Summer Camps

Summer Camps

SUMMER CAMPS
 

NOTICE:  In response to Covid-19 best practices in childcare settings, The DoSeum has elected to offer fewer summer camps each week with a decreased capacity of campers, in compliance with CDC and state recommendations. Below is the adjusted summer schedule for June camps. Please note, some camp week topics have been adjusted to avoid water & sand play and promote the best educational experience. 

CoVid -19 Preparations for Summer Camps

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 on Monday of their camp week (to be returned Friday). 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.

  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated Shaking with Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling Feverish or a Measured Temperature Greater Than or Equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known Close Contact with a Person who is a Lab Confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Traveled internationally or to an area with an active CDC travel alert within the last 14 days.


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 (May 18, 2020), 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 the best sanitation practices to help prevent the spread of illness. Our cleaning procedures for summer 2020 include:

  • DoSeum Staff required to consistently wash their hands, practice respiratory etiquette, and wear face masks or shields
  • DoSeum Staff will receive a health screening prior to each business day, per recommended health protocols published in The Governor’s Report to Open Texas
  • Hand sanitizers located throughout the building have 70% alcohol content
  • Exhibit and classroom surfaces are cleaned daily using an electrostatic sprayer. The sprayer charges cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants as they pass through the spray nozzle, generating charged droplets that coat all sides of porous and non-porous surfaces. 
  • Exhibit props are rotated daily, and they are cleaned and sanitized overnight with the use of an industrial washer with a wash cycle of 130 degrees and a rinse cycle of 160 degrees.
  • Regular deep cleaning of the entire facility. 
  • Each camper will have their own set of non-consumables (e.g., scissors, tape, etc.)
     

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.


June 1 - August 14

There’s a camp for every child this summer at The DoSeum! Go on a dinosaur dig, learn the science of cooking, design your own fashion collection, and even participate in a mysterious role-playing game! This summer, The DoSeum will offer camps that will engage campers in STEM, the arts, and literacy, and inspire them to explore, discover, create, and learn. Spaces in camp fill quickly, so sign-up today to be part of The DoSeum’s amazing summer experiences!

Summer Camps for AGES 3 - 4

Animation Creation!

JUNE 8 - 12 & July 13 - 17 | 9AM - 12PM

Have you ever wondered who created our favorite characters, from Snow White and Cinderella to Mickey and Minnie Mouse? Animation Creation introduces campers to the amazing women of Walt Disney animation! Everyone is special and has their own talents. Learn about how these artists overcame obstacles to fulfill their dreams! Campers will let their imaginations soar as they create fun, Disney-themed projects, participate in dramatic play, and take part in special songs and dances! Enrolled families will have the opportunity to enroll in an online DoSeum Summer Camp Facebook Group that will be updated with photos and more from the week, providing caregivers with a virtual peek inside our classroom.

Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230

Animation Creation!: June 8 - 12 (AT CAPACITY)

Register for Animation Creation!: July 13-17

Kid Concoctions

JUNE 15 - 19 & JULY 27 - 31 | 9AM - 12PM

Scientists are simply those children who never stopped asking, “Why?” Kids Concoctions introduces campers to asking questions about their world and using scientific processes and reasoning to answer them! Campers will observe chemical reactions created by combining common household materials—they will explore magic milk, apple volcanoes, and rainbow fizzy science experiments. Your young scientist will observe and participate in exciting experiments first-hand to understand the idea of how variables affect outcomes. Camp families will have the opportunity to join a DoSeum Summer Camp Facebook group that will be updated with photos and videos, offering caregivers a virtual peek inside our classroom!

Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230

Kid Concoctions: June 15 - 19 (AT CAPACITY)

Kid Concoctions: July 27 - 31 (AT CAPACITY)


Dr. DOLittles

JUNE 22 - 26 & July 20 - 24 & AUGUST 3 - 7 | 9AM - 12PM

Ready for a paw-some good time?! Caring for animals starts with having empathy towards them. During this camp, your child will learn the process of taking care of animals and the importance of the relationship between pets and their caretakers. Campers will learn how to keep their patients (stuffed animals) healthy and safe by measuring and weighing them, learning about different parts of the body and even applying bandages. They will have a great time having dramatic play with doctor and vet assistant costumes, creating exciting art with doctors' supplies, and having fun acting out animal movements.

Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230

Dr. DOLittles: JUNE 22 - 26 (AT CAPACITY)

Dr. DOLittles: July 20 - 24 (AT CAPACITY)

Dr. DOLittles: AUGUST 3 - 7 (AT CAPACITY)


Too Cute for Words!

JULY 6 - 10 | 9AM - 12PM

Where would you like to explore today? The bottom of the ocean? Outer space? A jungle? If you can dream it, you can go there! Campers will use their vivid minds and imaginations to create a fantastically fun story for their very own wordless book! Pictures can say more than words and help convey emotions, especially in young children. Campers will be active players in their fantasy adventures as they engage their vocabulary, foster critical thinking skills, promote creativity, and use their imaginations. All the world's a stage in Too Cute for Words! Camp families will have the opportunity to join a DoSeum Summer Camp Facebook group that will be updated with photos and videos, offering caregivers a virtual peek inside our classroom!

Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230

Too Cute for Words!: July 6 - 10 (AT CAPACITY)


Dino Discovery

JUNE 29 - JULY 2 & AUGUST 10 - 14 | 9AM - 12PM

Dinosaurs are dino-mite! In Dino Discovery campers will explore the exciting world of paleontology and its investigation of fossils. Each day will be filled with fun projects, from dino-stomp printmaking to fossil excavation! This camp will help encourage little explorers to look closely and pay attention to detail while working collaboratively and independently. Camp families will have the opportunity to join a DoSeum Summer Camp Facebook group that will be updated with photos and videos, offering caregivers a virtual peek inside our classroom!

Camp Cost: Members - $210 | Non-Members - $230

Dino Discovery: June 29 - July 2 (AT CAPACITY)

Dino DISCOVERY: AUGUST 10 - 14 (AT CAPACITY)

Summer Camps for AGES 5 - 7

Rainbow Science

JUNE 1 - 5 | 9AM - 3PM

Did you know that it takes light from the sun about ten minutes to reach Earth? Or that Isaac Newton is responsible for developing the color wheel? It’s time to illuminate your mind and learn the brilliance of light and color! Rainbow Science is all about learning the principles of light and color theory. In this camp, scientists will have the unique opportunity to merge the art-making process with scientific observation through hands-on and minds-on activities. Make a kaleidoscope, explore light with a spectroscope, even create your own rainbow art and flashlight art! The DoSeum’s galleries will be a laboratory for budding artists and mini-scientists alike! Let’s have fun discovering the colorful world of Rainbow Science!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330

Rainbow Science: June 1 - 5 (AT CAPACITY)


Slimetastic Science!

JUNE 8 - 12 & AUGUST 10 - 14 | 9AM - 3PM

Time for slime! In Slime-tastic Science, campers will get messy and learn about material science as they 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!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330

Slimetastic Science!: June 8 - 12 (AT CAPACITY)


Let's Make a Museum

JUNE 15 - 19  | 9AM - 3PM

What does it take to make a museum? Let’s Make a Museum will introduce campers to the many facets of museology. From designing dioramas to making murals, your junior curator will discover the ins and outs of the museum world. With hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes tours of The DoSeum, they’ll see and experience the many, many talents needed to make a museum run! This camp is great for tool use and safety, literacy, team building, and artistic expression. 

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330

Let's Make A Museum: June 15 - 19 (AT CAPACITY)


BioBots

JUNE 22 - 26 & JULY 13 - 17 | 9AM - 3PM

What do animals and robots have in common? Probably a lot more than you think! Run, jump, climb, swim, and swing your way to BioBots at The DoSeum! Campers will compare and contrast how animals and robots act and move as they explore Dogs: A Science Tail, our perfectly paw-fect summer exhibition. We will put on our engineering hats to uncover ways to improve an animal’s life by working together on a team to design, build, and test a prototype. Looking to nature for inspiration, BioBots is perfect for young animal lovers, robot enthusiasts, and aspiring engineers!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330

BioBots: JUNE 22 - 26 (AT CAPACITY)

BioBots: JULY 13 - 17 (AT CAPACITY)


Amazing Animalia

JUNE 29 - JULY 2 | 9AM - 3PM

We aren’t lion...this camp will be a roaring good time! This camp is all about hands-on learning and creativity. Artists will dive into various processes and techniques centered around the animals that inspire them. We will create drawings based on their favorite animal memories, linocut prints of their favorite furry friends, two paint-based pieces, and a sculpture of the animal of their choice. Campers will also explore animal science in our summer exhibition Dogs: A Science Tail. We otter know that campers will toad-ally love creating in Amazing Animalia.

