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Member Summer Camp Help Page

2021 Member Registration Reopens Monday, March 22 at 11 a.m.

The member Summer Camp registration process is a little bit different this year. There are a few simple steps that can be taken ahead of member registration opening to ensure a smooth Summer Camp registration experience. This page also contains resources for troubleshooting potential registration roadblocks.

 

Registration Preparation Tips

Online Account Access

Verify that you are able to login to your online account using your special member registration link. Accounts will lock if too many unsuccessful password attempts are made. Accounts will automatically unlock after 30 minutes. You may reset your password by clicking the blue “Create/Forgot Your Password?” text in the pop-up window.

If you’re not sure if you’ve already set up an online account, or can’t remember what email you set your previous account up with, that’s okay! You can create a new login by following the same instructions above. Even if this account isn’t tied to your membership email, you’ll still be able to register early for Summer Camps and receive your member discount by using the special member registration link.

Please note that whatever email you use to login or create your online account with will be the only email address that receives communications about camps including important waiver information. Be sure to use an email address that you check frequently.

Adding and Updating Campers

Adding and updating campers in your online profile is an important step for successful Summer Camp registration. We recommend completing this step ahead of time to prepare for a faster registration experience. To do this, simply click the special member registration link that you were sent via email, select the blue “Add/Update Camper” button in the lower right of the registration screen, and make sure all the campers you would like to register this year are added to your profile.

It is particularly important to verify the age and grade information of your campers. If this information is incorrect, our registration system will not allow you to register for age-appropriate camps. For more information on camp age/grade requirements, please refer to the drop-down section of this page.

Additional Tips for Registration Success

For the most seamless registration experience we recommend the following:

Use a desktop or laptop computer to access your online account and register for Summer Camps. The online registration process works best on a computer rather than a mobile or tablet device.

If you receive an error message, refresh the page or switch browsers. Most of the time, error messages disappear after a quick page refresh. If errors persist, you may have a better experience with a different web browser.

Double-check your filters. Camps can be filtered by location, grade, dates and more. If you’re not seeing all of the camps you’d like, double-check to make sure you’re capturing the correct information in the filters on the left hand side of the registration popup screen.

Check-out with all camps in one transaction or use your special link for each registration you’d like to complete. To get the discount for multiple camps, add them all to your cart at the same time before selecting the green “Next” button to complete the purchase process. If you want to add additional camps at a later time, you will need to refresh your page or click through the special email registration link again in order for the discount to be applied. 

Review the how-to register guide. Click the button below to open our how-to register guide with detailed instructions and visuals for the summer camp registration process. 

 

Camp Policies and Information

Be sure to review our 2021 camp policies and information regarding health and safety, waivers, transfers, cancellations, waitlisting, and more.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Information

The safety of guests and staff is of utmost importance to us, and we are taking many actions to comply with  Department of Health Guidelines  for summer camps. For more information on safety precautions taken this summer, download our  COVID Health Related Quick Sheet and review our Summer Camp FAQ. Read about how we ran safe and successful in-person camps last summer during COVID-19.

Camp COVID policies and procedures may change based on updated local, state and federal guidance and health recommendations. Any changes will be posted below and registrants will be notified. 

All In-Person Summer Camps will follow the practices as well as the detailed policies outlined below: 

  • Compliance with our comprehensive Sick Camper Policy 
  • Maintaining small cohorts of campers with dedicated staff members. Group sizes will be determined by group age, location, and room size but will be no more than 16 campers per group 
  • All groups will remain separated throughout the day with dedicated routes to move throughout the building
  • Physical distancing will be practiced within each group
  • Modified drop-off and pick-up procedures
  • Increased opportunities for hand washing and increased availability of hand sanitizer 
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of materials and the facility 
  • Compliance with our facial covering policy requiring all campers and staff to wear masks 
  • Compliance with our health screening policy requiring all campers and staff to verify daily that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Keeping Pacific Science Center closed to the general public. Parents and guardians will not be permitted to enter the buildings. 
  • Eliminating the need for camper transportation during the camp day 
  • Closing hands-on exhibits 
  • Eliminating extended care programming 

Mask Policy

Masks are required for all PacSci staff and campers from the time they arrive on-site at a camp location through the time they leave the camp facility. Masks are also required for parents and guardians during drop-off and pick-up or any other time they are at a camp location. Masks must be properly fitted and cover the mouth and nose at all times, and if reusable, must be cleaned regularly. Masks with valves or openings, handkerchiefs, gaiters, and face shields in lieu of a mask are not allowed. While campers should bring their own masks, a limited number of disposable masks will be available for camper use if needed. The policy must be reviewed, signed, and submitted electronically in the camper health profile through CampDoc after registrationDownload our mask policy.  

