Events & Programs

In-Person Summer Camps

 

“‘It was fun’ and ‘it was really fun’ was high praise from my picky tweens. Highlight of their Food Lab experience was frying an egg in dishsoap! As a parent, I felt confident with the steps PacSci took to ensure my family’s safety. I’m so grateful that my kids got to have a fun, in-person, and safe summer camp experience!”

— Allan C.

“My son immensely enjoyed his Grossology camp. It had been a long while since I’ve seen him so excited to tell me all the things he did and learned!”

— Eileen S.

“My 7-YO son with special needs has always LOVED every PSC camps since he was 4. The camp is filled with exciting activities and led by WONDERFUL staff. What a fun, inclusive, educational, and safe camp! Thank you PSC!!”

— Minhee L.

Adventure Keeps Growing at PacSci Summer Camps

PacSci’s Camps for Curious Minds offer more than 100 unique camp experiences across multiple locations for kids in grades PreK–8. Whether your camper wants to engineer incredible inventions or animate their own dino creature feature, we’ve got a new camp just for them.

Join us and be curious all summer long at Camps for Curious Minds. PacSci will be offering in-person camps at five locations this summer as well as Virtual Tech Camps.

Download our 2022 Camps Booklet

All inperson camps will follow Washington State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols. Find more information about our safety policies and protocols in the Camp Policies and Information section below. 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. Read about how we ran safe and successful in-person camps in summer 2020 during COVID-19.

 

Camp Policies and Information

Be sure to review our 2022 camp policies and information regarding health and safety, waivers, transfers, cancellations, waitlisting, and more.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Information

We are focused on safely delivering summer camp experiences for all campers and staff in compliance with the Department of Health Guidelines for summer camps. We are happy to share that were able to successfully run camp in 2020 and 2021 with no reported spread of COVID-19 between campers or staff. For more information on our safety precautions, download our COVID Health Related Quick Sheet and review our Summer Camp FAQ.

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: 

  • Enforcing our Mask Policy
  • Enforcing our Sick Camper Policy
  • Enforcing our Daily Health Screening Policy requiring all campers to verify daily that they are free of COVID-19
    symptoms
  • Requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for staff and campers ages 12+
  • 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 larger than 16 campers per group (excluding StemTree partnership camp
    sessions, which may have up 20 campers per group)
  • Maintaining group separation throughout the day with dedicated routes to move around the facility
  • Practicing physical distancing within each group
  • Implementing modified drop-off and pick-up procedures
  • Increasing opportunities for hand washing and increasing availability of hand sanitizer
  • Increasing cleaning and disinfecting of materials and the facility
  • Keeping camp groups in areas of PacSci that are closed to the general public. Parents and guardians will not be permitted to enter the designated camp buildings
  • Eliminating the need for camper transportation in vehicles during the camp day.

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, pick-up, and 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 during registration. Download 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. The 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 during 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:  

  • Fever (100.4 Degrees F) or chills 
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
  • A sore throat 
  • Headache  
  • New loss of taste or smell  
  • Muscle or body aches  
  • Nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting  
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Is your camper fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible*, against COVID-19? A camper is fully vaccinated after two weeks have passed from the second vaccine dose.
    • Has anyone in your household had any of the above symptoms in the past 24 hours?​
    • Within the past 5 days, has your camper been in close physical contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
    • Has your camper traveled in the past 5 days?
  • Has your camper had a positive test result for COVID-19 in the past 5 days?
  • Is your camper currently awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test taken due to possible exposure or symptoms and not from routine asymptomatic screening?
  • Has a public health or medical professional instructed your camper to self-monitor, isolate or quarantine because of concerns of COVID-19 infection?
  • Has your camper had any medication to reduce a fever before coming to camp?

*Depending on age, individuals are generally eligible for a booster shot either: (1) 6 months after completing the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, OR (2) 2 months after completing the primary series of J&J vaccine.

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.  

 

Attending Camp after Travel

Campers who are not fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible*) should be tested 3–5 days after returning and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel, even if their test is negative.

Campers who are fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible*) against COVID-19 can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel quarantine as long as they continue to take precautions while traveling, including: wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, and washing hands frequently.

*Depending on age, individuals are generally eligible for a booster shot either: (1) 6 months after completing the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, OR (2) 2 months after completing the primary series of J&J vaccine.

