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Camper Information

All the details you need for your camper this summer

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Welcome to Summer Camp at the Bell Museum! We have many exciting adventures planned for the budding scientist in your life! Bell camps will offer your child fun and enriching opportunities to learn, explore, and create. Below are frequently asked questions for what you need to know for your camper this summer! If you have additional questions, concerns, or suggestions on how we might best support your child during their week with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at bellcamps@umn.edu.

Camp FAQs

What time do I drop off and pick up my campers?  

Drop off: Anytime between 8:30–9 am
Pick up: Anytime between 4–4:30 pm

If you need to pick up a child early for any reason, check with us ahead of time. Call 612-433-3846 and we can confirm.

What does my camper need to bring to camp?

  • Comfortable clothing suited for outdoor activities (including closed-toe, non-slip shoes and layers for weather)
  • Nut-free, non-refrigerated lunch
  • Nut-free morning & afternoon snacks
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Optional: sunscreen and bug spray
  • Optional: Face masks that completely cover nose and mouth

What is the Bell Museum Summer Camp COVID-19 policy?

Per the Face Mask Protocol from the University of Minnesota, face coverings are optional, but welcome. We encourage everyone to continue taking precautions for personal safety. We will have masks available for campers who request them. Physical distancing and other COVID-19 prevention strategies will also be used at camp.

We encourage regular testing and monitoring your campers’ health at home. Please do not send a camper to summer camp if they are not feeling well for any reason. Staff will also conduct a brief health screening for campers at drop off. If your camper becomes sick at the Bell, they will be asked to leave immediately.  Program staff will contact the camper’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and/or emergency contact(s).  If a camper must wait to be picked up by a parent/guardian, they will be isolated from others, but remain within view of a program staff member.

We will follow Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)’s guidance on isolation and quarantine if campers or staff are feeling unwell or test positive or had close contact with a person who tested positive

Everyone is required to notify the program leader if they test positive for COVID-19 during or within 48 hours after our program. The program leader may report positive cases to MDH and will alert program staff and participants of their possible exposure. 

Being up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and our community against COVID-19. Free vaccines are available to anyone 5 years and older. Vaccines are free to everyone, no matter their immigration status. No identification or insurance is required when getting vaccinated. Find free vaccine locations.  

We continue to monitor MDH and CDC COVID-19 guidelines and may revise our policies to reflect updated recommendations.

Please visit the links below for additional FAQs

Parent Guide with Frequently Asked Questions

Medication Form (required ONLY if your child needs medication during the camp day)

Read on to learn what to expect for the week!

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Refunds and cancellations
If you wish to withdraw from a camp after registering, you must do so at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp in order to receive a partial refund of the camp fee. $40 of the camp fee is considered a registration deposit and will not be refunded. No refunds will be given if a cancellation is made within the two weeks before the first day of camp.

If for any reason the Bell Museum cancels your camp, you will receive a full refund of the camp fee, including the registration deposit, or the opportunity to transfer to another camp if space is available. If your child or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 or isn’t feeling well immediately prior to your camp date, please email bellcamps@umn.edu for questions about options.

Camper needs
We greatly appreciate any information, suggestions or tips you would like to share regarding your camper. Please let us know if consistent internet access or equipment presents a barrier. You are also welcome to email our summer camp team at bellcamps@umn.edu.

Questions?
For more information about camps or registration, email Bell camp staff at bellcamps@umn.edu or call 612-624-2345.

Support generously provided by:

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Thank you to our 150th Anniversary Sponsors

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