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Sciencenter Summer Camp 2014

Want to provide your kids with a fun, exciting and science-filled summer? Sciencenter Summer Camp combines fun and games with exciting, hands-on science activities, experiments, field trips, visits from special presenters, and museum exploration. Camp days begin and end at the Sciencenter, and include trips on foot to offsite venues. Our small camp size per session and a low camper-to-staff ratio allows your camper to participate in high-quality programming and develop personal relationships with the staff.

Science experience not required - a full variety of topics and activities will appeal to all levels of science knowledge.

Sciencenter Summer Camp is open to children entering kindergarten through grade 6 in Fall 2014.

Science enthusiasts entering grades 7 to 9 are invited to apply for volunteer positions in the Future Science Leaders Counselor-in-Training Program.


Grades refer to Fall 2014. Each session accepts up to a maximum of 28 campers.

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

    Science Exploration (Session 1, 1 week, June 30 – July 3) In this special session only for children entering kindergarten through 2nd grade, campers will focus on general science and classic Sciencenter experiments geared towards a younger audience. Activities will include rocket building, design challenges, and ice cream making. Cost: $220 member; $240 non-member. SESSION FULL.

1st - 6th Grade

    Investigate! Science (Session 3, 1 week, July 21 – 25): Campers will focus on general science and classic Sciencenter experiments. Activities will include Alka Seltzer rockets, egg drop competitions, and fun with liquid nitrogen. Cost: $275 member; $300 non-member. SESSION FULL.

    Investigate! Science (Session 7, 2 weeks, August 18 – 29): Campers will focus on general science and classic Sciencenter experiments. Activities will include Alka Seltzer rockets, egg drop competitions, experiments with light and sound, fun with chemistry and liquid nitrogen. Cost: $525 member; $575 non-member.

2nd - 6th Grade

    Discover! Life on Earth (Session 2, 2 weeks, July 7 – July 18): Campers will learn about environmental science, fossils and the living organisms that inhabit our planet. Activities will include dissecting owl pellets, geological expeditions, participating in citizen science projects and special time with the Sciencenter’s animals. Cost: $525 member; $575 non-member.

    Build! Engineering (Session 4, 1 week, July 28 – August 1): Camper will explore engineering challenges and robotics. Activities will include bridge making, design competitions, and experimenting with robots. Cost: $275 member; $300 non-member. Only 2 spaces left. Please register online to secure your space.

    Explore! Space (Session 5, 1 week, August 4 – 8): Campers will learn about astronomy, engineering and space exploration.  Activities will include space exploration engineering challenges, rocket building and extended time with our Starlab planetarium programs. Cost: $275 member; $300 non-member.

    Build! Engineering (Session 6, 1 week, August 11– 15): See description above. Cost: $275 member; $300 non-member.

A Typical Day at Camp

... is loud, messy, fast-moving and full of fun! A typical day involves both indoor and outdoor hands-on activities, games, challenges, experiments, field trips, and special presentations.

Hands-On Activities

Making ice cream, launching rockets, and dropping eggs is all in a day's work. We'll play games and experiment indoors and outdoors every day (weather permitting).

Museum Exploration

Camp days begin and end at the Sciencenter, and include museum exploration and so much more. Your child will interact with other kids and Sciencenter staff in our friendly camp community. We plan an assortment of active, physical games, focused science experiences, special presentations, and free exploration of the museum and the Emerson Science Park.

Field Trips

Every week there are field trips designed to engage and delight children entering kindergarten through grade 6 in the fall of 2014. Each session includes several field trips to venues that are within one mile, such as Stewart Park, Cascadilla Gorge, and the Farmer’s Market Pavilion. We follow safe pedestrian rules and stop for water breaks as we travel on foot. We are happy to make reasonable accommodations for campers with physical limitations.

Special Presentations

Guest presenters are scientists and experts in their fields who offer fun hands-on demonstrations on topics varying from amphibians to paper-making to robots!



While the Sciencenter can not guarantee spaces in camp prior to completed registration, online registration is the most effective way to secure your place in camp.

Online registration requires payment in full by credit card.

Each person may register only one household. Please do not register for other families.

Member Discount

In order to qualify for the special member rates, you must be an active member at the time of registration as well as through the duration of your camp session. (To purchase or renew a membership, click here or call 607.272.0600.)

Members Please Note: to receive the member discount on the online registration form, you will need to input your membership ID number and expiration date. This information can be found on the front of your membership card.

No refunds will be given for memberships purchased after camp registration is completed.

Membership benefits are not transferable, and membership discounts for camp cannot be used to register extended family members.

Financial Assistance

Limited scholarship support is available to families that are members of our Membership Access Program (MAP). Learn more about the MAP program qualifications and download an application here. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and cover 50% of the cost of camp. Scholarship registrations cannot be submitted online - please email or visit our front desk for a scholarship application.

Cancellation Policy

Camp fees will only be refunded if camper is withdrawn before June 1. A $30 processing fee will be charged for all refunds. No refunds will be given after June 1.


Camp hours are 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Drop-off time is between 8:30 am and 9:00 am each day in our Community Room. We will begin camp activities or field trips at 9:00 am. Camper pick up is at 3:30 pm.


The Sciencenter provides a mid-morning snack each day. Campers need to bring a lunch from home that does not need to be heated or refrigerated. Depending on each day's weather and activities, we may eat in the classroom, the science park, or at a field trip site.

After-camp Care

After-camp care is available 3:30–5:00 pm, at an additional cost of $45 per week. After-camp care requires pre-registration. We reserve the right to cancel after-camp care if we do not have a minimum number of campers signed up.  If after-camp care is cancelled, you will be notified 2 weeks in advance of your camp session.

Future Science Leaders Counselor-in-Training Program

Science enthusiasts entering grades 7 to 9 are invited to apply for volunteer positions as Counselors-in-Training (CIT). CITs will spend a portion of each day assisting camp staff and providing companionship and care for campers. In addition, CITs will be given leadership roles delivering museum programming and participating in scientific research projects.

Selection Process

The CIT program is free but has a selective application process. Download the CIT application here .

Completed applications are due to the Sciencenter on April 15, and families will receive notification of acceptance by April 30.

Please note that only four CIT positions are available per camp session. CITs must commit to pre-camp training on June 27 and June 28, 10 am – 3 pm, as well as volunteer for two weeks of camp or during our Science Exploration camp session (June 30 - July 3.)


For more information, email or call 607.272.0600.