2018 Summer Camps

 Summer camp kids on campus

Unearth a world of possibilities for the budding scientist in your life. Our camps offer kids in a fun and enriching environment that encourages them to explore their scientific passions as well as new subjects. Led by pre-service and licensed educators, Bell camps include hands on activities, planetarium visits, outdoor games, creative activities, field trips around the University's Twin Cities campus, and much more!

Even better, camps start before our grand opening, so 2018 campers will be among the first to tour our brand new museum!

Cost

Full day camps: $350 per week ($320 for Bell Members)
Half day camps: $180 per week ($160 for Bell Members)

Scholarships
The museum is pleased to offer scholarships for one week of a full day camp for Minnesota residents eligible for free or reduced price lunch. Download and complete the application form below (one application per child):

2018 Camp Scholarship Application

Schedule

Registration now open! Camps run June 11 - August 31, 2018.

A variety of all NEW camps will be offered each week. Download our quick guides below for camp descriptions, dates, and registration information.

Kindergarten

Grades 1-2

Grades 3-4

Grades 5-6

Grades 7-8


Frequently Asked Questions

What time do I drop-off and pick up my campers?
Drop-off and Pick-up Times (Extended hours available for an additional fee)

All Day camps
8:00-8:30 am to 4:30-5:00 pm; (7:30-8:00 am -- $15) / (5:00-5:30 pm -- $15)

Half Day AM camps
8:00-8:30 am to 12:00-12:30 pm;  (7:30-8:00 am -- $15) / (12:30-1:00 pm -- $15)

Half Day PM camps
12:30 pm-1:00 pm to 4:30 pm-5:00 pm;  (12:00-12:30 pm -- $15) / (5:00-5:30 pm -- $15)

Can my child coming to a half day camp have lunch with the other campers?
Yes, so long as you pay for late pick up (for AM camps) or early drop-off (for PM camps). Note: Campers who stay all day (e.g. in both an AM and PM half day camp) will have lunch and play-time included in their schedule.   

Can I register my child for a camp different than the listed grade range?
To ensure the best experience for all campers, your child should be registered with the grade level that they are entering in the 2018-2019 school year. Camp curriculum is customized for each grade level, with each group engaging in increasingly more difficult concepts and activities. Even if a child can keep up academically, many struggle socially when placed in a camp intended for a different grade level.

How do I register multiple children?
You must complete one order per child as we collect information that is specific to each child. If you are purchasing a new Bell membership and signing up multiple campers, please call 612-624-2345 to register and receive a member discount.

Do I need to sign my camper in and out every day?
Yes, unless your camper is over the age of 12 and ONLY if we have a written, signed, and dated parent/guardian permission form submitted to the camp office in advance. The museum’s responsibility for each camper begins after sign in and ends at sign out each day. We use the sign in and out process to maintain camper safety and ensure that they are picked up only by the adults (with photo ID) that are designated to pick them up.

Can I accompany my child 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 in our parking lot for $4/ day.

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

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.

Can I talk to the camp director about my camper’s needs before camp begins?
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. You are also welcome to email our summer camp team at bell-camps@umn.edu.

What if I don’t want pictures taken of my camper?
Museum staff will periodically take photos of the exciting summer camp activities and excursions as well as group photos to share with campers at the end of the week. 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 staff are aware that they cannot take any photos of your camper.

Are your staff First Aid/CPR Certified?
Yes, all of our staff are First Aid and CPR certified. Each camp leader carries a First Aid Kit with a breathing barrier for CPR.

Questions?

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.

Grades

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.

Members get more

For just $95 your household can become a Bell Museum Member and receive discounted Summer Camp pricing—one of the many benefits of museum membership!

Our new membership program opens February 5. Also, Members that sign up before the Grand Opening of the new Bell Museum will receive benefits through July 31, 2019. Learn more about membership options and benefits.