Camp Cost: Members - $250 | Non-Members - $270

Amazing Animalia: June 29 - July 2 (AT CAPACITY)


3-2-1 Blast Off!

JULY 6 - 10 & AUGUST 3 - 7 | 9AM - 3PM

We have liftoff! Campers will love this astronomy inspired camp where they’ll explore rockets, parachutes, and zip lines. Your budding astronaut will have a great time recreating experiments by Galileo, designing and building flying machines, and testing and improving their designs--the Engineering Design Process! Aeronautical and mathematical concepts abound. At the end of camp, your child will take home their air transportation technologies.

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330

3-2-1 Blast Off!: JULY 6 - 10 (AT CAPACITY)

3-2-1 Blast Off!: AUGUST 3 - 7 (AT CAPACITY)


Bug-mania!

JULY 20 - 24 | 9AM - 3PM

What would the world be like without insects? Campers will be as busy as bees exploring this question and others as they learn more about the field of agricultural engineering! We’ll investigate The DoSeum’s ecosystems—Will Stream’s, our Ecopond, and the West Yard—to learn about the insects that call these spaces home. Campers will then apply their knowledge of insects, insect life-cycles, pollination, and natural systems as they test a variety of materials to design and engineer their own plant-pollinator. Inspired by the work of bees, butterflies, and bugs, our engineers will have fun as they learn all about insects and discover the amazing accomplishments our tiny friends do each day!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330

Bug-mania!: JULY 20 - 24 (AT CAPACITY)


Water Water Everywhere

JULY 27 - 31 | 9AM - 3PM

Water is everywhere at The DoSeum! Water Water Everywhere will introduce campers to how environmental engineers design and manage our own water supply to make it safe to drink. What do you know about H2O? How does the rain that falls from the sky end up in your drinking glass? Campers will investigate these questions and more while exploring The DoSeum’s water-related exhibitions to learn about water pollution and its effect on the environment. They will engage with the engineering design process by planning, constructing, and testing their own water filters! Water Water Everywhere gives campers the chance to explore water in a whole new way!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330

Water Water Everywhere: JULY 27 - 31 (AT CAPACITY)

Summer Camps for AGES 8 - 11

City Builders

JUNE 1 - 5 & JULY 13 - 17 | 9AM - 3PM

Calling all future engineers, innovators and city planners—San Antonio’s future starts with you! In City Builders, campers will meet with civil engineers from The City of San Antonio’s Office of Innovation to identify challenges affecting our city and design creative solutions! By exploring emerging technologies and fully engaging in the engineering design process, kids will think critically like city innovators about how to best help the community through technology. The week will culminate in a presentation at The DoSeum, written and delivered by campers, for our community and our city partners!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330

City Builders: JULY 13 - 17 (AT CAPACITY)


MASTER CAMP: Techy Bootcamp

JUNE 8 - 12 & AUGUST 10 - 14 | 9AM - 3PM

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Translation: If your child is between the ages of 8 and 11, and they enjoy technology, then they are going to LOVE this camp! In Tech Camp, students will learn to read and write code like the example above while engaging in fun coding challenges around The DoSeum. Campers will learn to program a tiny computer called a micro:Bit to conduct scientific investigations, send secret messages, and create games. At the end of camp, these young computer scientists will host a technology convention where they will show off their favorite projects from camp.

Camp Cost: Members - $550 | Non-Members - $570

Techy Bootcamp: June 8 - 12 (AT CAPACITY)

Techy Bootcamp: August 10 - 14 (AT CAPACITY)


Passion for Fashion!