Sick Camper Policy

In order to attend an in-person summer camp, all parents or guardians of campers must review and sign our Sick Camper Policy. To help ensure the health and safety of our campers and staff, our policy includes requirements for a daily health check, as well as procedures for any illnesses that occur during the camp day and for returning to camp after illness. 

The policy should be reviewed, signed, and submitted electronically in the camper health profile through CampDoc after registration. Download a copy of the Sick Camper Policy 

Daily Health Check

PacSci staff and campers will need to perform a daily health check before arriving to camp each day. In addition, PacSci staff may require an on-site temperature check for campers. Parents and guardians will be required to complete the following screening questions daily:  

  • Has your child or anyone in the household had any of the following symptoms within the last 48 hours that are not caused by another condition? 
  • Fever (100.4 Degrees F) or chills 
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
  • Unusual fatigue  
  • Muscle or body aches  
  • Headache  
  • New loss of taste or smell  
  • Sore throat  
  • Congestion or runny nose  
  • Nausea or vomiting  
  • Diarrhea  
  • Within the past 14 days, has your child been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for a cumulative total of 15 minutes) with anyone with either (1) a confirmed case of COVID-19 or (2) symptoms consistent with COVID-19? 
  • Has your child had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?  
  • Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told your child to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?  
  • Is your child currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test? 

High Risk Groups

Those at high risk for health problems from COVID-19 should consult with their health care provider when considering whether to participate in Camps for Curious Minds.  

What is the staff to camper ratio? How many campers are in each camp?

Department of Health guidelines limit camp groups to a maximum of 22 campers and staff. All Camps for the Curious Mind camp groups will be limited to no more than 16 campers and will have dedicated educators and an assistant educator. Group sizes will be determined by age, site location, and the room size with most groups below this limit. Staff to camper ratios vary depending on group size, but will not exceed a 1:10 staff to camper ratio. Some camps like preschool and sensory friendly camps will have a lower camper to staff ratio.  

What health information do I need to provide in order to attend camp?

All registered camp attendees must register with CampDoc to complete documentation that includes providing basic camper health information, reviewing and agreeing to PacSci’s health and safety policies, and completing the in-person camper liability waiver (Download the waiver for review). After registering for camps, you will receive an email invitation to create a CampDoc account to complete all of the required documentation. All campers must also complete a daily health screening through CampDoc prior to arriving at camp each morning. 

Registration, Waitlists, Transfers & Cancellations

When does registration open?

Member Registration reopens Monday, March 22, 2021. General registration opens Thursday, March 25, 2021.

When is the last day I can sign up for a camp? 

For in-person camps, registration closes the Wednesday before the camp start date at 11:59 p.m.

What is the waitlist process? 

  • A  waitlist  spot only opens up when a registered camper transfers to a new camp or cancels a camp registration. Once this occurs, our system automatically sends an email to the first person on the waitlist.
  • Once notified via email, the first person on the waitlist will have 24 hours to respond to the email in one of two ways: (1) Use the link to register and pay for the camp or (2) Click the link that indicates they are no longer interested in the camp space
  • If the individual doesn’t register for the camp within 24 hours or notify us they are no longer interested, the registration link is disabled and an email is automatically sent to the next person on the waitlist.
  • We do see movement on most waitlists through the summer, but cannot guarantee a spot will become available.  

How can I transfer to a different camp? 

To transfer your camper to a new camp, first register for the new camp online.* Once registered, call (206) 443-2925 to cancel your original camp. There will be no fee for transferring camps and your original camp will be refunded in full (including the non-refundable deposit) after a new camp is booked.

* Registration closes the Wednesday before the camp start date at 11:59 p.m.

What is the cancelation policy? 

Requests for withdrawal from camp must be made at least  two weeks  prior to the camp start date.

To cancel your registration, please email  edprograms@pacsci.org  with your name, camper name, and registration number. Pacific Science Center will retain the $50 deposit fee per each in-person and virtual camp canceled. Should Pacific Science Center or our partners decide to fully cancel a camp, we will process a full refund including the deposit for those registered.

Age/Grade Requirements

Are camps based on the current grade or next year’s grade?

Camps are based on the grade the camper is going into for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

How old does my preschooler need to be to attend camps?

Preschoolers must be 4 years old by the first day of the camp they are enrolled in, and must be potty trained (able to independently ask and go to the restroom including wiping and re-dressing).

My camper will be going into ____ grade, but really wants to take (grade above/below) camps. Can I sign up for this camp?

