Science Camp FAQs

Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about LSC Science Camp.


What is the schedule for LSC Science Camp?

Camp runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday

8:00 am - 8:45 am Before Care ($10 extra per day)

8:45 am - 9:00 am Drop-Off

9:00 am - 11:00 am Morning session

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Lunch & Recess

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Afternoon Session - Part I

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Snack & Break

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Afternoon Session - Part II

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm After Care ($15 extra per day)

Late fees: If a camper must remain at LSC after 5:00 pm due to an unavoidable delay such as a family emergency, an extra fee will be charged. The amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Snack breaks are included in all sessions. Weather permitting, campers may be outdoors during the day and should dress in layers for indoor air conditioning and outside fun.

Cost, Registration, and Payment

How much does camp cost?

Members: $600.00 per week; Nonmembers $650.00 per week

Tuition includes inquiry-based STEM camp curriculum, skilled teaching staff course materials, camper T-shirt, snacks, museum exploration, and off-site field trips when applicable to the course. Memberships must be maintained throughout the summer to qualify for the member rate.

Do you have before and after care?

Camp runs Monday – Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Before Care (8:00 am - 8:45 am) is available for $10 per camper, and After Care (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm) is available for $15 per camper. If a camper must remain at LSC after 5:00 pm due to an unavoidable delay such as a family emergency, an extra fee will be charged. The amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

What discounts are available?

Save more with an LSC membership! Enjoy discounts, special events, free admission to LSC and partner museums, and more. For maximum savings, sign up as a new member or renew before completing your child’s camp registration.

How do we register?

To reserve a place for your child and ensure you get the topic you want, please register early. Most sessions sell out quickly. There is a $100.00 seat deposit required at the time of registration. Full tuition payment is due by June.

What if I have to cancel?

Before May 1, you may receive a refund minus a $100 administrative fee. LSC cannot refund any fees to campers who cancel on or after May 1. Program Protector insurance is available through our registration application for unforeseen circumstances.

Classes and Instructors

How many campers are in each course?

Class size is 20 campers maximum.

How many teachers and assistants are in each course?

Two trained STEM educators lead each class.

What are the teachers’ backgrounds?

Our professional faculty and staff are dedicated to and passionate about STEM education. Many work in LSC’s STEM Education Division.

How much time will campers spend on the exhibition floor?

Campers will have structured museum exploration daily. After each Friday Family Showcase, the whole family is welcome to spend the last hour of the day in our galleries from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at no additional charge.

What to Wear and Bring

What should my child wear?

Camper T-shirts will be distributed on the first day of camp. They should be worn daily to identify your child as a camp participant. Weather permitting, campers may be outdoors during the day and should dress in layers for indoor air conditioning and outside fun.

Are extra camp T-shirts available?

Yes, additional shirts are available for $10. They can be purchased during registration or camp while supplies last.

What supplies should my child bring?

Campers are welcome to bring refillable water bottles. Everything else needed for each session will be provided.

May my child bring an iPod, iPad, or other electronic devices to use in class?

We encourage campers to leave electronic devices at home (see Lost and Found below). If tablets or laptops are required for coursework, LSC will make them available to campers.

Lost and Found

Is there a lost and found?

Yes. If a child loses an article of clothing or other possession, it will be held by the camp staff and then turned over to the LSC Security Office at the end of the week. We are sorry, but we cannot mail or hand-deliver lost articles. They must be picked up at LSC.

Food, Transportation, and Safety

Is lunch included in tuition?

No. Weekly lunch plans are available for purchase during registration. LSC will provide each camper with a healthy afternoon snack along with bottled water every day.

If a weekly lunch plan is not purchased, the camper’s family must provide a brown bag lunch and drink. Please do not send lunches that require refrigeration or warming. These services will not be available. Soda is not permitted in camp.

Please note that campers will not be able to purchase lunch from our cafe.

How do you deal with food allergies?

We are NOT a nut-free nor a gluten-free facility, but we will work with you to try to accommodate your camper’s needs. Please complete the relevant forms via registration and advise the camp staff of any food allergies or sensitivities before your camper’s session begins.

What is the policy for early drop-off and late pickup?

Campers may be dropped off as early as 8:00 am and picked up as late as 5:00 pm at an additional charge of $10 per day for early drop-off and $15 per day for late pick-up. Campers will be supervised in a designated area.

Do you provide transportation to camp?

Transportation to and from camp is not provided.

What if my child needs to take medication?

Prescription medication must be in its original container identifying the prescribing physician, the medication name, the dosage, and the frequency. Medications will be safely stored in the camp office during the day. Please complete the relevant forms during registration and discuss your camper’s medication schedule with the camp staff before the first day of camp.

Curriculum Details

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is about moving forward, solving problems, learning, and pushing innovation to the next level. STEM is considered one of the most important fields of K-12 education, and is currently part of many national initiatives.

Will there be any field trips?

If a course includes an off-site field trip, parents will be notified in advance, and detailed information (e.g., location, transportation, etc.) and necessary permission forms will be distributed.