JUNE 15 - 19 | 9AM - 3PM

MAKE it work! Trendsetters and tastemakers alike will have a blast expressing their creativity in Passion for Fashion! Using the engineering design process, campers will explore skills in textile creation, sewing, fashion illustration, creating personalized accessories, and having fun with fellow fashion-forward campers! As we create our ensembles, STEAM concepts will be embedded into the design fun as the designers measure fabric for construction, think about patterns with design and dye techniques and learn about emerging technology in the field of fashion. Prepare to be dazzled at the end of the week with a multi-look fashion show for caregivers! Passion for Fashion will combine making skills with art, design and textile science through playful fashion fun!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330

Passion for Fashion!: JUNE 15 - 19 (AT CAPACITY)


Blast From The Past

JUNE 22 - 26 & JULY 27 - 31 | 9AM - 3PM

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” - Theodore Roosevelt. Archaeology with a twist! Beyond ruins and mummies of long ago, campers will be investigating artifacts from the 20th and 21st centuries to get a glimpse into the not-so-distant past! Contemporary archaeology uses archeological methods to better understand our modern culture. In Blast from the Past!, we will examine and collect data on artifacts from the 80s and 90s—think rotary phones and cassette tapes! Campers will present their findings through scientific reason, data collection, and public speaking. Our modern archaeologists will walk away with a better appreciation of today’s tech, the recent past, and how everyday artifacts store a wealth of information about who we are as a society!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330

Blast From The Past: June 22 - 26 (AT CAPACITY)

Blast From The Past: JULY 27 - 31 (AT CAPACITY)


MASTER CAMP: Brain Games

JUNE 29 - JULY 2 | 9AM - 3PM

Why are some people extroverted while some are introverted? What makes you tick? We all know that everyone is different, but why exactly? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? In Brain Games! we will explore the psychological and neuroscience concepts that make us unique! In this DoSeum Master Camp, the low student-to-teacher ratio will enable your child to uncover their own individual interests and needs through hands-on learning and exploration. In the end, campers will walk away with a better understanding of themselves, why they act the way they do and feeling confident about what makes them special and unique!

Camp Cost: Members - $440 | Non-Members - $460

Master Camp: Brain Games: June 29 - July 2 (AT CAPACITY)


Stitchers!

JULY 6 - 10 | 9AM - 3PM

Are you hooked on crochet? Wool you like to learn about yarn? Could you benefit from a good knit? Creating textiles is one of the most versatile forms of making and expression! In Stitchers, campers will discover all the wonderfully, wooly textile techniques that are centered around yarn-based mediums. We will experiment with weaving, knitting, embroidery, yarn wrapping, and—yes!—some colorful yarn bombing at The DoSeum! Kids will have the opportunity to create dreamcatchers, embroidery projects, yarn wrap artwork, and even explore the art of papermaking! Weave yourself into this fun-filled, hands-on camp!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330

Stitchers!: JULY 6 - 10 (AT CAPACITY)


Stop the Presses!

JULY 20 - 24 | 9AM - 3PM

Print like Picasso! Work like Warhol! Monotype like Matisse! Printmaking changed the world and is a technique that everyone can DO! In this camp, kids will channel their creative side as they create multiple types of hand-made prints. We will explore techniques such as screen printing, lithography, and monoprints while building upon camper’s fine motor skills, forethought, and risk-taking skills. Campers will take home four one-of-a-kind prints that they created while gaining a deeper understanding of one of the world’s oldest artistic mediums. Thanks, Gutenberg!

Camp Cost: Members - $310 | Non-Members - $330


MASTER CAMP: Vlog with The DoSeum

AUGUST 3 - 7 | 9AM - 3PM

Lights, camera, vlog! Kids today need a whole new set of knowledge to communicate in the digital world. In this camp, they will take away valuable tools like how to use creative thinking, editing, and innovative processes to make videos and other digital content come to life. They’ll explore topics of interest and learn to synthesize ideas into a story. At the end of the week, kids and families will collaborate to produce a fully-realized vlog to be showcased on The DoSeum’s YouTube Channel, including a set and kid-created lighting tools.