No. Our camps are designed for the grade range listed. If the camper is too young, the content may be over the camper’s head when in a camp with (highest camp grade in range). If the camper is too old, the content will not be challenging for the camper and not a good experience. We also consider the social impacts of a child being the youngest or oldest in the group.

Do you offer any camps for high school students?

No. While we usually have service learning opportunities for teens (14-18) during the summer to assist with our summer camps, we are unable to offer this program this year. We are hoping to run this program again in 2022.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations & Procedures

Drop-off and pick-up procedures will vary by location. Due to COVID safety concerns, parents may be required to find parking for the time it takes to walk to the specified drop-off and pick-up locations. While parents and guardians may enter external spaces during drop-off and pick-up, only campers and staff may enter the buildings. Drop-off and pick-up procedures for each camp location will be available soon.  

Parents and guardians of registered campers will also receive an email before their camp start date with details on procedures and safety protocols. 

General Health & Safety Information

What health information do I need to provide in order to attend camp?

All registered camp attendees must register with CampDoc to complete documentation that includes providing basic camper health information, reviewing and agreeing to PacSci’s health and safety policies, and completing the in-person camper liability waiver (Download the waiver for review). After registering for camps, you will receive an email invitation to create a CampDoc account to complete all of the required documentation. All campers must also complete a daily health screening through CampDoc prior to arriving at camp each morning.

Staff Training

All camp staff are required to be certified in first aid and CPR. We do an additional training put on by a nurse from Seattle Children’s Hospital including avoiding, recognizing, and responding to allergies. We also give our staff extra training in leading sensory friendly camps, cultural responsiveness, and Child Abuse Protection.

Staff training will also include additional information this summer on proper use of facial coverings, looking for and recognizing symptoms of COVID 19, and proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures. 

Allergies and Food Sensitivities

Our camps and facilities are not nut free. If your camper has a food allergy please list in the medical section when registering online and then talk to the classroom teacher in person the first day of camp. 

Epi-Pen and Inhaler Protocol

Parents can choose whether they want their camper or the camp teacher to carry necessary Epi-Pens and inhalers. If a camper has an Epi-Pen, inhaler, or other urgent medical supply, this should be noted on the medical release form. If teachers carry supplies, they are kept it in a backpack with the rest of the first aid supplies and medical release forms. If the camper carries it, the camper is responsible for making sure it is available when needed (the teacher will probably not check to make sure they bring it out to lunch with them, rather than leave it in their backpack).

What is the staff to camper ratio? How many campers are in each camp?

Department of Health guidelines limit camp groups to a maximum of 22 campers and staff. All Camps for the Curious Mind camp groups will be limited to no more than 16 campers and will have dedicated educators and an assistant educator. Group sizes will be determined by age, site location, and the room size with most groups below this limit. Staff to camper ratios vary depending on group size, but will not exceed a 1:10 staff to camper ratio. Some camps like preschool and sensory friendly camps will have a lower camper to staff ratio.  

Membership

I’m a member, are there Summer Camp benefits?  

Yes! As in years past, we are offering members early registration and a $30 camp discount. However, we are doing things a bit differently this year. Early registration for members opens at 11 am on Tuesday, March 16. We will be sending a special member registration link via email on Friday, March 12. Members must register through this link in order to be eligible for early registration and to get the member discount. All members who had active memberships as of March 2020 will be eligible. If you do not receive the link on March 12, please email membership@pacsci.org.

How does the special member registration link work?  

Members can use the direct registration link at any time after 11 am on Tuesday, March 16 to access the $30 per registration discount. In order to receive Summer Camp member benefits during registration, you can either login to your existing membership account or create a new login and add your camper’s information. If you create a second login for an existing account, don’t worry—we will resolve and combine all duplicates.  

What if I don’t get the special member registration link email?  

The email address we have tied to your membership account may be incorrect or you may have opted out of receiving PacSci member emails. If you do not receive the member registration link on Friday, March 12 please email membership@pacsci.org to request your direct link.

I’m not a member but I would like to purchase a membership for the Summer Camp benefits. Why can’t I buy a membership right now? 

Pacific Science Center’s onsite operations are currently very limited due to COVID-19. We expect that onsite operations will continue to be very limited well into 2021. As a result, we have suspended all membership sales during this time. We are taking this opportunity to reimagine our membership program and hope you will consider joining the PacSci membership family in the future! To be the first to know when PacSci resumes selling memberships and to sign up for an exclusive reopening membership offer, please visit our membership webpage.

For questions, please email membership@pacsci.org.

