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Keep your child’s mind at play all day during our new One-Day Camps! One-Day Camps will spark the curiosity of campers in STEM, the arts, and literacy while inspiring further exploration in their favorite topics—all while enjoying playing in The DoSeum. Virtual “camp in a box” options and in-person camps are available. Spaces in camp fill quickly, so sign-up today to be part of The DoSeum’s amazing camp experience!
NOTICE: In response to Covid-19 best practices in childcare settings, The DoSeum has elected to offer fewer one-day camps with a decreased capacity of campers, in compliance with CDC and state recommendations. Please note, some activities may be adjusted to avoid water & sand play and promote the best educational experience.
Please limit the amount of PERSONAL BELONGINGS that your child brings to camp. A labeled change of clothing in a clear Ziploc bag can be left in your child’s assigned cubby. Other than the clothing and a lunchbox, there is little that your child will need to bring to camp!
Per the health and safety protocols published by the State of Texas, upon arrival and daily while at camp, campers will receive a HEALTH SCREENING for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19. During drop-off, you will be asked to remain in your vehicle during the screening. A no-touch forehead thermometer will be used to record the temperature.
Any camper showing SIGNS OF ILLNESS during the camp day will be separated and caregiver(s) will be called for pick up.
FACE MASKS will be required for ages 10 and over—per Bexar County guidelines—and strongly recommended for children 2 years and older, to the extent possible. Per the health protocols recommended by the State of Texas, consider wearing cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth) when at camp. If available, individuals should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.
HANDWASHING will be required throughout the day, including before and after activities and meals/snacks, per State health and safety protocols.
The DoSeum will promote SOCIAL DISTANCING within our camp programs via decreased camp capacities and larger classroom spaces. Each camper will have an individual space and their own set of consumable and non-consumable (e.g., glue, tape, etc.) supplies. We will arrange classrooms to allow distancing and will promote social distancing within groups to the degree possible.
DoSeum Cleanliness. We’ve taken great care to ensure that our facilities are cleaned effectively and follow best sanitation practices to help prevent the spread of illness. Our cleaning procedures currently include:
If a camper becomes ill during camp, we will ask caregivers to keep their child home until we have written permission from a doctor saying the child is well enough to return to camp. These policies are in place to ensure the child’s well-being along with the well-being of the other children at camp and their families.
Per the health and safety protocols published by the State of Texas for Day Youth Camps, campers confirmed to have COVID-19 may not return to the current camp session or other camp sessions until all three of the following criteria are met: at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the individual has improvement of symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Registration for One-Day Camps opens on August 18th.
One-Day Camps will provide plenty of indoor and outdoor playtime at The DoSeum while exploring concepts of STEM the arts, and literacy in a fun interactive way! In-person one-day camps are from 9 AM - 5 PM and include snacks and a pizza lunch. Early drop off begging at 8 AM and late stay ending at 5:30 PM are included for all in-person camps!
September 7, 9 AM - 5 PM | Ages: 5-7, 8-11
Would you love to know more about how toys work? What better way to learn more than to take it apart! In this one-day camp, our engineers will explore the parts, pieces and purposes of technology and toys to uncover their inner workings. We will use tools to help with our excavations and discuss tool safety! Campers will gain a deeper understanding of objects by deconstructing and reconstructing to form new ideas and original art!
October 12, 9 AM - 5 PM | Ages: 5-7, 8-11
Imagine coming home from a day at camp with a new puppy or kitten or dragon or unicorn—only made out of cardboard! In this camp, campers will create their own cardboard pets and build a habitat for their new friend. We will design and create stories about our pets and then build them with cardboard! Campers will use their imagination and creativity to think up the pet of their dreams; then use their engineering and design skills to bring it to life!
September 7 or October 12, 9 AM - 3:30 PM | Ages: 5-11
Time for slime! In this virtual camp, we will get messy and learn about material science as we discover the many methods of slime creation! This hands-on and experiment-filled camp takes a kid’s natural love of slime to the next level. We will explore different states of matter and engage in scientific processes—observation, investigation, and reflection! What makes one material more pliable than the other? Why is this material denser than that one? Sensory seekers will enjoy creating edible play dough, many types of textured slime, and even glow goo! Put on your play clothes and lab coat and have a silly, slimy good time!
The DoSeum is committed to providing a safe and healthy space to explore and discover. If, for any reason, The DoSeum cancels a One-Day Camp a full refund will be issued. Guests that fail to arrive after registering or cancel on their own accord will not be eligible for a refund.
The DoSeum is proud to offer financial assistance to our qualified families. Learn more about DoSeum Scholarships.
Q. What is The DoSeum’s camp philosophy and mission?
Summer programs at The DoSeum serve as a “charging station” to power up kids’ minds and support the important work of schools and community organizations. Our exhibits and programs promote joyful learning, invite discovery, spark interest, and develop positive attitudes towards learning.
OUR MISSION: Through joyful learning and discovery, The DoSeum Experience grows curious minds, connects families, and transforms communities.
