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Summer Camp 2013 Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
The Natural History Museum of Utah is located at 301 Wakara Way, in Research Park, south of Red Butte Garden. Click here for map and directions.
Arrival and camp check-in
For your child’s safety, all campers MUST be signed in each day. Check-in for full-day camps and half-day morning camps occurs between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. Check-in for half-day afternoon camps is between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. On your child’s first day of camp, plan to park and escort your camper to the Group Entrance on the north side of the building where staff will review your waiver forms and get you signed in.
For all following days of camp, you can drop your child off with Museum staff curbside in the Museum's turnaround/drop-off zone. Please pull up as far as you can and have your child exit the child curbside. We will then escort them to the check-in area. Children and vehicles may not be left unattended. Please do not double park.
If you wish to park and walk with your child each day, you are welcome to do so.
Departure and camp check-out
Parents must check out their campers each afternoon. We offer curbside pick-up in the Museum turnaround for your convenience. You are also welcome to park in the lot and walk to the Group Entrance to check out your child. This is a great option if you'd like to connect with camp staff at the end of the day.
If campers are not picked up within 15 minutes of camp ending, parents may be charged a late fee of up to $10. If your camper has not been picked up by 5:00 p.m., or 12:30 p.m. for morning sessions, and we cannot reach you or any of your emergency contacts, campus police will be called.
What if I am late for camp?
We have many fun and exciting activities for your child to enjoy during camp and encourage you to be on time. If you are going to be more than ten minutes late, please call the Museum at 801-581-6927. A message will be sent to camp staff. When you arrive, park in the Museum lot and walk with your child to the Museum’s main entrance and check in with Visitors Services staff. They will direct to where to meet a camp staff person. Please remain with your child until camp staff arrives and you sign in your child.
How long is the camp experience?
Each summer camp experience is five days long. We have one three-day week from July 1-3 and one four-day week July 22-26 with no camp on Wednesday.
What's new in 2013?
Science Adventure Classes are week-long programs that run for 2 1/2 hours each day and are available for kids entering Kindergarten through 5th Grade in the fall. Science Adventure Classes cover many of the same subjects and much of the same content offered in our traditional camp program. But the shorter day allows flexibility in your summer planning!
Also new in 2013, are two full day options for Kindergarten and first graders from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. We continue to offer half-day morning and afternoon camps for kids entering kindergarten and first grade. The morning session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the afternoon session runs from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. You can combine two half-day sessions to create a full-day experience. Your camper can join our supervised lunch hour from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at no extra cost.
We are pleased to offer camps with two new partners this year: The Front Climbing Club and Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
How long is each day?
Most full–day camps day begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. We offer a supervised lunch hour from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. where kids can enjoy lunch brought from home and then participate in outdoor activities and games.
May I enroll my gifted child for an older age group?
We create developmentally-appropriate camp curriculum and our instructors are comfortable working with a wide range of learning styles and levels within that curriculum. We have found that children have the best experiences at camp when they participate in camps at their grade level. While some children may have the intellectual capacity to understand the concepts presented in camps for higher grade levels, they usually have the best social interactions with children who are the same age. Since camp involves many group activities as well as time to socialize and make new friends, being comfortable with his/her peers is very important to a child’s enjoyment of camp. We adhere to our grade-level groupings and work hard to make each camp an outstanding experience for all participants.
Do you provide lunch?
Campers who are enrolled in full day sessions are responsible for bringing their own non-refrigerated lunch from home along with a drink. Please be sure that campers’ names are clearly marked on their lunch bag or box. We offer a supervised lunch hour from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. that includes time to play outside.
Who makes up the staff for camp?
Most of our teaching staff are elementary or secondary school teachers. We also have assistants helping with each camp session and strive to keep a high staff to camper ratio. Camp assistants are teen volunteers and/or teens working in our Youth Teaching Youth program. All staff are selected for their energy, enthusiasm and aptitude for science. All camp staff pass a required background check.
How should my child dress for camp?
In comfortable clothing that may get messy. For safety, we recommend closed-toe shoes. Please dress your camper for the weather. We plan to go outside each and every day, rain or shine!
What will campers need for outdoor experiences?
Many summer camps include outdoor activities. Please remember to prepare campers with hat, sunscreen, rain gear, and other weather-appropriate clothing. A reusable water bottles will be provided for all campers.
Who can I contact during the day if I need to leave an emergency message?
Contact our Visitor Services staff at 801-581-6927. Messages will be relayed to camp staff immediately.
How are campers supervised?
Campers are supervised at all times and are escorted on restroom breaks. We limit our camp size to 18 children (16 for kindergarten and first grade camps) and assign a teacher and two assistants to each class. Field-based classes are limited to 12 campers. For your child’s security, all campers must be escorted to and from their camp room by Museum staff. All campers must be checked in and out by a person on your authorized pick-up list each day.
May parents stay in the classroom?
Our camps are supervised by education professionals and aim to promote independent learning and socialization opportunities for your children. Parents are not allowed to remain in the classrooms during camp hours. If you feel that your child is unable to remain in camp without you, it may be best to wait a year before you send him/her to camp.
What are the behavior expectations for campers?
Camp instructors review camper expectations on the first day of each camp session. Our expectations are as follows:
- Listen and follow instructions
- Participate in camp activities to the best of your abilities
- Respect others and Museum property
- Have fun learning and making new friends!
The Museum reserves the right to send a camper home due to inappropriate behavior without a refund. A child may be allowed to return to camp the following day at the Museum's discretion.
Wondering if your Museum membership is current?
Check the expiration date on your Museum Membership card. You can also contact our Grants and Membership Coordinator, Maren Fisher, at 801-585-9054.
What is your tax ID number?
In many cases camp tuition can be used as a childcare tax credit. For your reference, the Museum’s tax ID number is 87-6000525.
What if I want to transfer my child into a different camp?
If you need to transfer your child out of one camp session and into a different camp session, you may do so until one week before the original camp date. Please register your child for the desired camp and then email the Camp Coordinator Shelli Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let her know what camp you need to withdraw your child from. A refund, less a $20 transfer fee, will be credited to your credit card for the original camp. Due to supply and staffing commitments, no transfers can be made -- and no refunds or credits will be given for cancellations made -- less than one week prior to the original camp date.
If a class does not reach its minimum enrollment, you will be notified at least one week before the starting date and your tuition will be fully refunded. Allow up to three weeks for refund.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel your camp registration, please e-mail Camp Coordinator Shelli Campbell at email@example.com no later than one week prior to the camp start date. Let her know your child's name and the camp name and date. A refund, less a $35 cancellation fee, will be issued only if your cancellation request is made at least one week prior to the camp date. No refunds will be given after that time.
Further questions? Call Shelli Campbell, Camp Coordinator, at 801-585-3948.