Additional Virtual Tech Camp Information

General Questions

Can I leave my camper unattended during the virtual camp session? 

Each virtual camp will involve hands-on interactive STEAM activities directed by two PacSci educators. Most of the activities will require minimal adult supervision, but due to the virtual format, parents/guardians will remain solely responsible for ensuring the physical safety of their child during virtual camp sessions. 

There will also be a 15-minute break each day when our educators will not be in visual or verbal communication with campers. PacSci does not recommend leaving your camper unattended during camp sessions. 

What is the role of the educators in camps?

We pride ourselves on our tested hands-on interactive virtual format that our educators are excited to pass on to your campers! 

Each camp has two PacSci educators in the virtual classroom. The Lead Educator is trained to be responsible for running each of the activities for the campers to follow. The Assistant Educator assists the virtual classroom with Zoom management and small group sessions. Each small group session will have one educator or assistant to guide the campers. 

What training do educators receive?

We have found the most successful experience for your camper stems from well-trained educators. Over the course of training, educators strengthen their skills in equitable informal teaching, effective behavior management, and up-to-date procedures for COVID-19. 

Virtual camp educators are also taught to have a keen eye for physical, emotional and interpersonal camper well-being. We also work with partners in our community to offer training in identifying biases in education and best practices to enable access for all abilities. 

Based on what they have learned in training, our educators inspire curiosity in your camper by creatively challenging your camper in a constructive and healthy environment. 

Registration, Waitlist, Transfers & Cancellations

When does registration open?

Member Registration reopens Monday, March 22, 2021. General registration opens Thursday, March 25, 2021.

When is the last day I can sign up for a Virtual Tech camp? 

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. 12 days before the camp start date (two Wednesdays prior).

What is the waitlist process? 

  • A waitlist  spot only opens up when a registered camper transfers to a new camp or cancels a camp registration. Once this occurs, our system automatically sends an email to the first person on the waitlist.
  • Once notified via email, the first person on the waitlist will have 24 hours to respond to the email in one of two ways: (1) Use the link to register and pay for the camp or (2) Click the link that indicates they are no longer interested in the camp space
  • If the individual doesn’t register for the camp within 24 hours or notify us they are no longer interested, the registration link is disabled and an email is automatically sent to the next person on the waitlist.
  • We do see movement on most waitlists through the summer, but cannot guarantee a spot will become available.

What information do I need to provide in order to attend camp? 

All registered Virtual Camp attendees must sign a waiver form through CampDoc. After registering for camps, you will receive an email invitation to register for CampDoc to complete all required forms and camper information. Download the waiver for review.

How can I transfer to a different camp? 

To transfer your camper to a new camp, first register for the new camp online.* Once registered, call (206) 443-2925 to cancel your original camp. There will be no fee for transferring camps and your original camp will be refunded in full (including the non-refundable deposit) after a new camp is booked.  

What is the cancelation policy?  

Requests for withdrawal from camp must be made at least  two weeks  prior to the camp start date.

To cancel your registration, please email  edprograms@pacsci.org  with your name, camper name, and registration number. Pacific Science Center will retain the $50 deposit fee per each in-person and virtual camp canceled. Should Pacific Science Center or our partners decide to fully cancel a camp, we will process a full refund including the deposit for those registered.

Technology Requirements

What tech requirements are needed to participate? 

Campers need access to an internet-connected device with Zoom and webcam installed for the duration of the virtual camp. We recommend you download and use the Zoom app instead of the Zoom webpage as the webpage has limited functions.  

  • For campers in the Seattle area, a laptop can be borrowed from the Science Center at no cost, however a security deposit is required. Borrowed laptops must be picked up and dropped off at PacSci. All laptops borrowed will be preloaded with the required software for each camp. 
  • Campers using their own computers will need to ensure that their computer meets all technical specifications listed for the camp and that required programs are downloaded or bookmarked before camp begins. See below for the program requirements for each tech camp offered. 

Can more than one camper participate in camp on one device?
Tech Camps are designed for campers to learn computer-based skills which requires that each camper have their own device in order to get the most from camp.  

We don’t have device(s) for our camper(s) to participate. Are there devices we can use during camps?
A limited number of PacSci laptops are available for use during the week for Seattle area campers if needed to participate in camp. A security hold of $500 will be placed on a credit card. This charge will only be processed if the computer is damaged or not returned. All laptops will need to be picked up the Friday before camp and dropped off the Monday after camp at PacSci between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please email camps@pacsci.org to inquire about device availability or more information. 

What does “some coding experience required” mean for the various tech camps?
They should have some exposure to coding language. Any platform or language is fine as long as your child knows the idea behind what coding is. 