OUR VISION: As a premier informal educational resource, we cultivate curious, innovative learners capable of mastering the opportunities of tomorrow.
Q. What are The DoSeum’s camp goals?
The goals of our summer programs are to promote joyful learning as it relates to content (STEM, Arts, Literacy) and social emotional development. Through positive learning experience we hope to spark new interests and skills and positive attitudes for our learners.
Q: Who are the educators and staff of The DoSeum’s camps?
The DoSeum education team consists of highly qualified and trained program educators. These educators work closely with our Director of Public Programs to design and facilitate experiences that are engaging, unique, developmentally appropriate and fun for the campers. At least two team members will always be actively present during the camp and aftercare. Our camp ratios for the fall 2020 sessions are 4 instructors to 20-22 campers in the 5-7 years camps (held in the Theatre) and 2 instructors to the 9-12 campers in the 8-11 age group (held in a double sized classroom).
Q. How much does camp cost?
Camp prices are subject to change each season. All prices will be posted on The DoSeum website and reflect the cost for one-day camps or virtual camps for the current season.
Q. What is your refund policy?
Due to the reduced amount of campers, one-day camps and virtual camps are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Please Note: Registration funds may not serve as credit for another DoSeum camp or program, and camp sessions are not transferable to other campers. If The DoSeum cancels a program, refund options will be shared.
Q: Is there a discount for DoSeum members?
Yes! DoSeum members enjoy a discount on camp registration and early access to registration. For more information, please visit our Membership page.
Q: Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?
Yes, the DoSeum will send you an email confirming your online registration. Please check your spam folder and inbox for the email confirmation. If you applied for a scholarship, you will receive an email communication. The week prior to your camp date, the email associated with the registration will receive a comprehensive email outlining the details and logistics of the camp day.
Q. Does my child need to be in the age range of the camp?
Yes. All campers must be in the age range of the camp by the first day of camp. For example, your child must be 5, 6, or 7 years old by the first day of camp to be in a 5-7 camp. They cannot be 8 or older. Our camps are specifically designed for the age ranges associated with them, so we thank you for your understanding. If there is a developmental delay that necessitates a different level of curriculum, please contact us. If a child is accidentally registered in a camp that they are not in the correct age range, the Education team reserves the right to place the child in the correct camp.
Q. Do you have One-day camps for 3-4 year olds?
At this time, we do not. We are prioritizing camps around times that elementary schools are typically out of session. If you are interested in educational programs for 3-4 year olds during the school year, please see our Little Doers preschool webpage!
Q. How can I expect camp communications?
Most direct communication for camp will be through email or phone. Please make sure that when you register your child, you include the email and phone number for the person who will be the main contact for the camper during their time at The DoSeum. Please expect:
Additional communication will be given at pickup, over the phone or via email. Please feel free to reach out to our camp staff with other questions via email or phone.
Q. What are your policies on photos and videos?
In the camp registration, you can choose if your child has permission to be photographed or recorded. We will respect your choice. If there is additional photography taking place (marketing, news segment) you will receive communication about it via email or phone.
A Day At The DoSeum Camp:
Q. What should my child bring to camp?
Please have all personal items labeled with the child’s name. Although we do our best to encourage each camper to keep their things together, The DoSeum is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please make sure you bring ONLY what your child needs each day. This includes:
The following items will not be permitted:
Q. What does the camp day look like?
A one-day camp is very busy! Here is a typical schedule:
Q. What should my child wear to camp?
Campers should wear clothes that they do not mind getting dirty! Sneakers are best for playing in The DoSeum. Sandals are not recommended. It might be a good idea to bring a light jacket or sweater, as it can get chilly inside and the campers will have time outside as well. We also recommend sunscreen; if you would like your child to wear sunscreen/bug spray, please apply before dropping off your camper in the morning.
Q. Where is drop-off in the morning?
Drop off your camper curbside at the designated area in front of the museum on Humphrey Avenue. Please remain in your car unless you need to take a child out of their car seat. Camp staff will escort your camper inside.
Q. Where is pick up?
Pick up in the in the DoSeum Staff parking lot off of Breckinridge Avenue. Please drive slowly in the parking lot and have your window tag clearly visible so our team can know which child you are picking up. If you do not have the window tag, please plan to show a photo ID.
Our biggest priority is making sure children are safe, so we will verify your ID each day if you do not have your window tag. If a caregiver arrives to pick up your child who is not listed, please know that we will call you for verification over the phone before we release your child.
Q. What happens if I am running late for pick up?
We understand that occasionally caregivers will be late due to situations outside of your control. If you are running late, please contact our staff to let us know. We will wait outside for 5 minutes past the pickup window and then bring your child into aftercare.
A $1 per minute, per child, a late fee will be charged after the first 5 minutes of late pickup (i.e., pick up after 12:35 or 3:35 of the respective pickup window).
When you arrive, please use the main entrance of The DoSeum and ask our Front Desk staff to call for camps. We will escort your child to you. Please plan to bring a photo ID inside so that we can verify who is picking up your child.
