Summer Camps

The Science Museum of Western Virginia is pleased to offer a full summers’ worth of camp programs!  These programs occur at the Museum (with the exception of our VTC Medical Research Camp for middle school-aged children), where children will spend their days doing hands-on science under the supervision of experienced educators.  You may sign up for as many camp session as you like, but please keep in mind the age requirements for each session.

To register for camps, please click here.

Our list of camps for 2015 are below.  We are offering camps for:  children entering PreK and K, girls only, children entering Grades K-5, and children entering Grades 6-9.  Please note, the grades listed for each camp session refer to the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2015.

If you have any questions about any of our summer camps, please contact Miriam Musco, Director of Education, at 540-342-5776 or mmusco@smwv.org.

For children entering PreK and K:

These programs begin at 9am and end at 1pm.  Please send your camper with lunch and a snack.

June 8-12 – Build It!
Cost: $100 for members/$110 for nonmembers
Can we build it?  Yes we can!  We’ll use science and our own two hands to create cool structures and explore engineering.  We’ll be able to take home our own structures, and we’ll also have plenty of time to explore the Science Museum.

July 13-17 –Junior Scientists
Cost:  $100 for members/$110 for nonmembers
Want to mess around with science, do some cool experiments, and have some fun in the museum?  Then this camp is for you!  We’ll be exploring all types of science with age-appropriate activities and plenty of free time in the Science Museum.

To register for camps, please click here.

For girls only!

These programs begin at 9am and end at 4pm.  Please send your camper with lunch and two snacks.

Girls entering grades K-2:
June 29-July 2 – Science Girls!
 Cost: $175 for members/$185 for nonmembers  **Please note, this is a four-day camp**
We’ll spend the week exploring hands-on science, including some activities inspired by the PBS show SciGirls. This camp will feature women in STEM fields, including presentations from women who currently work in those fields. There will be chances to work in groups as well as independently. These will be structured days which include some free time in the museum.

Girls entering grades 3-5:
July 27-31 – Science Girls!

Cost:  $220 for members/$245 for nonmembers
We’ll spend the week exploring hands-on science, including some activities inspired by the PBS show SciGirls. This camp will feature women in STEM fields, including presentations from women who currently work in those fields. There will be chances to work in groups as well as independently. These will be structured days which include some time in the museum and on the Center in the Square rooftop as well as a short field trip or two.

To register for camps, please click here.

 

For all children entering grades K-5:

These programs begin at 9am and end at 4pm.  Please send your camper with lunch and two snacks.

June 1-5 – Blast Off! Rocket Camp
Cost:  $220 for members/$245 for nonmembers
Become an engineer and make your own rockets!  We’ll learn about astronomy, outer space, and the basics of flight, then we’ll spend a few days on our rockets.  At the end of the week, we’ll get to test them out to see just how far they can go!

June 8-12 – Dig It!  Dinosaurs and Fossils Camp
Cost:  $220 for members/$245 for nonmembers
Just in time for our NEW exhibit Dinosaurs and Fossils – you can be a paleontologist for a week!  We’ll make and uncover fossils, explore ancient and extinct creatures, and of course learn all about dinosaurs.  Get ready to explore and dig, because this camp is sure to be dino-mite!

June 15-19 – Let’s Experiment! Science Camp
Cost:  $220 for members/$245 for nonmembers
Create your own hypothesis and put it to the test!  We’ll be doing all kinds of cool experiments across all science subjects, messing around and having fun.  We’ll also have plenty of time to explore the Science Museum and learn about science in other parts of downtown Roanoke.

June 22-26 – It’s Alive!  Nature Camp
Cost:  $220 for members/$245 for nonmembers
What plants and animals live right here in Roanoke?  Come explore with us and find out!  We’ll get a chance to see the Science Museum’s animals up close and personal, we’ll do plenty of other experiments to learn about living things, and we’ll see what we can find right in our own backyard!

July 6-10 – Lights, Science, Action!  Chemistry and Engineering Camp
Cost:  $220 for members/$245 for nonmembers
Build it, then explode it!  We’ll be combining two of the most exciting parts of science – chemistry and engineering – to do some cool experiments and create some awesome structures.  How high can you build?  What kind of reaction can you create?  Come explore with us and find out!

July 13-17 – Dig It!  Dinosaurs and Fossils Camp
Cost:  $220 for members/$245 for nonmembers
Just in time for our NEW exhibit Dinosaurs and Fossils – you can be a paleontologist for a week!  We’ll make and uncover fossils, explore ancient and extinct creatures, and of course learn all about dinosaurs.  Get ready to explore and dig, because this camp is sure to be dino-mite!

August 3-7 – Let’s Experiment! Science Camp
Cost:  $220 for members/$245 for nonmembers
Create your own hypothesis and put it to the test!  We’ll be doing all kinds of cool experiments across all science subjects, messing around and having fun.  We’ll also have plenty of time to explore the Science Museum and learn about science in other parts of downtown Roanoke.

August 10-14 – Blast Off! Rocket Camp
Cost:  $220 for members/$245 for nonmembers
Become an engineer and make your own rockets!  We’ll learn about astronomy, outer space, and the basics of flight, then we’ll spend a few days on our rockets.  At the end of the week, we’ll get to test them out to see just how far they can go!

To register for camps, please click here.

 

For children entering grades 6-9:

These programs begin at 9am and end at 4pm. Please send your camper with lunch and two snacks.

July 20-24 – VTC Medical Research Camp
Cost:  $220 for members/$245 for nonmembers
Our premier camp experience takes place at the VTC School of Medicine and Research Institute. We’ll have a rare chance to do experiments in anatomy and medicine every day, learn from leading research experts, and interact with VTC’s state-of-the-art equipment. If you’re interested in the human body and the cutting-edge research being conducted every day at VTC, this camp is for you!

To register for camps, please click here.

 

Before and After Camp Care

Before camp care (beginning at 8am each day) and after camp care (ending at 5pm each day) may be added to any session except for PreK and VTC camps, for an additional fee:

Before Camp Care:  $30 per week
After Camp Care:  $30 per week
Before and After Camp Care:  $50 per week

 

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Should you wish to withdraw a child from any camp session, you may apply that child’s registration to another session of camp, provided that space in that session is available.
  • If you wish to withdraw a child from any camp session and you do not wish to transfer him or her into another camp session, the following refund policy will be in effect:
Time Period Refund Amount
 May 15 or earlier  100%
After May 15, but more than 14 (fourteen) calendar days prior to first day of your camp session 50%
13 (thirteen) to 7 (seven) calendar days prior to the first day of your camp session 25%
Less than 7 (seven) calendar days prior to first day of your camp session 0%, except in cases of documented medical or family emergencies

 

The Science Museum of Western Virginia also reserves the right to cancel any camp session that does not meet a minimum number of registered campers, with advanced notice and full refunds given to anyone registered for such a session.