If my camper is using their own device, what are the tech requirements and programs needed? 

Forcampers using home computers duringcamps, please check to make sure your device is compatible with and has the following programs downloaded or bookmarked: 

Itsy Bitsy 

  • Internet Browser 
  • Webcam 
  • Zoom 
  • Bitsy  Campers will access through a web browser, and does not need to be downloaded. 

Storytelling from Scratch 

  • Internet Browser 
  • Webcam 
  • Zoom 
  • Scratch 3campers will access from web browser, and does not need to be downloaded. Camper account logins will be provided to campers during our first session. To help our educators support campers when using this program, campers should use these credentials instead of personal logins. 
  • Campers using a tablet often find a keyboard beneficial for coding. 

Bit by Bit 

  • Internet Browser 
  • Webcam 
  • Zoom  
  • MinecraftEducationEdition – this free software needs to be downloaded prior to camp. Camper account logins will be provided to campers during our first session. To help our educators support campers when using this program, campers should use these credentials instead of personal logins. 
  • Device requirements for Minecraft Education Edition download can be found here. 

Storyboard Animatics 

  • Internet Browser 
  • Webcam 
  • Zoom 
  • Scratch 3campers will access from web browser, and does not need to be downloaded. Camper account logins will be provided to campers during our first session. To help our educators support campers when using this program, campers should use these credentials instead of personal logins. 
  • Campers using a tablet often find a keyboard beneficial for coding. 

Art and Animation 

  • Internet Browser 
  • Webcam 
  • Zoom 
  • Scratch 3campers will access from web browser, and does not need to be downloaded. Camper account logins will be provided to campers during our first session. To help our educators support campers when using this program, campers should use these credentials instead of personal logins. 
  • Campers using a tablet often find a keyboard beneficial for coding. 
  • Krita this  free open source program needs to be downloaded prior tocamp. Devicerequirementscan be found here:https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/ 

 Code Crafting 

  • Internet Browser 
  • Webcam 
  • Zoom  
  • MinecraftEducationEdition  this free software needs to be downloaded prior to camp. Camper account logins will be provided to campers during our first session. To help our educators support campers when using this program, campers should use these credentials instead of personal logins. 
  • Device requirements for Minecraft Education Edition download can be found here.  

If your home computer is not compatible with any of the programs above, PacSci does have laptops that can be borrowed for your week incampwitha $500 credit card deposit. 

Can my camper use a tablet or Chromebook for camp or do they need a laptop/desktop? 

While campers can use tablets or Chromebooks, most campers find a laptop or desktop to be easier to use. An external keyboard may also help to make these devices easier to use. 

Supplies

What supplies are provided? 

Laptops may be borrowed from PacSci with a deposit that is refunded when the laptop is returned undamaged. A supply kit containing materials for camp activities is provided to campers at no additional cost. There may be some common office/classroom supplies such as a glue stick and pens that are not included. 

What supplies are not provided? 

Campers may be expected to have the following supplies to participate in our camps. 

  • Scissors 
  • Pencils 
  • Pens 
  • Glue Sticks 
  • Sharpies 
  • Index Cards 
  • Pencil Sharpener 
  • Erasers 
  • Highlighters 
  • Simple Calculator 
  • Hole Punch 

How will I receive the provided supplies? 

Supply kits will be mailed to all campers including Seattle area campers unless a laptop is being borrowed. For campers borrowing a PacSci laptop during camps, supply kits can be picked up at PacSci at the time computers are picked up.  

What safety precautions are taken in preparing the supply kits? 

Our supply team and all PacSci employees are following safety protocol throughout the day. All employees are required to take their temperature before coming to work, wear masks at all times, wash hands often, and are in group sizes of fewer than 10 people when preparing supplies. 

Supplies are prepared two full weeks prior to the camp so that they can sit untouched by staff prior to being received by campers. 

 

Contact Us

We are working with a smaller, largely remote staff this year, which may result in a slight delay in response to emails, phone calls, and voicemails. 

Email is the preferred method of communication as many of our staff are working remotely. We respond to emails from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., M-F.

  • For questions about anything camp related including, registration, health and safety, logistics, etc., please email camps@pacsci.org.
  • For questions about membership, please email membership@pacsci.org.

Response time to phone calls and voicemails is dependent on call volume. We respond to voicemails from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., M-F.

  • For all camps and registration questions, please call us at (206) 443-2008.
  • If you leave us a voicemail, please clearly state your name, phone number, general availability for a return call, and the nature of your call.

We appreciate your patience as we work to respond as quickly as possible!

 

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