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Grades 3-4 Camps

Summer adventures for the budding scientist in your life

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Full-day, weeklong camps for children entering grades 3 and 4 in the 2020–21 school year. Grades 3-4 camps have a maximum of 18 children, and school grade categories are designed to ensure the best academic and social experience for all campers.

We strive to create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and inspires curiosity. Campers must be able to maintain appropriate behavior, including keeping their hands to themselves, staying with the group, following staff directions, and using respectful language. A quiet space will be available to campers who need to take a break and calm down or recharge before returning to the group.

Full-day camps
Camp activities take place from 9 am–4 pm, with flexible drop off from 8–9 am and pick up from 4–5 pm.

Eco-Exploration

Kids collecting specimens in a field with nets

Campers will get down and dirty as they conduct hands-on studies of our surrounding ecosystems through invertebrate investigations, pond sampling, and environmental explorations. Camp includes one day of exploring and adventuring at the U of M’s own Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Research Reserve* where campers will build their skills using field tools and guidebooks in order to track, observe, and identify local plants and animals.

*Campers will take a school bus to Cedar Creek (2660 Fawn Lake Dr. NE, East Bethel, MN 55005.)

June 15–19 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
July 6–10 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
August 24–28 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist

Chemistry: OMg!

Excited schoolgirls conduct scientific experiment in a beaker, green foam overflowing onto the lab table

Let’s get into the lab! Campers will spend a week exploring elements—like oxygen (O) and magnesium (Mg). They will conduct hands-on experiments with acids and bases, different states of matter, and make their own polymer. Campers will perform chemistry “magic” they can share with friends and family using ingredients from the kitchen.

June 8–12
June 22–26 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
July 20–24 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
August 3–7  SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist

Weather or Not

Windmill on a sunny day

Weather can be wild or mild but it’s always happening around us. Become a weather scientist, as we study rainfall, tornadoes, blizzards, droughts, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Learn how weather has changed life on our planet over and over again and how the ecosystems have responded. Campers will explore how scientists gather information about our changing climate and create their own weather measuring devices.

June 8–12
June 15–19
July 27–31
August 10–14
August 24–28

Star Stuff

Audience members in a darkened planetarium point upward toward the stars

From space travel to black holes, campers will investigate our place in the universe with the help of rockets and telescopes. They’ll explore Earth, the cosmos, and beyond with a planetarium show, then discover the power behind invisible light and learn how to safely view our sun with a telescope. They will also explore the challenges of space travel, how to build rockets, how we might discover life on other planets, and the oddities of the universe.

July 13–17 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
August 17–21  SOLD OUT, no waitlist available

Registration

Once you’ve selected your camps, register online here or by calling 612-626-9660 (10 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday). Please fill out one registration per child.

General registration (Full-day camps)
$350/week

Bell members (Full-day camps)
$320/week

Registration opens February 8 for Bell members, February 17 for the general public.

Have the following info ready!

  • Camper name, birth date, age, special needs, medications and allergies
  • Primary and secondary contact name, address, email, phone number
  • An additional emergency contact name and phone number

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Refunds and cancellations
Registrations are partially refundable. 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 registration fee—$40 of the registration fee is considered a nonrefundable deposit. 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 registration fee or the opportunity to transfer to another camp if space is available. Notification will be given two weeks prior to the start date in the event that your camp is canceled.

Camper needs
We greatly appreciate any information, suggestions or tips you would like to share regarding your camper. Filling out the registration form with as much detail as possible will give us the opportunity to prepare any special accommodations and give your camper the best experience possible. 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 612-626-9660.