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Camp Pricing


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


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

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

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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 sponsored by AFLAC! These week-long camps focus on a different subject each day including natural history, astronomy, art, S.T.E.A.M and more.

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.

*** 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

Choose Your Camp(s)

Camps are listed below by age group, click to reveal a full list of camp descriptions and dates.

Important Information

Pick-Up and Drop Off

  • Location: Campers should dropped off at the front of the museum (main entrance). Just pull up to the driveway, walk your camper inside, sign-in (and verify information), 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.

  • Everyday we will ask you to verify your camper’s security information for the day. Please give yourself a little extra time on your camper’s first day 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. There is a $10 late fee for every 5-minutes a camper is late being picked up.

  • 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.

  • There is a $10 late fee for every 5-minutes a camper is late being picked up.

  • Special Camp Phone Number! The museum is closed on Mondays and before 10 a.m. Tues. – Fri. If you need to contact the SCSM Camp Team during these times, please text or call (803)239-9380. For all inquiries regarding membership or payments, please call Group Visits at (803) 898-4999.

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 daily cost.


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 as we observe Covid-19 restrictions. 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.

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.

Consent Form

A Medical Release and Authorized Consent Pickup Form must be on file for every camper prior to their camp date. Please complete this release form prior to your camper’s camp date or bring it with you on the first day of camp. 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.

Staff & Learning Areas:

  • Each camp age group (6-8yrs and 9-12yrs) will have a room dedicated to them.

  • This year the museum will be using two of our rental spaces instead of our regular classrooms. This will give us more space in the rooms and allow students to space out as needed. These larger spaces will also serve as our lunch areas so that students are not eating in the same rooms as general visitors. We will also be modifying these rooms so the doors may to be opened as much as possible to allow for additional airflow.

  • Both groups of students may be brought together as one large group at times. This includes: Planetarium Shows, 4D Shows, and during our Extended Day Camp program.

  • Rooms will be sanitized at the end of each day and at least once during the day while campers are exploring.

  • Special shows in the planetarium and 4D theaters are being reserved just for campers.

  • Campers will be exploring the museum while general admission guests are here. We will have signs letting people know campers are in the exhibitions and we will encourage them to visit the exhibition after we have left. However, we cannot control every area and campers may at times be in the same areas as general visitors.

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 a pet just passed away they may be a little obsessed with death. 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:

  • 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.