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Camp Pricing

Regular camp ends at 3 p.m. / Extended day camp ends at 5:30 p.m.


$225 per camper per week / $275 with Extended Day


$180 per camper per week / $220 with Extended Day

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Camp Hours

Drop Off: 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Camp: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pick-up: 3 – 3:30 p.m.
Extended Day: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Ext. Day Pick-up: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Summer Camps

June, July and August 2021

The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia is excited to offer an exciting summer of camps for ages 6 – 12! These week-long camps focus on a different subject each day including natural history, astronomy, art, S.T.E.A.M and more.

New this year!

  • Camps will feature a different subject each day of the camp week and activities for those days will be different each week.

  • Campers will be divided into two groups by age:
    6 – 8 years old and 9 – 12 years old.

  • Camps run Monday through Friday and will be available:
    June 14 – July 2 and July 12 – August 13

*** Please be sure to read the Important Information section below for more information on different policies, procedure, and safety regulations. ***

Call 803.898.4999 or email

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Early access registration now open


Camp Schedule

Featured subjects by day:

Mondays – STEAM/Literacy/Tinkering

Tuesdays – Self-led Robotics

Wednesdays – Natural History

Thursdays – Astronomy

Fridays – Arts & Culture

Important Information

Drop-off, Pick-up, and Extended Day

  • Special Camp Phone Number! The museum is closed on Mondays and before 10 a.m. Tuesday – Friday. If you need to contact the SCSM Camp Team on Mondays please text or call (803)348-6010. This number can also be used after the 8:30 a.m. drop-off ends and before the museum opens. For all inquiries regarding membership or payments, please call Group Visits at (803)898-4999.

  • Camp hours are 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., with an extended day option from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Drop-off times are 8 – 8:30 a.m., and pick-up times for regular camp are 3 – 3:30 p.m.

  • Pick-up and Drop-off are now at the front of the building! Instead of using the side entrance, all campers will be picked-up and dropped-off at the very front of the museum this year. Just pull up the driveway, walk your camper inside, and we’ll see you later! Please note: any midday drop-offs, early pick-ups, and Extended Day pick-ups will happen at the front desk. This includes lunch drop-offs.

  • On Mondays we will ask you to verify your camper’s security information for the week. This is a brand new system for us. Please give yourself a little extra time on Mondays so that we can make sure your camper is totally safe and secure with us here at the South Carolina State Museum.

  • Late drop-off may cause your camper to miss activities. We’ll do our best to get them caught up but we may not be able to adjust our schedule every time. We are also unable to repeat activities missed due to absenteeism.

  • SCSM knows parents are very busy and sometimes picking up your camper right at 3 p.m. can be difficult. We are happy to offer fun and entertaining Extended Day Camp where students can continue to explore the museum and participate in activities until 5:30 p.m. Extended Day is an additional weekly cost.

  • At 3:31 p.m. campers will be considered part of the Extended day Camp and charged for the entire week.

  • Please avoid picking up campers between 2:30-3 p.m. as we are in the middle of activities at that time. If you arrive between 2:30-3:00 p.m. you will be asked to wait until campers make their way to the pickup area unless previously cleared for early dismissal.


Each camper is expected to bring their own non-perishable, non-microwavable lunch and at least one snack (two if they are staying for Extended Day). The museum is not be able to refrigerate or microwave any meals. The museum will not provide snacks. The museum is not able to take campers to the café for lunch. Campers cannot share food and will be spaced apart this year as we observe Covid-19 restrictions.

  • All campers MUST have a lunch every time they come to camp. Even if your camper is “not a big eater” they must have food and will be provided the opportunity to eat.

  • Please make sure lunch boxes are easily identifiable.

  • Please make sure your camper can distinguish between their lunch and snack. If they eat their lunch during snack time and are hungry again during our actual lunch time, we will have to call you to bring additional food.

What to Wear

All campers in all age groups are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask covering both the nose and mouth.

A free camp t-shirt will be provided every Monday. All campers must wear their camp shirts every single day for security reasons. Additional shirts may be purchased if needed.

Campers should all wear close-toed shoes. We recommend a light jacket because some of the exhibits can be cold.

We will try to have daily outdoor mask-free times. Please send sunscreen if your camper needs it.

What to Bring

Lunch, a separate snack (two if staying for Extended Day), and an eagerness to learn! SCSM will provide all learning materials. Please keep all electronics (including cell phones), personal toys, stuffed animals, and blankets at home. Please keep large backpacks at home unless absolutely necessary.

