Summer Camps at the Science Museum of Western Virginia encourage hypothesis testing, problem solving, and teamwork to complete hands-on science challenges.

Summer Camps at the Science Museum of Western Virginia

The Science Museum of Western Virginia offers fully hands-on camps in a variety of STEM subjects. Some of our programs even include visits to local higher education institutions to offer campers the opportunity to set foot on a university or college campus and in doing so increases their chance of pursuing higher education.

Science-based Summer Camps are essential in maintaining STEM skills that are developed throughout the school term and often deplete over summer break. Attending fun and engaging Summer Camps results in marked improvements across all STEM subjects when they return to school! Additionally, Summer Campers gain key skills, such as team work and confidence, that are retained for their future careers.



COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols

During these unprecedented times, cultural facilities are adapting quickly and cautiously to the effects of COVID-19. The Science Museum of Western Virginia is complying with all federal, state, and local regulations and recommendations to facilitate Summer Camp programs with camper safety as a priority.

As such, our Summer Camp Programs have been adapted in several ways, including but not limited to:

  • Each Summer Camp will be limited to fifteen campers and a small number of staff and/or volunteers.
  • For the first period of reopening, the museum will be strictly reserved for Summer Camps and will not be open to the public Monday through Friday. 
  • Staff and volunteers will be required to wear face masks while working with campers and, unless required for a camper’s safety, behavioral concerns, or educational needs, museum team members will also maintain a 6-foot distance from campers and each other. 
  • Increased  hand washing and sanitization stations will be present throughout the museum, and a dedicated team will be responsible for implementing an effective cleaning regime.

Click here to read the full summary of the Science Museum of Western Virginia’s reopening procedures and policies as it pertains to Summer Camps for the 2020 season. 

Summer Camp Programs 2020

Little Sherlock (K – 3rd)

June 22nd-26th

Search a crime scene, collect important evidence and solve a mystery at this introductory Summer Camp into Forensic Science.

Forensic Science Camp (4th-7th)

June 29th- July 3rd

An in-depth introduction to Forensic Science, different types of evidence and how they are used to solve crimes.

Frozen: Science Behind the Magic (Pre K – 2nd)

July 13th-17th

*New Date*

Take a journey through Disney’s magical fairy tale and use science to recreate your favorite Frozen storylines.

Code Breakers (K -5th)

July 13th-17th

*New Date*

The world runs on code, and we’re building the next generation of internet pioneers, one line of code at a time!

Make It Or Break It (K-5th)

July 20th-24th

In an effort to put tools back into the hands of kids, we’re discovering the hidden workings of everyday household items from the inside out.

Early Explorers (Pre K – 2nd)

July 27th-31st

From reptiles, insects, fish and birds, we’re learning about the incredible flora and fauna dispersed throughout our planet, and the habitats they live in.

Pre-Med Camp (6th-8th)

July 27th-31st

Pre-Med Camp is the first step in the path to a medical career. This camp utilizes an outstanding curriculum developed by Twin Peaks PBS to explore human neurology.

Cosmic Camp (K-5th)

Aug 3rd-7th

Suit up, Cosmic Explorer, because we’re about to go on the journey of a lifetime to the very outer edges of our universe!

Before and After Care

Before camp care (beginning at 8am each day) and after camp care (finishing at 5pm each day; 2pm for Half-Day camp) can be added to any camp session for an additional fee:

Before Camp Care: $35 per week

After Camp Care: $35 per week

Before and After Camp Care: $50 per week