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2020 Summer Camps

The health and safety of Carnegie Science Center visitors, members, and camp staff is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the public health recommendations provided by the Allegheny County Health Department and the PA Department of Health and will alert camp registrants if there are changes to their camps. Contact
customerservice@carnegiesciencecenter.org if you have questions.

Our mission of fostering a love of science and technology is more imperative now than ever before, as the importance of science in the health and welfare of the community is amplified. We’ve updated our summer camp schedule to allow for ample social distancing and minimal supply sharing while ensuring that campers have fun, memorable, and enriching experiences.

Though our schedule has been reduced, the FUN has been heightened! Design a miniature golf course and program Sphero to be the golf ball, conduct experiments to detect poisonous substances, explore potential and kinetic energy, and learn epic design software in BNY Mellon Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center. Explore available camps in July and August.

Our team is following guidelines on preventative measures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Health Department. Learn about our enhanced cleaning protocols, capacity reductions, hygiene education, and more.

For questions regarding a Summer Camp reservation, please email our Reservations Team at
CustomerService@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

2020 Summer Camps

The health and safety of Carnegie Science Center visitors, members, and camp staff is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the public health recommendations provided by the Allegheny County Health Department and the PA Department of Health and will alert camp registrants if there are changes to their camps. Contact
customerservice@carnegiesciencecenter.org if you have questions.

Our mission of fostering a love of science and technology is more imperative now than ever before, as the importance of science in the health and welfare of the community is highlighted. We’ve updated our summer camp scheduleto allow for ample social distancing and minimal supply sharing while ensuring that campers have fun, memorable, and enriching experiences.

Though our schedule has been reduced, the FUN has been heightened! Design a miniature golf course and program Sphero to be the golf ball, conduct experiments to detect poisonous substances, explore potential and kinetic energy, and learn epic design software in BNY Mellon Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center. Explore available camps in July and August.

Our team is following guidelines on preventative measures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Health Department. Learn about our enhanced cleaning protocols, capacity reductions, hygiene education, and more.

For questions regarding a Summer Camp reservation, please email our Reservations Team at
CustomerService@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

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/check-out has changed for 2020!

  • ***Please note, masks are required by anyone who is entering the building to pick up or drop off a camper.
  • Fab Lab camps: Enter directly to Highmark SportsWorks. To access, please enter the back bay door of SportsWorks. This can be accessed from the back parking lot.
  • All other camps: Enter through Group Services or the Main Entrance for check-in/check-out.
  • Check-in runs from 8:30-9 am.
  • Check-out runs from 4-4:30 pm and takes place in the same area as check-in. Please bring a photo ID – proper identification is required for all adults 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 and 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 pre/post 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 supervised. Campers will have individual activity kits or watch educational films for unstructured learning. Drop campers off between 7:30 am and 8:30 am for an additional charge of $25 per week, or pick them up between 4:30 pm and 6 pm for an additional $50 per week. Pre and Post Camp drop-off/pick-up is located on the Ground Floor in Group Services.

Email CustomerService@CarnegieScienceCenter.org for more information.