I'm not out here doing any scams," Cox said. "I'm getting a letter out to parents who paid in advance that they can get refund there's a process to that."

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