Drop-Off/Pick-up & FAQs

Camps run Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Drop-off is open between 8 to 8:30 am and pick-up between 4:00 to 5 pm . Extended care also is available for an extra half-hour before and after camp. The cost for extended care is $15/week for the morning or afternoon; $30 for both.

Temporary curbside drop-off and pick-up will be available at Northrop Auditorium via Church Street, across from Lilly Plaza. Longer-term parking is available at nearby meters as well as the Church Street and 4th Street Ramp.


From 35W: Take exit 18 to University Ave. Head East on University Ave SE toward Saint Paul. Turn left onto SE 17th Ave/Church Street SE. Turn right immediately before the Church Street Garage. The check-in/-out table will be to your right under the covered area.

From 94: Take exit 235B to SE Huron Blvd. Continue to University Ave. and take a left. Follow University Ave and continue onto SE 4th Street. Turn left onto SE 17th Ave/Church Street SE. Turn right immediately before the Church Street Garage. The check-in/-out table will be to your right under the covered area.

Lilly Plaza Map

Daily supplies

Please make sure your camper has the following supplies each day of camp.

  • Lunch: non-refrigerated, non-microwavable, nut-free
  • Morning & afternoon snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Weather appropriate clothing and footwear*
  • Sunscreen

* Parents/guardians of enrolled campers will receive an email the week prior to camp with information on daily activities, which will help determine appropriate clothing and footwear.

Allergies, medications or dietary restrictions

If your camper has a medical condition for which s/he must carry emergency medication (e.g., asthma inhalers, EpiPen epinephrine injectors), a peanut allergy or other severe allergy, or has dietary restrictions, please inform registration staff as soon as possible so we can make the necessary accommodations.

NOTE: For the safety of our campers, guests and staff, we are a peanut & tree nut free camp.

Frequently asked questions

What camp grade range should my camper be registered in?

Campers should be registered in the grade range that they have just completed (e.g. camper just completed 3rd grade, they should register for the 2nd-3rd grade camp range).

Can I accompany my camper to camp?

If your camper is new to the camp experience or you are curious about what our camps are like, you are welcome to stay with your camper until lunchtime on the first day of camp. Due to parking restrictions, curbside parking is not available. If you do choose to stay with your child for the first half of the first day of camps, parking is available at nearby meters or campus parking facilities.

What does my camper need to do to participate successfully in camp?

We strive to create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and inspires curiosity for all campers. For this reason, campers must be able to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.

Campers must be able to:

  • Maintain appropriate language and actions
    • Hands to themselves
    • Respectful language to fellow campers and camp team
    • Staying with their group
  • Follow directions for their own and others’ safety
  • Transport themselves up to ½ mile
  • Use respectful words to communicate their needs

If your camper is struggling we will have a quiet, friendly space that campers can take a break and calm down or recharge before returning to their group. We do reserve the right to remove any camper that repeatedly cannot meet these expectations.

Do you offer scholarships for your camps?

Yes. At this time we are in the process applying for funding for camp scholarships. Most years, we have several types of scholarships available. We will update our web page when these scholarships become available.

If my camper has a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) at their school should they have one at camp?

If your camper has a PCA at school and having one will help them follow rules and get more out of camp please consider sending a PCA with them to camp. Unfortunately, we cannot provide PCA’s through our summer camp program. Let us know during the registration process if you plan to send a PCA with your camper.

Where do you go for treats on Fridays of camp?

At the end of each week, campers go on a special trip to McDonald’s for ice cream or another parent-/guardian-approved treat. We go to McDonald's because they are the only place within walking distance that can ensure there is no cross-contamination with peanuts or other allergens and provides lactose-free treat options.

What if my camper forgets a lunch or has a lunch with nuts?

We cannot allow campers to have lunches or snacks containing nuts. Guardians can either bring a new lunch or order a lunch to be delivered for their camper. We have found the best options for delivery are Erberts and Gerberts and Jimmy Johns (both offer gluten and dairy free options).

If your camper is in need of a lunch and our summer camp staff cannot get in touch with your primary or secondary contact, we will order an appropriate lunch for your camper and you will be billed the associated charge.

What if I don’t want pictures taken of my camper?

During the registration process you will be asked to give consent for photo release of your camper. If you choose not to consent we will make sure that Science and Discovery Camp staff are aware that they cannot take any photos of your camper.

What is your bathroom policy?

Bell Museum Summer Camps support inclusivity of all our campers.  Each camper may use the bathroom or changing room that they see best fits their needs.  All gender facilities will be available; when the infrastructure lacks an all-gender bathroom or changing room, we will designate a bathroom for this purpose to ensure access to safe bathroom and changing spaces for all.

Since the Bell Museum is closed this summer, when and where are camps taking place?

K-6 Camps run from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday–Friday and will be in Nicholson Hall. Pre-K Camps run from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and will take place in Nicholson Hall.

Do I need to sign my camper in and out every day?

Yes, we use this sign in and out process to maintain camper safety and ensure that they are picked up only by the adults that are designated to pick them up. Please come in to the sign-in/sign-out table each day to drop off or pick up your camper. Campers cannot be dropped off after 9 a.m. or picked up before 4 p.m due to our busy schedule and camps not being located at the Bell this year. Camps often move around campus and may not always be at their camp rooms.

Pick-up and Drop Off for Pre K and K-6 camps at Lilly Plaza

  • K-1 through 4-6 Drop-off is 8–8:30am and pick-up is 4:30–5pm (no charge)

  • Pre K Drop-off is 9:15-9:30 a.m. and pick-up is 12:30-12:45 p.m.

Do you offer early drop-off or late pick-up?

Yes, early drop-off allows guardians to drop their camper off starting at 7:30AM. Late pick-up allows guardians to pick up their camper as late as 5:30PM. Extended care for K-6 is $15/week for either am or pm or $30 for both (must be checked off during registration).

  • Extended Care drop-off is 7:30–8am

  • Extended Care pick-up is 5-5:30pm

  • No Extended Care for Pre-K Camp

What does my camper need to bring on swimming or bowling day?

Swimming: If your camper is attending during a swimming week they should bring a swimsuit, towel, and a plastic bag (for wet suits and towels). They may also bring sandals, goggles, earplugs, nose plug or anything else they need to be comfortable swimming. If your camper is not a strong swimmer, they are also welcome to bring their own lifejacket.

Pool Safety: Cooke Hall 10: Warm (83-86 degrees), shallow water (3.5' -5') pool with ramp accessibility

    • Has a lifeguard present

    • Campers must wear life jackets unless they can pass a swim test

    • There are also at least 2 additional Camp staff present

Cooke Hall Map

Bowling: Campers only need to wear or bring a pair of socks! They will be given rental bowling shoes to wear while they are at the bowling alley.

Can I talk to my campers leader or the camp director about my camper’s needs before their camp begin?

We greatly appreciate any information, suggestions or tips you would like to share with us. 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. Camp leaders are not always available to speak to but you are welcome to email our summer camp team at bell-camps@umn.edu. If further discussion is needed we can set up a phone call. Anything you wish to be communicated with your campers leader will be communicated prior to the start of the camp week.


For more information about camps, please email our camp staff at bell-camps@umn.edu. Please contact UM Tickets with registration questions at 612-624-2345 or umntix@umn.edu.


Camps range from Kindergarten to grades 7-8. Campers should be registered according to the grade they will be entering in the 2018-2019 school year next fall.