Camp Logistics

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

Camp Schedule

Camps run Monday through Friday (except the week of July 5). AM camps run 9:00 am–12:00 pm; PM camps run 1:00 pm–4:00 pm. Full days include time for lunch and supervised recess from 12:00–1:00 pm.

Pick Up/Drop Off

Please pick up and drop off your child directly from his or her camp classroom. For classrooms, camp office and extended care, enter through SCI's main doors and continue through the glass doors on your right. See map.

Extended Care

If your camper needs to arrive early or stay late, extended care is available from 7:30–9:00 am and 4:00–5:30 pm for $8 per session (am or pm) per day. Limited curriculum will be available for students who choose to participate. Pay in full with your camp registration or daily as needed. If campers are not picked up by 5:30 pm, a $10 fee is assessed for every 15 minutes that each camper remains.

Lunch + Recess

Only full-day campers may purchase a week of lunches from SCI in advance for $30 ($24 for the week of July 5). Regular or vegetarian menu options are available, and all meals include veggies, fruit, dessert and milk. Campers may bring sack lunches, but refrigeration will not be provided. Lunch and recess from 12:00–1:00 pm will be outside on SCI's campus or inside the building, depending on weather. SCI provides a light snack for all campers.

View weekly lunch menu (coming soon!)

Preschool Full-Day Options

Preschool and Kindergarten camps are operated by SCI's NAEYC-accredited Preschool.

Attending both AM and PM camps? Preschool campers who stay at SCI for lunch are required to purchase lunch from SCI for $30 per week ($24 for the week of July 4) due to required teacher-to-child ratios which necessitate additional staff during lunchtime. A hot lunch is provided with that fee, but campers may bring their own lunch if desired. No peanut products.

Need a whole summer’s worth of fun for your preschooler? If you’re looking for full-day options for your preschooler, consider the SCI Preschool! SCI Preschool summer classes include weekly field trips to the library as part of the summer reading program, and kids love sprinkler days out on the lawn as well as occasional trips to the wading pools. Sign up for a couple of weeks or three full months of fun! For more information about options and pricing, contact the Preschool Office at 515-274-6868 ext. 239 or scipreschool@sciowa.org.

Keeping You Informed

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

Before Camp
You will receive camp details via email during the week 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. This information will also be posted at camp.

During Camp
Each day of camp, watch for a note sent home with younger children entitled "Ask me about…" We hope these can start family conversations about what your child is learning. We also will upload pictures to a secure portion of the SCI website throughout the summer. The weekly email will include your password to view the albums.

Open House
Please join us during the last 15 minutes of Friday's camps (both AM and PM) for an open house. Join us as we show off all of the interesting things we've done during the week!

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

This year, all campers will receive a FREE camp t-shirt with registration for a full-day camp! (One free t-shirt per camper.) T-shirts also can be purchased from the A-ha! Gift Store for $10.

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.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Refund requests made at least two weeks prior to each camp session start date will be granted minus a $50 cancellation fee for full-day camp and $25 for half-day. Refund requests with less than two weeks' notice will not be granted, but credit will be allowed for other 2018 summer camp offerings.

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 Conset Form