Camp Logistics

Thank you for registering for SCI Summer Camp! Please read through the details below for the information you'll need for a successful camp experience.

Camp Schedule

Camps run from 9:00 am–4:00 pm. Camp drop off is between 8:45–9:00 am and pick-up is from 3:45–4:00 pm.

Extended Care

Extended care is available from 7:30–9:00 am and 4:00–5:30 pm. Extended care costs $8 per session (am or pm) per day. Pay in full with your camp registration. If campers are not picked up by 5:30 pm, a $10 fee is assessed for every 15 minutes that each camper remains past the pick-up time. Please use the Iowa Learning Center (preschool) entrance for extended care drop-off and pick-up.


Lunch is not included with camp registration. Hot lunches are available for $6 per day. Regular or vegetarian menu options are available, and all meals include veggies, fruit, dessert and milk. Campers may bring sack lunches. (Please note: Refrigeration is not provided.) SCI provides a light snack for all campers.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Summer 2022:

We understand there has been substantial uncertainty surrounding the past two summers and we value your support of the SCI Summer Camp program. Important dates for 2022 Summer Camp refunds and SCI's cancellation policy are designed to give families as much flexibility as possible, while still being cognizant of our fiscal responsibility.

Cancellations made by:

  • March 31, will be issued a full refund, less a $30 processing fee per camper
  • April 1, will be issued a full refund, less a $60 cancellation fee per camper and per camp registration 

Beginning, May 1st, 2022, no refunds will be issued to cancellations less than three weeks prior to a camp session, unless the cancellation is for a documented medical reason, accompanied by a doctor’s note.

Health & Parent Consent Form

After you register for camp, complete your registration by filling out a Health & Parent Consent form*. This form must be filled out for each camper before they attend camp. Click the link below to fill out the form online, or download a PDF and mail it to Science Center of Iowa, Attn: Summer Camps, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, IA, 50309.

Health & Parent Consent Form

Pick Up/Drop Off

2022 Summer Camp pick-up and drop-off will be curbside, through the bus lane, to the northeast entrance of the science center. Please remain in your vehicle until you are approached by summer camp staff. Preschool camp drop-off and pick-up will be curbside at the Iowa Learning Center (preschool) entrance. 

Keeping You Informed

We want to make sure you know about all the exciting things your kids will be doing during camp!

Before Camp
Check out the STEM Learning Goals included in camp descriptions. You will receive camp details via email before your session begins. Camps may include field trips relevant to the camp subject as well as exploration of SCI exhibits during camp or recess. If you prefer that your child not participate in these activities, he or she will join another camp during that time. Look for an email in your Inbox from SCI's camp educator, for content specific to your child's camp.

Please send your camper in carefree, comfortable clothing and footwear that is appropriate for play and for various weather conditions.

Good Behavior
Good behavior is a key component to each camp's success. Any camper hindering the overall experience will be removed, and parents will be contacted. If a camper is unable to honor the resolution agreed upon by SCI and the parents, he or she will be dismissed and a refund will not be granted.