Science Camp FAQs

SCHEDULE

Camp runs Monday – Friday
8:00 – 9:00 am Early care ($10 extra per day)
9:00 – 11:45 am Morning session
11:45 am – 1:00 pm Lunch & recess
1:00 - 1:45 pm Camp-wide activity
1:45 – 4:00 pm Afternoon session
4:00 – 5:00 pm Late care ($10 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 part of the day and should dress in layers for indoor air conditioning and outside fun.


How much does camp cost?

COST, REGISTRATION, AND PAYMENT

Members: $520.00 per week; nonmembers $590.00 per week. Prices will increase on February 20. The earlier you register, the less you'll pay!

Tuition includes inquiry-based STEM camp curriculum, skilled teaching staff, course materials, camper T-shirt, two 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 early and late care?
Camp runs Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Early (8:00 – 9:00 am) and/or late care (4:00 – 5:00 pm) is available at $10 per hour. 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?
We offer the discounts shown in the following table for our full-day camp sessions.

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.

Multiple- week discount Sibling discount
Current LSC members receive our best tuition price! One $50 discount per sibling,
regardless of how many classes they take
LSC Camp alumni (who are not LSC members) One-time-only $50 discount for
a second session per family
One $50 discount per sibling,
regardless of how many classes they take
General public One-time-only $50 discount for
a second session per family
One $50 discount per sibling,
regardless of how many classes they take


How do we register?
To reserve a place for your child, and to be sure 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 1.

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 cancellations.

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?
Three. Each class is led by two trained STEM educators and/or certified teachers assisted by a “near peer” youth instructor.

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. Others are from schools and similar institutions in the tristate area.

How much time will campers spend on the exhibition floors?
Campers will be busy working in our labs and classrooms most of the day but will have structured museum exploration during the course of their week. After each Friday Family Showcase, the whole family is welcome to spend the last hour of the day in our galleries from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at no additional charge.

WHAT TO WEAR & 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 part of 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 in the camp office, while supplies last. The fee will be put on your camp account.

What supplies should my child bring?
Campers are welcome to bring refillable water bottles. Everything else needed for each session will be provided, from circuit boards to cow eyes, and from pencils to notebooks, scissors, and tape.

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 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. We provide each camper with healthy morning and afternoon snacks along with bottled water every day.

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 café.

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 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 either, or $20 per day for both. Campers will be supervised in a designated area.

Do you provide transportation to camp? What about carpool options?
Transportation to and from camp is not provided. Families can make their contact information available to other parents in their area if they would like to organize a carpool.

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 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. STEM is considered one of the most important fields of K-12 education, and is currently part of a new national initiative. It is about moving forward, solving problems, learning, and pushing innovation to the next level.

Will there be any field trips?
If a course includes an off-site field trip, LSC will provide commercial bus service with camp counselors as chaperones. Parents will be notified if a field trip is included.