Summer Camp - Parent Information 2022

Summer Camp - Parent Information 2022

The information on this page is for Summer 2022

Updated information for 2023 is in development, and will be released as soon as possible. Please use the information below as reference only.

Confirmation Letter

A confirmation letter will be emailed within 2-3 business days of receiving your completed registration and payment. If you would like to request a confirmation letter via postal mail or did not receive one, please call (213) 744-7444 or email your request to


A limited number of scholarships are available to qualifying families. For more information about eligibility, or to make a contribution to the camp scholarship fund, please visit the scholarship information page or call (213) 744-7444.

Young Curators

Young Curators is open to middle school students in 6th, 7th or 8th grades who live within five miles of the California Science Center and attend a Title I school. Interested students are invited to apply for afterschool programming sessions held throughout the school year. There are two series offered each year—10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring. To continue their learning, Young Curators who have participated during the school year are invited to accept a weeklong scholarship for Hands-On Science Camp, where they can pick a full-day camp class that most interests them. For more eligibility information, or to contribute to the camp scholarship fund, please call (213) 744-7444.

Extended Care

Campers taking a full-day class or both morning and afternoon classes can sign up for the Extended Day Program. This program allows you to drop off your camper at 8:00 am (one hour before class begins) and pick them up at 5:00 pm (two hours after class ends). 

The Extended Day Program includes creative and fun group activities led and supervised by camp staff. Snacks for the afternoon will be provided. You must register for the entire week--no single days are offered.

Cost per child per week: $100/non-members, $90/members

How do I create a full-day program if my grade level only offers half-day courses?

Two half-day programs can be combined to create a full day. A supervised lunch period is included when enrolling for a morning and afternoon class. Lunch will not be provided by the California Science Center Foundation. Campers must bring their own lunch for all day classes.  Snacks and water are recommended.

Cancellation and Change Policy

Class cancellations and changes will be accommodated based upon availability, and subject to the schedule/fees outlined below:

  • Any change or cancellation for any reason will be subject to a minimum $25 processing fee.
  • Until May 31: Cancellations/Changes will incur a $25 processing fee.
  • Beginning June 1: Cancellations will receive a 50% refund. Changes will be accommodated based upon availability, and each adjustment will be subject to a $25 processing fee.
  • Two weeks prior to camp date: No cancellations or changes will be processed within 14 days of any camp start date.

COVID-19 Safety Procedures

(Current as of 7/29/2022)

Our top priority is making sure that this summer’s camp is safe, fun, and welcoming for all campers. We have determined our current COVID-19 guidelines based on guidance from our local, state, and county health departments, in addition to a team of medical consultants. These policies are subject to change throughout the summer, and any changes will be posted on this website. Please check back frequently to ensure you have the most up to date information, and contact us at 213-744-7444 if you have specific questions, or require additional information.

Self-Reported Symptoms Check 

We rely on parents to ensure that campers are healthy before coming to camp. Each camper will be required to complete a health check with their parent or guardian verifying that the camper is healthy and has not recently been exposed to any contagious individuals. The symptoms check is listed below and should be completed with your student each day. 

  • Temperature is in normal range 
  • No cough or congestion 
  • There has been no contact in the past 5 days with anyone that has a current confirmed positive COVID-19 test result.


Camp staff are required to wear masks indoors. We strongly encourage campers to wear masks, and will make masks available free of charge to all students and staff. Negative comments about masking will not be tolerated.  

COVID-19 Vaccination 

While we encourage eligible campers to be vaccinated, we are not requiring the vaccine for students. All of our camp staff are required to be fully vaccinated.  

COVID-19 Symptoms and Positive Test Results

While at camp, any camper who becomes ill with symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated from other campers immediately and will need to be picked up from camp. Upon verification of a positive test result, the parents or guardians of campers that are participating in the same class will be notified of the potential exposure for at-home monitoring. Campers can continue with camp unless they are symptomatic and/or test positive for COVID-19. 

Drop Off and Pick Up

Details for dropping off and picking up your campers will be communicated via email as your camp dates approach. Please be on the lookout for your reminder email(s) approximately one week prior to camp start date.

Snacks and Lunch

Lunch will not be provided by the California Science Center Foundation. Camper(s) must bring  their own lunches if taking a full-day class or two half-day classes. Snacks and water are recommended. Camper(s) will not be allowed to purchase lunch in or around the Science Center. During lunch time, campers will be supervised by camp staff and taken to their next class. Parents do not need to pick up their camper for lunch if their camper is attending camp for a full day.

Summer Camp Rules

In order to ensure a safe and fun environment for each camper, we ask that you read through the following camp rules with your child. The rules are designed to guarantee the positive learning experience and environment that every child deserves.

Please be respectful of other campers and staff. All campers and staff deserve to be treated with respect and kindness. No verbal or physical abuse will be allowed (examples: fighting, name-calling, and making fun of other campers). 

The Hands-On Science Camp staff are there to reinforce the safety and fun of each camper by ensuring the rules are followed. 


Campers bringing personal property to Hands-On Science Camp do so at their own risk. Neither the California Science Center Foundation nor any other camp participant is responsible for lost or damaged property (including but not limited to cell phones, tablets, gaming devices, and any other technology).