Camp Cost: Members - $550 | Non-Members - $570

Vlog with The DoSeum: AUGUST 3 - 7 (AT CAPACITY)

Summer Camp FAQs

General Camp Information:

Q. What is The DoSeum’s camp philosophy and mission?

A. 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?

A. 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?

A. The DoSeum education team consists of highly qualified and trained program educators. These educators work closely with our Director of Gallery 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 are 1:8 for kids 5-11 years and 1:6 for kids 3-4 years and will be maintained in camp and aftercare.

Registration:

Q. How much does camp cost?

A. Camp prices are subject to change each season. All prices will be posted on The DoSeum website and reflect the cost for one week of camp. We also offer scholarships. You may find this information on our webpage at www.thedoseum.org/scholarships.

Q. What is your refund policy?

A. A full refund is available for cancellations sent via email by May 20, 2020; emails should be sent to Jessica Thompson at JThompson@thedoseum.org. Refunds are not available for any canceled registrations after May 20, 2020.

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?

A. 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?

A: 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.

Q. Does my child need to be in the age range of the camp?

A. 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 3-4 year olds need to be potty trained?

A. Yes. We require all children to be potty-trained (no Pull-Ups). As with all camps, we ask you to send a change of clothes. We reserve the right to remove campers who are not potty-trained without a refund. If a child arrives in Pull-Ups, please expect a phone call as Pull-Ups, for our purposes, are considered diapers.

Communication:

Q. How can I expect camp communications?

A. 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:

  • An email the week prior to your child’s camp explaining camp logistics and Monday orientation.
  • A weekly email with general updates about what each camp has been up too.
  • A note home in backpacks if the camp will have an end of week showcase.

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?

A. 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?

A. 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:

  • Change of clothes
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch (for ages 5-10)
  • Additional snacks as needed
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt

The following items will not be permitted:

  • Personal electronics and/or valuable items
  • Cell phone use during camp is NOT permitted - if you need to reach your child during camp for an emergency, please call Sheena Solitaire at 210.572.0588.
  • Candy and soda
  • Any valuable items
  • Toys

Q. What does the camp day look like?

A. Camps run from 9:00am-12:00pm for 3-4 year olds, and 9:00am-3:00pm for ages 5 and up. Please review our camp hours below:

  • 8:00 - 9:00 am - Drop off
  • 9:00 am - Camp day begins
  • 11:00 - 12:00 pm - Lunch for full-day campers (not a full hour)
  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm - Pick up for 3 and 4-year-old campers
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Camp day continues for 5+
  • 3:00-3:30 pm - Pick up for campers 5+

Q. What should my child wear to camp?

A. 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?

A. Drop off your camper curbside at the designated, tented 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?

A. 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?

A. 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?

A. 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?

A. 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. What does Aftercare consist of?

A. Please note that The DoSeum will not be offering Aftercare in 2020 in able to ensure that we are in recognition with State health and safety recommendations by not mixing groups or cohorts.

Q. Can my child bring a cell phone to camp?

A. 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?

A. 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?

A. 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?

A. 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? 

A. We do NOT provide lunch for campers, unless you purchased the Bakery Lorraine lunch option. If your child is 3-4 years old and will be leaving at noon, they do not need to bring a lunch. Campers 5 and up must bring their own lunch. Lunches should not require refrigeration or microwaving.

We will provide snacks throughout the camp day. 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. Please see the attached snack list for this week’s snack options. 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?

A. 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?

A. 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.

Behavior Policies

Q. What are your behavioral and discipline procedures?

A. 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:

  1. Share and take care
  2. Encourage others
  3. Participate together
  4. Do your best
  5. Keep trying - persevere
     

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:

  • Physical harm to others
  • Leaving the group
  • Hostile or offensive language
  • Destruction or theft of DoSeum property

In the event of a behavior infraction, The DoSeum educators will:

  • Promptly remove the camper from the camp for their safety and the safety of others.
  • Work as a team to contact camper’s caregivers.
  • After multiple behavior infractions, The DoSeum reserves the right to call caregivers for an early pick-up.

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 other questions please contact Jessica Thompson, Education Program Coordinator, at JThompson@thedoseum.org

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