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Summer Camps

Spring Break and Summer Camps will return in to the State Museum in 2022, if you would like to be notified when camp registration opens please sign up below:

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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 2022

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.

Camp Pricing

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

Non-member:

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

Member:

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

Not a member? Join Today!

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

QUESTIONS?
Call 803.898.4999 or email camps@scmuseum.org


Choose Your Camp(s)

Camps are listed below by age group. Please note: this page is updated periodically. Camp availability will be confirmed by museum staff when you finalize your registration. Submitting a reservation request does not guarantee camp availability.


Important Information

Pick-Up and Drop Off

  • On Mondays we will ask you to verify your camper’s security information for the week. Please give yourself a little extra time on this day so we can make sure your camper is 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.

  • At 3:31 p.m. campers will be considered part of the Extended Day Camp and charged the extended day camp fee.

  • 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 p.m. you will be asked to wait until campers make their way to the pickup area unless previously cleared for early dismissal.

Extended Day

We know parents are very busy and sometimes picking up your camper right at 3 p.m can be difficult. We are happy to offer a 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.

Lunch

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 unable 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. As we continue to observe COVID-19 restrictions, campers will be spaced apart and will not be allowed to share food. If you are dropping lunches off late in the day you can take them to the front desk. They’ll get in touch with camp and we will take the lunch to the appropriate student.

  • 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 and are hungry again during our actual lunch time, we will have to call you to bring additional food.

What to Wear

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

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 at the Front Desk for $5.40.

What to Bring

Lunch, a separate snack (two if staying for Extended Day), and an eagerness to learn! The museum 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

The museum and its classrooms are well-equipped to make sure everyone can explore and have a great time! 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.

Please let us know if your camper has any special requirements prior to your visit. 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. Sometimes they don’t get enough sleep the night before – whatever it may be, we would 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.

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:

  • 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 home they must be listed on the Authorized Pickup List.

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.

For the Saftey of All Campers

Adults are not permitted to participate in museum 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 have been verified. Please see below for information on Educational Aids.