Late pickup fees can be paid via check, cash, or credit card at the time of pickup.
Q. What happens if my child has an accident at camp?
If your child has an accident and has a change of clothing, our instructors will make sure your child is ok and make sure that your child changes into clean clothes. If your child forgot a change of clothes, we will send them home in DoSeum clothing that will need to be washed and returned by the end of the week. If they need a change of shoes, you will be called and asked to provide shoes, as we do not have extras available. You will receive a note home and, if the situation necessitates, a phone call.
Q. My child is bilingual. Will the camp be taught in English or Spanish?
If your child is bilingual, please note this on your camp registration. We will do our best to provide instruction in English and Spanish but cannot guarantee Spanish instruction for every camp at this time. However, it is very helpful for our staff to know the language preference of your child so we can do our best to make accommodations as needed.
Q. Can my child bring a cell phone to camp?
Cell phones, video games, and other personal electronic devices can easily become distractions at camp, so we ask that you please keep these items at home. If your child does bring a cell phone to camp, they will not be permitted to use it during the camp day. If there is an emergency and you need to reach your child, please contact the camp staff.
Q. What if my child loses items at camp?
Please clearly label all lunch boxes, water bottles, jackets, changes of clothing, and anything else your child may be bringing to camp. Lost and found items will be stored at the front desk of The DoSeum for one week.
Health And Safety:
Q. What is your illness policy?
In order to protect the health of all campers and staff, children must be kept at home when showing signs of the beginning of an illness or contagious disease, or when feeling too ill to participate in an educational setting. We expect caregivers to communicate with us regarding any communicable illness or infection so that we may notify all caregivers of our campers. These conditions include but are not limited to: pink eye; chicken pox; measles; mumps; strep throat; or lice. If a child develops a fever of 100.0°F or higher, vomits, or has two loose stools while at camp, the caregiver will be called to pick them up.
Children must be symptom-free for 72 hours without medication before returning to camp. In some instances, we will ask caregivers to keep their child home until we have written permission from a doctor saying the child is well enough to return to camp. These policies are in place to ensure the child’s well being along with the well being of the other children at camp and their families. If a child is sent home for illness during the camp week, a refund will not be issued.
Please see additional guidelines for 2020 at the end of this document.
Q. What are your policies about distributing medicine?
We cannot administer or store any prescription or over-the-counter medication. If a child takes daily medication, the caregiver is expected to administer it before or after camp. Epi pens can be stored in the camp instructor’s backpack and will be given only if necessary. We are unable to administer Benadryl for mild allergic reactions but will call the caregiver if a situation arises.
Q. Will you provide lunch and snacks?
Yes, One-day camps will have pizza lunch and water provided. If a camper prefers to bring a lunch they certainly can! Lunches should not require refrigeration or microwaving.
We will provide individually packaged snacks throughout the camp day (ex: pretzels, cheese crackers, raisins etc). You are more than welcome to provide your own daily snack if you’d like. We accommodate for all children with food allergies. We do not have microwaves available.
Also, please see the next question for The DoSeum’s policy on nuts and nut products.
Q. How do you accommodate children with food allergies? What is your nut policy?
We DO NOT allow nuts of any kind, peanuts, peanut butter, or any snacks made with nut- products in camp for snack or lunch. This is to ensure the safety of all campers. Please help us keep our campers safe by NOT packing nut products. If a child has a nut product, The DoSeum reserves the right to remove the food from the classroom and contact the parent to provide another lunch option by 11:00am to the front desk.
Please understand that we aim to provide the safest environment for all children and the nut policy allows us to accommodate the needs of most children we serve.
Q. What if my child has a medical accident at camp?
If a minor injury occurs at camp (cut, scrap, etc.), an Incident Form will be filled out and the appropriate action will be taken by camp staff and/or DoSeum Security. When necessary, a phone call will be made to the caregiver. If an injury or illness needs more immediate care, Education staff will contact the caregiver and arrange for prompt early pick-up.
Q. What are your behavioral and discipline procedures?
DoSeum Camp’s first priority is child safety. Behavior and Discipline procedures in place are to ensure camper safety and allow for healthy learning environments, providing campers with the best camp experiences. All camps will have five expectations to be honored:
DoSeum educators strive to make every attempt to be proactive regarding camper behavior. We provide engaging, thoughtful activities, and use research-based approaches when handling common disruptive behavior.
The following behaviors will lead your camper to be removed temporarily or permanently from DoSeum camps:
In the event of a behavior infraction, The DoSeum educators will:
If the lead educator cannot reach you before camp drop-off the next day, DoSeum educators reserve the right to refuse to accept your child to camp depending on the severity of the behavior.
Please keep in mind the lead educators will not be available to communicate with caregivers directly until the end of the camp day. The lead educator will follow up with the caregiver in one of the following ways: in-person during the conference during pick-up; email; phone call.
For any additional questions about One-Day Camps please reach out to Jessica Thompson at JThompson@thedoseum.org.