 

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 32 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 1:12 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 complete their CampDoc profile 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 before coming to camp. 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 Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. General registration opens Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.

 

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? 

  • If a camp is full at the time of registration, you can add your camper to the waitlist. If an opening occurs, we will notify you by email. Openings only occur if someone transfers camps or cancels their registration.
  • Once notified via email, the first person on the waitlist will have 24 hours to confirm their registration acceptance for the camp before the next email is sent to the next person on the waitlist.
  • Due to the physical limitations of our classroom spaces and our required adult-to-camper ratios, we cannot add spaces to full camps.

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, email Camps or call (206) 443-2008 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 Camps with your name, camper name, and registration information. Pacific Science Center will retain the $50 deposit fee per each in-person and virtual camp canceled.

Summer Camp Scholarships

The Camps for Curious Minds Scholarship Program offers youth in grades PreK–8 interested in science education opportunities to participate in one of our week-long summer camp sessions at no cost. 

2022 Summer Camp scholarship applications opens Feb. 1, 2022. 

Qualifications

PacSci offers full scholarships for prospective campers who qualify in any of the following ways: 

  • Camper qualified for free or reduced lunch program for
    the 2021–2022 school year.
  • Camper is in the foster care system currently, or was
    during the 2021–2022 school year.
  • Parent/guardian enrolled in the food assistance program
    (SNAP) or other public assistance programs.
  • Family Access or Youth Access Membership: A low-income
    membership in the parent/guardian or camper’s name.

Scholarship Selection

Scholarship recipients are chosen using a lottery system. Completing an application does not automatically mean you will receive a scholarship. You will be notified on April 1, 2022 of one of three possible outcomes: scholarship recipient, wait-list, or not selected for a scholarship. If you are wait-listed, you will be contacted if a lottery winner chooses not to accept their scholarship or additional scholarship spaces are funded 

Important Dates

  • February 1, 2022: Application available
  • March 27, 2022: Application due by 11:59 p.m.
  • April 1, 2022: Recipients notified
  • April 8, 2022: Camper acceptance deadline

To Apply

The application will become available on our Camp Scholarship page on February 1, 2022.

If you are the parent/guardian of multiple children or siblings, please note that one complete application must be submitted for each prospective camper. 

If you have any questions about scholarships, please email Camps, with the subject line “2022 Summer Camp Scholarships.”

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 2022–2023 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. 

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 complete their CampDoc profile 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 before coming to camp. 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 and to hold a valid WA Food Worker Card. 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 32 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 1:12 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. This year, all camp registration will be conducted directly through CampDoc.  Early registration for members opens Tuesday, February 8, at 10 a.m. We will be sending a special member registration link via email on Friday, February 4, and a member discount code. Members must register using the code to receive their $30 discount on each camp session. All members who had active memberships as of March 2020 will be eligible. If you do not receive the link on February 4, please email Membership.

 

How does the special member registration link work?  

Members can use the direct registration link and member code at any time after 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 8, to access the $30 per registration discount. In order to register for camp sessions, you must create a free CampDoc profile for each camper before making a purchase. You will also be asked to verify your membership status in your camper’s profile. If you create a second login for an existing account, don’t worry—we will resolve and combine all duplicates and this will not impact your ability to register for camps.

 

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, February 4, please email  Membership  as soon as possible 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 and we are undertaking a process of renewal, including updating our membership systems and exploring an evolution of our program. 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.

Contact Us

We are delighted to be able to offer Summer Camps to our community this summer.  However, we are working with a small staff which may result in a delay in response to emails, phone calls, and voicemails. We appreciate your patience as we work to respond as quickly as possible.

Email

Email is the preferred method of communication as many of our staff are working remotely. Staff monitor and respond to emails from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Response times are dependent on email volume. 

  • For questions about camps, registration, health and safety, logistics, etc. please email Camps.
  • For questions about membership and the special direct member link, please email Membership.

Phone 

Most staff are currently working off-site and will have limited ability to take live calls. We will respond to voicemails from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Response times are dependent on call volume. Please contact us at (206) 443-2008.

If you leave us a voicemail, please clearly state the following information in your message in order to receive the fastest and most accurate response: 

  • Your full name (please spell your last name) 
  • The phone number where we can reach you 
  • Your general availability for a return phone call 
  • The nature of your call.

 

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