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.

Every summer is an adventure.

PacSci’s Camps for Curious Minds offers over 100 unique camp experiences across multiple locations for kids in grades PreK-8, all summer long! Whether kids want to concoct tasty creations, code video games, or climb on rocks, we’ve got a camp for them.

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

All inperson camps will follow Washington State Department of Health and Center for Disease Control protocols. You can 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 last summer during COVID-19.

 

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

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 with no reported cases of COVID-19.  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: 

  • 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.  

Attending Camp after Travel

Campers who are not fully vaccinated should be tested and stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven (7) days after travel, even if their test is negative. If the test is positive, the camper should isolate and follow guidance on what to do when you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19. If the camper doesn’t get tested, they should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

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

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, email camps@pacsci.org 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@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.

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. 

2021 Summer Camp scholarship applications opens February 22, 2021. 

Qualifications 

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

  • Free or reduced lunch: Camper qualified for free or reduced lunch program for the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • Foster care: Camper is in the foster care system currently or was during the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • Other government public assistance: 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 as of March 2020. 

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 7, 2021 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 22, 2021: Scholarship application available  
  • March 28 2021: Scholarship application due  
  • April 2, 2021: Scholarship recipients notified 
  • April 7, 2021: Confirmation/acceptance deadline 

To Apply 

The application is available on our Camp Scholarship page. 

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@pacsci.org, with the subject line “2021 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 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.

 

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. M  F. Response times are dependent on email volume. 

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

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. M  F. 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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