Accessibility and Special Needs

This does not only have to be disabilities. If a family member is away on a work trip it may cause a camper to be more emotional. If grandma is in town they may be staying up really late and eating tons of junk food which might make them super sleepy at camp. Whatever it may be – there are times when campers are just in situations that make life different. We love to know what might be going on so we can best serve every child. We all handle things differently as well, so any tips you want to give us on how to work with your child are also welcomed.

The museum and its classrooms are equipped with many things to make sure everyone can explore and have a great time! Please let us know if your camper will have any special requirements prior to your visit. Some of the tools we have include wheelchairs, noise canceling headphones, sensory/fidget bags, sensory seat pads, family restrooms, first aid, and assistive listening devices for shows. All camp staff are CPR/First Aid certified and have first aid kits on them at all times.

Educational Aids are welcome! All educational aids and assistants must be approved at least 2 weeks prior to camp. If you have a camper with an educational aid:

  • The aid cannot be related to the camper.

  • They must be able to show proof of certification in the state of South Carolina.

  • They must also be able to show proof of having passed a background check in their organization and provide their certifying organization’s contact information.

  • If they are also allowed to take the child off-campus they must be listed on the Authorized Pickup list in the Consent Form (scroll down for form link).

Cancellation or Rescheduling

If your camper is sick or you need to reschedule, the following applies:

  • A written cancellation request must be received two weeks or more before the scheduled camp in order to receive a refund.

  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations made with less than two weeks’ notice.

  • If rescheduling is preferred, it is subject to space availability.

  • The South Carolina State Museum reserves the right to reschedule or cancel any activity. A refund will be given if the museum cancels a camp.

  • Campers found to be ill during camp will be asked to reschedule, pending space availability. Any camper who vomits during camp will immediately be sent home.

Health and Safety

The most important thing for us here at the SCSM is the health and safety of each and every camper – both physically and emotionally. Here are some of our guidelines for the 2021 Summer Camp Season:

  • SCSM has a zero bullying policy.

  • Adults are not permitted to participate in SCSM camp activities. We recommend a quick hug at drop-off, an excited hug at pick-up, and avoiding “visiting” during the day, especially for new campers. Adults will not be permitted to visit classrooms during the day. Campers will be brought out to you once ID and authorization has been verified. Please see above for information on Educational Aids.

  • While staff may be vaccinated, they will all continue to be fully masked throughout camp.

  • All campers in all age groups are encouraged to wear a face mask covering both the nose and mouth.

    • As Covid-19 social distancing and face cover related guidance continues to be updated by the State of South Carolina (from the Governor’s Executive Orders, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and AccelerateSC), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Museum will update our policies accordingly.

  • Rooms are being modified to allow for social distancing and safe learning.

  • Materials will be made into “kits” for each camper so that they do not have to share community supplies.

  • Extra cleaning and sanitization measures being taken before and after camp.

  • For the safety of our campers, our schedule will be changed to explore the museum exhibits and shows before any other guests arrive and at the end of the day if exhibits are quiet and clear.

  • Outdoor mask-free times for campers to get a mask break.

  • Each classroom has four dedicated staff members every day. Two in the morning and two in the afternoon. We will avoid switching camp staff as much as possible throughout the summer for safety reasons.

  • There are some staff that may float between rooms but they have been vaccinated and will also wear masks and take extra safety precautions.

  • Rooms will be sanitized at the end of each day.

  • Each camp age group (6-8 yrs and 9-12 yrs) will have two rooms dedicated to them. One for classroom experiences and the other for snacks and lunches. Neither age group will come into contact with the other throughout the day.

For the Safety of All Campers

Adults are not permitted to participate in SCSM camp activities. We recommend a quick hug at drop-off, an excited hug at pick-up, and avoiding “visiting” during the day, especially for new campers. Adults will not be permitted to visit classrooms during the day. Campers will be brought out to you once ID and authorization has been verified. Please see above for information on Educational Aids.

Consent Form

A Medical Release and Authorized Consent Pickup Form must be on file for every camper prior to their camp date. Unfortunately, campers will not be able to participate in camp without a completed form.

Everyone will be asked to show a picture ID every time they come to pick up a camper. If an Authorized Pickup name does not match the photo ID of the person attempting to pickup, the child will not be released to them.

  • The names on the Photo IDs must match the names on the Authorized Pickup List. Do not use nicknames. (Example: “Kimberly” will not be able to come into contact with the child if we have “Kim” on our forms. The photo ID must match the names listed.)

  • If Medical Contacts are also allowed to pickup they will also need to be listed as an Authorized Pickup. They need to be listed both times. A person authorized to make a medical decision for the child may not necessarily have custody of that child every day and may not be able to come into contact with them.