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2020 Summer Camps

UPDATE: The health and safety of Carnegie Science Center visitors, members, and camp staff is our top priority. Due to COVID-19, Summer Camps scheduled for the week of June 8 and June 15 are canceled. With the need to ensure social distancing and our concern about the difficulty in doing this with our youngest campers, camps for children ages 4-5 are also canceled for the summer. We are evaluating upcoming programming and will communicate by email if there are any changes to camps for which you are registered at least four weeks prior to your scheduled camp.

When it is safe to resume camps, special precautions are in place for the health and safety of all Summer Camp registrants. Our team will follow guidelines on preventative measures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opens in a new window and the Allegheny County Health Department opens in a new window. Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place for the museum’s public spaces and all areas where people congregate. This includes cleaning common touch-points such as exhibits, classroom spaces, handrails, tables, and elevator buttons with increased frequency. Educational signage has been posted throughout the building and Summer Camp staff members will educate students on the importance of proper handwashing and hygiene and make proper hygiene a part of the daily practices within camps.

The goal of Carnegie Science Center is to provide a safe, welcoming, and enriching experience for all program participants. For questions regarding a Summer Camp reservation, please email our Reservations Team at CustomerService@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

Carnegie Science Center offers Summer Camps for kids in Pittsburgh that are exciting, fun, active, and enriching.

Upon booking, an email receipt will be sent confirming your summer camp registration. An official welcome packet, including additional details and necessary forms, will be emailed in Spring 2020. Questions? Give us a call at 412.237.3400.

2020 Summer Camps

UPDATE: The health and safety of Carnegie Science Center visitors, members, and camp staff is our top priority. Due to COVID-19, Summer Camps scheduled for the week of June 8 and June 15 are canceled. With the need to ensure social distancing and our concern about the difficulty in doing this with our youngest campers, camps for children ages 4-5 are also canceled for the summer. We are evaluating upcoming programming and will communicate by email if there are any changes to camps for which you are registered at least four weeks prior to your scheduled camp.

When it is safe to resume camps, special precautions are in place for the health and safety of all Summer Camp registrants. Our team will follow guidelines on preventative measures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opens in a new window and the Allegheny County Health Department opens in a new window. Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place for the museum’s public spaces and all areas where people congregate. This includes cleaning common touch-points such as exhibits, classroom spaces, handrails, tables, and elevator buttons with increased frequency. Educational signage has been posted throughout the building and Summer Camp staff members will educate students on the importance of proper handwashing and hygiene and make proper hygiene a part of the daily practices within camps.

The goal of Carnegie Science Center is to provide a safe, welcoming, and enriching experience for all program participants. For questions regarding a Summer Camp reservation, please email our Reservations Team at CustomerService@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

Carnegie Science Center offers Summer Camps for kids in Pittsburgh that are exciting, fun, active, and enriching.

Upon booking, an email receipt will be sent confirming your summer camp registration. An official welcome packet, including additional details and necessary forms, will be emailed in Spring 2020. Questions? Give us a call at 412.237.3400.

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Schedule

Registration

How to register for camp

Online registration is the most effective way to secure your place in camp. Online registration requires payment in full by credit card. Registration can also be done with a credit card over the phone. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Call 412.237.3400 to register.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Call 412.237.3400 for more information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All changes or cancellations to camp reservations must be completed 14 days prior to the first day of camp and are subject to a refund of up to the full price of the camp minus a $25 fee per camp. There will be no changes, cancellations, or refunds issued less than 14 days prior to the first day of camp.

What’s Included

Camp registration fees include all scheduled activities, instruction, plenty of time to explore the Science Center, and a summer camp T-shirt. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members enjoy discounted fees. Fees vary by length of camp, materials and technology usage, and field trips costs.

The Camp Experience

Camper Check-in and Check-out

  • Summer Camp check-in occurs in the Group Reception area, located on the ground floor of the museum from 8:30-9 am. All campers must be signed in by an adult each day.

