SUMMER CAMPS

Discover, explore, and get your hands dirty this summer with a wide variety of fun science camps to choose from at the Science Museum of Western Virginia! These exciting programs occur at the museum where children will spend their days doing hands-on science under the supervision of experienced educators. You may sign up for as many camp sessions as you like, but please keep in mind the age requirements for each session. Each camp runs from 9am to 4pm on each appointed day and, for an additional fee, before and after camp care is provided.  Food is not provided, so please send lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your camper each day. Please note that the grades listed for each camp session refer to the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2018.

Museum members will need their Membership ID number in order to register at the member price. If you do not have one of the new plastic cards, you may need to contact the museum to obtain your current Membership ID number. During office hours, call (540)342-5710 or you may email frontdesk@smwv.org.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP 2018

Do you know a high school student who might be interested in volunteering to help with our camps this summer? Send them the link for our Summer Camp Volunteer application: https://goo.gl/forms/giUEhibnHMmEj3Qy1

Pre-K Camp

Junior Scientists Camp (June 25-29)

Spend the week exploring what different scientists do. Here’s your chance to be an astronaut, a chemist, AND a paleontologist! We’ll investigate all types of science with age-appropriate activities.  This camp begins at 9am and ends at 1pm.  (Please send a water bottle with your scientist-in-training each day.)

Because of a generous grant from the Anne E. Craghead Charitable Fund for the Needy through Foundation for Roanoke Valley, this camp was offered free of charge, including lunch and snack. This camp is now full and the wait list is closed. Thank you for your interest!

K-5 Camps

Hack My Summer (June 11-15)

Is your slime not quite coming together? Do you have a pile of popsicle sticks and nothing to do with them? Spend a week investigating popular life hacks and putting them to the test as we find fun ways to make your life easier this summer. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your hacker each day.)

Museum Member price $215.00/Non-member price $240.00

Click here to register your camper for Hack My Summer

Elementary Science & Theatre Camp: “A Wrinkle In Time” (June 18-22)

Travel through time and space in this co-camp with Mill Mountain Theatre and the Science Museum of Western Virginia. Watch how science and theatre seamlessly mold together, while incorporating Madeleine L’Engle’s award winning story about the power of love and friendship. This full-day camp culminates in a performance at 3:30 on Friday for friends and family on the Trinkle MainStage. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your time & space traveler each day.)

Through May 1 $350.00/After May 1 $375.00

Click here to register your camper for Science & Theatre Camp (full day)

Mill Mountain Theatre is also offering a half day option for this camp!

Click here for more information and to register your K-2 camper for the half-day option.

Click here for more information and to register your 3-5 camper for the half-day option.

Keepin’ It Wild (July 9-13)

Discover, explore, and get your hands REALLY dirty at this camp. Campers will learn how to “think globally and act locally” as we explore plants, animals, and ecosystems right here at home in southwest Virginia. Discover new ways that we can help preserve this amazing place for future generations. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your ecologist each day.)

Museum Member price $215.00/Non-member price $240.00

Keepin’ It Wild is now full. Please email Hannah Weiss at hweiss@smwv.org to be added to the waiting list.

Robotics I (July 9-13)

Whether they are cleaning our houses, diving down to the bottom of the deepest oceans, or exploring far away planets, robots are everywhere. But who tells them what to do? Join us as we do a hands-on exploration of robot programming and design. This camp is an all day camp at the Roanoke Catholic School campus. Drop off and Pick up will take place at Roanoke Catholic School. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your roboticist each day.)

Museum Member price $215.00/Non-member price $240.00

Robotics I is now full. Please email Hannah Weiss at hweiss@smwv.org to be added to the waiting list.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (July 16-20)

What’s as exciting as the roar of an engine? Figuring out what makes that engine go! Join us as we explore the science behind transportation, from what keeps a plane in the air to the engineering that goes into designing cars and tracks for racing. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your engineering student each day.)

Museum Member price $215.00/Non-member price $240.00

Click here to register your camper for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Science Girls (July 23-27)

This camp is just for girls and seeks to engage young women in STEM learning. Meet a variety of female STEM professionals as they conduct exciting hands-on activities and to tell their stories of pursuing careers in STEM fields. We will also spend a day at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg to work with some of the STEM professionals in their labs. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your Science Girl each day.)

Museum Member price $215.00/Non-member price $240.00

Science Girls is now full. Please email Hannah Weiss at hweiss@smwv.org to be added to the waiting list.

Give Me Some Space (July 23-27)

Join us for a week filled with engaging experiments about the sun, planets, and moons in our solar system. Explore what it takes to leave Earth by building and launching your own rocket. Travel with us to the very outer edges of known space to see what’s out there. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your astronaut each day.)

Museum Member price $215.00/Non-member price $240.00

Give Me Some Space is now full. Please email Hannah Weiss at hweiss@smwv.org to be added to the waiting list.

Fossil Detective (July 30 – August 3)

Uncover the secrets hiding in fossils and discover the animals and plants that shared the planet with the dinosaurs. What were they like? How did they live? Answer all of this and more just like a professional paleontologist. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your paleontologist-in-training each day.)

Museum Member price $215.00/Non-member price $240.00

Fossil Detective is now full. Please email Hannah Weiss at hweiss@smwv.org to be added to the waiting list.

It’s A Trap! (August 6-10)

Can you unlock the clues and escape the room? During this camp, we will explore the science behind escape rooms by breaking out of some, creating our own puzzles, and building an escape room at the museum for parents to test out. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your explorer each day.)

Museum Member price $215.00/Non-member price $240.00

Click here to register your camper for It’s A Trap!

Grades 3-6

Robotics II (July 30 – August 3) 

Advance to the next level with a NEW camp designed for campers who have completed Robotics I or have significant experience programming, coding or building robots. In Robotics II we will dive deeper into the world of robotics and challenge your skill in programming and design. This camp is an all day camp at the Roanoke Catholic School campus. Drop off and Pick up will take place at Roanoke Catholic School. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your roboticist each day.)

Museum Member price $215.00/Non-member price $240.00

Click here to register your camper for Robotics II

Middle School Camps

So You Want to Be a Doctor (June 25-29)

Explore medical careers and research in this exciting camp that will travel throughout Roanoke and beyond. Visit with medical professionals and engage in hands-on activities to discover what their days are like.  We will visit several locations in the area where medicine and medical research happen. (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your doctor-in-training each day.)

Museum Member price $215.00/Non-member price $240.00

Click here to register for So You Want to Be a Doctor

Going Medieval (July 2-6, except July 4)

Step back in time and become Lords, Ladies, Scholars, and maybe even Sorcerers! Using medieval scientific methods, we will take an historical look at our modern world. We will engineer mechanical contraptions, recreate alchemical experiments, and practice the arts of stagecraft. Join us on the quest for knowledge! (Please send a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle with your alchemist each day.)

Museum Member price $215.00/Non-member price $240.00

Click here to register your camper for Going Medieval

Looking for the Robot Scientist Program? It’s a FREE weekend workshop for rising 7th-8th graders and you can find more information on our Events Calendar!

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 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