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  • Summer Camp check-out will also be held in the Group Services area from 4-4:30 pm. Please bring a photo ID – proper identification is required of all adults who will be picking up campers. Your child will not be released to an adult not listed on your authorized contacts list or to anyone that does not bring an ID.
  • Parking – When you arrive, please take a ticket from the parking meter. If you are in the parking lot for less than 45 minutes, you will not be charged for parking. Simply insert your entry ticket back into any gate to exit. If you plan on staying past 45 minutes, you will need to pay the $5 fee for parking.
  • See below for information on Pre and Post Camp Care.

Daily Activities and Schedule

The summer camp experience is specially designed to offer opportunities the school-year classroom cannot, with plenty of individual hands-on activities, supervised exploration, and interactive fun. In addition to classroom experiments and projects, campers will explore different museum exhibits each day, and experience shows in our demonstration theaters and Rangos Giant Screen Cinema throughout the week. A brief description of the daily activities will be provided each Monday for each camp.

Food and Snack

Lunch is not provided by the Carnegie Science Center. Campers need to bring a lunch from home that does not need to be heated or refrigerated. Lunches should be brought in a disposable bag with the campers’ name clearly marked on it.

A small snack will be provided to campers each day. All snacks are nut free, but may include other allergens, so please clearly indicate any food allergies on the camp permission form. Campers may bring their own alternative snack from home if there are allergy concerns, however outside food may not be shared with other campers.

Example snacks include: Fruit snacks, pretzels, crackers, and granola bars. When attending a movie in The Rangos Giant Cinema Theater campers will be provided with a small popcorn as their daily snack.

Camp Instructors

Carnegie Science Center camp instructors are current professional teachers or recent graduates of an education program. They are assisted by college students with documented experience working with children. Teenage volunteers and interns may also assist with camp activities. All summer camp staff members–instructors, assistants, and volunteers—have passed thorough background checks.

The number of children in each camp session varies, but we make sure that an adequate number of adults are on hand for each group. The student: teacher ratio for each camp is 12:1 for ages 6–14, and 7:1 for ages 4–5.

Pre and Post Camp Care

For your convenience, we offer pre- and post-camp child care. This time is for supervised, unstructured play. Toys, such as blocks and puzzles, will be provided for campers to engage with. Campers may also bring books or other items from home during this time.

Pre-Care runs from 7:30 – 8:30 am for an additional charge of $25 per week.

Post-Camp runs from 4:30 – 6 pm for an additional $50 per week. Campers will be provided with an additional snack during post-camp.

Please note: For half-day preschool camps your child must be enrolled in an afternoon camp in order to sign up for post-camp, and a morning camp to sign up for pre-care.

Pre-registration is required and can be arranged when you book your camp.

FAQ’s

When can I register?

Registration is open via the website or by calling 412.237.3400.

 

What is your payment policy?

Online registration is the most effective way to secure your place in camp. Online registration requires payment in full by credit card. Registration can also be done with a credit card over the phone. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Call 412.237.3400 to register.

Can my camp be cancelled?

In case of insufficient registration, Carnegie Science Center reserves the right to cancel any program two weeks before it begins. All registered participants will have the option of attending another camp or receiving a full refund.

Who are the camp instructors?

Carnegie Science Center camp instructors are professional teachers and college seniors majoring in science or education, assisted by college students with documented experience working with children. Camps are designed by camp instructors and full-time Carnegie Science Center professionals to be age-appropriate, stimulating, and exciting. All summer camp staff members–instructors and assistants—have passed thorough background checks.

How many children are in each camp?

The number of children in each camp session varies, but we make sure that an adequate number of adults are on hand for each group. The student: teacher ratio for each camp is 12:1 for ages 6–14, and 7:1 for ages 4–5.

What does the camp registration fee include?

Camp registration fees include all scheduled activities, instruction, plenty of time to explore the Science Center, and a summer camp T-shirt. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members enjoy discounted fees. Fees vary by length of camp; camps with field trips may have additional costs.

Are scholarships available?

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Call 412.237.3400 for more information.